Top 15 Rom-Coms You Have To See

You know when you’ve had one of those days, what’s your go-to pick me up? A G&T, chocolate, a burst at the gym, a nap?! Well, for me, it’s a rom-com. The Husband knowsย that when he comes home and I ask if it’s OK to watch a rom-com after the kids go to bed that it’s been one of those days. And not to refuse. So with my love of the oh-so-high-brow genre, I thought I’d share with you my top fifteen in no particular order (it was going to be 10, but I just couldn’t narrow them down), along with their trailers to tempt you to watch them all, too…

Top 15 rom-coms you have to see


The Wedding Singer

The soundtrack, the clothes, the comedy, the chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore – I just love it.

Never Been Kissed

You do cringe quite a bit in this film, but it’s fun and the ending is sweet.

Legally Blonde

I think this might be my favourite. I’d struggle to articulate why, though a strong, individual and kind female lead always appeals. I was hugely disappointed with Legally Blonde 2 (do not bother watching that one, it’s awful, and this coming from a Reese fan)

27 Dresses

B-b-b-benny and the jets. Love that scene.

Notting Hill

Hugh Grant knows how to make a rom-com, and Julia’s not a bad actress either! ‘Don’t forget I’m also just a girl…standing in front of a boy…asking him to love her’. Love it.

You’ve Got Mail

Hanks and Ryan team up again after Sleepless in Seattle (I like that one, but somehow it doesn’t quite do it for me) and this one revolves around a book store. You see the appeal?

Wedding Crashers

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn together are brilliant. I think they’ve worked together 4 times now, and I enjoyed all four of those films. Fun film.

Sweet Home Alabama

Reese again! This film has me smiling throughout.

Two Weeks Notice

Hugh Grant again, and I do like Sandra Bullock. This one is funny throughout.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

I like the dynamics with the big family here very much involved in their relationship. And the dad’s obsession with Windex makes me laugh.

While You Were Sleeping

A firm favourite. This one’s gentle, sweet and fun, and the chemistry between Bullock and Pullman just lovely.

Must Love Dogs

I do like John Cusack. There’s always such a depth to his characters and I like him as the Doctor Zhivago brooding hero here. And Christopher Plummer in a film always makes me happy and thinking of the Sound of Music (now thinking I should do a top musicals post, too – sure I’ll get onto that soon enough!)

The Proposal

Romance blossoming from hatred. Comedy. Ryan Reynolds. It’s got it all!


I like the sentiment behind this film, the stars and the setting in New York.

Pretty Woman

It just has to be on the list, doesn’t it? A millionaire and a hooker, what’s not to love?! Surely everyone has seen this one?

Now that I’ve written this post, I want to watch a rom-com. And it hasn’t even been one of those days. Oh, how they cheer me. I’m a total romantic at heart, most of my bookcase is filled with romance novels, so it makes sense that this is my favourite film genre. This and Horror. Both ends of the spectrum!

Have you seen all of these? Which of your favourites have I foolishly overlooked? Always happy to hear recommendations for my off-days!

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24 thoughts on “Top 15 Rom-Coms You Have To See”

  1. My favourite genre ๐Ÿ™‚ being able to laugh but see people falling in love and having hope and most importantly a happy ending! I’ve seen majority of these my favourite being nottinghill from your list. Have you seen alot like love? Made of honour and bridesmaids?

  2. One or two of these I haven’t seen so I will have to check them out…. though I have been known to make it until ten minutes before the end of a film then shout ‘oh I have seen this….’. I’m sticking with the baby brain excuse! Xx

  3. I love rom coms too! Love the list. I’d include “Say Anything’ and ‘High Fidelity”. Yes, both movies have John Cusack in it. Also love “About Time” partly becuase it had loads of scenes in Cornwall . Xx

    1. I nearly put Say Anything in there, but then I thought I’d get carried away on the teen genre, and Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful and more were popping into my head! Ah yes, I enjoyed About Time, too, a bit different x

  4. ooh someone else who likes ‘The Proposal’. I always end up watching it when it’s on tv even though it’s always on very late. Weird.

    And I love 27 dresses too.

    You missed off ‘The Lake House’ which I have seen a few times and love.

    1. I love The Proposal, quite different, too, with the hatred at the start! I’ve not seen The Lake House, will check it out, thanks

  5. Oh man, so many films I love on here…obviously Pretty Woman, Serendipity, any Hugh Grant romcom, and one of my favourites Sweet Home Alabama (another Reese fan here).

    But, no Jennifer Lopez or Matthew McConaughey films? And no 10 things I hate about you!? Sacrilege. I could spend all day watching rom coms. They’re definitely good Sunday afternoon viewing.

    1. I love Reese! Maid in Manhattan nearly made the cut, but I had to stop somewhere! They really are, always cheer me up.

    1. Happy to prompt more viewings! Ah, I’d put that in more of a drama category, maybe another post for another day?!

  6. I have seen all of these….What fantastic films….
    Ahh! Pretty Woman….Such a classic! My best friend hadn’t seen it until I made her watch it a few months ago. lol

  7. Sliding Doors for me Jocelyn! Only saw it recently. Was going to have it on in the ‘background’ while I pottered on the sofa (if that’s even possible!) Got no pottering done and was drawn in ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Pretty Woman will always be a firm favourite here – I never tire of it! There’s a few I’ve not seen here though so thanks for the heads up ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    1. I nearly put Bridget Jones in! Hmm, I’d put that as a musical – a list I feel I need to write soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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