The best rom-coms of all time

A good rom-com never fails to hit the spot. These are the top 50 romantic comedies of all time

35. Roxanne (1987)

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During his 1980s heyday, Steve Martin could barely put a foot wrong from a critical or commercial perspective, even when he made the unusual choice to use Cyrano de Bergerac as the basis for an irreverent studio comedy.

Martin’s C.D. Bales is a small-town fire chief who staunchly refuses to chase after the woman of his dreams, based entirely on the size of his nose, which pretty much sums up the level of absurdity on display.

However, the whole thing is so sweetly romanticized and expertly acted by a cast on top form that it transcends the bizarre premise to serve as a touching, whimsical and frequently hilarious rom-com.