Cheesiest Rom-coms Of All Time

Study Reveals The Cheesiest Rom-coms Of All Time

Published: 19/02/2021

From chasing your crush through the airport to finding the love of your life in your best friend, romantic comedies are full of happily ever afters that hit us right in the feels!

Of our favourite romantic comedies, which rom-com is the cheesiest of all? Interested in finding out, the team at OnBuy.com surveyed 3,102 fans and asked them to name the best romantic comedy films of all time. From there, we analysed the top 11 rom-coms for various romantic elements, from dates to kisses, weddings to romantic songs.

The results

The top 11 cheesiest rom-coms of all time:

1. When Harry Met Sally...

When Harry Met Sally… comes in first place as the cheesiest rom-com of all time, with one romantic occurrence every 48 seconds on average. Starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, this award-winning film from 1989 may be the oldest on the list, but it definitely will never get old! 

Inspiring modern romantic comedies such as A Lot Like Love and Definitely, Maybe, our study found that this classic has the most kisses (24) of all 11 films, and the act or mention of the word ‘sex’ occured 25 times in total - nine times more than second place He’s Just Not That Into You (16).

2. Bridget Jones’s Diary

In second place is Bridget Jones’s Diary. If picturing Hugh Grant and Colin Firth fighting for our love with "It's Raining Men" playing in the background isn't enough to draw sighs of viewers, you only need to wait for an average of 59 seconds between each romantic occurrence! 

The charming rom-com with Renée Zellweger and her cute British accent ties with When Harry Met Sally… for the number of couple appearances (12). The film also features the third highest number of romantic gestures (13), and the second highest number of romantic songs (11).

3. The Wedding Singer

The Wedding Singer is the third cheesiest rom-com, with the film having a romantic occurrence every 1 minute and 7 seconds. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore’s first cast pairing of four funny and heart-warming romantic comedies not only prove their great on-screen chemistry, but also their power to make us laugh and cry at the same time. 

The film, unsurprisingly, takes the crown for most weddings on the list with five celebrations in total! Romance is in the air in this rom-com, with the word ‘love’ being mentioned a whopping 35 times, just behind How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days with 36!

4. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Following closely behind in fourth place is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, as it takes an average of 1 minute and 8 seconds for something romantic to happen in the film. At first, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) and Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey) refuse their feelings when realising their love for one another, but for watchers it's very clear, as the rom-com tops the list for the number of times 'love' is said - 36 times to be exact! 

The film also ranks highly for the number of kisses, with characters in the movie smooching 17 times in total, the second highest of all 11 films studied. 

5. Notting Hill 

Notting Hill slides into fifth place. From Hugh's British accent to Julia Roberts’s charms, this rom-com is an invitation to fall in love. In fact, every 1 minute and 15 seconds (on average) a romantic occurrence can be watched by viewers. 

Receiving many award nominations for its soundtrack, it comes as no surprise that Notting Hill has the most love songs of all 11 films in our study (13). We also found that Notting Hill has the second highest number of romantic gestures of all films, with 15.

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6. He’s Just Not That Into You

In sixth place is He’s Just Not That Into You with one romantic occurrence every 1 minute and 19 seconds on average. Following nine people's love lives in New York City, including rom-com queens Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore, the flick doesn't rank first for any of the romantic occurrences analysed in our study.

However, the film ranks in fifth for the number of on-screen kisses between characters (27), and has the second highest number of sex scenes or mentions of the word throughout the duration of the movie (16).

7. 50 First Dates  

Coming in seventh place, Drew Barrymore shows up again alongside Adam Sandler with 50 First Dates. Although it's seen more as a comedy by some, this funny and sweet flick hits us with a romantic moment every 1 minute and 20 seconds on average. 

Despite '50 dates' in its title, the film comes in first for the romantic occurrence 'dates', with a total of 11 throughout the film. It also comes in joint-first with The Wedding Singer and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days for the number of scenes featuring 'crying', with 9 in total.

8. 10 Things I Hate About You

It's difficult to not fall in love with 10 Things I Hate About You and resist bad-boy Patric Verona's charm. The late 1990s classic, starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, comes in seventh place with a romantic occurrence every 1 minute and 48 seconds. 

This heart-warming flick ranks among the highest for the number of kisses, with 11 made throughout the duration of the film, and the word ‘love’ is uttered 15 times - the seventh highest of all films in our study.

9. 13 Going on 30 

In ninth place is 13 Going on 30, where you can expect to see a romantic occurrence every 2 minutes and 35 seconds when watching this feel-good rom-com featuring Jenna (Jennifer Garner) and Matt (Mark Ruffalo) fun love story.

Love is in the air in this film, after our research found that characters in the rom-com mention the word ‘love’ 10 times, and kisses feature on-screen five times throughout the entire film.

10. Pretty Woman

Rounding off the top 10 is Pretty Woman - a film that has inspired many other romantic comedies since then! When watching the rich corporate entrepreneur Edward falling for prostitute Vivien, we see a romantic occurrence every 2 minutes and 36 seconds, ranking the film in tenth.

In this classic ‘90s rom-com, featuring the one-and-only Julia Roberts, viewers can hear the word ‘love’ being mentioned 12 times in total, as well as eight romantic songs throughout the film.

11. Sleepless in Seattle

Coming in last place is Sleepless in Seattle - the least cheesy rom-com of all films studied. Those watching this cute classic with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have to wait for 3 minutes and 13 seconds for a romantic occurrence on screen! Whilst apart for the whole movie, it's difficult not to feel the chemistry between Sam (Hanks) and Annie (Ryan). 

But the adorable story and cute couple weren’t enough to give this classic a better place in our rankings - the number of romantic occurrences are lower than the rest, including zero romantic gifts exchanges!


Methodology:

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  1. To achieve the data, we surveyed 3,102 fans and asked them to name the best romantic comedy films of all time.
  2. The 11 films analysed by OnBuy were: When Harry Met Sally… (1989), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), The Wedding Singer (1998), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Notting Hill (1999), He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), 50 First Dates (2004), 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), 13 Going on 30 (2004) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993).
  3. We counted the number of romantic appearances in each film analysed, which included the number of kisses, weddings, romantic songs, gifts given, dates, crying, couples, breakups/arguments and romantic gestures. We also counted every time the words 'love' and 'attraction' (including variables) were said, alongside the number of times 'sex' was said and/or had. 
  4. To find the average time between every occurrence, the total number of romantic occurrences was divided by the duration of each film.