With wintry cuteness in the air and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the romantic comedy is back in bloom.
Streaming behemoth Netflix may be home to everything from black-and-white foreign-language Oscar winners to mid-80s flashbacks about teenagers fighting monsters, but rom-coms are one area where the platform consistently excels. . After a few years out of fashion, the romantic comedy has found a new lease on life on Netflix. You could even argue that the streamer has played a critical role in saving the genre over the past few years — or at least reminding viewers how much fun it can be to watch two lovely people fall in love against a backdrop of misadventure and adventure. .
Even when rom-coms struggle at the box office, they thrive among subscribers. 2018’s megahit “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” comes to mind as an instant triumph for Netflix, backed by two sequels (released in 2020 and 2021) and countless other original rom-coms that seem like the picture of a trilogy. were made based on From the workplace shenanigans of “Set It Up” to the tortured friend zone of “Always Be My Maybe,” Netflix continues to invest in flirtatious tales of finding the one.
Among the best romantic comedies on Netflix in January 2022 is the criminally underrated pairing of Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston, Along Came Polly. Plus there’s Alia Shawkat and Laia Costa in the melancholic “Duck Butter”; Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in the all-time great “Notting Hill”; Amy Adams and Matthew Goode in the rather sweet “Leap Year”; and more
From modern classics like “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” to new originals like “Eurovision Song Contest: The Fire Saga,” Netflix is full of great examples of the loving, funny content the genre still has to offer. Here are 14 romantic comedies you can watch on Netflix right now. Selections are listed in ascending order of quality and genre relevance.