I don’t know about you but sometimes I just need to watch a good rom-com!
In this age, with feminism, a more open view of the gender spectrum and the death of traditional roles; rom-coms feel like a guilty pleasure. They quite often feel outdated and at times, patronising.
Still, I can’t help going along with the female stereotype by going along with it… Sometimes I just need a little big screen love, and here are a few of my all time favourites…
When Harry met Sally
This is absolutely my favourite rom-com of all time. The characters are so real and relatable. They both have flaws and quirks and get agitated by each other. It’s just everything you want it to be. The fact that it’s from the ’80s just makes me love it even more.
“When I buy a new book, I read the last page first. That way, in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side.” – Harry
This film is so sweet, it actually makes me cry. It’s the story of a couple – Noah and Allie, told by Noah. He goes through how they met, get together and build a life. It shows (as these films often do) that love is the strongest, most important thing there is. If you’re looking for a tear jerker then this is your film.
“It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be really hard. And we’re going to have to work on this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me.”
Crazy, Stupid Love
I love this film! It’s one of those where there are a lot of intertwining stories. Usually they aren’t great but each of these stories are brilliantly told. The acting is great and it’s funny too. A proper feel good film.
“I’m so mad at you. I’m really mad at you for what you did. But I’m mad at myself too. Because I should not have jumped out of that car – I should have fought for you. Because you fight for your soul mates.”
Benny and Joon
One of my favourite all time films! This film made me fall hard for Johnny Depp. He was SO beautiful.
This is a story about a brother (Benny) who lives with and supports his sister (Joon) after their parents died. When Benny loses a card game and has to take care of a friend’s cousin as well, he tries him out as a carer for his sister. A 100% must see.
(Talking about raisins) “They used to be fat and juicy and now they’re twisted. They had their lives stolen. Well, they taste sweet, but really they’re just humiliated grapes. I can’t say I am a big supporter of the raisin council.” – Joon
10 Things I Hate About You
This high school rom-com is so much better than the average. Loosely based on The taming of the shrew, this film has a great story with complex, humorous characters. The music is wonderfully 90s pop-punk and the script is so quotable. This film may be about a bunch of attractive, privileged, American teens but it really holds its own. Heath Ledger is wonderfully scrummy too.
Love & Other Drugs
This film focuses on a relationship between a (medicinal) drug salesman and his girlfriend, who has Parkinsons. The connection between the couple and the stresses they have are so relatable. I think it’s just a real, sweet story.
“Let’s just say in some alternate universe, there’s a couple just like us, okay? Only she’s healthy and he’s perfect. And their world is about how much they’re going to spend on vacation or who’s in a bad mood that day, or whether they feel guilty about having a cleaning lady. I don’t want to be those people. I want us. You. This.” -Jamie
Pretty In Pink
Another one of my all time favourites! I love everything about this movie; the casting, the script, the sets, the music, the fashion… All of it is amazing. If nothing else, watch it for John Cryer doing Otis Redding in the record shop. You will not regret it!!!
“We don’t have none of this stuff in the boy’s room! Wait a minute! We don’t got none of this… we don’t got doors on the stalls in the boy’s room, we don’t have, what is this? What’s this? We don’t have a candy machine in the boy’s room!” -Duckie
The Money Pit
Ok, so I’m not 100% on whether this counts as a rom-com but I’m going for it. A couple, who are house sitting, get chucked out and find themselves buying a huge house for a bargain price. They soon find out why it was such a bargain..!
First of all; it’s a Tom Hanks film, so you know you are in good hands. Second of all; it’s just hilarious. I love it.
“Hear about that guy up in the Bronx? Just went crazy; thought he was a pigeon. They’ve found him in the park, throwing breadcrumbs at himself.” -Walter
I came across this film last week and put it on as background tv. I had pretty low expectations as I hadn’t really heard about it, however I really enjoyed it.
It’s a story about the struggle to find someone in the modern world and how we all have to take a risk now and again.
The characters are very likeable and relatable (plus her clothes are super cute!). I think it’s just a nice, modern take on a rom-com.
“Fuck the past!”
The 40 Year Old Virgin
This film is silly and over the top, but sweet at the same time.
Steve Carrell plays Andy; an unlucky in love guy who gets so set into his routine, he struggles to put himself out there in the dating world. If you want a rom-com to really cheer you up and make you laugh, then this is the one! I like that it shows that it’s never too late to find love. (Contains quite a lot of bad language fyi.)
“You know when you, like, grab a woman’s breast and it’s like… and you feel it and … it feels like a bag of sand when you’re touching it.” — Andy
So, there’s my list. There’s something to make you cry, laugh and maybe think about things a little differently. If nothing else, there’s hopefully something that you haven’t seen, or have been reminded that you can now sit and watch, wearing some pjs or slouchy clothes.
What are any of your favourites?