50 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time


Sabrina (1954)

Adjusted Score: 94.609%
Critics Consensus: With its humorous script and its stars' immense charm, Sabrina remains a resonant romantic gem.
Synopsis: Wealthy brothers compete for the affections of their chauffeur's innocent daughter in this seductive Cinderella story.... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder


Splash (1984)

Adjusted Score: 94.754%
Critics Consensus: A perfectly light, warmly funny romantic comedy that's kept afloat by Ron Howard's unobtrusive direction and charming performances from Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.
Synopsis: This story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard


Trainwreck (2015)

Adjusted Score: 95.64%
Critics Consensus: Trainwreck drags commitment out of all but the most rom-com-phobic filmgoers with sharp humor, relatable characters, and hilarious work from Amy Schumer.
Synopsis: Since she was a little girl, it's been drilled into Amy's (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow


Obvious Child (2014)

Adjusted Score: 95.762%
Critics Consensus: Tackling a sensitive subject with maturity, honesty, and wit, Obvious Child serves as a deeply promising debut for writer-director Gillian Robespierre.
Synopsis: For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of... [More]
Directed By: Gillian Robespierre


Moonstruck (1987)

Adjusted Score: 96.258%
Critics Consensus: Led by energetic performances from Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck is an exuberantly funny tribute to love and one of the decade's most appealing comedies.
Synopsis: When there's a full moon over Brooklyn, anything can happen, and everything happens in the neighborhood where widowed bookkeeper Loretta... [More]
Directed By: Norman Jewison


High Fidelity (2000)

Adjusted Score: 96.822%
Critics Consensus: The deft hand of director Stephen Frears and strong performances by the ensemble cast combine to tell an entertaining story with a rock-solid soundtrack.
Synopsis: In a biting romantic comedy, Rob Gordon is the owner of a semi-failing record store in Chicago, where he sells... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Frears


Knocked Up (2007)

Adjusted Score: 96.984%
Critics Consensus: Knocked Up is a hilarious, poignant and refreshing look at the rigors of courtship and child-rearing, with a sometimes raunchy, yet savvy script that is ably acted and directed.
Synopsis: When a one-night stand that should have stayed that way has unexpected consequences, the reluctant odd couple attempts to transform... [More]
Directed By: Judd Apatow

Adjusted Score: 97.17%
Critics Consensus: Warm, funny, and quietly profound, Appropriate Behavior serves as a thoroughly compelling calling card for writer, director, and star Desiree Akhavan.
Synopsis: For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn't easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn't... [More]
Directed By: Desiree Akhavan


Born Yesterday (1950)

Adjusted Score: 97.887%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this adaptation of Garson Kanin's Broadway hit, Judy Holliday stars as Billie Dawn, a strident ex-chorus girl who is... [More]
Directed By: George Cukor

Adjusted Score: 98.093%
Critics Consensus: Smart, tender, and funny in equal measure, Hannah and Her Sisters is one of Woody Allen's finest films.
Synopsis: A Woody Allen Manhattan mosaic, Hannah and Her Sisters concerns the lives, loves, and infidelities among a tightly-knit artistic clan.... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

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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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