Ranging from heartwarming originals to 80s classics, Netflix has no shortage of adorable and hilarious rom com options. For the most part, they all follow one magic formula: The fated lovers meet. There’s some sort of spark, to which they’re pretty much always oblivious. Something goes wrong and destroys any chance they have of being together... but eventually everything comes together for the perfect sappy and sweet ending.
With so many great films to choose from on the streaming service, you could spend ages trying to narrow down your options. To make it a bit simpler, we’ve selected some of the best romantic comedies on Netflix, in one convenient list. Check them out below, in order of release date.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) is on a mission: She’s going to write an article entitled “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” She’s an advice columnist known as the “How to … girl,” and she’s eager to spice up her column. Andie plans to date a guy and drive him away, recording her experience–for science, of course. Meanwhile, Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey), an ad executive, has bet his boss that he can make any woman fall in love with him.
Well aware of Andie’s new project, Ben’s coworkers choose her as the woman whom he must woo. Blissfully unaware that the other has a hidden agenda, Andie and Ben begin dating. Obviously, their plans backfire as they begin to truly fall for one another — but neither of them is willing to give an inch.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Jenna (Jennifer Garner) is an awkward 13-year-old who wishes she could just skip ahead to adulthood. After a fateful sleepover, she wakes to find that her wishes have come true. She’s suddenly 30-years-old: Beautiful, fabulous, and successful. Although it seems perfect at first, Jenna finds that being an adult isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Her company is about to get edged out by the competition. She’s become a mean girl and alienated all of her friends. And she doesn’t even talk to her parents!
All the newly-30 Jenna wants is to return to her childhood. She wants to spend her school days with her best friend, Matty. Back in her days as a 13-year-old, Jenna dismissed Matty, but now that she’s exposed to the horrors of her adult life, she misses him more than anything. When she reaches out to him to heal their friendship, Jenna and adult Matty (Mark Ruffalo) begin to fall for one another, despite his engagement to another woman. Jenna knows the way to fix everything and be together is to return to her 13-year-old body. She just doesn’t know how to flip the switch back.
Guess Who (2005)
In this remake of the classic Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Theresa (Zoe Saldana) and Simon (Ashton Kutcher) are madly in love. Simon recently proposed but has yet to meet Theresa’s family. This weekend is her parents’ 25th anniversary, and they’re having a big party where Simon is supposed to make his debut. But it's not exactly ideal timing … Simon just quit his job, and can’t bring himself to tell Theresa.
Theresa’s father, Percy (the late Bernie Mac), is excited to meet his daughter’s businessman boyfriend but is shocked to find that Simon is white. Percy doesn’t even give Simon a chance, and Simon digs himself into a painfully deep web of lies trying to win Percy’s favor. The hilarious film both entertains with a classic rom-com plotline and delivers a strong message about race relations and interracial relationships.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) is devastated when Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), his girlfriend of five years, suddenly breaks up with him. He’s a composer for a show called Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime, in which Sarah plays the main character. Peter simply can’t seem to escape her. Every time he tries to work, he is struck by thoughts of Sarah. Every time he turns on the TV or opens a magazine, her face pops up.
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In a desperate attempt to get away, Peter takes a trip to Hawaii, but just so happens to have chosen the exact same resort where Sarah is staying with her new boyfriend, rockstar Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). Peter is so pitiful that he captures the attention of Rachel (Mila Kunis), the concierge. She takes pity on him and keeps him company during his stay at the resort. Somewhere along the way, Peter moves on from Sarah and falls in love with Rachel.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
Nick (Michael Cera) is still heartbroken after his girlfriend Tris (Alexis Dziena) broke up with him. Since the end of their relationship, he's continued to make her mixtapes expressing his heartbreak. Norah (Kat Dennings), who goes to Tris’ school, has discovered the discarded mixtapes and is a big fan of Nick’s music.
When all three of them end up at the same club, Tris begins teasing Norah for not having a boyfriend. Desperate for an escape, Norah asks Nick to pretend to be her boyfriend. The pair spend the night looking for Norah’s drunk friend and find themselves falling for each other.
I Love You, Man (2009)
There’s only one thing missing from Peter Klaven’s (Paul Rudd) life: a male best friend. Normally, he doesn’t mind. He has a great job as a realtor, a wonderful fiancée named Zooey (Rashida Jones), and lovely female friends. But at the moment, he’s in dire need of a best man and has exactly zero friends to ask.
He asked his gay brother for advice on talking to men, which, unsurprisingly, results in him making uncomfortable advances on men he’s simply trying to befriend. He finally befriends Sydney (Jason Segel), a man who shows up at his open house to pick up divorced women. They quickly grow close, but Sydney takes advantage of Peter and comes between him and Zooey. Is Peter truly willing to trade the love of his life for the male best friend he never had?
Leap Year (2010)
Anna (Amy Adams) and Jeremy (Adam Scott) have been together for four years, and he’s yet to propose. Fed up, Anna takes matters into her own hands, planning to propose to Jeremy in Dublin on leap day. There’s an Irish tradition that says a man who is proposed to on leap day must accept the proposal, making it the perfect day. Jeremy is already in Ireland for a conference, so all Anna needs to do it meet him there.
Her perfect plans go awry when a storm diverts her plane to Wales. She sets out to Dublin on a boat, but her trip gets progressively more complicated. She meets Declan (Matthew William Goode), a surly innkeeper and enlists him to help her make her way to Dublin. Over the course of their journey, Anna finds herself falling for Declan and begins feeling immensely confused.
Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List (2015)
Naomi (Victoria Justice) and Ely (Pierson Fode) are best friends. They’re determined to never let a boy come between them, so they’ve made a no kiss list. A name that gets added to the list is off limits to both of them. Their cute doorman, Gabriel (Matthew Daddario), is at the top of the list. As the movie opens, Naomi has recently started dating a guy they call Bruce 2 (Ryan Ward), while Ely continues to have a series of casual hookups.
Their friendship is put through the ultimate test when Ely falls for Bruce 2. Just to make matters worse, Naomi has fallen in love with Ely. She refuses to accept that he’s gay and continues to hope that he will one day return her feelings.
Sleeping With Other People (2015)
In 2002, Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) have a one-night stand. They lose their virginity to one another, but never intend to see each other again. Twelve years later, Lainey and Jake run into each other at a meeting for sex addicts. Lainey has just broken up with her boyfriend on whom she consistently cheated. Jake is incapable of committing to anyone.
The pair go on a date, comparing problems and consoling each other. Jake suggests that they have sex, but Lainey thinks they’re better off as friends. They become best friends but can’t quite seem to get the sexual tension out of their systems.
The Kissing Booth (2018)
Elle Evans (Joey King) and Lee Flynn (Joel Courtney) were born on the exact same day, at the exact same time, in the exact same hospital, to women that had been best friends forever. Now teenagers, Elle and Lee have been best friends for as long as they can remember. They know that guys and girls don’t always have the easiest time staying friends once high school hits, so they make a set of friendship rules. Rule number nine: “relatives of your best friends are totally off-limits.”
Elle is determined to follow all the rules, including this one, but has a massive crush on Lee’s super hot older brother Noah (Jacob Elordi). When her pants rip on her first day of junior year, she’s forced to wear a skirt that’s way too short and really shows off the body she developed over the summer. Just to make matters a little more complicated, Noah kisses Elle while she’s working at a kissing booth, and they admit their feelings for one another. They come up with their own set of rules. The most important one? Lee can never find out about them.
Set It Up (2018)
Kirsten (Lucy Liu) is the editor of a super successful sports journal. Her assistant, Harper (Zoey Deutch), is a bored 23-year-old. Rick (Taye Diggs) is a venture capitalist. His assistant, Charlie (Glen Powell) is a 28-year-old with a model girlfriend for whom he has no time. Kirsten and Rick are high-strung workaholics who make their assistants work ridiculous hours. When Harper and Charlie bond over their ridiculous hours, they come up with a plan.
They’re going to set up their tense bosses and hope that dating will help them both relax. Kirsten and Charlie hit it off and the assistants use their extensive knowledge of their bosses to keep the fire going. But their plans go off course when their bosses discover the truth.
When We First Met (2018)
Noah (Adam DeVine) first met Avery (Alexandra Daddario) at a Halloween party three years ago and has been in love with her ever since. At her engagement party, he’s devastated that he’s lost his chance with her and gets very drunk. Avery’s roommate, Carrie (Shelley Hennig), brings Noah to the piano bar where he works, and he admits to her that he has feelings for Avery.
In the bar, he uses the photobooth and travels back in time to the day he first met Avery. As he uses the photobooth to redo their meeting over and over, desperately trying to make Avery fall in love with him, Noah realizes that they were never meant to be together and that he had been overlooking the woman he truly loved all along.
Featured still from "Kissing Booth" via Netflix