The best romantic comedies of all time (part 3)

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  1. Sixteen Candles (1984)

Sixteen Candles is a funny and sweet movie about one of the worst things which can happen to Samantha (played by Molly Ringwald) on her 16th birthday: her family totally forget that it’s her birthday. Her day goes downhill because her sister is going to get married to a stupid lunkhead. Even worse, some total dork (played by Anthony Michael Hall) is trying to get into her knickers when she deals with a crush on her high school’s heartthrob Jake (played by Michael Schoeffling).

John Hughes’ bittersweet teen romance traces the hopes and the disappointments of the major character Samantha, as well as a host of the other incidental but memorable characters. It also shows how young Americans overcome their rigid hierarchies.

  1. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

There’s Something About Mary, directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly, is a 1998 American romantic comedy which stars Cameron Diaz as the major character and Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon, Lee Evans, and Chris Elliott as men who are all in love with Mary and vying for her affections.

Ben Stiller plays the role of super-nerd Ted who is trying to connect with his high school crush Mary (played by Cameron Diaz), years after an incident with his zipper. When he hires Healy (played by Matt Dillon), a slimy private detective to track Mary down, then discovers that there’s not only one chap after her heart.

Bobby and Peter Farrelly balance quite well gross-out humor with a bubbling romance, that’s a rare breed of silly and sweet.

  1. The Lady Eve (1941)

The Lady Eve is a 1941 American screw-ball comedy film based on a story written by Monckton Hoffe. The film is directed by Preston Sturges and stars Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck. It tells the story of a mismatched couple who meet each other on board a cruise liner after one year down the Amazon.

The Lady Eve was chosen to be preserved in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress due to being historically, culturally, or aesthetically significant.