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Top Ten Romantic Comedy Movies For Valentine's Day or Date Night

Updated on January 9, 2013

There's nothing quite like snuggling up to your partner or new date, and watching a good romantic movie.

I really enjoy movies filled with romance and the promise of happy endings, but my husband gets so bored, and I usually end up watching them on my own.

Thank goodness for a genre that's becoming more and more popular these days, because it caters to both men and women, by combining romance and comedy into one movie.

What more could you ask for?

They provide the perfect activity for couples looking for something relaxing to do at home together, for date night, or even for Valentine's day.

In short, these movies are often referred to as romcoms, and are lighthearted movies centered on romantic ideals, and filled with humorous plot-lines.

There are literally hundreds of romcoms to choose from.

Some are more recent, and some are considered classic treasures which will never go out of date because they were that good.

I've listed 10 of these movies - some are newer than others, and some are classics.

If you haven't seen a couple of these movies, I highly recommend giving them a try!

My List of Top Ten Romantic Comedy Movies

The Proposal

Let's face it. Anything with Sandra Bullock or Ryan Reynolds in it is going to be good. Especially if you add comedy and romance to the mix.

Plot Synopsis:

An uptight Editor at a large New York publishing company forces her young, male assistant to marry her so that she'll be able to keep her Visa status in the USA, and avoid being deported back to her homeland - Canada. Andrew agrees to the pretentious marriage on one condition: Margret must offer him a promotion.

Highlight: The moment when Andrew and Margret awkwardly run into each other naked in the bedroom.

When Harry Met Sally

I couldn't not include this classic with Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal - I'd go as far as to say that it's probably the romcom from which most, if not all other romcom stem from.

Plot Synopsis:

Harry and Sally have been friends for years, but fear that sex will ruin their friendship. They meet after Sally gives Harry a ride to NYC after they both graduate from University. They bump into each other time and time again over the years as the movie jumps throughout their lives as they both search for love. Eventually, they become close friends, and that's when they start wondering if it's possible for a man and a woman to be friends, without sex getting in the way.

Highlight: The scene in the diner where Sally animatedly describes how women are able to fake orgasms.


Something's Gotta Give

For something different, I'd recommend trying this hilarious romantic comedy with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.

Plot Synopsis:

An aged music industry executive who has a fondness for younger women, is introduced to his latest trophy girlfriend's mother. It's only after a heart-attack and being left to recover at their family beach house, that things start to get a little awkward, and a love triangle forms.

Highlight: The doctor, played by Keanu Reeves, falling for Diane Keaton's character.

10 Things I Hate About You

Another movie that will probably never date because of the uniqueness and acting from Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. And what is better than a bad boy falling for a good girl?!

Plot Synopsis:

New boy at school Cameron, falls for Bianca, but asking her out isn't as simple as it seems. In order to date her, he needs to find a date for Bianca's sister, the outspoken and moody Kat. It's here that we're introduced to bad boy Patrick, as he takes on the dare to win over her affections.

Highlight: The moment Patrick falls for Kat, and sings to her on the stairs of the sports field.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Another movie I found myself needing tissues for, and not because it was so sad. Starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, it's one that I can watch over and over again.

Plot Synopsis:

Advertising executive and ladies' man, Benjamin Barry, believes he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days in order to win a big campaign. Andie Anderson, a magazine writer, is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." Shortly after the bet is made, they meet at a bar and sparks fly. Things become complicated when Andie and Ben begin to start having real feelings for each other, and their true intentions are revealed.

Highlight: Andie redecorating Ben's apartment and filling it with pink and girly items while he has to grin and bare it.

The Wedding Singer

A movie involving comedy and romance staring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore...yes please!

Plot Synopsis:

Robbie is a wedding singer, and Julia a waitress who often works at the same weddings where he sings. They're both engaged to be married to other people, but luckily, fate intervenes, and true love blossoms - with a few healthy bumps thrown in for good measure.

Highlight: Robbie singing, "Somebody Kill Me Please" when Julia is looking for a singer for her own wedding.

Pretty Woman

Next to When Harry Met Sally, this is probably one of the best known romcoms ever made, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.

Plot Synopsis:

Edward, a rich and ruthless businessman, travels to Los Angeles for a business trip. He decides to hire a prostitute and meets Vivian. The two hit it off as an underlying chemistry starts to develop between them, but not without complications. He offers her money to stay with him for a week while he makes his business rounds as part of his image, and to avoid being seen as single.

Highlight: When Vivian is snubbed by snooty Beverly Hills sales assistants, only to return and spend a fortune. The look on their faces is priceless.

It's Complicated

Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are at their best in this romance laced comedy revolving around a divorced couple. It's one of those movies I never get tired of watching.

Plot Synopsis:

Jake and Jane are divorced, but find themselves together and having an affair during their son's college graduation. To complicate matters, Jake is married to a much younger woman with a child, and Jane finds herself becoming attracted to her architect, Adam.

Highlight: The night that Jake and Jane find themselves in a hotel bed together.

The Ugly Truth

This is one of those movies that will bring tears to your eyes because you've been laughing so hard. Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler play the leads in this hysterical film.

Plot Synopsis:

Abby is a romantically challenged TV show producer. Her chauvinistic correspondent Mike, sets out to prove his theories on relationships and to help her find love by testing her in a series of outrageous scenarios.

Highlight: When the remote to Abby's vibrating underwear gets into the wrong hands while out to dinner in a crowded restaurant with important clients.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

There's just something about a tropical island, heartbreak, and a British accent that work so well in this movie. Throw in Jason Segal, Russell Brand, Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis, and you have a recipe for success.

Plot Synopsis:

Composer, Peter, has just been dumped by his girlfriend of five years, Sarah Marshall, a highly successful star of a CSI-style crime show. After weeks of moping around the house and stuffing his face with junk food, he is convinced by his brother to head for Hawaii. All is well there until he comes face to face with Sarah and her new boyfriend, British rocker, Aldous. He's rescued from misery by the welcome attention from hotel clerk, Rachel. It's then that Sarah realizes what she's lost and things get interesting.

Highlight: Peter learning to surf with Sarah's new love interest.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Victoria - I never get tired of that movie either. Absolutely love Julia Roberts :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Funny, I did a best Valentine's Day movie hub a while back. :-) I have seen most of these. Pretty Woman has always been a favorite! :-)

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I think we have great taste then timetraveler2! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      I haven't seen all of these, but I've seen enough to know that you and I have the same taste in movies! Great list and nicely written hub.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Oh yes Stacy, nothing beats The Notebook. I could watch that movie over and over again!!! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks Faith, glad you enjoyed it! That's one of my favourites as well, got to love Sandy :)

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      These are all great movies and I have to say.... I am not even sure which one I would put above any of the others. My favorite romantic movies - although I don't think they would be classified as Romcoms are The Notebook, Moulin Rouge, The Love Dare, and the Story of Us. We regularly snuggle up to watch these movies.

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      Faith A Mullen 4 years ago

      I love The Proposal. Too funny. Great list!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Dianne, I'm sure you will love It's Complicated. I could watch it over and over again. Enjoy! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Pleasure emilybee, glad you enjoyed, and have a lovely V-day!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Glad you enjoyed it, thanks Pinkchic18!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I have seen the trailer on It's Complicated and friends have given it high reviews. Now, I may have to pick this up for viewing on Valentine's.

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      emilybee 4 years ago

      I love that I've seen all of these films in their entirety multiple times, except for Harry Met Sally and Sarah Marshall, only saw a little bit of those ones. Love romantic comedies :-) Very good timing for Vday quickly approaching! Thanks for sharing.

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Oh my gosh, you named like all 5 of my top favorite movies ever! Great hub here! Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Pleasure Mhatter99, glad you enjoyed. Thanks for stopping in :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Good picks. Thank you for this.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank you peachpurple! I don't think anyone could ever get tired of watching "Pretty Woman". It's one of those movies that will never get old.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Bill, I take it you're a big Meg Ryan fan? Me too! ;) Forgot about those two...they were very sweet. I think my favourite of the two would be "You've Got Mail".

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Lol, shiningirisheyes. I think that scene is one that I remember the best out of all these movies. Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan brought these two movies to life! Glad you enjoyed :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Janine, that's how I felt yesterday writing the post. And it was raining here. So glad you enjoyed the list....and hope you get to watch a romcom movie or two soon ;)

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      carter06, if I had to choose 2 out of that whole list that I could only watch, I'd pick those 2 as well. Huge Meryl and Sandra fans! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      dailytop10 - I loved that movie as well...completely forgot about it. Thanks for mentioning it!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Wonderful list. I had watched pretty woman 10 times , yearly ! Romantic movies are great ways to watch together on Valentine's Day ! Voted useful

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good list....Pretty Woman gets my vote....I was looking for "You've Got Mail" or "Sleepless in Seattle"....loved those as well.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Two of my favorites are "When Harry Met Sally" and "Pretty Woman." Both timeless classics with the perfect mix of romance and hilarity. You chose the best funny scene in "When Harry Met Sally."

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Loved so many on your list and now I wish it wasn't 7:30 in the morning and I could snuggle up and watch a few again. Seriously, awesome list and thanks for sharing. Will definitely be watching some of these again in the near future!!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Love most of these Mel but my favorites are The Proposal and It's Complicated, just love Meryl & Sandra...fun hub to read...cheers

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      dailytop10 4 years ago from Davao City

      Serendipity!... I know it's old but one of the best romantic movies ever for me.