Best Romantic Comedy Movies Even Guys Will Like

Listing the candidates for the best romantic comedy movies of all time would result in a list a mile long. However, many of these movies contain heavy amounts of schmaltz geared towards women. When it comes to romantic comedy films that even guys will like, the list becomes dramatically shorter.

Many men have the same complaint about romantic comedies that women have about action films. In action films, the female characters are often vapid backdrops in the story. In romantic films, the men are often vapid backdrops in the story. For a romantic comedy films to be appealing to both sexes, they need to portray characters with which the average guy or gal can both relate.

Best Romantic Comedies for Guys

  • Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) is a perfect combination of action, romance and comedy. When a hit man, played by John Cusack, goes to his old home town for a job that happens to coincide with his 10th high school reunion, he finds that his former girlfriend, played by Minnie Driver, is still living there. As he tries to reignite his old relationship, he also has to deal with an unstable man who wants to hire him and a mysterious person who is trying to kill him. 
  • The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) is great romantic comedy for men and women. The film stars Steve Carell as a nerdy man who has never been intimate with a woman. His buddies discover his secret and push him to do the deed. When Carell meets and falls for a single mother who wants a relationship without sex, the situation becomes even more insane. The film is chocked full of sarcasm, innuendo and physical comedy that everyone can find amusing.
  • The Princess Bride (1987) is a legendary movie that's part romantic comedy, part comedy, part fantasy, part action and part epic. The movie starts with a beautiful girl, played by Robin Wright, and a poor boy, played by Cary Elwes, who fall in love. The boy leaves to seek his fortune and vanishes, so the girl becomes engaged to a prince. When the boy returns, he and his two friends must fight insane odds to free the princess. Sword fights, chases, death and even "Rodents of Unusual Size" cannot stop them.
  • There's Something About Mary (1998) is a somewhat crude romantic comedy that's filled with memorable and amusing scenes. Nerdy Ted, played by Ben Stiller, misses his chance to take the gorgeous Mary, played by Cameron Diaz, to the prom. Thirteen years later he hires a private investigator to find Mary. However the investigator falls for Mary and lies to Ted. Ted discovers the lie and endures mishap after mishap in an attempt to reach Mary. If nothing else, the film has a hilarious hair gel scene that is hard to forget.
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989) is cornerstone in the romantic comedy industry. The film, starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, tracks the relationship between a man and women from the time they meet in college to middle-age. The story truly shows both sides of the situation and poses the question if men and women can really be friends without sex becoming a problem. A scene in a diner where Ryan displays how easy it is for a woman to fake an orgasm is one of the best known clips in romantic comedy history.
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