The 18 Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix Right Now
Settle in for a night of seriously comforting flicks.
You don't have to be a hopeless romantic to appreciate a really great rom-com. You know the kinds of movies we're talking about: They're comforting, sometimes silly, feature incredible chemistry, and almost always have a happy ending. If you're a Netflix subscriber, you have plenty of options available to you in that crowd-pleasing genre. So many, actually, that you may not even know where to begin. No need to stress—this list of the 18 best romantic comedies on Netflix right now has something to suit everyone. And for more recommendations, check out The 18 Best Horror Movies on Netflix Right Now.
Always be My Maybe
In this 2019 rom-com, childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) were inseparable until an argument led them to cut ties. Sasha, now a celebrity chef, returns to her hometown of San Francisco for business reasons, and the two quickly reconnect. Only this time, they actually deal with the feelings that they ran away from. The story is sweet, funny, and sincere—and as if that's not enough to convince you to tune in, Keanu Reeves plays an extremely annoying version of himself in an unforgettable sequence.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Based on Jenny Han's hit young adult novel of the same name, 2018's To All the Boys I've Loved Before tells the story of high school junior Lara Jean (Lana Condor) who writes secret letters addressed to her crushes…letters that she never intends to send. But her life is turned upside down when her little sister actually posts them, one reaching cute school jock, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). The two decide to fake a relationship to make Peter's ex and one of Lara's other crushes jealous—and you can guess what happens from there. It's a teen comedy that's well worth watching, even if you haven't been one yourself for quite a while.
Set It Up
In this 2018 rom-com, Harper (Zoey Deutch) is working for star sports journalist Kirsten Stevens (Lucy Liu), while Charlie (Glen Powell) has been assisting venture capitalist Rick Otis (Taye Diggs) with the hopes of becoming an analyst. After a chance late-night encounter in the building Harper and Rick work at, the two come up with a Parent Trap-style plan to make their tough bosses fall in love—and hopefully mellow them out. From the start, you know they'll end up falling for each other, but predictability won't keep this movie from becoming one of your favorites. And for more funny flicks, check out The 30 Funniest Movies of All Time and Where to Stream Them.
Sleeping with Other People
In 2015's Sleeping with Other People, Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) lost their virginity to one another and then parted ways…until they run into each other at a sex addicts meeting years later. The chemistry between the two is undeniable, but so is the fact that they have screwed up every relationship they've ever been in. Lainey and Jake try to come up with a not-quite-a-relationship setup, but is sleeping with other people while acting exactly like a couple really going to work in the long run? Watch this hilarious rom-com to find out.
Will Smith plays "date doctor" Alex Hitchens—"Hitch," for short—is hired by a romantically hapless office worker (Kevin James) to help him impress the woman of his dreams. But while Albert's lessons seem to pay off, Hitch finds his own methods a little rusty as he uses them (quite unsuccessfully) to romance a gossip columnist named Sara (Eva Mendes). The 2005 film is all about the unpredictability of love, but the friendship that blooms between Hitch and Albert is pretty sweet too.
The Incredible Jessica James
The Incredible Jessica James (2017) follows the titular Jessica's (Jessica Williams) post-breakup romantic encounters, but that's not the true focus of the movie. Unlike the heroines of many other romantic comedies, Jessica's primary goal isn't finding love. You'll appreciate her independent spirit and love of her job—as does Boone (Chris O'Dowd), who might just be perfect for her.
High school senior Willowdean Dickson (Danielle McDonald) is a pretty happy teenager in this 2018 film, but she doesn't have the best relationship with her mother Rosie (Jennifer Aniston), who runs the local pageant and is obsessed with conventional standards of beauty. After her beloved aunt (Hilliary Begley) passes away, Willowdean (who her mother calls "Dumplin'") enters the pageant and enlists several other non-traditional contestants as well. What makes this story feel like a breath of fresh air is that it's about a fat girl who does not believe she needs to lose weight to find love or happiness. Her crush, Bo (Luke Benward), thinks she's pretty special as it is.
Love Wedding Repeat
What better setting could there be for a madcap ensemble rom-com than a wedding? Jack (Sam Clafin) sees his sister's nuptials as the perfect opportunity to finally tell her former college roommate (Olivia Munn) how he feels in this 2020 rom-com. But the occasion and the other guests mean that plenty of obstacles to happiness get thrown in his way.
As Good as It Gets
Both Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson won Oscars for their performances in this 1997 film about an obsessive-compulsive man who falls for a widowed waitress. While Melvin has had considerable success as a romance novelist, his social skills are wanting and his mental illness prevents him from taking risks. Carol draws him out, encouraging him to embrace the found family that's dropped into his life. For more Academy Award history, check out 13 Great Oscar-Winning Performances That Still Hold Up.
To put some magic back into their marriage, Nick (Adam Sandler) takes Audrey (Jennifer Aniston), his murder-mystery-loving wife, on a last minute trip to Europe in this hilarious 2019 movie. They abandon the basic accommodations they can afford when they're invited to spend the weekend on a rich and charming man's yacht. Audrey's fandom comes in handy when the couple are immersed in an actual murder mystery of their own, with one dead body and a mysterious person trying to frame them.
Kate & Leopold
If you like your rom-coms to have a supernatural flavor, check out this 2001 movie. Hugh Jackman plays a 19th century nobleman who falls through a portal in time and ends up in present-day New York City. There, he connects with Kate (Meg Ryan), an overworked woman who's unimpressed by the manners of modern men.
The Princess Switch
Stacy (Vanessa Hudgens) is a baker who travels from Chicago to the fictional Kingdom of Belgravia to participate in a baking contest—just in time for Christmas. She ends up discovering she looks just like the Dutchess of Belgravia (also Vanessa Hudgens) and the two decide to switch places for two days, because of course. This 2018 Prince and the Pauper reimagining is just the right amount of cheesy and it will make you smile. You don't even have to wait until Christmas to watch it.
Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny) seems to be living any teen's dream life in this 2018 film. He's student body president, gets perfect grades, and has been dating his best friend Claire (Madeline Weinstein) for a couple of months. But as he and Claire make plans to have sex for the first time, Alex meets a gay teenager named Elliott (Antonio Marziale) and starts questioning his sexuality. It is a sweet, funny story about finding yourself and being honest. Trust us, you'll only regret not watching it.
When music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) scores a huge job that will take her across the country, her longtime boyfriend breaks up with her. So she calls up her best friends Erin (Brittany Snow) and Blair (DeWanda Wise) for one last epic New York City night. As the increasingly wild night progresses, flashbacks show the start and eventual demise of Jenny's relationship. Someone Great (2019) is an honest, witty, and heartfelt exploration of friendship, letting go, and growing up. Who says there's no romance in choosing yourself and moving on?
Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds) was desperately in love with his best friend Jamie (Amy Smart) all through high school. But his embarrassment over his body (and the way other students bullied him) led to him skipping town right after graduation. Now thin and hugely successful, Chris ends up trapped back in New Jersey over Christmas. But despite his dating experience, he's still a nervous mess around his long-time crush. Just Friends (2005) has its problematic elements, but it's also tremendously funny, festive, and has a sweet love story at its core.
Can't Hardly Wait
A graduation night kegger sets the stage for some serious high school hijinks and drama in this 1998 classic. Preston (Ethan Embry) sees the event as his last chance to express his love for Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt), the most popular—and newly single—girl in school. There are hookups, heart-to-hearts, and revenge pranks gone wrong. You'll also spot pretty much every single teen actor who was working in the late '90s. For more nostalgia, check out
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Nappily Ever After
After a breakup with a man who claims that she never let him know the real her, Violet (Sanaa Lathan) does some inner searching to find out why she's so intent on presenting perfection to the world. The 2018 film tracks it back to her mother's obsession (promoting by cultural stereotypes, of course) with Violet having flawlessly straightened hair. Fed up with all the expectations put on her, Violet shaves her head one day…and starts to figure out what she really wants.
She's Gotta Have It
Spike Lee's first feature film is a black and white from 1986 starring Tracy Camilla Johns as Nola, a woman who juggles three potential boyfriends and avoids committing to any of them. Her friends tell her that she has to choose. The men tell her she has to choose. But does she? She's Gotta Have It puts the power into Nola's hands to decide whether or not she wants a conventional, monogamous relationship.
Additional reporting by Sage Young.