A Guide To the Best Romantic Comedies Streaming on Netflix

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Clueless: Cher and Josh

[Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures]

We’re always looking for a good romantic comedy, be it for a movie night with friends or a rainy Sunday afternoon in solitude. In recent years the output has been bleak — will anyone admit to seeing Gigli, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, or The Ugly Truth? — but we can’t help but hope and pray that soon an adorable on-screen couple will whisk us away to a land of meet-cutes and apartment parties in a tidy 90 minutes.

What If seems like our best bet. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, it explores the timeless question of whether or not men and women can just be friends — thanks to Kazan’s significant other and DanRad’s unrequited love. The man formerly known as Harry Potter has proven himself through a variety of stage and screen roles, and Kazan has an innate likeability we kind of just want to ask her out to coffee. Don’t let us down, you guys!

If you can’t get to the theater this weekend, there’s still plenty of rom com to enjoy. Here are 10 classic, perfect movies available for your instant viewing pleasure. Grab a Netflix account and let’s get started.

Clueless (1995)

You thought we’d leave this off the list? As if! Amy Heckerling‘s modernization of Emma is complete perfection from start to finish, and only gets better with age. (Sadly, “Surfing the crimson wave” makes a lot more sense once you’ve hit puberty.) Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd have a natural, hilarious banter that totally makes us forget they once were related (by marriage). There’s a reason why people still quote this movie on a daily basis, and Katy Perry is dying to be in the musical adaptation.

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

Somethings Gotta Give

[Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures]

Diane Keaton in flawless and stain-free white turtlenecks, Jack Nicholson acting like a boss, and Keanu Reeves reminding us that he’s a dreamboat (when he isn’t feeling sorry for himself). If you can’t get behind this 50-plus love story, at least indulge in Nancy Meyers decor porn.

Love Actually (2003)

Not only a fine holiday film, but an important (and divisive) cultural touchstone. With so many intersecting and unrelated stories, there’s something for everyone: naked, aging rockers, lobsters, drunk Midwesterners, a curmudgeon with poor taste in jewelry, and Hugh Grant dancing – just to name a few.

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