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(Paste Magazine)   The fifty best romantic comedies of all time. Warning: lots of John Cusack   (pastemagazine.com) divider line 107
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2013-05-02 09:38:07 AM
Jerry Maguire is one of the worst experiences I've ever had in a movie theater, including the time that drunk guy barfed three rows back.
 
2013-05-02 09:38:50 AM
I would have expected Breakfast at Tiffany's, Moonstruck, Sabrina, and Pillow Talk  on any list of romantic comedies.

And Notting Hill sucked worst than any Adam Sandler movie.
 
2013-05-02 09:50:15 AM
Next up: The 50 Most Enjoyable Medieval Torture Procedures
 
2013-05-02 09:55:18 AM
I seriously thought I was the only person in the world that enjoyed Punch Drunk Love, but I don't really see it as a rom-com.
 
2013-05-02 09:59:11 AM
In what way is Jerry Maguire a comedy? Tom Cruise sleeping with women? That's just weird, not funny.
 
2013-05-02 10:00:21 AM
Also, this list is already complete garbage without:

www.jonathanrosenbaum.com
 
2013-05-02 10:04:18 AM
Clueless
A combination of comedy, romance and high-school spunk


I remember wanting to give Alicia Silverstone my high school spunk.
 
2013-05-02 10:04:21 AM
Scott Pilgrim is a romcom?
 
2013-05-02 10:07:22 AM
Whar 2012?

WHAR?!
 
2013-05-02 10:08:50 AM
"His Girl Friday" is one of the funniest movies ever.

I watched "10 Things I Hate About You" with my teen daughter when it came out and we both LOLed. To this day we still say "I have a dick on my face, don't I?" when confronted with cluelessness.
 
2013-05-02 10:09:22 AM
I'm one of those people who just doesn't get Woody Allen. I watched some of Annie Hall, was not entertained or amused. Maybe I'm missing the "nebbish New York Jew" gene.
 
2013-05-02 10:09:46 AM
List needs some Shaun love

wfiles.brothersoft.com
/hot like spent Winchester cartridges
 
2013-05-02 10:10:05 AM
Also, they picked all the wrong John Cusack rom-coms. I submit;

www.grouchoreviews.com

and

4.bp.blogspot.com

At least Sixteen Candles is there.
 
2013-05-02 10:10:18 AM
Leon

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-02 10:11:59 AM
Where's Silence of the Lambs?
 
2013-05-02 10:13:56 AM
I thought this movie was funny...
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-02 10:17:28 AM
3.bp.blogspot.com

No Smokey and the Bandit, it has everything, A close up Sally Fields' ass in jeans, beer, Burt Reynolds mustache, and the movie is one long car chase.
 
2013-05-02 10:17:47 AM
No Schindler's List?

This is bullshiat.
 
2013-05-02 10:19:44 AM

minoridiot: And Notting Hill sucked worst than any Adam Sandler movie.


Thank you!  I thought I was the only one who hated that movie.
 
2013-05-02 10:20:35 AM
I always found You've got Mail creepy - well, the middle part where Hanks has worked out the central plot element and then starts manipulating Ryan's character, such as by appearing at their first date pretending not to be the guy she is emailing.
 
2013-05-02 10:23:22 AM

minoridiot: I would have expected Breakfast at Tiffany's, Moonstruck, Sabrina, and Pillow Talk  on any list of romantic comedies.

And Notting Hill sucked worst than any Adam Sandler movie.


As much as I love B ay T, and Audrey, it is movie about a female hooker and a male kept man, so two whores who fall in love.
 
2013-05-02 10:35:17 AM
How about Safety Not Guaranteed? I caught it on Netflix a couple of weeks ago and I was surprised at how good it was.
 
2013-05-02 10:37:05 AM
No Human Centipede?
 
2013-05-02 10:42:52 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
This one never gets any love on these lists.
 
2013-05-02 10:43:53 AM
Silver Linings Playbook was a rom-com? If they're going to play fast and loose with categories, then I want Airplane! included on this list.

Jerry Maguire was physically painful to watch. Luckily it was a double feature with Fools Rush In, which was an order of magnitude better by comparison.

And 500 Days of Summer? I never got that movie, despite my deep love for Zooey Deschanel. Then again, I don't get New Girl, either.
 
2013-05-02 10:44:39 AM
They have a few legitimately good films with absolute dreck peppered in.

The Good: High Fidelity, The Graduate, Amelie, The African Queen
The Bad: Notting Hill, When Harry met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle
The Ugly: Pretty Woman, You've Got Mail, Hitch
 
2013-05-02 10:44:46 AM
Moonrise Kingdom was a cute movie. Glad to see it so high.
 
2013-05-02 10:50:32 AM
Thinking about it, if I was going to put a Meg Ryan rom com in there, I would probably go with Addicted to Love.
 
2013-05-02 10:51:10 AM
List fails without . . .
primility.com

/I know, turning in my Man Card.
 
2013-05-02 10:55:00 AM
Also missing from the list:
www.slantmagazine.com

On, and Punch Drunk Love sucked. So did Chasing Amy and Knocked Up. And eff Annie Hall . . . should've lost to Star Wars.
 
2013-05-02 10:57:13 AM
I knew the future Mrs. Eel was a keeper after we saw "High Fidelity" and she told me she had a much better idea of why I was a music geek.

Also, Iben Hjejle. Yum.
 
2013-05-02 11:12:45 AM
Waitress was a very good movie, but how is it a romantic comedy when the conclusion adds up to 'Fark men, who needs 'em?'
 
2013-05-02 11:15:23 AM

macadamnut: Also, they picked all the wrong John Cusack rom-coms. I submit;


3.bp.blogspot.com

This is me wondering how they could miss this one
 
2013-05-02 11:17:01 AM

snowybunting: I seriously thought I was the only person in the world that enjoyed Punch Drunk Love, but I don't really see it as a rom-com.


Love it! Also not seeing it as a romantic comedy.
 
2013-05-02 11:17:29 AM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: macadamnut: Also, they picked all the wrong John Cusack rom-coms. I submit;

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This is me wondering how they could miss this one


thanks for the pen
 
2013-05-02 11:18:47 AM
"Romantic Comedies"....a term for cookie cutter chick flicks that all follow the same plot line.

Guy and girl meet, usually because they are thrown together due to extenuating circumstances. At first meeting, they don't like each other at all.

Time passes, girl starts to soften, guy drops the swagging facade and reveals his "sensitive" side. This is also where they introduce some aspect of the storyline where the guy is hiding something he knows will kill the relationship.

Relationship escalates, usually involving a few laps around the bed. Occasionally there is a slight bit of nudity as some sort of a lifeline to the poor guy being forced to sit through this torture just to get laid himself.

Twenty minutes before the end of the film, the guy does something to blow it. He's insensitive, she finds out his hidden secret, whatever, but it puts the relationship in jeopardy.

Three minutes of sappy music and images of the characters looking reflective follow.

Guy comes up with elaborate goofy plan to win back girl, which he does.

Roll credits.

Other key ingredients include each of the two main characters having a "best friend" that the other person doesn't like and who really doesn't get along with the opposing annoying best friend (think Elizabeth Perkins and Jim Belushi in "About Last Night), a wisened older person who dispenses freakishly sage advice to the dipstick who's blowing it with the girl, at least one dance sequence, all set against a sanitized surprisingly crime-free urban background.

Is that about it? Amiright?
 
2013-05-02 11:21:16 AM
Also missing from the list:

2.bp.blogspot.com

Sleepless in Seattle is a terrible movie and Meg Ryan's character deserves the fate of a crazy cat lady.
 
2013-05-02 11:22:10 AM
Heartwarming. Honest. Not full of posh Engish people that never have to work.
 
2013-05-02 11:25:56 AM
I couldn't stand Amelie. The girl got off on playing head-games with people. There's no way the relationship at the end of the movie would last.
 
2013-05-02 11:26:15 AM
"Roxanne" is a great film.
 
2013-05-02 11:32:25 AM
I wouldn't insult Groundhog Day by calling it a romantic comedy.
Chasing Amy either because it didn't have a happy ending.
 
2013-05-02 11:33:11 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: I couldn't stand Amelie. The girl got off on playing head-games with people. There's no way the relationship at the end of the movie would last.


She's most manic and pixiest of all the manic pixie dream girls.

Galileo's Daughter: "Roxanne" is a great film.


I concur. I hate to admit this but there were a handful of movies on this list that are on my personal list of 50 most favoritist movies of all time. Not best films, just my personal choice if I could only have a library of 50 movies. Amelie, Roxanne, Eternal Sunshine... can all be found within my top 20.
 
2013-05-02 11:35:18 AM
So, I've seen 16 out of 50 and over half of those I question the definition of rom-com.
 
2013-05-02 11:37:17 AM

Mugato: I wouldn't insult Groundhog Day by calling it a romantic comedy.
Chasing Amy either because it didn't have a happy ending.


The Romantic Comedy genre has been cheapened with slews of terrible movies making way too much bank at the box office. I blame Meg Ryan for this mostly. Even if she did give us French Kiss. Below are a short clip and a long review. Both worth a watch.

The Dark Secret behind Romantic Comedies

Nostalgia Chick reviews Kate & Leopold
 
2013-05-02 11:37:38 AM

Galileo's Daughter: "Roxanne" is a great film.


'Roxanne" needs to be waayyyy higher on that list.

And I'm not sure that 'The Graduate' should be classified as a romantic comedy. Great and iconic film...yes. One of my very favorites. But not a rom/com.
 
2013-05-02 11:40:30 AM

Slaves2Darkness: So, I've seen 16 out of 50 and over half of those I question the definition of rom-com.


Traditionally the definition was a comedy that centered around a couple or romance of some kind. It didn't even guarantee that the couple get together or stay together as long as they and the audience had fun for the duration of film. Now it's hard ass woman who's dedicated to her career but her asshole friends tell her that her life is incomplete unless she finds Mr. Right, runs into a narcissistic jerk, only for her to soften and then they fall in love after a series of misunderstandings. Right, because 2 narcissists will work out in the long run. Wouldn't want to see how those divorce proceedings go down.
 
2013-05-02 11:52:08 AM
Those ranking are all over the place.

And for the last time Manhattan > Annie Hall.
 
2013-05-02 11:53:16 AM

KatjaMouse: Mugato: I wouldn't insult Groundhog Day by calling it a romantic comedy.
Chasing Amy either because it didn't have a happy ending.

The Romantic Comedy genre has been cheapened with slews of terrible movies making way too much bank at the box office. I blame Meg Ryan for this mostly.


Sarah Jessica Parker is a co-conspirator along with Meg. At least Meg has done some other types of flicks and even gotten naked a couple of times. SJP is forever entrenched in the "chick flick" world and pretty much taints the genre.
 
2013-05-02 11:54:23 AM

Whatthefark: How about Safety Not Guaranteed? I caught it on Netflix a couple of weeks ago and I was surprised at how good it was.


I'm not sure about "of all time" but it was one of those unexpected Netflix gems I happen on from time to time.  Recommended.
 
2013-05-02 11:54:32 AM
How the fark is knocked up even considered good? Or better yet how is 500 days of summer below it? And punch drink love is depressing.
 
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