10. 50 First Dates
Original release date: 50 First Dates hit theaters on Feb. 13, 2004.
Box office earnings: The romantic comedy managed to find success as a Valentine’s Day entry, making over $196 million worldwide against a $75 million budget.
Critical acclaim: As with most Adam Sandler movies, the critical reception was mixed. 50 First Dates holds a middling rating of 45% on Rotten Tomatoes, with most critics praising the chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore. Being so, the co-stars picked up an MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team.
About the role: Barrymore stars in 50 First Dates as Lucy, a woman with anterograde amnesia who gives Sandler’s womanizing veterinarian Henry a run for his money. After a car accident, Lucy only remembers the events of her life prior to the accident.
Of course, this means that every time Henry goes on a date with Lucy, it’s the first time she’s ever met him. Every day, Henry must make Lucy fall in love with him again and convince her family he’s in it for love.
Why it’s the best: There are some actors who work so well together and continue to bring out the best in each other in every collaboration. Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are one such pairing and have delivered three incredible romantic comedies throughout the years, including The Wedding Singer (a classic in its own right) and Blended.
In 50 First Dates, their rapport runs like a well-oiled machine, and Barrymore has free rein to give a fearless and, for lack of a better word, weird comedic performance. It’s impossible not to adore “Forgetful Lucy.”