Of course, "When Harry Met Sally" also owed a debt of influence to Woody Allen's romantic comedies about talky New Yorkers, as well as to dozens of other rom-coms, going all the way back to the road-trip antics of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in 1934's screwball classic, "It Happened One Night."
There are a lot of great romantic films that go to such dark places (from "The Apartment" to "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") that I'm not sure they qualify as comedies. Others, particularly in recent years, make me despair that no one knows how to write a good romantic comedy anymore. But there are some gems, films viewers keep turning to over and over, whenever they want to laugh and to fall in love vicariously all over again.
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