Top 5 romantic comedies

Alice Galvao, Staff Writer

Rom coms are the perfect movies to get you belly laughing and tearing up at the same time. There’s a sort of comfort to watching rom coms that you can’t get with other genres of movies, although they tend to be predictable, usually featuring a woman and a man who begin to fall in love despite their differences. A tragic twist comes towards the end, but they always resolve it with the power of their undying love for each other. Here’s a list of the top five romantic comedies that are sure to win all your emotions.  

#5: “You’ve Got Mail” (1998)

This romantic comedy stars Meg Ryan, the owner of a small bookstore in New York City, hurled into conflict with a big-shot investor trying to put her out of business, played by Tom Hanks. Amidst the conflict, they unknowingly fall in love over email, each unaware of who is behind the other screen. This movie has all the cute feels; it’s definitely a movie to watch on a night when all you want to do is cozy up on the couch. The movie, of course, is complete with a satisfying ending that will make you believe in true love. 

#4 “She’s the Man” (2006)

This is a newer movie compared to the others on this list, also appealing to a teenage audience. Starring Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum, you already know this movie is going to be one to remember. The main character, Viola (Bynes), takes the place of her brother, Sebastian, to try to earn a spot on the boys’ soccer team. She is surprised to find out that her new roommate, Duke (Tatum), is incredibly attractive. She has to keep her attraction on the down low because she is disguising as a guy, which makes this movie the funniest out of all the ones on this list. The ending is incredibly satisfactory and overall this movie wins a 10/10 for its outstanding comedy and sweet romance plot.  

#3 “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) 

This rom-com does not disappoint in the comedy department and will have you grinning from ear to ear from start to finish. Another movie with actress Meg Ryan taking the lead role, along with Billy Crystal, “When Harry Met Sally” prominently features the best friends-to-lovers trope. This movie provides you with hilarious scenes and heartfelt dramatic scenes back-to-back, taking you on a roller coaster of emotions that will leave you smiling in the end. 

#2 “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) 

Once again, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan make for an iconic duo in this rom-com. Hanks plays a man mourning the loss of his wife, while his young son searches for the perfect woman for his widowed father, making this a movie to remember. Some people might think of this movie as too somber to be considered a romantic comedy, but the few scenes that provide comedy are enough for the whole film. Following the iconic scene of the 1957 film “An Affair to Remember,” the two meet at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. This movie will win more of your heart with every viewing.

#1 “While You Were Sleeping” (1995)  

With Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman in the leading roles, this light-hearted film includes themes of celebration and family, taking place in Chicago for the perfect home-and-city combination. Lucy (Bullock) is a train station worker, collecting tickets and stealing a glance at the same man that passes by each day like clockwork. While she is working one day, he gets pushed onto the track and she immediately jumps into action, saving his life. Peter (Peter Gallagher) then falls into a coma, while his family believes Lucy to be his fiancee; all the while, she begins to fall in love with Peter’s brother, Jack (Pullman). This movie has scenes that are sure to make you laugh out loud, as well as scenes that will pull at heartstrings.