Sometimes finding a film that both men and women will love is difficult. Well no need to fight over the remote control this Valentine’s Day, snuggle up to one of these romantic comedies.
Picking a movie to watch is one of the biggest challenges in a relationship. One may want a tear jerker, the other wants to laugh themselves silly. Rom coms can be the perfect meet in the middle. So here are 21 of the best Hollywood rom coms ever that both you and your man or woman will love.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Cast: Jason Segel, Kirsten Bell, Milua Kunis, Russell Brand
Just by reading the cast line up, you know it’s going to be a hilarious movie and it is so funny, it’s one of the best comedies of the 21st century. Let alone one with romance involved. Segel is the main guy of the story and he is pretty much the same loveable big softy character you would know from How I Met Your Mother. Russell Brand is also exactly how you’d expect to be, with hilarious anecdotes and random one liners he’s become known by. Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis your man will love as well, who both star together in another Rom Com your man will love further down this list.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Cast: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik
This film was iconic in the late 90s and one of the films that shot the late great Aussie actor Heath Ledger into one of the best actors in Hollywood. Like all his roles, Heath plays this high school bad boy so well, but even more pleasing is his character is Australian. So his accent is genuine. Even the blokiest of blokes will laugh during this film while at the same time get a little teary about the fact one of the greatest Aussie actors of all time was taken too damn soon.
Silverlinings Playbook (2012)
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Dinro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker
Bradley Cooper has become one of the most loved actors in Hollywood by both males and females. While this film won’t make most men laugh non-stop, the story of Pat (played by Cooper) dealing with his mental problems and marriage is very good. So it kind of sits more in the drama genre than comedy, but nonetheless your man will enjoy watching this film.
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd
When you look at the movie poster, most men may think that the film is a lovey dovey story about sisterhood. But Bridesmaids is far from it. This film is hilarious and somewhat crude. So while Annie (played by Wiig) is going through female life struggles, the laughs are constant no matter what your gender is. The fact that the “Prince Charming” of the movie is Chris O’Dowd – which your man may recognise from British sitcom the IT Crowd – shows this film is no Notebook. The trailer below has an AC/DC song playing over it. So it’s most definitely a rom com that a man will surely love as well.
Couples Retreat (2009)
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis, Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Malin Akerman
As you can see, the cast is full of the rom com greats that are in films throughout this list. This film is about the four couples going to a retreat on a tropical island without knowing it’s actually for couples therapy. These actors pretty much play the same type of character every film, so you can kind of predict the kind of humour involved. It’s definitely a great flick for a Valentine’s Day night in with your long term lover.
Knocked Up (2007)
Cast: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl. Paul Rudd, Leslie Man, Jason Segel
“A movie about a woman falling pregnant” won’t get most men intrigued. “Oh did I mention Seth Rogan is the father”? Boom. He’s in. The man from such legendary comedies Superbad and Pineapple Express rarely stars in a movie that isn’t funny. If your man loved Forgetting Sarah Marshall which we mentioned earlier, he will love Knocked Up. In fact, the male co-stars are in this film too. It’s directed by Judd Apatow who also worked on a few other movies on our list and also produced some of the best comedies of all time such as Anchorman, Step Brothers, Superbad and the Cable Guy.
Cast: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, LeBron James
Some men may not be fans of Amy Schumer’s comedy but don’t let that put you off this film. It’s low key good and loaded with sports stars including the greatest basketball player of the modern era, LeBron James. LeBron is in fact one of the main characters who plays himself and he is actually very funny. He depicts himself as a cheapskate and territorial mate to Aaron (played by Hader). Throw in cameos by wrestler John Cena, basketballer Amar’e Stoudemire and footballer Tony Romo and your man will be convinced. Oh and yep, it’s Judd Apatow directing this one too.
40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Cast: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen
It’s almost hard to label this movie a Rom Com because it’s about a male and his sex life. So I guess it’s more likely a man will enjoy it even more so. But you’d be hard pressed to find a man or woman who doesn’t enjoy this movie. Again, it’s the Judd Apatow (who directs and writes this one) regulars. In fact Carell, Rudd, Rogen are all in Anchorman as well. That says it all about this film really.
There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Cast: Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon
Again, it’s hard to imagine a man not loving this movie and it’s not really thought of as a rom com as much as an iconic comedy of the 90s. But it is a love story about Ted (played by Stiller) trying to catch up with his high school cruse Mary (played by Diaz) and love/lust is the theme of the movie. But moments like a male organ getting stuck in a zipper and a woman rubbing a certain sticky substance into her hair kind of give you the idea that this not Romeo and Juliet.
The Wedding Singer (1998)/50 First Dates (2004)
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore
Adam Sandler movies pretty much all involve him chasing some sort of romance, it’s a wonder if he got into show business purely to kiss good looking women. Think about it, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Mr Deeds, the Waterboy, Big Daddy, …all of them involve him sparking up a romance. But none of his on screen chemistry compares to that he had with Drew Barrymore in the Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates and also Blended) which wasn’t quite as memorable). After breaking out as a child in E.T, Barrymore turned into playing every man’s dream wife.
Just Go With It (2011)
Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Nick Swardson, Brooklyn Decker
A more modern Sandler film which is actually pretty good. It’s pretty predictable and a little silly but perfect for watching as a couple.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Cast: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Bradley Cooper
This film is also in the “almost too funny to be called a romantic film”. It’s one of those movies that you finish the film with a sore stomach from laughing so much. But it has Rachel McAdams who was also in famous chick flicks The Notebook and The Vow, so it has to be great for the girls too right?
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Cast: Nia Vardalos, Michael Constantine, Lainie Kazan
This film is a great family friendly comedy, so this one the kids can get it on too. If you have to. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a film that may not appeal too much to blokes, but it is surprisingly funny across the board. Especially if you are of a Mediterranean heritage. The sequel isn’t too bad either.
Fever Pitch/Perfect Catch (2005)
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Falon
This film will resonate a lot with those boyfriends/husbands who are sports fanatics. The plot is about Ben (played by Fallon) who is a Boston Red Sox fanatic. His whole life revolves around the team and then a woman sweeps him off his feet. They both learn about love and blah blah blah but it is still a fun comedy nonetheless.
Coming to America (1988)
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Paul Bates, James Earl Jones
Eddie Murphy made some of the most iconic comedy films of the 80s and 90s and Coming to America is a huge cult classic. A lot of the humour might not be accepted in the super sensitive modern times, but if you love to laugh you’ll love Coming to America. Murphy plays an African prince who travels to New York to find a princess to marry. It’s most definitely a love story, but not your typical one. Your man surely will love this rom com.
Meet The Parents (2000)
Cast: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Pilo, Blythe Danner
Meet the Parents and its 2004 sequel Meet the Fockers are up there with the best rom coms of the era. Plenty of men could relate to having an over protective father-in-law, but could they get any scarier than Jack Byrnes (played by De Niro)? Probably not, as Gaylord Focker (played by Stiller) learns.
The Proposal (2009)
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds
Every man and woman loves them some Ryan Reynolds. The man now famous for being Deadpool has a few great love stories that both men and women will love. The Proposal in which he stars alongside Sandra Bullock is great as is his other films Just Friends (2005) and Van Wilder: Party Liaison (2002). Any of those are a great watch for you and your man on Valentine’s Day.
The Break Up (2006)
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman
The title doesn’t sound like it’d be too appealing for a man, but this rom com stars Vince Vaughn so you know you’ll get a male perspective to the story! The plot is about Gary (played by Vaughn) and Brooke (played by Aniston) as you will be surprised to know, break up. However they need to keep living together. It’s a situation that’s not only funny, but relatable to many people both male and female. Is breaking up a bad theme to watch with a loved one? Conversations afterwards between you could get interesting.
Date Night (2010)
Cast: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg
This film may suit some long term married couples with plenty to relate from both men and women. The plot involves a married couple getting caught up into a crime. Carell and Fey are two of the best comedy actors in the world, so you know there will be laughs. Wahlberg is the cherry on top.
Along Came Polly (2004)
Cast: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing, Alec Baldwin, Bryan Brown
This funny film doesn’t get the wraps it should and doesn’t seem to score highly with critics, but what do they know? Along Came Polly has a few similarities to the plot of Stiller’s classic There’s Something About Mary. Australian acting legend Bryan Brown plays a small part as a crazy Australian. Only us Aussies probably find it hilarious.
Bad Moms (2016)
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate
The estrogen levels are high in this film, but is definitely no princess story. As you can see, the cast above features Jackie from That 70s Show, the crazy sister in law in Step Brothers, Eleanor from The Good Place and Veronica Corningstone from Anchorman. This movie (and its sequel) are filthy, foul mouthed, inappropriate. It’s hilarious. If your man doesn’t laugh during this movie, he may need psychiatric help.
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