According to a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter, the romantic comedy is dying and it’s not getting revived anytime soon. The genre, which was once a surefire moneymaker for young actresses and directors looking to make a splash in the film industry, is now unlikely to make much of a profit at all. To put it in one producer’s grim terms: “the meet-cute is dead.”

While audiences used to be unable to visit the movie theater without seeing a preview starring a charming lead like Reese Witherspoon or Kate Hudson falling for a handsome love interest that they’ll probably spend an hour and a half resisting their feelings for because they didn’t realize he was perfect. But after box-office flops like The Five-Year Engagement, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and The Big Wedding (all cited in the article), the big names of the genre are all starting to steer clear. And the new leading ladies of Hollywood – think Jennifer Lawrence – are attempting to not take on “typical” romantic comedy roles to avoid the growing stigma.

But it’s not necessarily the romance aspect of the films that is problematic; new life just needs to be breathed into the genre. So why you may not see a romcom in theaters for at least a little while, there’s still a chance that Hollywood will save this failing relationship. Just look at these classic romcoms that were box office gold:

When Harry Met Sally


Billy Crystal (Harry) and Meg Ryan (Sally) are forced together while driving to NYC after college, and womanizer Harry informs her of his grand theories that men and women can never be friends – sex and emotions will always get in the way. Over the years, they strike up a friendship anyway, but of course the best friends fall for each other. Harry’s theory is proved right, but in the best way possible.

Sweet Home Alabama


Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) is a world-famous fashion designer with a perfect life, including new fiancé Patrick Dempsey. She has a slight problem though; she’s been living a total lie when it comes to her past, in that she comes from a total Hicksville, Alabama and is still technically married to her high school sweetheart, Josh Lucas. Now she has to face her past and the man she once loved so she can get her future back on track. Obviously, it’s not that easy once she sees him again.

My Best Friend’s Wedding


Julianne (Julia Roberts) made a pact with her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) in college: if neither of them are married by their 28th birthday, then they marry each other. The week before her 28th, she gets a phone call from her best bud, but it’s not the proposal she’s expecting – it’s an invitation to his wedding to a 20 year-old college student played by Cameron Diaz, if that paints a worse picture for you. Julianne instantly realizes that she’s in love with Michael, and needs to stop the wedding at all costs before he’s lost forever.

You’ve Got Mail


At the height of the chat room craze, small bookstore owner Kathleen (Meg Ryan) starts up a flirtation with an anonymous suitor whom she’s just crazy about. He’s smart, charming and funny – and also happens to actually be Joe Fox, the owner of the mega-bookstore chain that’s putting her shop out of business. Fortunately, love and Tom Hanks’ cute face conquers all when the true identities are revealed.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days


Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) is an ambitious reporter for a women’s magazine looking for a challenge, so she comes up with a novel concept – she finds a guy, lures him in with her normal charms, then absolutely turns him off using all of the “typical” mistakes women employ when ruining relationships in 10 days or less. Her target, Matthew McConaughey, coincidentally has a challenge of his own – he needs to keep a woman interested at all costs for 10 whole days. Good thing they’re both attractive.