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The best romantic comedies on Netflix right now

Haley Lu Richardson in The Edge of Seventeen.
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When you’re at a stalemate on what to watch, you can always fall back on the best romantic comedies on Netflix right now. A rom-com is an easy compromise since we all can relate to the tribulations of love. And who doesn’t love to laugh about other people’s love lives?

The issue, however, is that there are so many romantic comedies, and Netflix’s library is chock-full of anonymous drivel and original misses. We curate this roundup to help you avoid the dreck and focus on the hits. Read on for our picks for 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.

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The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

The Edge of Seventeen
77%
r
105m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Stars
Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Haley Lu Richardson
Directed by
Kelly Fremon Craig
Watch on Netflix
Hailee Steinfeld was already on her way to the A-List, but The Edge of Seventeen cemented her as a star and brought Haley Lu Richardson (The White Lotus) into the spotlight. Steinfeld plays high school junior Nadine, an awkward teenager for whom things get even more awkward when her popular older brother, Darian (Blake Jenner), starts dating her best friend,Krista (Richardson). Nadine suddenly feels more alone than ever and life feels exceedingly pointless until she strikes up an unexpected friendship with the quiet Edwin (Hayden Szeto).

The Wedding Planner (2001)

The Wedding Planner
33%
pg-13
103m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
Stars
Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Justin Chambers
Directed by
Adam Shankman
Watch on Netflix

Some of the most beloved rom-coms have been panned by critics. Such is the case of The Wedding Planner, which has a putrid 33 on Metacritic from critics, but a strong 8.0 from fans.

Jennifer Lopez stars as San Francisco’s top wedding planner, Mary Fiore, who is saved from a terrible accident by dreamy doctor, Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey). Mary falls hard at first sight, only to discover that Steve is the fiancé of her latest client, putting Mary and Steve in a constant string of awkward situations that force them to acknowledge their mutual attraction.

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

The Best Man Holiday
59%
r
123m
Genre
Comedy
Stars
Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut
Directed by
Malcolm D. Lee
Watch on Netflix
The Best Man Holiday is the second in The Best Man rom-com trilogy, picking up 15 years after the events of the first film. College friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays and quickly reignite old rivalries and romances as everyone tries to find their happily ever after. The star-studded ensemble includes Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, and Nia Long.

Blended (2014)

Blended
31%
pg-13
117m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
Stars
Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon
Directed by
Frank Coraci
Watch on Netflix
Sometimes you just need some dumb laughs. Enter Blended. After a miserable blind date, single parents Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and Jim (Adam Sandler) never want to see each other again. Unfortunately, fate has other plans in mind as they each sign up for a luxurious African family vacation with their kids, only to discover upon arrival that they’re on the same trip. Yes, it’s full of ridiculous “this would never happen” rom-com tropes, but Blended is fun for the Barrymore-Sandler chemistry.

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

It's Kind of a Funny Story
63%
pg-13
102m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Stars
Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Zach Galifianakis
Directed by
Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Watch on Netflix
If you’re looking for more of a tear-jerky rom-com, look no further than It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) is a 16-year-old  overwhelmed by the demands of teenage life, so he checks himself into a mental health clinic. However, the youth ward is temporarily closed, forcing Craig into the adult ward, where he meets Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), who soon becomes a mentor. But it’s when he meets another displaced teenager, Noelle (Madame Web‘s Emma Roberts), that he begins to appreciate the mandatory five-day minimum stay imposed upon him.

Irish Wish (2024)

Irish Wish
pg
93m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
Stars
Lindsay Lohan, Ed Speleers, Alexander Vlahos
Directed by
Janeen Damian
Watch on Netflix
Lindsay Lohan stars in the family-friendly Netflix  rom-com Irish Wish. When the love of her life gets engaged to her best friend, Maddie (Lohan) swallows her pride and agrees to be a bridesmaid in their destination Irish wedding. Nonetheless, she’s lovelorn, so Maddie makes a wish to find true love one day, only to wake up the next morning as the bride-to-be. But although her dream seems to be coming true, she soon discovers her real soulmate may be someone else.

Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Something's Gotta Give
66%
6.7/10
pg-13
128m
Genre
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Stars
Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves
Directed by
Nancy Meyers
Watch on Netflix
One of Nancy Meyers’ (Father of the BrideThe Parent TrapThe Holiday) best rom-coms, Something’s Gotta Give stars Jack Nicholson as Harry Sanborn, an older womanizing music industry exec who travels to the Hamptons with his latest trophy girlfriend, Maria (Amanda Peet). But the two are surprised that Maria’s mother, Erica (Diane Keaton), is already there. Things get especially awkward when Harry suffers a heart attack and is forced into the care of Erica as Maria has to return to the city. The adage that opposites attract soon sets in as Harry and Erica begin to discover they have more in common than expected.

Plus One (2019)

Plus One
65%
98m
Genre
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Stars
Maya Erskine, Jack Quaid, Beck Bennett
Directed by
Jeff Chan, Andrew Rhymer
Watch on Netflix
When that annoying late 20-something year comes along when seemingly everyone they know is getting married, long-time single friends Alice (Mr. and Mrs. Smith star Maya Erskine) and Ben (Jack Quaid) decide to be each other’s plus ones to soften the blow of nosy friends and family members asking about their love lives. But while they expect the arrangement to remain a platonic one, they soon find the inklings of a romantic connection as they spend more time together.

No Hard Feelings (2023)

No Hard Feelings
59%
r
104m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
Stars
Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Barth Feldman, Laura Benanti
Directed by
Gene Stupnitsky
Watch on Netflix
No Hard Feelings is perhaps a little light on the romance, but it is heavy on the comedy, so it makes this list. After her car is impounded, Uber driver Maddie (Jennifer Lawrence) is desperate to find a car to get back to work and make up the property taxes on her Montauk home before she loses that, too. Lo and behold, an opportunity arises as rich parents offer a car to a woman to “date” their awkward, sheltered 18-year-old son, Percy (Andrew Barth Feldman), to help him escape his shell before college. Maddie, however, is 32, unhinged, and dealing with more emotional baggage than Percy. She struggles to seal the deal and suppress what slowly blossoms into a very real friendship.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
37%
pg-13
94m
Genre
Romance, Comedy
Stars
Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Elena Kampouris
Directed by
Kirk Jones
Watch on Netflix
Fourteen years after the smash-hit original, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 brings Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (Sex and the City‘s John Corbett) back to another Portokalos family wedding. This time, however, there’s trouble in paradise as Toula and Ian are dealing with their troubled teenage daughter and a marriage that is beginning to strain.

Your Place or Mine (2023)

Your Place or Mine
49%
pg-13
109m
Genre
Romance, Comedy
Stars
Reese Witherspoon, Ashton Kutcher, Jesse Williams
Directed by
Aline Brosh McKenna
Watch on Netflix
Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher team up in this Netflix Original rom-com! Debbie (Witherspoon) and Peter (Kutcher) are best friends, but complete opposites — living diametrically opposed lives in LA and New York, respectively. But when they decide to swap houses and lives for a week, they find that each is lacking something that the other provides, coming to the realization that there’s more to their relationship than just friendship.

The Kissing Booth (2018)

The Kissing Booth
5.9/10
pg-13
105m
Genre
Romance, Comedy
Stars
Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi
Directed by
Vince Marcello
Watch on Netflix
A list of the best romantic comedies would never be complete without at least one teen rom-com on the list, and The Kissing Booth is a good fit. Joey King stars as Elle, a teenager who finds herself in a pickle when she begins a romance with her best friend’s popular, bad boy older brother, played by Priscilla’s Jacob Elordi. Spawning two sequels, it’s a heavily clichéd story, but that’s precisely what makes The Kissing Booth the perfectly predictable movie to watch when you’re in the mood, provided you go into it with the right expectations.
The Kissing Booth | Official Trailer | Netflix

Long Story Short (2021)

Long Story Short
6.5/10
r
90m
Genre
Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars
Rafe Spall, Zahra Newman, Ronny Chieng
Directed by
Josh Lawson
Watch on Netflix
One of the newer entries on the list, Long Story Short hails from Australia, and it tells the story of Teddy (Rafe Spall), a man who wakes up after his wedding to discover that time is moving at a rapid pace: A year has already passed, and every minute, another year goes by. Confused and shocked, he discovers that time isn’t moving as fast for anyone else he interacts with. While Teddy and his best friend concoct a plan to ensure he has a “perfect day” to try and break the curse, Teddy learns of growing troubles in his marriage down the road that make this difficult to accomplish. Long Story Short is predictable and repetitive, but the clever premise and moral lessons about focusing on what matters make for a fun watch.
LONG STORY SHORT | Official Trailer | Paramount Movies

To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021)

To All the Boys: Always and Forever
65%
6.3/10
pg-13
115m
Genre
Romance, Comedy, Drama
Stars
Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish
Directed by
Michael Fimognari
Watch on Netflix
The third and final entry in Netflix’s hit To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy is a bit more grown-up than the first two. It makes sense, considering the characters are growing up, about to leave high school, and making the first truly major decisions of their lives. Lara Jean (Lana Condor) is back from a family trip to Korea that has inspired her to think a bit more broadly about her future. That means making college plans — with or without beau Peter (Noah Centineo).
To All The Boys: Always and Forever | Official Trailer | Netflix

The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

The Incredible Jessica James
72%
6.5/10
r
83m
Genre
Romance, Comedy
Stars
Jessica Williams, Chris O'Dowd, Noël Wells
Directed by
Jim Strouse
Watch on Netflix
The Daily Show veteran Jessica Williams has a star-making turn as the title character in The Incredible Jessica James. Fresh off of a breakup with her boyfriend, Damon (Lakeith Stanfield), Jessica unexpectedly hits it off with a recently divorced man named Boone (Chris O’Dowd). The pair bond over stalking their exes via social media, and they decide to make some changes in their lives for their mutual benefit. However, Damon still lingers on Jessica’s mind, and Boone’s ex isn’t as out of the picture as Jessica is led to believe.
The Incredible Jessica James | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

The Perfect Date (2019)

The Perfect Date
5.8/10
tv-14
Genre
Romance, Comedy
Stars
Noah Centineo, Camila Mendes, Laura Marano
Watch on Netflix
Noah Centineo is certainly making his name as Netflix’s go-to romantic foil in To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser. But Centineo takes the leading role in The Perfect Date as Brooks Rattigan, a high school student who is desperate to get into Yale. With the help of his friends, Murph (Odiseas Georgiadis) and Celia Lieberman (Laura Marano), Brooks launches an app that lets him hire himself out as the perfect plus-one to any female companion. He also pursues Celia’s rich cousin, Shelby Pace (Camila Mendes), while crossing some moral lines that ultimately force him to question who he is becoming.
The Perfect Date | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

I Am Not an Easy Man (2018)

I Am Not an Easy Man
6.3/10
tv-ma
Genre
Comedy
Stars
Vincent Elbaz, Moon Dailly Monira, Marie-Sophie Ferdane
Watch on Netflix
We would not be surprised if there is an eventual English language remake of the French comedy, I Am Not an Easy Man. In the meantime, this is an ideal example of why subtitles were invented. Vincent Elbaz stars in the film as Damien, an unapologetic womanizer. However, a head injury lands Damien in a world that he barely recognizes. In this apparent alternate universe, women have all of the power, and Damien is routinely mocked and sexually harassed by the opposite sex. The lone bright spot is a novelist named Alexandra (Marie-Sophie Ferdane), because she and Damien may be kindred spirits.
I Am Not An Easy Man | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

The Knight Before Christmas (2019)

The Knight Before Christmas
71%
5.6/10
tv-14
Genre
Comedy, Romance
Stars
Vanessa Hudgens, Josh Whitehouse, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Watch on Netflix
The Knight Before Christmas is basically a Hallmark Channel movie that was just made for Netflix instead. So, it’s a standard time-travel romantic flick that just happens to take place around Christmas. But there’s something charming about this earnest flick that doesn’t even really try to get all of the historical facts right. In the distant past, a young knight named Sir Cole (Josh Whitehouse) goes on a quest that ultimately leaves him stranded in the far future. That would be the present for us. It’s almost love at first sight for Brooke Winters (Vanessa Hudgens) when she accidentally smacks Sir Cole with her car. While Brooke initially believes that Cole lost his memory, she finds herself drawn to his genuine warmth and his good old-fashioned chivalry.
The Knight Before Christmas starring Vanessa Hudgens | Official Trailer | Netflix

The Half of It (2020)

The Half of It
74%
6.9/10
pg-13
104m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
Stars
Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire
Directed by
Alice Wu
Watch on Netflix
The Half of It takes a bit of inspiration from Cyrano de Bergerac and makes the formula its own. In this case, Leah Lewis (Ellie Chu) plays the Cyrano role, as she reluctantly agrees to help Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer) pursue the girl of his dreams, Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire). The problem is that Aster is already the girl of Leah’s dreams. But to make ends meet, Leah agrees to coach Paul so he can get closer to Aster. Of course, Paul and Leah get close as well. But the film never loses sight of who Leah really wants to be with, or what she wants out of life. Leah can’t get everything she desires, but she does have a transformative experience that allows her to grow and become the person she was always meant to be.
The Half of It | Official Trailer | Netflix

The Lovebirds (2021)

The Lovebirds
59%
6.1/10
r
87m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Romance
Stars
Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Sparks
Directed by
Michael Showalter
Watch on Netflix
Getting decent reviews since it was released in late May, this film stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a couple on the brink of breakup. After they witness a murder, they decide to go on the run to avoid being blamed for something they didn’t do. Forced to stay together under such unexpected circumstances, they begin to reconnect in new ways. The two stars are lauded for their performances and chemistry. As a follow-up to The Big Sick, which got rave reviews, this isn’t director Michael Showalter’s best project (he did, after all, co-create the Wet Hot American Summer franchise). But it’s a worthy watch for a fresh and modern take on the typical rom-com.
The Lovebirds (2020) - Official Trailer

Someone Great (2019)

Someone Great
63%
6.2/10
r
92m
Genre
Comedy, Romance
Stars
Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise
Directed by
Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Watch on Netflix
Someone Great isn’t a typical romantic comedy, and that’s one of the reasons the film’s primary romance ends early. On the verge of a cross-country move, Jenny Young (Gina Rodriguez) is blindsided when her longtime boyfriend, Nate Davis (Lakeith Stanfield) breaks up with her. Distraught, Jenny turns to her best gal pals, Blair Helms (Brittany Snow) and Erin Kennedy (DeWanda Wise); both of whom have troubled romantic entanglements of their own. To complicate matters, Jenny can’t seem to escape Nate’s shadow. Jenny has to determine if she even wants Nate back. But it’s the friendship between the three women that really turns this film into an uplifting story.
Someone Great | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Set It Up (2018)

Set It Up
62%
6.5/10
tv-14
Genre
Romance, Comedy
Stars
Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu
Watch on Netflix
Sometimes, even characters in romantic comedies know the rules of engagement. In Set It Up, assistants Harper Moore (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie Young (Top Gun: Maverick‘s Glen Powell) realize that their respective bosses, Kirsten Stevens (Lucy Liu) and Rick Otis (Taye Diggs) need a little love in their lives. However, arranging a romance between Kirsten and Rick is easier said than done. Meanwhile, Harper and Charlie’s relationships start to hit the skids just as they slowly realize they might be right for each other too. It’s a sweet story, and one of the best Netflix original romances.
Set It Up | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Always Be My Maybe
64%
6.8/10
pg-13
101m
Genre
Romance, Comedy
Stars
Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito
Directed by
Nahnatchka Khan
Watch on Netflix
Comedian Ali Wong (Beef) both wrote and stars in this 2019 film as Sasha, a woman who reunites with Marcus (Fresh Off The Boat‘s Randall Park), a childhood friend and one-time fling, when she returns to her hometown of San Francisco. There’s a clear chemistry between them but Sasha has a demanding career and the timing is always off, especially when Marcus discovers Sasha’s new celebrity love interest: Keanu Reeves (yes, he’s in the movie!) Will they finally realize they’re meant for one another? The film has been almost universally liked, and praised for its ability to layer typical rom-com tropes with “smart social commentary.”
Always Be My Maybe | Trailer | Netflix

Ali's Wedding (2017)

Ali's Wedding
64%
6.9/10
tv-ma
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Stars
Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires
Watch on Netflix
This Australian film from 2017 is one of the, if not the first, Muslim rom-coms. The story follows Ali, a musically inclined young Muslim man struggling with his desire to be with one woman when he has been promised to another by his family. The film touches upon universal ideas about relationships that anyone can relate to despite the very specific and cultural setting.
Ali's Wedding - Official Trailer

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