The top Bollywood romantic comedies of the past few years can be watched over and over again. If you are blue or want to choose a film for date night, check these films out.
This era truly cemented the beginning of the romantic comedy. While there were romantic comedies made in the 50s, 60s, the true era of a romantic comedy in Bollywood truly began in the late 90s.
1. Beta (1992)
This was more of a family drama than a romantic comedy but you it does have equal parts romance and equal parts comedy.
2. Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993)
This Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla starrer was about a bunch of runaway kids and a guy and a girl falling in love. Filled with hilarious sequences and a charming naivete is what makes HHRPK a classic.
3. Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994)
While this film may feel like a three hour wedding film, this family songfest is one of Bollywood’s most popular and loved romances.
4. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)
Raj is spoilt. Simran just wants her vacation. They meet in Europe. Rest is history. This Aditya Chopra film was what truly began the era of romantic comedies in Bollywood and stopped the angsty hero and turned him into a lovable imp. Watch out for that Karan Johar cameo too.
5. Raja Hindustani (1996)
This Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor may have been in the headlines for its steamy kiss but it was actually the fact that this was a dramatic yet enjoyable romantic comedy.
6. Ishq (1997)
Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Ajay Devgn and Kajol star in this prank-filled, slapstick comedy that makes all kinds of incorrect, hyperbolish situations that are just not going to pass today but the film did very well at the box office back in the day.
7. Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya (1998)
Salman Khan aka the famously named Suraj has fallen in love with Muskan (Kajol) who has been raised by a very authoritarian brother Vishal Thakur (Arbaaz Khan). Suraj comes to live on their farm to win their hearts. He almost gets broken into two but he wins the girl. Awww.
8. Yes Boss (1997)
This Aziz Mirza film starred Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Aditya Pancholi and Gulshan Grover. Shah Rukh Khan starred as the famously named Rahul who has to do his boss’ bidding to score chicks just so Rahul can score the advertising agency of his dreams. Seem (Juhi Chawla) becomes the catalyst that changes everything forever.
9. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Have there been any famous dialogues that describe romance more than Kuch Kuch Hota Hai? Karan Johar’s debut as a filmmaker showed the world how college romantic comedies are done. (And he’s still doing it in 2019, with Student of the Year 2!)
10. Biwi No. 1 (1999)
Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen, Karisma Kapoor and Anil Kapoor starred in this slapstick romantic comedy that got really famous for its songs.
11. Hello Brother (1999)
This Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt slapstick romantic comedy revolved around two brothers falling in love with the same girl (Karisma Kapoor).
12. Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega (2000)
This Salman Khan, Rani Mukerji and Priety Zinta starrer was based on the Sandra Bullock romcom While You Were Sleeping.
13. Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye (2000)
Based on the Adam Sandler film The Wedding Singer, Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji starred in this remake alongwith Raveena Tandon and Jackie Shroff.
Post Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) the era of the soft romantic comedies were truly upon Bollywood. Dil Chahta Hai (2001) became a huge game-changer for this era and cemented a standard for realistic, relatable comedies and romantic conversations on the silver screen.
14. Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (2000)
This film starred Salman Khan and Karisma Kapoor where Karisma Kapoor is a darling of her ‘mamas’, her three uncles, and Salman Khan is determined to marry her.
15. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut broke a lot of moulds with this film. Akshaye Khanna and Dimple Kapadia’s romantic angle was also very iconoclastic.
16. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Jaya Bachchan starred in this emo romcom that is definitely not just a one-time watch.
17. Hum Tum (2004)
A romcom that spanned over many years, this one starred Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji. The songs were lovely and the story was heartbreak, comedy, romance and intensity all rolled into one.
18. Socha Na Tha (2005)
This soft romantic comedy is also a film that changed the way audiences approached romcoms. Starring Ayesha Takia and Abhay Deol, the film was Imtiaz Ali’s directorial debut.
19. Jab We Met (2007)
Imtiaz Ali struck gold with this one. Starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shahid Kapoor, Jab We Met became the gold standard in modern romcoms.
20. Cheeni Kum (2007)
Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu, this film was about the romance of an older man with a younger woman. The film was an enjoyable romcom directed by R. Balki.
21. Partner (2007)
A copy of the Will Smith film Hitch, this film starred Salman Khan, Govinda and Katrina Kaif and Lara Dutta.
22. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
This film marked the debut of Anushka Sharma and she starred opposite Shah Rukh Khan. She plays Tani who is married to Suri (Shah Rukh Khan) and is very unhappy in the marriage. Suri later adopts an alter ego to charm his wife.
23. Singh is Kingg (2008)
Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif star in this travel romantic comedy also co-starring Om Puri.
24. Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008)
Starring Genelia D’Souza and Imran Khan, the film is a coming of age romcom directed by Abbas Tyrewala.
25. Wake Up Sid (2009)
Wake Up Sid was the directorial debut of Ayan Mukerji and he had written the film keeping Ranbir Kapoor in mind.
26. Aisha (2010)
Based on the Hollywood film Clueless, the film starred Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol.
27. Band Baaja Baaraat (2010)
This film marked the debut of Ranveer Singh and it was one of Anushka Sharma’s initial films as well. They play two young entrepreneurs who fall in love and have a love-hate relationship and struggle to make their partnership work.
This era is defined by the success of the 2007 romantic comedy Jab We Met. While there was the advent of the Rohit Shetty brand of romance and comedies aka masala films, there was also an influx of comedies like Dum Laga ke Haisha and Luka Chuppi that were relatable yet honest in the genre.
28. Tanu Weds Manu (2011)
Kangana Ranaut and R. Madhavan star in this wacky tale of love and hilarity. This has got nothing on its sequel though.
29. Student of the Year (2012)
Directed by Karan Johar, the film was the debut for Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra. It was a massive success and catapulted all three kids into stardom.
30. Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)
Starring Parineeti Chopra and Sushant Singh Rajput, this was a tale of love and commitment in the modern day and age.
31. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013)
Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor starred alongside Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapoor. This one’s timeless, really.
32. The Lunchbox (2013)
Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur, the film won various awards and told the sweet love story of two people living different lives who accidentally end up writing letters to each other.
33. Chennai Express (2013)
Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, this madcap Rohit Shetty film is definitely a guilty pleasure.
34. Khoobsurat (2014)
Based on the earlier film starring Rekha and Rakesh Roshan, this film starred Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan and Ratna Pathak.
35. 2 States (2014)
Abhishek Varman directed this film that was based on a book by Chetan Bhagat. The film starred Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor.
36. Hasee Toh Phasee (2014)
Starring Adah Sharma, Siddharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, this was also a wacky romantic comedy.
37. Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015)
Starring a very plump Bhumi Pednekar and a very skinny Ayushmann Khurrana, the film broke many stereotypes about love and romance.
38. Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015)
Filled with some excellent performances from Kangana Ranaut and R. Madhavan, the film will leave you in splits and some poignant lessons about romance.
39. Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)
This Zoya Akhtar film had an ensemble cast starring Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar.
40. Ki & Ka (2016)
Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor star as a husband and wife where Arjun Kapoor plays a stay-at-home husband.
41. Kapoor and Sons (2016)
This sensitive family story had a beautiful and thought-provoking romantic subtext. It starred Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt in key roles.
42. Befikre (2016)
Starring Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor the film wasn’t that big of a box office success but can be a good date night film.
43. Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017)
Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurana and Kriti Sanon star in this sweet small town romance tale that also became a major motifs in the 2010s.
44. Hindi Medium (2017)
Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar star as rich but non-English-speaking parents who are desperate to get their child into an English medium school. While the story is all about the kid, there is plenty of love between the main protagonists.
45. Shubh Mangal Savdhan (2017)
Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar star together again but this time take on another socially relevant story that must be talked about.
46. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018)
Not the most critically acclaimed film but a box office success. Starring Kartik Aaryan and Nushrat Bharucha, the film was directed by Luv Ranjan.
47. Stree (2018)
Directed by Amar Kaushik, this film has bits of horror but don’t miss the love story. Stars Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi.
48. Veere Di Wedding (2018)
A film filled with friendship and camaraderie between girlfriends, there is a sweet love story about a woman who is trying to get over her fear of commitment.
49. Badhaai Ho (2018)
A sweetly unique film, this romcom starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Neena Gupta as a young man and his mother who falls unexpectedly pregnant got tons of acclaim thanks to it's out-of-the-box plot and acting performances.
50. Luka Chuppi (2019)
Starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon, this is about a young couple who wants to try a live-in relationship in a small town and end up getting married!
What are your favorite Bollywood romcoms? Let us know in the comments!