Earlier in the year I listed my favourite Biopics, and I felt it was time to list another one of my absolute favourite film genres: Romantic Comedy. In no particular order:
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This classic teenage/high school film doubles as a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Both leads, Heath Ledger and Julia Styles, are incredible. This film catapulted them, especially Ledger, to stardom. The script is clever and the film has a lot of heart. A definite classic.
The Princess Bride:
With timeless one-liners such as “Mawiage. Mawiage is what bwrings us together today” and “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.” It is often named as one of the most quotable films of all time. With everything from romance to action, sword fighting and giant rats, it is a fantasy/rom com classic.
This film is another classic rom com/chick flick. It is British, hilarious and sweet. The film is based on a book which is loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, with the casting of Colin Firth as Mr Darcy as a running joke. Renee Zellweger is hilarious and often times painfully awkward to watch (which is, of course, the point).
This is one of my favourites. Kate Winslet is incredible (as always) but it is Jim Carey who shines here. This film takes a fantastical concept and grounds it in incredible heart and emotion. Dealing with everything from love to heartbreak in a fascinating and unusual way, this is a really interesting take on an often shallow genre.
Pride and Prejudice:Before we get into ‘the Colin Firth version is better’ argument, as a fan of the book I genuinely love this version too. Keira Knightly is my queen but my favourite here is Rosamund Pike as Jane. It is romantic, grand and very English, everything you could possibly want out of a Jane Austen adaptation.
Shakespeare In Love:
This film has everything you could ever want: a sweet love story, funny historical inaccuracies, backstage drama and some incredible scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Following Shakespeare as he struggles, like all artists do, to create his masterpiece, the film shines with Gwyneth Paltrow as his stunning muse and inspiration.
About Time: Time travel, gingers and a love story. I love this film. The story of a shy, unlucky-in-love lawyer who finds out that he can travel back in time kicks off this sweet, hilariously funny romantic comedy as he uses his new-found talent to land the girl of his dreams. With a lovely cast and heartfelt ending, you can’t walk away from this film without grinning from ear to ear.
Notting Hill: Although I hate choosing just one favourite film, if I had to this would be it. This British classic is whimsical and eccentric, hilarious and heart-felt. The idea for this film came from writer Richard Curtis wondering how his friends would react is he showed up to dinner with a ridiculously famous date. This lends itself to one of the funniest scenes in the film. This modern day fairy tale gives me the feels every time.
Often cited as the best rom com of all time/the film that revived the genre in 1989, this story spans 12 years from when Harry and Sally meet on a cross country trip when they both move to New York, to when they keep running into each other and become friends. Coining phrases such as ‘high maintenance’, and with the infamous Deli scene, this film paved the way for the romantic comedies to come. Plus Billy Crystal is the man.