The best rom-coms by year (romantic comedies we love)

These are my favorite romantic comedies, listed by year. Good means at least a B- and really romantic (with the exception of the ones listed that I haven’t seen in which case they’re just rumored to be good). There may be a couple of Cs in the list but still deserving for some reason. Who said the rom-com is dead? Judging by the last ten years, it doesn't look dead to me!
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1.
About Time (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. (123 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ Not seen it yet. Just included it as it is rumored to be a good one. Let's hope! ” - egarbi
 
2.
A Case of You (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A young writer tries to impress a girl he meets online with an embellished profile, but he finds himself in a real mess when she falls for him and he has to keep up the act. (89 mins.)
Director: Kat Coiro
“ Not seen it yet. Just included it as it is rumored to be a good one. Let's hope! ” - egarbi
 
3.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (122 mins.)
 
4.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them. (94 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
5.
Ted (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend, Lori. (106 mins.)
Director: Seth MacFarlane
 
6.
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. (109 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
 
7.
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
 
8.
Friends with Benefits (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan Harper and Jamie Rellis soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications. (109 mins.)
Director: Will Gluck
“ Like an acquired taste, the more you watch it the more you like it. ” - egarbi
 
9.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. (118 mins.)
 
10.
Bridesmaids (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. (125 mins.)
Director: Paul Feig
“ More com than rom but so deserving to be included! ” - egarbi
 
11.
Leap Year (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it. (100 mins.)
Director: Anand Tucker
 
12.
It's Complicated (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When attending their son's college graduation, a couple reignite the spark in their relationship. But the complicated fact is they're divorced and he's remarried. (120 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
 
13.
I Love You, Man (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Friendless Peter Klaven goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But, when his insta-bond with his new B.F.F. puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, can the trio learn to live happily ever after? (105 mins.)
Director: John Hamburg
 
14.
The Proposal (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. (108 mins.)
Director: Anne Fletcher
 
15.
Away We Go (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Not really a rom-com but a lovely movie. ” - egarbi
 
16.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Devastated Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend. (111 mins.)
 
17.
Knocked Up (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child. (129 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
 
18.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey, a pair of committed womanizers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the romantic tinge in the air, find themselves at odds with one another when John meets and falls for Claire Cleary. (119 mins.)
Director: David Dobkin
 
19.
Fever Pitch (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Lindsay is stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben and his passion for the Boston Red Sox. (104 mins.)
 
20.
Hitch (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
While helping his latest client woo the fine lady of his dreams, a professional "date doctor" finds that his game doesn't quite work on the gossip columnist with whom he's smitten. (118 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
21.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother. (116 mins.)
Director: Judd Apatow
“ A good movie although somehow it doesn't pass the romantic side of the rom-com test to me. ” - egarbi
 
22.
50 First Dates (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
 
23.
Along Came Polly (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A buttoned up newlywed finds his too organized life falling into chaos when he falls in love with an old classmate. (90 mins.)
Director: John Hamburg
“ One of those movies that the more you watch it the more you like it. ” - egarbi
 
24.
Love Actually (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
“ Can watch it a 100 times and still enjoy time 101th. ” - egarbi
 
25.
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age. (128 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
“ It has conflict, it has Jack, it has Keanu. What else do you need? Just lift the ban on bigamy! ” - egarbi
 
26.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made. (116 mins.)
Director: Donald Petrie
 
27.
About a Boy (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy. (101 mins.)
“ Like Sleepless in Seattle, boy doesn't meet girl until the end of the movie. But, go figure, it works! ” - egarbi
 
28.
Serendipity (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A couple reunite years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
“ Those critics who find it syrupy have no hearts. A romance for the holiday season and it has John Cusack on it. Some call it formulaic I call it perfection! ” - egarbi
 
29.
Amélie (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. (122 mins.)
 
30.
Legally Blonde (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Luketic
“ Not precisely a rom-com but it has lots of com and enough rom. ” - egarbi
 
31.
High Fidelity (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
32.
What Women Want (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. (127 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
“ Used to be Mel Gibson. ” - egarbi
 
33.
Notting Hill (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world. (124 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ Gosh, I wish I can quit you. No matter the late pm or early am it is on, I can't not watch you. ” - egarbi
 
34.
Runaway Bride (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar. (116 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ Richard Gere more than makes up for any flaws. ” - egarbi
 
35.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. (97 mins.)
Director: Gil Junger
 
36.
There's Something About Mary (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster. (119 mins.)
 
37.
You've Got Mail (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet. (119 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
38.
The Wedding Singer (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other. (95 mins.)
Director: Frank Coraci
 
39.
As Good as It Gets (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery. (139 mins.)
Director: James L. Brooks
 
40.
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
When a woman's long-time friend reveals he's engaged, she realizes she loves him herself and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding. (105 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
 
41.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
42.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
43.
Only You (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Destiny. Faith (Marisa Tomei) believes that two soul-mates can be united if they find each other. From the Ouija board... (115 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Yeah, whatever. ” - egarbi
 
44.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner. (105 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
“ How could it be one of the best and the leads don't meet until the last scene? Oh, you, Nora Ephron! ” - egarbi
 
45.
Groundhog Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. (101 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
 
46.
Frankie and Johnny (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a café beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom. (118 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ How could I forget this one? Lovely, lovely, lovely. ” - egarbi
 
47.
Pretty Woman (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (119 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ a.k.a. What Men Want. ” - egarbi
 
48.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. (96 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
49.
Say Anything... (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
 
50.
Working Girl (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job. (113 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Oh, the eighties. ” - egarbi
 
51.
The Princess Bride (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. (98 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
 
52.
Roxanne (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Based on the play "Cyrano de Bergerac", large nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne while she falls for his personality but another man's looks. (107 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
53.
Moonstruck (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
54.
Romancing the Stone (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A romance writer sets off to Colombia to ransom her kidnapped sister, and soon finds herself in the middle of a dangerous adventure. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
55.
Splash (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young man is reunited with a mermaid who saves him from drowning as a boy and falls in love not knowing who/what she is. (111 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
56.
Tootsie (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Michael Dorsey, an unsuccessful actor, disguises himself as a woman in order to get a role on a trashy hospital soap. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ The best!!! ” - egarbi
 
57.
The Graduate (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
58.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
59.
The Apartment (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Oh, the sixties. ” - egarbi
 
60.
Pillow Talk (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A man and a woman who share a telephone line despise each other, but he has fun romancing her with his voice disguised. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
 
61.
Roman Holiday (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. (118 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
62.
His Girl Friday (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying. (92 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
63.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
64.
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