The Best Romantic Comedies to Stream on Netflix

Published April 22, 2022
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If there's one movie genre we're always down to watch, it's a romantic comedy. A really good rom-com is essentially comfort food for your soul. When done well, it should have undeniable chemistry between the main couple, feel-good laughs, empowering gal pals, a conflict that is soon resolved, and last (but certainly not least) some really catchy music.

Not to mention, a great romantic comedy has to have a unique angle that makes it stand out from the rest. If you're looking for the perfect movie to stream tonight, we put together a list of the best Netflix romantic comedies we can't get enough of.

My Best Friend's Wedding

Raise your hand if you've lost count of how many times you've watched this gem *raises both hands*. My Best Friend's Wedding isn't just great because of its iconic cast (Julia Roberts! Cameron Diaz! Dermot Mulroney! Rubert Everett!) but Julianne Potter (Roberts) makes for the most perfect, most lovable villain you kind of can't believe you're rooting for. It's a classic for a reason.

Psst! Put this on your watchlist now because it's leaving Netflix on April 30.

The Kissing Booth

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The trilogy that brought us Jacob Elordi (aka Nate Jacobs from Euphoria). The Kissing Booth is an upbeat high school rom-com where Elle Evans (Joey King) finds herself in a real mess when she falls for her best friend's brother, Noah (Nate Jacobs). Not only is it romantic and funny (naturally), but it also features '80s icon Molly Ringwald as Nate's mother.

Fun fact: After filming the first movie, Joey King and Jacob Elordi ended up dating in real life! Sad fact: They broke up and still had to film The Kissing Booth 2 and The Kissing Booth 3.

Set It Up

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Ah, a classic schemers-to-lovers story. The quick wit and perfect comedic timing in this one make it a solid movie night choice. Watch overworked individuals Harper and Charlie (played by the pitch-perfect Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) as they find love in fast-paced New York City while trying to set their bosses up.

The Half of It

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The Half Of It is the perfect rainy day movie. A slow-paced film filled with relatable characters, you think at first it's going to follow the obvious trope of girl-helps-friend-get-girl-while-being-in-love-with-said-friend. However, it offers up a completely new modern twist we won't give away here.

The Lovebirds

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If you're craving a rom-com heavy on the com, this one's for you. After all, when you cast Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani in a love story you know you're in for a good time. Throw in a slightly bizarre murder-mystery element, and you've got a romantic comedy unlike any other.

Falling Inn Love

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Yes, that's the guy from Sex/Life. Most people forget Adam Demos' Netflix debut was this cute rom-com starring Christina Milian. In it, Gabriela (Milian) spontaneously enters a contest to win an idyllic New Zealand inn after losing her job and her boyfriend. After she arrives to claim her prize, she learns the inn is anything but idyllic. Thankfully, local contractor and volunteer firefighter Jake Taylor (Demos) helps her renovate the inn and her heart.

Love Hard

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You know what, this may be controversial but we are tired of having to wait 11 months a year to indulge in Christmas movies-especially when they come in the form of adorable rom-coms like this one. Love Hard features Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) as Natalie, an unlucky in love LA girl who ends up catfished by the adorable Josh (Jimmy O. Yang).

When We First Met

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It's got romance. It's got time travel. It's got Adam Devine. Yes, the Pitch Perfect star plays Noah in this rom-com about a guy who travels back in time over and over to the night when he was friend-zoned by the girl of his dreams, Avery (Alexandra Daddario).

Someone Great

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What about what comes after the love story comes crashing down? This fun movie answers that very question over the course of one wild night in New York City. With the help of her besties, Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) tries to pick up the pieces of her traumatic breakup while reminiscing on it all.

Nappily Ever After

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Nappily Ever After is not just a romantic comedy about a woman recovering from heartbreak, it's a journey of self-discovery and a compelling statement on the pressure put on Black women to hide their natural hair. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall in love … with both the charming male lead (Lyriq Bent) and hopefully, yourself.

Good on Paper

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Who hasn't used the phrase 'good on paper' while dating? Well, when stand-up comic Andrea (played by real-life comedian Iliza Shlesinger) meets the "perfect" guy, her bestie is skeptical. This laugh-filled movie answers the age-old question-can anyone be too good to be true?

Alex Strangelove

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Things get super complicated in this rom-com when high school class president Alex plans to lose his virginity to his longtime girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein), only to realize he may be falling for openly gay teen Elliot (Antonio Marziale). This coming-out story is both moving and hilarious.

Always Be My Maybe

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Always Be My Maybe is guaranteed to leave you in stitches … and also checking social media to see what that childhood sweetheart you lost touch with is up to now. After 15 years, Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) reconnect and realize that while their lives couldn't be more opposite, some feelings never change.

Sounds Like Love

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If you're a fan of foreign films, this one's for you. This Spanish rom-com follows Maca (María Valverde), a struggling assistant who can't seem to move on from her ex Leo (Alex González), the only man who has ever really truly broken her heart. When he suddenly reappears in her life, she has to face all the feelings she locked away for years.

Tall Girl

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Jodi (Ava Michelle) is the tallest girl in her high school, and it's always been her biggest insecurity. When Stig (Luke Eisner) comes on the scene as the hot (and very tall) foreign exchange student, she does everything it takes to win him over. Little does she realize, there may be someone in her life that has always loved her just as she is. When you're done with this one, make sure to follow up with the sequel Tall Girl 2.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

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Oh, Peter Kavinsky. You didn't think we'd forget the greatest Netflix rom-com of all, did you? Please. The entire trilogy (including To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and To All The Boys: Always and Forever) makes for the perfect rom-com binge, with each movie leaving you more and more in love. When Lara Jean (Lana Condor) realizes the love letters she's written (but not sent) to her past crushes have been mailed, turmoil ensues. Enter Peter (Noah Centineo) who hatches a plan for the two of them to solve their respective problems by fake dating. If you haven't seen these movies yet, you simply must.

The Perfect Date

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Craving a little more Noah Centineo? Yeah, same. He'll always be Peter Kavinsky in our hearts, but his other Netflix rom-coms don't get enough love. This one features a dating app that's a little more like a PG escort service. Laughs (and love) ensues as Brooks (Centineo) plays about 50 different perfect versions of himself, all while slowly falling for the 100% always-herself Celia (Laura Marano).

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