Back to top
What are your favourite rom coms? What do you think are the vital ingredients for a successful film of this kind? Send us your views using the form below.
The BBC may edit your comments and not all emails will be published. Your comments may be published on any BBC media worldwide.
Does About a boy count as a rom-com, because if so Hugh rules the roost as a latter-day Cary Grant. The only fly in his ointment is his frequent bleating about how demeaning and intolerable acting, and particularly light comedy, is. Stop moaning, Hugh.
Chris King, Islington
What about Shaun of the Dead? The rom-com-zom is the perfect date movie - the romance for the girls, and the zombies for the boys. Everybody's happy!
And on that gender stereotyping note...
Phil Hatchard, Exeter, UK
I absolutely cannot live without Singin' in the Rain, The Apartment, Bridget Jones's Diary, My Best Friend's Wedding. Rom coms absolutely need that witty diologue - and, preferably, the characters should hate each other for a bit!
Stephanie, Berkeley, California
What about An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant & Debra Kerr? The best of romance movies!
Cindy Hamilton, Richmond, KY, USA
I absolutely love every single rom com ever made even the ci=onsiderably dire. How and ever, everyone must have a favourite. Mine is One Fine Day (1997). It's got a great script, great actors and set in the most perfect city, NYC. Closely following behind is The Goodbye Girl - also very cool and then An Affair to remember - the ultimate chick flick.
Maria Ryan, Co. Clare, Ireland
Love Actually is the best romantic comedy that I have ever seen. The cast is great and the story is amazing. It doesn't get much better than that. Bridget Jones's Diary is also a favorite of mine.
JKW, Cleveland, USA
To me, Sandra Bullock is the queen of the rom com, yet she hasnt even had a mention on this page!! Also, to me, the American Accent makes a movie ... it's so sexy!! So as much as Hugh Grant is great, I like his American counterparts better.
Liz, Bucks, UK
I hope I'm not the only person to have seen The Cutting Edge, but I know I'm the only one to add it to these lists. It is the classic rom com formula: dueling figure skaters fall in love, of course, while fighting their feelings throughout the film. It's corny, and hokey, and undeniably entertaining!
Emily, Sacramento, CA
What about the movie versions of Nick Hornby's great comic novels? I just love About a Boy and High Fidelity, in both book and movie forms!
Elizabeth, Northfield, MN USA
When Harry Met Sally every time! What makes a good movie is when some of the dialogue transfers over into everyday speaking and culture. "I wish to partake of your peacan pie" or "I'll have what she's having".
Richard Morley, Sacramento, California
Single finest movie of all time has to be the Princess Bride. True love, romance, giants, sword fights, revenge, couple splits and is rejoined in the end. A great book made an excellent movie.
Preston, Berlin, Germany
Nobody has mentioned Some Like it Hot! Wonderful movie, wonderful actors(Marilyn Monroe at her best), great script, and of course, men in drag and the mob out to get the main characters. It doesn't get any better than this! Comic genius.
Julie Martin, Lexington, MA,USA
Roman Holiday not only featured a fun adventure through Rome, but a unique chemistry between Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Few films truly feature that special interaction and even the best scripts or directors cannot substitute that relationship.
Erin, New York, USA
I would have to say Bridget Jones is a quality film, in that covers all the criteria to make a great rom-com, but in a way that makes it more accessible, and belivable to viewers. But hey, I'm biased - I'd watch the test card if it had Colin Firth on it!
How can people be voting for Love Actually? None of the characters had any depth, you just didn't care about any of them at all.
Despite my dislike of American films When Harry Met Sally is the best on that list, at least Hugh Grant isn't in it stuttering all the time.
Are we not forgetting something? When Harry met Sally and Notting Hill are nothing compared to the elegant romance of Breakfast at Tiffany¿s and Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn. Give me Doris Day anytime; those oldies win hands-down every time!
Lucy Russell, Exeter, England
Philadelphia Story is the best screen romantic comedy out there. Bridget Jones and When Harry Met Sally are also good. Princess Bride is fun. And obviously, Much Ado About Nothing never fails.
There's more to it than the formula. Too often filmmakers follow the formula and forget to make a good movie in the process. Everything that goes into a good film - a good script, good direction, good acting, believable characters, etc . . . if they don't come together, it doesn't matter how well you follow the formula, the film will not be good.
Caroline, Oregon, USA
Anything with Hugh Grant! He can play a sweet, charming bloke or a dangerous, delicious cad just as well.
Jenny McCoy, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Suspense, the will-they-won't-they factor, is essential...and also great on-screen chemistry between the leads, you have to really believe they fancy each other. It's also important for the comedy timing to be spot on, and not just rely on the situation/romance. Eddie Murphy and Steve Martin and Jim Carrey make good leads.
You've got mail and When Harry Met Sally are my favorites. Excellent acting makes both of them classics.
Should Hugh Grant go in for early retirement, I nominate Ewan MacGregor as his successor. Films like Brassed Off, Little Voice, and Down with Love showed off his rom com chops, and all three leading ladies (Tara Fitzgerald, Jane Horrocks, and Renee Zellwegger) were relatable in different ways.
Shelley, Boston, USA
I would have to say my favorite rom com is Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth! Maybe not see as a rom com by everyone but it is in my eyes!
Sarah, Rhode Island, USA
My absolute favorite.....While you were Sleeping, with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. Watched it twenty times already and I still love it!
Paula, Las Vegas (ex UK)
Shakespeare in Love - one that did not have the story-book ending. Acting was great, story fantastic, and music that fit perfectly.
John, Oshawa, Canada
Why isn't The Princess Bride on any of these lists? Great script, great acting - and if true love a la pirates and wicked princes isn't rom com, what is?
D, New York, USA
Nobody has mentioned The Truth About Cats And Dogs. It's got the best line at the end: "I've only ever loved one woman and I don't want to lose her twice." The reason why English rom coms do better is the accent. About A Boy, Four Weddings - nothing is sexier than an English accent!
LCT, Houston, USA
My ultimate romantic comedy of all time is Love Actually. Numerous kinds of love stories are presented and every aspect of love explored. But unlike more intellectually slanted films, you leave the cinema feeling that the world will live happily ever after.
Where is Sleepless In Seatle on the voting poll? It would get my vote. And speaking of Meg Ryan, no-one mentions You've Got Mail.
It Happened One Night, with Clark Gable, has to be the definitive romantic comedy. It's little known now, having been made in the 30s, but it is really the first time that all the staple elements that we now recognise as being vital in successful rom coms were present. Forget later pretenders to the crown (some of which are very good) - this remains the original and the best.
Best rom com has to be Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom. It has music, dancing, an ugly duckling becoming a swan, impossible hairdos and best of all, loads of sequins.
I think Sleepless In Seattle has to be near the top. The leading characters don't actually meet right until the very end, so that lovely will they, won't they (when you really know they will) is kept going right to the very end of the movie. That has to be the most important ingredient
Favourite romantic comedy usually depends on how I am feeling at the time. My main selection would have to include Roxanne, Truly Madly Deeply, Sleepless In Seattle, Pillow Talk, both Bridget Jones movies, Edge of Reason was great, When Harry met Sally and a John Hughes film such as Pretty in Pink. If it makes you laugh, cry but in the end uplifted, it's done the job.
The Girl Next Door is my current favourite rom com. Very well made with not so famous actors and made me laugh throughout. My favourite classic has to be Pretty Woman though, who wouldn't want to be rescued by a millionaire?
Only You - Robert Downey Jnr at his best!
Frances Sheehan, London
Vital ingredients - good acting, writing and directing.
Three excellent examples - The Philadelphia Story, The Shop Around The Corner and It Happened One Night. Except in the examples above change the good to great. They are classic movies. I wonder which of the modern ones mentioned in the article will still seem good in sixty years time?
Martin Kelly, Surrey
I find it interesting that men have given comments as well as women-perhaps the audience of rom coms doesn't equate to just 30-something females? Another key ingredient to a good rom com is the soundtrack. The best is that of Pretty Woman - strongly uplifting music for a modern day tale of Cinderella.
Adela , London
The Apartment with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. It's a wonderfully bittersweet love story and also a cutting satire on the corporate America of the day (1960).
What about French Kiss? Meg Ryan was the queen of rom com for a while, and this movie with the lovely Kevin Kline as a stereotypically sexy Frenchman is funny, charming and touching. It's also highly predictable, which is no bad thing - rom com is supposed to make you feel good, after all!
I really enjoyed A Life Less Ordinary with Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. Witty, sexy and fast-paced.
Pretty Woman was a remake of My Fair Lady and not that well done! My favourite would have to be Notting Hill of those mentioned. Hugh Grant was quietly reserved and ever apologetic, very English, while Julia played the Hollywood actress with a wonderful gentleness that endeared you to her character. Very well done, I thought.
Jan Cordani, Maryland USA
Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman are not rom-coms - there are more laughs in The Passion Of The Christ. Four Weddings and When Harry Met Sally rule the rom-com roost.
Surely Before Sunrise and the sequel Before Sunset made nine years later featuring Ethan Hawke. Both are intelligent, witty and by turns uplifting and heartbreaking. They deserve every bit of praise that was lavished on them by the critics. Each stays with you for a long, long time. And you are still left never knowing what will happen to the two of them. Wonderful stuff.
I'd like to put in a word for the 1972 film Avanti, starring Jack Lemon and Juliet Mills. It's perhaps a bit long in the tooth these days, and its stage play origins sometimes get in the way of the action, but the witty script and Jack Lemon's incomparable performance as the American businessman totally out of his depth with Italian culture makes this film an absolute gem.
David Looser, Ipswich
There are so many more deeply touching movies and I would not agree with any of those suggested above as the most romantic comedies. How about Sleepless In Seattle, Edward Scissorhands, Before Sunset, The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, While You Were Sleeping and Brief Encounter.
Peter Willis, Bristol
For me the best and funniest romantic couple in the movies will always be William Powell and Myrna Loy as the cocktail- loving sleuths, Nick and Nora Charles in the Thin Man films. Sophisticated, witty and timeless.
Can't believe Pretty Woman hasn't had a mention - an absolute classic! I could watch it again and again, and find something different in it depending on my mood. A good rom-com should make you laugh and cry in equal measures, but you've always got to leave with a smile on your face.
Alex Alexander, Huntingdon
I've never seen a romantic comedy that was anything other than bland, predictable rubbish. Why should I hand over my money to see a film that follows the same tired formula as everything else in the genre?
Owen Duffy, Glasgow
Isn't it funny that the oh-so-popular Bridget Jones' Diary is more or less a modern-day Pride & Prejudice - granted, with less daughters to be married off. Just goes to show that you can't beat a classic. And my favourite? Has to be a tie between Dirty Dancing and Sleepless In Seattle.
What are the most important ingredients for a rom-com? Well, that's simple. Colin Firth. Need I say more?!
When Harry Met Sally is the greatest romantic comedy of all time. The chemistry, great improvisation - particularly from Billy Crystal - classic score and very clever script put it head and shoulders above everything else from the last 50 years. Rom-coms normally put me off but I'm proud to have this in my DVD collection and watch it at least once a month.