SheSpark may receive a commission if you make a purchase using links on this web site.
Classic and some unexpected romantic comedies for women over 40.
Not all romantic comedies are created equal. We over-40 women have been around the block, so we tend to look for underlying themes that strike a chord. That’s why SheSpark put together a list of Rom Coms that go great with popcorn, wine, and your favorite throw blanket. Add these to your permanent collection for the best girls’ nights in.
Have other suggestions? Leave them in the comments area!
Starring: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith
Four women rekindle their friendships at the Essence Festival in this racy yet humorous tale of a wild ride in the Big Easy. After years of distance, each woman’s personal problems affect how she interacts with her posse and love interests. Still, reuniting feels so good. Plus you’ll get to find out all about “grapefruiting” (if you don’t know already).
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Christian Slater (and a dozen other stars)
Surprised to see this on the list? Don’t be! It’s violent, it’s weird, and it’s unexpectedly funny. More than anything, we see what two people in love will do for each other no matter the consequences– which get pretty nasty. Find out if today is “White Boy Day” and witness what some people call the most intense scene in cinematic history featuring Dennis Hopper and Christopher Watkin.
Thomas Crown Affair
Starring: Rene Russo, Pierce Brosnan
An older version of this movie starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway came out in 1968, but the fashion and luxurious lifestyle of the 1999 version is intoxicating. The “chase” is what two over-achievers love more than anything, which can make for a pretty lonely (but exciting!) existence. It does beg the question: can money buy you love? The jury is still out…
The Princess Bride
Starring: Robyn Wright, Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest
Who knew that Robyn Wright would go from being Princess Buttercup to one of the driving forces in Hollywood? This is not just a love story, but a story about faith. Nostalgia takes over as we remember that “peanut” rhymes with “mean it” and we all do “as you wish” for the ones we love in this classic fairy tale.
The Wedding Singer
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler
Travel back to the 1980s when fast cars, big hair, and Miami Vice were all the rage. The lesson learned is that happiness and love come in packages that society isn’t always willing to accept and we rarely anticipate. The soundtrack alone is worth the watch, but witnessing “George” lull the crowd at a Bar Mitzvah takes the cake. A special appearance by ’80s heart throb Billy Idol doesn’t hurt.
Shakespeare In Love
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes
Breaking the rules sparks passion in this period drama. In a world where love is almost always trumped by caste and duty, two lovers take their forbidden romance as far as they can. Watching men talk about Paltrow’s value based solely on her ability to breed is a harsh reminder of how far we’ve come.
Music & Lyrics
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Hugh Grant
This may be the most under-rated movie on the list. Growing old isn’t easy for a “has been” musician who finds himself caught up in the self-inflicted drama that an aspiring younger writer carries. Cynicism meets idyllic naivety to create an awkward harmony. You’ll love the ’80s style music videos and the scene-stealing appearances by Kristen Johnston.
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell
The very unlikely story of an extremely wealthy woman bumping her head, getting amnesia, and falling in love with the carpenter she detests. Watching an ungrateful spoiled brat turn into a humble, hard-working sweetheart is nothing short of tear-jerking. Give my regards to Schwartzman and Heineken!
Starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall (among many others)
“No more yankie my wankie. The Donger need food!” Yes, this is a classic John Hughes’ teenage angst movie about first love and heart break. It’s still relevant because the insecurities, cliques, and hope for a “happily ever after” are feelings we all relate to– even now.
Starring: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden
While initially we think of this as the classic “always a brides maid” tale, its dark underbelly is about two sisters coming to grips with their past and how their co-dependency keeps them from finding true happiness. Features hot men and dresses that are a hot mess.
Hope you liked SheSpark’s list of romantic comedies for women over 40. Please add your suggestions to the comments area below. And thank you for supporting SheSpark through your purchases at Amazon movies.