The best romantic comedies of all time (part 1)

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  1. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Sleepless In Seattle is a romantic movie which reunited Meg Ryan with her Joe Versus The Volcano co-star Tom Hanks. While some comedies end with a kiss or a wedding, and some don’t offer a happy ending, Sleepless In Seattle is something more unique: a romantic comedy that ends with its main couple meeting for the very first time. This means that Hanks and Ryan barely share any screen time.

Hanks plays Sam Baldwin, a recently widowed architect who moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah (Ross Malinger), in the hopes of giving them both a fresh start. He opens his heart live on the radio, at the urging of his son. One of the listeners is Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a Baltimore Sun reporter. She can’t stop thinking about that melancholy but poetic widower on the radio. She re-evaluates her engagement with Walter (Bill Pullman), begins to investigate Sam’s life and scribbles a letter to Sam asking him to meet her at the top of the Empire State Building…

  1. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American black and white romantic comedy film, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. This is one of the most beloved films of all time and set a new standard for Hollywood comedy. It still cracks up audiences of all ages today.

The comedy is about two Jazz musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) witness the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and then end up on the run from the Mob. Jerry and Joe hide out as members of touring all-female music group. There they meet Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), a breathy singer who they each attempt to woo. The charm of the group’s singer leads them further into extravagant lies. Joe assumes the persona of a millionaire to woo her while Jerry’s female alter ego winds up engaged to a tycoon…

  1. Annie Hall (1977)

Annie Hall is a famous romantic comedy that wins the Oscar for best picture in 1977. It contains more intellectual wit and cultural references than any other movies ever to win the Oscar.

The film is a comical look at the up and down relationship between a New York City Neurotic comedian, Alvy Singer (Woody Allen), and his aspiring actress/singer girlfriend, Annie Hall (Diane Keaton), who’s originally from the Midwest. The two characters meet through friends and embark on what Alvy considers to be an unusual relationship.

The film sticks close to the cutting edge of love, and darts about daringly trying to make philosophical sense of it. In Annie Hall, the mortality that weighs most heavily is the mortality of her love affair. There are no wedding bells or happy endings, and that gives the movie its sting.