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The best romantic comedies on Netflix (December 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 December 2020.

Updated on December 2: 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.

50 First Dates (2004)

50 First Dates
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates. Pic credit: Sony

In 50 First Dates, the stars of The Wedding Singer reunite with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore back together again.

Sandler is Henry, a womanizer who lives in Oahu and preys on the tourists. However, when he meets Lucy (Barrymore) and hits it off with her, he returns the next day and she has no idea who he is.

Lucy suffers from short-term memory loss due to an accident from the year before. While her father and brother refuse to tell her the truth and let her relive the same day over and over.

They also want Henry to leave her alone, but he falls for her and concocts ways to meet her day after day, finally helping the two fall in love.

Runaway Bride (1999)

Runaway Bride
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Runaway Bride. Pic credit: Paramount

Runaway Bride re-pairs up the successful romantic movie combination of Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, the actors who set everyone’s hearts in motion in Pretty Woman.

In this movie, Roberts plays Maggie, a woman who has had several unsuccessful relationships as she ran away at the last minute, leaving them waiting at the altar.

Since most of the moments were filmed, she has become famous as the Runaway Bride.

Gere is a news columnist named Ike who writes an article about her full of inaccuracies because the man he interviewed was one of her exes. When he gets a chance to redeem himself, he meets her to write an article to restore his reputation.

However, he falls in love with her just as she is preparing to walk the aisle again with another man.

Morning Glory (2010)

Morning Glory
Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Harrison Ford in Morning Glory. Pic credit: Paramount

In 2010, Roger Mitchell directed a romantic comedy starring Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Harrison Ford.

That seems like a strange lineup, but what resulted was a very good movie.

McAdams is a news producer who has always dreamed of working on the Today show, but she is struggling and her mother is trying to pressure her to give up on her dreams.

She then gets a chance at a struggling national morning show but has to deal with the cantankerous news journalist (Ford), who feels that working on a morning show is below him.

As for McAdams’ Becky, she also has a fellow producer in Patrick Wilson that she starts to date as she fights to turn the show around.

Definitely/Maybe

Definitely, Maybe
Ryan Reynolds and Abigail Breslin in Definitely, Maybe. Pic credit: StudioCanal

The romantic comedy movie Definitely, Maybe is a different kind of romance, as the main story features a dad telling his daughter about meeting her mother.

Ryan Reynolds stars as the dad, Will, and Abigail Breslin stars as his daughter, Maya.

The movie is fun because Will tells his daughter three different love stories from his past. She has to figure out which one is her mom.

The three women are played by Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Banks, and Rachel Weisz.

Ghost of Girlfriends Past (2009)

Ghost of Girlfriends Past
Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner in Ghost of Girlfriends Past. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

For several years, Matthew McConaughey started to work mostly in romantic comedies, and many of his films reached great levels of success.

In 2009, McConaughey co-starred with Jennifer Garner in the Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Freaky Friday) comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

As the title suggests, this is a modern-day retelling of A Christmas Carol, but instead of McConaughey’s character being haunted by past misdeeds, he is haunted by his womanizing past.

This all happens after he meets up again with the one girl that he really cared about before setting out on his womanizing ways.

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

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.

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.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Pic credit: Netflix

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.

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.

John Dotson


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