26. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
Sharon Maguire’s adaptation of the Helen Fielding novel took the world by storm, bringing in over $280 million at the box office and turning the title character into a cultural icon for women everywhere.
It also saw Renee Zellweger land the first Academy Award nomination of her career, with the actress balancing the comic beats and the emotional moments to perfection as she finds herself caught between two handsome, charming and very English men.
Bridget Jones Diary’ is technically little more than a plot device as well as a title, but as both a broad metaphor for taking control of your own destiny and a charming studio rom-com it certainly works, and then some.