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The Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix Right Now

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  • The romantic comedy can be such a delightful genre when it’s done well. Yes, we know the rules and how they play out, but there’s something comforting in their familiarity and their good heartedness. While the movies may be more cute than they are sexy (if you’re looking for those recommendations, I suggest heading over to Best Netflix and Chill), they’re still lovely in their own way.

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

Sleepless in Seattle

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Director: Nora Ephron

Writers: Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, and Jeff Arch

Cast: Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Bill Pullman, Gaby Hoffman, Ross Malinger, and Rob Reiner

A classic romantic comedy if there ever was one, Sleepless in Seattle holds up tremendously well. The film stars Tom Hanks as a widower living in Seattle whose son calls into a radio show to detail his father’s romantic struggles. Meg Ryan plays a Baltimore reporter who is moved to tears by the radio show, and sets about seeking out this mystery man. Nora Ephron directs this story perfectly, with its romantic center, whip-smart sense of humor, and feel-good ending. Grab a cozy blanket and cuddle up with this one. – Adam Chitwood

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 be together starts 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 romcom formula that’s a pure delight to watch. – Adam Chitwood

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