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These Romantic Comedies Actually Make You Believe In True Love

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    Rom-coms! Sure, they can be cheesy and overly optimistic, presenting a rose-colored view of the world that couldn’t exist even if TSA didn’t require full-body scans before you can race after the love of your life, who’s getting on a flight to Guam. Also, why are you racing after her, buddy? She’s only going for a week. Have you tried an apology text with a cute emoji? It often does the trick. Everyone sure is overly dramatic in those Kate Hudson movies.

    Every so often, though, a romantic comedy comes along that makes you suspend disbelief long enough to fall in love with the characters falling in love on screen. You get caught up in their courtship and swept away in the ongoing question of will they or won’t they get together. Usually, they’re going to, but the best romantic comedies come up with clever ways to prolong the inevitable union.

    And hey, who doesn’t love a little escapism every so often? You can lose yourself in a world where two people are simply destined to be with one another. Mindy Kaling is a huge fan — and so are we. So the next time you need a cheeky, charming dose of romance and comedy, cue up one of these flicks. They’ll warm your heart and make you believe.


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    Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
    Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) grew up in Alabama, but now she’s a big-time fashion designer living in New York City. She’s engaged to a fancy rich guy. But, before she marries him, she has to head back home to take care of one, tiny thing: She’s still technically married to Jake (Josh Lucas), her high school sweetheart.

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    Hitch (2005)
    Hitch (Will Smith) is a “date doctor.” What does that mean? Basically, he’s not a traditional matchmaker. He sets out to improve your look and attitude so that you actually find a romantic partner. His focus is on his client Albert (Kevin James), whose appearance and game he alters completely. But what happens when Sara (Eva Mendes) calls bullshit on Hitch’s ways? What happens when we put a fake version of ourselves forward for romance? A solid two hours of entertainment, that’s what.

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    Roman Holiday (1953)
    Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck

    She (Hepburn) is a sheltered European princess who decides to slip free of her strict guardians for a night off during a royal tour stop in Rome. He (Peck) is an American reporter who finds the princess heavily sedated and passed out on a bench (her doctor gave her a sleeping pill so she could rest up and fulfill her busy schedule of royal duties the next day). The journalist secretly arranges to have their day out photographed for a splashy exposé, but the two have undeniable chemistry. Will he still exploit the princess’ secret to further his own career?

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    Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
    Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard

    Paul Varjak (Peppard) becomes fascinated with his new neighbor, Holly Golightly (Hepburn), a mysterious, elegant party girl who lives in his New York City building.

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    Harold & Maude (1971)
    Starring: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort

    This May-December romance movie about an introverted teen (Cort) finding love with a septuagenarian (Gordon) was a critical and box-office flop, but has gone on to become a cult classic.