Romantic comedies, often referred to as chick flicks, are typically lighthearted and filled with humorous plotlines that center around romantic ideals.  They typically include the cliched storyline of “boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back.”  There is typically some obstacle that keeps the couple that falls in love apart only to be reunited in the last scene of the movie.  Romantic comedies are normally great light hearted fun that are perfect for cuddling up on the couch or in bed with a glass of wine and enjoying on a Friday night.

The next time you are looking for a good romantic comedy to watch, look no further than here for a list of the top romantic comedies.

Pretty Woman

There are very few people who don’t know about Pretty Woman--it is the movie that made Julia Roberts (romantic comedy leading lady legend) a start!  Julia plays Vivian, a “hooker with a heart of gold” that is hired by Edward, a wealthy businessman played by Richard Gere,  to be his escort during a week of business events.  During the week, Vivian and Edward slowly fall in love and in the end realize that despite being from two completely different worlds, they are meant for each other.

When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally is a classic romantic comedy starring Billy Chrystal and Meg Ryan (another romantic comedy leading lady legend) that shows that men and women can never be friends. Harry and Sally meet many times but cannot be friends because Harry claims that the men/woman stuff (i.e. sex) always gets in the way.  Despite Harry’s philosophy, he and Sally do eventually become friends, best friends, but as time goes on Harry was proven right as the two fall in love and realize that they are the loves of each others’ lives.

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing is perhaps every girl’s favorite movie and teaches everyone the lesson that “nobody puts Baby in a corner.”  Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey star in this story of two people from two totally different worlds who bond and fall in love when they are forced to become dance partners. This 1980’s movie set in the 1960’s has a great story and a great soundtrack.

The Notebook

The Notebook is the ultimate tearjerker that tells the story of how true love endures.  The notebook documents the story of young love between a rich girl and a boy from the other side of the tracks in the late 1930s/early 1940s.  Noah and Allie are deeply in love, but her parents don’t approve.  As a result they are separated and Allie even falls in love and becomes engaged to a new man, Lon. Before she can go forward with the wedding, Allie finds herself drawn to Noah and must make the ultimate decision between the two loves of her life, Noah and Lon.  The entire story is read by “Duke” to an elderly Allie suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Notting Hill

Notting Hill is another romantic comedy starring the legendary Julia Roberts.  Julia plays a character similar to herself in real life, Anna Scott, a world famous, iconic movie star.  Anna meets bookstore owner, William Thacker, played by Hugh Grant--another romantic comedy legend, and they fall in love.  Can this movie star and ordinary joe fall in love while the whole world is watching?

The Proposal

The Proposal pairs America’s Sweetheart Sandra Bullock with Ryan Reynolds.   Sandra plays Ryan’s boss, Margaret, who forces deportation to Canada.  She forces Andres, her assistant, to get engaged to her and marry her so that she can keep her job.  They fly to Alaska together to meet Andrew’s family and “sell” the relationship to Immigration, but in the process fall in love.

The Break-Up

The Break-Up is a non-traditional spin on the romantic comedy as it does not focus on the process of falling in love but on falling out of love.  Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) had been together for two years when their relationship becomes too much and they break-up.  Due to a rough real estate market, they are forced to live together until they can sell the condo they own together.  What ensues between the two of them is a realistic, albeit sad and humorous, portrayal of what people go through during a break up. 

The Object of My Affection

The Object of My Affection is another non-traditional romantic comedy in which Nina (Jennifer Aniston) gets pregnant by her boyfriend by wants to raise her child with her gay roommate George (Paul Rudd).  Things get complicated as Nina begins to fall in love with George while George begins to question whether he can trade in his love life to essentially play the role of husband and father.

27 Dresses

27 Dresses follows the life of Jane, played by Katherine Heigl, the perpetual bridesmaid while she plans the wedding of her younger sister to the man of her dreams.  When a career driven matrimony reporter, Kevin, played by James Marsden, catches wind of the fact that Jane has been a bridesmaid in 27 Dresses, he believes a story on her is his ticket to getting out of the wedding section and into more hard-hitting sections of the paper.  As Kevin begins to trail Jane as she plans her sister’s wedding, they find themselves falling for each other.

My Best Friend's Wedding

This list is rounded out by another film from romantic comedy leading lady legend, Julia Roberts. In My Best Friend’s Wedding, Roberts plays Julianne, a successful restaurant critic who receives a call from her best friend, Michael, with important news.  With her 28th birthday looming, Julianne begins to think that Michael is making good on their pact that if they were both unattached at 28 they would get married. However, Michael is instead calling to announce he is engaged and getting married in 3 days. This news makes Julianne realize that she is in love with Michael and must stop the wedding.  Will she be able to get Michael to call of the wedding or will she be left broken hearted?