And boy, is it a dead end. First, consider the cast: Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford—who owned the ’80s in Hollywood and made this his only rom-com—Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt, Alec Baldwin (at his douchiest), and Kevin Spacey. In the late 1500s one could go to the theater, or one could go watch some people be executed or a bear be torn apart by dogs. A quiet suitor in love with the new bride (Knightley) of his best bud (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is apparently one of three people of color in London? After all, that’s the message from Pretty Woman, right? The 60 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time. Rom-coms don’t get more exciting than this. Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, a whimsical tale of a romance between a pair of wise-beyond-their-years 12-year-olds (beautifully art-directed and accessorized as always), is a tonic to the jaded palate. Next, look at the director: Mike Nichols—if there is a pantheon for romantic films, he probably has Zeus’s seat. All of it. We’re in. The best medicine for dark times is a romantic comedy. And that’s just one moment! More than anything, it’s a tale of true love, and fantastic as it might be, the adventure that leads the stable boy, Westley, back to his mistress, Buttercup (played by an impossibly beautiful Robin Wright), has left few hearts unmoved and few faces without smiles. Some of us believe that this movie is ultimately too sad to give the viewer the warm fuzzies they depend on this genre for; others argue that this line of thinking may confuse what’s depressing with what’s complicated. It sounds like rough going, but John Krasinski is there to provide comic relief. The 65 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time. The princess screams—Hepburn was apparently not acting here—and then recovers. The ’50s nostalgia of the 1970s culminated with this unreal musical about the return to high school for summer lovers Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John). ...to unplug from the office (and get your due): The movie that inspired 90 percent of vacation hookup jokes since 1998 (but seriously, we need to talk about Taye Diggs in a puka shell necklace; the man can make anything look good). The credits of The Philadelphia Story read like something out of a dream: Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart vying for the love of Katharine Hepburn. That’s how entertaining Shakespeare’s work had to be! Here, 60 of the funniest, sweetest and most romantic comedies of all time. What drew the academy to the fast-paced mash-up of Romeo and Juliet with a very loosely interpreted history of Shakespeare’s life was the film’s ability to capture exactly what Shakespeare did back in his day: the urgency of love and the power of its expression—its ability to consume us and change lives. “The History of Sadness” is a sketchbook drawn by Ewan McGregor’s Oliver, a graphic designer who is dealing with the recent coming out of his septuagenarian father, Hal (Christopher Plummer—who won an Oscar for his performance). There are few actors who can go toe-to-toe with Jack Nicholson. Think of it as Before Sunset meets Funny People, with New York taking the place of Paris. (2011) Bridesmaids (2011) Beginners (2010) Easy-A (2010) Knocked Up (2007) The 40 Year Old â¦ Sure, Renée Zellweger loves Tom Cruise from the beginning—it’s a movie, after all, and he is Tom Cruise—but what Jerry Maguire gets to is what happens after that first kiss, after the honeymoon period, when we have to learn about the other person as a person and not just see them and their adorable puppy (or in this case, an adorable son, played by Jonathan Lipnicki) as an escape or alternative from our own lives. While some people may scoff and sit on their high horse regarding this particular movie genre, I say theyâre just absolutely wrong. © 2021 Condé Nast. There’s a wonderful moment in Roman Holiday—the story of a European princess, played by Audrey Hepburn, who tires of her duties and runs away from her handlers while visiting Rome—when Joe (Gregory Peck), a reporter showing her the city, puts his arm in the Mouth of Truth (a statue that supposedly bites off the hand of liars) and removes it with his hand missing. The Main Line has never been so well represented. ...to put your one-night stand in perspective: Talk about playing with fire, but this tender, deeply human comedy from director Gillian Robespierre finds entirely new ways into the story of losing Mr. Wrong, then Finding Mr. (Be warned â spoilers below.) As for Diaz, she learns to shed her chi-chi Angeleno expectations and embrace rural life, as well as a handsome Englishman played by Jude Law. ...to reevaluate the nice guy (and the bad boy): Before Jonathan Demme decided to win an Oscar and scare the pants off an entire generation with The Silence of the Lambs, he was an ’80s funnyman. Right, get pregnant by Mr. At first, the weatherman is predictably bummed, but eventually, he uses all the information he’s picked up living the same day over and over to better himself and the lives of those around him, eventually impressing Rita with his change of personality. We also expanded our reach in LGBTQ (Edge of Seventeen, Get Real, Life Partners, Saving Face) and African-American films (Top Five, The Best Man). Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight. It’s an incredibly touching, difficult story, told mostly in flashback, that involves Oliver coming to grips with his father’s past, his parents’ relationship, his own choices, and his art. Problems arise when he falls in love with his costar (Jessica Lange), and a fellow castmate, an older man, falls in love with him. Yes, it was a different era, but this detail can be difficult to ignore. That’s Manhattan. Hooking up? If youâre like me, then you care about romantic comedies more than most things in your life. Brooks is the producer behind films like Bottle Rocket, Say Anything, and Big, and TV series like Mary Tyler Moore, Taxi, and The Simpsons. Where is Say Anything? __...to make you believe in the power of matchmaking: __. TV â¦ This movie isn’t as much about what we have as about what we’re missing, and how a wedding can bring that to the fore. For our list of the 200 best romantic comedies of all time, we searched high and low throughout movie history for every permutation of (hilarious) courtship and â¦ The brilliant and surprising Julie Delpy writes, directs, and stars as Marion, a young Frenchwoman who has brought her American boyfriend Jack (Adam Goldberg) to her hometown en route from a trip to Venice. We lean closer to the screen, not to learn but to feel for the whole experience of youth and performance: all that hope, drive, sweat, and love. If The 40-Year-Old Virgin was evidence that Steve Carell could be a romantic lead, this was the proof. We’re cheerleaders. There was plenty to find in the John Hughes, teen-driven era (Say Anything…, Pretty in Pink), and the bubbly ’90s decade that followed (Groundhog Day, Four Weddings and a Funeral, While You Were Sleeping). If you’re a food person, you’ll love all the bountiful shots of Vietnamese and Korean dishes; if you’re a Keanu Reeves person, his hilarious cameo will make your day. Did I miss it?? Here’s director Garry Marshall’s (and Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s) genius with this film: They make us forget about the various horrors of sex work and instead convince us the whole thing is kind of a lark. Unfortunately for them, that doesn’t quite work out, as Megan falls hard for her fellow female camper Graham (Clea Duvall). It’s produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (writer of All About Eve and Cleopatra), and directed by George Cukor (who made 1954’s A Star Is Born, Justine, and My Fair Lady, and once told Marilyn Monroe, “That will be just fine, darling,” when, about to film a skinny-dipping scene for Something’s Got to Give, she expressed her concern that she only knew how to dog-paddle). As with any list of Romantic Comedies, subjectivity plays a huge part. Copyright © 2018 Fandango. An exhaustive list of the best romantic comedies for any and all occasions, from âWhen Harry Met Sallyâ to âPretty Woman.â ...to deal with your workplace crush(es): In the mid to late ’80s, there was nothing bigger than TV news and James L. Brooks, and Broadcast News was their meeting ground. Which is why weâve rounded up some of the most beautiful, devastating, passionate and mushy flicks through the ages. ...to soothe your Hamptons beach-house cravings: This Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson–fronted romp is the platonic ideal of a Nancy Meyers movie, featuring beachside scenes, cashmere turtlenecks, and endless amounts of kitchen porn. We have the dazzling wit of the early studio system (His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby), the realistic cynicism of the ’70s (Annie Hall, The Goodbye Girl), and the sweeping romance in-between (The Apartment, Roman Holiday). ...to satiate your soft side (and make you hungry for kimchi jjigae): Ali Wong and Randall Park have ridiculously good chemistry in this 2019 film about a pair of childhood best friends who become awkward teenage lovers. It’s tough. It’s about how love really is sometimes, which can be romantic in its own right. But maybe you have some reservations about the horrifyingly racist overtones in some of the movie’s scenes, even though you can’t help loving Audrey Hepburn. It may not be easy, but it's highly entertaining to watch them try. No one has stolen more hearts than Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn). And a little Andie MacDowell’s movie. The 50 greatest romantic comedies of all time â from 'The Philadelphia Story' to Pillow Talk,' 'Say Anything' to 'Set It Up.' And expect to see more international rom-coms, with plenty of additions among Spanish-language (You’re Killing Me Susana, Everybody Loves Somebody) and French cinema (Romantics Anonymous, The Spanish Apartment). Something is funny when someone laughs or romantic when their heart swells, for better or for worse, and we have no right to say why one of these should top another. Bonus: Watch this movie with a boyfriend, and pay attention to what happens to his face during Meg Ryan’s most famous scene, in which she illustrates just how easy it is for a woman to fake an orgasm. I just saw a movie that should make this list in the future. Lo you'll ever need: Before Jennifer Lopez lit up the screen in 2019’s Hustlers, she was changing sheets and dreaming of true love as Marisa Ventura, a single mom working as a hotel maid who meets a charming senatorial candidate and, through a series of only-in-a-rom-com hijinks, has him believing she’s a socialite. by Nina Concepcion. If for no other reason, you need to see this movie so you’ll understand what it means when someone holds a ghetto blaster over his head outside the window of the woman he loves. Looking for a low-key Valentine's Day? A little LOL, a lot of awww, all classics. His efforts to save her, once the megacorporation Buy-n-Large (their maker) comes for her, is as authentic as Hawkeye’s return for Cora, or Jack’s sacrifice for Rose. Finding the right one, falling in love, and getting married? The high schooler, played by Kat Dennings, is demeaned by her fellow classmates for having yet to experience the big O. Throw in Kevin Bacon as a romantic rival and Emma Stone as a law student just out of Gosling’s reach, and we’re ready to go. It’s the story of a mild-mannered exec (played by Jeff Daniels), whose sedentary life is turned upside down by the wildly adventurous, somewhat grifting Lulu (Melanie Griffith)—whose checkered past includes a roustabout, criminal ex-boyfriend played by Ray Liotta. Essentially slumming it with his best friend (a terrific Arsenio Hall), Murphy’s character finds work at a McDonald’s-type restaurant where he falls in love with the owner’s daughter, a woman who just might fit the bill. This is about the love between friends, yes, and the agony that comes with maturing at different paces, but what ultimately drives the film is the desire of Annie (Kristen Wiig, who also wrote the script with Annie Mumolo) to catch up. Based on Truman Capote’s 1958 (harsher) novella of the same name, Breakfast at Tiffany’s—the story of a friendship struck between a rarely employed writer, Paul Varjak, and his neighbor, the naïvely beautiful Golightly, a freewheeling party girl whose lifestyle is paid for by the rich suitors who surround her—is a building block of our Hollywood romantic fantasies. We mean the films that got nominated for Oscars, feature a variety of A-listers (and a whole lot of Hugh Grant), and made Rotten Tomatoes's list of best romantic comedies of all time. What else are you gonna do? The way she pulls at her dress. It sounds sophomoric, but it’s actually essential. Amid scenes of semen being used as hair gel and testicles jammed in zippers, the Farrelly Brothers managed to concoct an amiable story about a nerdy Ted (Ben Stiller) hiring a private detective to find Mary (Cameron Diaz), the object of his unrequited love in high school. She and grungy, Generation X friends—played by Steve Zahn, Janeane Garofolo, and a simmering Ethan Hawke (who may be more than just a friend)—are just trying to figure out who they are, and what they want in life. Where Disney scored with its animated musical was in—pardon the pun—reanimating that classic story line in a way that was appealing to our eyes and ears, and our kids’, while maintaining some real danger in the narrative. This movie, from director Cameron Crowe (and produced by James L. Brooks), is far too sophisticated for such a middling finale. That’s life. ... after you watch them play the ideal versions of Beatrice and Benedick in Branagh's adaptation of one of Shakespeare's best romantic comedies. The central question of whether love can conquer money is almost outshone by the film’s dazzling surroundings as well as Rachel's nouveau riche friends, played perfectly by Awkwafina and Ken Jeong. There was never any doubt that Scarlett Johansson was going to be a megastar, but Sofia Coppola’s movie—about the lonely wife of a photographer who befriends an over-the-hill movie star (Bill Murray) while visiting Tokyo—is what made the world stand up and realize we were dealing with a serious actor. Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is a New York actor who is such a perfectionist, no one wants to work with him. It’s a match made in heaven—and without spoiling anything, their goodbye scene is among the best in Hollywood history. There’s something almost quaint about Norah’s search for her orgasm. Balderdash. In that light, IndieWireâs list of the 50 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time is more of a start than a final statement; itâs a living document that weâll change up and add to as time goes by. We believe she deserves love, and if she gets smart enough to stop looking for it in the “right” places, we want her to find it. (Plus, who among us could resist Nicholson growling, “You make me wanna be a better man”?). Norah’s lack of fulfillment isn’t what moves the action here; instead, we’re on a search for her best friend and an oh-so-cool band’s secret show, with Nick’s (Michael Cera) hapless band, in his hapless car (a Yugo), through downtown New York City’s music scene. We hope you love them. And in our most recent major update, we’ve added the latest and greatest, including Charlize Theron’s first dip into the genre (Long Shot), indie darlings (Plus One), and the farcical (Isn’t It Romantic). Like Bring It On, and unlike most films, especially teen films, this one is female-focused. She confesses to her diary her feelings about the men in her life: her caddish colleague, Daniel (Hugh Grant), and her pill of a childhood friend, Mark Darcy (if that surname sounds familiar from one of your favorite literary comedies, that’s not by coincidence), who begin vying for her hesitant affections in their respectively charmless ways. Right, sleep with Mr. What we love about this futuristic tale of a little trash compactor, WALL-E, who falls in love with his technological better, EVE, is the considered environmental, anti-consumerist message that suffuses the dystopian love story. Like this? Harold and Maude are separated by approximately 60 years; for the movie to hit home, for us to believe that love is truly about what we share, not what we look like or other aesthetic values, we have to believe a genuine attraction has formed. It’s a fantastic romantic comedy, and won two Academy Awards for acting in recent years (something really rare to happens with comedy movies), and has a good tomatometer – 86 per cent -, and i am upset, they forgot THIS film, but put Enough Said and Treinwreck, which is not that great. Here are the greatest comedies of all time, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Several phenomenal executions come together in this film, including the ensemble cast, the just-on-this-side-of-believable production design, and an absolutely killer classic-rock soundtrack. Right (by having our hero, a struggling comedian—played by the irrepressibly honest and infinitely endearing Jenny Slate—get drunk with Mr. They talk about them differently than other movies, and they like to talk about them a lot. Who wouldn't want to dance on the beach in their underwear to Françoise Hardy? The comedy keeps us on the edge of our seats by compounding the will-they-won’t-they question with sudden breaks into violence, threats, or chase. Hopefully, as a benefit to any disappointment of missing favorites, you’ll find some new ones you didn’t yet know you liked. To even the playing field, we â¦ The 30 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time. When she makes off with her parents’ savings, reunites with a fellow outcast from her town, and is offered the chance to marry a gorgeous South African swimmer who needs a visa, she can make her dreams come true. Elephant in the room: Yes, this is Woody Allen pursuing a high school student (a luminous Mariel Hemingway). (Like all Anderson’s best work, this was cowritten with Owen Wilson.) Copyright © 2018 Fandango. Rosario Dawson plays a New York Times journalist tasked with interviewing a hugely famous comedian, played by Chris Rock, who is attempting to take his career in a new direction (courtesy of an ill-advised serious film about a Haitian revolutionary). The Best Man (1999) Writer Harper (Taye Diggs) just penned his latest novel that may or may not have been about his friends. Cheerleaders!”) Some of us have defended this movie since it bowed (and then cartwheeled into an aerial walkover) in 2000 as a sharp appreciation of teen culture and teen cinema, both devoid of cynicism and long on wordplay. Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz trading lives? And they are active in as much as the narrative as they are subject to it (rare!). The reason we can safely call this a rom-com is that, while it doesn’t exactly pass the Bechdel test with flying colors, the objects of the guys’ affections are far from just objects. They have goals of their own we’re brought on board with. Current and former assistants will find themselves vindicated (and maybe a little PTSD-ridden) by this Netflix gem, which stars fresh faces Zoey Deutch and Glenn Powell as beleaguered Hollywood peons trying to set their bosses (the masterful pairing of Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) up, and, of course, finding love themselves in the process. Where’s As Good as it Gets? We. Bring in Nicholson’s neighbor, a gay artist (played by Greg Kinnear) who has to lean on Nicholson’s character for help (beginning with care for his adorable dog), add a road trip, and you’ve got yourself one of the most delightful, well-thought-out comedies of the ’90s. Keep in mind, it’s directed by Hal Ashby, the king of thoughtful, offbeat romances, and was both written by and featured, Warren Beatty, a major voice of the Hollywood Left in the 1970s. Cheeky, subversive, and sexy as hell, this movie turned the tables on so many male-dominated rom-coms (courtesy of one very hot and heavy matchup between Bassett and Diggs, playing some 20 years her junior)—and passes the Bechdel test with flying colors. What’s left to say about the 1990 tale of the beautiful, charming sex worker and the Wall Street corporate raider who meet and fall in love? A comic book artist (Ben Affleck) with an inseparable best friend (Jason Lee) falls for a beautiful gay girl (Joey Lauren Adams)—who then falls for him—only to discover he can’t handle it. The guy ruled the ’80s and made some of the era’s great comedies—Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, 48 Hrs.—but this is really the only one where the romance narrative rules supreme. What a wit!” Thankfully, this film is actually funny, and so is Renée Zellweger, the titular Bridget Jones, who is 32 and a bit clumsy, and believes herself to be both a tad overweight and running short of romantic options. Lust, Caution (2007) Focus Features. Love Actually is, actually, a rather clichéd Christmas rom-com, but jeez, we love it anyway. The girls aren’t just out for the boys, they’re out for themselves—as disappointingly rare in a rom-com as it is in a teen comedy, and the reason we love this one. Feb 9, 2018 courtesy of studios. It has the unclassifiable, magnetic object of affection, the reliable underdog who pursues her, expectations dashed, new friendships formed, true selves discovered, and an undeniably racist portrayal of an Asian landlord (by Mickey Rooney). 60 of the best funny romantic comedies to watch and stream, including Wedding Crashers, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Plus One, and Always Be My Maybe. But it’s Hepburn, aiming for a comeback following some serious bombs, and her witty repartee with her two love interests, Grant (her yacht-designing reformed bad boy of an ex-husband) and Stewart (a tabloid reporter), that is the movie’s bread and butter. For younger viewers—those of us who might not have drunk down the moving magic of Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, or Gigi—Damien Chazelle’s La La Land forgives those lapses. It’s a panacea for the reasons we go to the movies. How can we not, with this ensemble cast of British romance all-stars (Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, and Keira Knightley, among others)? Reese Witherspoon delivers perhaps her most iconic performance as Elle Woods, a sorority girl turned law student who gets herself into Harvard Law School to win back her douchebag boyfriend, but quickly learns there’s more to all this law stuff than meets the eye. Romantic comedies get a bad rep, but we love 'em. Forget Finding Nemo, this is writer-director Andrew Stanton’s Pixar masterpiece. It’s also priceless, with Hepburn peppering Grant in her sweet, Gatling gun style, and Grant, playing stiff, as if any man, never mind a mild-mannered paleontologist, could ever resist such wiles. But it’s irresistible. There’s a question that lingers throughout most of Harold and Maude—the story of a death-obsessed young man (he enjoys driving a hearse, attending funerals, and faking his suicide) who falls for a much, much older woman—are these two going to get it on? Similarly, the Pink Ladies, a popular clique headed by Rizzo (Stockard Channing), deliver their wiseacre lines with a fair dose of irony. Lonely, powerful dudes have been making off with damsels and then hiding them away in stories since the Ancient Greek myths—and probably before. May 14, 2020 Everett Getty Images. There is no “best” romantic comedy. It’s for this reason that we had such a good time making this list, at least initially...and lots of help. The heroes we cheer for. The 20 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time. Or, you at least have to watch it; it’s the original musical about making it in Hollywood. I have seen all of these and a few would not be on my list at all. When the call went out, we heard from writers, editors, friends, moms, therapists, bartenders, people we hadn’t talked to since high school—the list goes on. It’s complicated. And this is his best work. Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week. ...to remind you how much better it gets after high school: A teen sex comedy with a heart of gold, this story of four high school friends determined to have sex before they graduate was the surprise hit of 1999. Gotta Have Say Anything or it’s not a real list!!! Decisions had to be made. If you agree, welcome to the squad. By Kaitlin Menza. Watching Bill Murray is fun, watching Bill Murray struggle is really fun, and watching Bill Murray caught in a space-time logjam, wrestling with moral philosophy while pursuing Andie MacDowell is the most fun. For anyone who’s ever been encumbered by the beautiful, annoying, expensive ordeal that is a wedding, how can we not love a wedding movie whose first pages of dialogue are just the word Fuck? And because we want you feeling red, and not seeing red, we want to prepare you for some of the relatively low placements for beloved classics like Pretty Woman, Love Actually, and Sleepless in Seattle. Are. The story of Grant and his friends attending their friends’ weddings—and one funeral—perfectly captured the romance of nuptials as well as all the stress, commitment, and emotional...what do the British call it?...oh yes, bother that comes with that period in your life where your friends are tying the knot. Updated on April 30, 2020, by Richard Keller: Comedy is timeless when it comes to film. Then continue on with open arms into Rotten Tomatoes’ 200 best romantic comedies of all time! Can’t forget love. This is what we call a screwball comedy. The 33 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time. This modern-day Cinderella story showcases J. Lo’s acting talents as well as her chemistry with Ralph Fiennes. Maybe it’s the best for a certain time period. Sparks fly, tears are shed, and absolutely epic early-2000s outfits (remember lacy camisoles with low-slung jeans?) Alongside Julianne Moore (as the cheating wife he wants to win back) and Ryan Gosling (who plays his cad coach), as well a terrific performance from a teenage son who loves his babysitter (who in turn loves his nice-guy dad), Carell is well matched. It’s a love story—between millennial hotties Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Bradford—packed into 98 minutes of jokes, rivalries, teen romance, and ridiculous cheers. Best Romantic Comedies A quick note on criteria. ...to make your rom-com collection a little less straight and narrow: Directed by Jamie Babbit, this dark comedy centers around religious high-school cheerleader Megan (Natasha Lyonne) being sent away to “straight camp,” where the staff attempts to turn her and her fellow queer teens toward the Lord. Her spins. If this list were a top 20 instead, this film would still be on it. Silver Linings Playbook and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY are my faves. For the next time nothing but a good rom-com will do, we ranked the 65 best and most heartwarming rom-coms of all time, from old favorites to modern classics. In the mid-to-late 1970s, New York was a bit of a cesspool: Crime was out of control, repeated requests for federal aid were denied, and the city was on the edge of bankruptcy. Simultaneously, at a time when every other joke on Friends involved gay panic, he was portraying three-dimensional concepts of lesbian identity. Exactly our point. So where better to start than Queens, New York? Adventures in Babysitting aside, this movie is really as feminist as mainstream movies got in the ’80s. ...to get you daydreaming about a White House romance (with anyone but its current occupant): Okay, technically speaking, 2004’s First Daughter—the story of a president’s daughter shaking off her Secret Service detail and her strict upbringing to let loose with a handsome stranger—bears a lot of resemblance to another movie of the same year, Chasing Liberty. Were doorways made wider in the 1980s? It was also made in 1979, and that didn’t carry quite the same connotations as it does now. It’s important to keep an open mind. It’s for this reason we need to apologize in advance: A number of your favorite romantic comedies will not be on this list. 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