24 of the most memorable rom-com boyfriends
Movie Boyfriends For The Ages
From the charmers to the devoted lovers to the reformed playboys, stars from Hugh Grant to Michael Ealy to George Clooney have brought some famous fictional boyfriends to the big screen. Catch up with the most memorable of movie beaus, ahead.
Josh Lucas (Paul Rudd) in Clueless
As one of the few people who Cher (Alicia Silverstone) can really be herself around — and the only one who can really call her out on her own cluelessness — even Josh’s pretentious intellectual posturing is charming. Who wouldn’t be totally butt-crazy in love with him?
Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in (500) Days of Summer
Their mercurial love story may not have lasted forever, but romantic Tom is a perfect (500-day) match for cynical Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Bless his heart for completely misreading The Graduate.
Matt Flamhaff (Mark Ruffalo) in 13 Going on 30
Loyal, steadfast, and only better with age, Matt is a childhood friend of Jenna's (Jennifer Garner), who finds himself back in her life years in the future.
Kumail Nanjiani (Kumail Nanjiani) in The Big Sick
Playing himself in the big-screen adaptation of his real-life romance with wife (and co-screenwriter) Emily V. Gordon, Nanjiani’s devotion to his comatose girlfriend (Zoe Kazan) will break your heart and then make it whole again.
Dr. Aaron Conners (Bill Hader) in Trainwreck
He’s a celebrated sports doctor who gets his dating advice from LeBron James and whose go-to surgery soundtrack is “Uptown Girl.” What’s not to love?
Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) in The 40 Year Old Virgin
Awkward, inexperienced, and nerdy, Andy was memorable for some less-than-favorable reasons. While he struggled with women, the electronics worker was sweet enough to win over Trish (Catherine Keener).
Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) in The Notebook
He wants you forever, everyday. If you're a bird, he's a bird. He'll even build you your dream home.
Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) in The Wedding Singer
Fans meet Robbie while he's in a relationship with Linda, but the charming wedding singer soon finds himself falling for Julia (Drew Barrymore), a woman whose down-to-earth attitude and fun spirit more closely aligns with his own.
Will Thacker (Hugh Grant) in Notting Hill
Professional rom-com boyfriend Hugh Grant plays Will Thacker, a regular guy living in Notting Hill who runs a bookstore. He meets Anna (Julia Roberts), and finally accepts her request that he love her.
Ray Adams (LL Cool J) in Deliver Us From Eva
Only a man like Ray can win over a woman like Eva (Gabrielle Union). The smooth-talking player completes his assignment of taking Eva off of her family members' hands, only to fall for her.
Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) in Something’s Gotta Give
The ultimate aging player, Harry Sanborn begins by wooing twentysomething hottie Marin (Amanda Peet), but eventually finds himself connecting with Marin's gorgeous older mother, Erica (Diane Keaton).
Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) in Bridget Jones's Diary
A Mr. Darcy worthy of the romantic name, Mark is a quiet, strong businessman who holds a candle for Bridget (Renee Zellweger) despite the fact that she thinks they are enemies.
Jack (Bill Pullman) in While You Were Sleeping
Lucy (Sandra Bullock) may have crushed on Peter (Peter Gallagher) for months, but she soon falls for his brother Jack, the smart, funny man who comes into Lucy's life as Peter spends time in the hospital.
Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) in You've Got Mail
Joe Fox may come off as a cocky businessman with his mind only on the bottom line, but the Fox Books heir finally reveals himself to be kind, caring, and completely in love with Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan).
Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) in Love Jones
Persistent, suave, and artistic, Darius works his way into Nina's (Nia Long) life. The poet won't stop until he gets the photographer to go out with him.
Jake Perry (Josh Lucas) in Sweet Home Alabama
A swoon-worthy Southern boy, Jake fights to make himself impressive enough to win back his childhood love Melanie (Reese Witherspoon).
Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) in Pretty Woman
Disregarding his relationship with a prostitute, Edward is a perfect gentleman — mannered, successful, and always in a well-cut suit. He finally puts love first when he falls for Vivian (Julia Roberts).
Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) in 10 Things I Hate About You
He can't take his eyes off of you and he has the whole bad-boy thing going on. Throw in a dreamy accent and Patrick becomes every high schooler's dream.
Dre Ellis (Taye Diggs) in Brown Sugar
Successful record exec Dre has everything going for him: a growing career, a gorgeous wife, close friends and killer good looks. Despite their best efforts to the contrary, however, Dre and his childhood friend Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) start to examine their relationship.
Graham Simpkins (Jude Law) in The Holiday
He moonlights as Mr. Napkin Head. He somehow remains smoldering while crying. And he delivers lines like, "I'm in love with you. I apologize for the blunt delivery, but as problematic as this fact may be, I'm in love... with you. I'm not feeling this because you're leaving, and not because it feels good to feel this way... which, by the way, it does, or did before you went off like that. I can't figure out the mathematics of this, I just know I love you."
Dominic (Michael Ealy) in Think Like a Man
Hyped as "the dreamer," Dominic works in a kitchen but has major culinary talents beyond his job. His good looks and charm may still be enough to get him in with Lauren (Taraji P. Henson).
Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey) in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
In a particularly competitive relationship with Andie (Kate Hudson), Ben is an advertising exec ("Frost yourself!") who loves sports and is far too confident in his romantic abilities.
Ian Miller (John Corbett) in My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Sweet, patient, and with a killer smile, Ian is a rom-com's dream. The teacher only gets dreamier as he woos Toula (Nia Vardalos).
Jack Taylor (George Clooney) in One Fine Day
It only takes one fine day for single father Jack to fall for Melanie (Michelle). He may be disorganized and harried, but Jack is George Clooney, so he inevitably charms the pants off of Melanie.