23 of the best rom-coms currently streaming on Netflix, HBO Max and more
Who doesn’t love a good romantic comedy, right?
And with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to stream one of the classic rom-coms that made our list.
Some of them are newer and you might never have heard of them before, but for the most part they were rom-coms that defined the genre. A girl meets a boy, a girl falls in love with a boy, a girl loses a boy and a girl falls in love with a boy again.
They’re very stereotypical, but that’s why we love them, isn’t it? We know what we are getting.
“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”
Netflix saw the potential for the bestselling book series and decided to make some teen rom-com magic with Lana Condor and Noah Centineo in the lead. The best part is that the sequel, “To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You” is also on Netflix.
“The Incredible Jessica James”
Want to know what it’s like for a young woman living in a big city, dating back to this century? Look no further than “The Incredible Jessica James”. Starring Jessica Williams of “The Daily Show,” the film shows Williams’ character going through the difficulties of modern dating, from matching guys on Tinder to unfollowing your ex on social media.
“Always be my maybe”
After two incredibly funny stand-up specials, Ali Wong finally got to star in a romantic comedy alongside fellow comedian Randall Park. “Always Be My Maybe” is about a couple who dated when they were younger and then reunite after 15 years apart. It’s a classic rom-com plot, but Wong and Park’s performances really make this one shine.
It’s more of a Christmas movie than a romantic comedy, but there’s no denying that “The Holiday” is a fantastic movie. Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz are amazing, and how can you not fall in love with Jude Law?
What happens when a couple on a date are accidentally framed for committing a crime? Watch “The Lovebirds,” starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani. It’s very similar to “Date Night” starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell, but aren’t most movies in Hollywood basically all the same?
‘The princess to be married’
“The Princess Bride” is easily one of the greatest movies ever made, and it’s a movie everyone should watch at least once. From storytelling to hilarious jokes, there’s so much to love. It’s going to be one of those movies that stands the test of time, and it’s a perfect choice to watch on Valentine’s Day.
Jennifer Lopez, one of the queens of rom-coms, returned to the genre in 2018 with this fun rom-com about a woman trying to reinvent herself (and her career) in the second act of her life. It’s an OK movie, but co-star Leah Remini shines every time she appears on screen.
‘(500 days of summer’
If you grew up listening to indie rock and taking art classes in high school, then you 100% saw “(500) Days of Summer” when it was released in 2009. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, the film follows the couple’s entire 500-day relationship. Like the stars of the movie, it’s funny and quirky.
‘A romantic date’
When “Date Night” came out, the careers of Steve Carell and Tina Fey couldn’t have been bigger, which made the movie so exciting. Fey and Carell play overworked parents who head to the big city for a well-deserved date night, only things go horribly wrong, and of course, hilarious antics ensue.
RIP Betty White! Honestly, this movie wouldn’t be half as good as it is without White’s hilarious performance of the crazy, funny grandma. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds don’t really have a ton of chemistry together, but regardless, it’s still fun to watch here and there.
’13 Pass 30′
First of all, the number of fantastic romantic comedies on HBO Max is unreal. There are so many good ones that we couldn’t even include them all in this list.
That being said, “13 Going On 30” is iconic and will forever go down as one of the best rom-coms of all time. It came out during the height of romantic comedies of the early 2000s, and it features an excellent cast, which includes Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, and perhaps one of the best romantic comedy actresses who is so good at playing the best friend, Judy Greer. It should be in the Smithsonian someday.
“Crazy Rich Asians”
After years of romantic comedies featuring largely white actors, a major studio finally produced a movie with an all-Asian cast, and the results were something many in the movie industry already knew: that a diverse cast can become a box office hit.
Based on the book of the same name, “Crazy Rich Asians” explores the crazy rich Asian families in Singapore with a couple worth rooting for. Not only is it a glimpse into a culture the rest of the world seems unfamiliar with, but it’s also a fantastic story you’ll want to watch.
“Crazy and Stupid Love”
Steve Carell plays a recently divorced father who must relearn how to talk to single women, thanks to his new friend Ryan Gosling.
Gosling plays a forever bachelor who ends up falling in love with Carell’s daughter, even though he doesn’t know her. It’s a classic, and very funny.
‘Made in Manhattan’
What’s not to love about this movie? It’s classic J. Lo, and one of those moves you always want to watch on TV. You can now stream it on HBO Max.
‘You’ve got mail’
I don’t even need to write that much to convince you to watch this movie. It’s Meg Ryan. It’s Tom Hanks. It’s Nora Ephron. It’s iconic, and that’s all you need to know. Watching “You’ve Got Mail” is like putting on your favorite sweater in the middle of a cold, snowy day. He just feels good.
“My Fat Greek Wedding”
Can we just say how amazing this movie is? Not only is it the highest-grossing independent film of all time, but it’s downright hilarious. From the father, Gus, who uses Windex to cure any ailment, to Aunt Voula who steals every scene she’s in, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was honestly a cultural reset as far as what a romantic comedy may look like. If you haven’t seen this movie in a minute, it’s worth rewatching. You will remember how funny it is.
Just as “Maid In Manhattan” made J. Lo a rom-com star, “Miss Congeniality” did the same for Sandra Bullock. The film is absolutely iconic and includes tons of quotable lines and memorable scenes. The movie is more about finding out who the suspect is, but it’s still an added bonus that Bullock’s character ends up with his crush at the end.
“Sex and the City: The Movie”
No matter how many times you’ve seen the movie “Sex and the City”, it never gets old. Admittedly, it helps if you’ve listened to the actual series to understand the characters and their backgrounds, but even if you’ve never watched a single episode, the film will have you wanting to start the first season of the iconic, statistical TV show. The second movie was also released on HBO (as well as the reboot, “And Just Like That”), but that second movie was a little more painful, so we’re not even going there.
But there’s so much to love about the first movie. From Miranda and Steve meeting on the Brooklyn Bridge to Charlotte pooping her pants in Mexico, it’s always great to see the girls together again.
‘When Harry Met Sally’
Was it the very first romantic comedy? Probably not (“Annie Hall” may have the honor of defining the genre), but “When Harry Met Sally” sure made rom-coms super popular. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are perfect in this film. Five stars.
“Easy A” feels more like a fun teen movie than a full romantic comedy, but Emma Stone’s character ends up with the cute dude at the end, so we’ll count it anyway.
Stone looks absolutely stunning in “Easy A,” and her onscreen parents, Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci, deliver some of the best lines in the entire film. Also, this is probably one of the last times we saw Amanda Bynes as a normal human being. Weird, right? Either way, stream this movie. It’s a classic, and you’ll never not laughing at Stone singing “Pocket Full of Sunshine” in his shower.
’10 things I hate about you’
You probably wouldn’t think Disney+ would have rom-coms in its huge library of animated movies of yesteryear, but Disney apparently has rom-coms from the era, including “10 Things I Hate About You” with Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger. The film is based on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” but told through a teen romantic comedy lens.
“The Parent Trap”
Both versions of “The Parent Trap” are available to stream on Disney+, but let’s be real for a moment – we all know the ’90s version starring Lindsay Lohan is the best. Lohan is obviously iconic as she plays the twins, Hallie and Annie, and Dennis Quaid and the late Natasha Richardson are perfect as parents.
‘The sound of music’
The oldest movie on our list might just be the best of them all. First off, it’s a great movie to show someone who’s never seen it. Julie Andrews is wonderful as Maria, and Christopher Plummer is the perfect love interest for Andrews. With so many iconic songs, scenes, and actors, it’s hard to pass up this movie on Valentine’s Day.
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