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Romantic Comedies

Boy meets girl, they get into goofy shenanigans, they kiss at the end. A formula almost sterile in its simplicity, and yet the basis for so many popular movies. Romance and comedy go together naturally, since a relationship is after all a light-hearted affair. The pairing can be a darkly humorous one featuring a pair of hopelessly misfit oddballs like in Harold and Maude. Or the union of two desperate dregs of society on crossing paths, like Fight Club. Or just a snuggly cuddle-fest that makes everybody feel good like Sleepless in Seattle.

Of course, romantic comedies are popular because they make audiences feel good on so many levels. The theme of love is itself common to all of us - we may be captivated by all kinds of other stories, but it's the love affair that speaks to us all in the most intimate way. Romantic comedies are generally cheerful and life-affirming, giving us a message of hope and ultimate triumph over our technologically-bred culture of alienation and isolation. And hey, they're great to drag a date to!

  • 2009 500 Days of Summer
    500 Days of Summer Director: Marc Webb
    Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel
  • 2013 About Time
    About Time Director: Richard Curtis
    Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Lindsay Duncan
  • 2001 Amelie
    Amelie Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
    Starring: Audrey Tautou, Matthieu Kassovitz, Rufus
  • 1977 Annie Hall
    Annie Hall Director: Woody Allen
    Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon
  • 1960 Apartment, The
    Apartment, The Director: Michael Taverna
    Starring: Mischa Barton, Rebecca De Mornay, Julianne Michelle, Corey Sevier, John Diehl
  • 2011 Artist, The
    Artist, The Director: Jackie Cockle
    Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell
  • 2010 Beginners
    Beginners Director: Mike Mills
    Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Mary Page Keller
  • 1987 Can't Buy Me Love
    Can't Buy Me Love Director: Steve Rash
    Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Dennis Dugan, Courtney Gains, Tina Caspary
  • 2013 Enough Said
    Enough Said Director: Nicole Holofcener
    Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener
  • 1994 Forrest Gump
    Forrest Gump Director: Robert Zemeckis
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field
  • 1991 L.A. Story
    L.A. Story Director: Mick Jackson
    Starring: Steve Martin, Marilu Henner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Pollak, Victoria Tennant
  • 2015 Lobster, The
    Lobster, The Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
    Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, Léa Seydoux
  • 2005 Me and You and Everyone We Know
    Me and You and Everyone We Know Director: Miranda July
    Starring: Ellen Geer, Miranda July, John Hawkes, Miles Thompson
  • 1996 Michael
    Michael Director: Nora Ephron
    Starring: John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Jean Stapleton
  • 2011 Midnight in Paris
    Midnight in Paris Director: Woody Allen
    Starring: Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams
  • 1936 Modern Times
    Modern Times Director: Charlie Chaplin
    Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley J. Sandford, Chester Conklin
  • 1986 Pretty in Pink
    Pretty in Pink Director: Various
    Starring: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Andrew McCarthy
  • 1990 Pretty Woman
    Pretty Woman Director: Garry Marshall
    Starring: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts
  • 1987 Princess Bride, The
    Princess Bride, The Director: Rob Reiner
    Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn
  • 2002 Punch-Drunk Love
    Punch-Drunk Love Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
    Starring: Emily Watson, Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman, Mary Lynn Rajskub
  • 1983 Romantic Comedy
    Romantic Comedy Director: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
    Starring: Holland Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Vincent D. Onofrio, Tovah Feldshuh, Nadia Dajani
  • 1991 Scenes from a Mall
    Scenes from a Mall Director: Paul Mazursky
    Starring: Bette Midler, Woody Allen, Bill Irwin
  • 1998 Shakespeare in Love
    Shakespeare in Love Director: John Madden
    Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Gwyneth Paltrow, Colin Firth, Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes
  • 2012 Silver Linings Playbook
    Silver Linings Playbook Director: David O. Russell
    Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker
  • 1952 Singin' in the Rain
    Singin' in the Rain Director: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
    Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'connor, Gene Kelly
  • 1993 Sleepless in Seattle
    Sleepless in Seattle Director: Nora Ephron
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger, Rob Reiner
  • 2011 Something Borrowed
    Something Borrowed Director: Luke Greenfield
    Starring: Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski, Colin Egglesfield, Steve Howey
  • 2008 WALL-E
    WALL-E Director: Andrew Stanton
    Starring: Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin
  • 1998 Wedding Singer, The
    Wedding Singer, The Director: Frank Coraci
    Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Billy Idol
  • 1989 When Harry Met Sally...
    When Harry Met Sally... Director: mgm
    Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Lisa Jane Persky
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