10 Timeless Icons of Rom-Coms: Queens and Kings Who Defined the Genre

The 1990s and 2000s were a golden age for romantic comedies, a time when love stories were simple, sweet, and filled with all the heartwarming clichés we came to adore. From the charming meet-cutes to the hilarious misunderstandings, these films gave us a glimpse into a world where love could conquer all, where grand gestures and unexpected confessions were the norm, and where happily-ever-afters were always within reach. Ready to feel nostalgic about your youth again? Here are eight all-time queens and kings of the Rom-Com. 

Mark Ruffalo Y Jennifer Aniston, Happy, Gesture

10. Mark Ruffalo

Although Ruffalo is a three-time Academic Award nominee and unquestionably the best Bruce Banner/Hulk amongst all the actors who have portrayed him in the movies, it’s 13 Going on 30 and Just Like Heaven in particular that his fans are especially fond of. In these two beloved early-2000s romantic comedies Ruffalo received top billing alongside Jennifer Gardner and Reese Witherspoon, respectively. As the years have gone by, he’s also landed roles as the leading love interest in the rom-coms Rumor Has It, The Kids Are All Right, and Begin Again.