Favourite Rom-Coms

Jamie recently shared her list of top five romantic comedies in celebration of Valentine’s Day being upcoming. So, I wanted to do the same, here we go!

I feel like I should mention that these are also in no particular order of how much I like them. I do really like all of these and have watched them multiple times.

1) His Girl Friday

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I feel like I’ve talked about this before, but I really do love this film. When I told Rory I was going to do a post about my favourite rom-com’s, he immediately brought up this one. He knows I love it, and I do. Set in the 1940’s, the general plot is that Hilda has just gotten engaged and plans to leave her job as a journalist at the publication that her ex-husband runs. He tries his best to stop her from leaving (and meeting her fiance) by tempting her with a story about a criminal (who may be innocent!) who is scheduled to be executed. Witty, funny, fast talking, and everyone is dressed so snazzy. A screwball comedy at it’s finest.

2) 10 Things I Hate About You

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Two of the films on this list also fall heavily in the Young Adult genre. This is my favourite movie of the 2000’s. It is probably also somewhat iconic, with the whole Heath Ledger singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. If you don’t know the movie, the plot is loosely based off Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. It’s a very twisted and complicated love triangle/square/pentagon thing. But it’s amazing, and very 2000’s. The cast also has heaps of well-known actors. Besides Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also star in this.

3) Clueless

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Another of my favourite YA/rom-com films of all time. Clueless is the perfect 90’s Valley girl film. It’s loosely based off the Jane Austen novel, “Emma”. It stars Alicia Silverstone as Cher, a typical privileged high school girl who spends all her time trying to match other people together, but her own love life isn’t stellar. Besides the dialogue being iconic (so much “Whatever”s and “As If!”), their outfits (see above) are just incredible. I’ve literally lost count of how many times I’ve seen this.

4) (500) Days of Summer

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This is probably more of an ‘anti’ rom-com, as it just subverts expectations. I will also say that as a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, I was going to like this film either way. But the awesome soundtrack, clever plot, and the lead actors (particularly Gordon-Levitt) are just amazing, had me sold. The plot basically is, Summer doesn’t believe in true love, and Tom falls head over heels for her. The story jumps around in the timeline over the 500 days that their relationship begins, and ultimately ends.

5) Amelie

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Whimsical is the word that always jumps out when describing the film, and well…it is! I first watched this back in high school when I was learning French, and I loved it. It tells the story of Amelie, a shy and withdrawn young woman who tries to better the lives of those around her. The movie is just sweet and charming, and never fails to put me in a good mood.

There you have it. Five of my favourite romantic comedy movies. They all fit in other genres pretty well too, but it’s impossible to slot movies into just one genre.

What’s your favourite romantic comedy? Have you seen any of the ones listed above?


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  1. ” Romeo and Juliet” or “Casanova”

    1. Those are good romance movies, but I don’t know if they can count as Rom coms ? I’ve yet to see Casanova though

      1. I like the newer version. Which has a little more comedy.

  2. I’ve been hearing my whole life about My Girl Friday and have yet to see it, which is strange as my sister and I spent most of our movie money growing up watching every old film we could get our hands on. I love fast-talking witty repartee, and the beautiful clothes (sigh). I actually have 500 Days of Summer recorded on my tv. It’s another one that I’ve been meaning to watch. I think I’ll be watching that one today!

    1. His Girl Friday is so good! Very witty, clever and everyone dresses so snazzy. I really recommend it! 500 days of summer is such a fun twist on modern romcoms ?

  3. YES LOVE THIS! so cool to see your list, so different from mine ?? I loved 500 days of summer & his girl friday sounds right up my alley, I’ll have to give it a watch!

    1. Thanks Jamie! While reading your post, it definitely inspired me to make my own list ? His Gril Friday is so good! I really recommend giving it a watch ?

  4. Oh wow, clueless and 10 things I hate about you! They’re a blast from the past, those two and ‘Angus thongs & perfect snogging’ are my poorly sick go to films! I love them! Perfect for a rainy day or a day off Work poorly!

    1. Haha, they’re classics as far as I’m concerned! Perfect movies for a pick me up ?

  5. Nice list! I like beauty and the briefcase as well 🙂

    1. Thank you! I haven’t heard of that one before, I’ll have to look it up ?

  6. I’ve seen Clueless and 10 Things I hate About You, but I’ll have to catch up on the other movies on the list!! Nice post, Angela!
    love, elena


    1. I feel like both those movies are essential teen/romcoms to watch haha! I do really recommend the others on this list too ?
      Thanks Elena!

  7. I could probably recite Clueless by heart ??? I watched it all of the time when I was younger!

    1. It’s so iconic!! Haha, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched it ?

  8. I’ve really wanted to see Amelie, but haven’t got around to it! Maybe I’ll watch it this week sometime (:

    1. It’s such a cool movie! I definitely recommend seeing it sometime ?

  9. 500 days of summer is just so amazing! 🙂

    1. It really is!! 😀

  10. I’ve only seen 3 out of the 5, so will definitely need to remember the others 🙂

    1. They’re all great movies, so I hope you’re able to see the others 😀

  11. Don’t forget the classics, Pretty Woman, When Harry met Sally!

    1. Ah yes, Pretty Woman is a classic! I still haven’t seen When Harry Met Sally, but I really should!!

      1. One of my favourite quotes is from when harry met sally – “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible” . It’s ace x

  12. I think the only one on your list I’ve actually seen is Clueless, though a few of the others have been on my to see list for years and I’ve just never got round to them. I don’t tend to watch many Rom Coms, the main ones I think of tend to have Hugh Grant in them for some reason! Or are early 2000s YA movies like She’s All That (I think that’s what it was called). One I used to watch a lot was a Walk to Remember with Mandy Moore in it, so sad though. This is making me want to find Bridget Jones’ Diary and watch that again.

    1. There’s always movies we just tend to see, but never seem to get around to haha! I remember She’s All That, but it didn’t make too much of an impression on me. I love Bridget Jones’ Diary! I still haven’t seen A Walk to Remember..

      1. I don’t really remember what she’s all that was about, I think it was just one of those ones we watched at sleepovers all the time. The early 2000s sleepover ones all sort of blur together but have ended up being what I think of as a romcom ? I think I might see if I can find a walk to remember and see if it’s as good as I used to think it was.

  13. I love Rom Coms sooooo much! I could watch them over and over again and never get tired of them XD 10 Things I Hate About You is definitely one of my favourites! It’s so fun and refreshing and you can still watch it now after all these years! I also really like Heath Ledger <3

    1. It’s such a fun genre! Haha yes! 10 Things I Hate About You is definitely amazing, as is Heath 🙂 <3

  14. Oh wow I feel so left out because I have only seen Clueless out of the movies you listed haha, I absolutely love that film though ? I need to check rest of these out too because I do love cheesy romantic movies! xx

    1. Clueless is amazing!! Definitely check out the other movies if you can 😀

  15. I looooove 10 things I hate about you, I had never seen it until Alex told me about it and to be honest, the only reason I gave it a shot was because Heath Ledger was in it lol.
    And how goood is 500 days of summer? I love Zoey and Joseph, I practically watch anything and everything they’re in.

    1. Heath Ledger was definitely one of the best parts about 10 Things I Hate About You haha!
      I love Zooey and Joseph!! Anything they’re in together is always amazing 😀

  16. I only sat through 500 Days of Summer because of Matthew Gray Gubler (?). Nice selection by the way.

    1. I’m glad you liked the movies! I don’t know Matthew too well, I watched it because of Joseph and Zoey haha. But it’s always funny what films we do end up watching because of who’s in it 😀

      1. MGG is of Criminal Minds fame and I absolutely agree with you! If the movie is not my thing, I’ll still watch it because of an actor/actress I like. ?

  17. Come on.. how did PS i love you not make the list? Or any of the Bridget Jones series.. If your going to include things like 500 days of summer and CLueless.. surely these should make the list?

    1. I haven’t actually seen PS I love you, and while I enjoyed Bridget Jones, I liked other movies more. We all have our own favourites when it comes to movies ? It comes down to what we each prefer

      1. Watch it … it will make the list!

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