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A Definitive Ranking of the 25 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time

Films to chip the ice from your jaded heart and make you believe in love again.

The romantic comedy is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. The genre wraps us in its cozy blanket against a dreary world; a warm embrace when we're down on luck and love.

Almost every film in history combines some element of romance and comedy, but we made specific parameters to cull the list down to true rom-coms only. Not everyone will agree with certain omissions from the list, but this is our best attempt at categorizing something as abstract and widespread as the romantic comedy genre.

First and foremost, the central plotline in the rom-com has to be a romantic relationship. This eliminates, for example, Bridesmaids. The film is hilarious. And boasts a fantastic romance. But the blossoming love between Annie (Kristen Wiig) and her policeman hubby (Chris O'Dowd) is relegated to the B plot — her platonic relationships with Lillian (Maya Rudolph) and the other bridesmaids take center stage.

We also factored in tone when creating this list. Deciding whether a film's tone qualifies it for the romantic comedy genre is far more subjective. It's one of those "I'll know it when I see it" situations. Take Edward Scissorhands or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Both would fall apart without the romance at the center of the plot. And both mix in the occasional clever laugh. But neither has the lighthearted fluffiness, the high-key lighting, the montages of trying on clothes set to a pop song, or any of those things that make you say "Now that's a rom-com."

With these factors in mind, let's get into it. Here's our ranking of the best romantic comedies ever made.

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