If you’re looking to settle down at home and watch a great romantic comedy on Netflix, you might be surprised to find that the genre is somewhat lacking on the streaming platform. Furthermore, Netflix’s frequently strong genre classification system seems to falter a bit when it comes to romantic comedy, placing films in the category that would often appear more commonly in drama or pure romance. That being said, Netflix does have some great romantic comedies available, even if takes a little more time than usual to find them. To get you started, here are seven great romantic comedies available on Netflix now.
1. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, this movie tells the story of two New Yorkers who enter into a relationship based on contradictory job-related assignments. Ben (Matthew McConaughey) is an advertising executive who is trying to prove he can successfully woo any woman, while Andie (Kate Hudson) is a writer for a women’s magazine who is trying to prove she can drive any man away. Can love overcome their secret agendas?
2. Man Up (2015)
When Nancy is mistaken for another woman, she takes her place on a blind date, with a man who turns out to be a great match for her. Starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg, this British rom-com has a delightful bite to it, with the two leads matching each other joke for joke. It’s surprisingly heartwarming in a brilliantly dry way, allowing the audience to enjoy the humor just as much, if not more, than the primary relationship.
3. Love Actually (2003)
If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser, look no further than Richard Curtis’ Love Actually. The ensemble film tells 10 separate love stories, some of which are more direct than others, in the five weeks leading up to Christmas. Starring Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon, and Bill Nighy, Love Actually does an impressive job of providing a wide array of love stories without the common pitfall of some plots being much less interesting than others.
Of course, that’s not to say Love Actually is without its faults. While most of the stories are consistently enjoyable, which may be due to the film’s all-star cast, there are certainly some plots that will be less memorable than others. As a whole, the film is not trying to be anything other than a fun, entertaining series of love stories — something which may not sit well with viewers who like their romantic comedies with a little more complexity. Still, even if the sugary plot and directing doesn’t sit well with you, the film is well worth it if only to see so many wonderful actors in a single film.
4. Drinking Buddies
It’s not your typical rom-com, but Mumblecore master Joe Swanberg takes an interesting look at the shifts in relationships, both romantic and platonic, in Drinking Buddies. The film follows best friends and coworkers Luke and Kate, who are brought together by their similar sense of humor and love of beer. After a weekend away with their respective partners, they realize things aren’t as cut and dry as they seem.
Starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston, this movie is fun, a bit dark, and shockingly realistic.
5. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
This late ’90s rom-com features a stunning cast of fresh faces who became big-name stars. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the film depicts two sisters who are very different as they navigate the world of high school dating.
The role was an early one for the late Heath Ledger, who wooed Kat (and audiences) as charming bad boy Patrick. Kat herself is played by Julia Stiles, and was her breakout part as well. 10 Things I Hate About You is so beloved that 10 years later, a TV series of the same name was created, though fared much worse with viewers.
6. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Starring rom-com veteran Steve Carell, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is an insightful look into the state of relationships when there’s literally nothing on the line. The world is (you guessed it) coming to an end at the hands of an impending asteroid, and it’s left the society in shambles. During all this, Dodge, played by Carell, happens upon Penny (Keira Knightley), who come together in mutual pessimism for their soon-to-be-finished lives. A 55% Rotten Tomatoes rating makes this a decent addition to the genre, so be sure to add it to your queue while it’s still available to stream.
7. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
Though Jennifer Garner got her big break as a badass fighter on Alias and in Daredevil, many first met her as the sugary-sweet Jenna Rink in 13 Going on 30, a rom-com in the style of Big.
At her 13th birthday party in 1987, Jenna is humiliated, and makes a wish to be “30, flirty, and thriving,” as her favorite magazine depicts adulthood. But when she’s magically transported to the present day as the grownup she dreamt of becoming, she soon sees that she has a lot to learn.
Also starring Mark Ruffalo and Judy Greer (along with young Ashley Benson and Brie Larson in the brief 1987 shots), the film is a delightful, dreamy good time.
Additional reporting by Sarah Schweppe, Evie Carrick, and Becca Bleznak.
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