Modern dating—it’s a love-hate relationship. Dating apps are great for meeting new people, but whatever happened to the classic meet-cute? Or showing up to your crush’s house blasting music outside of their window? Or even falling for someone simply from hearing them on the radio? Maybe that’s the love for rom-coms talking, but can you blame us? Everyone loves a happy ending. Even though they don’t quite make rom-coms like they used to, we have plenty of classics and new additions to fall in love with over and over again with some of the most iconic moments in film. And now that streaming services have given us hopeless romantics unlimited access to endless hours of friends turned lovers, enemies turned lovers, and everything in between, we can laugh (and cry) our little hearts out in the comfort of our own homes.
Whether you’re a single pringle on Valentine’s Day or looking for a chill date night, it’s a good thing that you ended up here. Time to get cozy with some of the best romantic comedy movies of all time! Although the list just scratches the surface of all that the genre has to offer, here are a handful of our favorite stories that prove true love can be found without even having to swipe right.
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Set against the bustling streetscapes of New York City, Harry and Sally have known each other for years. They’re great friends with a meaningful connection, but they fear a sexual relationship could become an issue between them.
Not including Clueless on this list? AS IF! Starring Alicia Silverstone, this coming-of-age comedy follows a rich, socially successful and shallow high schooler. Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills school’s pecking scale and thinks she’s the perfect matchmaker which leads to her coaxing two teachers into dating one another.
10 Things I Hate About You
A popular teenager is forbidden from going on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. So, a few strings are pulled to set the sour damsel up for a romance, but will she let her guard down enough to fall in love?
Monica and Quincy love the sport of basketball. After growing up together and experiencing many life challenges into adulthood, they realize that basketball may not be the only thing they love.
Book superstore mogul Joe Fox and independent bookstore owner Kathleen Kelly fall in love thanks to the anonymity of the internet, both unaware that he’s trying to put her out of business.
Simon Spier is keeping a secret from everyone he knows: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity in this coming-of-age film.
Everyone assumed that Sasha and Marcus would wind up together…except Sasha and Marcus. The two reconnect after 15 years and they start to wonder—maybe?
With arguably one of the most iconic scenes in rom-com history, a noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before going to college.
A recently widowed man’s son calls into a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a new life partner. When a reporter in Baltimore hears him speak, she falls for him, even though she’s engaged. Unsure, where their relationship could lead, she writes him a letter asking to meet at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day.
Bridget Jones is determined to improve herself while on the search for true love. As she’s turning the page on a whole new life, she’s making sure to record everything in her diary.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Laura Jean’s life is turned upside down when five secret soul-baring letters to her crushes are sent.
A cynical TV weatherman finds himself reliving the same day over and over again when he films a report about a small town’s annual Groundhog Day. He finds himself stuck in the time loop until he finally gets it right.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and real ladies’ man. In order to win a big campaign, he bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him over just 10 days.
Starring Audrey Hepburn, a bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome, Italy.
College friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holiday. Together, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited.
Silver Linings Playbook
After leaving a mental institution, Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and attempts to reconcile things with his ex-wife. But, along the way, he didn’t expect to meet Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
When a Pakistani comic meets an American graduate student at one of his stand-up shows, their relationship begins to blossom, but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily suddenly falls into a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned parents.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Over the course of four weddings and a funeral, a committed bachelor must come to terms with the fact that he may have discovered true love.
When a Senatorial candidate mistakes a hotel maid for a socialite, fate steps in and throws the pair together for a whirlwind romance…until he discovers her true identity.
A girl must choose between the affections of her childhood sweetheart or a rich but sensitive playboy.
Eight very different couples are dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales set during a frantic month before Christmas in London.
When a businessman is in need of an escort to attend social events with, he hires a beautiful prostitute. As the two grow closer, they discover there are significant hurdles to overcome as they attempt to bridge the gap between their two very different worlds.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
A Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek man and struggles to get her family’s approval while she comes to terms with her heritage.
ABBA, Meryl Streep, and Greece? Say less! Donna is preparing her daughter’s wedding on a Greek island, but the bride-to-be has a secret. She invited three men from her mother’s past in hopes of meeting her real father to escort her down the aisle on her big day.
A young widow discovers that her late husband left her messages intended to help her ease the pain as she starts a new life.
Something’s Gotta Give
When an aging womanizer with a taste exclusively for young women arrives at his young girlfriend’s beach house in the Hamptons, he has an awkward run-in with her mother who also plans to stay the weekend. After a sudden heart attack, he finds himself falling for her as he is prescribed bed rest, but is she out of his league?
A girl makes a wish on her 13th birthday and suddenly wakes up the next day as a thirty, flirty, and thriving woman.
Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged…but to the wrong people. Robbie looses hope in finding love after being abandoned at the altar, but when he and Julia cross paths, he’s racing against the clock to win her over before she gets married.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Peter just went through a devastating breakup so he does what any heartbroken person would do—takes a trip to Hawaii. Little does he know, his ex is traveling to the same resort and she’s bringing her new boyfriend. Yikes!
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Stella is a successful forty-something who is persuaded by her colorful New York friend to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to Jamaica, where she has an island fling with a handsome twenty-something. When it’s time to return to California, will their relationship stand a chance?
Faced with deportation to Canada, a successful editor says she’s engaged to her assistant. He agrees to the charade, but with a suspicious immigration official always lurking nearby, they’ve got to make their love look really real.
Jane is always the bridesmaid and never the bride. When her sister’s wedding arrives, she’s got to come with terms that she’s secretly in love with her future brother-in-law.
A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an “unattractive” girl (she’s actually gorgeous) into the school’s prom queen.
A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story. With the help of her brother, she infiltrates the inner circle of the most popular clique on campus, but she hits a major snag in her investigation when she falls for her dreamy English teacher.
He’s Just Not That Into You
With a star-studded cast, Baltimore-based friends and lovers try to navigate their way through the many complexities of modern relationships.
Three ex-girlfriends of their high school’s popular jock (and serial cheater) set him up with the new girl in town so they can watch him get his heart broken.
Friendships are tested and secrets come to surface when Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend’s fiancé.
When attending their son’s college graduation, a couple reignites the spark in their relationship. But, they’re divorced. And he’s remarried…
Dumped and depressed Iris agrees to swap homes with a similarly unlucky in love California woman for a much-needed change in scenery. As Iris settles into her new Hollywood mansion and Amanda into her English cottage, both ladies meet local lads perfect for a romantic pick-me-up.
A thirty-something man is still living with his parents until they’ve had enough and decide to hire Paula who will use her feminine wiles to lever him out of the family house.
Dating coach Alex mentors Albert who hopes to win the heart of a beautiful heiress. While Albert makes progress, he must face his own romantic setbacks when his techniques fail to work on Sara Melas.
Based on a bestseller novel, native New Yorker Rachel must travel to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s insanely rich family and his disapproving mother.
Henry Roth is afraid of commitment. Well, that is until he meets Lucy. They instantly hit it off and he thinks he’s finally found the girl of his dreams until discovering that she has short-term memory loss causing her to forget him the next day.
After being separated at a young age, twins Annie and Hallie meet at summer camp where they conjure up a plan to get their divorced parents back together.
Attempting to achieve personal success without compromising her ethics, Lucy plays a ruthless game to climb to the top against her nemesis Joshua. The rivalry becomes complicated by her growing attraction to him.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
A recent college graduate lands a job in New York City to support where she first fell head over heels for shopping. Drowning in debt, her advice column becomes an overnight success, but her shopping addiction threatens to ruin her love life and career.
There’s Something About Mary
A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his previous date with her was a complete disaster.
Music superstars Kat and Bastian are getting married in front of a global audience of fans. Shortly before their vows, Kat learns that he’s been unfaithful so instead she decides to marry a stranger in the crowd.
When a woman snoops through her boyfriend’s palm pilot (what a throwback!) to see his former girlfriends, she begins to question why they’re still listed in his little black book.
When a smart and sensible graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, she must survive Miranda’s demanding needs while juggling her own personal relationships.
Okay, here me out! This is a personal favorite and although it isn’t the usual rom-com formula, there’s something to be said about loving yourself before putting others’ needs before your own.
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