14 Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix

romantic comedies on netflix

Don’t let the Academy (or your cynical cinephile friend) tell you different: A great Rom-Com is a true work of art. If you’re have a bad day, they can cheer you up, and if you’re having a good one they can sweeten the deal. The proof is in the pudding: if they were easy to make, there wouldn’t be so many bad romantic comedies out there. Sure, maybe they haven’t won Oscars, but they could be considered film classics in their own right. We’ve chosen 14 of the best Netflix has to offer, because what better way is there to spend an evening, whether you’re sharing the couch with someone you love or enjoying it all to yourself.

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Holidate

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The latest Netflix original of the season stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey as two people who make a pact to be each other’s plus ones to the holidays all year long. But with their natural chemistry, it doesn’t take long for their faux-relationship to get complicated.

Sabrina

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This Sydney Pollack-directed remake of the 1954 classic stars Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, and Greg Kinnear in a classically convoluted love triangle. In it Linus (Ford) fearing the cancellation of his playboy younger brother David’s (Kinnear) lucrative marriage attempts to get the woman who could break things up, Sabrina (Ormond) to fall in love with him instead, along the way winding up in way over his head.

Chocolat

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this Oscar-nominated rom-com. A small, stuffy French village of the 1950s gets shaken up when a nomadic chocolatier (Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter arrive in town just in time for Lent, inspiring the townspeople to abandon themselves to temptation—and a healthy dose of romance as well.

Like Father

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Kristen Bell can do no wrong. In this Netflix original, she plays a bride who’s been left at the altar and decides to go on her honeymoon anyway. The love is real (if platonic) as this dreamy newlywed getaway turns into an unexpected family reunion when she’s joined by her father, whom she hasn’t seen since she was five years old.

As Good As It Gets

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The carefully controlled world of an author with OCD (Jack Nicholson) gets turned upside down when he gets involved with the waitress from his favorite restaurant (Helen Hunt) and unwillingly helps out his neighbor (Greg Kinnear) and his dog after he is attacked.

Someone Great

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As much a love letter to New York as to a relationship, this Netflix original follows a music journalist (Gina Rodriguez) who—fresh off a breakup and about to move to San Francisco—embarks on one last wild night with her friends.

She’s Gotta Have It

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Spike Lee’s black-and-white indie classic helped launch his career and, decades later, became a mini-series. The story follows one woman, Nola, who is juggling three men. She likes them all but doesn’t want to commit—but when the three men get together to hash things out, her seemingly perfect arrangement gets complicated.

Set It Up

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Two exhausted assistants conspire to set up their demanding bosses in the hopes of catching a break from their hectic workloads. Naturally, love is in the air for more than just their bosses. Although it’s probably not the best idea to pursue a matchmaking scheme in your actual work life, it’s fun to watch it play out on screen.

Always Be My Maybe

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This hilarious Netflix original is the perfect choice if you’re looking for something sweet, not too sad, and thoroughly modern. Comedian Ali Wong plays a successful chef who reconnects with her childhood friend (Randall Park) and finds that, though their lives are completely different now, all the old sparks are still there.

Sierra Burgess is a Loser

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With The Kissing Booth, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and now Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Netflix is cornering the market on teen romantic comedies. This is a new take on the classic ‘nerd girl falls for popular boy’ trope that’s worthy of Rostand. Sierra Burgess does make the boy fall for her—but he thinks she’s someone else.

Silver Linings Playbook

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Revisit this offbeat 2012 hit starring Jennifer Lawrence as a depressed widow and Bradley Cooper as man dealing with bipolar disorder. Lawrence tells Cooper— whose wife left him during his time in a psychiatric institute— that she can help him get his marriage back, as long as he agrees to be her partner in a dance competition. As they work on their performance, they strike up an odd friendship and help each other through their grief and mental health issues. Robert De Niro is also fantastic as Cooper’s father.

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