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Top 5 Romantic Comedies Of The 2000s

Updated on February 24, 2015

About Romantic Comedies

Romantic comedies are a movie genre which have humorous background, but in the end it's all about romance. These are funny entertaining movies, almost always about two people that live different lives, or come from different social environment, or maybe even have partners who they think that they are in love with, but in the end, despite all these obstacles find a way to be with each other, and to live happily ever after.

Although this is pretty much the rule in romantic comedies, sometimes we can see more then one love story in one movie, but they almost always have the happy end. That's probably why all of us are drawn to these type of movies. Everybody loves a happy ending.

Romantic comedies have evolved over time. If we look the at the romantic comedies before 2000, or even before that, the plot is often about a couple from different social environment, desperately fighting for their love. However, today's romantic comedies follow the modern trend of accelerated life, where there is less and less room for romance.

These are my favorites: Serendipity, Love Actually, Crazy Stupid Love, Definitely Maybe, The Proposal



Serendipity is a 2001. romantic comedy, directed by Peter Chelsom, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. This movie is all about faith and destiny, for two people to be together.

It starts when Johnathan (Cusack) and Sara (Beckinsale) meet each other while they were trying to buy the same pair of black gloves. They were immediately attracted to each other but they both were in a serious relationship, but either way they went out together to eat ice cream and skate. Jonathan and Sara both, had the best time of their lives, and he asks her to exchange phone numbers. Sara agreed with him and wrote her number on a piece of paper. However she didn't gave him the paper, but it flies away with the wind. When Johnathan asked for another one, she said that if its meant to be, fate will do it's magic. So they went in two different ways.

Several years later, Johntathan decides to take the faith in his own hands.

Serendipity Trailer


Love Actually

Love Actually is a 2003. British romantic comedy directed by Richard Curtis, who gathered one hell of acting crew: Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Rowan Atkinson, Bill Nighy, Keira Knightely.

This movie is pretty awesome. Love actually is a movie with nine different love stories but very much interlinked. This movie shows us a lots of different love types, like love to your friends, no mater male or female, how it's difficult to be in love with your best friend's wife, how it's hard to get over your wife's death, how it's wrong to cheat, how it's possible for love to beat all social prejudice, how you can be very much in love even if you are just a little kid.

I'm recommending this movie to people of all ages. Anyone can find themselves in one of these characters.

Love Actually Trailer

Crazy Stupid Love

Crazy Stupid Love is a romantic comedy directed by Glenn Ficarra, staring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon etc. This movie came out in 2011. and it was received very well at critics.

The movie starts with a middle-age couple, Cal Weaver (Carell) and his wife Emily (Moore). Cal is satisfied with his life, he has a beautiful wife, very smart and very well behaved children, a nice job, nothing to complain. However, when his wife told that she cheated on him and that she is unsatisfied for a long time, that their love flame has been shutted down for a long time, Cal's live changed completely. They began their separated life.

Cal didn't know what to do. Emily was and still is his biggest love, his first love. One night, while he was getting drunk in a bar, he meets Jacob Palmer (Gosling), who is a big player. Women love him. Jacob has everything, money, looks, he is smart, well dressed, funny. One night he got tired of Cal complaining all the time, how his wife cheated on him, and although his younger then Cal, he starts giving him lessons how to hook up with a woman.

Cal starts to enjoy his new life under the Jacob's influence, but that all changed when Jacob, the all time bachelor, falls in love, and Cal realizes that this life doesn't complete him, that he wants his wife back.

Crazy Stupid Love Trailer

Definitely Maybe

This one is my personal favorite. Definitely Maybe came out in 2008, directed by Adam Brooks, and starring Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weizs, Elizabeth Banks, Abigail Breslin and Kevin Kline.

Will Hayes (Reynolds) is a single father who is in a middle of divorce. He has a daughter Maya, and he loves her very much. Maya is ten years old, but very intelligent for her age. One day, after Maya learned about sex in school, she asks Will to tell her the story of how and he and her mother meet.

At first Will is not thrilled about that idea, but he starts telling her anyway. Three women took a very big place in his life, and he loved them all, so to make things interesting he makes a game of that story. He will tell Maya all about these women, but he will not use their right names, so Maya has to guess which one is her mother.

Definitely Maybe Trailer


The Proposal

A 2009. romantic comedy directed by Anne Fletcher, starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock.

Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) and Andrew Paxton (Reynolds) are working together at the publishing company. Margaret is Andrew's boss, and she isn't one easy person. But Andrew is taking it all on himself, because all he wants is to succeed in New York.

All that changes when Margaret, who is Canadian, needs to be deported due to her expired visa. She persuades Andrew to get marry her, and he accepts. However, Mr. Gilbertson, who is an immigration agent, suspects that they are trying to commit a fraud, and he informs them that if they will, if convicted, spent five years in jail, and pay a 250000 dollars fine.

In order to avoid that, Margaret goes with Andrew to Alaska to meet his parents. However, she finds out that Andrew and his family aren't the type of people she assumed they are.

The Proposal Trailer

Which of these movies is your favorite?

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    • diplorging profile image

      diplorging 5 years ago from Serbia

      Serendipity is similar to those movies that you've mentioned, but the others are following today's modern life style. But they are really really good.

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I have definitely been too busy. The only picture of those you list is The Proposal, which I loved. All I can say is that I hope we see some classic love stories like those from recent years like When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle.

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      diplorging 5 years ago from Serbia

      Both excellent. They have really good stories, especially Crazy stupid love.

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      PURPLECANDY 5 years ago from ANYWHERE

      I definitely agree with your choices - for the movies I've seen....they are cute, funny, and touching! Yea...Serendipity! I don't think many people even KNOW about that one, but it is so special; I love that movie! I will most definitely have to check out the two movies I haven't seen, which are Crazy Stupid Love and Love Actually!