I am resolutely feminine when it comes to my movie tastes. Sure, I enjoy something that makes me think or a summer action blockbuster as much as the next person, however my number one choice is always a good romantic comedy. And I refuse to apologise for that.
I’ve focused on adult movies rather than teen films, which is a whole other list altogether. As is dance movies. So here’s my top 15 (which was incredibly hard to whittle down and could have easily been a top 20), in no particular order…
1. The Wedding Singer - I find it so hard to believe this movie is now nearly 20 years old, it’s still probably in my top three movies of all time. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s chemistry and comic timing is just perfection in this story of a jilted wedding singer who discovers he has feelings for a girl who hires him to play at her wedding.
2. What’s Your Number? - I remember going to see this while I was working in Perth a few year ago and laughing the whole way through. Anna Faris is swearing off men after a magazine article tells her she can’t find her true love if she sleeps with more than a certain number of guys and she’s at that number already. Chris Evans is her spunky neighbour who helps her track down everyone she’s slept with to see if they are her true love.
3. What Happens In Vegas – I have watched this soooo many times. Cameron Diaz is dumped by her fiancé and Ashton Kutcher loses his job. They go to Vegas to drown their sorrows and end up married after a drunken night. Which is fine, until the next morning they win $3m on the pokies and in the fight over the money end up sentenced to six months’ marriage.
4. 13 Going On 30 - This is the girl version of Big. Jennifer Garner has a terrible 13th birthday party and wishes she was 30, when everything will be better. Thanks to magic wishing dust her wish comes true but all isn’t what it seems. Mark Ruffalo plays her childhood best friend who she has lost touch with as an adult.
5. How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days - Kate Hudson is the magazine reporter who wants to write serious pieces. In a deal with her boss she pitches a story about how she can find a guy and do all the things girls to wrong to drive him away in 10 days. Matthew McConaghey is the ad guy who makes a bet with a rival team that he can make a girl fall in love with him in 10 days in order to win an account. Chaos ensues and the term “baby love fern” was born.
6. The Holiday - Cameron Diaz is in LA and Kate Winslet is in London. Both have broken hearts at Christmas and thanks to a website, swap cities and houses for the holiday. Jude Law is Winslet’s good looking brother and Jack Black plays a friend of Cameron’s in LA.
7. Sweet Home Alabama - Reese Witherspoon left her country home town to become a big time fashion designer in New York. She has it all, including a gorgeous fiancé in Patrick Dempsey, however when they go to get married she realises she’s still hitched to childhood sweetheart Josh Lucas.
8. 27 Dresses - Katherine Heigl has been a bridesmaid 27 times and has a massive unrequited crush on her boss Ed Burns. James Marsden is the newspaper reporter who wants to make a story out of the fact she is a serial bridesmaid. Meanwhile, her sister Malin Akerman meets Ed and they quickly fall in love with Katherine leading the charge on the wedding planning.
9. The Lake House - Oh God I love this movie. Sandra Bullock is doctor and Keanu Reeves in an architect. Both live in a lake house two years apart but communicate via mysterious messages in the letterbox.
10. Love, Actually - A multi-storied movie set in London at Christmas and it’s practically perfect. Full of great actors, good characters and Hugh Grant dancing.
11. Just like Heaven - Reese Witherspoon is a doctor who is hit by a car and ends up in a coma. Mark Ruffalo is the loner who moves into her apartment while she recovers and soon works out he’s the only one who can see her ghost. They work together to save her life before it’s too late.
12. The Notebook - Is there anyone left in the world who hasn’t seen this? Adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling are teenage sweethearts who end up torn apart by WWII and her parents. Believing Ryan to be dead, she finds love again with James Marsden only to find out he’s alive after all.
13. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day - This is such an underrated gem of a movie. Amy Adams is the penniless 1930s movie star who takes on the recently sacked Frances McDormand aka Miss Pettigrew as an assistant. Amy juggles three men including the very handsome Lee Pace (with bonus British accent) and there are plenty of hi jinks all round.
14. The Jane Austen Book Club - Another underrated little film, it’s based on a book and revolves around five women and one man who come together for a book club reading all of Jane Austen’s novels. The movie shows how their lives intersect and the troubles and trauma they go through. I love it and the book is great too.
15 Bridesmaids - Best comedy of the last five years. Hands down.