Just like clothing always comes back in style, romantic comedies are now trendy and popular once again. Even though the films in this genre have a reputation for being about finding romance and not much else, many of the films should be celebrated as they tell stories about finding out who you are and loving yourself first. Think 13 Going On 30 which is just as much about Jenna wanting to have a great career as a boyfriend, or 10 Things I Hate About You when Kat could care less about relationships and focuses on herself.
Let's look at this great genre of films and think about our Myers-Briggs® Personality Types, too. Read on to find out which romantic comedy you are, based on your MBTI.
If you're an ESTP or "Energetic Problem-Solver" you fix issues with "common sense" and you're "flexible" and "direct" and "easygoing." You also would rather learn on the job or from experience instead of reading about it beforehand.
Your romantic comedy is How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, the 2003 film starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. Andie Anderson (Hudson) wants to get Ben Berry (McConaughey) to dump her in only 10 days because she's working on a story about it. She would be an ESTP because she's trying to figure out if this is possible and she's learning on the job, so this is definitely your movie. Both characters have ESTP traits as they're "fun loving" and "active."
ISFJs or "Practical Helpers" are "traditional" and "loyal" and like to be there for people in any way that they can. They are "sensitive" and "service minded" as well.
If you're an ISFJ, then your romantic comedy is the 2017 movie The Big Sick. Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon wrote the beautiful and moving film about their experience when she was in a medically induced coma when they had just started seeing each other. He stars in the film along with Zoe Kazan. Nanjiani's character has many ISFJ personality traits as he makes the choice to be there for Emily and not leave her side while she's in the hospital. The film is all about being caring and not giving up on the people who you love.
If you're an ENFP or "Imaginative Motivator" then you're all about "new people and experiences" and are "restless" and "supportive." You also have a big imagination, you're friendly, and have a "zest for life."
Your romantic comedy is The Holiday. This movie was released in 2006 and tells the story of two women (Cameron Diaz and Kate Winlset) who swap houses at Christmas so they can see how the other half lives and have some more fun and joy in their lives. The main characters both have ENFP traits since they like being social and they're willing to make a big change. Most of all, they definitely have the "restless" quality of this personality type.
An INTP or "Objective Analyst" is "cognitive" and "independent." They're "critical" and "think strategically."
Are you an INTP? If so, then the 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal is your movie. Everyone in the film is acting in a strategic manner and, as is often the case with this movie genre, things turn out much differently than they expected. Editor Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) and assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) pretend to be engaged so she can stay in the U.S. and not have to go back to Canada. Both of their job goals are on the line here (and the stakes are super high, too, since faking this is such a big deal). Margaret is a very intelligent character and they're both "self-determined" which is also an INTP trait.
The plot of the 2019 romantic comedy Isn't It Romantic, starring Rebel Wilson, sounds just like you if you're an ISTP or "Logical Pragmatist." The main character, Natalie (Wilson), isn't big on rom coms at all... so it's pretty wild that she discovers that she's the protagonist in her very own movie of this genre.
ISTPs are "detached" and "realistic" and "factual." This is the perfect movie for you if you don't even like the romantic comedy genre at all because you find it unrealistic and think that in real life, people don't fall in love with meet cutes and nothing happens like it does in the movies.
If you're an ESTJ or "Efficient Organizer" then your romantic comedy is the Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey film The Wedding Planner, which came out in 2001.
ESTJs have "often have an extensive network of contacts" and deal with "resources and people" when they have something that they want to do. This describes a wedding or event planner so it works perfectly here. These personality types are "practical" and "structured." If this is your type, then you can probably relate to this movie a lot.
You've Got Mail is the romantic comedy for someone who is an INFP or "Thoughtful Idealist." The charming 1998 movie, written and directed by Nora Ephron, is all about having a joyful vision of the past (or the present) and not wanting things to change. Meg Ryan's character, Kathleen Kelly, can't believe that Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) is opening up a massive bookstore that will essentially crush her tiny children's bookshop. Of course, they're really messaging each other online and falling in love... but they just don't know it.
INFPs "make moral commitments to what they believe in" (like Kathleen with her store) and they have a "long range vision." They're also "gentle" and idealistic" which describes her as well.
If you're an ISTP or "Versatile Supporter" you're all about "cooperation" and teamwork. You're "caring" and "offer praise" and "understanding."
Lara Jean (Lana Condor) sounds a lot like this personality type, which means that the Netflix film To All The Boys I've Loved Before is your romantic comedy. This movie was a big hit when it started streaming in the summer of 2018. Lara Jean is a hopeless romantic who writes love letters to her crushes and she's a kind person who has ISFP traits such as being "trusting" and "loyal." She's fairly naive when it comes to dating, which makes sense since she's a teenager, and she learns a lot throughout the course of the movie.
Are you an ENTJ or "Compassionate Facilitator"? If so, then you have leadership qualities and you're "diplomatic" and "people-oriented" and "expressive."
Your romantic comedy is the beloved John Hughes film Pretty In Pink. Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is an amazing, strong-willed teenage girl who doesn't care that she's poor and doesn't worry about what the rich kids at school think about her. She's caring toward her best friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer) and her dad (Harry Dean Stanton), and she's a cool combination of being secure with herself but also being a fairly friendly, social person.
An INTJ or "Conceptual Planner" is a "productive" person who is "task-focused" but also "reserved." If this is you, then your romantic comedy is the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally.
Directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron, the film follows Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) and Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) as they figure out if men and women can be just friends. Sally is "firm" and "clear" and "competent." She shares many INTJ traits. Of course, her most famous scene is when she's faking it in a diner, but before that happens, she proves that even when she orders food, she's very deliberate and knows exactly what she wants.