Roses are red. Violets are blue. Here are some rom-coms, picked just for you.
Are you in the mood for a one-night stand? A workplace fling? A full-blown commitment stretched over 30 episodes? More importantly, are you looking to laugh the whole time you’re watching whichever sort of relationship you choose? We’ve got you covered with a selection of the best romantic comedies now streaming on Netflix. (If you’re just looking for romance and not so much comedy, we’ve got you there, too, with a guide to the best romantic movies on the streaming service.)
We combed through Netflix’s extensive catalog of will-they-won’t-theys and could-they-should-theys, movies and TV shows included, to find the titles sure to give you that perfect balance of giggles and butterflies. Settle in with your chocolates, wine, and a cuddly blanket. Here are the best romantic comedies now streaming on Netflix.
24. Love at First Sight (2023)
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Based on a hit novel by Jennifer E. Smith, Love at First Sight is a delightful romance with an airport at the center of its meet-cute. Haley Lu Richardson is a perpetually late, underprepared American student heading to London for her dad’s wedding, and Ben Hardy is a charismatic Brit who offers to lend her his phone charger at a crucial moment. They fall in love during the flight, but a mix-up at baggage claim prevents the star-crossed pair from sharing their contact information. Will they ever see each other again? Love at First Sight is a champion charmer, but it also packs a more weighty emotional punch than your standard rom-com. Gut-wrenching moments from a particularly unique costume party will stay with you for days.* — Kristina Grosspietsch, Freelance Contributing Writer
How to watch: Love at First Sight is now streaming on Netflix.
23. Plus One (2019)
Ben King (Jack Quaid) and Alice Mori (Maya Erskine) are old college friends who, in their late twenties, find themselves some of the few people in their circles left without partners. With a summer of endless weddings and awkward singles tables ahead of them, Ben and Alice decide to team up as each other’s plus ones and wingmen for the nuptial marathon, accidentally falling for each other along the way.
With a cast full of indie comedy darlings and a funny, grounded script, Plus One is a top notch rom-com for the çağıl era. For outrageous hijinks and convenient romance, look elsewhere. This is a sweet, relatable winner that feels about as real as a rom-com can get. — K.G.
How to watch: Plus One is now streaming on Netflix.
22. Falling Inn Love (2019)
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Imagine a home improvement show. Take that home improvement show and make it a scripted Bachelor spin-off. Now, take that home improvement show-turned-scripted Bachelor spin-off and set it in New Zealand. Finally, sprinkle in some puns and you’ve got Falling Inn Love.
Starring Christina Milian and Adam Demos, this delightfully delirious romp into renovation romance is the perfect comfort movie for a cozy afternoon on the couch. Marvel at the pretty settings, lust after the linen shirts, stare at the goat named Gilbert. — Alison Foreman, Entertainment Reporter
21. Holidate (2020)
Directed by John Whitesell (Deck the Halls), Netflix’s Holidate takes the “fake relationship” trope to new, seasonally decorated heights. Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey yıldız in this will-they-won’t-they about two friends who agree to be each other’s “holidates” — specially dedicated plus ones for occasions where the pressure of an actual romantic partner is the last thing anyone needs. Of course, with all the flirty fun of events like Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and [checks notes] St. Patrick’s Day, it’s not long before these not-lovers start making eyes over the dinner table. — A.F.
20. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
The mother of çağıl romantic comedies, My Best Friend’s Wedding holds up brilliantly. In fact, we’re all currently dressing like we’re 1997 Julia Roberts anyway, so we might as well watch one of her most endearing and iconic performances.
Roberts is sparkling as Jules Potter, a food critic who long ago made a pact with best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) that they would get married if they were both still single at age 28. Weeks before her 28th birthday, Jules gets a call from Michael — he’s engaged (to an impossibly young Cameron Diaz). Suddenly, her path becomes clear. She needs to break up this couple, sabotage the wedding, and declare her love for Michael before she loses her soulmate forever. Yes, she is objectively the villain of this movie! That’s what makes it so good!
Sharp, funny, and burning with unspoken yearning, My Best Friend’s Wedding is as touching as it is entertaining, now two decades later and counting. — K.G.
How to watch: My Best Friend’s Wedding is streaming on Netflix.
19. When We First Met (2018)
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Somewhere between Hot Tub Time Machine and Some Kind of Wonderful, When We First Met imagines the perfect first date over and over and over again.
Adam DeVine and Alexandra Daddario yıldız as one couple that just couldn’t get the timing right, with supporting performances from Robbie Amell and Shelley Hennig. This movie’s saccharine tone and overdone premise shouldn’t work, and yet they do. It’s…fate? — A.F.
18. Love Seasons 1-3
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As series go, Love is a bit all over the place — but, so is its namesake.
Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust yıldız as Mickey Dobbs and Gus Cruikshank, two Angelenos who serendipitously meet at a gas station and fall hopelessly, madly in…something. Over the show’s all-too-brief three seasons, viewers are treated to the ups, downs, and sideways of finding the one. Come for the promise of happily ever after, stay for everything that really isn’t that. — A.F.
17. Love, Guaranteed (2020)
Incredibly silly and deeply improbable, Love, Guaranteed is a sweet little ditty about a perpetually single man, Nick (Damon Wayans Jr.), and a lawyer, Susan (Rachael Leigh Cook), who team up for a predatory lawsuit against a dating company that “guarantees love.” But uh oh, this hopeless, lonely pair might find something more than they bargained for when they decided to sue the fictional version of Match.com together.
I mean, look. The premise is ridiculous — but it’s unique! No fake-dating tropes here, folks! And luckily, the cast is deeply likable, making Love, Guaranteed a perfectly pleasant way to spend an hour and a half! — K.G.
How to watch: Love, Guaranteed is streaming on Netflix.
16. Been So Long (2018)
Adapted from the musical of the same name, Been So Long offers a dreamy look at a chance encounter between two people in desperate need of a break from reality. With electric interactions between stars Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene, this poppy romance will have you from the moment the first words are sung — and won’t let go until the very last verse. — A.F.
15. The Lovebirds (2020)
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Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani play a charming couple stuck in a seriously screwed-up situation in the spectacularly funny The Lovebirds. When our titular lovebirds are blamed for a vehicular homicide, date night becomes a race against the clock to solve the crime they didn’t commit. It’s the perfect popcorn flick with enough heart to get you invested in its leads. — A.F.
14. Wedding Season (2022)
Fluffy, energetic, and fun, Wedding Season is a cheerful, low-stakes rom-com. Pallavi Sharda and Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi, How I Met Your Father) are Asha and Ravi, two thirty-somethings tired of being set up on Indian dating websites by their parents. So what do they do when faced with a long season of weddings where they’ll face endless questions about their dating lives? You guessed it! They fake-date! It’s the only reasonable course of action!!!
The best romantic comedy trope gets new life in Wedding Season, with its super-charismatic cast and delightful wedding montages. If you like bright and shiny rom-coms and romantic leads with great chemistry, then RSVP “yes!” to Wedding Season.* — K.G.
How to watch: Wedding Season is streaming on Netflix.
13. The Half of It (2020)
Director Alice Wu’s The Half of It hinges on straight-A student Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) and her journey toward self-acceptance. It does wonders for the streaming service’s rom-com catalog, not because it’s especially new in its ideas, but because Wu executes them with a flair all her own.
A charming combination of unique subject matter and clichéd storytelling, The Half of It explores the perspectives of characters rare to the genre — namely, Ellie who is a queer Chinese-American teenager — with some pretty predictable narrative turns. You haven’t seen this story done with these characters anywhere else before, but you’ll feel like you have. That’s a victory for the genre in its own right.* — A.F.
12. Easy Seasons 1-3
Joe Swanberg’s Easy covers a lot of emotional ground, but the more romantic episodes definitely stand out.
An intimate anthology examining relationships in Chicago, this series weaves together so many genuine displays of feeling that it can be hard to keep your heart in check. Not all the characters fall in love, but you’ll absolutely fall in love with all the characters. Start anywhere during any of the three seasons, and see where it gets you. (Tears. Tears is where it gets you.) — A.F.
11. The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
Get a masterclass in self-confidence and healthy communication from The Incredible Jessica James. Jessica Williams stars opposite Chris O’Dowd, with a supporting performance from LaKeith Stanfield. This charming tale of a woman who will stop at nothing to be loved the way she deserves explores so much of what makes romance the sticky business that it is. But this rom-com boasts just the right amount of optimism to keep you invested until its stunningly grounded happily ever after. — A.F.
10. She’s All That (1999)
A romantic comedy hall-of-famer, 1999’s She’s All That gives us one of the most iconic and absurd examples of nerdy-girl-isn’t-hot-until-you-take-her-glasses-off movie magic. Freddie Prinze Jr. is lovably smug as the high school top dawg who bets his bros he can turn any girl into the prom queen in six weeks, even social outcast Laney Boggs. That’s right, it’s a 1990s Pygmalion/My Fair Lady — and you already know how it ends!
This is a teen comedy that retains some of its edge; the teens were still allowed to be mean to each other in the ’90s. Rachael Leigh Cook became a household name as the artsy high school misfit who was obviously cute long before she got contacts. Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Kieran Culkin, Anna Paquin, Gabrielle Union, and more help cement She’s All That in the hallowed halls of rom-com history, and its soundtrack is a full-fledged nostalgia bomb. It’s time for a rewatch. — K.G.
How to watch: She’s All That is now streaming on Netflix.
9. Alex Strangelove (2018)
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To find true love, you’ve first got to find yourself.
Featuring heartbreaking performances from Daniel Doheny, Antonio Marziale, and Madeline Weinstein, Alex Strangelove is a coming-of-age story designed to make your palms sweat. A poignant and touching look at coming out, this world is filled with good people doing good things that will make any viewer need a handhold. — A.F.
8. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Fans of Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra were long overdue for a fictional Ali Wong fantasy, and Always Be My Maybe really, really delivers. Wong and Randall Park make for a delightful will-they-won’t-they, complete with love triangles, awkward childhood flashbacks, Keanu Reeves in the role he was born to play, and authentic representations of the Asian-American experience. — A.F.
7. Emily in Paris Seasons 1-3
Created by Darren Starr (Sex and the City, Younger), Emily in Paris is the poppy Parisian fantasy you’ll lap up like a “chatte” drinking “lait.” Lily Collins stars as the titular expat, a young pazarlama professional from Chicago who gets an unexpected promotion that takes her to France. There she sells perfume, eats fine cheese, and, of course, falls for a hunky chef, played by Lucas Bravo. This show isn’t 100% rom-com, but it’s at least 75% rom-com. — A.F.
6. Sex Education Seasons 1-4
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Sex Education had us from the moment its lead pretended to pretend to masturbate.
There’s plenty to love about this perfectly cast teenage dramedy. But in light of the events of Seasons 2 and 3, nothing feels more pressing than the relationship between Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve (Emma Mackey) — except maybe Eric’s (Ncuti Gatwa) ongoing love antics. At the heart of every great story is a great romance, and Sex Education özgü more than its fair share. — A.F.
5. Never Have I Ever Seasons 1-4
Created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, this smart, sweet coming-of-age story was among the most fulfilling new Netflix binges of 2020. And it just keeps wowing us.
Lead Maitreyi Ramakrishnan will steal your heart as Devi, a high school sophomore reeling from the loss of her father the year before — but with big plans for a future as vibrant and fearless as she is. As culturally important as it is authentic, Never Have I Ever serves not only as a critical step for representation, but also as a dreamy teen rom-com you’ll adore.* — A.F.
4. Bridgerton Seasons 1-2, plus Queen Charlotte, A Bridgerton Story
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Where to begin with the scandalous, sexy, and silly sensation that is Bridgerton? In this period dramedy, Regency-era Londoners look for love under the critical eye of the Queen and a host of courtiers while dodging scandal at every turn. It’s Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey with a How to Get Away with Murder-type twist that’s undeniably Shonda Rhimes. You’re going to love it, so much so that you should plan on bingeing both seasons straight through. — A.F.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, is a lavish, ebullient triumph, and further evidence that Shonda Rhimes just doesn’t miss. Delving into the personal history of the tragic, impulsive, and steely queen we know and love from Bridgerton Seasons 1 and 2, we watch a young girl transform into a formidable monarch — and fall in love along the way. The costumes are sumptuous, the drama juicy, and the romance slow-burning. It checks all the boxes while still making space for a thread of sadness that lends gravitas and complexity to the entire Bridgerton world. An ambitious and beautiful show that fully earns its shining crown as Netflix’s newest darling.* — K.G.
3. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Seasons 1-4
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Monuments should be erected in honor of this television masterpiece, but a spot on this list will have to do for now. With four spectacular seasons of musical-infused madness, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is as much a gooey rom-com as it is a fearless portrait of self-love. Whether you’re single, attached, or moving to West Covina for Josh from camp, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom) and her gaggle of lovable pals will welcome you with open jazz hands. — A.F.
2. Set It Up (2018)
An enticing combination of The Devil Wears Prada and Jim and Pam’s The Office romance, Set It Up makes workplace love almost seem like a good idea. Almost.
Starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell as two overworked assistants intent on making their bosses fall for one another, this breezy comedy delivers on laughs and butterflies in equal measures. Plus, Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu hook up and it is very, very appealing. You’re welcome. — A.F.
1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
If you’re reading this list, there’s just no way you haven’t seen To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and its two sequels, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and To All the Boys: Always and Forever. Then there’s XO, Kitty, the spinoff series about the fan-favorite little sister played by Anna Cathcart, which özgü a season two on the way. As you wait for it, go ahead: Bask in the chemistry of Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. Delight in the drinkable yogurt representation. Consider why you never dressed this well in school. Then, send out your letters. — A.F.
Asterisks (*) indicate the entry comes from a previous Mashable list.
UPDATE: Feb. 6, 2024, 4:50 p.m. EST This story was originally published in February 2020 and özgü been updated since to reflect Netflix’s catalogue.