Those who know me personally are aware that romantic comedy is my least favorite genre of all; I live to avoid it. Still, there are some rom-coms even I couldn’t avoid: They were the ones inhabited by the funniest couples you could hope to see.
Even those who despise this genre over all others can’t deny that the following couples make them laugh out loud.
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally…”
Even romantic comedies haters can’t resist Rob Reiner’s 1989 classic in which these two actors becoming the most unlikely of couples. Both Harry and Sally quickly come to hate one another after their first meeting, which has them driving together all the way to New York. They end up meeting again at the worst possible times, and their relationship ends up evolving to where they can’t help but fall in love.
Crystal’s droll sense of humor is endlessly entertaining to watch here, and Ryan ends up giving the mother of all faked orgasms in a New York deli — a scene that will have everyone who watches the movie in utter hysterics.
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in “Annie Hall”
Allen has made many movies, and there’s a number of reasons why this is the only one of his to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Keaton won the Academy Award for Best Actress as the title character, and she makes Hall such a wonderfully free spirited character you can’t help but fall in love with her.
As for Allen, he has a strong chemistry with Keaton that is impossible to ignore. “Annie Hall” remains as funny as ever a good 30 years after its release, and it is more than worth revisiting.
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in a number of movies
These two stars made for a strong romantic couple in various films. The one that comes to mind first is Nora Ephron’s “Sleepless In Seattle,” which saw Hanks and Ryan separated by many miles for the majority of its running time but the connection between them was impossible to avoid. “You’ve Got Mail,” also directed by Ephron, had them interacting with each other more and again driving audiences to desperately want Hanks and Ryan to end up a couple again.
But my personal favorite of Ryan/Hanks rom-coms is John Patrick Shanley’s “Joe Versus The Volcano,” one of the most original films of this genre. Ryan plays three different roles as she leads Hanks’s character to his inevitable destination, and they are so much fun to watch when they’re together.
Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller in “There’s Something About Mary”
Diaz and Stiller made for the most gut-bustingly hilarious couple in this Farrelly brothers movie from 1998. Stiller can be counted on to create some of cinema’s most awkward humor, and Diaz gives “There’s Something” a wonderfully human element bringing everything in the story down to earth. From Diaz’s use of “hair gel” to Stiller zipping up his pants in the worst way possible, “There’s Something About Mary” has long since earned its spot among the funniest movies ever made.
Other articles by Ben Kenber:
“When Harry Met Sally…”
“(500) Days of Summer” – a Romantic Movie I Can Tolerate!
“Stan” – Love Hurts, but Should it Burn?
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