Like most people, I can’t resist ranking stuff.  So, when I came across Pajiba’s ranking of the last 53 romantic comedies (with a wide release), I felt obligated to respond.  I’ve seen just under two-thirds, which I think is enough to contribute, and if I remember I’ll update this post as I get to more on DVD.

A few points, first.  I’m sticking with the author’s list.  There are a ton of definitions of “romantic comedy” out there, so you are never going to please everyone.  Here, Rowles says he picks “comedies where a romance was central to the story.”  I’d argue that Morning Glory does not fit the second half of that and probably not The House Bunny or You Again either, depending on how you parse that.  And I don’t think Love Happens is a comedy.  Also, going by Rowles’s definition, I would think you’d have to include WALL-E and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Second, I take some issue with how Rowles seems to think so many romcoms are bad and that it is weak genre overall.  Look, there are certainly bad romantic comedies.  But I’m willing to bet that if you made this list for any other broad genre, you’d get a pretty similar ratio of hits to misses.  There are a ton of bad action movies, bad Oscar bait, etc.  I’d say movies #20 to #29 are generally not fun, but only starting around #30 do they get unwatchable.  If you don’t really like She’s Out of My League, for example, then you most likely don’t like romantic comedies.  Which is fine, but then you don’t get the right to say all romantic comedies are bad, because it is on you.

Finally, as mentioned, the author takes a pretty narrow definition of romantic comedies.  When you include the two I mention above, plus films like Ghost Town, Run Fatboy Run, Charlie Bartlett, Bandslam, The Answer Man, Table of Three, The Trotsky, Nice Guy Johnny then I think you start getting a rather solid list.  Not to mention bromantic comedies (I Love You, Man) or action romcoms (Get Smart and Knight and Day both fit the author’s definition, I’d say).

Anyway, here’s my list.  And you can look forward to my 2010 countdown coming soon.

1. (500) Days of Summer
2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
3. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
4. She’s Out of My League
5. 27 Dresses
6. The Invention of Lying
7. Mamma Mia
8. He’s Just Not That Into You
9. Going the Distance
10. Love and Other Drugs
11. Zack and Miri Make a Porno
12. Definitely, Maybe
13. The House Bunny
14. How Do You Know
15. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
16. Easy A
17. Morning Glory
18. Made of Honor
19. You Again
20. Love Happens
21. All About Steve
22. The Proposal
23. The Switch
24. Valentine’s Day
25. Fool’s Gold
26. Just Wright
27. The Ugly Truth
28. Leap Year
29. I Love You, Beth Cooper
30. When in Rome
31. Leatherheads
32. Couples Retreat
33. It’s Complicated

Haven’t Seen
The Love Guru
Bride Wars
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Confessions of a Shopaholic
The Bounty Hunter
The Back-Up Plan
Just Go With It
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
Sex and the City 2
The Dilemma
New In Town
Hall Pass
Sex and the City
What Happens in Vegas
No Strings Attached
Four Christmases
Take Me Home Tonight
Sex Drive
Date Night