ALB's 11 Favorite Romantic Comedies
Romantic comedies are a wonderful genre to indulge in all year round. However, during the cold winter months (and especially around Valentine's Day) they feel even sweeter. Nancy Meyers is a rom-com master, hence her presence in the list. However, there are numerous works of art that deserve ALB’s nod.
eleven // L’ARNACOEUR (Heartbreaker) // Your adoration of this French film will overshadow the responsibility of keeping up with the subtitles. By the end you may not even need them!
ten // MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING // As The Holiday’s Iris Simpkins calls it, “unrequited love.” But all is well that ends well.
nine // SABRINA (1954) // There is a subtle elegance to this film. You fall in love with the film, the storyline, and, of course, Hepburn and Bogart. The 1995 version, with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond, does not disappoint either!
eight // ONE FINE DAY // Such a classic, feel-good rom-com, especially if you are a New Yorker. ALB was on the Second Avenue sidewalk watching this frantic taxi scene being filmed.
seven // SERENDIPITY // Fate. Playing the elevator game with the person you think is The One. Who knew that Ari Gold could be such a great wingman? Available to watch on Netflix.
six // THE WEDDING DATE // What a stunning couple…not the bride and groom.
five // WHEN HARRY MET SALLY // “I’ll have what she’s having.” One of the most legendary cinematic lines.
four // IT’S COMPLICATED // Laugh-out-loud. Especially when John Krasinski finds out something he does not want to find out. LOL.
three // SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE // Humorous turns romantic. And, with Paris involved, how can it not be a favorite? Bet you try to reserve a table at Le Grand Colbert after seeing this film (if you have not already).
two // THE HOLIDAY // Is this where Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia got their idea for Airbnb? Surrey ⟷ Beverly Hills. Jude, Cameron, Kate, Jack, and Sophie & Olivia (excuse their character names, but they are just more recognizable that way!). Nancy Meyers does it again: captivating story line, soothing sets and locations, and lust-worthy characters. What is more feel-good than this?
one // THE PARENT TRAP (1998) // ALB’s favorite movie, and probably one of yours too.
The list could not be capped at 11. Here are another 11, in no specific order. What a sweet surprise!
Runaway Bride // Amélie // Sleepless in Seattle // Say Anything // The Notebook // Notting Hill // Bridget Jones’s Diary // Pretty Woman // La La Land // Silver Linings Playbook // He’s Just Not That Into You.
SHE GOT OFF THE PLANE! // Enjoy your dark chocolate and blush rose-filled day — even if you sent them to yourself or if they are from your mother.
Header image by Lucy Cuneo Photography.