There’s never a shortage of romantic movies – but a smart one is hard to come by.
Most romantic comedies follow one formula: conventionally attractive man and woman hate each other, they’re forced to spend time together, have a misunderstanding, get over said misunderstanding, realise they love each other, live happily ever after and then Kate Hudson makes two million dollars.
But once in a while, Hollywood delivers a love story with complex characters and a gripping storyline. Because god forbid I have to watch another romantic comedy where a beautiful actress on plays a ‘relatable’ character who falls over everywhere she goes.
1. When Harry met Sally (1989)
This was the movie that certified Meg Ryan's spot as the romantic comedy darling - and for good reason.
Written by Nora Ephron, a neurotic, iconic, smart New Yorker, the character Sally, shared Ephron's neurosis and didn't need to fall over everywhere to seem relatable - like most of the romantic comedies written today.