Known for their cliché storylines, cheesy dialogue and the unrealistic expectations they place on real-life love, rom-coms are not for everyone. However, the genre has evolved over the years to encompass more nuanced, complex relationships and touch on serious topics such as the spectrum of sexuality and mental illness, making them more appealing.
We have curated a list of the best om-coms streaming on Netflix. Keep reading to find amazing stories to watch!
1. Blind Date (2015)
A French film directed by and starring Clovis Cornillac, “Blind Date” is about the strange relationship of a puzzle-inventor and pianist who are neighbors in a thin-walled apartment building. At first, like all the two annoy each other with the respective noises from their professions, but begin to form an unexpected bond through their thin walls.
2. Groundhog Day (1993)
Starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, “Groundhog Day” narrates the story of a TV weatherman who gets stuck in an infinite time loop. While trying desperately to escape, he realizes that he has fallen for his friend Rita.
3. I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015)
4. Nappily Ever After (2018)
An accident at a hair salon causes the perfect life of Violet (Sanaa Lathan) to spiral out of control, leaving her with a shaved head and without a boyfriend. As her hair grows, she learns to embrace both her natural appearance and the challenges that life has thrown at her.
5. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Often regarded as the end-all, be-all of rom-coms, “Sleepless in Seattle” is a must-watch. Directed by Nora Ephron and starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Sam Baldwin and Annie Reed fall in love over the radio and risk it all to find each other.
6. About Time (2013)
Directed by all-time rom-com expert Richard Curtis, “About Time” tells the story of Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers that the men in his family have the ability to time travel. Though Tim uses this power to his advantage when wooing Mary (Rachel McAdams), he soon encounters complications when important milestones begin to disappear from his life because of the tweaks he made to his past.
7. Definitely Maybe (2008)
With an all-star cast consisting of Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks and Abigail Breslin, “Definitely Maybe” follows Will Hayes, a political consultant who tells his 11-year-old daughter about his romantic history to help her understand his divorce. Full of heart and realism, the film is a refreshing take on the rom-com genre that will still leave you swooning.
8. Picture Perfect – 1997
Picture Perfect was released in 1997 when Aniston’s Friends career was taking off. The film saw Aniston playing Kate Mosley, a talented advertising executive struggling to find success in a prestigious New York agency. Through happenstance, Kate meets a videographer called Nick (played by Jay Mohr) and they start a relationship with each other. The film follows the trials and tribulations of Kate and Nick’s relationship.