Unpopular opinion- rom coms are the genre for every mood. Feeling sick and sad at home? Watch a rom-com. Out on a date or movie night with family? Play a rom-com. Feeling like a movie marathon as you wake up? Choose the list of rom coms.. you get the idea.
Maybe the most important thing a rom-com conveys is that everything will always be okay in the end. In these times, we need it more than ever. And just in case you need something to remind you next time, we’ve compiled the list of the best romantic comedies on Netflix.
You are left with just one task. Go through this list, find the movie that resonates with your mood, get some popcorn and click play.
Here’s a great movie that you can easily relate to because of its sentimentality and melancholy. Someone Great follows Jenny, an aspiring music journalist who, on the one hand, landed her dream job in San Francisco but, on the other hand, just broke up with her boyfriend of nine years because he wasn’t ready to try long distance. Because she knows she can’t get through it alone, she dials up her best friends Erin and Blair for one last wild time in New York City. The movie is apt for our times and manages to take the romantic comedy genre down new paths.
There are a lot of unbelievable elements tied together in this simple plot, which makes this a movie that will affect you deeply. Irreplaceable You begins with Abbie being diagnosed with cancer and how it turns her life upside down. But she decides to get back up and plan a future without her for her fiancé Sam, who has also been her best friend since childhood. But how does it all play out? This movie leaves you with an important thought after 96 minutes – “among all the what if’s, we miss out on the truly important thing – the what is.”
Not every movie needs to be an artistic masterpiece. Some movies should be there that give you a feel-good vibe. And Love Hard does this splendidly. Natalie hasn’t seen good luck with her online dating game in the longest time ever, and then she happens to find her perfect match. If you’re beginning to think that it would be too good to be true, it is – because she was catfished by someone 3000 miles away. But will she manage to find love on Christmas week? A fun film to start the holiday season. Love Hard is a definite watch for the casual rom-com fan.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Forgetting Sarah Marshall has been frequently described as one of the best rom coms ever created, and we agree with this title solely because of the incredible cast chemistry, lots of laughs and sharp performances. Peter Bretter is dumped by his famous TV star girlfriend Sarah Marshall for another famous singer Aldous. After multiple attempts at pulling himself together, he decides to go to Hawaii to cool off but finds out that Sarah and Aldous are at the same hotel. This movie finds the right tone between romance and raunchiness, making it a delightful watch for any rom-com enthusiast.
Teen sexuality is a topic that has a 50 percent chance of making it big with the audience, but Alex Strangelove blends in good humor to take a progressive approach to this topic, and we think the end result paid off. When Alex Truelove plans to have his first sexual experience with his girlfriend, he doesn’t account for Elliott to be the one who puts him into the chaos of confusion. How does he do this? Elliott is gay, handsome, and charming, and this makes Alex doubt his sexual identity, which is enlightening to us in a manner of sorts.
In The Lovebirds Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae play Jibran and Leilani, a couple who are being to fall apart. But what manages to keep them together? An accusation of murder, and now the Jibran and Leilani must keep one step ahead of the cops and try to clear their names. The movie offers light humor and makes us laugh easily throughout the screentime. The bickering banter of the unhappy couple and the buddy cop-type comedy provides familiar territory for moviegoers, and the plotline is pleasantly hilarious. We had a good laugh throughout the movie, so if you’re looking for an easy movie to laugh along with, The Lovebirds will be it.
The Clapper has a fresh plotline that doesn’t directly follow any guides from the rom-com playbook, so we were pleasantly surprised about the comedy it packed within its 90 minutes. Eddie Krumble has a rather weird job as a paid audience member for infomercials. But one night, he is propelled to fame when Chris, a late-night talk show host makes a comment about his familiar face in the studios. While this may seem to be a silly premise, The Clapper finds a connection with the audience, and the acting performances of the cast really pull this movie together.
The Incredible Jessica James
When a Black woman lets nothing stop her in the way of her dreams, it makes for a unique set of scenes that can stroke a different emotion within us. Jessica James is a playwright looking to make it big in the Big Apple, but a recent break-up makes her falter in her journey. But then she meets Boone, who is also recovering from a recent break-up, and the two of them shake hands-on finding a way to navigate through a “post-relationship” world. What could have turned out as a standard rom-com off the block is raised to the level of a fantabulous movie, and the actors completely own the movie?
Always Be My Maybe
We’ve seen best friends falling in love and rekindling dead sparks before. But Always Be My Maybe shows us how to take an old concept and show it in a refreshing, feel-good way. Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) are childhood friends who have a falling out and end up meeting up after 15 years. This movie shows us how they deal with their feelings amidst their vastly different lives. In the end, what must be sacrificed to keep the rekindled spark burning?
The Artist is a movie you will watch once, and then want to watch again, and again, and again. It is the portrayal of a gentle yet passionate love story where the character dynamics switch as the movie progresses. Set in the scenes of the Hollywood of black-and-white films, the Artist follows the romance between Peppy Miller, a budding actress, and George Valentin, who is an actor with no parallel. The movie follows Peppy’s rise to stardom while George's declines. The kicker? The movie is a completely silent movie, with no dialogues.
She’s Gotta Have It
This movie is another black-and-white masterpiece that explores complex questions about society’s stereotypes. One of the first films shot by Spike Lee, She’s Gotta Have It explores the life of Nola Darling, a woman who, according to society, has “too many men around her”. Shot in the backdrop of Brooklyn, she becomes the prize between three men, each of whom tries to make her choose them over the others. This allows for a sensual drama that should find its way into your watchlist.
Just Friends is a goofy movie that captures the fun-loving spirit of the rom-com genre. It also helps that the actors are funny as hell. Ryan Reynolds plays Chris, an overweight, unattractive high-schooler in love with his hot best friend, Amy. But when she friend-zones him, he moves to LA and becomes everything his high-school self was not – fit, handsome, and rich. On a reluctant assignment to accompany budding pop-star Samantha James (Anna Faris) who also has a massive crush on Chris, they make a stop at his hometown. The plot further has Chris meet Amy by chance and try to win her heart in a cartoonish play of events involving Chris’ old friends, his brother, and Jamie’s ex, Dusty.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
“I write a letter when I have a crush so intense that I don’t know what else to do,” is the line that sets the stage for this movie. Lara Jean’s secret letters to her crushes (the movie focuses on Josh, her elder sister’s now ex-boyfriend, and Peter, the hottest guy in high school) somehow gets mailed, and the plot dives into a blend of fake high-school romance, jealousy, and teenage confusion. The movie is one that leaves you happy in the end, so add it to your watch list right away!
If the name is too cliché for you, the cast should definitely raise your eyebrows. Valentine’s Day is a warmly put-together intersection of lives during Valentine’s Day. The movie focuses on the struggles with love on Valentine’s Day but is neatly wrapped up in a manner that gives everyone a happy ending. The movie doesn’t focus on one particular story, but that is part of the magic.
Two Weeks Notice
Two Weeks Notice is a typical rom-com, but the performance of the actors is what makes us add it to our list. Lucy Kelson, played by Sandra Bullock, is a lawyer who graduated from Harvard who loves working on pro-bono cases. She chooses to get hired by George Wade (played by Hugh Grant), a billionaire real-estate developer, as a way to stop him from destroying a community project close to her heart. However, George drives her crazy and she submits her two weeks’ notice for resignation. The movie follows the two weeks in which Lucy tries to find a replacement for her role, and they realize their feelings for each other. Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant play their roles perfectly to the dot, as this movie takes you through laughs and tears.
Set It Up
Set It Up has a simple story, but the screenplay is light, humorous, and deserves a spot on the list. Harper and Charlie are overworked assistants, who scheme to get their bosses to date each other so that they can have more free time. The movie has us smiling as the two assistants find ways to make their bosses fall in love, and eventually realize that their antics are more than just about their bosses.
Crazy Stupid Love
Crazy, Stupid Love is a rom-com that most people would call a definite watch. They’re not wrong. The plot begins with Emily (Julianne Moore) asking her husband of 25 years, Cal, for a divorce. Cal tries to beat the blues by going to an upscale lounge and working his women skills, to no success. However, he meets ladykiller Jacob (Ryan Gosling) who takes Cal under his wing and teaches him the tricks of his trade. But the unexpected happens to Jacob – he falls in love with Hannah (Emily Stone). But the real winning element of the movie? It’s a revival of the faith that everyone has one True Love.
How would you recreate your love story if you could travel back in time? Richard Curtis, the creator of Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’ Diary, invites us to explore this question as we sink into this blissful and funny love story between Tim (played by Domhnall Gleeson) and Mary (played by Rachel McAdams). But with great power comes great responsibility, and as Tim keeps his power a secret from Mary, he comes to face the consequences of his magical do-overs.
A Cinderella Story
A modern take on the age-old classic tale of Cinderella, this movie has Hillary Duff playing Sam whose father was killed, forcing her to be sent off to live with an evil stepmother. She anonymously chats with Austin, the handsome football jock, and becomes his best chat room buddy. The movie is predictably the same as the classic but offers some laughs and fuzzy feelings as we watch these two try to discover each other.
50 First Dates
50 First Dates stars the pair of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, who have time and again proven their onscreen chemistry. The story follows Lucy (Drew Barrymore), who suffers from short-term memory loss following an accident and cannot remember anything that happened the previous night. But Henry (Adam Sandler) falls head over heels that he is willing to start afresh with this girl every morning. And how does he do this? That’s where you will begin to love the screenplay.