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AFI's 10 Top 10 Film Genres

Part 8 - Romantic Comedy



Romantic Comedies:
Please see Filmsite's extensive section on Romantic Comedies

AFI described romantic comedies as "a genre in which the development of a romance leads to comic situations. Romantic comedy spares no one in chronicling the horror and humiliation, the hope and despair, the agony and ecstasy of Cupid's arrow. Wrapped in fantasy and charm, laced with funny little truths about the human condition, romantic comedies remind us that we're all susceptible to that crazy thing called love."


Nominees:
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn were featured together three times. Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn were featured together twice.


Winners:
City Lights (1931) (# 1), Annie Hall (1977) (# 2), It Happened One Night (1934) (# 3), Roman Holiday (1953) (# 4), The Philadelphia Story (1940) (# 5), When Harry Met Sally … (1989) (# 6), Adam's Rib (1949) (# 7), Moonstruck (1987) (# 8), Harold and Maude (1971) (# 9), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) (# 10).

Comments: Why were His Girl Friday (1940), The Apartment (1960), The Lady Eve (1941) and Some Like It Hot (1959) not in the top 10? High Fidelity (2000) should have been one of the 50 nominees, replacing Sleepless in Seattle (1993). The Shop Around the Corner (1940) and The Awful Truth (1937) are 'classic' romantic comedies deserving of higher placement.

AFI's 10 Top 10 Film Genres
Introduction | Part 1 - Animated | Part 2 - Fantasy | Part 3 - Gangster | Part 4 - Science Fiction | Part 5 - Western
Part 6 - Sports | Part 7 - Mystery | Part 8 - Romantic Comedy | Part 9 - Courtroom Drama | Part 10 - Epic



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