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100 best romantic comedies of all time

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    100 best romantic comedies of all time

    We all know how it goes. Girl meets boy, or boy meets girl - sometimes it’s at a high-school, or at work. Sometimes, the girl already has a boy; sometimes the boy and girl have been friends for so long it’s impossible to imagine anything between the two. In some instances, the boys disguise themselves as women and the girl really can’t imagine herself being in a relationship with either of them. Whatever the set-up, a good romantic comedy is one that captures you wholly while you watch it and leaves you thinking about the meaning of love for hours after it’s over.

    In a romantic comedy, the pursuit of love is a guarantee and we generally know how it ends, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy getting there. At Stacker, we poured through data on hundreds of movies, leveraging a combination of IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores to create a list of the best romantic comedies of all time.

    From classics like Some Like It Hot to modern spins such as Easy A, we’re confident this is a list you will be able to draw from, no matter the state of your love life.

    To you, from Stacker, with love.

  • Sony Pictures
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    #100. Hitch

    Stacker Score: 66.50

    IMDb rating: 6.6

    Tomatometer: 68%

    A suave dating coach (Will Smith) helps awkward, love-frustrated men find their groove and woo the women of their dreams. After befriending one of his clients (Kevin James), the two are tested in a number of ways, resulting in a middle of the road rom-com that entertains but doesn’t quite push the envelope for the genre.

  • Warner Brothers
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    #99. You've Got Mail

    Stacker Score: 66.75

    IMDb rating: 6.6

    Tomatometer: 69%

    Nora Ephron writes wonderful romantic comedies, and the ones featuring both Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are among the most enjoyable. “You’ve Got Mail” follows two people who are in an online relationship but have no idea the roles they play in each other’s day-to-day lives: business rivals.

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    #98. Friends with Benefits

    Stacker Score: 66.75

    IMDb rating: 6.6

    Tomatometer: 69%

    A California creative (Justin Timberlake) moves to the big apple after being recruited by a headhunter (Mila Kunis), begging the age-old question… Can two people have an intimate relationship without “being in a relationship”? Full of laughs and classic performances from the A-list cast, this has been one of the must-see’s so far from the 21st century’s rom-coms.

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    #97. Celeste & Jesse Forever

    Stacker Score: 67.00

    IMDb rating: 6.6

    Tomatometer: 70%

    It begins as their relationship ends, and unlike many romantic comedies on this list “Celeste & Jesse Forever” deals with the tension of a newly divorced couple who try to stay in each other’s lives - and find it increasingly difficult.

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    #96. Café Society

    Stacker Score: 67.00

    IMDb rating: 6.6

    Tomatometer: 70%

    An elegant Woody Allen release, “Café Society” has 70% on Rotten Tomatoes but wasn’t as favored among audiences. Nevertheless, if you love early Hollywood flicks this is for you: it takes place in the 1930s, when Bobby Dorfman decides to move from New York City to Hollywood on a discontented whim.

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    #95. Dan in Real Life

    Stacker Score: 67.00

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Tomatometer: 64%

    Steve Carell is a single-father in “Dan in Real Life,” who becomes unfortunately infatuated with his brother’s new girlfriend while on a trip to their Rhode Island family home. At once bittersweet and warm, “Dan in Real Life” is a good romantic comedy for the days when a melancholic edge feels like a perfect addition to your rom-com cravings.

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    #94. Liberal Arts

    Stacker Score: 67.75

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    Tomatometer: 70%

    Who doesn’t love forbidden love? 34-year-old professor falls in love with 19-year-old student, and while it isn’t technically illegal it’s frowned enough upon to give “Liberal Arts” the tension it needs.

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    #93. It's Kind of a Funny Story

    Stacker Score: 67.75

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Tomatometer: 58%

    Originally a novel, “It's Kind of a Funny Story” is an eccentric film about unexpected love between two teens in a psychiatric hospital. It’s possible the novel is better than the adaptation, but “It's Kind of a Funny Story” is still worth a watch for its content and portrayal of mental illnesses.

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    #92. The Wedding Singer

    Stacker Score: 67.75

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Tomatometer: 67%

    Adam Sandler is a wedding singer, Drew Barrymore is a waitress, and “The Wedding Singer” is a poignant romantic comedy that may take the cake for being Sandler’s best movie.

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    #91. Pretty Woman

    Stacker Score: 67.75

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    Tomatometer: 61%

    Prostitute turned escort turned love interest, “Pretty Woman” is exactly the kind of movie you watch when you want to actively cheer for your protagonist - especially when played by Julia Roberts. While not a movie of much critical acclaim, you would be hard-pressed to find a romantic comedy list that didn’t feature “Pretty Woman.”

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    #90. Grumpy Old Men

    Stacker Score: 68.00

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Tomatometer: 65%

    Best watched in the holidays with medium expectations, “Grumpy Old Men” is an inoffensive, warm movie that features practical jokes and long-standing rivalries.

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    #89. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

    Stacker Score: 68.00

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Tomatometer: 68%

    A beautifully shot, unexpectedly warm romantic comedy, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” features Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt meeting under unexpected circumstances: over talk of bringing fly-fishing to the Yemen desert.

  • Sony Pictures
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    #88. Something's Gotta Give

    Stacker Score: 68.00

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    Tomatometer: 71%

    There are many romantic comedies that feature young, burgeoning love, and less that highlight middle-aged couples who have some life experience to color their romance. “Something’s Gotta Give” does just that. With Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton to up the ante, “Something’s Gotta Give” is witty, and a welcome relief to adult romance movies.

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    #87. Trainwreck

    Stacker Score: 68.00

    IMDb rating: 6.2

    Tomatometer: 86%

    Judd Apatow plus Amy Schumer: “Trainwreck” is the raunchy, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy you’d expect from such a partnership. It focuses more on making you laugh than swoon, “Trainwreck” is nevertheless a touching movie.

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    #86. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

    Stacker Score: 68.50

    IMDb rating: 6.6

    Tomatometer: 76%

    One of the highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is sharp and lovable, with eccentric notes and an excellent representation of what it means to be part of a family of strong, hard-working immigrants.

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    #85. Don Juan DeMarco

    Stacker Score: 68.75

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    Tomatometer: 74%

    A spin-off of the legend of Don Juan, the world’s most famous lover, the titular role goes to Johnny Depp as he undergoes psychiatric treatment to rid himself of the apparent delusion that he is the best lover the world has to offer.

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    #84. Bridget Jones's Baby

    Stacker Score: 68.75

    IMDb rating: 6.6

    Tomatometer: 77%

    The third in the franchise, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” finds Bridget pregnant - and ultimately unsure who the father is. A fun movie, especially if you’ve seen the first two installments.

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    #83. What If

    Stacker Score: 69.00

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Tomatometer: 72%

    Now that Harry Potter is officially over, Daniel Radcliffe has the freedom to pursue other projects: such as this 2013 Canadian romantic comedy that follows two best friends who begin, slowly, to have feelings for each other. Touching and unexpected, it’s exciting to see Radcliffe in a role that doesn’t involve him waving a wand around.

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    #82. Sleepless in Seattle

    Stacker Score: 69.00

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Tomatometer: 72%

    Commercially, “Sleepless in Seattle” was a hit with over $220 million worldwide (equivalent to over $380 million today). Critically, it was also enjoyed, although it didn’t receive any major awards. A Nora Ephron favorite, combined with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, including this movie on the list was a no-brainer.

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    #81. 10 Things I Hate About You

    Stacker Score: 69.25

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    Tomatometer: 61%

    A modernization of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” “10 Things I Hate About You” is the type of film you can watch over and over again. It stars Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles, both of whom perfectly capture the archetypes laid out for them. Funny, warm, and just edgy enough to remain interesting, it’s a movie for any day.

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    #80. In Good Company

    Stacker Score: 69.50

    IMDb rating: 6.5

    Tomatometer: 83%

    At times a mockery of corporate culture, “In Good Company” is a fun, easy to watch romantic comedy. The film stars Dennis Quaid as an aging advertising executive forced to confront a significantly younger boss (Topher Grace), who simultaneously pursues his daughter (Scarlett Johansson).

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    #79. Splash

    Stacker Score: 69.50

    IMDb rating: 6.2

    Tomatometer: 92%

    If a traditional romantic comedy isn’t doing it for you, try Tom Hanks falling in love with a mermaid: “Splash.” With an award-winning script, “Splash” is just charming enough that you’ll never stop to question too much of the plot.

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    #78. Stuck in Love

    Stacker Score: 69.75

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    Tomatometer: 60%

    If you’re sick of the mainstream stuff and looking for an independent romantic comedy, “Stuck in Love” just may be the movie for you. Complex family relationships are at the heart of this film, making it one of the most drama-heavy entries on this list.

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    #77. Coming to America

    Stacker Score: 69.75

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    Tomatometer: 69%

    For some, the American Dream can be as simple as finding the love of your life - at least according to the crown prince of Zamunda (a fictional African nation), Akeem Joffer, played by Eddie Murphy. He travels to America in search of a wife, experiencing many adventures along the way.

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    #76. Don Jon

    Stacker Score: 69.75

    IMDb rating: 6.6

    Tomatometer: 81%

    An edgy, unexpected, indie romantic comedy, “Don Jon” is perfect for anyone looking for a film that has less sap than a traditional rom-com, while retaining all the elements necessary in the genre.

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    #75. The Terminal

    Stacker Score: 70.00

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    Tomatometer: 61%

    “The Terminal” almost didn’t make this list because it doesn’t fit the ideal mold of romantic comedy, but in the end, any movie with Tom Hanks and a good story was good enough for us. It follows a man who becomes trapped in New York’s John F. Kennedy airport as he is at once deported from the United States and unable to leave because of a military coup in his native country.

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    #74. While You Were Sleeping

    Stacker Score: 70.25

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    Tomatometer: 80%

    With a worldwide box office gross of over $182 million, “While You Were Sleeping” is one of those movies that is everything you want it to be at all the right moments. A feel-good, at times surprising, romantic comedy, “While You Were Sleeping” shows Sandra Bullock at her most winsome.

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    #73. Bridget Jones's Diary

    Stacker Score: 70.50

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    Tomatometer: 81%

    Originally a novel, the film version of “Bridget Jones’s Diary” combines sharp, British wit with a winsome, accident-prone protagonist who is sure to capture your heart by the end of the film’s first scene.

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    #72. Everyone Says I Love You

    Stacker Score: 70.75

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Tomatometer: 79%

    Although not a huge success at the time, Woody Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You” is favored by some critics as among his best works. Part musical, all comedy, other stars include Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, and Goldie Hawn.

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    #71. Pretty in Pink

    Stacker Score: 71.00

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Tomatometer: 80%

    A cult classic featuring high-school cliques, love, and the eighties, “Pretty in Pink” is both witty and insightful. If you don’t have time to watch it, at least listen to its award-winning soundtrack.

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    #70. Man Up

    Stacker Score: 71.25

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Tomatometer: 81%

    Everyone knows what it feels like to be painfully single. That’s how “Man Up” opens, making it completely believable that 34-year-old Nancy allows herself to be mistaken for a man’s blind date. The film takes place over just a one day, nevertheless creating an incredibly engaging, humorous story of how meeting your match can be entirely unexpected.

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    #69. Working Girl

    Stacker Score: 71.25

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    Tomatometer: 84%

    A box office hit in 1988, “Working Girl” has a star-studded cast of Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, and Melanie Griffith. Melanie Griffith is incredibly relatable as protagonist Tess McGill, roping you into her chances for success, and moments of failure.

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    #68. Clueless

    Stacker Score: 71.25

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Tomatometer: 81%

    A movie with an undeniably large cult following, “Clueless” is Alicia Silverstone at some of her best moments. If you haven’t already seen it, this one is a necessity - as much for the endless references as the actual storyline.

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    #67. Wedding Crashers

    Stacker Score: 71.25

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    Tomatometer: 75%

    Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn team up in “Wedding Crashers” to produce a romantic comedy with humor similar to that of “Zoolander” or “Blades of Glory.” This is a film guaranteed to leave you laughing, and rooting for the love interests of both protagonists.

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    #66. Flipped

    Stacker Score: 71.50

    IMDb rating: 7.7

    Tomatometer: 55%

    A box-office flop and critically unacclaimed, “Flipped” makes the list because of its positive audience reception. The story follows a young boy and girl who meet in second grade and work to find love over the next six years.

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    #65. Secretary

    Stacker Score: 71.50

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    Tomatometer: 76%

    Does anyone want a side of BDSM with their romantic comedy? Before “50 Shades of Grey” arguably ruined any artistic portrayal of BDSM relationships, there was “Secretary” to combine wit and raunch into a surprisingly relatable storyline.

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    #64. Bend It Like Beckham

    Stacker Score: 71.50

    IMDb rating: 6.7

    Tomatometer: 85%

    As much about the friendship of two girls as it is about the love they seek, “Bend It Like Beckham” is about two female soccer players who both develop feelings for their coach. Touching and funny, “Bend It Like Beckham” is a must-see for anyone looking to enjoy themselves.

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    #63. Roxanne

    Stacker Score: 71.75

    IMDb rating: 6.6

    Tomatometer: 89%

    Steve Martin has done many funny films, but the sweetness in “Roxanne” stands out from the crowd. With 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, the whimsical nature of “Roxanne” makes it a breath of fresh air from some other, more forward romantic comedies.

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    #62. Definitely, Maybe

    Stacker Score: 71.75

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    Tomatometer: 71%

    Told in a series of flashbacks, “Definitely, Maybe” follows a man trying to help his daughter understand why him and her mother have to get divorced by telling the stories of all his past relationships.

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    #61. Warm Bodies

    Stacker Score: 72.00

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Tomatometer: 81%

    There are teen romantic comedies, and then there zombie teen romantic comedies. This is the latter. The story of a zombie who somehow falls in love with a not-zombie, “Warm Bodies” is a great twist on an otherwise classic narrative.

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    #60. 2 Days in Paris

    Stacker Score: 72.50

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Tomatometer: 86%

    Although it has 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, “2 Days in Paris” is not as well-known as many of the other films on this list. Touching, and surprisingly funny, it’s a good movie for a rainy day (or if you’ve seen everything else here).

  • Miramax Films
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    #59. Mighty Aphrodite

    Stacker Score: 72.50

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Tomatometer: 77%

    A Woody Allen triple threat (written by, directed by, and starring), “Mighty Aphrodite” follows a man obsessed with finding the biological mother of the boy he adopts, only to find out she’s a prostitute. Classic Allen.

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    #58. Benny & Joon

    Stacker Score: 72.75

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    Tomatometer: 75%

    If you love Johnny Depp but have seen “The Pirates of the Caribbean” one too many times, this is a good compromise. Eccentric and hilarious, “Benny & Joon” is a film better watched than discussed.

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    #57. Muriel's Wedding

    Stacker Score: 73.50

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    Tomatometer: 78%

    If you’re looking for an Australian romantic comedy, look no further. With a female protagonist who loves ABBA and moves to Sydney to get her life on track, “Muriel’s Wedding” is best in its most relatable moments.

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    #56. The American President

    Stacker Score: 73.50

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Tomatometer: 90%

    Aaron Sorkin is known for political dramas: it is no surprise his foray into the world of romantic comedy features unexpected love between an environmental lobbyist and the President of the United States.

  • Universal Pictures
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    #55. Love Actually

    Stacker Score: 73.50

    IMDb rating: 7.7

    Tomatometer: 63%

    One of the holiday season’s most featured romantic comedies, Love Actually has a bit of everything: British accents, Christmas decor, love unrestricted by age, shape, or size, and Bill Nighy. Everyone should see this film.

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    #54. Beautiful Girls

    Stacker Score: 73.75

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    Tomatometer: 79%

    On the slower side of the equation is “Beautiful Girls,” a movie that takes its time and relies on scenes with Natalie Portman for its most poignant moments.

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    #53. Notting Hill

    Stacker Score: 74.00

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Tomatometer: 83%

    “Notting Hill” broke records for the highest-grossing romantic comedy in America the weekend of its release. Its popularity prevails, almost a decade after its release, in part because of its timeless story: Hollywood starlet falls in love with English book clerk, and the rest is history.

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    #52. There's Something About Mary

    Stacker Score: 74.00

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Tomatometer: 83%

    If you want a romantic comedy that rests heavily on the comedic side of the equation, “There’s Something About Mary” is definitely the film for you. Witty and raunchy, with a cast featuring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller, it’s a movie that will entertain under most any circumstances.

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    #51. Better Off Dead...

    Stacker Score: 74.50

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    Tomatometer: 82%

    “Better Off Dead” confronts the painful reality of having your heart broken as a teenager. If the title doesn’t give it away, “Better Off Dead” follows a young man (John Cusack) through high-school immediately after his sweetheart dumps him for the captain of the ski team. Yes: it is as good as it sounds.

  • Columbia Pictures
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    #50. Punch-Drunk Love

    Stacker Score: 74.50

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    Tomatometer: 79%

    “Punch-Drunk Love” didn’t perform as well as expected at the box office, and now is your chance to make up for it. If anything, to see Adam Sandler once again in an endearing role.

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    #49. Easy A

    Stacker Score: 74.50

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Tomatometer: 85%

    A modern twist on the much-loved novel “The Scarlet Letter,” this one features an engaging performance from Emma Stone as a young woman instantly labeled as promiscuous once rumor gets out that she lost her virginity to a college-aged guy over the summer...except she didn’t. Touching, funny, and at times deeply unfair, “Easy A” is a must-see.

  • Universal Pictures
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    #48. The 40-Year-Old Virgin

    Stacker Score: 74.50

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Tomatometer: 85%

    “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” is favored by many for Steve Carell's portrayal of a middle-aged man who has spent the entirety of his life reluctantly celibate. The film grossed almost $200 million at the box office.

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    #47. Knocked Up

    Stacker Score: 74.75

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    Tomatometer: 89%

    Unintended pregnancies aren’t usually hilarious, so it’s impressive Judd Apatow managed to write a film that successfully makes light of one-night stands, unexpected babies, and altogether unprecedented scenarios.

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    #46. Beginners

    Stacker Score: 75.00

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    Tomatometer: 84%

    “Beginners” is a heart-on-its-sleeve kind of movie, and at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, you’re guaranteed it’s worth the watch.

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    #45. Safety Not Guaranteed

    Stacker Score: 75.00

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    Tomatometer: 90%

    Science-fiction is by no means a standard accompaniment to romantic comedy, but “Safety Not Guaranteed” makes it work. Spoiler: time-travelling is guaranteed.

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    #44. Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Stacker Score: 75.00

    IMDb rating: 7.4

    Tomatometer: 78%

    This may be one of the most thoroughly enjoyable films released in the 21st century. It follows a few different storylines, all of which feature characters earnestly seeking love, acceptance, and some unexpected twists along the way. The humor of Steve Carell transforms “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” from just “fun” to laugh out loud funny.

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    #43. Ever After: A Cinderella Story

    Stacker Score: 75.25

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    Tomatometer: 91%

    It’s about time a fairytale made the list. Or, at the very least, fairytale-inspired. Not to mention, it stars Drew Barrymore. If you’re not already sold, consider “Ever After: A Cinderella Story” is set in Renaissance-era France, costumes and all. Happy watching.

  • Universal Pictures
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    #42. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

    Stacker Score: 75.25

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    Tomatometer: 85%

    Jason Segel wrote “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and you can hear him in every line. A deeply funny story about a heartbroken man who vacations to distract himself from thoughts of his ex-girlfriend - only to find her, in Hawaii, with her new rock star boyfriend.

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    #41. Sixteen Candles

    Stacker Score: 75.50

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    Tomatometer: 86%

    This is arguably more a coming-of-age story than a romantic comedy, but “Sixteen Candles” is so good that editorial discretion demanded it have a place on this list. If you love coming-of-age stories but are in the mood for more of a romance, this may be your ideal combination.

  • TriStar Pictures
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    #40. Jerry Maguire

    Stacker Score: 75.50

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    Tomatometer: 83%

    A box-office hit in 1996 with $273 million in gross (valued at over $300 million today), “Jerry Maguire” shows Tom Cruise in one of his most endearing roles.

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    #39. The Seven Year Itch

    Stacker Score: 75.75

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    Tomatometer: 87%

    It’s near-impossible for Marilyn Monroe to have starred in a film that doesn’t produce at least one iconic moment, and “The Seven Year Itch” is no different. Even if “The Seven Year Itch” wasn’t a charming, entertaining romantic comedy, it would be worth watching to see Monroe on a subway grate in her white dress, creating one of the most notable images of 20th-century cinema.

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    #38. Lars and the Real Girl

    Stacker Score: 75.75

    IMDb rating: 7.4

    Tomatometer: 81%

    We warn you: the premise is a little unsettling. “Lars and the Real Girl” is about a man called Lars and...well, a sex doll. It’s worth the cringey moments, though - Ryan Gosling is talented enough to make Lars an endearing, likable character and the resulting story is one sure to stay with you.

  • Paramount Pictures
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    #37. White Christmas

    Stacker Score: 76.25

    IMDb rating: 7.6

    Tomatometer: 77%

    What’s better than a romantic comedy? A romantic comedy that heavily features Christmas, of course. Don’t let that limit you, though: “White Christmas” may be a holiday favorite, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it any time of the year.

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    #36. Moonstruck

    Stacker Score: 76.25

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Tomatometer: 92%

    If you want cold, hard proof that Nicholas Cage was once in a romantic comedy that was actually good, this is your chance. The fifth-highest grossing film of 1987, “Moonstruck” didn’t win Cage any awards, but Cher won an Oscar for Best Actress.

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    #35. The Spectacular Now

    Stacker Score: 76.25

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Tomatometer: 92%

    A timeless tale of young love, navigating high-school and bittersweet adolescence. Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller are a treat in this 2013 Sundance favorite.

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    #34. Chasing Amy

    Stacker Score: 76.75

    IMDb rating: 7.3

    Tomatometer: 88%

    A romantic comedy with a unique premise: male comic book artist falls in love with lesbian comic book artist, and the two begin a romantic relationship. I would say the rest is history, but I’m not sure history has recorded this one.

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    #33. Enough Said

    Stacker Score: 77.00

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Tomatometer: 95%

    James Gandolfini (otherwise known as Tony Soprano) died before this film’s release. Starring alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus, it’s a fantastic film to see two very talented actors play roles entirely dissimilar to that they’re most famous for.

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    #32. Bull Durham

    Stacker Score: 77.50

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Tomatometer: 97%

    The Super Bowl is over, but romantic comedy sports films will never die. Minor-league baseball means baseball groupies, and baseball groupies make for a great love story.

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    #31. Garden State

    Stacker Score: 77.75

    IMDb rating: 7.5

    Tomatometer: 86%

    If you love characters that are, in some moments, completely objectionable, “Garden State” is the romantic comedy for you. It’s also considered a cult-classic, and was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

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    #30. Much Ado About Nothing

    Stacker Score: 78.25

    IMDb rating: 7.4

    Tomatometer: 91%

    Shakespeare film adaptations are hit-or-miss - and by that, I mean Shakespeare adaptations are either unspeakably awful or pretty good. Fortunately, “Much Ado About Nothing” (the 1993 version, at least) falls firmly into the second camp.

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    #29. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Stacker Score: 78.50

    IMDb rating: 7.2

    Tomatometer: 98%

    Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is for everyone. Marilyn Monroe’s performance is iconic: both her and Jane Russell put their hand and foot prints in cement outside the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre following the release of this film.

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    #28. Frances Ha

    Stacker Score: 78.75

    IMDb rating: 7.4

    Tomatometer: 93%

    A must-see for anyone who’s a fan of strong female protagonists, “Frances Ha” holds a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. Greta Gerwig stars as a young dancer who travels around America trying to figure out her finances and passions.

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    #27. 500 Days of Summer

    Stacker Score: 79.00

    IMDb rating: 7.7

    Tomatometer: 85%

    “(500) Days of Summer” is one of the most bittersweet films on this list. If you’re in the mood for something a little witty and a little sad, this is going to give you the perfect balance of feel-good/awful.

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    #26. When Harry Met Sally...

    Stacker Score: 79.25

    IMDb rating: 7.6

    Tomatometer: 89%

    If romantic comedies about best friends falling in love is your cup of tea, “When Harry Met Sally…” redefines the meaning of friend zone on both sides of the equation: and how to get out of it.

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    #25. As Good as It Gets

    Stacker Score: 79.25

    IMDb rating: 7.7

    Tomatometer: 86%

    A sometimes dark romantic comedy, the accolades alone can speak to the talent pool it draws upon: Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson both won Oscars for their starring roles, making “As Good as It Gets” truly as good as movies can get.

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    #24. Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Stacker Score: 79.75

    IMDb rating: 7.7

    Tomatometer: 88%

    Audrey Hepburn’s most memorable role is one that has withstood the test of time. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” can be referenced by almost anyone over the age of 20; the iconic image of Hepburn as Holly, elegantly clutching an oversized cigarette holder, should carry this movie through the 21st century.

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    #23. Say Anything...

    Stacker Score: 80.00

    IMDb rating: 7.4

    Tomatometer: 98%

    If you like young love, this is the movie for you. Cameron Crowe’s directorial debut follows the romance between a high-school valedictorian and an aspiring kickboxer. Parents try to keep them apart, studies often get in the way, and beneath it all is the tension of two kids desperately trying to figure out what love means.

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    #22. The Purple Rose of Cairo

    Stacker Score: 80.50

    IMDb rating: 7.7

    Tomatometer: 91%

    One of many Woody Allen films to make this list, “The Purple Rose of Cairo” is a classic Allen mix of fantasy, love, and humor. Allen considers it one of his finest pieces of writing - he gained an Oscar nomination for this quirky piece and won multiple other awards (including a BAFTA) for his writing.

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    #21. Sabrina

    Stacker Score: 80.50

    IMDb rating: 7.7

    Tomatometer: 91%

    Although Harrison Ford starred in the 1995 remake of “Sabrina,” we have to give the candle to the 1954 original. With a cast including Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 91%, this is a classic romance that features some of Hepburn’s finest moments.

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    #20. Midnight in Paris

    Stacker Score: 81.00

    IMDb rating: 7.7

    Tomatometer: 93%

    Fun fact: “Midnight in Paris” is Woody Allen’s highest-grossing film at $151 million worldwide. A screenwriter (Owen Wilson) finds himself in Paris with his fiancee when the unthinkable happens; at midnight, he finds himself able to travel back to the 20s. This is the movie for anyone who likes their romantic comedy mixed with a bit of fantasy.

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    #19. Harold and Maude

    Stacker Score: 81.50

    IMDb rating: 8.0

    Tomatometer: 86%

    A crowd favorite with sometimes dark humor, “Harold and Maude” toys with macabre themes as it follows Harold Chasen (Bud Cort) through his existential crisis and obsession with death. Harold finds a kindred spirit in 79 year-old Maude, who helps him stage faked murders and shares his passion for attending strangers funerals.

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    #18. Silver Linings Playbook

    Stacker Score: 81.50

    IMDb rating: 7.8

    Tomatometer: 92%

    Originally a book, “Silver Linings Playbook” features Bradley Cooper as a man with bipolar disorder who engages in a dance partnership with a young woman with depression and no filter (Jennifer Lawrence) to win back his wife. Although it was feared she was too young for the role, Lawrence ended up with an Academy Award for her part.

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    #17. The Quiet Man

    Stacker Score: 81.75

    IMDb rating: 7.9

    Tomatometer: 90%

    If you love the Irish countryside - or anything about Ireland, really - this is a must-see. John Wayne steps away from the desert to film this movie about an Irish-born American who returns to Ireland to explore his familial ties; with 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear Wayne made a good choice in his experimentation.

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    #16. The Big Sick

    Stacker Score: 82.25

    IMDb rating: 7.7

    Tomatometer: 98%

    A film that got a quiet start at the Sundance Film Festival and worked its way up to theatrical release, “The Big Sick” has been generally lauded by critics. It was also one of the highest-grossing independent films of 2017, at $55 million.

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    #15. The Artist

    Stacker Score: 83.25

    IMDb rating: 7.9

    Tomatometer: 96%

    Spoiler: this is the last movie produced in the 21st century to take place on this list. From here on out it’s Hollywood classics, so a French comedy-drama that’s won more awards than any other French film is a perfect bonsoir to the romantic comedies of the 21st century.

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    #14. Bringing Up Baby

    Stacker Score: 83.75

    IMDb rating: 8.0

    Tomatometer: 95%

    Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant are an unbeatable combination in this screwball comedy - and, fortunately, not the last time the pair make this list. The film was over-budget at the time, and some even considered it a flop, but it’s comedic timing ensure a lifelong placement on everyone’s favorite rom-com list.

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    #13. Forrest Gump

    Stacker Score: 83.75

    IMDb rating: 8.8

    Tomatometer: 71%

    Originally based on a novel, “Forrest Gump” is the story of a slow-witted but incredibly kind-hearted and endearing man who, when played by Tom Hanks, captures the heart of every character and viewer.

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    #12. Manhattan

    Stacker Score: 84.00

    IMDb rating: 8.0

    Tomatometer: 96%

    Woody Allen is known for ”Manhattan”; many consider if one of his best films. At almost $40 million, “Manhattan” was a box office hit in 1979 - as an Allen-directed romantic comedy set in New York City, it’s no wonder.

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    #11. Groundhog Day

    Stacker Score: 84.00

    IMDb rating: 8.0

    Tomatometer: 96%

    Now a Bill Murray favorite, when “Groundhog Day” was released in 1993 it was a comparatively modest hit. Being trapped in the same day for the rest of your life is everyone’s nightmare - but being able to do everything over again, until it’s perfect, is a dream come true. Maybe that’s part of the reason “Groundhog Day” remains captivating to this day.

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    #10. His Girl Friday

    Stacker Score: 84.50

    IMDb rating: 8.0

    Tomatometer: 98%

    A straight screwball comedy, “His Girl Friday” seems a perfect fit for cast Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy.

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    #9. The Philadelphia Story

    Stacker Score: 85.00

    IMDb rating: 8.0

    Tomatometer: 100%

    After a series of flops and categorization as “box office poison” (an infamous phrase assigned to many actresses in the 40s), Katharine Hepburn was so certain of this film’s success she forwent a salary to take a percentage of its profits. Her confidence played out; “The Philadelphia Story” grossed $38.3 million at the box office (over $300 million today) and is a much-loved addition to this list.

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    #8. Annie Hall

    Stacker Score: 85.00

    IMDb rating: 8.1

    Tomatometer: 97%

    Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” is known for its obsessive, endearing protagonist: Alvy Singer (played by Allen himself), unable to fathom why his love left him. It is a perfect start to a great romantic comedy.

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    #7. Roman Holiday

    Stacker Score: 85.25

    IMDb rating: 8.1

    Tomatometer: 98%

    Audrey Hepburn, of course, makes the top ten. For her performance in “Roman Holiday” she won an Academy Award for Best Actress. The film was so successful in the 50s that talks of a sequel were tossed around - unfortunately for us, that never came to fruition.

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    #6. Amélie

    Stacker Score: 85.25

    IMDb rating: 8.4

    Tomatometer: 89%

    Recently adapted into a Broadway musical, “Amélie” is a film you either love or you hate. Fortunately, the majority love. A French romantic comedy, “Amélie” follows a fanciful girl around France on her trip to return a box of memorabilia to a child she’s never met.

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    #5. The Apartment

    Stacker Score: 85.50

    IMDb rating: 8.3

    Tomatometer: 93%

    One of the last black-and-white romantic comedies to land success before Hollywood’s foray into technicolor, with a $25 million box office gross and ten Oscar nominations, “The Apartment” was received well by audiences at the time and remains a tenant of romantic comedies to this day.

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    #4. It Happened One Night

    Stacker Score: 86.00

    IMDb rating: 8.2

    Tomatometer: 98%

    “It Happened One Night” is one classic on this list that was instantly recognized: it was the first movie to win Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay at the Academy Awards. Ironically, Claudette Colbert was initially dissatisfied with the film.

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    #3. Some Like It Hot

    Stacker Score: 86.25

    IMDb rating: 8.3

    Tomatometer: 96%

    Another classic, “Some Like It Hot” stands out for keeping the core elements of a romantic comedy while playing with what were, at the time, very progressive ideas. Dressing men in drag and sticking Marilyn Monroe in the middle? It’s no wonder the film grossed $40 million at the box office (equivalent to over $300 million today).

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    #2. Singin' in the Rain

    Stacker Score: 87.25

    IMDb rating: 8.3

    Tomatometer: 100%

    Although only a modest success at the time of its release, any romantic-comedy list that didn’t include this film today would be ridiculed. An insightful, concise Hollywood classic, it is no wonder “Singin’ in the Rain” has a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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    #1. City Lights

    Stacker Score: 89.00

    IMDb rating: 8.6

    Tomatometer: 98%

    Hailed by some as the original romantic comedy, Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights is considered one of his greatest works - and one of the greatest films of all time. It may not be the romantic comedy genre we’re familiar with today, but there is no doubt Chaplin is at his finest in this touching, hilarious love story of a tramp who falls in love with a blind flower girl. The 21st century would do well to produce a rom-com of this caliber.

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