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The best romantic comedies on Netflix (September 2020)

Eurovision Song Contest and The Lovebirds
Eurovision Song Contest and The Lovebirds. Pic credit: Netflix

There is always a good reason to watch a romantic comedy. And they are the perfect films to watch with your best friends or significant other. Funny movies on Netflix are especially important during such a rough time as a pandemic.

But when there are so many high-quality options out there, how does a viewer know where to start? The good news is we have done the hard work for you.

We have come up with a list of the best romantic comedies in both film and television to stream on Netflix.

From classic films like Sleepless in Seattle to more recent movies like The Lovebirds and Eurovision Song Contest, there is something for everyone on this list.

Grab some popcorn and get ready to binge some wonderful romantic comedies. Here are the 15 best romantic comedies on Netflix right now, as of September 2020.

Updated on September 4: Every month, Netflix is eliminating several of its popular movies and series, so fans have to start to look for a new favorite to watch. The good news is that, for every movie and TV show that leaves the streaming service, more arrive, some better than what came before.

The good news is that we are here every month to update this list and keep it current.

The Kissing Booth (2018)

The Kissing Booth 2 on Netflix
Joey King, Joel Courtney, and Jacob Elordi starred in The Kissing Booth 2. Pic credit: Netflix

The Kissing Booth is a Netflix original teen romantic comedy film based on the novel by Beth Reekles.

Released in 2018, The Kissing Booth stars Joey King as Elle, a late-blooming teenager who ends up in a relationship with a bad boy senior named Noah (Jacob Elordi). This puts her lifelong friendship with Noah’s younger brother in danger.

In a pleasant surprise, ’80s teen romance icon Molly Ringwald co-stars.

Critics destroyed the movie, but Netflix subscribers loved it and made it a monster success. A sequel hit Netflix in July 2020.

Bad Teacher (2011)

Bad Teacher
Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher. Pic credit: Sony

Cameron Diaz starred in Bad Teacher in 2011 from director Jake Kasdan.

She is a Chicago middle school teacher named Elizabeth who curses at students, drinks a lot, smokes pot, and shows movies in class while catching a nap. Her goal is to quit teaching and get married to a rich man.

However, when her fiance dumps her, she goes back to work at the school and tries to move in on a wealthy substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake).

Also starring in the movie is Jason Segel, who falls for Elizabeth, and Lucy Punch, who is another teacher who likes Timberlake’s substitute who wants Elizabeth fired.

Just Friends (2005)

Just Friends
Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart in Just Friends. Pic credit: New Ling Cinema

After a pair of non-comedy movies in the superhero flick Blade Trinity and horror film The Amityville Horror, Ryan Reynolds returned to his funny movie roles in Just Friends.

The movie starred Reynolds as an overweight, high school nerd named Chris, whose best friend was the hot Jamie, played by Amy Smart. While Chris has a lifelong crush on Jamie, he was always just a friend to her.

The movie then moves to when they are both adults, and Chris has lost a lot of weight and now looks like Ryan Reynolds. At this time, he tries to make the move he never could as an overweight kid.

Mr. Deeds (2002)

Mr. Deeds
Adam Sandler and John Turturro in Mr. Deeds. Pic credit: Sony

Mr. Deeds is a 2002 Adam Sandler movie, back when he was still making successful comedies for the big screen.

The movie is also a remake of a Frank Capra classic, about a small-town man who gets an inheritance from a relative he never knew. Sandler is the Gary Cooper character from that movie.

In Mr. Deeds, he goes to New York City to sell his shares for billions, but then meets a reporter, who is posing as an innocent woman in need, to get into his life so she can write an expose about him.

When the two fall in love, things don’t go well when he learns her original motives and tries to decide what is important to him.

The Ugly Truth (2009)

The Ugly Truth
Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler in The Ugly Truth. Pic credit: Columbia Pictures

The Ugly Truth hit theaters in 2009 and stars Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler.

Heigl is Abby, a morning show producer who is an optimist and believes in self-help books and looking at the bright side of things.

Gerard Butler is a TV host named Mike, who is a cynic and hosts a show called The Ugly Truth, which is the antithesis of what Abby believes.

When she calls into his show to argue his points, she gets a rude awakening when he is then asked to come work on her show to help its ratings. The idea of opposites attract is on full display in this romantic comedy.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Will Ferrel can be hit or miss for audiences. From delivering comedy classics like Step Brothers to making box-office duds like Holmes and Watson, his comedy is experimental and sometimes that has various results with the viewers.

That said, his latest effort Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is one of his best in recent memory.

The film features hilariously catchy Icelandic musical numbers, a charming goofball romantic plot between Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, and some of the funniest comedic bits from Ferrell in years.

Always Be My Maybe

Ali Wong and Randall Park in Always Be My Maybe.
Ali Wong and Randall Park in Always Be My Maybe. Pic credit: Netflix

Always Be My Maybe is a rare romantic comedy to bless the universe.

For one, it has Keanu Reeves playing himself. And anytime Keanu becomes self-aware is a day we should all become worried.

But the film is led by two amazing leads — Ali Wong and Randall Park — and their heritage gives the film a cultural facelift that so many American comedies lack.

Between the charming leads and the authentic Asian backdrop, Always Be My Maybe is required viewing for any rom-com fan.

Silver Linings Playbook

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper from Silver Linings Playbook
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper from Silver Linings Playbook. Pic credit: The Weinstein Company

Silver Linings Playbook is a bittersweet film that any fan of the romantic comedy genre will fall in love with. Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a young man who has lost everything that matters to him.

While mourning the losses in his life, he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), and despite both of them having mental health issues, they are somehow perfect for each other.

This film is a sweet glimpse into what love can be when you seek to understand each other and have grace for the other person’s flaws.

Part of what makes this film perfect is how easy it is to identify with fighting for the person they love. There are lots of laughs along the way, which doesn’t hurt.

The Office

Steve Carell in The Office
Steve Carell in The Office. Pic credit: NBC

The Office is nine seasons of awesome.

From the very first episode, viewers know Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) are meant to be together. Too bad Pam is engaged to the most annoying, oblivious guy ever, Roy (David Denman).

Even though everyone in the office thinks Jim and Pam belong together, a meddling boss and gossiping employees make the journey a bumpy and laugh-out-loud funny one.

Jim and Pam fall in love despite the background of “that’s what she said” jokes, pranks, and office mates that accidentally become like family.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

There is no denying that Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and Luke Danes (Scott Peterson) have incredible chemistry. They also manage to be hilarious and easy to identify with.

Fans of Gilmore Girls waited seven seasons for Luke and Lorelai to realize they were perfect for each other. And Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life gives fans what they want.

Luke and Lorelai are finally together, and their relationship is as funny and meant to be as fans knew it would be. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is an easy binge on Netflix.

The Lovebirds

Issa Rae as Leilani, Kumail Nanjiana as Jibran from The Lovebirds
Issa Rae as Leilani, Kumail Nanjiana as Jibran from The Lovebirds. Pic credit: Skip Bolen/Netflix

The Lovebirds just hit Netflix recently and it’s a lot of fun.

For one, it is elevated by two unlikely romantic leads with Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani as a couple on the brink of a troubled relationship.

Plus, it has an action/suspense subplot of their characters being framed for a murder by a stranger who commandeers their vehicle.

The film is extremely entertaining and is complimented by Rae and Nanjiani’s chemistry, making it a worthy pick for any Netflix date night.

New Girl

Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) is the perfect mix of zany and easy to identify with. After having her heart broke, she finds love and friendship with people who help her discover who she wants to be.

What makes this romantic comedy series on Netflix so special is that viewers fall in love with all the characters. Each situation Jessica faces is made better by her squad of friends. And romance is not as special unless it’s shared with a support group.

New Girl is seven seasons long, and when it’s over, most viewers will want to watch it again.

What a Girl Wants

What a Girl Wants will give viewers all the nostalgic feels. No romantic comedy list would be complete without an old-school teen comedy, and What a Girl Wants fits that bill perfectly.

Ananda Bynes plays Daphne Reynolds, a young lady desperate to track down her father. Complete with an evil stepmother and stepsisters, the film explores the special bond between father and daughter while they both find a love they’re not really looking for.

Plus, it has Kelly Preston — may she rest in peace.

What a Girl Wants is the perfect romantic comedy for a fan seeking a throwback from the Amanda Bynes days.

Sleepless in Seattle

Ross Malinger and Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle.
Ross Malinger and Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle. Pic credit: Trii-Star Pictures

No romantic comedy list would be complete without Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, the definition of the perfect onscreen couple.

Their chemistry will melt your heart as Jonah, a desperate little boy, hunts for a new mom and accidentally introduces his dad to the perfect woman.

Seeing the story of love come to life through the eyes of a child who just wants the best for his father makes this romantic comedy absolutely heartfelt.

This film is a classic and one that will surely tug the heartstrings for any Netflix-and-chill night.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Seth Rogen and Elisabeth Banks from Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks from Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Pic credit: The Weinstein Company

Let’s be clear. This movie is not for everyone.

It’s raunchy, it’s crude, and it involves a lot of sex jokes. But it’s a Kevin Smith movie, and this should not surprise anyone who follows the director.

But more than that, Zack and Miri has a sweet tender story at its core about two friends who are in denial that they are meant for each other. And the lead stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks bring it all together with a nice sentimental bow.

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