There are few things more delightful than a feel-good romantic comedy. Even if you’ve been through a breakup or have had a rough week in general, taking a break from real life to turn on a movie about a love story can be an uplifting experience. Pair it with good friends (and ice cream!) and you’ll usually leave the rom-com feeling better than how you came.
While few things hit the top of the box office like rom-coms (Crazy Rich Asians, anyone?), the genre often gets a bad rap for its cheesiness. But even if you pretend to dislike romantic comedies in theaters, you’re probably a less judgy when it comes to your Netflix account. Fortunately for you—and for all of us, really—the streaming service keeps quality rom-coms stocked up, so you can enjoy the heights, depths, and complexities of relationships any time.
Each month Netflix changes its offerings, so even if your favorite flick isn’t available, it doesn’t mean it won’t ever be. We’ve done some searching and found the best romantic comedies on Netflix right now. So go ahead: Call your friends to screen a movie—or don’t. One thing’s for sure—you’ll want to grab snacks.
In Meet the Patels, Ravi Patel is a single man approaching 30. For his parents—who immigrated from India—his relationship status causes alarm. After a family trip to India for a wedding, Patel agrees to make a serious effort to find a partner, and he begins a seemingly countless series of dates with Indian-American women set up by a matchmaker, but he pines for his first love, Audrey.
Based on the pop songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! follows Sophie, a bride-to-be, who has invited three men, all of whom she believes could be her biological father, to her wedding, but she doesn’t tell her mother, Donna. Once Donna spots them, the drama of the encounters and the festivities surrounding the wedding snowball into countless musical numbers. One thing’s for sure: This rom-com will leave you singing.
In this Netflix original movie, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean Song Covey writes love letters to all of the guys she has crushes on, but instead of passing them along, she stashes them in a teal hatbox left by her late mother. When Lara Jean finds out the letters get sent to the guys she wrote them to, she panics and ends up fake-dating one of them. But will it turn into something more?
In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, magazine writer Andie Anderson is bored covering the “how-to” section. But after a friend experiences a bad breakup, she’s inspired to write about how to lose a guy in 10 days. As part of the story, she decides to start dating a guy and knowingly make many of the mistakes women make early in relationships. At the same time, Ben, an advertising executive, bets he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days so he can secure a head position at the diamond company he works for.
Who will win?
After purchasing a house, lovers Walter and Anna attempt to renovate the property in The Money Pit. But shortly after the home’s sale, things start to go wrong, and the house begins to fall apart. Contractors promise the house will only take two weeks, but it continues for months.
In Love Actually, 10 separate stories are followed in the Christmas-themed rom-com. The film starts at London’s Heathrow Airport, where families greet loved ones, launching into the love stories of the individuals. All of the stories are linked in some way, with the exception of a couple. At the end of the film, all characters are seen in Heathrow once again, a month later.
When Viviane and her daughter travel from Europe and end up in a small French town that’s steeped in traditions, she’s met with some friction when she opens a chocolate shop. After a while, Viviane decides she can’t win in the town, and she must move away. When the townspeople sense this, they show her their support and buy chocolate.
In Up in the Air, Ryan Bingham travels frequently for work, conducting company layoffs and firings on behalf of employers. During his travels, he meets Alex, and the pair begin a relationship. Shortly after, Ryan is assigned to bring Natalie, a new hire, along with him, and life as he knows it changes.
When a celebrated but hedonistic writer comes to live with a married couple in Johannesburg, South Africa, their lives get turned upside down. In Catching Feelings, 30-something professor, Max, and his journalist wife, Sam’s relationship is put to the test. Based in South Africa, the film also addresses racial tension in a post-apartheid society.
In The Incredible Jessica James, the film’s titular character is trying to get over a breakup when she meets Boone, who is recently divorced. The pair start to fall for each other, and they both admit they stalk their ex-partners’ social media accounts. They agree to unfollow their exes and follow each other.
When a friendless man, Peter, is searching for a best man for his upcoming wedding, he meets Sydney at an open house. The pair become fast friends, and when Sydney is introduced to Peter’s fiancée, Zooey, things take a turn, and their relationship becomes strained. Will Sydney be Peter’s best man?
In Outsourced, a majority of call-center employees are outsourced to India, leaving the manager, Todd, to travel there to train his replacement. Todd doesn’t want to go, but quitting would mean losing his stock options. After the initial culture shock, he realizes he must sensitize himself to Indian culture, and he feels like he’ll never get his job done so he can return to the U.S. But when he falls in love, things change.
When Greg Focker wants to propose to his girlfriend Pam in front of her family, his plans are thwarted when the airline loses his luggage containing the ring in Meet the Parents. At Pam’s family’s home, Greg tries to impress her father, but his plans fail. After a series of mishaps, everyone in Pam’s family agrees it’s time for Greg to go home.
In Amelie, the film’s namesake character derives the most joy from bringing joy to others. Amelie quietly brings joy to others throughout Paris, escorting a blind man to the Metro, serving as a matchmaker for a friend and gets her father to “travel” around the world by stealing his garden gnome and having a flight attendant send pictures of it to him from around the world. When she meets Nino, someone who has similar goals, she finds happiness for herself.
A light romantic comedy, No Reservations follows Kate Armstrong, the head chef of 22 Bleecker St., a trendy restaurant in the West Village of New York. Armstrong’s fast pace intimidates everyone around her, but when her 9-year-old niece must move in with her following her sister’s death, her priorities change. When she hires Nick as her sous chef, things change even more.