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The Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix Right Now

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With that in mind, we’ve compiled the best romantic comedies currently streaming on Netflix. So grab a bowl of ice cream and your favourite blanket and snuggle up with a good romcom.

Clueless

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Director/Writer: Amy Heckerling

Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer, Stacey Dash, and Dan Hedaya

You may not immediately think of Clueless as a romantic comedy, but that’s only because this movie contains multitudes. Yes it’s a teen comedy and yes it’s a coming-of-age story, but let’s not forget the hot-and-cold relationship between Dionne (Stacey Dash) and Murray (Donald Faison), Tai’s (Brittany Murphy) whole romantic journey, and Cher’s (Alicia Silverstone)… well, I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen, but it’s sweet. This movie is as funny, compelling, and relevant today as it was in 1995. Filmmaker Amy Heckerling’s film is a riff on the Jane Austen novel Emma but with a modern teen sensibility, as Silverstone plays a beautiful and privileged girl named Cher who decides to give new student Tai a makeover and ensure she makes the “right” choices in high school. The film speaks directly to teen life and holds up tremendously well. – Adam Chitwood

The Half of It

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Writer/Director: Alice Wu

Cast: Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, Collin Chou

Netflix has been knocking it out of the park with their young adult romantic comedies lately and Alice Wu’s The Half Of It is no different. It’s been nearly 15 years since Wu debuted her first feature film and it’s a good thing she made her way back to the industry because The Half Of It is an especially well-layered, charming and deeply touching tale of relationships – and not just the romantic kind. The movie stars Leah Lewis as Ellie Chu. She’s an extremely bright student who opts out of having a social life at school. Instead, she puts her time and energy into making some extra cash by writing her classmates’ papers for them. However, when jock Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer) asks Ellie to write a love letter for him to give to his crush Aster (Alexxis Lemire) instead, it sparks a love/friendship triangle that teaches all three more about each other and themselves than they ever could have expected. It’s an especially nuanced and sensitive exploration of what it means to find “the one,” that ventures well outside the bounds of the cliche understanding of the concept and into territory that’s far more complex, realistic and inspiring. – Perri Nemiroff

Just Friends

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Director: Roger Kumble

Writer: Adam Davis

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart, Anna Faris, and Chris Klein

Now that Ryan Reynolds is a bona fide action hero, let’s not forget the guy is also an incredibly talented comedic actor. Roger Kumble’s underrated romantic comedy Just Friends is a terrific showcase for Reynolds’ skills, as the dichotomy between his impossibly good looks and goofy comedic sensibility is put to good use as he plays a formerly chubby, sensitive-type who is now a trim, successful music producer. Anna Faris also turns in phenomenal work here as a play on a Britney Spears-Esque pop star, and she and Reynolds have fantastic chemistry. The story is a pretty standard “home for the holidays” type deal—Reynolds’ character gets unexpectedly stranded in his hometown with Faris in tow, and is forced to confront his former BFF who is also the girl he was in love with in high school. But the whole thing is really just elevated to another comedic level courtesy of its A+ performances. Sneakily great? Chris Klein as a stereotypical “nice guy.” – Adam Chitwood

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Director: Susan Johnson

Writer: Sofia Alvarez

Cast: Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard, and John Corbett 

If you’re looking for a fun, sweet, YA romance to brighten your day, you won’t do much better on Netflix than To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Based off the novel by Jenny Han, the story follows Lara Jean (Lana Condor), a teenager whose worst nightmares are realized when five letters she wrote to her secret crushes are sent out without her knowledge. When she’s confronted by her old crush Peter (Noah Centineo), she’s afraid it could get in the way of her current crush Josh (Israel Broussard), so Lara Jean and Peter resolve to fake a relationship so they can get with who they really want to be with. Naturally, pretending to together start to create real feelings between the two. The film is a joy from start to finish, letting you relive a time when who “liked” you was the most important thing in the world, but without any of the trauma high school entails. – Matt Goldberg

Sleeping with Other People

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Writer/Director: Leslye Headland

Cast: Allison Brie, Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Brody, and Amanda Peet

Filmmaker Leslye Headland broke out in a big way with the raunchy comedy Bachelorette, and her follow-up feature is a romantic comedy with a bit of an edge. Lovably described as “When Harry Met Sally with assholes,” Sleeping with Other People stars Jason Sudeikis and Allison Brie as a pair of acquaintances who lost their virginity to each other in college, and reconnect years later in New York City. They quickly become platonic best friends, airing romantic grievances with one another while they both have trouble committing to their respective relationships. It’s a hilarious, sweet, and at times very dirty spin on the romantic comedy formula that’s a pure delight to watch. – Adam Chitwood

Let It Snow

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Director: Luke Snellin

Writers: Laura Solon, Victoria Strouse, and Kay Cannon

Cast: Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Liv Hewson, Odeya Rush, Jacob Batalon, Kiernan Shipka, Joan Cusack

If you’re in the mood for some seasonal romance, Netflix delivered a bit of a Love Actually for the teen set with Let It Snow, a breezy holiday rom-com that finds a series of overlapping love stories on one fateful Christmas-season snow day. It’s a sweet film from top-to-tail, as interested in the dramas of teen friendship and domestic struggles as it the blossoming romances, and it’s filled with delightful performances from a knockout cast of young up-and-comers. A lot of the Netflix Christmas romances follow in the Hallmark channel vein, and absolutely no judgment if that’s your preferred thing, but for those who want an old-fashioned feel-good holiday romance, Let It Snow is just the ticket.– Haleigh Foutch

About Time

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Director/Writer: Richard Curtis

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lindsay Duncan, Tom Hollander, and Margot Robbie

The 2013 film About Time is not just an absolute gem of a romantic comedy, it’s also one of the best time travel movies ever made. Oh yeah, and it’s a total tearjerker. Written and directed by Love, Actually filmmaker Richard Curtis, the film stars Domhnall Gleeson as a young man who learns at the age of 21, from his father (Bill Nighy), that the men in their family have the ability to time travel. This comes in handy when he misses his chance with a charismatic American girl (Rachel McAdams) and goes back to the night they first met to start their relationship off right. But what begins as a delightful, grounded, and romantic romp soon turns emotional, as About Time slowly reveals itself to be a father-son story at heart. – Adam Chitwood

Alex Strangelove

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Director: Craig Johnson

Writer: Craig Johnson

Cast: Daniel Doheny, Madeline Weinstein, Antonio Marziale, Daniel Zolghadri

There’s something really endearing about the fact Alex Strangelove is an R-rated movie that definitely didn’t need to be rated R. This John Hughes-ian story says “fuck” just a few too many times and is incredibly awkward about sex, as is to be expected from any virginity-crazed kids in their last days of high school. And that’s basically this movie’s story, but with a charming twist: Class president Alex Truelove (affable Daniel Doheny, who is somehow not related to Jay Baruchel) has set a date to lose his virginity to his girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein, who adds wonderful, almost tragic layers to a thin role). But things go awry when Alex meets—and then cannot stop thinking about—an out-and-proud gay high school graduate named Elliot. Things come together with a little too perfectly in the climax, but in these times we live in, a movie this concerned with accepting the things that make you different deserves nothing less than a happy ending. – Vinnie Mancuso

Set It Up

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Director: Claire Scanlon

Writer: Katie Silberman

Cast: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, and Taye Diggs

If you’re looking for a charming romantic comedy, but don’t want to rewatch something from a previous decade for the umpteenth time, you should definitely give Claire Scanlon’s charming Set It Up a look. The plot follows two beleaguered assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) who decided to set up their bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs, respectively) in order to just get some precious free time away from their demanding jobs. However, with all their scheming, they start to fall for each other. You can see the romance comedy beats coming from a mile away, but they’ve done so well and so effectively that you won’t mind. Plus, the film sizzles thanks to the outstanding performances from the dazzling Deutch and Powell, who should be the streaming generation’s Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. – Matt Goldberg

Groundhog Day

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Director: Harold Ramis

Writers: Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin

Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Brian Doyle-Murray, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Chris Elliott

What if you had infinite tries to get someone to fall in love with you? That’s what happens in Groundhog Day, the 1993 comedy classic that finds Bill Murray playing a self-absorbed weatherman who finds himself forced to relive the same day over and over again. Andie MacDowell proves to be the perfect romantic and comedic foil for Murray’s pomposity, and Murray himself nails the heart and humour of this wholly unique and resonant story that shows that love isn’t just about doing the “perfect” thing at the “perfect” time. Groundhog Day is delightful, hilarious, and somewhat heartbreaking, making it truly a solid watch for any time of year. – Adam Chitwood

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