Special Report

The 50 Best R-rated Rom-Coms of the Past 50 Years

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5. Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (55,004 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (10,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 83% (35 reviews)
> Starring: Bajram Severdžan, Srdjan Todorović , Branka Katić

This unhinged rom-com from the mind of director Emir Kusturica is about a low-level Roma criminal who tries to pay a debt by marrying off his adolescent son in an arranged marriage with his partner’s sister – but neither son nor sister are happy about the nuptials. The film enjoys a 95% Rotten Tomatoes audience score, equaling the highest of any movie on our list.

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4. The Worst Person in the World (2021)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (78,533 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (242 reviews)
> Starring: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum

One of the newer entries on our list is this Norwegian dramedy, which follows the life and loves of an aimless young woman (Renate Reinsve) in Oslo over the course of four years. Joachim Trier directed and co-wrote the movie – part of his Oslo trilogy. It was nominated for two Oscars.

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3. The Big Sick (2017)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (137,232 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (32,924 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (303 reviews)
> Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter

Emily V. Gordon and her husband, comedian Kumail Nanjiani, drew upon their own experiences when co-writing this romantic comedy about culture clash. Nanjiani played a Pakistani stand-up comic who develops a bond with the wary parents (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter) of his comatose American girlfriend.

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2. Manhattan (1979)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (136,504 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (51,871 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (69 reviews)
> Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway

“Manhattan” is a Woody Allen valentine dedicated to his favorite city, featuring people as socially dysfunctional and neurotic as the characters he always plays. In this film, Allen portrays a divorced television writer who is falling in love with his best friend’s mistress (Diane Keaton – Allen’s real-life ex-girlfriend). The music of George Gershwin is featured.

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1. Amélie (2001)
> IMDb user rating: 8.3/10 (767,594 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (250,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (186 reviews)
> Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus

Mixing comedy with whimsy, “Amélie” tops our list of the best R-rated rom-coms. The French movie’s title character (Audrey Tautou), an unassuming waitress with an innocent’s worldview, benignly orchestrates the lives of those around her and metes out her own brand of justice. In the course of her efforts to help others, she finds love.

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