The romantic-comedy often gets a bad rap, but there are a bunch of great rom-coms out there that defy negative stereotypes, and you can find a lot of them, including the nine listed below, on Netflix. Consider streaming one of these great rom-coms this Valentine’s Day!
(WARNING: Some NSFW language in the trailers below.)
Something’s Gotta Give
Writer/director Nancy Meyers has numerous (and outstanding) rom-coms to her name, but Something’s Gotta Give might be her best. It has Jack Nicholson in one of his most charming roles, Diane Keaton in one of her most delightfully quirky roles and Keanu Reeves in one his most dreamy roles you’ll wonder why it took him so damn long to become “the internet’s boyfriend.”
Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Despite its premise, Zack and Miri has a surprisingly big heart, and the chemistry between Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks is incredible.
The year was 2005, the Willennium was still young, and then Hitch came out and reminded everyone that Will Smith was as funny as ever. A “date doctor” who meets his match in the form of a gossip columnist played by Eva Mendes? Gold!
Always Be My Maybe
Childhood BBFs Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) reconnect after years apart in this Netflix original film. Oh, and Keanu Reeves plays an over-the-top version of himself that is too hilarious for words.
Meryl Streep! A paternity mystery! A wedding! ABBA! Exclamation points! It doesn’t get much better!
Set It Up
Two overworked personal assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) plot to set up their bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) up so they can actually enjoy life…but do the assistants inadvertently set themselves up with each other?! *gasp*
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
In order for Scott (Michael Cera) to date Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), he must defeat all seven of her evil exes. Love is worth fighting for, and in the case of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, that’s quite literal.
Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) and her long-term boyfriend Keith (Lakeith Stanfield) break up after she gets her dream job, because it’ll require her to move from New York City to San Francisco, and Keith doesn’t want to move or try long-distance. How do you mend a broken heart and bid farewell to NYC? Embark on a wild night with your best friends (DeWanda Wise and Brittany Snow.)
Lake Bell and Simon Pegg star in this incredibly underrated rom-com about two people falling for each other after a case of mistaken identity. It’s likely you haven’t heard of this rom-com due to its limited release in the United States, but don’t let that stop you from falling for its absurd charm.