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5 Heartwarming Romantic Comedies

The weather is starting to get colder, making this the perfect time to get cozy on the couch and watch a good movie. Whether you’re wanting to laugh or cry, romantic comedies can evoke a variety of emotions and bring a general feel-good energy to any movie night. Here are five great and classic romcoms to watch!

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), director Donald Petrie 

"Man and woman back-to-back, smiling, dressed in formal attire: the man in a black charcoal tuxedo and the woman in a yellow maxi dress."

Benjamin Barry (McConaughey) is an advertising executive who makes a bet that he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days. At the same time, Andie Anderson (Hudson) must write an article for her magazine detailing how to end a relationship in 10 days. Luckily enough, the two meet and set their sights on each other for their goals. This leads to lots of silly shenanigans between the two. The pair of actors are charming together, resulting in a funny and heartwarming film.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999), director Gil Junger 

Young girl seated on a sofa with a young man leaning on the backrest, resting his elbows on the top of the sofa.

Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a high school boy who is madly in love with Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik). However, Bianca isn’t allowed to date until her older sister, Kat (Stiles) does. Unfortunately, dating is the last thing on Kat’s mind. Cameron decides to hire the mysterious Patrick Verona (Ledger) to date her so that he can date Bianca. This ultimately leads to much drama and feelings, arguments and resolutions. This film is one of my all-time favorites, as it’s full of humor and romance.

The Proposal (2009), director Anne Fletcher 

Man and woman in black tuxedos, with the woman pressing the man against a wall, holding a ring in her hands and proposing. The man appears unwilling and under pressure.

Margaret Tate (Bullock) is an executive at a major book publisher who discovers that in order to avoid being deported to Canada, she must find a way to stay in the country. She decides to have her assistant, Andrew Paxton (Reynolds), marry her to gain a visa. The two travel to Andrew’s hometown in Alaska to meet his family, resulting in pressure for the couple to marry while they’re there. Feelings get confused, and the couple must decide if this is what they really want to do.

13 Going on 30 (2004), director Gary Winick 

Woman standing in the wind, her dress and hair blowing, blowing a pink bubble with chewing gum and holding a handbag in her hands.

13-year-old Jenna Rink (Garner) makes a wish on her birthday to be “thirty, flirty, and thriving.” The next day, she wakes up as a 30-year-old woman. Determined to figure out what happened and how to get back, Jenna seeks out her childhood friend Matty (Mark Ruffalo) for help. The two must navigate their adult lives while trying to figure out how to return Jenna to her younger self.  

When Harry Met Sally… (1989), director Rob Reiner 

"Man and woman standing, making eye contact, both smiling. The perspective creates an image of a metropolis beneath their feet.

Harry Burns (Crystal) and Sally Albright (Ryan) graduate from college together, both in separate relationships. They have an argument in the car about whether or not men and women can just be friends. Years later they reunite and agree to become friends. Throughout their messy lives, the two awkwardly get together and must figure out how to remain friends in their situations.

Corinne Regan is a junior studying political science. She has been working at Media Services for 2 ½ years and loves films ranging from “Juno” to “The Descent.” In addition to working at Media Services, she enjoys baking and hiking. 

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