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 (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 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

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

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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Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached (2011)

Everybody wants friends with benefits. But becoming friends with benefits after being just friends is complicated. Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) are life-long friends who almost ruin everything by having sex. Unfortunately, they quite liked that whole sex thing. In order to protect their friendship, they make a pact to be “no strings attached.” No jealousy, no expectations, no fighting, no flowers, no nicknames — just no strings. They can do whatever they want, whenever they want, as long as they don’t fall in love. As you might expect, things don’t quite go as planned.

Rotten Tomatoes: 49%
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes
Director: Ivan Reitman
Rating: R
Runtime: 108 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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Midnight in Paris (2011)

Not your typical rom-com, nor your typical movie, period, this one takes you on a wonderful journey through Paris as a screenwriter named Gil (Owen Wilson) is transported back in time where he is forced to confront the reality that his fiancé and relationship might not be right for him. Winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and nominated for three Academy Awards, Midnight in Paris sees Wilson shine in a more subdued role than we’re used to, as he meets with notable literary figures from history, including Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein while attending aristocratic parties and imbibing on decadent wine.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Stars: Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams
Director: Woody Allen
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 94 minutes

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Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

While Norah (Kat Dennings) is out looking for her drunken best friend Caroline, she comes across Nick (Michael Cera), the ex of Tris, a girl she knows from school. They bond over their similar musical tastes, and the chance meeting sees them set out on the hunt for a secret concert being held by their favorite band, Where’s Fluffy? It’s a sweet, nontypical teen rom-com that brings the genre beyond the usual first-kiss or found-love-at-prom trope and into the 21st century. And, not surprisingly, the soundtrack is killer.

Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Stars: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Alexis Dziena, Ari Graynor, Aaron Yoo, Jay Baruchel
Director: Peter Sollett
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 90 minutes

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Spanglish (2004)

While it isn’t Adam Sandler’s most successful film, this rom-com explores themes of self-identity and family troubles. Flor (Paz Vega), a poor single mother from Mexico, moves in with a well-to-do American family to work as a nanny and housekeeper. But when she brings her young daughter Cristina to live with the family as well, the situation gets tricky. Touching on issues of infidelity, alcoholism, parenting, and love, it’s a journey that takes you on ups and downs. The story is narrated by a now-adult Cristina, who is recalling a significant year in her life for a Princeton University application.

Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars: Adam Sandler, Tea Leoni, Paz Vega, Cloris Leachman
Director: James L. Brooks
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 131 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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Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

Centered around the belief that opposites attract and demonstrating that it’s never too late to find love, Harry and Erica meet while in their 60s and 50s, respectively. Harry is a long-time playboy with a penchant for younger women and no desire to settle down, while Erica is the mother of Harry’s latest half-his-age conquest. A series of unfortunate events continue to bring the pair together until they finally discover true love with one another. It’s a predictable but entertaining journey to watch the roundabout way they finally end up together.

Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet, Jon Favreau
Director: Nancy Meyers
Rating: PG
Runtime: 128 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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