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Top 10 Rom-Coms of All Time

By Megan Binning

Like many girls obsessed with romance my go to film genre when I’m having a night in is a classic Rom-Com. Someone meets another person, they fall in love. There is a few stumbles along the way but ultimately they always get together in the end. If you ever get stuck on what to watch on your next Saturday night in take a look at some of my favourites!


1) My Best Friend’s Wedding

This film is my ultimate Rom-Com of all time. It still follows the classic structure of girl meets boy but this time the boy meets someone else and marries her and not you!

Julia Roberts plays Jules, a tough and witty food critic who after a slight career slump gets a phone call from her best friend, Michael (Dermot Mulroney). Her and Michael have always had a will they want they relationship but the moment he shares the news of a new fiancé (Kimmy otherwise known as the amazing Cameron Diaz) Jules WANTS HIM BACK! With the help of George (Rupert Everette) her confident early 90s gay-best friend she tries to stop the wedding. Much to her disappointment Jules does not succeed but instead learns the value of her own love and the love of others, whether it’s platonic or romantic.

2) Pretty Woman

Inspired by My Fair Lady, Pretty woman is one of many Julia Roberts Rom-Com films that is a staple film. Again, it’s boy meets girl but in a different way.

Julia Robert’s plays Vivian and fresh-faced prostitute who hops into a high-powered corporate raider, otherwise known as Edward’s car, who is played by Richard Gere. The next day, Edward asks Vivian to play his girlfriend that week at a series of business events he is attending while attempting a takeover a company. Edward offers Vivian $3,000 and a new wardrobe for six days. Vivian excitedly accepts. Over the course of the week, after a few twists and turns, you guessed it, they fall in love. A classic Cinderella story but for modern audiences.

3) Dirty Dancing

I’m sure you’ve heard all the music before, but this much-loved film is a smash hit for a reason.

The films is set the summer of 1963 and follows Frances "Baby" Houseman who is vacationing with her family to a luxury but boring family resort. Baby starts to get close to the waiting staff who introduce her to a new kind of dancing. After meeting the dreamy Johnny (Patrick Swayze) Baby learns Johnny's dance partner Penny is pregnant. When the child’s father refuses to help Penny, Baby borrows money from her father to pay for Penny's abortion.

At first, Penny declines as it would cause her and Johnny to miss a performance at a nearby resort, costing them the season's salary, but Baby volunteers to stand in for Penny. Johnny and Baby fall in love over the course of the summer in a classic Rom-Com way.

The films about, love, sadness fear but ultimately tells the story of the sexual awakening of a shy good girl.

4) I Want You Back

Is one of the first Rom-Com films in a while that follows all of the great tropes and passion of Rom-Coms past.

I Want You Back follows the story of two hopeless and recently dumped romantics Emma (Jenny Slate) and Peter (Charlie Day), who after meeting team up together to help each other get back with their exes. Full of funny and witty twists and turns and after a few moments of denial Emma and Peter realise their love for on another and let their exes got on with their lives.

It’s funny and quirky, exactly what you would expect from a new Rom-Com that follows the structure of some of the classics.

5) Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is the story of a poor girl and a rich boy who fell in love. But this movie is different than other rom-com movies. It's unique, funny, sad, romantic, and a meaningful movie too.

Rachel, (Constance Wu) falls in love with Nick (Henry Golding) and looks forward to meeting his family. However, she is taken back when she learns that Nick belongs to one of the richest families in the country. Rachel must deal with every single woman being incredibly jealous of her and wants to bring her down, not only the woman who want to be with Nick but also Nicks mother.

The films a great expression of Asian culture, full of colour, light and happiness. Not only is the acting perfect, costume and set design memorizing but the whole story a great Rom-Com tale.

6) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Who doesn’t love a film where the two leading stars have a crazy connection and makes a great film even greater? Well, that’s exactly this film.

Andie (Kate Hudson) is a journalist who is asked to write an article about how a girl a can lose a guy quickly and Benjamin (Matthew McConaughey) bet that he could make a girl fall in love with him in order to secure a business deal. Andie and Ben chose each other. Whilst one tries to break them up the other tries to force a relationship. Through their silly antics both of them finally cave in and admit that they actually love each other.

The film is full of some great cheesy acting and silly moments that make you cringe in the greatest way!

7) When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally is not only one of Meg Ryan’s staple films but a HUGE staple (much like Pretty Woman) in the Rom-Com genre.

In 1977, college graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) drive from Chicago to New York. During the ride they argue about whether men and woman can be truly platonic or just friends. Ten years later, this conversation comes into play when Harry and Sally meet again at a bookstore, and in the company of their friends, Jess (Bruno Kirby) and Marie (Carrie Fisher). Both Harry and Sally attempt to stay friends without sex getting in the way.

8) 10 Things I Hate About You

Inspired by Shakespeare’s play Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate About You gives you a modern twists of a 16th century classic. And it also has one of the best romantic gestures ever scene in film history, in my opinion of course!

Kat (Julia Stiles) is beautiful, smart, and abrasive teen, who doesn't attract many boys. Unfortunately for her younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), house rules say that she can't date until Kat has a boyfriend. Soon Kat crosses paths with handsome new arrival Patrick (Heath Ledger). However, this is only because he is being paid by Cameron (Joseph Gordan-Levitt) to take Kat out so he can take out Bianca. In classic film fashion as Kat and Patrick fall in love, Kat finds out the truth!

A great classic Rom-Com and a great film to watch if you haven’t seen many Rom-Coms before.

9) Clueless

I’m lots of people know this film already and may consider it more of a chick flick, however it’s a great hybrid of both a chick flick and Rom-Com!

Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is shallow, rich, and socially successful teen who is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's social pyramid. Seeing herself as a matchmaker and makeover queen, Cher decides to give hopeless new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realizes that her disapproving ex-stepbrother (Paul Rudd) was right about how misguided she was -- and falls for him.

Yes. The stepbrother string is a little weird but it’s great to see young Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd’s undeniable romantic chemistry.

10) 13 Going On 30

This was the first Rom-Com movie I saw allowed me to fall in love with feel good romantic comedies! This a great film to develop that same love.

Average teen girl, Jenna (Christa B. Allen) wants a boyfriend and stop being at the bottom of the food chain. When she's unable to find one, she fantasizes about being a well-adjusted adult. Suddenly, her secret desire becomes a reality, when she is transformed into a chic 30-year-old (Jennifer Garner). But adulthood, with its own high school like issues doesn’t seem as easy as she thought.

Jenna thinks this is the life she wanted but realises her obsession with being cool comes at the price of her moral compass. So she allows her goofy and loveable teenage self-blossom and finally admit her feelings for her childhood best friend.

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