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 knows 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…
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.
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)
B-b-b-benny and the jets. Love that scene.
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?
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!)
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.
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!