Another Ten on Tuesday has caught my eye: your 10 favorite romantic comedies.

While I enjoy some movies I don’t necessarily go straight to romantic comedies. I generally prefer comedies and action movies, but I’m not “girly” in the way that I have to see the latest romantic comedy unless I have another reason to watch. But I do have a lot of favorites!

In making this list, I’m reminded of a recent discussion on the Comedy Film Nerds podcast between what constitutes a “chick flick” versus a “romantic comedy”. I disagreed with some of their ideas, but it also made me think about whether some movies on my list fit into this category, since they are romantic, but not necessarily comedies (I’m going to now take “Pride and Prejudice” and “Persuasion” off my list since they are not comedies, but are romantic – would they be called chick flicks? But then where would you put “Bridesmaids”, which was not a “romantic comedy” because it wasn’t about romance as much as relationships among women).

So now I’ll try to stick to traditional romantic comedies and leave off the mainly romantic or “girl power” (“Thelma and Louise”, “Bridesmaids”) type of movies. My list:

1. Love Actually
2. The Cutting Edge
3. Sixteen Candles
4. The Wedding Singer
5. Notting Hill
6. When Harry Met Sally
7. Bridget Jones’ Diary
8. 10 Things I Hate About You
9. Four Weddings and a Funeral
10. The Princess Bride

BTW, the Wikipedia article is on crack. At least 25% of the movies on that list ARE NOT romantic comedies – for one, “Bride Wars” is about two women fighting about their weddings/friendships – it has NOTHING to do with their romances. Honestly!!!!!


4 Responses to “Gigantic”

  1. August 3, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I am not a huge fan of romantic comedies…after 1970. If it’s old or it’s in costume, I’m hooked. I adore the lighter Merchant Ivory stuff (Enchanted April is one of my favorite movies of all time), and Shakespeare in Love is essentially a romantic comedy of sort if you look at it sideways. And of course, It Happened One Night, one of the all time great romantic comedies (I adore Clark Gable).

    • August 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

      I’m not big on romantic comedies either but I agree with eight on your list! I haven’t seen Love, Actually and I’d read the Princess Bride long before the movie came out, so to me, the casting is ALL WRONG.

  2. August 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I’ve actually watched 6 of those, which is the most for any of these lists I’ve seen! 🙂

    • August 8, 2011 at 2:37 am

      what is the difference btwn rom com and chick flicks?? ah, notting hill..sixteen candles is definitely a classic favorite of mine. lol. i miss hugh grant movies!

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