Netflix loves its romantic comedies about as much as the lovesick characters in rom-coms love each other. And, whether it's showcasing classics or stocking up on its own originally-produced content, the streaming service proves its love of the genre with the healthy dose of first-rate romantic comedies included in its massive digital library.
Recently, Netflix has been dipping its toes into the genre with its original movies, and the results have been successful. In the same way the horror genre was on its last legs in the early '90s prior to Scream, romantic comedies have been a mostly untapped resource over the past few years. Now, with Netflix stepping up to the plate with original content like the adaptation of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before and the workplace rom-com Set It Up, romantic comedies are edging their way back into the spotlight.
So, given that combing through Netflix's selections can be taxing, we've gone ahead and chosen the best romantic comedies that the streaming service has to offer. Whether you're looking for a digestible, easy-to-swallow love story or a deeply relatable comedy of errors, there is plenty to pick from on this Cupid-friendly collection of Netflix's best romantic comedies.
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Based on the YA novel from Jenny Han (which itself is part of a book series), To All the Boys I've Loved Before centers around the self-professed forever-alone teenager Lara Jean (played by Lana Condor) whose love life takes an unexpected turn when secret love letters she had addressed to five of her crushes are mysteriously mailed to each of them. Not only a funny rom-com with charm to spare, To All the Boys I've Loved Before has been heralded as one of many movies in 2018 that have given the spotlight to Asian-American actors, storytellers, and narratives. The movie also stars Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Madeleine Arthur, and John Corbett.
A Netflix Original, Happy Anniversary tells the kind of love story that exists well after the honeymoon phase of a relationship. When Molly and Sam (played by Noël Wells and Ben Schwartz, respectively) reach their three-year anniversary, they also reach a point where they're not entirely sure they're meant for each other. This bittersweet rom-com tackles an all-too-familiar realization that all couples deal with, when "love" is less about needing to be swept off your feet than it is unconditionally sharing your life with somebody. The movie also stars Rahul Kohli, Joe Pantoliano, and Annie Potts.
The Incredible Jessica James
Not unlike Forgetting Sarah Marshall (also on this list), the Netflix Original The Incredible Jessica James begins with a breakup. However, Jessica (played by Jessica Williams) finds the perfect remedy in the form of a man named Boone (played by Chris O'Dowd) who is also reeling off a breakup. Despite the fact that romance isn't exactly appealing to either of them in their vulnerable states, they see where things go regardless. Also starring Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells, The Incredible Jessica James is a painfully (but also pleasantly) real-life depiction of modern love.
Another Netflix Original, Alex Strangelove is a rom-com that isn't just about a teenage boy on a familiar journey to lose his virginity, but a journey to discover his sexual identity as well. After Alex (played by Daniel Doheny) is well on his way to have sex with his girlfriend Claire (played by Madeline Weinstein), a hurdle gets in his way in the form of a boy named Elliot (played by Antonio Marziale). Now - not unlike similar situations dealt with in shows like The Real O'Neals and movies like Love, Simon - Alex isn't just on the verge of coming of age, but coming out.
Young love (but also unbridled competition) is front and center in the Netflix Original Candy Jar. Two teenagers on the high school debate team (played by Sami Gayle and Jacob Latimore) have nothing but resentment towards each other. That is, until they're forced to work together and realize that they're really not so different - even though their equally competitive mothers (played by Christina Hendricks and Uzo Aduba, respectively) don't make any shot of a budding relationship easy.
Set It Up
The movie that kicked off Netflix's new reputation as the modern rom-com maestro, Set It Up is a charming workplace comedy that explores unexpected love in corporate America. In an attempt to make their own work lives easier, Harper (played by Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (played by Glen Powell) devise a plan to set their bosses up with each other. Naturally, per unofficial rom-com rules, Harper and Charlie inadvertently double down on the romance and end up falling for each other in the process. The movie also stars Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, and Pete Davidson.
Most business trips are fairly dull and uneventful, but the business trip in the Netflix Original Ibiza is a distinct exception. When Harper (played by Gillian Jacobs) is sent to Barcelona for work, her two friends (played by Phoebe Robinson and Vanessa Bayer) invite themselves along - not with the intention to help her work, but to party. In the process, Harper can't help but fall for a local DJ (played by Richard Madden), and her friends help her throw inhibition to wind in an attempt to find him and see if there's any real chance at forming a legitimate relationship.
The "complicated wedding" subgenre is no stranger to romantic comedies (see: My Best Friend's Wedding, Father of the Bride, Four Weddings and a Funeral), and the Netflix Original Ali's Wedding is the latest example of this. As Ali (played by Osamah Sami) is forced to follow through with an arranged marriage, his heart can't help but follow the girl he actually has feelings for. As charming as it is complicated, Ali's Wedding explores the all-too-familiar scenario of not always getting what you want out of love.
A Netflix Original, Catching Feelings is a complicated comedy with romance, but the heavy-handedness of its subject material steers it away from being a classic rom-com. After a writer temporarily moves in with a happily married couple named Sam and Max (played by Pearl Thusi and Kagiso Lediga, respectively), problems arise. Sam is smitten, Max is worried, and their relationship may not have the strength to survive whatever sexual misadventures may or may not ensue.