With wintery meet-cutes in the air and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the romantic comedy is once again in full bloom.
The streaming behemoth that is Netflix may offer a home to everything from black-and-white foreign-language Oscar winners to middling ’80s-era throwbacks about preteens battling monsters, but the rom-com is one area in which the platform has consistently excelled. After a few years out of fashion, the romantic comedy has enjoyed new life at Netflix. You could even make the case that the streamer played a critical role in saving the genre over the past few years — or at least reminding viewers just how much fun it can be to watch two nice people fall in love against a backdrop of misadventures and hijinks.
Even as rom-coms struggle at the box office, they’re thriving among subscribers. The 2018 megahit “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” comes to mind as an instant triumph for Netflix, supported by two sequels (released in 2020 and 2021) and countless other original rom-coms seemingly crafted in the trilogy’s image. From the workplace shenanigans of “Set It Up” to the tortured friend zone of “Always Be My Maybe,” Netflix continues to invest in flirty tales about finding the one.
In January 2022, the best romantic comedies on Netflix also include the criminally underrated Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston odd coupling “Along Came Polly.” Plus, there’s Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa in the melancholy “Duck Butter”; Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in the all-time great “Notting Hill”; Amy Adams and Matthew Goode in the reasonably sweet “Leap Year”; and more
From modern classics like “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” to new originals like “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,” Netflix is filled with prime examples of all the loving, funny offerings the genre still has to offer. Here are 14 romantic comedies you can watch right now on Netflix. Selections are listed in ascending order of quality and genre relevance.