Every major genre exists in a state of perpetual reinvention, but the standard tropes of the romantic comedy have largely remained the same ever since silent film gave way to the talkies. Two people, who generally start out with a disregard or dislike of each other, find themselves drawn together by a coincidental set of circumstances, before they fall in love and everyone goes home happy. Despite the sense of familiarity, the rom-com endures because audiences love the mixture of heart and humor that comes with the territory, and Hollywood history is littered with more than a few stone-cold classics. Read on for the 50 best rom-coms of all time.
50. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is far from a masterpiece or a work of art, but it is the equivalent of cinematic comfort food, which is why it’s endured for so long as a perennial rom-com favorite.
Angela Bassett’s title character heads off to Jamaica with her longtime best friend Delilah, where she ends falling for a man half of her age. Hardly a major problem, but the tropes of the genre indicated that some kind of conflict has to be created.
A refreshing spin on seeing a female lead placed opposite a younger male love interest, Kevin Rodney Sullivan’s frothy comedy benefits from a trio of immensely talented stars elevating the proceedings well above formula.