The top 10 romantic comedies come from the sub-genre that has lightened our hearts without being too serious. Many people have come to love the heart flutters basted with a touch of comedy. Serious and solid love stories can be depressing at some points in the plot but with a sprinkling of comedy in between you don’t have to grab your Kleenex every two seconds.
In order to stifle any negative comments or violent reactions, the list below is based on how much each film grossed starting from its opening in theaters until now. Note that we are referring to the domestic gross not the film’s worldwide gross sales, which are definitely larger.
#1 – My Big Fat Greek Wedding
This romantic movie was a sleeper hit that only grossed $597,362 in its release. In spite of low sales on opening night, it actually made a lifetime gross of $241,438,208. No other film in history has been able to match this feat, which makes it one of the best romantic comedies in history. The movie is about a Greek American woman who falls in love with an Anglo Saxon protestant. The movie stars Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, and Michael Constantine.
#2 – What Women Want
This romantic comedy movie made a total of $33,614,543 on opening night and a lifetime gross of $182,811,707. It stars Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Gibson was nominated for best actor in a comedy in the Golden Globe for his role in this movie.
#3 – Hitch
This is another blockbuster hit and one of the top romantic comedies in history. It made a total of $43,142,214 on opening night and a total of $179,495,555. Both Will Smith and Kevin James made warmhearted performances.
#4 – Pretty Woman
This movie made a lifetime gross of $178,406,268. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere truly know how to whip up a crowd and endear a story to the heart.
#5 – There’s Something About Mary
This top romantic comedy grossed $176,484,651. This film starring Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz proves that fatuous humor can inspire love in the air.
#6 – The Proposal
This film grossed a total of $163,958,031. It stars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. The magic of this top comedy flick slash love story is the chemistry between Bullock and Reynolds. You just have to see it to love it.
#7 – Sex and the City
The movie grossed $152,647,258. It is the movie adaptation of the hit cable series. The big obstacle this movie had to overcome is the comparison with the things that the fans have already enjoyed on TV. Even though most fans weren’t thrilled by the movie, it’s still a pretty fun thing to watch.
#8 – Runaway Bride
Grossing a total of $152,257,509, this good romantic comedy stars Richard Gere and Julia Roberts teaming up once more. Although the movie is a bit of a cliché, it’s nice to see Gere and Roberts together again.
#9 – Knocked Up
This is one of the best romantic comedies of 2007 which grossed $148,768,917. Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl play hilarious roles in this raunchy conception comedy.
#10 – As Good As It Gets
This 1997 romantic comedy grossed a total of $148,478,011. It features the savvy acting of Jack Nicholson and the able directing of James L. Brooks as they do what they do best – fuel a comedy laced romance with a lot of smart dialogue. This basically completes our list of highest grossing top 10 romantic comedies.