50 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time

Like love itself, compiling our list of the 50 best romantic comedies was a little complicated. We utilized a weighted system that factors in both Tomatometer and number of reviews, and each movie needed 20 reviews to qualify. So dim the lights, pop the bubbly, and get cozy with our compendium of the best reviewed romantic comedies of all time!


Adjusted Score: 84.079%
Critics Consensus: It never lives up to the first part of its title, but Crazy, Stupid, Love's unabashed sweetness -- and its terrifically talented cast -- more than make up for its flaws.
Synopsis: At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream-good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his... [More]
Directed By: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Adjusted Score: 84.348%
Critics Consensus: Bridget Jones's Baby might be late on arrival, but fans of the series should still find its third installment a bouncing bundle of joy.
Synopsis: Oscar (R) winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world's... [More]
Directed By: Sharon Maguire

Adjusted Score: 85.279%
Critics Consensus: Miranda July's debut feature is a charmingly offbeat and observant film about people looking for love.
Synopsis: 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' is a poetic and penetrating observation of how people struggle to connect with... [More]
Directed By: Miranda July


Clueless (1995)

Adjusted Score: 85.811%
Critics Consensus: A funny and clever reshaping of Emma, Clueless offers a soft satire that pokes as much fun at teen films as it does at the Beverly Hills glitterati.
Synopsis: Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look... [More]
Directed By: Amy Heckerling

Adjusted Score: 84.962%
Critics Consensus: Though there was controversy over the choice of casting, Zellweger's Bridget Jones is a sympathetic, likable, funny character, giving this romantic comedy a lot of charm.
Synopsis: Based on Helen Fielding's hugely popular novel, this romantic comedy follows Bridget (Renee Zellweger), a post-feminist, thirty-something British woman who... [More]
Directed By: Sharon Maguire


Notting Hill (1999)

Adjusted Score: 87.091%
Critics Consensus: Charming performances provide romance aplenty.
Synopsis: Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

Adjusted Score: 87.424%
Critics Consensus: There's Something About Mary proves that unrelentingly, unabashedly peurile humor doesn't necessarily come at the expense of a film's heart.
Synopsis: The Farrelly Brothers set this romantic comedy in their home state of Rhode Island. In 1985, when teen-nerd Ted Stroehmann... [More]

Adjusted Score: 88.596%
Critics Consensus: Superbly acted and satisfyingly engaging, Your Sister's Sister subverts rom-com conventions with sensitive direction, an unconventional screenplay, and a big heart.
Synopsis: A year after his brother Tom's death, Jack (Mark Duplass) is still struggling emotionally. When he makes a scene at... [More]
Directed By: Lynn Shelton

Adjusted Score: 91.389%
Critics Consensus: With ample laughs and sharp performances, Forgetting Sarah Marshall finds just the right mix of romantic and raunchy comedy.
Synopsis: Watch the Unrated version that you couldn't see in theaters! It's the hysterically funny look at how far one man... [More]
Directed By: Nicholas Stoller

Adjusted Score: 90.847%
Critics Consensus: Steve Carell's first star turn scores big with a tender treatment of its titular underdog, using raunchy but realistically funny comedy to connect with adult audiences.
Synopsis: One man nervously ventures forth into the final frontier in this comedy starring comic actor Steve Carell. Andy Stitzer (Carell)... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

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  • Crockett

    I’m glad to see some of my favorites in this list, including “Roman Holiday.”

  • Jason Blackman

    say anything… how is this not on the list?

  • Otto T

    I swear that if It Happened One Night is not on the list shit is going to get real.

  • Strider

    WTH??? Where is Say Anything? it had a 100% on the tomatometer up until about 2 years ago when a couple “new” critics ruined the perfect score.

  • Rooby Doo

    So glad to see What’s Up, Doc on this list. IMHO, it’s the greatest screwball comedy since Hollywood’s golden age ended (Grand Budapest Hotel is close though).

  • Guest

    Enough Said at #12 ?? seriously??. -_-

    Silver Linings Playbook and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY are my faves.

  • I disagree with the order, and films are missing (people have already mentioned Say Anything). I have seen all of these and a few would not be on my list at all. But as lists go, and one dominated by popularity rather than quality, it is a good list.

  • Sirena Loveridge

    Gotta Have Say Anything or it’s not a real list!!! I just saw a movie that should make this list in the future. THE DOG WEDDING, it’s really sweet

  • Dezzie

    Where the heck was Sleepless in Seattle?!? Did I miss it??

  • thiago

    Where’s As Good as it Gets? It’s a fantastic romantic comedy, and won two Academy Awards for acting in recent years (something really rare to happens with comedy movies), and has a good tomatometer – 86 per cent -, and i am upset, they forgot THIS film, but put Enough Said and Treinwreck, which is not that great.

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