Love is funny. Or, at least, you hope it is. That’s preferable to many of the other adjectives associated with love, from sad to rage-inducing. As such, it’s no surprise that a humorous outlook on a universal emotion would make such a popular film genre. It’s also no surprise that there would be so many bad entries to that film genre.
Netflix has a pretty ample supply of both good and bad romantic comedies, so it can take some time to find a rom-com worth a watch. But don’t worry, we’ve already gone through the library to filter out the time-wasters. These are the best romantic comedies on Netflix right now.
We’ve also curated posts highlighting the best rom-coms on Amazon Prime Video and the best rom-coms on Hulu, just in case Netflix doesn’t have what you’re looking for.
Sleepless in Seattle1993
Many Nora Ephron rom-coms feel like they could only have been made when they were, in that ’90s and early 2000’s period before catfishing and dating apps added an extreme creep element to the blind meet-cute. (Try You’ve Got Mail again with a 2023 perspective.)
Sleepless In Seattle, fortunately, remains pretty cute due to the timelessness of the meet-cute medium of choice: Radio. After his wife’s death, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) moves he and his eight-year-old son Jonah (Ross Malinger) to Seattle for a new start. On Christmas Eve, Jonah calls a radio station to make a wish for his dad to find a new partner. All the way in Baltimore, journalist Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) is listening in and gradually falls in love. To reveal more would be spoiling the fun; just enjoy and watch a rom-com at its finest.
Olive (Emma Stone) isn’t exactly the coolest kid in school, but when she tells a little white lie about losing her virginity, the grapevine kicks into overdrive, giving the kind of notoriety no teenager wants.
But rather than just take the punches, Olive decides to capitalize on this promiscuous new reputation by using it to help elevate the social standing of other rejects and afterthoughts. With her classmates shunning her, her teachers shaming her, and even the school board growing concerned about her, Olive uses the support of her goofy parents and long-time crush Micah (Cam Gigandet) to crush the high school rumor mill. (And get the guy.)
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