By Rachel King //
Everyone loves a good romantic comedy, and lucky for society, there are plenty of them out there to enjoy. No matter who you are celebrating Valentine’s Day with, a night-in curled up on the couch with your favorite rom-coms nestled up next to a pillow, a friend, or loved one is the best. So many rom-coms exist, but to narrow down the options a bit, check out the list below for some classics and a few personal favorites.
- When Harry Met Sally
This movie is one of my favorite classics. Though rom-coms are predictable by nature, this one keeps things interesting with a unique plot line where the leads traverse time and run into each other randomly. The twist? The timing is never quite right. He has a girlfriend, she has a boyfriend, one gets engaged. Journey with Harry and Sally from college graduation to more than ten years later and find out what draws them together.
- Just Friends
Bullied in high school for being overweight, Chris had a difficult time growing up in his small town. Ten years later, he gets in shape and becomes very attractive, so when Christmas rolls around, he is more than excited to go back home and show off to everyone who wronged him. With his new look, he figures there is no way his high school crush wouldn’t want him now. But when beloved Rusty comes into the picture and attempts to swoop her away, Chris pulls out all the stops to win her over. Check out Ryan Reynolds at his finest in Just Friends for an hour and a half of laughs.
- The Wrong Missy
Recently released in 2020, The Wrong Missy made a splash in its first few months, lifting the quarantine mood even if only temporarily. In this rom-com, a man invites the perfect woman on his work trip to Hawaii only to realize at the last minute he had mistakenly invited a bad date instead. What was supposed to be the romantic getaway of his dreams turns into an anxiety-ridden nightmare — which makes for a great watch. Prepare for a night full of gut-clenching laughter as David Spade pays for his mistake.
- She’s the Man
She’s the Man is a timeless film that features the best of Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum. Bynes plays Viola, a high school soccer player born into an affluent family. When her team is cut and her brother decides to jet off to London to pursue a music career, Viola masquerades as him in boarding school, so his secret remains a secret and she gets to continue playing soccer. It’s a win-win — until she starts catching feelings for her roommate, Duke. From Amanda Bynes’ performance as a man to Channing Tatum’s effortless humor, She’s the Man is a must-watch.
Aquamarine is a fun, uplifting movie about two girls who discover a mermaid after a tropical storm brings her to shore. Having made a deal with her dad to either find love in three days on land or return to her father forever, Aquamarine trades in her tail for two legs and enlists the help of Claire and Hailey to find true love. Watch to see if she can find him before her time is up. With mermaids, mischief, and friendship, what more could you want in a rom-com?
Bridesmaids boasts some of the funniest actresses in Hollywood, so it was destined to be one of the best comedies out there. But it also features a storyline many women can relate to: hooking up with a subpar guy having lost all hope good guys still exist. Watch Kristen Wiig experience the highest of highs and rock-bottom lows as she supports her best friend through her wedding and competes with her fellow bridesmaid for her friend’s affection.
Clueless will give viewers a look into Southern Californian lifestyle in the ‘90s from the perspective of a privileged high school girl named Cher. Being one of the most popular girls in school, Cher takes it upon herself to bring new girl Tai under her wing and give her a makeover, but the results backfire. An unexpected love interest makes Cher see who she really is and reinvent herself for the better.
- Bridget Jones’s Diary
For everyone who thinks rom-coms are about the most obvious individuals and that there is no one out there for them, think again. Bridget Jones’s Diary follows Bridget, a woman who is the epitome of average and is just trying to focus on her career. However, the twists and turns of her life place her smack dab in the middle of two eligible bachelors fighting for her love and affection. This movie proves looks aren’t everything, but personality makes a big difference.
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Lara Jean has always documented her crushes by writing love letters to them as a way to express herself without actually expressing herself. When the unthinkable happens and her younger sister mails all the letters, Lara Jean finds herself in a bind. Find out how the boys react and where Lara Jean ends up as a result in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. If that doesn’t keep you busy for long, check out the sequel released in 2020, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.
Enchanted may seem like a children’s movie at first glance, but the story line and jokes sprinkled throughout are far from juvenile. In this love story, Amy Adams stars as Giselle, a princess from a faraway land who is magically transported to the glitz and grime of foreign territory: New York City. As a princess used to a chorus of animals and happy endings, Giselle is shocked to experience fear, discomfort, and disgust in the Big Apple, but thanks to a helpful guide who turns out to be something more, she manages to endure it all and call New York home.
- 10 Things I Hate About You
No list of rom-coms is complete without this movie. 10 Things I Hate About You features Julia Stiles, a high school teenager who is fed up with who she views as her ignorant, shallow classmates. Non-coincidentally, they are fed up with her holier-than-thou attitude and natural smarts — all except one. Patrick, played by Heath Ledger, is instead enamored by her frankness and brain and tries to steal her heart, but she holds her cards close to her chest. Will he ever be able to get her guard down enough to win her over?