21 acceptable love-related movies

14 Feb

After a long, ill-informed and totally unprovoked rant about Valentine’s Day this weekend, a movie I haven’t seen and never will (so why the rant? Simple: I’m a prick), I was accused, not for the first time, of being a hater of all romantic comedies.

Not so. I mean, sure, I hate the vast majority of them, and yes, even hearing the term “rom-com” causes a full-on hate-shudder, and I fully acknowledge I have a cold black heart that knee-jerkingly resists any perceived affection or earnestness (hipster cred: intact). While all this is true, I can still appreciate a good tale of love.

My proof is below, in the form of a ranked list of acceptable “romantic” movies, presented sans commentary because it’s not necessary, and also because we both know you are getting sick of me.

(UPDATE: This list originally had 22 entries, until I remembered that “Muriel’s Wedding” isn’t really about love at all. Embarrassing. It has been removed.)

21. Reality Bites
20. While You Were Sleeping
19. (500) Days of Summer
18. Amelie
17. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
16. Groundhog Day
15. Knocked Up
14. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
13. It Happened One Night
12. Clueless
11. Before Sunset
10. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
9. The Princess Bride
8. There’s Something About Mary
7. Four Weddings and a Funeral
6. As Good As It Gets
5. High Fidelity
4. When Harry Met Sally
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
1. Annie Hall


(PS. I’m probably forgetting a few.)


2 Responses to “21 acceptable love-related movies”

  1. RandBall's Stu February 15, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    Since you asked from my opinion, I’d add Say Anything and move Princess Bride to #1.

  2. B. February 15, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    Can’t believe I forgot Say Anything. I was probably too busy selling something bought or processed, or buying something sold or processed, or repairing something bought, sold or processed.

    Which I swore to myself I would never do.

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