The 19 finest rom-coms to look at on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon & HBO Max

The 19 best rom-coms to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon & HBO Max

For a long time, romantic comedies have been derided as unserious “chick flicks,” as if that was a nasty factor. But lately, the moviegoing public and critics alike have lastly come round to have fun the rom-com in all its frothy, foolish, heartwarming glory. In the midst of an anxiety-producing pandemic, to not point out a contentious election cycle, it’s extra engaging than ever to twist up with a bowl of popcorn and watch stunning folks fall in love with one another.

In compiling our checklist of our favourite romantic comedies you possibly can stream proper now, we tried to span the historical past of the style, which arguably originated with Shakespearean comedies, noticed a increase within the ’90s, and is being reinvented at this time. Of course every period of rom-com has its queens, and we’ve represented all of them beneath. From the Audrey Hepburn’s understated class to Sandra Bullock’s down-to-earth charisma, from the sultry Katharine Hepburn to the bubbly Julia Roberts, we dare you to not fall in love with not less than one among these charming main women.

10 Things I Hate About You

Patrick (Heath Ledger) runs after Kat (Julia Stiles) in a screenshot from 10 Things I Hate About You

Photo: Walt Disney Studios

10 Things I Hate About You is likely one of the finest entries within the teen-rom-com-based-on-classic-literature style (see additionally: Clueless, She’s The Man). Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger star as Kat and Patrick, highschool variations of the sparring couple in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, with Larisa Oleynik (aka Nickelodeon’s Alex Mack) co-starring as Kat’s youthful sister Bianca, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt new pupil Cameron who’s smitten along with her. All 4 teen actors do a wonderful job of bringing these outdated characters to life (I went to Shakespeare camp, don’t @ me), however Ledger specifically is endlessly charming in his breakthrough position.

10 Things I Hate About You is streaming on Disney Plus.

13 Going on 30

A group of people break into dance.

Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing

Were one to say that 13 Going on 30 is the perfect romantic comedy ever made, there’d be slim argument in opposition to it. The film is a appeal on all fronts, from its solid — the successful Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo — to its premise, which entails Garner’s 13-year-old self wishing to develop into “30 and flirty and thriving” is magically granted. Part of the enjoyable is watching Garner embody a youngster in an (high-powered company) grownup’s physique, however the actual enchantment is, in fact, in watching two individuals who have at all times liked one another lastly work up the braveness to understand it. —Karen Han

13 Going on 30 is streaming on Starz.

The Big Sick

The Big Sick

Photo: Amazon Studios

Based on star Kumail Nanjiani’s real-life love story together with his spouse and cowriter Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick hits basic rom-com beats (the meet-cute, the emotional breakup, the montage of unsuitable suitors) however places a brand new spin on the method: Emily (Zoe Kazan) goes right into a coma after the aforementioned breakup. Kumail bonds with Emily’s dad and mom (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) whereas she’s within the hospital, and as he learns extra about her he falls extra deeply in love along with her. Directed by Wet Hot’s Michael Showalter, it’s candy, humorous, and private, with some nice supporting roles crammed by Nanjiani’s fellow alt-comedy stars like Bo Burnham and Aidy Bryant.

The Big Sick is streaming on Amazon Prime.

Bringing Up Baby

Katharine Hepburn and Carey Grant stare down a leopard

Photo: RKO Radio Pictures

Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and a leopard — what’s to not love?

Bringing Up Baby is streaming on HBO Max.

Crazy, Stupid, Love/Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Steve Carell and Julianne Moore talk in front of some flowers

Photo: Warner Bros. Picture

Steve Carell’s kicked off his post-The Office profession by taking part in the main man in two rom-coms: Crazy, Stupid, Love and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. The former sees Carell as a lately divorced dad navigating the relationship scene with the assistance of a clean speaking Ryan Gosling. The latter, Hustlers writer-director Lorene Scafaria’s function debut, is a rom-com tackle a catastrophe film. Carell and Keira Knightley play neighbors who meet three weeks earlier than a humanity-ending asteroid hits the Earth. They’re each pleasant, displaying off Carell’s everyman appeal.

Crazy Stupid Love is streaming on Hulu.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Photo: Universal Pictures

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is probably the sweetest of the Judd Apatow-produced comedies, thanks largely to the sensibilities of author and star Jason Segel. He performs a TV composer, Peter, whose girlfriend, the titular Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) and the star of the present he works on, abruptly dumps him. When he heads to a Hawaiian resort to attempt to overlook her, Sarah exhibits up along with her new boyfriend, rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). With the assistance of a cute receptionist (Mila Kunis) Peter finally will get over Sarah and writes his Dracula puppet musical, and Segel would go on to write down and star in The Muppets (2011.)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is streaming on Hulu.

The Half of It

a young woman and a young man look at a phone

Photo: KC Bailey/Netflix

Netflix has produced a number of teen rom-coms (see To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before beneath) however it’s queered tackle Cyrano de Bergerac is one among its finest. That’s due to director Alice Wu, who treats her teen topics with the utmost tenderness. From our assessment:

With The Half of It, Wu has crafted a love story that tackles love in all senses, not simply romantic, prioritizing not simply who will get to kiss who, however what every character hopes and desires for. They’re so well-realized that watching The Half of It looks like the start of a brand new relationship. It’s thrilling, engaging, and stuffed with hope for what comes subsequent — on this case, seeing what else Wu has up her directorial sleeve.

The Half of It is streaming on Netflix.

He’s Just Not That Into You

Justin Long and Ginnifer Goodwin talk over a bar

Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

The format that launched a thousand unhealthy rom-coms is perfected with He’s Just Not That Into You, which follows a number of disparate-but-interconnected {couples} and singles as they navigate their love lives. (Very loosely) based mostly on the self-help e book of the identical title, He’s Just Not That Into You is extra centered on portraying the anxieties, misunderstandings, and frustrations that include relationship and relationships — and naturally giving (virtually) everybody a cheerful ending — than doling out precise recommendation.

He’s Just Not That Into You is streaming on Peacock.

The Holiday

Cameron Diaz sits in bed with a tray of food

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Sure, it’s a Christmas film however Nancy Myers’ The Holiday is ideal for everytime you want a heat pick-me-up, whatever the season. Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz play recently-broken-up-with ladies who determine to swap homes over the vacation season to keep away from their separate heartbreaks. Kate Winslet falls in love with Jack Black. Cameron Diaz falls in love with Jude Law. And it’s higher than Love Actually — don’t @ me.

The Holiday is streaming on Amazon Prime.

How Stella Got Her Groove Back

Taye Diggs and Angela Bassett stare into each others’ eyes

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Angela Bassett stars because the titular Stella, an overworked single mom who takes a much-needed trip along with her finest pal (Whoopi Goldberg). There she falls in love with a much-younger man (Taye Diggs, in his function debut.) The stunning surroundings and Diggs’ stunning face make How Stella Got Her Groove Back compelling escapism, however it’s Bassett’s efficiency because the stressed-out Stella that makes it a cult basic.

How Stella Got Her Groove Back is streaming on HBO.

Long Shot

seth rogen and charlize theron are high as shit in long shot

Photo: Summit Entertainment

A film about Charlize Theron falling for Seth Rogen may have simply fallen into the “hot lady falls for scrubby dude” trope we see again and again. But Long Shot showcases a few of the finest romantic chemistry of final 12 months. The relationship between the 2 leads feels actual, and sizzles from the very first second they work together. Out-of-work journalist Fred Flarsky (Rogen) reconnects together with his highschool babysitter Charlotte Field (Theron), who by the way is now the U.S. Secretary of State. Looking for a speechwriter to make her extra relatable, Charlotte hires Fred. Their relationship evolves from aspiring presidential candidate and speechwriter, to buddies with actual emotional connection, to one thing with hints of attraction. By the time they share that first shaky kiss, it’s completely electrical. Add the intrigue of a secret relationship, political turmoil, and a touch of crude humor, and also you get the oddly heartfelt, romantic, and attractive comedy that’s Long Shot. Petrana Radulovic

Long Shot is streaming on Cinemax.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney hug in an airport

Photo: TriStar Pictures

Julia Roberts was the right casting selection for ’90s rom-coms like My Best Friend’s Wedding as a result of her bubbly persona and large smile helped conceal the truth that her character is sort of a jerk (see additionally: Runaway Bride, which is sadly not obtainable to stream wherever).

My Best Friend’s Wedding is streaming on Netflix.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Ian (John Corbett) and Toula (Nia Vardalos) laugh in the backseat of a car in a screenshot from My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Photo: IFC Films

In the temper for a foolish, enjoyable rom-com with virtually zero battle? Based on author and star Nia Vardalos’ one-woman play about her marriage to a non-Greek man, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is simply the ticket. Vardalos performs Toula, a younger Greek-American girl who meets a good-looking instructor named Ian (John Corbett) and begins relationship him in secret as a result of she is aware of her household gained’t approve. When they inevitably discover out, her father (Michael Constantine) initially objects, however the household quickly embraces Ian wholeheartedly.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is streaming on Hulu.

Never Been Kissed

Josie (Drew Barrymore) and Aldys (LeeLee Sobieski) sit in class in a screenshot from Never Been Kissed

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Drew Barrymore stars as a geeky younger copy editor, Josie Geller, who goes again to highschool as an undercover reporter on this charming rom-com. Josie was a dork throughout her personal highschool days, however with the assistance of her cool older brother Rob (David Arquette) she infiltrates the favored crew and even catches the attention of the varsity’s heartthrob — and her hunky english instructor. Are these sexual dynamics problematic? Absolutely. But the charming performances — together with stand-out supporting roles for John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon — make Never Been Kissed a simple consolation watch.

Never Been Kissed is streaming on Disney Plus.

Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn eats an ice cream cone as Gregory Peck looks on in Roman Holiday

Photo: Paramount Pictures

An early, basic instance of the rom-com secret id trope, Roman Holiday stars Audrey Hepburn as a princess on a secret trip in Rome and Gregory Peck because the reporter who presents to indicate her across the metropolis whereas secretly writing a narrative about her. Naturally, they fall in love. As Hepburn’s breakout position, it established her as a sublime and charming main woman.

Roman Holiday is streaming on CBS All Access.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before


Based on a 2014 YA novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is one among Netflix’s most profitable unique rom-coms to this point, garnering a sequel and catapulting stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo to teen actor stardom. Condor stars as Lara Jean, a high-schooler who’s mortified when her little sister sends out 5 love letters Lara Jean wrote to numerous crushes through the years. Centino performs Peter, one of many letters’ recipients, who agrees to faux to this point her so she will be able to keep away from the embarrassment (and make his ex-girlfriend jealous) however, in fact, they fall in love as an alternative. Centino and Condor have a beautiful chemistry, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s John Corbett is completely solid as Lara Jean’s candy single dad.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is streaming on Netflix.

Two Weeks Notice

Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock chat on the Brooklyn Bridge

Photo: Warner Bros Pictures

No rom-com checklist is full and not using a Sandra Bullock or a Hugh Grant entry, so we figured we’d mix the 2 to advocate their teamup, Two Weeks Notice. Bullock stars as Lucy, an environmentalist lawyer employed by actual property developer George Wade (Grant). George treats Lucy extra like an assistant-slash-therapist than an lawyer, and he or she quickly turns in her resignation. In the 2 weeks that observe, George and Lucy begin to notice how a lot they’ve come to depend on one another, and finally declare their love.

Two Weeks Notice is streaming on HBO Max.

When Harry Met Sally

Sally (Meg Ryan) and Harry (Billy Crystal) squat

Photo: Columbia Pictures

When Harry Met Sally is really the GOAT. Written by the good Nora Ephron and directed by the good Rob Reiner, it stars the good Billy Crystal as Harry and the good Meg Ryan as Sally, with the good Carrie Fisher in a supporting position. What else can I say — it’s simply nice!

When Harry Met Sally is streaming on CBS All Access.

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