Rom-Com March Madness: Make Your Picks for the Emotional Elite 8!
By Meredith B. Kile
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March Madness may be canceled, but here at ET, we're making our own bracketology!
Everyone's looking for TV and movies to watch as they self-quarantine and practice social distancing, so we've rounded up some of the best romantic comedies you can watch on streaming, ranked them, and are running a rom-com Sweet 16, single elimination-style, and letting you pick the winner.
After a somewhat surprising first round, which included 10 Things I Hate About You trouncing retro fave Clueless and Notting Hill claiming a shocking victory in the Julia Roberts showdown, the round of eight includes a hotly-debated Meg Ryan-off, a battle of the Brits and more!
Check out the match-ups below, cast your votes on the Twitter polls, and check back every day as we crown a champion!
EMOTIONAL ELITE 8
When Harry Met Sally vs. You've Got Mail
It's a second round Meg Ryan-off! Is she better with Billy or more terrific with Tom? Is it better to start off as friends or rivals? Make your pick!
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days vs. Friends With Benefits
A perfect encapsulation of the difference between the early '00s and early '10s rom-com trends: Dating a guy on assignment from your job at a very important fashion magazine, vs. sleeping with your friend and swearing not to catch feelings. Guess what? You're gonna fall in love either way.
From a Julia Roberts '90s showdown to a face-off between those two films that both came out in 2011 and both star one half of a now-married couple and are both about "friends" trying to have "benefits" without getting any "strings attached," the first round of voting was full of interesting showdowns.
1. When Harry Met Sally vs. 16. Definitely, Maybe
It's a Cinderella story to be sure, but these two have more in common than it might seem. Both movies are told over the course of several decades (and relationships) and both center their final confession of love around the ever-romantic notion of meeting the right person years before you realize that they're actually the one. Swoon.
What's a love story without a little family interference? These two "crazy" films navigate the question of soulmates, the way intergenerational drama plays out in modern romance, and, on a much shallower note, the undeniable perks of having a super-hot, super-wealthy beau.
Barring maybe Meg Ryan, there's no one person who encapsulates the power of the '90s rom-com better than Julia Roberts. This matchup is a tough one, but go with your heart: Are you a runaway bride who's ready to make it to the end of the aisle, or are you just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her?
In another timeline, The Holiday is one of the subplots included in Love, Actually's adorable anthology of holiday romances. (Think about it: an unlucky-in-love Brit and an uptight American swap houses and find romance, with swoonworthy accents and heart eyes abounding.) But in this reality, you have to choose your Christmas charmer -- so, which is it?
7. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days vs. 10. 13 Going on 30
You can't get much more early-'00s than these two. Charming female lead, whose character works at an Important Fashion Magazine™, a hunky love interest who will be an Oscar nominee in a few years, and an unconventional love story that's just never going to work out...until it does! If it's possible to already be nostalgic for this era, we totally are.