23 romantic comedies worth watching this Valentine's Day

Forget the sappy romcom clichés this Valentine's Day – we've rounded up some classics of yesteryear and modern mould-breakers to melt your heart

Lars and The Real Girl (2007)

People have done a lot of things with sex dolls, but giving one the starring role in a comedy-drama is surely a first. Lars uses Bianca – an anatomically-correct doll – as a device to gradually cure his social awkwardness and join his community. It's both heart-warming and funny in equal measures – ideal Valentine's viewing.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Relocating Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew to a high school, this is a star-packed delight, teaming up everyone from the Joker (Heath Ledger) to Robin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Julia Styles of Bourne film fame. Keep your eyes peeled for the Shakespeare references, of which there are many.

The Science of Sleep (2006)

A love story about a man (Gael Garcia Bernal) effectively living in his imagination and dreams, while trying to court a French girl. A tale any geek can relate to – and one that's lifted by Michel Gondry's handcrafted, whimsical direction.