The 55 Best Rom-Coms of All Time, Ranked

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Romantic comedies: love them or tolerate them (let's be honest you can't hate a romcom), they're always good for at least some light entertainment and a life lesson or two. (Okay okay, and sometimes a few tears.) Here, the best and most classic rom-coms of all time, ranked.

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55. 50 First Dates


Adam Sandler—the king of comedy—finds his sensitive side in 50 First Dates, where he falls in love with Lucy (Drew Barrymore). The only problem? Lucy suffers from memory loss, and Henry (Adam Sandler) has to help her fall in love with him all over again...and again...and again.

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54. She's All That

A jock bets his friends that he can turn any girl into the prom queen and they choose the ultimate challenge: Rachel Leigh Cook with glasses and paint on her clothes. Problematic teen comedy tropes aside, it's a quintessentially '90s rom-com.

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53. Love, Simon

Love, Simon has been praised for its long-overdue Hollywood storyline about a gay teenage romance starring Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, and your faves Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner. While dealing with a blackmailer who has threatened to "out" Simon to the entire school, the teen is also attempting to balance home life and the classmate he fell in love with online. You know, the usual!

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52. To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Number one on the very short list of good things to come out of 2018: To All the Boys I've Loved Before. This summer, Netflix released the rom-com starring Lana Condor and my boyfriend Noah Centineo. MarieClaire.com's Senior News and Culture Editor Cady Drell breaks down why it's so damn good, here.

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51. Some Kind of Wonderful

Boy likes popular girl. Boy's tomboy best friend helps him land popular girl. Popular girl's ex makes plans to pummel boy. Tomboy BFF realizes she's been secretly in love with boy the entire time. DRAMA.

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50. Something's Gotta Give

It's just the classic love story of an older playboy falling for the mother of his young girlfriend.

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49. The Apartment

A guy looking to get ahead at work lets his superiors borrow his apartment as a getaway for them and their mistresses. Complications arise when he falls for one of the execs' girlfriends though.

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48. The Shop Around the Corner

If you love You've Got Mail, you'll love The Shop Around the Corner, which is the movie the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan classic is based on (but, you know, pre-AOL).

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47. High Fidelity

For a movie that focuses almost exclusively on breakups and the terrible things people do to each other when love is involved, High Fidelity still manages to be infinitely hilarious and surprisingly romantic.

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46. Trainwreck

Bill Hader should be the leading man in everything. Forever. And Amy Schumer should write everything. This movie is a perfect storm of great writing, great casting, and great chemistry.

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45. Silver Linings Playbook


Jennifer Lawrence. Bradley Cooper. Attitude. Dance Competition. Any questions?

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44. Splash

It's Tom Hanks falling in love with a mermaid. Can you imagine anything cuter or more whimsical? No. You can't.

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43. His Girl Friday

If you like witty banter and dialogue so fast it would make the Gilmore Girls tongue-tied, then His Girl Friday is the rom-com classic for you.

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42. Waitress

Before it was a hit Broadway musical, Waitress was a charming indie rom-com. Both tell the story of a small town waitress who begins an affair with her OBGYN after she accidentally becomes pregnant by her no-good husband.

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41. It Happened One Night

This 1934 classic rom-com from acclaimed director Frank Capra focuses on a spoiled heiress named Ellie who marries a scheming man. Her dad then does the only logical thing and kidnaps her away on his yacht. Ellie, being the free spirit she is, jumps ship and meets up with a hardened newspaper reporter played Clark Gable, who sets off to help her link back up with her husband, but ends up catching feelings.

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40. Annie Hall

While it pains us to put a Woody Allen film on this list, given the director's highly problematic past, there's no denying that Annie Hall is an iconic entry in the rom-com genre.

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39. Never Been Kissed


Drew Barrymore basically relives every high school nerd's dream by getting a do-over of her high school life in Never Been Kissed. The former geek goes undercover at her high school on a journalism assignment where she plays a 17-year-old student. Through some family ties, she gets re-invented as a popular kid who almost has everything, except the affection of her English teacher.

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38. 500 Days of Summer


All of the millennial angst of meeting someone who you believe to be the one, followed by disillusionment and despair, is captured in this excellent *non-romance* starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. Bookmark this to watch alone, and experience all the feels.

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37. Say Anything


An '80s boy-meets-girl classic, from the famous Peter Gabriel boombox scene to the teenage coming-of-age love story. You'll never look at trench coats and sneakers the same way.

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36. Love Actually


The gift that keeps on giving. Love Actually is a go-to comedy during the holiday season, and everyone has their favorite plot line from the many diverging love stories that take place.

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35. Knocked Up

Let's all take a moment to acknowledge Knocked Up is more than a decade old. (Ugh, now we feel old.) Never forget Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen who play, respectively, a rising journalist and an irresponsible slacker who have a one-night stand and, well, you can figure out the rest...

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34. There's Something About Mary


A story in which a teenage dirtbag lands his dream girl for the senior prom, and then...mishaps occur. This classic comedy follows him several years later as he gets reunited with her and tries to win her back.

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33. The Wedding Singer


Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore play a waitress and a wedding singer who are engaged to the wrong people until they have the good fortune to meet each other.

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32. Mamma Mia!

If you need a reminder of how great of an actress Amanda Seyfried is, watch Mamma Mia!, then bask in the glory of Meryl Streep who plays her mother in the film. The premise: Sophie (Seyfried) goes on a quest to find her birthfather to walk her down the aisle and decides to invite all of the potential suitors (read: her mother's exes) without telling her. The Greek setting will make you want to book a vacation ASAP...and the soundtrack will make you want to download several ABBA albums.

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31. Sweet Home Alabama


If you have any doubts about this one, do yourself a favor and simply watch to witness Reese Witherspoon's evolution as an actress. The 2002 movie details Melanie's (Witherspoon) life as a fashion designer in NYC, and what happens when she needs to return to her Alabama roots to receive a divorce from her husband, Jake (Josh Lucas). Tears will 100 percent be shed.

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30. 13 Going on 30


All Jenna Rink wants to be is "30, flirty, and thriving" until she actually gets what she wishes for. The bewilderment of being 13 in a 30-year-old's body is played pretty much perfectly here by Jennifer Garner, and this film captures the exact moment where the world truly fell in love with Mark Ruffalo.

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29. Crazy, Stupid, Love


Hopefully there'll be many more romantic movies to come from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, because they're irresistible as a pair. Gosling plays a ladies' man who falls for the deadpan, unsinkable Hannah (Stone), while he's also trying to help a hapless divorce (played by Steve Carrell) get his manly groove back.

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28. The Philadelphia Story


A rom-com for the ages, this classic from 1940 stars Carey Grant and Katharine Hepburn as a married couple on the rocks. Hepburn plays Tracey Lord, a socialite who attempts to remarry after throwing out her ex-husband (Grant). That is, until he shows up to her nuptials with an investigative journalist who's clued in on her dark family history.

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27. Some Like it Hot


Marilyn Monroe plays a member of a traveling jazz band who believes she's fallen in love with a millionaire, when in fact she's being duped by one of her fellow band members (a man on the run who's pretending to be a woman). Some Like It Hot features one of the steamiest kisses in film history and lots of great Marilyn Monroe song numbers.

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26. The Big Sick


Romances are always sweeter when they're based on real life stories, which is why this rom-com from Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani is such a breath of fresh air. It grounds the typical rom-com tropes in a time of Uber and dating apps, portraying an interracial romance between stand-up comic Kumail (played by himself) and his wife Emily (played by indie rom-com queen Zoe Kazan). They face their biggest challenge when Emily develops a sudden sickness that lands her in a coma.

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