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15 of the best romcoms EVER

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

 

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Though it is a generally accepted fact that Andie Macdowell was truly awful in this film, it was a huge success and is still a fan favourite more than 20 years later. The rest of the cast is, in contrast, pretty perfect, which is really what makes this so very watchable. Just maybe hit “mute” for that infamous “Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed” line. READ MORE: The red-carpet beauty looks putting us in a spring state of mind

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

Bridesmaids (2011)

This is hilarious. Which you probably know because only those who live under rocks have not seen it. Also, it’s kind of significant because, in a time when funny women are coming into their own, it’s one of the first truly female-driven comedies, and they pulled it off with flying colours. It’s got genuine emotion, a gross-out vomit/diarrhea scene (#classic), friendship and a love story. READ MORE: Best fashion Instagrams of the week: Beyoncé, Gigi Hadid and more

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Romcom royalty Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan do what they do best – Tom, the funny, cute everyman and Meg, the adorable dork – in this not-overly-cheesy film. Their chemistry is so good it’s a wonder they never got together IRL. READ MORE: The 20 Met Gala looks we'll never forget

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

She was the anti-heroine of the noughties, but we loved Bridget for drinking too much, obsessing about her weight (while continuing to eat crap) and having a disastrous love life. And we cheered when she finally got her Mr. Darcy. Bonus: Hugh Grant at his saucy best. READ MORE: We decode your best summer-workout plan

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

This is one of those rare romcoms that both sexes can appreciate because, really, it’s more com than rom. Jason Segel is endearingly pathetic as the dumpee, and there’s much hilarity as he pines for his ex but has to watch her being romanced by über-sexual rock star Aldous Snow (played to perfection by Russell Brand). READ MORE: Can your FitBit tell when you're heartbroken?

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

Jennifer Lopez nails it as a struggling hotel maid in New York who, in a classic case of mistaken identity, is romantically pursued by the very dapper Ralph Fiennes as a high-powered politician. You’ll never guess what happens…okay, you totally can, but it’s still feel-good fodder. And, hey – it’s J.Lo and Ralph Fiennes. Reason enough. READ MORE: A beauty editor's guide to staying in New York during Fashion Week

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

Clueless (1995)

Jane Austen’s wit and wisdom were brilliantly translated for the 20th century by Amy Heckerling in this modern take on the classic Emma. The story stands the test of time (of course), but this is also worth a watch for the ’90s fashion and the giant antenna’d cell phones. And that rotating closet? Swoon. READ MORE: 9 trends we never thought would come back into style (but they did!)

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

Overboard (1987)

Goldie Hawn plays an heiress with amnesia who ends up living in squalor when a revenge-exacting carpenter (played by her real-life SO, Kurt Russell) whom she’d treated badly convinces her that she is his wife and mother to his four rambunctious children. Part screwball comedy, part endearing love story, this one’s perfect Sunday-afternoon-hangover-and-a-bag-of-chips accompaniment. READ MORE: Celebrity mothers and daughters that look alike

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

The Princess Bride (1987)

Who doesn’t remember this film from their childhood? The quirky fairy tale is complete with plucky princess, handsome hero, friendly giant, sword fighting and the requisite happily ever after, but it’s anything but clichéd. There’s enough wit and great characters for big kids too, which means I enjoy this today as much as I did when I was 12. READ MORE: How to be the best dressed person at a wedding

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

Pretty Woman (1990)

A quick office poll revealed that this 26-year-old film is still a favourite – even for the staffers who don’t remember life before cell phones and the Internet. The somewhat subverted Cinderella story – handsome and wealthy but unhappy businessman rescues poor prostitute who in turn rescues him back with her warmth and compassion – made Julia Roberts a star and left us with some great quotes: “You work on commission, right? Big mistake. Big. HUGE.” READ MORE: Julia Roberts talks Taylor Swift on Ellen

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

Mystic Pizza (1988)

Before Julia was Pretty Woman, she was Daisy, serving up the town of Mystic’s best pizza alongside her sister and best friend as they dealt with highs and lows in their love lives. By the end of it, you’ll want to live in a coastal town with your two best gal pals. And eat pizza. That one, at least, you can do. READ MORE: Eat, drink and go out: Milan's best pizza and pasta

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

The Holiday (2006)

If you can get past the plot holes (e.g., Eli Wallach’s character being invited to a lifetime-achievement gala in his honour and it somehow coming together and taking place mere days after he accepts), you’re in for a cozy 138 minutes. The cast is delightful (well, Cameron Diaz, not so much) and the backdrops – a charmingly twee village in England and the tony L.A. suburbs – in the two woven-together stories are pretty lovely too. READ MORE: 19 celebrity couples you totally forgot ever dated

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

French Kiss (1995)

So, Meg Ryan – again. Adorable dork – again. But she’s still likable, and so is this film. The best part? Kevin Kline as the French trying-to-reform criminal who steals her heart. And with Paris and Cannes as the scenic backdrops, you really can’t go wrong with this one. READ MORE: 12 ways to dress like you're in the south of France

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

Love Actually (2003)

This one is as schmaltzy as they come, but it’s also lovable, and if it doesn’t make you feel at least a little warm and fuzzy, there is something wrong with you. Aspects of it are fairly ridiculous (see: odd-yet-likable Colin going to America and being fawned over by a quartet of the country’s most stunning women) and some are downright frustrating (stop answering that phone, Laura Linney!), but it’s a whole lotta feel-good fun. READ MORE: Where to stay, what to eat and what to do in London

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15 of the best romcoms EVER

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Many came before and many, many have come after, but this is the romcom that defined the genre. Almost the whole film is Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal having great chemistry and great banter all while not seeing the true love that was right under their noses. So much fun, and Rob Reiner’s mother’s “I’ll have what she’s having” line never gets old. READ MORE: Why being "just friends" is a man's worst nightmare

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