The Top 10 Romantic Comedies Of All Time Are Going To Surprise You Andrea Greb

I love a good romantic comedy. Let’s be real, kids, I also love a bad romantic comedy (you’re looking at someone who has seen Failure To Launch in its entirety). I love mediocre sexist drivel that attempts humor and is not so much about romance as it is about the wedding-industrial complex (I own the DVD of Bride Wars). I know my taste is questionable at best, so it’s never surprising to me that when lists are released of the “Best Romantic Comedies”, I haven’t heard of a lot of them, let alone seen them. I know what I like in a movie; I haven’t the foggiest what makes a movie critically “good” (what does cinematography even mean?). Movie critiquing is an art that I haven’t the faintest hope of figuring out. I’m much more of a numbers person. Math is objective.

So it’s surprising to me that I’m even more baffled by this list of the top-grossing romantic comedies of all time. Highest grossing implies people went to see it, which you’d think would indicate either popularity or quality, but there’s a number of films that made the list which I don’t think have either (and in some cases, I don’t even think should be classified as rom-coms). Also, the slideshow is misleadingly titled “Top Romantic Comedies of All Time”, and I think we’ll agree that “made the most money” does not always mean “best”. Let’s break it down.

10. As Good As It Gets

So we’re leading off the list with a movie I haven’t seen, mostly because I think Jack Nicholson is too old for Helen Hunt. Apparently other people did not share my sentiment, to the tune of almost $150 million. The fine folks at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn’t hate this one either, so maybe I’m just being ageist.

9. Knocked Up

Do I buy that this was a popular movie? Sure. Would I classify it as a romantic comedy? Certainly not. What I’m about to say may be controversial, but I didn’t find anything particularly romantic or comedic about two rather incompatible people trying to force a relationship for the sake of a child conceived by mistake.

8. Runaway Bride

This was a cute movie, and no one would doubt it’s a rom-com, but one of the top ten, ever? Color me dubious.

7. Sex And The City

I have no doubt this movie made a ton of money, and I’d be a giant liar if I so much as attempted to pretend I didn’t enjoy it. That said, I’m not sure you can call it one of the best romantic comedies of all time when the movie was basically an extended fashion show that did its best to ruin every one of the relationships that existed in the show (with the exception of Charlotte, because the movie mostly forgot she existed).

6. The Proposal

This is the first movie whose presence on this list I”m not going to fight. We have an awesome female lead, a cute male lead, and Betty White. Sold. I think it was a funny movie, and managed to appeal to more than just the typical chick-flick crowd, so I’m not surprised it made this list.

5. There’s Something About Mary

So I haven’t seen this one in anything more than occasional bits and pieces on TBS. This one is similar to Knocked Up in that, while it was certainly a popular movie, I always put it more in the ‘gross out buddy comedy’ category than ‘rom-com’. Does “romantic comedy” now just mean “a comedy movie that happens to feature a romance somewhere in the plotline”?

4. Pretty Woman

There should be only one Roberts-Gere movie on this list, and this should be the one. Classic.

3. Hitch

Seriously, list? This movie was fine, but it always struck me as more of a ‘straight-to-basic-cable’ type movie than the third best romantic comedy ever. Also, I like Will Smith best when he’s fighting aliens, not giving love advice to Kevin James, but that’s my personal preference. Apparently $180 million worth of people disagree with me.

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  1. You’ll be a little happier with this list:
    http://www.ranker.com/list/best-romantic-comedies-of-all-time/all-genre-m,ovies
    A lot of good, classic romantic comedies are on there!

  2. Where is love actually? Jeezuz, I know that it’s an English film, with an almost entirely Enlish cast, but come on! An elegant plot line, and just an over all adorable film with interesting characters, and Knocked up is “better”???
    What’s the matter with you list???

    Knocked up?? Seriously???

    Needless to say, I’m indignated.

    • Agreed, where is Love Actually? It’s my favorite romantic comedy and I believe that many others feel this way. Show some love for Brit flicks!

  3. Agree with everything except that Failure To Launch is not a decent rom-com. I have a shameless amount of love for that movie.

  4. Thank you! I was beginning to think I was the only one that felt that way about Knocked Up. I spent the whole movie yelling at whatever her characters name was that she could do better. Those two just didn’t belong together and to make it worse the movie only had maybe one or two funny moments it the whole thing.

  5. Maybe they don’t belong on a top 10 list, but they’re pretty good movies in their own right!

  6. I actually really liked As Good As It Gets and What Women Want. Especially What Women Want. There’s Something About Mary, too. I laughed, I “awwwh’d”. They’re cute and light! :)

  7. Pretty Woman romanticizes being a hooker, not good in my opinion.

  8. How about Roman Holiday? Or Bringing Up Baby? How about things that weren’t made in the late 20th and early 21st century… because honestly known of those movies is on my top 10 romantic comedies of ALL TIME.

  9. I agree with you on some of these but I, personally, loved Hitch. I thought it was hilarious – my husband even liked it.

  10. Where’s When Harry Met Sally?? Where is it!?

  11. This list is totally wrooooong. Ugh. Ok, well, except for Pretty Woman., there is hardly a movie in here that has great chemistry between lead roles or great storyline. Pfff. Please, I would rather watch an action movie than spend my weekend watching Knocked-Up kind of a movie. And by the way, where is Meg Ryan?? I mean c’mon, she is the ultimate queen of romcom.

  12. agree with your disagreements on the list. in addition to not a single kate hudson or jennifer lopez movie, where is John Cusack?! Say Anything, America’s Sweethearts, Serendipity, hell, if Knocked Up made it, High Fidelity….the man is like, a RomCom King

  13. When Harry Met Sally!

  14. In total agreement this list is a terrible representation of what a romantic comedy is. Where is when Harry met Sally, The Wedding Singer or for a more obvious movie that is not here and should be Bridget Jones Diary? The above list reads more like a box office return top ten of middle aged romantic comedies. It doesn’t even include any cult classics or teenage romantic comedies like Say Anything, Pretty in Pink or Clueless. These are the movies that would be rewatched endlessly at slumber parties with abundance of ice cream and mani pedi’s and far more accurately represent what a ‘good’ romantic comedy is.

    • I could not agree more with these comments! what happened to; sleepless in seattle? when harry met sally? bridget jones diary? ummm, TITANIC?! need i say more? i literally could not loath this list more, the only film i can agree with is pretty woman, i mean, who doesn’t love a good film where prostitute gets pulled out of the slums by everyones dream guy?
      numer one? come on, we can do better than that, right?

      http://diary.johannajohnston.com/

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