The 150 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time

150-101 | 100-51 | 50-1

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 95.396%
Critics Consensus: Rob Reiner's touching, funny film set a new standard for romantic comedies, and he was ably abetted by the sharp interplay between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
Synopsis: Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#49
#49
Adjusted Score: 96.181%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Ernst Lubitsch used Laszlo Aladar's play The Honest Finder as a springboard for one of his most delightful early-'30s Paramount... [More]
Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch

#48

Obvious Child (2014)
91%

#48
Adjusted Score: 96.902%
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

#47
Adjusted Score: 95.93%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After striking responsive chord at the Berlin Film Festival, Fernando Trueba's Belle Epoque (aka Age of Beauty) went on to... [More]
Directed By: Fernando Trueba

#46

L.A. Story (1991)
94%

#46
Adjusted Score: 96.129%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Steve Martin wrote and stars in this look at the promise and dreamtime of Los Angeles culture. Martin stars as... [More]
Directed By: Mick Jackson

#45
#45
Adjusted Score: 96.133%
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

#44

High Fidelity (2000)
91%

#44
Adjusted Score: 96.916%
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

#43
#43
Adjusted Score: 98.418%
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

#42

Moonstruck (1987)
93%

#42
Adjusted Score: 97.469%
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

#41
Adjusted Score: 97.612%
Critics Consensus: Ang Lee's funny and ultimately poignant comedy of manners reveals the filmmaker's skill across genres.
Synopsis: A gay New Yorker stages a marriage of convenience with a young woman to satisfy his traditional Taiwanese family, but... [More]
Directed By: Ang Lee

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 97.598%
Critics Consensus: As emotionally rich as it is eye-catching, Strictly Ballroom uses its infectious energy as the fuel for a modern dance classic with all the right moves.
Synopsis: This wildly off-beat comedy is about a male dancer (Paul Mercurio) who refuses to follow the accepted rules of ballroom... [More]
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann

#39

Born Yesterday (1950)
95%

#39
Adjusted Score: 97.976%
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

#38

About a Boy (2002)
93%

#38
Adjusted Score: 98.204%
Critics Consensus: About a Boy benefits tremendously from Hugh Grant's layered performance, as well as a funny, moving story that tugs at the heartstrings without tilting into treacle.
Synopsis: Will is a 36-year-old underachiever with a fear of commitment that leads him to seek out relationships with single mothers,... [More]
Directed By: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

#37

Knocked Up (2007)
90%

#37
Adjusted Score: 98.351%
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

#36

Bridesmaids (2011)
90%

#36
Adjusted Score: 98.814%
Critics Consensus: A marriage of genuine characters, gross out gags, and pathos, Bridesmaids is a female-driven comedy that refuses to be boxed in as Kristen Wiig emerges as a real star.
Synopsis: This spring, Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig... [More]
Directed By: Paul Feig

#35

The Awful Truth (1937)
93%

#35
Adjusted Score: 99.294%
Critics Consensus: Great comic direction by Leo McCarrey and memorable onscreen chemistry from stars Cary Grant and Irene Dunne make this screwball comedy a charmer.
Synopsis: This screwball comedy is filled with merry mix-ups and romantic misadventures that lead previously happy couple Jerry and Lucy Warriner... [More]
Directed By: Leo McCarey

#34

Enchanted (2007)
93%

#34
Adjusted Score: 99.135%
Critics Consensus: A smart re-imagining of fairy tale tropes that's sure to delight children and adults, Enchanted features witty dialogue, sharp animation, and a star turn by Amy Adams.
Synopsis: A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess from the past... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Lima

#33
Adjusted Score: 100.155%
Critics Consensus: While frothy to a fault, Four Weddings and a Funeral features irresistibly breezy humor, and winsome performances from Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.
Synopsis: Charles and Carrie would make the perfect couple...if he weren't afraid to commit and she weren't already engaged! Fun-filled, clever... [More]
Directed By: Mike Newell

#32

Dave (1993)
95%

#32
Adjusted Score: 99.503%
Critics Consensus: Ivan Reitman's refreshingly earnest political comedy benefits from an understated, charming script and a breezy performance by Kevin Kline.
Synopsis: The ghost of Frank Capra must have smiled when he saw Dave, an amusing and effective update of one of... [More]
Directed By: Ivan Reitman

#31
#31
Adjusted Score: 99.938%
Critics Consensus: Endlessly witty, visually rapturous, and sweetly romantic, Shakespeare in Love is a delightful romantic comedy that succeeds on nearly every level.
Synopsis: William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush), owner... [More]
Directed By: John Madden (II)

#30

Manhattan (1979)
95%

#30
Adjusted Score: 100.773%
Critics Consensus: One of Woody Allen's early classics, Manhattan combines modern, bittersweet humor and timeless romanticism with unerring grace.
Synopsis: Woody Allen combines witty dialogue, the music of George Gershwin, and atmospheric location shooting in one of his best romantic... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#29
#29
Adjusted Score: 101.096%
Critics Consensus: Silver Linings Playbook walks a tricky thematic tightrope, but David O. Russell's sensitive direction and some sharp work from a talented cast gives it true balance.
Synopsis: Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything -- his house, his job, and... [More]
Directed By: David O. Russell

#28

Juno (2007)
94%

#28
Adjusted Score: 100.961%
Critics Consensus: One of the brightest, funniest comedies of the year, Juno's smart script and direction are matched by assured performances in a coming of age story with a 21st century twist.
Synopsis: When a teenage girl is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she enlists the aid of her best friend in finding... [More]
Directed By: Jason Reitman

#27
#27
Adjusted Score: 100.911%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Herbert Ross directed this adaptation of Woody Allen's hit Broadway play concerning a shy film critic who has trouble with... [More]
Directed By: Herbert Ross

#26

Say Anything... (1989)
98%

#26
Adjusted Score: 101.112%
Critics Consensus: One of the definitive Generation X movies, Say Anything is equally funny and heartfelt -- and it established John Cusack as an icon for left-of-center types everywhere.
Synopsis: A high-school valedictorian begins dating an irresponsible army brat, much to the dismay of her father. After breaking off the... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe

#25

Love, Simon (2018)
92%

#25
Adjusted Score: 101.284%
Critics Consensus: Love, Simon hits its coming-of-age beats more deftly than many entries in this well-traveled genre -- and represents an overdue, if not entirely successful, milestone of inclusion.
Synopsis: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to... [More]
Directed By: Greg Berlanti

#24

Ninotchka (1939)
97%

#24
Adjusted Score: 101.251%
Critics Consensus: With Greta Garbo proving her comedy chops in the twilight of her career, Ninotchka is a can't-miss classic.
Synopsis: "Garbo Laughs!" declared the ads for Ninotchka. In the face of dwindling foreign revenues, MGM decided to put Greta Garbo,... [More]
Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch

#23

Broadcast News (1987)
98%

#23
Adjusted Score: 101.59%
Critics Consensus: Blockbuster dramatist James L. Brooks delivers with Broadcast News, fully entertaining with deft, deep characterization.
Synopsis: Writer/director/producer James L. Brooks scores on all counts with this clear-eyed look at the television news business and the dysfunctional... [More]

#22

Enough Said (2013)
95%

#22
Adjusted Score: 101.76%
Critics Consensus: Wryly charming, impeccably acted, and ultimately quite bittersweet, Enough Said is a grown-up movie in the best possible way.
Synopsis: A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her... [More]
Directed By: Nicole Holofcener

#21

Bull Durham (1988)
97%

#21
Adjusted Score: 101.912%
Critics Consensus: Kevin Costner at his funniest and most charismatic in Bull Durham, a film that's as wise about relationships as it is about minor league baseball.
Synopsis: A blend of comedy, drama and romance, Bull Durham follows the intertwining of three lives brought together by the great... [More]
Directed By: Ron Shelton

#20

Groundhog Day (1993)
96%

#20
Adjusted Score: 102.275%
Critics Consensus: Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray's dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs.
Synopsis: Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom... [More]
Directed By: Harold Ramis

#19

The Apartment (1960)
94%

#19
Adjusted Score: 102.355%
Critics Consensus: Director Billy Wilder's customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos.
Synopsis: Widely regarded as a comedy in 1960, The Apartment seems more melancholy with each passing year. Jack Lemmon plays C.C.... [More]
Directed By: Billy Wilder

#18

Desk Set (1957)
100%

#18
Adjusted Score: 102.413%
Critics Consensus: Desk Set reunites one of cinema's most well-loved pairings for a solidly crafted romantic comedy that charmingly encapsulates their timeless appeal.
Synopsis: Based on the Broadway play by Robert Fryer and Lawrence Carr, Desk Set represents the eighth screen teaming of Spencer... [More]
Directed By: Walter Lang

#17

Indiscreet (1958)
100%

#17
Adjusted Score: 102.3%
Critics Consensus: Indiscreet spins rom-com gold out of a premise just sturdy enough to set the stage for typically delightful work from its wonderfully well-matched leads.
Synopsis: This film stars Ingrid Bergman as a wealthy actress and Cary Grant as an international financial wizard. Bergman's sister and... [More]
Directed By: Stanley Donen

#16

Some Like It Hot (1959)
97%

#16
Adjusted Score: 103.995%
Critics Consensus: Some Like It Hot: A spry, quick-witted farce that never drags.
Synopsis: Two Struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry and... [More]
Directed By: John Huston, Billy Wilder

#15

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
93%

#15
Adjusted Score: 101.737%
Critics Consensus: With Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant at their effervescent best, Bringing Up Baby is a seamlessly assembled comedy with enduring appeal.
Synopsis: Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this inspired comedy about a madcap heiress with a pet leopard who meets... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 103.129%
Critics Consensus: A delightfully postmodern fairy tale, The Princess Bride is a deft, intelligent mix of swashbuckling, romance, and comedy that takes an age-old damsel-in-distress story and makes it fresh.
Synopsis: Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in this fairytale adventure about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues... [More]
Directed By: Rob Reiner

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 103.674%
Critics Consensus: Deftly directed by Ernst Lubitsch from a smart, funny script by Samson Raphaelson, The Shop Around the Corner is a romantic comedy in the finest sense of the term.
Synopsis: The Shop Around the Corner is adapted from the Hungarian play by Nikolaus (Miklos) Laszlo. Budapest gift-shop clerk Alfred Kralik... [More]
Directed By: Ernst Lubitsch

#12

Holiday (1938)
100%

#12
Adjusted Score: 104.09%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Both film versions of Phillip Barry's stage comedy +Holiday have their merits, but the 1938 version has the added advantage... [More]
Directed By: George Cukor

#11

Adam's Rib (1949)
100%

#11
Adjusted Score: 103.97%
Critics Consensus: Matched by Garson Kanin's witty, sophisticated screenplay, George Cukor, Spencer Tracy, and Katherine Hepburn are all in top form in the classic comedy Adam's Rib.
Synopsis: Written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, Adam's Rib is a peerless comedy predicated on the double standard. Spencer Tracy... [More]
Directed By: George Cukor

#10

His Girl Friday (1940)
98%

#10
Adjusted Score: 104.817%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by stellar performances from Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday is a classic screwball romantic comedy.
Synopsis: The second screen version of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur play The Front Page, His Girl Friday changed hard-driving newspaper reporter... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks

#9

Annie Hall (1977)
97%

#9
Adjusted Score: 104.598%
Critics Consensus: Filled with poignant performances and devastating humor, Annie Hall represents a quantum leap for Woody Allen and remains an American classic.
Synopsis: "Annie Hall" is a comical look at the up and down relationship between a New York City TV writer and... [More]
Directed By: Woody Allen

#8

City Lights (1931)
98%

#8
Adjusted Score: 104.888%
Critics Consensus: One of the best underdog romance movies ever, with an ending that will light up any heart.
Synopsis: A homeless tramp befriends a lovely blind flower seller and convinces her he is a millionaire while he secretly labors... [More]
Directed By: Charles Chaplin

#7

The Lady Eve (1941)
100%

#7
Adjusted Score: 105.682%
Critics Consensus: A career highlight for Preston Sturges, The Lady Eve benefits from Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda's sparkling chemistry, and from a script that has inspired countless battle-of-the-sexes comedies.
Synopsis: In Preston Sturges' comedy, Henry Fonda stars as Charles Pike, the son of a beer magnate who becomes the target... [More]
Directed By: Preston Sturges

#6
#6
Adjusted Score: 105.685%
Critics Consensus: With a terrific cast and a surfeit of visual razzle dazzle, Crazy Rich Asians takes a satisfying step forward for screen representation while deftly drawing inspiration from the classic -- and still effective -- rom-com formula.
Synopsis: "Crazy Rich Asians" follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to... [More]
Directed By: Jon M. Chu

#5

My Man Godfrey (1936)
97%

#5
Adjusted Score: 103.181%
Critics Consensus: A class satire in a class of its own, My Man Godfrey's screwball comedy is as sharp as the social commentary is biting.
Synopsis: A scatterbrained socialite hires Godfrey, a vagrant, as a family butler, but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.... [More]
Directed By: Gregory La Cava

#4

Roman Holiday (1953)
98%

#4
Adjusted Score: 105.703%
Critics Consensus: With Audrey Hepburn luminous in her American debut, Roman Holiday is as funny as it is beautiful, and sets the standard for the modern romantic comedy.
Synopsis: Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Paramount Pictures are delighted to bring the 1953 American romantic-comedy classic, Roman Holiday, back... [More]
Directed By: William Wyler

#3
#3
Adjusted Score: 108.67%
Critics Consensus: Offering a wonderfully witty script, spotless direction from George Cukor, and typically excellent lead performances, The Philadelphia Story is an unqualified classic.
Synopsis: Set among the upper class in 1930s Philadelphia, this irreverent classic romantic comedy features radiant performances by three legendary stars.... [More]
Directed By: George Cukor

#2

The Big Sick (2017)
98%

#2
Adjusted Score: 110.215%
Critics Consensus: Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.
Synopsis: Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born... [More]
Directed By: Michael Showalter

#1
#1
Adjusted Score: 111.569%
Critics Consensus: Capturing its stars and director at their finest, It Happened One Night remains unsurpassed by the countless romantic comedies it has inspired.
Synopsis: Frank Capra's seminal screwball comedy, which won all five major Academy Awards for 1934, is still as breezy and beguiling... [More]
Directed By: Frank Capra

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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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