10 Rom-Coms We Have To Re-Watch on Valentine's Day

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Friday, Feb 09, 2018 05:21 AM

Where have all the romantic comedies gone? The nineties were almost defined by these movies, usually set in high schools or high concept offices. We like to think that an entire generation of women wanted to become magazine writers, editors, and publishers because these movies reminded us that it was completely possible (and very, very fashionable). Feminist concepts aside, these guaranteed happy ending movies are always fun for a rewatch, and are usually just one click away. 


10 Things I Hate About You

There are so many things about this movie that are iconic—from Allison Janney as the erotica writing guidance counselor, Joseph Gordon Levitt fumbling his way through French while falling in love, to Heath Ledger singing ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’ and Julia Stiles reciting the poem that still makes us tear up whenever we think about it. This is the ultimate high school romantic comedy at its finest, and when we tell you that it’s a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, would you believe us? 


Maid in Manhattan

Jennifer Lopez’s first foray into acting was this sweet movie, set in a gorgeous hotel in New York. Where comedies at the time were showing eternally gorgeous young women in powerful jobs, here was a single Latina mother, a maid in a hotel, happy but sort of under appreciated. You just wanted her to find love, and in this Cinderella-like story, she does! 


No Strings Attached

A more recent romantic comedy, people still call this Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher flick one of the most ‘realistic’ of the friends with benefits movies that came out at the time. When Emma and Adam decide to get into a friends with benefits relationship, they promise each other they cannot fall in love. But when Adam decides that he wants much more than that, Emma has to think of all the reasons why she shouldn’t. 


Confessions of A Shopaholic

One of the first lines in the movie talks about retail therapy in a serious way and then shows you just how bad it is to be in crushing debt. Confessions of A Shopaholic makes adulting funny, but can still hit you hard when it starts to hurt the people you love. Isla Fisher’s performance as Becky Bloomwood is more than what we bargained for, and the Patricia Field fashion in this movie is just downright kooky and inspirational!


You’ve Got Mail

Before Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, there was Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Two New Yorkers in the Upper West Side start exchanging emails, and there you go, one of our favorite romantic comedies of all time. If you ever wanted to visit New York in the fall, this is the movie you watch for it. 


Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

Round up your best girl friends when you watch this, because this is our favorite young teen movie of all time! Georgia Nicholson is just a normal girl who thinks her life isn’t all that great—until she meets handsome Robbie. The things she and her friends do to get the boys’ attention is all too relatable, but it’s the friendships that make that journey worth taking. 


One Fine Day

George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer are single parents who are not having the best of days—their kids have just missed their school trip, and now with their schedules crossed, both parents have to work together to just get through. Cute kids, New York City and hijinks are some of our favorite tropes, okay.  


The Prince and Me

The movie that we all want to come true for us. Julia Stiles plays future doctor Paige, who finds herself distracted from her studies by seeming slack off student Eddie—who turns out to be the Prince of Denmark. The movie isn’t without its cliches, but the actors worked so well together that we had to believe that their love was true. 


The Proposal

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds make an unconventional boss/assistant team, but the way they opened up to each other in the middle of Alaska is sweet. Plus you get Betty White making jokes about babymakers and dancing in the woods. There’s a reason why this is one of our favorites. 


Got 2 Believe

We would be remiss if we failed to mention one of the classic Filipino romantic comedies. This enemies-to-lovers movie stars teen idols Rico Yan and Claudine Baretto, a photographer and wedding planner who just do not get along. In a bid to make her happier, he starts setting her up on dates, surprising himself when he finds that he’s the one with objections when she finds the perfect guy. Watch it on TFC.tv (www.TFC.tv) now.


What are your favorite romcoms? Let us know below!


About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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