FOUNDATIONAL ROM COMS
It Happened One Night (1934)
The Apartment (1960)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Annie Hall (1977)
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Pretty Woman (1990)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
QUINTESSENTIAL ROM COMS
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Runaway Bride (1999)
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
The Holiday (2006)
ROM COMS OF MY FORMATIVE YEARS
Notting Hill (1999)
Love Actually (2003)
13 Going On 30 (2004)
The Prince and Me (2004)
500 Days of Summer (2009)
Just Friends (2005)
The Parent Trap
HIGH SCHOOL ROM COMS
Pretty In Pink (1986)
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
She’s All That (1999)
What a Girl Wants (2003)
Chasing Liberty (2004)
A Cinderella Story (2004)
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
Easy A (2010)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
The Princess Diaries (2001)
PEAK ROM COMS
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2000)
The Wedding Planner (2001) - JLo plays dress up as a wedding planner who accidentally falls in love with a groom (Matthew McConaughey) on the job. Should she prioritize her career or true love, or CAN SHE HAVE IT ALL? (apparently, she can?)
Maid in Manhattan (2002) - JLo plays dress up as a hotel maid who falls for Voldemort.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) - Greek thirtysomething meets white dude, family drama ensues. Plus, Joey Fatone.
Two Weeks Notice (2002) - Environmental lawyer takes a job with a real estate mogul in exchange for saving a community center (normal). Boss constantly needs life advice and is generally useless besides having a great automated tie closet. Lawyer gives her TWO WEEKS NOTICE, regret and romance ensues.
Just Married (2003)
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) - A middle aged divorcee spirals and buys a house in Tuscany for shits. American in a foreign land things happen, she rebounds with an Italian dude, and eventually is happy.
Fever Pitch (2005) - What if a RomCom, but SPORTS.
Hitch (2005) - Will Smith is a dating advice expert who’s advice doesn’t work on himself. Also, Kevin James.
Monster-In-Law (2005) - JLo plays dress up as ??? and is getting married, but her future mother in law doesn’t like her and they battle for the entire movie. Eventually they resolve things and happy ending etc etc.
27 Dresses (2008) - always the bridesmaid, never the bride! (lolololololol)
It’s Complicated (2009) - Meryl Streep is dating her ex husband and an architect at the same time, and has a FANTASTIC kitchen.
The Proposal (2009) - A Canadian exec forces her assistant to agree to marry her to avoid deportation. They go to Alaska to meet his family (and Oscar, who is a stripper).
Life as We Know It (2010) - Poorly matched godparents have to raise a 1 year old and apparently raising kids is hard.
The Switch (2010) - Jennifer Aniston hasn’t found love but wants a baby, her friend zoned BFF Jason Bateman drunkenly replaces the sperm donor with himself and 7 years later meets his son, who has similar neurotic traits. They bond and shit, then romance.
THE ROM COM BADLANDS
50 First Dates (2004) - Boy meets amnesiac and people think it’s cute and not weird. Features Adam Sandler jokes about Walrus boners.
Wimbledon (2004) - What if RomCom, but tennis.
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004) - Small town girl wins a date with a movie star, love triangle happens with her small town friend.
Rumor Has It (2005) - Some real weird shit involving The Graduate?
Failure to Launch (2006) - An “expert in getting grown men to move out of their parents house” falls for one of her clients.
The Break-Up (2006) - A couple breaks up but won’t move out of their place, roommate drama and feelings ensue, but they don’t end up together.
You, Me and Dupree (2006) - Newlyweds’ best friend moves in with them.
Music and Lyrics (2007) - A washed up 80’s pop star has a chance to write a song for a pop star in 5 days, meets an amateur songwriter to help him. Features a great pop song.
Fool’s Gold (2008) - Divorcees search for treasure in the Bahamas together? An elaborate ruse to reunite Kate Hudson & Matthew McConaughey.
Made of Honor (2008) - A serial dater who invented the thing that goes around coffee cups realizes he’s in love with his best friend when she gets engaged and asks him to be her maid of honor (so many jokes about gender!). They spend a lot of time in Scotland and eventually he wins via a dramatic wedding interruption.
What Happens in Vegas (2008) - Two people meet in Vegas and drunkenly get married and win the jackpot, have to stay together for a certain amount of time to keep the winnings evenly in divorce, end up falling in love.
Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) - High power New Yorkers have to join Witness Protection and move to Wyoming, literally so many jokes about redneck life!
He’s Just Not That Into You (2009) - An ensemble RomCom based on a self help book - what could go wrong?! This is the worst movie of all time.
The Ugly Truth (2009)
I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011) - A woman (!) is an executive (!) and a parent (!) and a wife (!).
Something Borrowed (2011) - One chick dates her best friend’s fiance, super casual.
What’s Your Number? (2011) - A girl doesn’t want to sleep with any more men because of a statistic and instead goes back to all of her ex boyfriends to see if they’ve become marriage material.
Friends With Benefits - the grand gesture is a flash mob to Closing Time
No Strings Attached - Friends With Benefits carbon copy
ROM COMS FOR THESE, OUR MODERN TIMES
Friends With Kids (2012)
Two Night Stand
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
The Big Sick
I Love You Man
The 40 Year Old Virgin
That Awkward Moment
ALMOST ROM COMS
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
This Is Where I Leave You
Silver Linings Playbook
La La Land
About A Boy
TV ROM COMS
How I Met Your Mother
Jane the Virgin
The Mindy Project
You’re the Worst
Sex and the City
Master of None