7 modern romantic comedies that redefined the genre

Business Insider | Feb 14, 2018, 08.03PM IST

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Romantic comedies have changed significantly over the years.

The days of formulaic stories starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, and Judy Greer as the best friend, are gone.

And that's a good thing. The traditional rom-com got old, and cheapened the great ones like "Moonstruck," "Working Girl," and "Say Anything."

As our culture changes, so does the entertainment. Over the past decade, rom-coms have advanced their premises, the stories they tell, and the message they send. Judd Apatow's comedies, while vulgar, have a romantic element and an underlying message about life. Oscar nominee "The Big Sick" (produced by Judd Apatow) tells the story of a budding romance and a girlfriend in a coma, but also captures what living in the United States as an immigrant from Pakistan is like.

Romantic comedies have also made their way onto television, which has allowed the genre to take more time to tell its stories and develop characters.

Here are the 7 best modern romantic comedies, from "Knocked Up" to "The Big Sick:"

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