Poll: What Is the Best Romantic Comedy Ever?

For this opinion column, we're talking about Baby Boomers on, so "It Happened One Night" and "Some Like It Hot" don't count. I've got my list. What's yours?

I was shocked—shocked!—to find out what Moviefone picked as the Top 25 romantic comedies of all time.

Although I might agree with their top choice.

Yes, I'm a 54-year-old man, and I shouldn't admit it (in the off chance my high school or college buddies actually read this) but I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. Unfortunately, I don't think we get a lot of good ones anymore.

There was a time when it seemed like Hollywood was producing a truly great romantic comedy once a year. Nowadays, the movies that fall under that heading come off (to me, at least) as unscripted or over-the-top, lacking the elegance or charm of their counterparts from the 1980s or '90s.

That's my opinion, anyway, and I'm sticking with it.

Here are my top 10 of the past 35 years or so, based solely on my failing memory, which means there's certain to be one or two I'll come up with later that are waaaay better than these:

1. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

2. You've Got Mail (1998)

3. The American President (1995)

4. Pretty Woman (1990)

5. Four Weddings And a Funeral (1997)

6. Notting Hill (1999)

7. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

8. Groundhog Day (1993)

9. Big (1988)

10. Moonstruck (1987)


Others worth nominating

  • Tootsie
  • As Good as it Gets
  • Music and Lyrics
  • Bridget Jone's Diary
  • Annie Hall
  • City Slickers (?)
  • Shall We Dance?
  • Runaway Bride
  • Dave
  • The Wedding Planner
  • Love, Actually
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • LA Story


Tell us your favorites in the comments field.

Stewart Levine February 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM
I also liked the film The Road to Wellville, it is another lesser known film, but with great actors and a hilarious script. check it out on imdb or rent it if you get the time.
Beth Bales February 10, 2012 at 01:42 PM
You have a lot of my favorites on that list, including "You've Got Mail," which I would put above "When Harry Met Sally." "American President" is one of my all-time favorites; I think I can recite most of the lines. Somehow, with "Pretty Woman," which I like all right, I get stuck on the hooker part... And "My Best Friend's Wedding" should be on there, too. "Officer and a Gentleman" is pretty romantic, though I'm thinking it may not be a comedy.
Beth Bales February 10, 2012 at 01:43 PM
One of my co-workers would add "Chocolate."
Rick Nagel (Editor) February 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM
And I forgot "The Goodbye Girl," and a bunch of other Neil Simon choices. Didn't Richard Dreyfuss win the Academy Award for Best Actor for that one?
Alex Keown February 10, 2012 at 01:59 PM
No Roxanne or LA Story?!?!?!?! I'm appalled.
Rick Nagel (Editor) February 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I added a poll, just for the heck of it.
Ray February 10, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Mary Kay Coleman February 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Hope Floats is one of our favorites also some ice skating movie with a hockey player that my daughter watched over and over........thanks nicer start to the day than snow and problems!!!
Joe O'Donnell (Editor) February 10, 2012 at 03:13 PM
"The Cutting Edge."
Cronan February 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I Love You Man, if you haven't seen it you should =) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1155056/
Molly R. O'Brien February 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
How about Deliverance?
Mary Costello February 10, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The War of the Roses :)
Joe O'Donnell (Editor) February 10, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Solid Bro-mantic comedy, for sure.
Paul Bryant February 10, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Welcome to Mooseport
Jon Cunningham February 10, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Continental Divide. John Belushi and Blair Brown. Part in Chicago, part in Colorado.
Tara Elgass February 10, 2012 at 07:14 PM
so many good ones here - I will have to rewatch some of them that I haven't seen in a while. My personal favorites are "Bridget Jones' diary", "Nottinghill" and "When Harry Met Sally".
Super Concerned Citizen February 10, 2012 at 09:20 PM
E.t. (A boy and his alien), Brokeback Mountain (a man and his...man); Das Boot (A man and his submarine) ; Thelma & Louise (a woman and her woman [With Brad Pitt!!]); and my personal favorite Raising Arizona
Julie Burke February 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I loved The Notebook.
Steve Jurkovic February 10, 2012 at 11:25 PM
This is the first list I have ever seen where I've actually seen every movie! If The American President or Notting Hill are on, I have to stop what I'm doing to watch them.
Elizabeth Major February 10, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Just Friends with Ryan Reynolds.
Karlie Baker (Editor) February 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM
No one's mentioned "The Wedding Date" yet, so I will! Also, everything on the aforementioned list with Meg Ryan, and "The Cutting Edge" (which I had totally forgotten about!). It's not a romantic comedy, but I think the Will Ferell/Maggie Gyllenhal scenes in "Stranger Than Fiction" are downright adorable.
Brian Howell February 11, 2012 at 12:17 AM
No one has mentioned "While You were Sleeping." That's a gross oversight. Great movie.
Erik Bloecks February 11, 2012 at 02:59 AM
How about "Continental Devide"? It is a lesser known John Belishu flick.
Susan Sayers February 11, 2012 at 02:46 PM
What about "Waiting to Exhale?" VERY funny! =)
Lisa February 11, 2012 at 07:45 PM
The Princess Bride- the whole premise is about twoo wuv...
Beth Bales February 12, 2012 at 02:35 PM
"Dave," with Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver
Kathleen Neville February 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM
"Same Time Next Year" with Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn was cute.
Cathy Grimes February 14, 2012 at 01:09 PM
According to Will Farrell, that's Derrick Rose's favorite movie.
Karlie Baker (Editor) February 14, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Haha, Cathy, I'm glad someone else brought that up!
Sartar Singh March 23, 2012 at 09:19 AM
"An Affair to Remember"


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