For a girl who wants her life to be a rom com so badly, there’s no doubt I have a long history with romantic comedies. I used to be ashamed of the fact that I’ve seen almost every English rom com made in the last two decades, but this is the part where I start embracing it.
So here it is, in no particular order, a romantic comedy connoisseur’s top 10 recommendations:
#1 Love, Rosie
Love, Rosie came out during a time when I was in a situation where I was convinced I would someday end up with my best friend once the universe decided the timing was right. I’m no longer best friends with this person, and I’ve come to realize we didn’t work out for reasons that are bigger than just “timing.” Still, Alex and Rosie’s imperfectly perfect relationship still warms my heart on bad days.
Iconic outfits, iconic one liners, iconic soundtrack, what’s not to love about Clueless? (Besides the step sibling plot that passes on a technicality. But we’ve let it slide for long enough to ignore it by now.) Romantic plot aside, Cher realizing her potential to be better and learning from what started as a petty situation did steer me towards a more positive outlook on the value of popularity and the materialistic world.
#3 Legally Blonde
Not gonna lie, this movie made me want to work my ass off and get into Harvard Law just so I could wear pink co-ords and stunt on anyone who has ever doubted a woman intelligence based on her looks. Turns out law might not be my thing, but feminism fire in me is still lit and going strong. Cause what, like it’s hard?
#4 How To Be Single
Not gonna lie, this is my go-to Christmas movie. This sounds really sad, but hear me out. The first time I watched this movie was on Christmas Eve a few years ago, so it’s kind of an association thing. Also, there’s a scene with a Christmas tree and it’s one of my favourite scenes so it’s branded as a Christmas movie in my mind now. But in all seriousness, this movie reminded me of all the times I used to hang onto something or someone I didn’t like, no matter how toxic it became, just because I was terrified of even the concept of being alone. I’ve grown to appreciate being alone, choose to be now, but it’s a nice reminder even then. The cast is also just adorable. This movie is really underrated. Please watch this.
#5 About Time
Any romantic film with Rachel McAdams is almost a guaranteed cry-fest. This movie is equal parts heartwarming and emotional as it is dorky and adorable. An overall 10/10 experience if you need a little pick-me-up, but not if it’s going to make you sad that you’re not marrying a time traveller as adorable as Tim.
#6 How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days
I hear you. The ending was predictable. But the same could be said about most rom coms, and I’m not mad about it. I love the “social experiment/accidentally falling in love” trope as much as the next person, and I’ve claimed to want to try this exact experiment too many times. Perhaps I will, someday. Let me know in the comments if this is something you’d wanna see.
#7 Love Actually
Okay. Don’t come at me for this one. This is an absolute classic, it’s funny, it’s heartwarming, it’s got iconic scenes turned into memes, it’s amazing and deserves to be on this list.
#8 Crazy Rich Asians
The set, the costumes, the cast, the story, the representation? This movie deserved every bit of praise and so much more. This one is self explanatory and I really can’t wait for the next one.
#9 Crazy, Stupid, Love
My favourite thing about this movie is Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell’s relationship. I love a good makeover plot, and the humour in this makes my bad days better. The way all the stories tied together in the end was absolutely hilarious and the chemistry between the characters makes it that much better. Possibly one of the most important rom coms ever made.
#10 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Don’t you dare come at me for this one. For somebody who relies on writing as a giant part of expressing myself and taking out feelings, Lara Jean writing letters to her crushes to cope with her feelings is more than relatable. I also really appreciated the representation, and the overall aesthetic and cinematography of this film really did it for me. The pettiness of the drama reminded me of high school, while the outfits and happy ending reminded me of my unfulfilled expectations of high school but in a bitter sweet type of way. The sound track is also really fun so that’s definitely a bonus.
Grab some popcorn, watch a few of these movies, and let me know what you think! If you have other recommendations you think should have been on this list, leave me a comment and let me know.
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And if you liked this post, consider checking out my last post: 101. I want my life to be a rom com.