Best Rom-Coms

by ClaireHellar | created - 20 Mar 2011 | updated - 27 Dec 2014 | Public

Good rom-coms are hard to find - they must combine a decent plot, good acting, good chemistry, and be both relatively light-hearted and emotionally resonant. Here are the best rom-coms I've seen.

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1. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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76 Metascore

Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 163,387 | Gross: $92.82M

2. The Goodbye Girl (1977)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Paul Benedict

Votes: 10,240 | Gross: $102.00M

3. You've Got Mail (1998)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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57 Metascore

Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey

Votes: 165,411 | Gross: $115.82M

4. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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67 Metascore

A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle

Votes: 77,928 | Gross: $81.06M

5. Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.0
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66 Metascore

The "real" story of Cinderella. A refreshing new take on the classic fairy tale.

Director: Andy Tennant | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott, Patrick Godfrey

Votes: 61,493 | Gross: $65.71M

6. Runaway Bride (1999)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

5.5
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39 Metascore

A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 80,833 | Gross: $152.26M

7. French Kiss (1995)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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50 Metascore

A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton, Jean Reno

Votes: 41,260 | Gross: $38.90M

8. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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66 Metascore

A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

Director: Sharon Maguire | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones

Votes: 191,082 | Gross: $71.54M

9. Save the Last Dance (2001)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.2
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53 Metascore

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr

Votes: 51,134 | Gross: $91.06M

10. Chocolat (2000)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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64 Metascore

A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 160,059 | Gross: $71.51M

11. One Fine Day (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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The lives of two strangers and their young children unexpectedly intersect on one hectic, stressful day in New York City.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman, Alex D. Linz

Votes: 38,430 | Gross: $46.15M

12. The Cutting Edge (1992)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.9
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A temperamental figure skater and a former hockey player try to win Olympic gold as a figure skating pairs team.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly, Roy Dotrice, Terry O'Quinn

Votes: 16,134 | Gross: $25.11M

13. Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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72 Metascore

A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson

Votes: 21,833 | Gross: $11.74M

14. Pretty Woman (1990)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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51 Metascore

A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander, Laura San Giacomo

Votes: 236,391 | Gross: $178.41M

15. Sabrina (1995)

PG | 127 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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56 Metascore

An ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change, still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear, Nancy Marchand

Votes: 31,720 | Gross: $53.67M

16. Step Up (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Music

6.5
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48 Metascore

Tyler Gage receives the opportunity of a lifetime after vandalizing a performing arts school, gaining him the chance to earn a scholarship and dance with an up and coming dancer, Nora.

Director: Anne Fletcher | Stars: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Damaine Radcliff, De'Shawn Washington

Votes: 98,591 | Gross: $65.33M

17. What a Girl Wants (2003)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.8
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41 Metascore

An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the election.

Director: Dennie Gordon | Stars: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 51,750 | Gross: $35.99M

18. Music and Lyrics (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

6.5
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59 Metascore

A washed up singer is given a couple days to compose a chart-topping hit for an aspiring teen sensation. Though he's never written a decent lyric in his life, he sparks with an offbeat younger woman with a flair for words.

Director: Marc Lawrence | Stars: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore, Scott Porter, Nick Bacon

Votes: 86,942 | Gross: $50.57M

19. Just Like Heaven (2005)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

6.7
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47 Metascore

A lonely landscape architect falls for the spirit of the beautiful woman who used to live in his new apartment.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Donal Logue, Dina Spybey-Waters

Votes: 88,156 | Gross: $48.32M

20. High Fidelity (2000)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.5
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79 Metascore

Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black

Votes: 151,424 | Gross: $27.28M

21. She's All That (1999)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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51 Metascore

A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school's prom queen.

Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker

Votes: 72,770 | Gross: $63.37M

22. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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72 Metascore

A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

Director: Nora Ephron | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rita Wilson

Votes: 133,749 | Gross: $126.53M

23. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 138 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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52 Metascore

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

Votes: 201,002 | Gross: $63.22M

24. Enchanted (2007)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.1
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75 Metascore

A young maiden in a land called Andalasia, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York City by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.

Director: Kevin Lima | Stars: Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey

Votes: 154,494 | Gross: $127.81M

25. Return to Me (2000)

PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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54 Metascore

A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart.

Director: Bonnie Hunt | Stars: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O'Connor, Robert Loggia

Votes: 17,305 | Gross: $32.66M

26. My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2010)

PG | 84 min | Comedy, Romance

5.8
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Jesse meets Ethan, someone she could finally fall in love with, but then she meets Troy, and now she has a dilemma.

Director: Daryn Tufts | Stars: Christopher Gorham, Alyssa Milano, Michael Landes, Carol Kane

Votes: 5,128

Ignore the awful (awful!) sounding plot and ridiculous title. After a rough start, this turned into an absolutely lovely, warm, funny, and oddly moving film. Such an underrated gem.

27. Never Been Kissed (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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60 Metascore

A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.

Director: Raja Gosnell | Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon

Votes: 72,996 | Gross: $55.47M

28. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 247,010 | Gross: $38.18M

29. A Walk in the Clouds (1995)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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A married soldier returning from World War II poses as a pregnant woman's husband to save her from her father's anger and honor.

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Anthony Quinn, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 26,849 | Gross: $50.01M

30. A Cinderella Story (2004)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

5.9
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25 Metascore

Routinely exploited by her wicked stepmother, the downtrodden Sam Montgomery is excited about the prospect of meeting her Internet beau at the school's Halloween dance.

Director: Mark Rosman | Stars: Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge, Dan Byrd

Votes: 69,283 | Gross: $51.44M

31. Notting Hill (1999)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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66 Metascore

The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe, Rhys Ifans

Votes: 223,417 | Gross: $116.09M

32. Maid in Manhattan (2002)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.1
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45 Metascore

A Senatorial candidate falls for a hotel maid, thinking she is a socialite, when he sees her trying on a wealthy woman's dress.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 73,647 | Gross: $94.01M

33. Two Weeks Notice (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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42 Metascore

A lawyer decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him.

Director: Marc Lawrence | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt, Dana Ivey

Votes: 92,575 | Gross: $93.35M

34. Serendipity (2001)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

6.9
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52 Metascore

A couple search for each other years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together.

Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Bridget Moynahan

Votes: 92,645 | Gross: $50.29M

35. Phenomenon (1996)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.4
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41 Metascore

An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall

Votes: 67,363 | Gross: $104.64M