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11 Great Romantic Comedies to Stream on Netflix

Sep 4 2014 - 11:00am

It's no secret that the last few years have been a bleak time for romantic comedies. I don't know what happened to girls just standing in front of boys asking them to love them or why Tom Hanks [1] isn't shutting down Meg Ryan [2]'s shop anymore; I just know that this genre isn't as good as it used to be. To help matters, I've picked out 11 great romantic comedies that you can stream on Netflix — 11 movies that are either old favorites, gems you may have never seen, or semirecent movies you missed for whatever reason. Get ready to fall in love again!

Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films [3]


Don't let the subtitles scare you away. This French movie is a delight. Audrey Tautou is a shy Parisian making the lives around her better and more interesting, but she's scared of it for her own life — until she meets someone worthy of her. Trust me: you'll swoon.

Watch it now! [4]

Shakespeare in Love

Though not a traditional romantic comedy — it's set in 16th-century England, not the Manhattan publishing world — it is funny (Ben Affleck [5]!), and it is very, very romantic. And Gwyneth Paltrow [6] won an Oscar for it, so it has that going for it too.

Watch it now! [7]

I Give It a Year

This 2013 movie beats the rule that recent romantic comedies aren't good by completely bending the rules. I won't give it away, but I Give It a Year is totally unpredictable but still very cute, and Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne are a gut-busting pair of newlyweds.

Watch it now! [8]

Ira & Abby

Been crushing on Chris Messina on The Mindy Project? You have to see him in Ira & Abby, another unconventional romantic comedy from writer/star Jennifer Westfeldt. It answers the question of whether two perfect strangers can just get married and make it work. Romantic and screwball, and did I mention how cute Chris Messina is?

Watch it now! [9]

Source: Magnolia Pictures [10]

Beautiful Girls

It's worth it to see this movie for adorable preteen Natalie Portman [11], whose character has a flirtation with a grown man that somehow doesn't come off as creepy. I credit the rest of the movie and characters, who are all struggling or finding happiness in their own romantic relationships.

Watch it now! [12]

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The subject matter is heavy at points — several of the characters struggle with sex addiction — but the drama just serves to illuminate the lighter points (and the dreaminess of Mark Ruffalo [13]).

Watch it now! [14]

Annie Hall

A classic; Diane Keaton [15] redefined the romantic leading lady, while her character's relationship with Alvy (Woody Allen [16]) is still relatable and hilarious.

Watch it now! [17]

Jerry Maguire

Cameron Crowe's movie may make you think of the now-ubiquitous line "You complete me," but believe me, when Jerry (Tom Cruise [18]) says it in context, it's dreamy.

Watch it now! [19]

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