Sometimes, the only way to get through the day (*cough* in MCO *cough*) is to zone out while watching two predictably charming characters fall in love with each other.
Yes, we know the rules and how they play out, it’s cliche but there’s something comforting in their familiarity and their good heartedness. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the best romantic comedies currently streaming on Netflix. So sit back, relax and snuggle up with a good romcom.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
If you’re looking for a fun, sweet, YA romance to brighten your day, you won’t do much better on Netflix than To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Based off the novel by Jenny Han, the story follows Lara Jean (Lana Condor), a teenager whose worst nightmares are realized when five letters she wrote to her secret crushes are sent out without her knowledge.
The film is a joy from start to finish, letting you relive a time when who “liked” you was the most important thing in the world.
He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)
Inspired by the 2000s relic and Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo “self-improvement book for single women” of the same name, this ensemble film featuring the likes of everybody from Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston to Ben Affleck examines the quirks, games, and trials of dating culture and “why he won’t call back.”
Its bluntness works to its advantage, putting the shitty things single people and those in a relationship do on trial to tell a charming yet realistic story about romance.
Valentine’s Day (2010)
Valentine’s Day is the kind of movie that shoves as many famous people (including Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, and Taylor Swift) as possible into one cast so you have bountiful opportunities to yell, “I know them!” It’s also the cheesy, multi-story kind of rom-com that’s full sweet, easy-to-watch vignettes as it follows a number of beautiful people who all happen to know each other as they break up, make up, and fall in love over the course of one Valentine’s Day in LA.
PS I Love You (2007)
A young widow (Hilary Swank) grieves her husband (Gerard Butler), who died of a brain tumor. As she avoids moving on from her sadness, she begins to find messages that her late husband left behind for her in order to inspire her to move on and find happiness on her own.
13 Going 30 (2004)
The film dealt with many relatable adolescent struggles, from mean girls in matching outfits to the awkwardness of puberty, while still staying firmly within the rom-com mould. When Jenna was 13, she wanted to be “30, flirty and thriving” and when she wakes up as Jennifer Garner, (her 30 years old-self) she finds she has technically fulfilled that wish—though she later learns that her new life isn’t all she thought it would be.
Watching the movie as an adult, however, made us realize that 13 Going on 30 isn’t just a magical rom-com switcheroo that helps Jenna land the boy next door. It’s about feeling like a grown up in a way that would make your younger self proud. Also, this movie features young and dreamy Mark Ruffalo.
The Kissing Booth (2018)
Elle Evans (Joey King) might not be the most popular girl in school, but her social status definitely rises when she volunteers to run the kissing booth at the school carnival—a scheme to lock lips with her crush, who just happens to be her best friend’s brother.
The Holiday (2006)
Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy Holiday centers around two women who exchange houses in order to get a new lease on life. After each suffers her fair share of romantic disappointments, Englishwoman Iris (Kate Winslet) and L.A. woman Amanda (Cameron Diaz) meet on-line at a website devoted to helping people exchange houses for vacations. Each agrees to spend the Christmas holiday at the other’s home. While each suffers from a minor case of culture shock, both women also end up becoming involved with a man.
Now, they must decide what to do with these new relationships as their pre-arranged house switch is scheduled to last less than two weeks.
She’s Out Of My League (2010)
“She’s Out of My League” is the story centers on Kirk (Jay Baruchel), who dreams of being a pilot but instead is a low-level security agent at the Pittsburgh airport. Kirk’s life changes dramatically when he meets Molly (Alice Eve), an event planner who accidentally leaves her phone behind at security and who gratefully invites Kirk to one of her parties when he returns it.
He’s instantly smitten, but as his friends not so helpfully point out, he’s merely a “five” while she’s definitely a “hard 10. The problems that arise between the two as a result of their disparate self-images are all too believable.
The Proposal (2009)
When New York editor Margaret faces deportation to Canada, she convinces her assistant Andrew to marry her in return for a promotion. In reality, though, the whole mess is just beginning. Not only does Andrew have to convince the U.S. government that he’s actually in love with his boss, he also must prove it to an even more discriminating set of authorities: his family.
A trip to his hometown, however, brings many surprises her way. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds had good chemistry in this movie!
Letters To Juliet (2010)
“Letters to Juliet” is about Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), an American girl who visits Verona with the man she’s engaged to marry (Gael Garcia Bernal). He’s always leaving her behind to investigate wine and truffles for his New York restaurant. She visits the house allegedly inhabited by Shakespeare’s Juliet. Below the balcony there, lovelorn women for years have posted “letters to Juliet,” asking for advice.
Sophie finds a letter 50 years old, written by a young British girl about a Tuscan boy she met, fell in love with and allowed to fall out of her life. Sophie writes to the girl, the letter amazingly finds its way, and soon Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) and her grandson Charlie (Christopher Egan) arrive in Verona. So now, if we’re experienced moviegoers, we know what must happen by the end of the story.
Monster In-Law (2005)
Jane Fonda can do anything. In 2005, she played Charlotte (Jennifer Lopez)’s judgmental, manipulative mother-in-law-to-be, Viola. The back and forth between the two (let alone, the physical comedy) is an absolute must-watch for your next rom-com marathon