5 Brilliant Romantic Comedies That Are So Underrated | Lesser Known Rom-Coms You Must Watch

5 Brilliant Romantic Comedies That Are So Underrated | Lesser Known Rom-Coms You Must Watch

We all love a good romantic comedy, don't we? While we may not always be in the mood for a sappy love story, rom-coms, on the other hand, are usually quite welcome, because they don't need too much of emotional investment on our part.

Romantic comedies, by nature, are light-hearted, feel-good kind of movies, that don't really focus on the pain part of love, or the heartaches and the emotional turmoils. They make love seem so simple, don't they?

But you know what's the biggest trouble with rom-coms?

You have watched them all. Yupp. Pretty Woman, My Best Friend's Wedding, The Proposal, Sleepless in Seattle, Maid in Manhattan, Serendipity... oh my God! You've watched them all a hundred times already!

Will somebody please suggest some new rom-coms now?


Here are 5 incredible lesser-known romantic comedies that somehow just get forgotten from most "top romantic comedies lists".

5 Brilliant Romantic Comedies That Are Highly Underrated

These are 5 amazing romantic comedies that have somehow slipped "under the radar". I chanced on them by accident, but after watching them, I fell totally in love with them. Now, these are a few of my regular "go-to" movies whenever I am feeling a bit low.

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  1. Blast from the Past (1999)

    She'd never met anyone like him,
    He's never met anyone... Period.
    5 Lesser Known Romantic Comedies That Are Brilliant But So Underrated: Blast From the Past

    A bomb scare in the 1960s forces Calvin (Christopher Walken) to lock himself and his pregnant wife, Helen (Sissy Spacek), into his underground "nuclear fallout shelter" for 35 years. Adam Weber (Brendan Fraser) is born in that bomb shelter. And after 35 years of staying underground (literally!), he makes his first trip out, into Los Angeles, to obtain food and supplies for his family, and a nice, "non-mutant" girl for himself, preferably from Pasadena.

    That's when he meets Eve (Alicia Silverstone). A woman of the world, with a series of dead-end jobs and loser boyfriends, Eve is savagely smart, and cynical about love. At first, she can't believe this guy's old-fashioned chivalry and charm, or the fact that he's never used a telephone or seen a color television, or even a baseball match! But gradually, his wide-eyed wonder and delight change her own perspective about life.

    Watch Blast from the Past on Amazon Prime Video.

  2. Chasing Liberty (2004)

    Every family has a rebel...
    even the First Family.
    5 Lesser Known Romantic Comedies That Are Brilliant But So Underrated: Chasing Liberty

    Now what reason could you possibly ever have for being unhappy, if you were the First Daughter?

    Ask Anna Foster (Mandy Moore), the 18-year-old daughter of the U.S. President. Her biggest woe in life is her father's over-protective nature, and his guards, who won't even let her enjoy a proper date. Finally, she cuts a deal with him. She would attend his oh-so-important official event, while he allows her to go to the concert in Prague with only two agents on her guard.

    But, he fails to keep his end of the deal. Totally pissed off at him, she runs off with a handsome photographer, Ben Calder (Matthew Goode), planning to travel all the way to the Love Parade in Berlin. She doesn't tell Ben who she really is, but as they backpack through Europe, she can't figure out why he is so distant and cool with her.

    So what really is Ben's secret?

    Watch Chasing Liberty on Amazon Prime Video.

  3. Housesitter (1992)

    She's turning his house into a home...
    5 Lesser Known Romantic Comedies That Are Brilliant But So Underrated: Housesitter

    Davis (Steve Martin) is an Architect who builds his dream house in his hometown, for his sweetheart Becky (Dana Delany), and presents it to her along with a marriage proposal. Becky rejects both. Crestfallen, he leaves the town, with a giant gift ribbon still tied around his house. Back in the city, he meets Gwen (Goldie Hawn), and pours out his sad story to her, not knowing that she is a con artist. When he's gone, Gwen looks up his brand new house by its description, and moves in.

    When the residents of that small town become curious, she invents a whole story about her courtship and subsequent marriage with Davis. Even his parents are taken in by her infallible charm. Now the whole town knows that Davis is married, except Davis himself. And Becky is beginning to see Davis in a whole new light. So they make a deal. Gwen will continue to be his pretend wife till he wins Becky over, and in return she gets to live there rent free till it's time to get a "pretend divorce".

    But, the town seems to have other plans.

    Watch Housesitter on Amazon Prime Video.

  4. Leap Year (2010)

    Anna planned to propose to her boyfriend on February 29th.
    This is not her boyfriend.
    5 Lesser Known Romantic Comedies That Are Brilliant But So Underrated: Leap Year

    Anna Brady (Amy Adams) likes to be in control of everything in her life. The only thing she can't control is her boyfriend Dr. Jeremy Sloane (Adam Scott), who is showing no signs of proposing even after four years of courtship. She decides to take matters in her own hand.

    According to an Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day has to accept it. So she decides to go to Dublin, Ireland, where Jeremy is attending a conference, to propose to him, on the 29th of February.

    But, fate seems to find her plan as outrageously hilarious as Declan (Matthew Goode), the rude and cynical innkeeper at Dingle, Ireland, where she gets stranded due to bad weather. In order to save his inn from being possessed by his creditor, Declan agrees to take Anna and her suitcase, "Louise", to Dublin.

    But, does she get to Dublin in time to make that Irish proposal to Jeremy?

    Watch Leap Year on Amazon Prime Video.

  5. That Old Feeling (1997)

    It was the perfect wedding, except for two things...
    the bride's parents.
    5 Lesser Known Romantic Comedies That Are Brilliant But So Underrated: That Old Feeling

    Lilly (Bette Midler), a successful, flamboyant actress, and Dan (Dennis Farina), an equally successful writer, hate each other's guts to a whole new level of passion. They haven't seen each other since their divorce 14 years ago. But, now, they must cross paths again, because their daughter, straight-laced graduate, Molly (Paula Marshall), is getting married to Keith (James Denton), who is the son of a conservative U.S. Senator, and also wants to make a career in politics.

    Confirming Molly's worst fears, her parents DO go for each other's throats at her wedding reception. To avoid a public scene, she shoos them "out" and forbids them to come back in, until they can hold a civil conversation with each other. But with chemistry like that... uh oh! Leaving them alone was not a good idea at all.

    So now, Molly and Keith's wedding night turns out to be a night of adultery for Lilly and Dan instead. And if that wasn't enough food for a scandal, they also take off with each other the next morning, leaving behind the distressed newly-weds, Lilly's second husband, David, and Dan's second wife, Rowena. That's when Molly hires Joey (Danny Nucci), the annoying paparazzi who has an ingenious knack for locating Lilly, and goes after her parents with him.

    But wait... where exactly is Keith in all this?


    Watch That Old Feeling on Amazon Prime Video.

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So this was my list of 5 most-recommended, but highly underrated, romantic comedies that you must watch. I will keep updating this list gradually with more such lesser-known rom-coms, while you go grab yourself a tub of popcorn and make yourself comfortable for some binge rom-com watching!

But before you do that, tell me...

Which of these have you seen before?
Which other lesser-known rom-coms do you recommend?

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Vidya Sury said...

I've watched all of these and loved them, Chicky! One of my all-time favorites is When Harry Met Sally! There are so many fabulous rom-coms! How to lose a guy in 10 days. Life as we know it. The Proposal. The Holiday (one of my favorites). Something's gotta give. The list is literally endless! :-)

A Hundred Quills said...

Watched them all save House sitter. On my list now. You are so right. I would specially pin for Chasing Liberty and Blast from the Past.
Btw the lauki kaufta was a hit. thanks!

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