The 18 Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix
A good rom-com provides the perfect recipe for a night in.
No matter if you're the romantic type or not, there's no denying that a good romantic comedy provides the perfect recipe for a night in. Whether you've invited a couple of friends over or are having a chill night alone, putting on one of these best rom coms on Netflix will surely result in a good time. Don't know what to chose when flipping through Netflix's extensive catalog? Worry not, because we've compiled a list of the best romantic comedies on Netflix. Happy streaming!
1. Always be My Maybe (2019)
Childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) were inseparable, until an argument led them to avoid each other for 15 years. That is until Sasha, now a celebrity chef, returns to her hometown of San Francisco to oversee the opening of her new restaurant. The two quickly reconnect and realize their relationship is more than just platonic. The story is sweet, funny, and sincere—and as if that's not enough to convince you to tune in, even Keanu Reeves makes a surprise appearance in one scene.
2. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)
Based on Jenny Han's young adult novel of the same name, To All the Boys I've Loved Before tells the story of high school junior Lara Jean (Lana Condor), who's too shy to express her feelings face to face, and instead writes secret letters addressed to her crushes. Lara Jean lives an otherwise ordinary life until one day she learns that the letters she kept in her room were all mailed out, much to her horror. As the recipients of the letters confront her, Lara Jean has to do something she's never done before: put herself out there. It's a teen comedy that's worth watching, even if you're not a teenager anymore.
3. Set It Up (2018)
Harper (Zoey Deutch) is working for sports journalism genius Kirsten Stevens (Lucy Liu), while Charlie (Glen Powell) has been an assistant to venture capitalist Rick Otis (Taye Diggs) with the hopes of becoming an analyst. Kirsten and Rick are undeniably talented, but are terrible bosses to work for. After a chance late-night encounter in the building Harper and Rick work at, the two come up with a "parent trap" type plan that will make their bosses fall in love—and hopefully make them much easier people to work for. 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.
4. Sleeping With Other People (2015)
Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) lost their virginity to one another and never see each other again—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.
5. Music and Lyrics (2007)
Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) used to be a pop sensation, but his only hope for reclaiming his fame is writing a song for a breakout pop star. He is terrible at writing songs, but luckily, Sophie Fisher (Demi Moore), who is at his apartment to temporarily take care of his plants, is a songwriting genius. The two decide to collaborate and fall in love. Yes, this movie is sappy, but we won't judge you if it's your guilty pleasure.
6. The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
Jessica James (Jessica Williams) is a 25-year-old, fiercely independent woman who teaches theater to kids while writing her own plays. The Incredible Jessica James follows Jessica's post-breakup romantic encounters, but that's not the true focus of the movie. Unlike many romantic comedies, finding love is not Jessica's primary goal. When someone tells Jessica they like her, her response is, "Of course you do. I'm f*cking dope."
7. Dumplin' (2018)
Based on the novel of the same name, Dumplin' tells the story of high school senior Willowdean Dickson (Danielle McDonald), who is called "Will" by everyone but her mother Rosie (Jennifer Aniston), who has nicknamed her "Dumplin'" for her heavyset figure. Because Rosie, who is a celebrity in their small Texas town, is busy running the annual beauty pageant and working a minimum wage job, Will is raised by her confident aunt Lucy (Hilliary Begley).
Lucy instills confidence and a love of Dolly Parton in her niece, but passes away right before Will's senior year of high school. After getting fed up with her mother's preoccupation with the pageant, Will decides to join the pageant herself. 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. Oh, and it will definitely make you cry more than once.
8. Isn't It Romantic? (2019)
Can't stop hating on romantic comedies? Then this movie is a must-see for you. Natalie (Rebel Wilson) used to love romantic comedies, until her mother turned her against them saying that fat women like her couldn't possibly find love. As an adult, Natalie is an under-appreciated architect with deep-seated confidence issues. After a minor traffic accident, she wakes up to find herself trapped in a romantic comedy—and it's PG-13! Yes, Natalie does indeed find love at the end of the movie, but what's important is that before that happens she realizes her one true love is herself.
9. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
At this point, are you even allowed to film a British romantic comedy without Hugh Grant? As the title suggests, Four Weddings and a Funeral follows Charles (Grant) and his friends through, well, four weddings and a funeral. Each character encounters new friends and romance, secrets are revealed, and lives change drastically. If you haven't seen this classic already, then turn it on ASAP.
10. Murder Mystery (2019)
In one of the best rom coms on Netflix, Nick (Adam Sandler) and Audrey (Jennifer Aniston) have been married for 15 years and the spark is most definitely gone. To rekindle their romance, Nick takes his murder-mystery-loving wife on a last minute trip to Europe where they're invited to spend the weekend on a rich and charming man's yacht. Soon, the couple finds themselves in a murder mystery of their own, with one dead body and an unknown assailant trying to frame them. Despite its modest ratings, this movie will definitely provide you with a good time.
11. Falling Inn Love (2019)
Remember watching cheesy Hallmark movies as a kid? If that was a favorite pastime of yours, you're in luck. Falling Inn Love tells the undeniably cheesy yet sweet story of Gabriela (Christina Milian), who left her noncommittal boyfriend and got fired from her job on the same day. After drunkenly entering a "Win an Inn" contest, she wakes up to find out that she did indeed win the inn. She then travels to New Zealand and teams up with a dreamy contractor named Jake (Adam Demos) to rebuild the inn. As expected, sparks fly. You won't be able to stop watching it.
12. The Princess Switch (2018)
Parent Trap anyone? Yes, The Princess Switch might not involve biological twins, but the "two identical strangers" trope is right there. Stacy DeNovo (Vanessa Hudgens) is a successful baker in Chicago who travels 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. It's just the right amount of cheesy and it will make you smile.
13. Alex Strangelove (2018)
Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny) has a seemingly perfect life. He has a 4.0 GPA, is student body president, and has been dating his best friend Claire (Madeline Weinstein) for a couple of months. While he and Claire make plans to have sex for the first time, Alex ends up meeting an openly gay teenager named Elliott (Antonio Marziale) and starts questioning his sexuality. It is a tasteful story of finding yourself and being honest. Trust us, you'll only regret not watching it.
14. Someone Great (2019)
When music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) gets her dream job in San Francisco, 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 night before she moves away from New York City. As the night progresses, we get to see the start and demise of Jenny's relationship through flashbacks. It's an honest, witty, and heartfelt story about friendship, letting go, and growing up. Who said there was no romance in breaking up?
15. Obvious Child (2014)
A romantic comedy that centers on abortion? It's possible. Enter: Obvious Child. Donna (Jenny Slate) is a stand-up comedian whose "meet-cute" with Max (Jake Lacy) could not be less romantic. She meets him at a comedy club after delivering the worst set of her life due to the fact that her boyfriend broke up with her minutes before her set. What's more, their drunken encounter ended up with her getting pregnant. Can love blossom through such tough circumstances? You're going to have to watch to find out!
16. About a Boy (2002)
Most love stories start with boy meets girl, but this one starts with the unlikely friendship between an adult man and a twelve year old boy. Hugh Grant stars as Will Freeman, who lives a solitary life financed by royalties from his father's successful Christmas hit. After a chance encounter, Will is part blackmailed into becoming a surrogate brother to twelve-year-old Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) who's desperate to help his depressed single mother feel better. The two start an unlikely friendship that helps Will see maybe he is not so shallow and incapable of love after all. Watch it with a box of tissues nearby.
17. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Dealing with the memories of your relationship after a breakup is hard. Imagine if there was a way to get rid of them—that's the core concept of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. After finding out his ex went through a procedure to have all memories of him erased, Joel (Jim Carey) decides to do the same. The trouble begins when he realizes he still wants her back when memories of her start to disappear. You'll end up with a strange appreciation for heartbreak after this one.
18. She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Spike Lee's first feature film is an indie black-and-white comedy starring Tracy Camilla Johns and is centered around a young woman named Nola who juggles three potential boyfriends. Nola is an independent woman involved with three men with starkly different characters, and refuses to commit to any of them while they try to win her heart. You won't be able to help but admire Nora's fierce spirit yourself and cheer her on as she refuses to let any man control her in one of the best rom coms on Netflix.
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