The best rom-coms on Amazon Prime right now

Amazon Prime comes with a lot of cool perks, but the best may just be Amazon Prime Video. Amazon’s massive streaming service offers movies, TV shows, and documentaries, both new and old, made for absolutely any audience. Plus, they keep refreshing their offerings every month, so there’s always something new and exciting to watch.

But if you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy, you’re in luck. From long-separated lovers rekindling their romance to love triumphing in the face of adversity, Amazon Prime Video is a treasure trove of good feelings — plus, of course, plenty of laughs. Grab some red wine and your favorite blanket, because these are the best romantic comedies on Amazon Prime.

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Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday (1953)

Audrey Hepburn stars as a princess who decides to escape from her tightly regimented life and travel through Rome. There, she meets a reporter named Joe (Gregory Peck) who has no idea who she really is. But once he figures it out, so begins a game where Joe tries to get a scoop for his newspaper while pretending he doesn’t know who she is. Predictably, however, feelings get in the way and he ends up falling in love with the adventurous and free-spirited princess. It’s about as classic as you can get when it comes to rom-coms and a perfectly funny and romantic classic film to curl up on the couch to watch.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn
Director: William Wyler
Rating: G
Runtime: 118 minutes

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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%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott
Director: Simon Aboud
Rating: PG
Runtime: 92 minutes

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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%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
Director: Howard Hawks
Rating: PG
Runtime: 92 minutes

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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%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
Director: Michael Showalter
Rating: R
Runtime: 120 minutes

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Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in What If

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 soul mate. 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%
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Megan Park
Director: Michael Dowse
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 102 minutes

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Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)

Many people make a very big, very public deal about their journey to run a marathon. This movie is the 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%
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Stars: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, Micah Stock
Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo
Rating: R
Runtime: 103 minutes

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Oscar Isaac in Life Itself

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%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas
Director: Dan Fogelman
Rating: R
Runtime: 117 minutes

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Hitch (2005)

The predictable plot is evident right from the get-go, but it doesn’t really matter because the journey to get there is what makes the film so hilarious and entertaining. Alex “Hitch” Hitchens (Will Smith) is a professional relationship consultant who, while trying to help his client Albert (Kevin James) build the confidence he needs to pursue a woman he’s attracted to, ends up falling in love himself. The idea of the guy who helps other men find love when he can’t find it himself, along with the shy and awkward guy who — surprise, surprise — gets the girl in the end, is played out time and time again. But there’s a reason this formula has been so successful — we just don’t seem to tire of it.

Rotten Tomatoes: 68%
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Stars: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Amber Valletta, Michael Rapaport
Director: Andy Tennant
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 118 minutes

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She's Out of My League

She’s Out of My League (2010)

Jay Baruchel stars as a nerdy everyman who does what every nerdy everyman dreams of: Attracts the attention of a woman (Alice Eve) way, way out of his league. Kirk (Baruchel) is stuck in a dead-end job and is feeling like any luck he’s had is about to run out, until he falls backward into a relationship with the gorgeous, successful Molly. Everyone around Kirk, including his friends and relatives, expect everything to fall apart immediately, because it just doesn’t make any sense. But Kirk’s determined to make this unlikely relationship work, even though he’s the first to admit that Molly is way out of his league.

Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Stars: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, Krysten Ritter, T.J. Miller
Director: Jim Field Smith
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 106 minutes

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Book Club (2018)

Anchored by a legendary cast of actresses, Book Club follows the members of a long-tenured book club who decide it’s time to get some spice back in their life after reading Fifty Shades of Grey. The premise itself — a group of golden girls who are fired up by a sexy book — is silly enough to capture your attention, but the chemistry and talent of the actresses involved puts it over the top. Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen each have a bridge to cross, be it reinvigorating a marriage, taking a risk on an interested party, or just allowing some more flirtiness in life.

Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Stars: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen
Director: Bill Holdermann
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 104 minutes

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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%
Genre: Romance, Mystery & Thriller
Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Rating: PG
Runtime: 106 minutes

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Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

With a star-studded ensemble cast, this British rom-com follows a group of friends as they find love, heartbreak, drama, and turmoil during various social events. While the film was made on a budget, it became a surprise box office success and even received a pair of Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. It’s considered to be one of the best British films ever made, despite critics calling it cliched and mediocre. The cast reunited for a fun parody during Red Nose Day in March 2019.

Rotten Tomatoes: 42%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas, Simon Callow, James Fleet, John Hannah, Charlotte Coleman, David Bower, Corin Redgrave, Rowan Atkinson
Director: Mike Newell
Rating: 14A
Runtime: 117 minutes

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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

Under the Tuscan Sun is as much about falling in love with yourself as it as about falling in love with someone else. After Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) discovers her husband is cheating on her, her life is completely turned upside down. Falling into a deep depression, Frances’ once-promising life and career are derailed. Desperate to help her friend find the light, Patti (Sandra Oh) encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy. It’s a rejuvenating experience, and the new divorcée impulsively decides to purchase a rural Tuscan villa and stay for a while. There, she’ll find herself among a colorful cast of local characters, including the handsome Marcello (Raoul Bova).

Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Raoul Bova
Director: Audrey Wells
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 113 minutes

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The Holiday (2006)

Both recently single and cheated on, Iris and Amanda decide to try an experiment: They’ll swap homes, each on one side of the Atlantic Ocean, to avoid being heartbroken during the holidays. While enjoying their time away, they each meet new men whom they open up to and who open up to them, learning more about themselves and sparking new romances. Despite the mixed reviews, it’s a sweet and heartwarming film to watch when you’re in the mood for something better than a Hallmark movie with just the right amount of sappiness.

Rotten Tomatoes: 49%
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Stars: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach, Edward Burns, Rufus Sewell
Director: Nancy Meyers
Rating: PG
Runtime: 135 minutes

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