I absolutely and completely ?love? romantic comedies, and because I love them so much, I’ve watched most of them. From classics like When Harry Met Sally, Amelie, and Breakfast At Tiffany’s, to lesser-known movies that still cause a pitter-patter in my heart whenever I watch them.
Some of the movies I’ve seen should totally be well-regarded classics, but aren’t — they include stories of princes falling in love as they impersonate fast food employees, or falling for men who are definitely not who they say they are, or lasting relationships being forged over international typewriter competitions.
The five movies below you might not even have heard of — but I guarantee they’ll give you that sweet, fluttery feeling if you watch.
Populaire, the 2012 French film, is about Rose Pamphyle, a woman who is hired by insurance agent Louis Échard for her lightning-fast typing skills. She’s so good that Louis and Rose enter the world of competitive typing competitions (which is a real thing, by the way.)
What makes Populaire (named after the brand of typewriter Rose comes to use) so lovely is the late-1950s setting and stunning visuals combined with the strangeness of the plot — which only serve to make the performances of the two leads, Romain Duris and Déborah François, more enchanting. ?
This isn’t a conventional romantic comedy. For A Good Time Call… is about two completely different people who grow to love each other, (a romantic comedy staple) but those two people are platonic friends, Lauren Powell and Katie Steele.
It’s that friendship love that causes them to grow romantically with the men in their lives — one to come out of her shell and stand up to her ass of an ex-boyfriend, and the other to finally let the right man enter her life. How? They both become phone sex operators. ?
How can you go wrong with two of the best actors to ever have lived, Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn?
This 1963 movie follows Hepburn as Reggie Lampert, a recently widowed woman whose husband stole a fortune — and unfortunately for her, several dangerous men think she knows where it is (which includes Grant as Peter Joshua, a man who definitely isn’t who he says he is.)
The film was shot on location in Paris, so you definitely don’t need a ticket to get away for a couple of hours. Also, y’all: Audrey Hepburn’s outfits are on point in this movie. Every wardrobe change will illicit an “ooh” or an “ahh.” And, if you watch the extended trailer, you’ll note Grant and Hepburn’s witty banter with each other is the cat’s pajamas, so to speak. ?
When Obvious Child came out in 2014, people felt feelings about its concept: a romantic comedy about a woman who has an abortion is hardly something conservative folks were excited about seeing. But luckily, its filmmakers didn’t care at all, and made it anyway.
The result is an at-times totally hilarious and at-times stunningly emotional story about two people that definitely aren’t ready to be parents, but might be ready to fall in love. Which, to be honest, is a lot people in their 20s and 30s.
Children, listen: If you haven’t watched this 1988 romantic comedy starring Eddie Murphy at his peak ? you ? are ? missing ? out.
Murphy plays Prince Akeem Joffer, the sole heir to the throne of fictional African country Zamunda. Instead of finding a bride from his own country that will cater to his every whim, Prince Akeem decides to find an independent-minded woman in New York City — Queens, to be exact (because there’s no better borough for finding a future queen).
This movie has the added bonus of being equal parts romantic and hilarious, which means there are plenty of jokes to keep non rom-com lovers occupied.