23 romantic comedies worth watching this Valentine's Day
The Tall Guy (1989)
If you are expecting a rom com in which the plot doesn't involve a bloke messing up and then trying to win back a lady's affections, look elsewhere. Mel Smith's The Tall Guy sees Dexter King, a bit of a loser, try to woo nurse Kate Lemon. It's all going swimmingly until his romance with a co-star is revealed. And so a fight to get his true love back ensues.
Lost In Translation (2003)
The film that cemented Scarlett Johansson as an A-list talent, absolved Sofia Coppola for her much-derided turn in Godfather Part III, and reminded anyone who’d forgotten that Bill Murray is totally amazing in every way. Lost In Translation is a touching, quirky story of two Americans that form an unlikely bond when they both find themselves listless and lost in Tokyo. The Park Hyatt hotel, the backdrop for the bulk of the movie, now offers a cocktail inspired by the film: the L.I.T.
City Lights (1931)
Orson Welles cited this early romantic comedy, in which Chaplin’s tramp falls in love with a blind flower seller, as his favourite film ever made. Despite being made after sound had become a movie mainstay, City Lights remained a silent film due to Charlie Chaplin’s insistence – and the set played host to Winston Churchill at one point; Chaplin halted production to make a short film with him.
It Happened One Night (1934)
This battle-of-the-sexes forerunner to the screwball comedy pits Clark Gable’s recently-fired reporter against Claudette Colbert’s spoilt brat heiress. Sparks fly when the two meet on a night bus to New York and become embroiled in a series of sass-laden capers. Do they end up falling in love? Well, what do you th0i00nk?