Romantic and/or Comedic movies -

Frequently the popular romantic comedies play to the lowest common denominator. Sometimes that works, but frequently it doesn't. These are movies that made the quirks work, through some blend of chemistry, writing or just plain charm. In no particular order.
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1.
Love Actually (2003)
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Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ Despite the couple of clunky bits, the rest of the movie really shines. ” - ronilena
 
2.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ Working through someone else's romantic disappointment has never been as much fun as this. ” - ronilena
 
3.
The Decoy Bride (2011)
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When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent. (89 mins.)
Director: Sheree Folkson
“ Completely preposterous and yet utterly charming. ” - ronilena
 
4.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible. (107 mins.)
“ The word "lovely" perfectly describes this movie. ” - ronilena
 
5.
The Wedding Date (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Single-girl anxiety causes Kat Ellis (Messing) to hire a male escort (Mulroney) to pose as her boyfriend at her sister's wedding. Her plan, an attempt to dupe her ex-fiancé, who dumped her a couple years prior, proves to be her undoing. (90 mins.)
Director: Clare Kilner
“ Shouldn't work, does. I blame Dermot Mulroney. ” - ronilena
 
6.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle. (100 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
“ It's a classic for a reason. ” - ronilena
 
7.
One Fine Day (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The lives of two strangers and their young children unexpectedly intersect on one hectic, stressful day in New York City. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
“ The very real hectic every day craziness of parenting crashing into the fizzy sparks of attraction. Crazily contrived, but fun. ” - ronilena
 
8.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
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The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team. (112 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
“ Should be considered an homage to the virtues of hard work and not compromising who you really are. Plus Jonathan Rhys Meyers! ” - ronilena
 
9.
A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An irreverent young woman who uses her humor to prevent matters from getting serious has a life-changing visit with her doctor. (106 mins.)
Director: Nicole Kassell
“ Some lovely performances in what should be a melancholy movie, but isn't. ” - ronilena
 
10.
Penelope (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with "one who will accept her as one of their own." (104 mins.)
Director: Mark Palansky
“ Definitely whimsical, absolutely sweet and funny. ” - ronilena
 
11.
The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him. (95 mins.)
Director: Lee Kirk
“ Off beat and introspective. A quiet little gem of a movie. ” - ronilena
 
12.
Sliding Doors (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A London woman's love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Howitt
“ If you don't fall in love with John Hannah's character, romances might not be for you. ” - ronilena
 
13.
Jack & Sarah (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young American woman becomes a nanny in the home of a recent British widower. (110 mins.)
Director: Tim Sullivan
“ A trifle, but a really nice one. ” - ronilena
 
14.
Friends with Benefits (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young man and woman decide to take their friendship to the next level without becoming a couple, but soon discover that adding sex only leads to complications. (109 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
“ I still don't know why I like this movie, but I really, really do. The chemistry between the leads was completely realistic for me. ” - ronilena
 
15.
The American President (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. president and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway. (114 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ One of those movies I have to watch every time it comes on. ” - ronilena
 
16.
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues. (97 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
“ Oscar Wilde's material is a true treat in the hands of Firth and Everett. ” - ronilena
 
17.
Victor Victoria (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life. (132 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Of all the reasons to love Julie Andrews, this is my favorite. ” - ronilena
 
18.
The Egg and I (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
On their wedding night, Bob reveals to Betty that he has purchased an abandoned chicken farm. Betty struggles to adapt to their new rural lifestyle, especially when a glamorous neighbor seems to set her eyes on Bob. (108 mins.)
Director: Chester Erskine
 
19.
Swinging with the Finkels (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A suburban couple decide to shake up their marriage by "swinging" with another couple. (85 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Newman
 
20.
Benny & Joon (1993)
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A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton. (98 mins.)
 
21.
Truly Madly Deeply (1990)
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A woman dealing with inconsolable grief over the death of her partner gets another chance when he returns to earth as a ghost. (106 mins.)
“ Bittersweet and beautiful. ” - ronilena
 
22.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular '70s group ABBA. (108 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
“ I could spend half an hour enumerating the flaws in this movie. But every time I watch it I end up grinning like a crazy woman. ” - ronilena
 
23.
Babe (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
“ Is there a purer love than that between a man and his pig? Not than the one between these two. ” - ronilena
 
24.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chbosky
“ Not so much a romance, but I love it, the story and the characters. ” - ronilena
 
25.
Friends with Kids (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships. (107 mins.)
“ Who knew Adam Scott could be a heart throb? I mean his character is a bit of a douche, but he grows on you. The ending kills me every time. ” - ronilena
 
26.
Desk Set (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization of a television network's research department. (103 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
“ For me, this one summed up why these two made such fun movies. It's a bit of fluff that hides all the beautiful precision of their craft so smoothly you don't even notice it. ” - ronilena
 
27.
Shirley Valentine (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg... (108 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Really a movie about learning to love yourself cloaked in a rom/com. ” - ronilena
 
28.
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they... (119 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
29.
The Lake House (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A lonely doctor, who once occupied an unusual lakeside house, begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late. (99 mins.)
“ Yeah, yeah, I know! But I liked it and the mood of the movie stuck with for quite a while. I found I enjoyed it more on subsequent viewings. ” - ronilena
 
30.
Murphy's Romance (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch... (107 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ James Garner, sexy at any age. ” - ronilena
 
31.
A Walk on the Moon (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The world of a young housewife is turned upside down when she has an affair with a free-spirited blouse salesman. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Goldwyn
 
32.
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)
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A widowed man's life turns upside down when he embarks on a journey to find a dying man's long lost love. (103 mins.)
Director: Randall Miller
 
33.
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby. (102 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Some movies define their genres, this is one that really helped kick off the whip crack fast, dialog driven romantic comedy that we know and love today. ” - ronilena
 
34.
Ten Inch Hero (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Piper moves to Santa Cruz, California to go to the Institute of Art. When she was 15 she gave birth to a daughter... (102 mins.)
Director: David Mackay
“ Again, a fairly predictable romp with a group of oddballs. But it was fun and had Jensen Ackles not killing monsters. ” - ronilena
 
35.
Blind Dating (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A blind young man (Pine) thinks he finds love with an Indian woman (Jay), though their relationship is fraught with cultural differences. (95 mins.)
Director: James Keach
“ A silly, silly movie. But a glimpse of why Chris Pine goes on to be successful. ” - ronilena
 
36.
P.S. (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An unfulfilled divorced woman gets the chance to relive her past when she meets a young man who appears to be her high school sweetheart who died many years before. (97 mins.)
Director: Dylan Kidd
“ Laura Linney. No one does winsome and damaged better. ” - ronilena
 
37.
Once (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
“ No happy ending but a glorious soundtrack and beautiful, heartfelt performances. ” - ronilena
 
38.
Wild Target (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A hitman tries to retire but a beautiful thief may change his plans. (98 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Lynn
“ Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt? Charming. ” - ronilena