The 10 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time
Remember when all your angsty, lovelorn woes could be solved by a delightful (and Julia Roberts-infused) rom-com? Well, thanks to films like Bridget Jones’s Baby and La La Land, it seems like this genre is making a bit of a comeback. (There’s even a new Nancy Meyers movie starring Reese Witherspoon due out this fall.) That’s why we’re recapping the timeless O.G.s of the rom-com era. Here, ten that will never get old.
‘While You Were Sleeping’
Sandra Bullock is delightful as the token-taking "L" train employee who comes to the rescue of her crush (Peter Gallagher) after he falls on the tracks.
Before Tom Cruise jumped on a couch, he stole the heart of Renée Zellweger—and all of us—in this film about a sports agent in search of authenticity at work.
‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’
From the Dionne Warwick family sing-along to the oversize flip phones, this Julia Roberts classic had us replaying the movie soundtrack for weeks.
‘Sleepless in Seattle’
This Meg Ryan movie makes us miss the days of dialing into radio shows—and witty Nora Ephron dialogue.
‘When Harry Met Sally’
Speaking of Meg Ryan and Nora Ephron, this rom-com about a pair of quirky New Yorkers (Billy Crystal included) who believe to their core that men and women can’t be friends changed the way we think about relationships. (And orgasms.)
More Julia. This time with Hugh Grant—the best Horse and Hound reporter there ever was—by her side.
‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back’
Angela Bassett escapes reality for a vacation in Jamaica and meets the one, the only, Taye Diggs. Paradise found.
‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’
A bumbling (and completely adorbs) Hugh Grant encounters the same woman (Andie MacDowell) on five separate social occasions. Romance—the British kind—ensues.
Last Julia Roberts appearance on this list. Like we could omit this flick about a prostitute and a businessman (Richard Gere) who fall in love. Most importantly, we’d like to thank it for this line we reference on the regular: “Big mistake. Huge.”
‘13 Going on 30’
You’ve got Jennifer Garner and all the '80s tunes. Yessss.