Top 10: The best romantic comedies in cinema history

Romantic comedies – you may like them, hate them, or think they are sugary. However, it is an important branch of cinema which has been bringing its creator significant financial profits and setting box-office records on fire for many decades. Legends of the genre include Doris Day, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon. We have prepared for you a ranking of ten unforgettable comedy romances – these are the films you need to know and most of them are hard not to love.

The best romantic comedies – top 10 ranking

“How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953)

Romantic comedy about three New York models who rotate through wealthy society to hunt down rich husbands. Featuring a cast of icons themselves – Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable. Lots of slapstick and daring, for the year of production, humor; lots of glitz and visual craziness. It’s also one of the first films made in the widescreen CinemaScope format.

“Love Actually” (2003)

The film has been described as a classic – not only among romantic comedies, but also among contemporary films with a Christmas theme. A story about how love has more than one name and how seemingly unrelated people can be pawns in the game of “superior forces” – everyone has the right to love and everyone can count on it.

The cast of “Love Actually” in particular is striking. The iconic film, which hasn’t been off the top of the best rom-com charts for years, starred, among others: Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, Alan Rickman, Rowan Atkinson, Claudia Schiffer, Denise Richards and Shannon Elizabeth.

“Pretty Woman” (1990)

Julia Roberts in a film which broke the convention of romantic comedies – the main character is a charming prostitute who falls in love with an influential businessman. Interestingly, at first the film was supposed to be a “cautionary tale” about the life of female sex workers in California, but it was decided that it would work better in a comedy formula. It was one of the biggest box-office hits of the 1990s, which brought the leading actress a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination.

“Notting Hill” (1999)

Roberts was in the 90s an icon of film comedies and she played a similar role in “Notting Hill” from 1999. The script of this production was prepared by Richard Curtis, the creator of the aforementioned “This Is Love”. It is a beautiful story of a love affair between a bookstore employee (Hugh Grant) and an American actress (Roberts), who accidentally visits his shop. The film’s credits include a BAFTA, an Empire Award and a statuette from the British Academy of Comedy Films. The actors playing the lead roles were nominated for a Golden Globe.

Best romantic comedies – TOP 10

“Bridget Jones’s Diary” (2001)

We remain in the UK. The first part of the trilogy featuring the unlucky but charming Bridget Jones(Renée Zellweger) is now a true classic of the genre. The titular heroine is now a pop culture icon, and the film itself has aged remarkably well. This is thanks to a funny script, a likable central character and the personal charm of Zellweger herself.

“Sabrina” (1954)

A slightly formulaic romantic comedy that resembles a Cinderella fairy tale. In the film, two rich men fall in love with their chauffeur’s daughter. Audrey Hepburn creates a role here as captivating and iconic as the one in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and Humphrey Bogart, who accompanies her on screen, is truly magnetizing.

“50 First Dates” (2004)

Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star in a film that could have turned out to be a deconstruction of the romantic comedy – after all, the main star is known for his gross-out sense of humor and comedies that, in the opinion of critics, often come off as rather simplistic. “50 First Dates,” however, is far from “Gilmore’s Farce” or “Chuck and Larry”; it’s a romantic film shot in the tradition of “Groundhog Day,” benefiting from the chemistry of Barrymore and Sandler.

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“Sleepless in Seattle” (1993)

A romantic comedy with the action set during the Christmas season. We meet the characters in the Christmas Eve scenes and then the action moves one day forward – we participate in the Christmas madness. On New Year’s Eve, the characters become reflective and thoughtful: both Annie (Meg Ryan) and Sam(Tom Hanks) realize that something is missing in their lives…

Not for long, of course, as the film is a flagship romance from Nora Ephron (the same one who gave audiences “You’ve Got News” and “When Harry Met Sally”). “Sleepless in Seattle” is very much served by the time in which the action is set. It is a time of magic, great uplift and transformation in life. The main characters convince themselves of this.

“10 Things I hate About You” (1999)

The year 1999 brought audiences a number of teen comedies – in addition to “American Pie,” there were “All of Her,” “Cheerleader,” “This Is Me Turning,” and “This First Time,” among others. A (very) loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” – with a similar title, “The Mischief Girl in Love” – was also a big success. Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Julia Stiles created their breakout roles in the film.

The protagonists are two sisters, one of whom is too young to date – at least according to her father. It’s not until Katarina (Stiles) finds a boyfriend that the younger Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is able to follow in her footsteps. In love with Bianca, Cameron (Gordon-Levitt) is ready to do anything to make the capricious girl fall into the arms of a handsome man. He falls for a schoolboy gag (Ledger).

“Singin’ in the Rain” (1952)

A film that works as both a classic musical, a comforting comedy with a romantic plot and a Hollywood love story. The songs and dance routines perfectly highlight the passion born between Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly. The iconic scene in the rain is referenced in the melodrama “Brooklyn” with Saoirse Ronan, among others.

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