10 Best Romantic-Comedy Movies

{DISCLAIMER}: This list is solely based on my opinion.

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Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz’s It Takes a Man and a Woman will hit the theaters on March 30, 2013 and in the name of promoting a romantic comedy movie such as this I listed some of the best rom-com movies for the last 25 years. And what better way to start it with….

10. Just My Luck

      2006

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This is the last movie I ever saw her as herself, you know the sober, fun, spirited and beautiful girl, just like the old Lindsay Lohan I used to love! Although this movie didn’t help much to make a huge come back and to make things worse she received her first Golden Razzie nomination for Worst Actress. And why the hell did I include this in my list? Because I have a thing for broken people! Besides it’s not that bad. It’s actually funny and sweet.

9. Pretty Woman

     1990

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I’m not sure but if being a hooker is all it takes to have Edward Lewis [Richard Gere] in my life then I’d gladly and patiently stand on the streets of Hollywood Boulevard, of course that is, if I’m as pretty as Vivian Ward [Julia Roberts]. Kidding aside, it’s a feel good movie, the kind that inspires you, a classic tale of rags to riches in a romantic and funny way, a lot better than Runaway Bride.

8. Hitch

     2005

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Two things come into my mind when I hear the name Will Smith; Aliens and Bad Boys. So when I saw this movie, it’s just totally refreshing. I love the movie; it’s just so hilarious I almost forgot that it’s actually a rom-com and not a comedy flick. The movie depicts that you don’t need a love doctor or even a date doctor to get the girl/man of your dreams; you just have to be yourself when dating someone and get to know each other along the way.

7. Going the Distance

     2010

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Of all the entries in this list, Going the Distance comes a little closer to reality. Sometimes long distance relationships ends not because of lack of trust and commitment, it’s simply just not working, plus in an economy that is in recession it’s hard to turn down a job just because you love someone and wish to be with them. Garrett [Justin Long] realizing that he hates his job starts to look for another one whilst Erin [Drew Barrymore] struggles to find a stable job herself. Justin and Drew didn’t really have the chemistry in the silver screen but the movie somehow made it to highest grossing film of 2010, out of 324 movies they hit the 118th spot. Not bad!

6. 10 Things I Hate About You

     1999

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Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger are charming together in this film. One of the best teenage flick during the 90’s, the kind that didn’t involve too much sex, drugs and bullies, but rather shows the fun and joys of being a teenager. You can also watch Julia Stile’s Prince and Me, it’s equally good I just opt to include this movie instead, because of one particular scene, when Patrick [Heath Ledger] serenaded Kat [Julia Stiles] with his performance of “Can’t take my eyes off of you” in the soccer field. That is just so sweet, don’t you think?

5. The Wedding Singer

     1998

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Who doesn’t know the song “Grow Old with You”? This has been the theme song of countless wedding events or wedding proposals and surprisingly I met someone, who admittedly say that she didn’t know the song, not until the Zoren – Carmina wedding. I won’t tell you the name but I’ll give you a clue; somewhere between sunny and rainy, you go figure. Going back, like the song I treat this movie as some bad-ass classic movie with a great soundtrack. I find it sweet and heartwarming When Robbie Hart [Adam Sandler] confessed his love for Julia Sullivan [Drew Barrymore] after singing “Grow Old with you” inside the plane and in front of all the passengers.

4. Sweet Home Alabama

   2002

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I so love Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas and that southern “drawl” accent. I don’t really believe that love is sweeter the second time around but I guess it really does happen, and I admire how the movie beautifully put everything into place for Melanie [Reese Witherspoon] and Jake [Josh Lucas], I like how Melanie – who even after seven years find herself still in love with her “supposedly” ex-husband, not the sudden type thing, it’s more like fate, if not destiny. The main lesson here is to not let your partner see their ex to avoid that “epiphany” moment in their life. 

3. Knocked Up

  2007

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What is a rom-com list without Katherine Heigl in it? It seems to me that she left Grey’s Anatomy to make a bunch of rom-com movies! From Life as We Know It and The Ugly Truth to 27 Dresses and One for the Money, I’ve come to know her as the girl who falls in love with a guy and live happily ever after before the movie credits starts rolling in. I believe this is the “best among the rest” rom-com movies that she ever made and Seth Rogen played his character effectively. I had a handful of laughs for this movie but when you actually think about it, the story itself is no laughing matter! You got yourself pregnant out of a one night stand; you try to or maybe force yourself to love each because of the baby which ends up a lot messier.

2.  Easy A

      2010

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3 reasons why I love, love, love this movie

This person – Emma Stone

This quote – Olive Penderghast: Whatever happened to chivalry? Does it only exist in 80’s movies? I want John Cusack holding a boom box outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey. I want Jake from Sixteen Candles waiting outside the church for me. I want Judd Nelson thrusting his fist into the air because he knows he got me. Just once I want my life to be like an 80’s movie, preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason. But no, no, John Hughes did not direct my life. And

This song- Pocketful of Sunshine.

1. 50 First Dates

    2004

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Well what can I say I’m a Drew-Adam shipper! Reuniting after 6 years from The Wedding Singer, they still have that easy chemistry on screen. This is by far the most hilarious, touching and sweet romantic-comedy movie I have ever seen. The very meaning of “romantic comedies”, for those who are close to me, knows that when I laugh hard, I cry! Not the emotional tears of joy type of cry. I literally cry as if I’m watching a very sad and depressing movie, so basically I cried laughing while being touched by the warmth of the movie making it really some kind a heart-breaking sad movie.

BONUS:

* Now That I Have You

   2004

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I included a local film as a bonus entry. A story on how being persistent and consistent can help you win a chance in love with the love of your life -well at least that’s how Betsy [Bea Alonzo] sees Michael [John Lloyd Cruz]. Bea and John Lloyd collectively known as LaBers had (and I think they will always have) an overwhelming chemistry in this movie. Bea was surprisingly funny and somewhat playful in this movie which I think works fine, so the audience can easily relate to the story. And John Lloyd like the best actor he is -portrayed his character neat and convincingly.

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