03 December 2012

The 10 Greatest Romcoms Ever Made

The rise and rise of romcoms in recent years means the new batch of latest movies released are often dominated by films that’ll make cinema regulars laugh and cry in equal measure throughout the course of 90 minutes or so. With so many movies in the romcom genre brought out each year, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to pick out which are the best. These are our 10 greatest romcoms ever made.


There’s a train of thought that if Hugh Grant is the lead role then it’s a romcom worth checking out and that certainly proves the case with the likes of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary, all of which were a smash-hit success at the cinema. Put simply, Grant oozes sex appeal and charm.


Four Weddings and a Funeral may have been the movie that gave Grant global success, but the smooth-talking Londoner produced arguably his best performance in Love Actually, which saw him work once more with Richard Curtis.


An all-star cast including the likes of Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson and Alan Rickman come together in the much-loved Brit flick as the love lives of a host of different people are linked together. A firm favorite on the small screen over the festive period, Love Actually will make you grin from ear to ear and possibly shed a little tear at the same time.


There’s Something About Mary is as good now as when it hit the cinema for the first time back in 1998. The sleazier side to the film – remember the hair ‘gel’ moment? – means it divides opinion, but on the whole the laughs come along on a regular enough basis to make it a universal hit in a similar way that 50 First Dates stands out.


The hapless Adam Sandler steals the limelight in 50 First Dates in his pursuit of a lovely lady, played by Drew Barrymore, who has amnesia. It’s a really touching film at heart. Like Grant, Barrymore regularly pops up in numerous romcom favourites, such as He’s Just Not That Into You, which was released back in 2009 and made over $180million.


When Harry Met Sally and Pretty Woman were released in 1989 and 1990 respectively and are without doubt both regarded as timeless classics over two decades later. The on-screen chemistry between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman and Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally is incredible.


The beauty of romcoms is that they sometimes show an actor like Jack Nicholson in a completely different light. The Batman, Easy Rider and Shining star showed he’s just a softy at heart in As Good As It Gets and won himself an Oscar in the process along with his co-star and love interest in the film Helen Hunt.


This article was supplied by Vue cinemas UK





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