I asked myself two questions while considering the movies for this list. Are the films funny enough that both women and men can enjoy them, and is there a feel-good love story integral to the plot? When I finished, a few of these films had moved up or down in the order, but none dropped off. Here are the movies I'd recommend to anyone looking for a few hours of laughs.
This little indie grew from a $5 million project into the biggest grossing romantic comedy of all time -- all because of positive word-of-mouth. Shows what a little help from the audience can do to promote worthy projects.
Meg Ryan's restaurant scene is one of the most recognizable scenes in movie history. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are wonderful in this romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of friendships between men and women. The DVD includes a "Making Of" documentary, a Harry Connick Jr. music video, deleted scenes, and interviews with the stars of the film.
Okay, so it's a little tasteless (after all, it is a Farrelly Brothers film), it's still a hilarious tale of love, jealousy, and persistence. Ben Stiller stars as a shy, yet lovable, loser who never gets over the love of his life, Mary (Cameron Diaz). DVD features include outtakes, commentary, and a music video.
Helen Hunt won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a hard-working single mom who is the target of unwanted, obsessive attention from a dysfunctional, anti-social, romance novelist (played to the hilt by Jack Nicholson). With a great supporting cast, including Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding Jr., As Good As It Gets is as good as it gets.
The Wedding Singer is an irresistible romantic comedy, teaming Adam Sandler with Drew Barrymore, and featuring a classic cameo by rocker Billy Idol. Set in the '80s, the film features some of the same music you hoped you'd never hear again, but in this film, it doesn't seem as bad as you remembered.