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The best rom-coms on Amazon Prime right now

Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant walking down a street together smiling in a scene from Notting Hill.
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Predictable, funny, tear-jerkers. That’s the name of the game when it comes to traditional rom-coms, and Amazon Prime Video has plenty of movies that fit the bill. This includes classic rom-coms you love to watch again and again, more modern rom-coms for the new generation, and even a few anti-rom-coms for those who aren’t big fans of the typical storylines.

The best rom-coms on Amazon Prime right now have the perfect mix of romance and comedy, making you laugh, cry, and feel satisfied by the end. Yes, you can often see what’s coming from a mile away. But that’s par for the course with this genre. Whatever type of rom-com you’re looking for, from ones that fit the usual mold to others that challenge what a rom-com should be, we have you covered with this list of the best Amazon Prime Video has to offer.

Amazon Prime Video 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 and the best romantic comedies on Hulu.

Recently added to Amazon Prime Video

Upgraded (2024) new

Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Camila Mendes, Archie Renaux, Marisa Tomei
Directed by Carlson Young

Camila Mendes (Riverdale) shines as Ana in Upgraded. She’s a young woman who grabs the bull by the horns when circumstance leads to opportunity. Working as an intern for Claire (Marisa Tomei), a rigid art director (think The Devil Wears Prada’s Miranda Priestly, but for the art world), she impresses her by noticing a big mistake. Ana is given the chance to go to London to help Claire’s assistant (as second, or rather third, assistant). When the other assistants try to sabotage Ana by booking her on a late flight, an airport worker sees this and upgrades her to first class to teach them a lesson. There, Ana meets William (Shadow and Bone‘s Archie Renaux), a handsome young man from an affluent family. Rather than tell him the truth, she claims to be the art director herself, apparently the youngest ever in the business.

Now comes the drama as Ana must keep up the ruse while keeping her boss out of the loop, doing her job, and managing this potential newfound love. Yes, Upgraded is predictable, but aren’t so many rom-coms? That’s sort of the formula, and it works.

Notting Hill (1999) new

Notting Hill
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Gina McKee
Directed by Roger Michell

It doesn’t get more classic rom-com than Notting Hill. Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant (Wonka), two veterans of the rom-com genre, play William, a bookstore owner, and Anna, a famous actress. Somehow, some way, Anna takes a liking to the layman and they begin casually dating. A series of events, however, keep bringing them together, then tearing them apart, and neither can seem to get over the other.

An interesting examination of the challenges of a relationship when one person is in the public eye and the other person isn’t (but is thrust into this world), Notting Hill is still strangely relatable to everyone who has ever felt like a shadow behind a more prominent partner. It all works out in a way fans will find satisfying.

Bridesmaids (2011) new

Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne
Directed by Paul Feig

It’s more comedy than romance in Bridesmaids, a hilarious movie about a woman bitter about serving as maid of honor for her best friend when she’s perpetually unlucky in love herself. When Lillian (Maya Rudolph) asks Annie (Kristen Wiig) to be her No. 1 gal at the wedding, all the plans go as horribly wrong as they possibly could.

Co-written by Wiig and starring an ensemble cast that also includes Rose Byrne, Wendy McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, and Chris O’Dowd, the crude humor gives Bridesmaids the distinction of being called The Hangover for women. It’s the type of rom-com couples will love watching together. The movie made such an impression, in fact, that it earned McCarthy an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Yes, the romance part of the equation is secondary to the hijinks, but if you’re looking for something different from the usual rom-com, Bridesmaids will win over even those who scoff at traditional rom-coms. Note that it’s the unrated version that’s streaming on Prime Video, which includes an additional six minutes of footage.

Congrats My Ex! (2023)

Congrats My Ex!
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Ranee Campen, Vachirawit Chivaaree, Mahir Pandhi
Directed by Prueksa Amaruji

Imagine being a wedding planner with a business that’s struggling, only to get the potential huge job of a lifetime that could save your company. Now, imagine finding out that the clients are your ex and his stunning new wife-to-be. Talk about awkward! That’s the story in the Thai-Indian rom-com Congrats My Ex!, which has quickly become one of the most talked-about new rom-coms on Prime Video.

There was plenty of buzz surrounding Congrats My Ex! before the movie was released, so much so that it garnered 100 million searches on TikTok. Once released, the movie topped the charts for several months in several countries. The themes of dealing with letting go and moving on, and the chaos that ensues from the awkward situation, make the movie relatable, fun, and filled with excitement.

Red, White & Royal Blue (2023)

Red, White & Royal Blue
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Taylor Zakhar Perez, Nicholas Galitzine, Uma Thurman
Directed by Matthew López

Based on the LGBTQ romance novel by Casey McQuiston, Red, White & Royal Blue is the story of Alex (Taylor Zakhar Perez), the son of the U.S. president, and his relationship with the British prince, Henry (Nicholas Galitzine). At first, it’s a tumultuous one, but the pair soon strike up a romance. This causes controversy for both families, resulting in secrets, scandals, and the age-old story of forbidden love.

Red, White & Royal Blue has been praised for its handling of inclusion and LGBTQ romance without resorting to stereotypical depictions. As one of Amazon’s top watched romantic comedies, the story is as fairy tale as they come, with a modern and inclusive twist that is sure to entertain anyone who watches it.

Somebody I Used to Know (2023)

Somebody I Used to Know
Genre Romance, Comedy, Drama
Stars Alison Brie, Jay Ellis, Kiersey Clemons
Directed by Dave Franco

Dave Franco co-wrote this rom-com alongside his wife Alison Brie, who stars as Ally, the showrunner of a reality TV show that is almost over its 15 minutes in the spotlight. With a cancellation brewing, Ally comes to the realization that her work has consumed her and she doesn’t have much of a social life outside of it. She decides to visit her mother in Washington where she runs into an ex-boyfriend who, she discovers, is about to get married.

Somebody I Used to Know isn’t your cliched rom-com: the movie is praised for its nuanced story and comedic moments. But it’s also an inspiring movie that takes you on a journey of self-discovery and that there’s so much you can learn about yourself not only from your successful relationships but the failed ones, too.

About Fate (2022)

About Fate
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Emma Roberts, Thomas Mann, Lewis Tan
Directed by Marius Weisberg

Emma Roberts and Thomas Mann star as a realtor and a lawyer, respectively, who live similar lives in different places. Through a chance encounter after eerily similar embarrassing experiences with their significant others, the pair meet. The rest, as they say in movie world, is history.

About Fate is a sweet film that serves as a remake of the 1975 Soviet TV movie The Irony of Fate. The premise shows that somewhere, somehow, someone else might be going through the same experiences you are. You’re not alone. And everyone can find love, sometimes in the strangest of places, especially when it’s meant to be.

My Fake Boyfriend (2022)

My Fake Boyfriend
r 100m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Keiynan Lonsdale, Dylan Sprouse, Sarah Hyland
Directed by Rose Troche
Hailing from Canada, Dylan Sprouse (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody) and Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) star in this social media-centric rom-com for a new generation. In order to help his friend get out of a toxic relationship, Jake (Sprouse) and his girlfriend, Kelly (Hyland), create a fake online boyfriend for him. But not everything goes as planned, and hijinks ensue. My Fake Boyfriend is plenty fun, representing a new kind of romantic comedy that diverts from the old days of secret letters and meetings on bridges and into the modern world of deepfakes.
My Fake Boyfriend - Official Trailer | Prime Video

Licorice Pizza (2021)

Licorice Pizza
90 %
r 133m
Genre Drama, Comedy
Stars Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
A 2021 Best Picture Oscar nominee, Paul Thomas Anderson directs this zany romantic dramedy about Alana Kane (Alana Haim) and Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman), a couple of kids growing up, getting into trouble, and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley in 1973. Licorice Pizza isn’t necessarily a spiritual sequel to Boogie Nights but it’s hard not to draw parallels as the teenagers continually find themselves in adult situations and relationships they are not nearly mature enough to navigate wisely.

His Girl Friday (1940)

His Girl Friday
g 92m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
Directed by Howard Hawks
Harken back to the 1940s with this classic rom-com starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as Walter and Hildy, a newspaper editor and reporter who are recently divorced. Fearful of losing his former wife for good, however, and still madly in love with her, Walter convinces her to work one last story with him in hopes he can win her back before she marries her new fiancé. He stops at nothing in the screwball company to keep Hildy around for as long as possible, all in the name of love.
His Girl Friday (1940) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

I Want You Back (2022)

I Want You Back
61 %
r 111m
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Jenny Slate, Charlie Day, Scott Eastwood
Directed by Jason Orley
Charlie Day and Jenny Slate star in this odd couple comedy about Peter and Emma, two strangers who bond over being unexpectedly dumped by their respective partners on the same weekend. They click over their misanthropic misery and soon become one another’s worst influences after seeing that both of their exes have happily moved on to new romances. Peter and Emma fear that they’re in their mid-30s and have lost their last shot at love, resolving to hatch a desperate plot to get back their lost loves. As each encourages the other, they go to increasingly wacky lengths to avoid moving on.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
61 %
pg-13 99m
Genre Fantasy, Romance
Stars Kathryn Newton, Kyle Allen, Jermaine Harris
Directed by Ian Samuels
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 (Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania‘s 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.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things - Official Trailer

Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)

Brittany Runs a Marathon
72 %
r 103m
Genre Comedy, Drama
Stars Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar
Directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo
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.
Brittany Runs a Marathon Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Indie

The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick
86 %
r 120m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Directed by Michael Showalter
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.
The Big Sick – Official US Trailer | Amazon Studios

Life Itself (2018)

Life Itself
21 %
r 118m
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening
Directed by Dan Fogelman
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 Moon Knight‘s Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, and Annette Bening.
Life Itself - Official Trailer | Amazon Studios

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