Best Rom-Coms to Stream This Valentine’s Day | Culture


Whether you’re celebrating this Valentine’s Day with someone special, alone, or with a group of friends, romantic comedies are a great way to celebrate your time on February 14.

But it’s not that easy to just search for “romantic comedy” on Netflix and see what you find. There are different sub-genres of rom-coms to suit whatever situation you find yourself in and I’m here to be your guide and help you curate the best movie experience for your Valentine’s Day adventures.

Teen Romance

“10 Things I Hate About You”

Featuring multiple romance novels that will melt your heart and have you screaming at the screen with insurmountable jealousy that you didn’t have as a teenager, 10 Things I Hate About You is the perfect Valentine’s Day teen romance. Based on the classic Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew and set in a Seattle high school, this film is the perfect blast from the past for anyone craving a bit of ’90s nostalgia. It features two amazing romance novels that unfold in different but equally beautiful ways that you’ll love to watch, so be sure to check out this classic Valentine’s Day rom-com on Disney+.

Fantasy romcom

“Palm Springs”

These next two films have offbeat concepts that fit perfectly into the world of romantic comedy. Palm Springs follows a Groundhog Day-like story in which two wedding guests have to repeat the same day over and over again. With Andy Samberg as Nyles and Cristin Milioti as Sarah, the pair are stuck at Sarah’s sister’s wedding in Palm Springs. Nyles is content to remain in this cycle, especially as the two grow closer and accept their situation, but Sarah is determined to break out of this loop. As the story unfolds and we learn more about each of them, you can’t help but root with the couple and keep your eyes glued to the screen as this beautiful, refreshing take on the time warp genre unfolds. Check out Palm Springs on Hulu for a laugh with friends or just a quick sigh of relief on the couch.

“Over time”

In this high-concept romantic fantasy dramedy, Domhnall Gleeson plays Tim, who after turning 21 discovers he has the ability to travel back in time, which he decides to use to try and fall in love. He meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) and, through his time-travelling hyjinx, tries to make her fall in love with him. It starts out a bit silly, but once you get over the second-hand embarrassment (and believe me, there’s a ton in the first half hour) you’re treated to a wonderful and heartfelt story that absolutely blows your mind. I would highly recommend that you watch About Time on Netflix no matter what your Valentine’s Day situation is.

Rom-Com Dramas

“Crazy Stupid Love”

If you are looking for pure mayhem and great chemistry between Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, I would 100% recommend Crazy Stupid Love. It follows Cal (Steve Carell) who is in the process of coming to terms with a divorce after discovering his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) has been unfaithful. In his post-divorce character arc, Cal tries to reshape his life and manhood with the help of resident womanizer Jacob (Ryan Gosling). Crazy, Stupid, Love features great character development, offbeat moments, and probably my favorite scene of all time when Cal and Jacob go shopping together. If possible, gather a group of friends and log into HBO Max to check out this rom-com masterpiece.

“50 First Dates”

I grew up in a household that adored early 2000s rom-coms, so I’ve watched “50 First Dates” about a thousand times, and I love it more every time I watch it. Of course, it’s an Adam Sandler movie from the 2000s, so there will be a few jokes here and there that haven’t aged well, but overall, this movie melts my heart with every rewatch. The film follows Lucy (Drew Barrymore) who, following a near-fatal accident, is unable to gather new memories and whose memory is reset every morning when she wakes up. While her family coddles her and preserves her mindset, a new love interest, Henry (Adam Sandler), is determined to bail her out and make her fall in love with him. This movie has a great concept and an even better love story, so be sure to check out 50 First Dates on Hulu+ if you get the chance.

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