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With the festive season in full swing, what better way to catch a breather than spending an evening on the sofa watching a romantic comedy film! Granted, we all have our favourites, but if you want to know which ones our members love, here are the best rom-coms as voted by EliteSingles users.
We asked over 2000 members of EliteSingles to name their favourite rom-com; here’s their pick of the best rom-coms of all time.
10. The Notebook (2004)
Noah and Allie’s romance begins in South Carolina in the 1940’s and spans over the 20th century. It pulls on the heartstrings of the viewer, as we’re left to wonder whether Allie will choose her first-love Noah or her fiancé back home in New York. If you, along with 18% of our survey respondents think that a rom-com should make you cry, then watch this film as it is the ultimate tearjerker.
Here’s Noah (Ryan Gosling) asking Allie (Rachel McAdams) what she wants in life. Is it him or her fiancé?
91% of our members would like to watch rom-coms at home with a partner
9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
This iconic film, adapted from Truman Capote’s novella, tells the story of the free-spirited Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, living in Manhattan and falling for her neighbour. It’s a classic!
Here’s Holly and Paul sharing a kiss for the first time!
8. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
We asked our members which era they liked to watch rom-coms from the most and the 90’s was their first choice, taking 39% of the vote. Followed by the 00’s (25%) and films released recently coming in 3rd place (11%). As Sleepless in Seattle was one of the most popular rom-coms made in 90’s, it’s no wonder that it’s made it on our list!
Here’s a clip from when Sam (Tom Hanks) sees Annie (Meg Ryan) for the first time. Is it love at first sight?
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7. Notting Hill (1999)
Hugh Grant does what he does best and plays a lovable London gentleman who falls for a woman he believes is way out of his lead, a famous American woman played by EliteSingles members’ favourite romantic comdienne, Julia Roberts.
Here’s the scene when they spontaneously kiss after just meeting for the first time!
6. The Holiday (2006)
This Christmas rom-com tells two love stories side by side, one set in rural England and the other in sunny LA. One of the few movies to show warm-weather Christmas scenes that Aussies can really relate too (along with some classic snowy Christmas scenes), it’s the ideal choice to dial up the romance as the festive season continues.
Here’s a Cameron Diaz and Jude Law’s characters saying an emotional goodbye to each other. But is it really a goodbye for good?
5. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
This unashamedly English film where Hugh Grant plays the sweet and bumbling Charles, was made on a relatively low-budget by Hollywood standards, but has gone down in history as one of the best rom-coms of all time.
Here’s Charles and Carrie waking up after their first night spent together.
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4. Bridget Jones (The Trilogy 2001-2016)
Renée Zellweger is the charming modern heroine of this film about a woman deciding which man is right for her, her flirtatious boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) or her awkward and handsome family friend, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth).
Here’s one of the best scenes from the first film, when Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver fight it out over Bridget.
58% of our members would like to watch a rom-com on a first date at the cinema
3. When Harry met Sally (1989)
Can men and woman really ever be just friends? This film asks this question throughout as Sally and Harry navigate their way through moving to New York and doomed relationships with other people.
Here’s Harry turning up at the party Sally is at on New Year’s Eve, are they going to kiss when the clock strikes midnight?
2. Love, Actually (2003)
This fantastic rom-com intertwines multiple romantic storylines, from a boy’s first crush to the Prime Minister falling for his housekeeper, it’ll have you crying over one scene to rolling around in fits of laughter over another.
Here’s a lovely and touching clip of Colin Firth’s character flirting with a Portuguese woman, both in their own languages.
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And EliteSingles’ best rom-com is…
1. Pretty Woman (1990)
This well-loved rags-to-riches story of a prostitute falling for a business man has been voted by our members as their all time favourite rom-com!
Here’s the iconic scene of Vivian (Julia Roberts) singing in the bathtub not knowing that Edward (Richard Gere) is watching her.
We hope you enjoyed our run-down of the ten best rom-coms of all time! Did we miss your favourite from the list? If you have any suggestions for the rom-coms you like, please write them in the comments box below.
All statistics taken from EliteSingles Rom-Coms survey November 2016