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.
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 this month.
Updated in September 2021: 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 best news is that we are here every month to update this list and keep it current.
She’s Out Of My League (2010)
Released in 2010, She’s Out of My League was a romantic comedy starring Jay Baruchel is a TSA agent who has allowed his ex-girlfriend to walk all over him.
However, when he meets a woman coming through the airport (Alice Eve), and he never attempts to flirt with her, the two end up connecting. Meanwhile, Kirk’s friends believe the relationship will fail since she is a 10 and Kirk is a 5.
Kirk then has to overcome his own insecurities or he risks ruining the relationship completely.
No Strings Attached (2011)
No Strings Attached has almost the same storyline as Friends With Benefits and both came out around the same time.
In No Strings Attached, Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman starred as two friends who had a relationship that included sex without a commitment.
However, when they began to have feelings toward each other, it complicated things.
Both No Strings Attached and Friends With Benefits have a connection with the ’80s classic When Harry Met Sally, but in this movie, the two end up developing the romantic relationship that fans today insist on.
A Cinderella Story (2004)
In 2004, Hilary Duff starred in a remaking of the fairy tale Cinderella.
Cinderella Story saw Duff as Samantha, a girl whose father died, leaving her with her stepmother and two stepsisters.
Her stepmother forced Sam to wait on her hand and foot at home and at the diner her father once ran, putting it above Sam’s education.
When Sam met the boy of her dreams (Chad Michael Murray’s Austin), she danced with him at a school costume party before racing back to work.
All she left behind to reveal her identity is one shoe and Austin sets out to find her.
The movie is so much more than a teenage love story, though, as it is a very funny movie – especially in scenes pitting Sam against her stepmom, played brilliantly by Jennifer Coolidge.
Fools Rush In (1997)
Fresh off his rise in popularity thanks to Friends, Matthew Perry took the lead role in the romantic comedy Fools Rush In.
He starred as an architect who has a one-night stand with a woman named Isabel (Salma Hayek). She ends up pregnant.
When she asks him to accompany her to a family dinner to appease her family, the two wonder if they could have a future and have a quickie wedding.
However, their families (his mom and her dad) complicate things and they wonder if they can coexist after all.
The Sweetest Thing (2002)
Cameron Diaz stars as Christina Walters, a player and a woman who uses men in the singles game, in The Sweetest Thing.
The problem comes when she falls for a guy she meets at a club (Thomas Jane) and can’t stop talking about him. She ends up heading out with her best friend Courtney (Christina Applegate) to find him, and end up involved in a crazy number of dirty situations.
The movie picked up poor critical reviews when it was released, but was basically a sex comedy, but with a female lead, a big change from the norm.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
One would be surprised to consider a Kevin Smith movie about two friends making a porn movie as a romantic comedy.
However, that is what Zack and Miri Make a Porno is.
Seth Rogen is Zack and Elizabeth Banks is Miri, two best friends and roommates who need to find a way to make a living. They decide to make a porn when they hear how much money they can make doing so.
The problem is that, while going through the struggles to successfully make a porno movie, they two start to develop real feelings for each other.
Legally Blonde (2001)
Reese Witherspoon stars in Legally Blonde, a comedy released in 2001 by director Robert Luketic.
Witherspoon is Elle Woods, a sorority girl who wants to win back her ex-boyfriend by proving herself, getting a Juris Doctor degree at the Harvard Law School.
When she arrives, no one gives her a chance based on her appearance and bubbly personality, but she proves everyone wrong when she becomes a successful lawyer thanks to her never-ending self-confidence.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a Netflix produced teen romantic comedy that hit the streaming service in 2018.
The film is based on the novel by Jenny Han, released in 2014, and was a huge success for Netflix. The film has a high school junior named Lara Jean, who writes letters to all the boys she felt passion for.
She then locks the letters in her closet.
When her sister finds the letters, she mails them to all the boys, which throws her life into turmoil.
There has already been one sequel with another on the way.
The Kissing Booth (2018)
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.