A good romantic comedy never disappoints. Familiar tropes, memorable performances, and laugh-out-loud scenarios are part of an age-old cinematic formula that leaves plenty of room for experimentation and original twists. Rom-coms are easy to return to again and again, and they’re just as fun to be adventurous with and try something new. After all, we can’t watch the same movies over and over. For those with an Amazon Prime subscription, the streaming giant has hundreds of worthy rom-com titles available for viewing. To help you negate the scrolling experience in favor of more watch-time, we’ve put together this roundup of the best rom-coms on Amazon Prime this month.
Amazon Prime isn’t short on titles, but it may not have what you’re looking for. Fortunately, we’ve also rounded up the best romantic comedies on Netflix.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)
Mark (Kyle Allen), a teenager with big dreams, is stuck in a ceaseless time loop. Reliving the same day over and over, he seeks to help others by anticipating their next move and stepping in to assist. When Mark meets Margaret (Kathryn Newton), a teenage girl who also happens to be stuck in a loop of her own, the two form an instant connection and begin discussing the when and how of breaking their loops. But in letting go of their endless cycles, will they also be letting go of each other? Based on a short story from the film’s screenwriter, Lev Grossman, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a heartwarming and original film led by two charismatic performances from Newton and Allen.
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Stars: Kathryn Newton, Kyle Allen, Josh Hamilton
Director: Ian Samuels
Runtime: 99 minutes
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
After Peter Bretter’s (Jason Segal) breakup with the titular Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), the struggling musician decides to treat himself to a Hawaiian getaway. Arriving at the resort, Peter’s plans for decompression are instantly challenged when he discovers that Sarah is also vacationing on the island with her new boyfriend, the obnoxious Aldous Snow (Russel Brand), a British singer-songwriter. Before Peter can begin fully commiserating this ill-timed crossing, a hotel employee named Rachel (Mila Kunis) swoops in, offering Peter the hope of new love and a chance to work through his feelings about Sarah. A well-written, raunchy rom-com, Forgetting Sarah Marshall features a mighty ensemble of ancillary talents, including Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd.
Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Stars: Jason Segal, Mila Kunis, Russel Brand
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Runtime: 112 minutes
Valley Girl (2020)
A remake of the 1983 film of the same name, Valley Girl follows Julie Richman (Jessica Rothe), a Valley girl, and Randy (Josh Whitehouse), a punk rocker, two youths who fall for one another in 1980s Los Angeles. A jukebox musical, the film uses powerful showstoppers to tell the story of Julie and Randy’s blossoming romance. While fans of the original film may not enjoy a few of the narrative decisions that director Rachel Goldenberg chose to incorporate in this reimagined version, the abilities and range of the 2020 cast are undeniable, to say the least. Whether you’re new to the Valley Girl story or a fan of the ’80s flick, we urge you to check it before it leaves Amazon Prime.
Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
Stars: Jessica Rothe, Josh Whitehouse, Mae Whitman
Director: Rachel Goldenberg
Runtime: 103 minutes
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)
Many people make a very big, very public deal about their journey to run a marathon. This movie is a realistic depiction of what really happens when those people set off on that journey. Jillian Bell stars as an overweight woman who sets out to train for and run the New York marathon, believing that by getting in shape, she will change her life for the better. However, she finds that the changes that come are negative as well as positive. Brittany realizes that many of her issues are related to who she is inside rather than how she looks on the outside. It strikes a nice balance between drama and comedy and reminds the audience that you can’t move forward in life if you can’t first learn to love yourself.
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, Micah Stock
Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo
Runtime: 103 minutes
What If (2013)
Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan shine in this easy-to-watch, feel-good love story. When Wallace (Radcliffe), a man with a long string of bad relationships, strikes up an instant friendship with Chantry (Kazan), he, unfortunately, discovers that she happens to live with her longtime boyfriend. Rather than fall in love, they try to figure out what it means to be best friends with your soulmate. Being friends is often harder than being lovers, and this fun film dares to ask, “What if they are just meant to be friends?”
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Megan Park
Director: Michael Dowse
Runtime: 102 minutes
Inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this French film, original title Hors de prix, has a certain je ne sais quoi. Jean is a waiter/barman at a luxury hotel who meets Irene, a gold digger who preys on wealthy men, providing companionship and sex in exchange for them funding her lavish lifestyle. Mistaking Jean for a millionaire guest hanging around at the empty bar, and not the barman himself, she flirts and spends the night with him. Through a series of secret rendezvous and chance encounters that follow, Jean tries to keep up the ruse, all the while falling hard for the mysterious woman. Is she falling for him, too? It’s a predictable story that won’t deliver any crazy twists. But it will satisfy your desire for humor with just the right dose of sappiness.
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Stars: Gad Elmaleh, Audrey Tautou, Marie-Christine Adam
Runtime: 104 minutes
The Big Sick (2017)
The Oscar-nominated film The Big Sick is based on the real-life courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his writing partner and wife, Emily Gordon. Nanjiani, a Pakistani-born comedian from a traditional family, falls in love with grad student Emily but struggles to deal with the familial culture clash. When Emily falls sick with a mysterious illness, he starts to have a change of heart, though. Ultimately, The Big Sick is a beautiful, lighthearted exploration of loving someone — or falling in love with someone — even during low times.
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
Director: Michael Showalter
Runtime: 120 minutes
What Men Want (2019)
A loose remake and role reversal of the Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt 2000 film What Women Want, it’s the woman this time who meets with a psychic and hits her head, waking up with the ability to hear the thoughts and desires of men around her. In the original movie, Mel Gibson’s character learns about the insecurities of women and how his words and actions can hurt them after being able to hear their thoughts. The focus of this film, however, is how Ali uses what she learns to help her gain the recognition she deserves as a Black female sports agent working in a white male-dominated field. And while her revelations cause drama and lots of hilarity, there’s a story of romance brewing beneath the surface as well. While the film didn’t exactly impress critics, Taraji P. Henson has been lauded for her performance. If it’s a mindlessly funny rom-com you’re after, this one might just fit the bill.
Rotten Tomatoes: 42%
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Josh Brener, Erykah Badu, Richard Roundtree, Tracy Morgan
Director: Adam Shankman
Runtime: 117 minutes
This Beautiful Fantastic (2017)
This contemporary fairy tale is set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in London and centers on the unlikely friendship between a reclusive, dreamy young woman and a cranky widower. Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay) dreams of writing children’s books, but when she’s facing eviction over her neglected, overwhelming garden, she has to enlist the help of her grumpy, loveless next-door neighbor (Tom Wilkinson). Together, they restore the garden to its glory and discover a powerful connection.
Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott
Director: Simon Aboud
Runtime: 92 minutes
His Girl Friday (1940)
His Girl Friday ushered a new idea into Hollywood: A screwball comedy that’s also a romantic comedy. Cary Grant stars as a veteran newspaper editor who learns that his star reporter ex-wife, Hildy (Rosalind Russell), is engaged to a new man. He becomes intent on winning her back, convincing Hildy to go with him to track down one last story before she gets married. Naturally, they rekindle their love on the trail of a new mystery and rediscover the chemistry that made them click before.
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
Director: Howard Hawks
Runtime: 92 minutes
Life Itself (2018)
Life Itself is one of those movies that the critics hate but audiences adore. It’s melodramatic, but it’s sweet and it has a sense of humor. From This Is Us director and writer Dan Fogelman, Life Itself discusses the perils and rewards of everyday life, telling a multigenerational saga that spans continents. Beginning with a young New York couple, the story follows them through their marriage and the birth of their first child, creating unexpected twists and turns that reverberate across continents and through lifetimes. Life Itself features an outstanding cast including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, and Annette Bening.
Rotten Tomatoes: 14%
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas
Director: Dan Fogelman
Runtime: 117 minutes
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Alfred Hitchcock’s romantic caper isn’t a comedy so much, but it is dripping with the kind of Old Hollywood glamour and charm that fans of romantic comedy will adore. Plus, it features Cary Grant and Grace Kelly at the peak of their charisma. Grant plays John “The Cat” Robie, a retired jewel thief who gets roped back into the game when a string of robberies in the French Riviera are pinned on him. As he tries to clear his name, he unwittingly gets tangled up with a young socialite (Grace Kelly) as they venture through France to catch the real criminal.
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Runtime: 106 minutes
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