Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand From across the crowded room I see her standing there like a modern day version of Marilyn Monroe. But what should I do? Should I cast away my fears and just approach her, face to face? Or alternatively should I just leave her be? As she's probably board to death with men bothering her on a daily basis! Better yet, should I try to make eye contact with an arch of my expressive brow? No. I best not do that. Knowing my luck someone might think I'm having a stroke and call an ambulance.

Ever since the advent of cinema, romantic comedies have been a perpetual source of entertainment. If I remember rightly, Fatty Arbuckle and Mabel Normand gave birth to this genre of movie during Hollywood's silent era. Despite one of them being marginally over-weight, while the other one was fairly conventional looking, film by film, shot by shot, story by story, both of these fine actors managed to express how two people can fall in love via the medium of fun.

Over the years other such performers have also dabbled in the rom-com sand-box, with great names like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, Woody Allen, and Rob Reiner, to name but a few, additionally trying their best to develop a story where humor was the key that could unlock the soul of a love-less heart. 

Pretty Woman
Unfortunately, due to the delicate balancing act most romantic comedies attempt to conform to, they eventually evolved into a stagnant beast, not willing to bend to the realities of nature verses nurture. At first most of these films were light, fun, and always carefree and debonair. Yet as time ticked on, creative people, from both inside and outside the industry, started to falter, and this inadvertently made the very fabric of romantic comedies, formulaic, repetitive, and benign by design.    

I mean, I bet most of you can guess where a rom-com is headed as soon as the film begins. Step One: Boy meets Girl. Step Two: Boy and Girl fall in love. Step Three: Something happens to make Boy and Girl break up. And Step Four: By the end of the film, both Boy and Girl realize that they can't live without each other, and, well, yawn-yawn-yawn, kiss-kiss-kiss, pop, The End.   

Now I must admit that certain films are the exception to the rule, and that is why Elite Singles, the world renowned dating website, set out to ask their UK members which rom-coms are the best rom-coms ever made. What now follows are the results of their findings, based on the answers of over two and a half thousand single people across the UK.

When Harry Met Sally.
The Top Ten Best Rom-Coms Of All Time
  1. Pretty Woman.
  2. Love, Actually.
  3. When Harry Met Sally.
  4. Bridget Jones (The Trilogy).
  5. Four Weddings and a Funeral.
  6. The Holiday.
  7. Notting Hill.
  8. Sleepless in Seattle.
  9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
  10. The Notebook.

So from the looks of it, Pretty Woman, the well-loved rags-to-riches story of a prostitute falling for a business man, has been voted as the UK's all time favorite rom-com! As a matter a fact, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, the stars of the show, are also the UK’s favorite romantic leads. Here, check this out...

Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The UK’s Favorite Romantic Heroine
  1. Julia Roberts (33%)
  2. Audrey Hepburn (15%)
  3. Meg Ryan (13%)
  4. Cameron Diaz (12%)
  5. Jennifer Aniston (11%)

The UK’s Favourite Romantic Hero
  1. Richard Gere (22%)
  2. Hugh Grant (18%)
  3. Tom Hanks (14%)
  4. Patrick Swayze (13%)
  5. Robert Redford (9%)

So there you have it, folks, Elite Singles, and their findings as to what is the most popular rom-com in the UK. If you'd like to read more about this subject please feel free to check out this article. Otherwise let us know if you agree or disagree with their study. Whatever the case may be, express your opinions in the comment section below, or tweet them @elitesingles.


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