Romantic comedy films are known for injecting a little humor into on-screen relationships — and for being cheesy and stereotypical in many cases — but they have often filled another role in Hollywood, too: career starters. There are a number of rom-coms that featured your favorite celebs before they you followed them, acting as an early career bridge to bigger and better roles in the future. Some of these movies featured current stars back when they were kids, while others showcased relatively established actors still waiting for their breakout roles. And in some small way, these rom-coms all helped make these actors the stars they are today.
As far as the films included in this list are concerned, you're likely to come across at least a few you've seen before. There are multiple movies that star early 2000s rom-com mainstays like Matthew McConoughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Katherine Heigl, and you may be surprised to see who shows up alongside them. There are also some memorable teen rom-coms from the late '90s and a couple of Judd Apatow's male-centric rom-coms, and they all have the same thing in common: they featured big-name actors back when they were still no-names. So take a look at the 17 films below and see how many of these familiar faces you remember seeing in these guilty pleasures.