Romantic comedies, or rom-coms, got their start back in the 1930s with Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. This style faded in the 1960s but was reborn in the 1980s and has been going strong ever since.
I’m excited to share this list of movies with you that will make you laugh, cry and warm your heart. There are so many good movies in this genre, it was hard to chip it down to only 15. IMDb and Wikipedia mostly provided the movie descriptions.
Now go make the popcorn and have yourself a joyous movie marathon, picking up on actions you probably have taken for love, or wished you had. It’s never too late to love. Carpe diem!
No. 15 Chocolat
A woman and her daughter open a small chocolate shop in a French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.
No.14 Woman On Top
Set to the intoxicating rhythms of Brazil, this is a spicy, sexy comedy about the magic of food, love and music. Meet Isabella, a sultry enchantress born with the special gift of melting the palates and hearts of men everywhere. When she decides to break free from her rocky marriage and the stifling kitchen of her husband, Toninho’s restaurant in Brazil, she sprints off to San Francisco in pursuit of her dreams of a real culinary career. He travels to the Bay to win her back; watch to see how it turns out.
No. 13 Il Postino: The Postman
A simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to the famous poet, Pablo Neruda; he then uses poetry to woo the local beauty, Beatrice.
No.12 My Big Fat Greek Wedding
A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek American and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. You’ll be laughing often and hard discovering how Windex cures many ailments.
No. 11 Love Is All You Need
A hairdresser in Denmark who has lost her hair to cancer finds out her husband is having an affair, travels to Italy for her daughter’s wedding and meets a widower and develops an attraction for him. This movie portrays how momentary decisions can transform your life.
No.10 Pretty Woman
Down-on-her-luck Hollywood prostitute is hired by a wealthy businessman to be his escort for several business and social functions and their developing relationship turns into deep, powerful love.
No. 9 Don Juan DeMarco
A young man who believes himself to be Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world, undergoes psychiatric treatment and has an unexpected effect on the psychiatric staff. Especially his therapist, who finds himself inspired by DeMarco’s delusion, which rekindles the romance in his complacent marriage.
Stay tuned for the countdown to the No. 1 rom-com ever.
Cary Valentine is a Kauai resident, Certified Relationship Coach, author of the best seller, “In Love Forever: 7 Secrets to a Joyous, Juicy Relationship” and business performance expert.