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The best romantic comedies on Netflix (April 2021)

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 April 2021.

Updated in April 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.

Friends With Benefits (2011)

Friends With Benefits
Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in Friends with Benefits. Pic credit: Sony

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis star in Friends With Benefits, a movie about two friends in New York City who decide to have sex but not date to save their friendship.

However, this could never work as the two begin to develop feelings for each other and as they deny it, their friendship takes a hit.

The movie is a traditional rom-com, but the chemistry between Timberlake and Kunis makes it better than most.

Legally Blonde (2001)

Legally Blonde (2001)
Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. Pic credit: MGM

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.

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Pic credit: Warner Bros

Crazy, Stupid, Love is an all-star affair starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, and Emma Stone.

It opens when Cal (Carell) learns his wife cheated on him and she asks him to move out, filing for divorce.

Cal ends up going to a bar night after night, complaining about his wife cheating on him until Jacob (Gosling) takes notice and teaches him how to pick up women.

When Jacob starts to fall for Cal’s daughter, and Cal ends up fractured further from his family due to his new sexual promiscuity, things get very complicated.

Two Weeks Notice (2002)

Two Weeks Notice
Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock in Two Weeks Notice. Pic credit: Warner Bros

In 2002, Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock were two of the top names in romantic comedies and they teamed up for the Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality) rom-com Two Weeks Notice.

Lucy is Lucy, a liberal lawyer fighting for preservation and environmental law while Grant is George, a billionaire real estate developer.

He ends up hiring Lucy as his Chief Counsel with the promise that he will protect the community center that means so much to her.

When she loses her patience with him, she puts in her two-week notice but then the two realize they need each other more than they thought.

Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

Can't Hardly Wait
Seth Green in Can’t Hardly Wait. Pic credit: Sony

Can’t Hardly Wait arrived in an era of teen party comedies and was one of many films focusing on kids at a party trying to hook up before leaving after graduation.

Ethan Embry is the main star, an awkward high school kid who finally got up the nerve to tell his long-time crush (Jennifer Love-Hewitt) how he feels about her.

Meanwhile, there are some great young stars from this era appearing in the film, including Seth Green, Lauren Ambrose, Jerry O’Connell, Jason Segel, and Peter Facinelli.

This funny movie on Netflix is forgotten but is good enough to deserve more fans.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Lana Condor in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Pic credit: Netflix

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.

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 prepares to walk the aisle again with another man.

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.

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.

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.

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
Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth in What a Girl Wants. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

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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