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.
2. Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
Not only is Bridget Jones a relatable character, she is the 'relatable character'.
This movie is as much about Bridget learning to love herself, than it is her falling in love with Colin Firth's Marc Darcy. Not only is the writing smart and funny, but it has Colin Firth playing Mr Darcy again.
3. Pretty Woman (1990)
Director Garry Marshall may have betrayed us by giving us Valentines Day and New Years Eve (Big mistake, huge!), but he's also responsible for Princess Diaries, Beaches and Runaway Bride.