50 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time

Adjusted Score: 102.746%
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

Adjusted Score: 103.25%
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


His Girl Friday (1940)

Adjusted Score: 103.981%
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


Annie Hall (1977)

Adjusted Score: 104.169%
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


City Lights (1931)

Adjusted Score: 103.959%
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


The Lady Eve (1941)

Adjusted Score: 105.06%
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


Roman Holiday (1953)

Adjusted Score: 105.538%
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

Adjusted Score: 107.499%
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


The Big Sick (2017)

Adjusted Score: 109.173%
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

Adjusted Score: 109.904%
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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