We can never resist a feel-good romantic comedy. Even if you’ve been through a breakup or have had a rough week, 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 before.
While few things hit the top of the box office like rom-coms, the genre often gets a bad rap for its cheesiness. But even if you pretend to dislike romantic comedies in theaters, you’re probably less judgy when it comes to your Netflix account. Fortunately, the streaming service keeps quality rom-coms stocked up, so you can enjoy the heights, depths, and complexities of relationships anytime.
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 the following movies.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
In this Netflix original movie, 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 got sent to the guys she wrote them to, she panics and ends up fake-dating one of them in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. But will it turn into something more?
Catching Feelings (2018)
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. The film also addresses racial tension in a post-apartheid society.
The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
In The Incredible Jessica James, the film’s titular main 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 instead.
Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Childhood sweethearts meet again in San Francisco after 15 years apart. Find out if there's still a spark between the two in Always Be My Maybe.
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)
In this high school tale, a jock believes he's texting with a popular cheerleader, but in reality, he's corresponding with his smart but unpopular classmate. Will she win his heart in Sierra Burgess Is a Loser?
As Good as It Gets (1997)
A rude, obsessive-compulsive romantic-fiction writer softens around the waitress at the diner he frequents in As Good as It Gets. Will she fall for him, too, in this Academy Award-winning flick?
Lust Stories (2018)
This is actually a collection of four short films that explore sex and love in modern-day India from the viewpoint of an Indian woman. Lust Stories has a glowing 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
Friends and roommates Zack and Miri are short on cash. The obvious solution to their problems? Making and staring in a porno. But will they fall for each other on accident?
Ibiza: Love Drunk (2018)
A New York woman must attend a work meeting in Spain, so her hard-partying friends decide to come with and talk her into hooking up with a famous DJ. Go on a vacation from the comfort of your couch while watching Ibiza: Love Drunk.
Sleeping with Other People (2015)
A man and a woman have a one night stand and then run into each other 12 years later in Sleeping with Other People. The two are deeply troubled. Can they help each other out and become friends, or will they inevitably hook up again?
He's Just Not That into You (2009)
You won't be able to get enough of this cast, featuring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore, and more of your favorites. This rom-com explores the pitfalls of modern dating and we're willing to bet there's at least something in it you've experienced yourself.
This film is filled with enough laugh-out-loud moments to deserve a spot on the list of best romcoms. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) roams around a future iteration of Los Angeles while adjusting to life post-divorce and while falling in and out of love with his personalized operating system, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson).
A suave modern-day matchmaker coaches his dorky friend to help him win over his love interest while pursuing his own. And of course, he's nowhere near as smooth in his personal life as when he's coaching others.
The Ugly Truth (2009)
Opposites attract in this rom-com starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl. A chauvinistic morning show host attempts to prove his relationship theories true, bringing on all the laughs and romance.
Available on: Netflix