Special Report

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

Source: Courtesy of Saban Films

45. Man Up (2015)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (50,454 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 69% (12,175 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 80% (80 reviews)
> Starring: Lake Bell, Rory Kinnear, Ken Stott

Lake Bell stars as a woman who is mistaken for a man’s blind date and decides to go ahead with the rendezvous anyway. Critics said the chemistry between Bell and Simon Pegg, who plays the man, made this rom-com work.

Source: Courtesy of IFC Films

44. Happy Accidents (2000)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (9,741 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 75% (7,375 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 70% (63 reviews)
> Starring: Marisa Tomei, Vincent D’Onofrio, Holland Taylor

Rom-com meets sci-fi in this film starring Vincent D’Onofrio as a time traveler in contemporary New York City who meets Marisa Tomei – a woman who has an understandably hard time dealing with the fact her first healthy relationship is with someone from another era.

Source: Courtesy of Miramax

43. Adventureland (2009)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (156,258 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 61% (252,975 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (219 reviews)
> Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds

“Adventureland” is about a recent college graduate (Jesse Eisenberg) whose dreams of a summer in Europe are put on hold because his parents tell him they can’t afford to pay for the trip. He takes a job at an amusement park and instead of enduring his worst summer ever, he falls in love with a beautiful co-worker (Kristen Stewart). Greg Mottola wrote and directed the critically favored rom-com.

Source: Courtesy of Atlantic Releasing

42. Valley Girl (1983)
> IMDb user rating: 6.4/10 (14,435 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 72% (13,749 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 83% (30 reviews)
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily

Very much a film of its time, “Valley Girl” is an early-career starring vehicle for Nicolas Cage, appearing as a Hollywood punk who romances Deborah Foreman, a girl from the San Fernando Valley whose friends are materialistic, narcissistic teens.

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

41. Working Girl (1988)
> IMDb user rating: 6.8/10 (54,575 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 67% (33,636 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 84% (43 reviews)
> Starring: Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver

“Working Girl” is a very 1980s movie; the go-go financial world and the high hair are giveaways. Melanie Griffith plays a secretary who takes advantage of her domineering boss’s absence by presenting a potentially profitable idea – which the boss then tries to take credit for. The supporting cast in this rom-com directed by Mike Nichols includes Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack, Alec Baldwin, and Philip Bosco.

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