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9 Best Romantic Comedy Films

Alex Reed |
February 13, 2014 | 12:39 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey star in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (Paramount Pictures).
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey star in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (Paramount Pictures).
Whether you’re in love and looking for romance or single and looking for a laugh this Valentine’s day, any one of the romantic comedies on this list will do the trick!

“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003)

I’m just going to come out and say it: Kate Hudson is the queen of romantic comedy. I could devote an entirely separate list to her countless, lighthearted chick flicks, but Hudson as Andie Anderson, a witty, clever magazine writer trying to win over playboy Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey), is what romantic comedy dreams are made of.

“Overboard” (1987)

The majority of the films on this list came out in the last 15 years, but I had to include one throwback. And if any movie is going to follow Hudson’s arguably best film to date, it’s “Overboard,” in which her mom, Goldie Hawn set the bar. The fact that Hawn and co-star Kurt Russell have been together for the past 30 years makes this movie even more adorable.

“10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)

Behold the quintessential teenage romantic comedy! Based off Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” and chock-full of witty quips from stars Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this is a must-see. (Note: It’s not to be confused with or compared to the atrocious ABC Family show by the same name.)

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“The Proposal” (2009)

The saying, “opposites attract,” has never applied more than it does for this movie. Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are at their comedic best in this story about an aspiring publisher (Reynolds) who is coerced into marrying his boss (Bullock) so that she doesn’t get deported. Spoiler alert: They fall in love. And Betty White brings it home with her brilliant performance.  

“Sex and the City” (2008)

While this entire television series is long form romantic comedy, the movie brings fans more comedy, more romance, more fashion and of course, more melodramatic inquiry from the iconic Carrie Bradshaw.

I should also mention the second film (2012), but only so I can tell you that you shouldn’t watch it. (Seriously, don’t do it.)

“Sweet Home Alabama” (2002)

If we're giving Hudson royal standing in the romantic comedy genre, it stands to reason that Reese Witherspoon should get it too. Witherspoon juggles dreamboats Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey in this hilarious, adorable southern love story.

“13 Going On 30” (2004)

If you didn’t want to be as “thirty, flirty and thriving” as Jennifer Garner in this movie, then I don’t know what movie you were watching. The same statement applies to wanting to date Mark Ruffalo, who played the best friend turned love interest (after some serious pining, I might add).

 “He’s Just Not That Into You” (2009)

What could be better than 100 love stories in one movie? That might be an exaggeration, but this movie chronicles the love story of several couples, played by numerous big Hollywood names, while being incredibly funny and clever. Plus, the advice, while harsh and coated with humor, is very accurate.  

“27 Dresses” (2008)

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride! Katherine Heigl’s character is the eternal bridesmaid/wedding planner, with a closet full of absurd, but hilarious dresses (27, to be exact!) to prove it. But, like all romantic comedies, she eventually gets the guy (James Marsden) and becomes the bride. 

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