The 27 best romantic comedy movies of all time, according to critics

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“Knocked Up.”
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Universal

The foibles and trials of relationships have always made for compelling comedic cinema.

From the silent movies of Charlie Chaplin to Judd Apatow-produced films like “Knocked Up” and “The Big Sick,” the romantic comedy genre has evolved with and adapted to each generation.

To find out which rom-coms have received the most critical acclaim, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes for its historical ranking of the genre.

The site ranked each film by a weighted adjustment of its average critic score to account for variation in the number of reviews each movie received.

Here are the 27 best romantic comedy movies of all time, according to critics:


27. “Obvious Child” (2014)

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A24

Critic score: 90%

Adjusted score: 95.757%

Audience score: 72%

Summary: “A twenty-something comedienne’s unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.”


26. “Moonstruck” (1987)

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MGM

Critic score: 92%

Adjusted score:96.27%

Audience score: 81%

Summary: “Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry.”


25. “High Fidelity” (2000)

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Buena Vista Pictures

Critic score: 91%

Adjusted score:96.812%

Audience score: 90%

Summary: “Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress.”


24. “Knocked Up” (2007)

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Universal Pictures

Critic score: 89%

Adjusted score:96.991%

Audience score: 83%

Summary: “For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she’s pregnant with his child.”


23. “Appropriate Behavior” (2015)

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Parkville Pictures

Critic score: 96%

Adjusted score:97.155%

Audience score: 64%

Summary: “Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities.”


22. “Born Yesterday” (1950)

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Columbia Pictures

Critic score: 95%

Adjusted score:97.878%

Audience score: 86%

Summary: “A tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette.”


21. “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986)

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Orion Pictures

Critic score: 93%

Adjusted score:98.044%

Audience score: 90%

Summary: “Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, Hannah’s husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.”


20. “About a Boy” (2002)

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Universal Pictures

Critic score: 93%

Adjusted score:98.118%

Audience score: 54%

Summary: “A cynical, immature young man is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy.”


19. “Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994)

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Gramercy Pictures

Critic score: 95%

Adjusted score:99.103%

Audience score: 74%

Summary: “Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.”


18. “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012)

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The Weinstein Company

Critic score: 92%

Adjusted score:100.213%

Audience score: 86%

Summary: “After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.”


17. “Manhattan” (1979)

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United Artists

Critic score: 95%

Adjusted score: 100.437%

Audience score: 92%

Summary: “The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend’s mistress.”


16. “The Apartment” (1960)

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United Artists

Critic score: 93%

Adjusted score:100.922%

Audience score: 94%

Summary: “A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.”


15. “Say Anything…” (1989)

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20th Century Fox

Critic score: 98%

Adjusted score:100.937%

Audience score: 85%

Summary: “A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college.”


14. “Groundhog Day” (1993)

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Columbia Pictures

Critic score: 96%

Adjusted score:101.704%

Audience score: 87%

Summary: “A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.”


13. “Enough Said” (2013)

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Fox Searchlight Pictures

Critic score: 95%

Adjusted score:101.257%

Audience score: 75%

Summary: “A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband.”


12. “Bringing Up Baby” (1938)

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RKO Radio Pictures

Critic score: 95%

Adjusted score:102.455%

Audience score: 90%

Summary: “While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.”


11. “Some Like It Hot” (1959)

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United Artists

Critic score: 96%

Adjusted score:102.518%

Audience score: 94%

Summary: “When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.”


10. “The Princess Bride” (1987)

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Fox

Critic score: 97%

Adjusted score:102.762%

Audience score: 94%

Summary: “Robin Wright and Cary Elwes star in this fairytale adventure about a beautiful princess and the gallant hero who rescues her from an evil villain.”


9. “The Shop Around the Corner” (1940)

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MGM

Critic score: 100%

Adjusted score:103.234%

Audience score: 91%

Summary: “Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other’s anonymous pen pal.”


8. “His Girl Friday” (1940)

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Columbia Pictures

Critic score: 98%

Adjusted score:103.955%

Audience score: 90%

Summary: “A newspaper editor uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying.”


7. “Annie Hall” (1977)

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United Artists

Critic score: 97%

Adjusted score:103.989%

Audience score: 92%

Summary: “Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.”


6. “City Lights” (1931)

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United Artists

Critic score: 98%

Adjusted score:104.028%

Audience score: 96%

Summary: “With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.”


5. “The Lady Eve” (1941)

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MCA Universal

Critic score: 100%

Adjusted score:105.013%

Audience score: 87%

Summary: “A trio of classy card sharks targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him.”


4. “Roman Holiday” (1953)

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Paramount Pictures

Critic score: 98%

Adjusted score:105.457%

Audience score: 94%

Summary: “A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.”


3. “The Philadelphia Story” (1940)

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MGM

Critic score: 100%

Adjusted score:107.467%

Audience score: 93%

Summary: “When a rich woman’s ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself.”


2. “The Big Sick” (2017)

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Amazon Studios

Critic score: 98%

Adjusted score:108.909%

Audience score: 88%

Summary: “Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings.”


1. “It Happened One Night” (1934)

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Sony Pictures

Critic score: 98%

Adjusted score:108.909%

Audience score: 93%

Summary: “A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story.”