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The 15 Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix [September 2020]

The 15 Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix [September 2020]

A quick glance through the Netflix library makes one thing painfully clear: rom-coms are back! Yes, the classic romantic comedy has lived quite a weathered life. From the peak of the genre in the 80s and 90s to the lows of the 2000s, rom-com lovers everywhere have managed to breathe a sigh of relief. From indie gems like Obvious Child to major blockbusters like The Big Sick and Crazy Rich Asians, rom-coms are healthier than they’ve ever been, and Netflix is home to dozens of legacy titles and original films alike.

Of course, with so many new romance-tinged comedies on the market, it’s hard to know where to start. If you’re looking to dive deep into the world of true love, we’ve gathered fifteen of our favorites on Netflix today. Get your tissues ready: from classic musicals to Netflix originals, we’ve got something for everyone.

About Time

About Time

By Richard Curtis

star 7.8/10

by IMDb Rating
Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle

By Nora Ephron

star 6.8/10

by IMDb Rating
The Lovebirds

The Lovebirds

By Michael Showalter

star 6.0/10

by IMDb Rating

Originally planned for an April 2020 theatrical release, The Lovebirds moved to Netflix after having its theatrical release canceled. That’s probably for the best, because The Lovebirds is a perfect Sunday afternoon watch: breezy, action-packed, and full of laughs. Starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, The Lovebirds is directed by Michael Showalter, who previously worked with Nanjiani on The Big SickThe Lovebirds follows a couple on the verge of breaking up, until they find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery investigation. As the two work together to clear their names, they eventually find themselves tied up in a bizarre conspiracy that goes all the way to the top. It might be just what this couple needs to stay together.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

By Susan Johnson

star 7.0/10

by IMDb Rating
Set It Up

Set It Up

By Claire Scanlon

star 6.5/10

by IMDb Rating

Set It Up is one of Netflix’s many new releases in the romantic-comedy genre, something it seems desperate to bring back to life regardless on whether the studio system will allow it. Like many old-school rom-coms, Set It Up has a pretty basic plot: two assistants to rich, self-important bosses (one the editor of an online sports empire a la Deadspin or SB Nation, the other an investment and venture capitalist) decide that, in order to get their bosses to calm down for a bit, will use their loneliness to set up dates for each other. With a cast including Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, and Joan Smalls, Set It Up is perfect for a Friday night in or for a lazy Sunday morning.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

By Edgar Wright

star 7.5/10

by IMDb Rating
The Week Of

The Week Of

By Robert Smigel

star 5.2/10

by IMDb Rating
Zookeeper

Zookeeper

By Frank Coraci

star 5.2/10

by IMDb Rating
How Do You Know

How Do You Know

By James L. Brooks

star 5.4/10

by IMDb Rating

James L. Brooks’ filmography is filled with classic rom-coms, including Broadcast News and As Good As It Gets, and while How Do You Know isn’t Brooks’ strongest film, it’s still worth a look for completionists of the director. The film follows softball player Lisa Jorgenson (Reese Witherspoon), who has played ball her entire life. After being cut from the team, she finds her personal life torn between Matty (Owen Wilson), a professional baseball player, and George (Paul Rudd), a businessman she met on a blind date. George finds his own life in turmoil, when he finds himself on the hook for stock fraud after his father (Jack Nicholson, in his final film role to-date), set him up.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

By David Dobkin

star 6.5/10

by IMDb Rating

Another film planned for a theatrical release only to become a Netflix Original, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga was planned to arrive just as the legendary song contest was to air in May. After Eurovision 2020 was canceled, the Will Ferrell-starring comedy found its new home on streaming. The film follows Lars Erickssong (Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdóttir (Rachel McAdams), two lifelong friends who perform together as Fire Saga. When a dangerous boating accident leaves their band the final entry available for Iceland’s team in Eurovision, the two travel to Scotland to compete for the top prize, while Sigrit struggles with her feelings for Lars. Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, and Demi Lovato also star.

My Best Friend's Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding

By P.J. Hogan

star 6.3/10

by IMDb Rating

A rom-com classic, My Best Friend’s Wedding made nearly $300 million at the global box office—a far cry from what most romantic comedies are able to make these days. The film follows Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) and Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney), childhood friends who made a deal to marry each other if they were still single by their 28th birthday. Three weeks prior to Julianne’s 28th birthday, she receives a call from Michael, announcing that he’s marrying a 20-year-old named Kimberly (Cameron Diaz). Realizing she’s still in love with her childhood sweetheart, Julianne sets out to sabotage the wedding—only to find herself appointed maid of honor.

The Wedding Planner

The Wedding Planner

By Adam Shankman

star 5.3/10

by IMDb Rating

From Adam Shankman (HairsprayRock of Ages), The Wedding Planner is a classic early ’00s rom-com, helping to establish Matthew McConaughey as a leading man. The film follows Mary (Jennifer Lopez), a powerful wedding planner who just scored the most lucrative account of her career, when a near-fatel collision with a runaway dumpster is saved by handsome pediatrician Steve Edison (McConaughey). It’s only after an incredible evening together that Mary learns who Steve really is: the fiance of her newest client.

Grease

Grease

By Randal Kleiser

star 7.2/10

by IMDb Rating

Is there any musical more romantic, more fun, and more cool than Grease? The classic 1978 musical takes viewers back to the 1950s, as a group of high school kids experience the end of summer—and the start of something new. When a wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and greaser Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance without the knowledge of their judgmental friend groups, they’ll have to fight to keep their love aflame when school starts back up. Although neither will premiere on Netflix, HBO Max is developing both a sequel series and a prequel film.

Sleeping With Other People

Sleeping With Other People

By Leslye Headland

star 6.5/10

by IMDb Rating
Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

By David O. Russell

star 7.7/10

by IMDb Rating
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