I love a good rom-com (tbh, I also love a bad rom-com). I find them relaxing and I don’t think there is a better way to spend a Sunday night than with a really cheesy film and a cup of tea. During the last ten years of my life I’ve watched so many rom-coms that I couldn’t possibly recall all of them. But some stuck with me throughout the years and I’ve rewatched them on many ocassions. And these are the ones I’m sharing with you today – here is the list of my top 10 favourite rom-coms.
10) It’s A Boy Girl Thing (2006)
Typical teen romance film with a twist. Nell is a nerdy, more uptight kind of girl that comes from a rich family and wants to study at a prestigious university. Woody is a popular football player with a beautiful girlfriend and an attitude problem. They are sworn enemies – until the day they wake up in each other’s bodies: how will they cope with this radical change?
Why I love this film: Body-swap. Everything with body-swap is instantly my favourite.
How I rate it: 3/5 – It’s very cheesy and predictable. Even though there are far better films when it comes to quality, this made the list because of its original take on the “enemies fall in love” high school drama.
Watch it if: You want something light-hearted that will make you laugh and/or when you are in the mood for something silly and high-schoolish.
9) The Notebook (2004)
He’s a poor, free-spirited boy. She’s a rich girl longing for freedom. They fall in love but they get separated because of their social differences. Will they find their way back to each other’s arms?
Why I love this film: I mean, who doesn’t love The Notebook? It has Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams and it is the most heart-wrenching film I ever watched. This film moved me on so many different levels and every time I watch I cry even more than I did the last time. Plus there’s a whole retrospective thing going on which makes it even more interesting.
How I rate it: 5/5 – It makes me believe in love.
Watch it if: You have enough tissues to handle this emotional rollercoaster. If you need to have a good cry but also have your spirits lifted.
8) He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)
How do you know if a guy likes you? This film connects many different stories of people struggling with their relationships (or the lack thereof). You have everything in this film – a clingy girl, an online dater, a cheating husband, a woman who’s boyfriend won’t marry her, a friendzoned guy and plenty more.
Why I love this film: Firstly, there are so many great actors (Jennifer Aniston, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlet Johansson, Bradley Cooper and many many more). Secondly, it’s just perfect. Relatable, funny, romantic and interesting – there are so many story arcs that are all connected in a certain way and in many of them you have no idea how things will turn out.
How I rate it: 4/5 Even though there are some clichés, it is still a perfect film and one of my all-time favourites.
Watch it if: You want something witty and funny and not too heavy. Perfect for a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea or hot chocolate.
7) Ruby Sparks (2012)
Calvin is a writer. One day, he dreams of the perfect girl. He decides to write about her and when he wakes up the next day, he can’t believe his eyes: she is real. They begin a relationship together but when things start to get tough, he tries to rewrite her only to find out that he actually can: he has a power to rewrite his girlfriend’s character any time he doesn’t like what she thinks or does. But this is a dangerous kind of game to play – is it still a relationship when one person doesn’t have a say in anything?
Why I love this film: I have a spot soft for films about writers (you’ll get that from this list). Other than that, this film is just original and one of a kind. The concept is so interesting and there is one scene in particular that stuck in my head and won’t ever leave – even thinking about it gives me goosebumps.
How I rate it: 4/5 I’d personally prefer it to end in a slightly different way but other than that, this film is absolutely genius.
Watch it if: You are in a mood for something different and a bit dramatic. And if you want to have your mind filled with many philosophical questions about the self, reality and free will.
6) Love, Rosie (2014)
They were best friends since they were little children. They slowly fell in love but timing was never right for them. As years go by, they both go different ways but they never quite forget each other. Will there ever be a right time for them, or are they just supposed to stay friends?
Why I love this film: It’s hilarious. Honestly, there are some scenes that actually make me laugh out loud. Despite of this, there are also scenes that make me cry my eyes out and feel so sad for Rosie. This film is an emotional rollercoaster that I could watch all the time. Trust me, it’s the perfect mix of everything a rom-com should have.
How I rate it: 5/5 And an extra point for having Sam Claflin (Hunger Games, Me Before You) in it.
Watch it if: You want something that will both make you feel incredibly happy and destroy your heart and emotions. Perfect for when you’re feeling a bit down.
5) Legally Blonde (2001)
When Elle gets dumped by her boyfriend because he thinks she isn’t smart enough, she decides to go to Harvard Law School to get him back. Against all the odds she gets in – and that’s where it gets really hard. Everyone judges her for being all blond and pink as she struggles with her teachers and subjects. But she is a strong and independent woman and once she sets her mind on something, she is unstoppable.
Why I love this film: Where do I begin – this film is everything. It fights against prejudices and shows the biggest girl power that any film ever had. You root for Elle to succeed, to show everyone that just because she is a girly girl does not mean she isn’t smart enough. Also it puts me in a nice “yay university” mood which is sometimes needed during the term.
How I rate it: 5/5 Bend and snap!
Watch it if: You need some confidence and reassurance. Girl power! (Also if you want to laugh – I mean, Jennifer Coolidge is in it!)
4) Not Another Happy Ending (2013)
After Jane’s first novel gets published and is a big success, she gets a writer’s block while writing the sequel. Her grumpy publisher Tom therefore decides to do anything in his power to unblock her – and he does so by making her as miserable as possible. But will that work? Will Jane finish her novel? And why is it that she is blocked?
Why I love it: Another film about writers – something I really love. Karen Gillan is amazing in it, it is set in Scotland and there is a very attractive grumpy Frenchman. This film is funny yet causes you to feel a strange melancholy inside. It also explores the fragile relationship between Jane and her father which is heartbreaking on so many different levels.
How I rate it: 4/5 – The ending might be a bit cheesy but it fills my heart with joy anyway. There might be better films on this list but Not Another Happy Ending just won my heart with the feel it has.
Watch it if: You want something romantic that is not centred only on the romance – there are many different plotlines in this film that are as interesting as the whole “will they get together” part (e.g. Jane and her father, Jane and her boyfriend/script writer, writer’s block, how an ending should feel etc.).
3) Austenland (2013)
Jane Hayes decides to go on a vacation – the real Jane Austen experience. She lives in a big house, has to wear the clothes they wore in Austen time and gets courted by some very nice gentlemen. But who will win her heart? Will she be stuck forever in her Mr Darcy fantasy or will she choose the real world?
Why I love it: As a big fan of Jane Austen & Pride and Prejudice I believe this film was made for me. It has everything – humour, romance, literature references and a Darcy-like figure. It is everything I could’ve ever wished for in a rom-com.
How I rate it: 5/5 Perfection. And it has some amazing actors in it (including Jennifer Coolidge, JJ Field and Keri Russell).
Watch it if: You want something that will make you laugh, giggle and go “oh” and “aww”. Also if you are a Pride and Prejudice fan.
2) Stuck In Love (2012)
Story about a broken family – the father is an acclaimed writer who is still hung up on his ex wife, the daughter, who stopped believing in love, writes her first novel and the son is experiencing his first love while also writing on side. Will the dad get over the mum or will he win her back? Will the son get the girl of his dreams – and is she really the right one? And what if the girl who doesn’t believe in love finds someone who steals her heart?
Why I love it: I cannot describe why I love this film so much but it is simply one of my favourite films of all time. I would recommend this to anyone in a heartbeat. It’s beautiful, funny and painfully real. There aren’t enough words to describe it.
How I rate it: 5/5 No comment.
Watch it if: You want a really good rom-com that will stay with you forever and make you want to become a writer.
1) Bridget Jones Trilogy (2001/2004/2016)
Modern twist on Pride and Prejudice. Bridget is a thirty-something single woman. She is clumsy, she drinks and smokes and let’s just say that her life (and love life) hasn’t been very lucky. She makes every possible mistake she can whilst trying to find the love of her life and get her life sorted. She is hopeless, she is relatable, she is… well, Bridget Jones.
Why I love it: This is the film I will never get tired of. It is hilarious, romantic and hilarious again. Bridget represents me on so many levels. One of my favourite scenes ever is when she sings “All by Myself” – I feel like every girl or woman alive would see some part of herself in Bridget. Plus, it has 3 films and I can honestly say I love them all.
How I rate it: 5/5 Not open to discussion. This is the Film of all films.
Watch it if: Just watch it, if you haven’t. Even if you have. Just watch it. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
aka the ones that didn’t make the cut…
Love Actually; 500 Days of Summer; 10 Things I Hate About You: everyone knows them and loves them. I do, too. They are classics in the rom-con genre and I have to mention them – I didn’t put them on my list because I didn’t want it to be overflown with films that don’t really need any recommendations.
Vampire Academy: didn’t make the list because it’s not your typical rom-com. I consider this film to be my “guilty pleasure” – it’s funny, cheesy and kind of bad but, honestly, that’s why I love it.
Definitely, Maybe: probably one of the most underrated rom-coms out there. I love this film. A father tells his daughter a story about his complicated relationships – and you are left to wander: which girl is the mother of his child? And which girl should he have ended up with?
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: again, not your typical rom-com. I love everything Austen related and this film is just the cherry on top of all those films. It’s funny and it sticks to the original Austen book more than you would think. I know it sounds like a weird combination (Austen and zombies, really?) – but trust me, it’s worth it. (Plus there are so many great actors in it – Lily James, Charles Dance, Lena Headey and Matt Smith!)
Let me know in the comments what are some of your favourite rom-coms – or films in general. Have a nice day and don’t forget to smile – it’s healthy!