The Best Netflix Original Romantic Comedy Movies Of All Time

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It’s onerous to say definitively, however Netflix might need saved Rom-Coms from complete extinction.

I grew up within the 80s & 90s when romantic comedies from main studios broke out in an enormous approach. Directors like Nora Ephron, pairings like Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan, and megastars like Julia Roberts lit up the screens and the field workplace to make a number of the greatest movies of the style.

Then, the 2000s began out robust as effectively. Ephron gave method to Nancy Meyers, Richard Curtis, & (largely for the blokes) Judd Apatow; Hugh Grant, Reese Witherspoon, & to a confusingly lesser extent, Adam Sandler took excessive spots; and enterprise was nonetheless booming.

But, in the direction of the latter a part of the 00s and over a lot of the next decade, romantic comedies began to die off. Hollywood was rather more centered on the burgeoning comedian ebook/superhero motion movies that grossed billions and didn’t put as a lot effort into the smaller, star-driven rom-coms that served them so effectively for therefore lengthy. Heck, I’m nonetheless not even certain that 2011’s No Strings Attached & Friends with Benefits aren’t the identical film.

Enter Netflix Original Movies.

Starting round 2018, the motivated streamer flooded the market with a collection of profitable rom-coms, largely within the YA mannequin, that made full unknowns like Noah Centineo, Joey King, Lana Condor, & Jacob Elordi into younger breakout stars. Even the co-star of one of many greatest shock hits of 2023, the steamy but foolish rom-com Anyone But You, acquired the Netflix rom-com occasion began in these early years. While Netflix has struggled to get again to their golden age with a few of their star-studded crucial failures of the final couple years, they nonetheless produce greater than every other studio and appear dedicated to conserving the style alive. 

So, with out additional ado, listed here are my prime 5 Netflix Original Rom-Coms:


5

Always Be My Maybe

Director: Nahnatchka Khan
Cast:
Ali Wong, Randall Park, Michelle Buteau, Daniel Dae Kim, James Saito, & Keanu Reeves
Rated:
PG-13

Always Be My Maybe

Picture: Netflix

Directed by Fresh Off The Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khan (Totally Killer), Always Be My Maybe is the proper instance of how the little issues surrounding the main couple could make your film go from common to a stand out instance within the style. 

Set in San Francisco, the story facilities round Sasha Tran (performed by “Beef” star Ali Wong) and Marcus Kim (performed by MCU & “Fresh Off The Boat” star Randall Park), two childhood pals and subsequent door neighbors who grew to become shut when the Kim household would have younger Sasha over their residence when her mother and father would go away her residence alone to are likely to their retailer. The two would stay pals till their teenage years when a sexual encounter throughout a grieving second for them each after his mom’s sudden passing. After an argument that splits them aside, they fall out of contact for a really very long time.

Fifteen years later, the 2 reunite in an opportunity encounter as Sasha, a celeb chef, is again within the bay space overseeing the opening of her new restaurant. Hired to put in air-con in Sasha’s momentary residence, Marcus reconnects with Sasha and helps reacquaint her with the neighborhood she left behind. Fighting towards profession ambitions & previous/present relationships, Marcus and Sasha should determine what’s most essential of their lives and see if what they’d years in the past was nonetheless value saving.

While the chemistry between Wong’s Sasha & Park’s Marcus is simple in each the “rom” and “com” of the equation, what makes Always Be My Maybe distinctive is the small print & care that went into making this movie pop. 

Starting with the largely Asian forged headlined by Wong & Park and supported extremely effectively by Marcus’ father performed by the unique TMNT villain Shredder James Saito, Marcus’ hippy girlfriend Jenny performed by “Sullivan & Sons” Vivian Bang, Sasha’s fiance performed by “Lost” star Daniel Dae Kim, & cameo of the yr candidate Keanu Reeves (half Chinese on his mom’s facet) enjoying himself as Sasha’s post-fiance rebound. The forged is bolstered by Netflix rom-com all-star & comic Michelle Buteau, who went on to star in her personal present “Survival of the Thickest” in 2023.

Adding to the appeal & deep Asian roots within the movie is Marcus’ band Hello Peril, a reputation impressed by the time period “Yellow Peril” – the “alleged threat to Western nations by East Asians”. With Park on vocals & co-writing the brilliantly humorous songs with legendary producer Dan The Automator (Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School), Hello Peril’s superb lineup options rapper Lyrics Born as Quasar, later seasons “House” co-star Charlyne Yi as Ginger, and Deadpool co-star Karan Soni as Tony. Songs like “Tennis Ball” which reference a blunder by Quasar within the film and “I Punched Keanu Reeves” which performs on the movie’s climax add an additional bonus of cleverness & expertise that this movie appears to shock us with at each flip. Seriously, these songs are pretty much as good or higher than the film. 

But on the finish of the day, Always Be My Maybe is a rigorously crafted & deeply entertaining tackle When Harry Met Sally that Wong & Park have developed for a number of years even earlier than the cameras got here on and it reveals. The chemistry between long-time pals is obvious and the a number of layers of thought in its forged & plot development make this one of many higher rom-coms lately on Netflix or in any other case. 


4

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Director: Susan Johnson
Cast:
Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Anna Catchcart, John Corbett, Andrew Bachelor
Rated: TV-14

To All The Boys Ive Loved Before

Picture: Netflix

Behind solely the ultra-violent extravaganza that’s the Chris Hemsworth-led Extraction movies, the To All The Boys YA rom-com trilogy is among the greatest franchises in Netflix historical past and probably crucial, alongside its fellow YA rom-com trilogy friends, The Kissing Booth franchise.

Based on the 2014 novel of the identical identify by Jenny Han, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was the crown jewel for Netflix of their “Summer of Love” collection of movies in 2018 that noticed a reported 80 million subscribers flock to these movies over that span. The movie kicked off not solely the aforementioned trilogy of movies, but additionally the collection spin-off “XO Kitty” for co-star Anna Cathcart who performs the youthful sister within the movies.

The first movie (and greatest one within the franchise solely barely forward of Always and Forever IMO) tells the story of Lara Jean Covey (performed by X-Men: Apocalypse co-star Lana Condor), a shy but good highschool junior, who has written a collection of letters over her youth to “boys she has loved before” (duh) which have been locked away in her closet by no means to be seen by anybody. When Lara Jean’s youthful sister Kitty finds the letters and sends them out to her secret admirers, she is confronted by a number of of them the next day at school: classmate/nemisis Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), her pal & sister’s boyfriend Josh (Happy Death Day franchise co-star Israel Broussard), & former crush/present homosexual pal Lucas.

When Peter tells Lara Jean in regards to the letter, she faints on the thought. Upon awakening, she sees Josh holding his letter and heading in her course. In a panic, Lara Jean kisses Peter to make Josh jealous & confused sufficient to stroll away. Later, Peter tracks Lara Jean down at her favourite diner the place she explains her scenario with Josh and the way the kiss was a ruse to ward him off. Inspired by this, Peter proposes the 2 of them pretend a relationship with a view to make Josh and Peter’s ex-girlfriend Gen (“Riverdale” co-star Emilija Baranac) jealous of their new love and possibly tempt them into reuniting. 

In basic rom-com trend, what begins as pretend will get increasingly more actual simply as their actual plan begins to work. Now dealing with a real disaster of the guts, Lara Jean should discover herself with a view to do what’s greatest for her future. 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before launched the careers of its leads Lana Condor & Noah Centineo, and for good cause. Their chemistry sells the story and helps rise in regards to the inevitable conclusions & cliches of the style; a chemistry that made a trilogy out of their story in a style that hardly ever will get the pleasure of that growth. Not solely that, however the motion pictures proceed with the spin-off collection XO, Kitty, heading into its second season.

With that chemistry on the heart of the body, it might be simple to miss what could also be the true cause for its success: the household. The shut bond between the sisters, the battle of dropping their mom, & the sensitivity and heat of the daddy left behind actually grounds the movie and makes the setting extra inviting for its viewers. 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before might appear to be an apparent alternative for this record due to its bigger franchise success, however it’s extra apparent for its lived-in enchantment and real appeal. Many YA rom-coms occurred round this time and in subsequent years, however this movie rises above the sector. 


3

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Director: Vanessa Caswill
Cast: Haley Lu Richardson, Ben Hardy, Rob Delaney, Jameela Jamil
Rated: PG-13

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight

Picture: Netflix

Based on the beloved 2013 ebook “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” by creator Jennifer E. Smith, Love At First Sight is written by the completely pleasant Katie Lovejoy who struck gold along with her first produced movie screenplay for To All The Boys: Always and Forever. Add in “Little Women” mini-series director Vanessa Caswill to helm the challenge and VIOLA, you could have efficiently raised the ground and given your self a better likelihood *wink* at rom-com success.

The movie follows two college college students, Hadley Sullivan & Oliver Jones, as they start to fall for one another on their flight from New York to London. But because the chaos of a London airport, a perpetually dying mobile phone, & earlier engagements on reverse sides of town begin to flip the chances of reuniting towards them, love – and a bit of London magic – might have a approach of defying the chances.

Love at First Sight options an exceptionally deep forged that includes Edge of Seventeen & White Lotus standout Haley Lu Richardson as Hadley and X-Men: Apocalypse & Netflix’s 6 Underground star Ben Hardy as Oliver. The movie additionally stars Catastrophe star & former Twitter lord Rob Delaney, Bridget Jones co-star Sally Phillips, actor/director Dexter Fletcher, and The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil because the chameleon-like narrator.

The result’s a captivating, but heartstring pulling story that feels as lived in as Haley Lu’s airplane cardigan apparel. The chemistry between Richardson & Hardy will make you neglect how magically inconceivable sure elements of their budding romance are or how shortly issues come collectively. Director Vanessa Caswill by no means rushes a second between them because the movie stays at cruising tempo for a lot of its period. Choices in temper & tempo similar to these enable for a deeper, extra real looking bond between its characters and the attractive, bittersweet moments that transpire additional into the London storyline.

So a lot of the story and its key takeaways are introduced again to the core tenet of Hadley’s outlook on love & relationships: somebody to carry your hand by life. Oliver’s mother and father have one another even when the sunshine will get darkish. Oliver has Hadley to information him by his household’s impending heartbreak and Hadley has Oliver to information her by her sophisticated emotions after her mother and father’ divorce and new marriage. It’s a easy, relatable theme that makes the story value watching.

Overall, Love at First Sight is much less about one real love and extra about what love can provide us as we navigate our lives. A effectively paced, effectively cared for movie that by no means loses sight of what really issues. It’s not flashy or busy like most streaming rom-coms and that’s a very good factor. Quality casting offers start to nice chemistry and deeply rooted characters. Easily one of the best love story for Netflix in 2023 and one of the best in the previous few years. 


2

Set It Up

Director: Claire Scanlon
Cast:
Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu
Rated:
TV-14

Set It Up Netflix Romcom

Picture: Netflix

Top Gun: Maverick, Devotion, Anyone But You

The present run for newly arrived famous person Glen Powell could be very spectacular and has cemented his place as a number one man of the long run in Hollywood. 

But the true ones know that Glen Powell has had his powers all alongside. Whether you began with him way back to 2014’s Expendables 3 or his breakout 2016 with Hidden Figures & Everybody Wants Some!!, everybody who noticed him knew what was to return. 

My introduction to Glen Powell was in 2018 for our #2 movie (which may very well be argued for #1) Set It Up, a movie as a lot in regards to the gambit of getting two bosses romantically concerned as it’s about why in God’s identify would anybody contemplate throwing away a relationship with both Powell or his massively lovable co-star Zoey Deutch, who herself was coming in sizzling off of her greater position in Everybody Wants Some!! in addition to her starring position in Why Him? and Ed Sheeran’s romantic curiosity within the video for “Perfect”

Written by Booksmart scribe Katie Silberman, the plot is as easy & evergreen as any rom-com might get: Two younger assistants in New York City, Harper & Charlie, notice they’ll make their lives simpler by organising their workaholic bosses so far. While making an attempt to perpetuate this romantic ruse between their nightmare bosses, the assistants notice they themselves would possibly truly be proper for one another. In different phrases, they “Parent Trap” their bosses and fall for one another within the course of.

While the essential framework of the movie could also be a tad extraordinary, the forged, setting, & snappy pacing make this a delight begin to end. With former castmates of Everybody Wants Some!! within the leads teaming with superb chemistry & familiarity, the remainder of the casting would want to maintain tempo and it completely does. Buzzy “SNL” star Pete Davidson is hilarious as Charlie’s roommate, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” standout Titus Burgess performs “Creepy Tim” (and he loves it), & comic Leonard Ouzts steals the elevator scene because the freaked out UPS man. Of course, Taye Diggs & Lucy Liu additionally kill it because the uptight, overbearing bosses that get matched collectively. The New York City setting is ideal as they whip across the capital metropolis of business making appearances & plot gadgets round metropolis staples like Yankee Stadium. The pacing & enhancing match the tone of the hustle bustle our characters work in daily in addition to the urgency of the “set-ups” they devise all through the movie.

Simply put, this movie is simply a lot enjoyable. It’s no mistake that the careers of the younger forged and the good minds who created such a delight have gone on to nice issues or at minimal a sustained veteran presence within the business. All you “new to Glen Powell” followers have to put this one in your watchlist ASAP.


1

The Half Of It

Director: Alice Wu
Cast: Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire, Collin Chou
Rated:
PG-13

The Half Of It Netflix

Picture: Netflix

Much like Set It Up, our #1 film takes an previous concept and makes it new. One of the various motion pictures to loosely base itself on the basic nineteenth century play “Cyrano de Bergerac”, The Half of It takes the bones of the play’s story and makes a contemporary, but evergreen retelling with a Queer character protagonist.

Written & Directed by Alice Wu, the movie focuses on loner highschool pupil Ellie Chu who lives within the distant city of Squahamish along with her widowed father. She is thought in her faculty for making extra cash writing homework assignments for her fellow classmates, however inarticulate soccer participant Paul Munsky has a unique sort of project in thoughts: write a collection of letters & texts to his crush Aster Flores pretending to be a greater model of Paul to win her affections. While reluctant at first, Ellie agrees to assist Paul as a result of her household is falling on onerous instances financially and barely with the ability to maintain the lights on.

While fulfilling her obligations to Paul, the 2 grow to be shut and spend a whole lot of time collectively. While Paul is confused as as to whether he truly ought to be with Ellie, Ellie develops emotions for Aster Flores. The entanglements of popping out, rejecting a pal’s advances, and hurting his personal probabilities with another person make this a compelling fashionable spin on the basic setup.

Honored with the Best Narrative Feature prize on the Tribeca Film Festival together with a Best Screenplay nomination on the 2021 Independent Spirit Awards, The Half of It grew to become a crucial darling for Alice Wu, who’s private story partially mirrors Ellie’s story as Wu herself didn’t come out to herself and others till she attended school at Stanford.

The movie’s greatest elements are embedded within the depth & maturity of Ellie’s self-realization. She has to just accept who she is as an clever & completed expertise that should unfold her wings exterior of her small city simply as a lot as she wants to determine who and the way she’s going to love in her current & future. She additionally has the added guilt of being in an immigrant household that has misplaced their mom and feels obligated to assist her damaged father get by. Wu’s screenplay, stuffed with relatable characters, small-town trappings, coming-of-age struggles, household heat, & surprisingly efficient humor, made this movie stand out on the good time with the world caught in Covid isolation in May 2021.


Honorable Romantic Comedy Mentions

  • Love Hard
  • The Perfect Date
  • To All The Boys: Always and Forever
  • The Incredible Jessica James
  • Someone Great

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