There’s nothing like a feature-length chance to fall in love.
Whether you’re preparing a cozy evening for two, a socially-distanced hang with friends, or a private, solo cry over love lost/love won/the state of the planet/etc., romantic comedies are one of our greatest resources for emotional catharsis. To get things started for you, we’ve combed through every rom-com now streaming on Hulu — no add-ons needed — to assess the best of the best.
Ranked from like to love to love love, here are the 14 best romantic comedies now on Hulu.
14. Playing It Cool
OK, cards on the table: Playing It Cool isn’t, strictly speaking, a “good” movie. The plot is a mess, the pacing is worse, and the script tries so hard to be funny it’s actually kind of annoying. But what this 2015 misfire lacks in cinematic strength it makes up for in star power. Leading Marvel men Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie deliver extremely fun performances as a frustrated screen writer and his agent, with the always great Michelle Monaghan playing Evans’ love interest. This one is by no means a must-see — but if you like these actors, then you’ll have fun.
How to watch: Playing It Cool is now streaming on Hulu.
13. What Men Want
In a fresh take on the 2000 Nancy Meyers’ rom-com What Women Want, Taraji P. Henson plays Ali, a professional woman consistently dismissed by her male colleagues. When an accident involving a head injury and a psychic gives her the ability to read men’s thoughts, however, all bets are off — even in the realm of romance. Strong performances from Henson, romantic lead Aldis Hodge, and supporting actors, including 30 Rock‘s Tracy Morgan and Silicon Valley’s Josh Brener, elevate this remake far beyond its predecessor for a watch worth your attention.
How to watch: What Men Want is now streaming on Hulu.
12. Date Night
Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy delivers solid laughs, and even better casting, and in this 2010 romantic comedy-turned-thriller. Entertainment titans Tina Fey and Steve Carrell star as a married couple working to rekindle the spark, when a white lie leads them down a dangerous path. Date Night may not hold up in all the ways you remember, but it’s worth a revisit — if only for that excellent car chase scene; “YOUR PLANS ARE THE WORST!!”
How to watch: Date Night is now streaming on Hulu.
11. The Duff
If you’ve been put off by this movie’s icky title (y’know “Designated Ugly Fat Friend”), we get it. Still, this poorly named underdog story is worth overcoming those initial apprehensions. Extraordinarily funny, unexpectedly thoughtful, and starring all-time great actor Mae Whitman, The Duff is a hidden gem sure to dazzle viewers who have slept on its release since 2015. And if you’re rewatching it? Then, we promise: Robbie Ammel is just as crush-worthy the second, third, and fourth time. (After that, we can’t say. But maybe check back?)
How to watch: The Duff is now streaming on Hulu.
10. The Boy Downstairs
Girls actor Zosia Mamet gets the starring role she deserves in this tremendously heartfelt story of loss from writer-director Sophie Brooks. When struggling writer Diana (Mamet) unexpectedly finds herself neighbors with an old boyfriend (Matthew Shear), she confronts what made her let him go in the first place and whether the heartbreak was worth it. But in a fun way!
How to watch: The Boy Downstairs is now streaming on Hulu.
There’s plenty to love about Booksmart that has nothing to do with romance, but the parts that are about dating are so good, this whole movie qualifies as a quality watch for rom-com fans. In a coming-of-age friendship story from first-time director Olivia Wilde, Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein play Amy and Molly, best friends trying to make the most out of their last few weeks in high school — an endeavor that includes Amy falling for her classmate Hope, played Diana Silvers.
How to watch: Booksmart is now streaming on Hulu.
Without question, Babyteeth is the most dramatic title on this list — but it’s also one of the more thought-provoking. In this shockingly funny tearjerker, a teenage cancer patient (Eliza Scanlen) begins dating a troubled drug dealer (Toby Wallace), of whom her parents (Essie Davis, Ben Mendelsohn) disapprove. A brutal reflection on what truly matters during the little time we have with the ones we love, Babyteeth isn’t an easy watch but you’ll be better for it.
How to watch: Babyteeth is now streaming on Hulu.
7. You’ve Got Mail
We’ll admit, a sizable chunk of You’ve Got Mail doesn’t hold up in a modern context. (Reader: You should NOT, under any circumstances, meet an internet stranger who has pathologically lied to you about their identity for months IRL. This person is Bad News, no matter how cute their niece and nephew may be.) That said, Nora Ephron’s rom-coms are iconic for a reason, and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are timeless treasures who make for the perfect onscreen pair. I mean, come on, the daisy scene — that is top-shelf rom-coming right there!
How to watch: You’ve Got Mail is now streaming on Hulu.
Heathers would be even higher on this list if calling it a romantic comedy wasn’t already such a stretch [Editor’s note: I’ll allow it because this movie rules]. In this practically perfect black comedy, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater star as teenage sweethearts at the center of a murderous rampage plaguing Westerburg High. A cult classic for its unforgettable dialogue — “How very” — Heathers brings new meaning to the phrase power couple.
But you’ve been warned: This isn’t the sort of rom-com movie that ends with a wedding.
How to watch: Heathers is now streaming on Hulu.
5. Plus One
When all their friends start getting married, besties Ben (Jack Quaid) and Alice (Maya Erskine) embark on an epic celebration of commitment, agreeing to be each other’s “plus ones” for the entire wedding season. A laugh-out-loud journey in quiet attraction, Plus One is a hidden movie gem for rom-com lovers seeking a modern, but still feel-good pair to start shipping. Not to mention, Rosalind Chao is in this and she’s honestly so funny, that’s reason enough alone to watch the film.
How to watch: Plus One is now streaming on Hulu.
4. 50 First Dates
50 First Dates is one of those rom-coms you never remember loving quite as much as you do. (See what I did there?) Adam Sandler stars as a laid-back womanizer who falls head over heels for a woman with short-term memory loss, played by Drew Barrymore. This classically funny premise offers a framework for some killer comedic acting by the movie’s entire cast, as well as a surprisingly sensitive reflection on what it means to love unconditionally. Plus, it’s got penguins! And a walrus!
How to watch: 50 First Dates is now streaming on Hulu.
3. The Wedding Planner
They just don’t make romantic comedies like The Wedding Planner anymore. In this schmaltzy, early-aughts fairytale, workaholic wedding planner Mary (Jennifer Lopez) mistakenly falls for her client Steve, an emotionally adulterous pediatrician with a major fear of commitment (Matthew McConaughey). Sure, this sucker earned Lopez a worst actress Razzie nom and, as of early 2019, is McConaughey’s pick for worst rom-com he’s ever done. But it’s also a classic. You know, the dumpster! The M&Ms! Massimo!! Swoon.
How to watch: The Wedding Planner is now streaming on Hulu.
2. Palm Springs
In one of the best movies of 2020, Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti play nihilistic wedding guests who become stuck in a time loop à la Groundhog Day. Stupidly funny and surprisingly sweet, this sci-fi nightmare-meets-rom-com explores a been-there-done-that premise with a fresh approach and two leads you’ll fall for instantly. (Fair warning: If you’re in the middle of an existential crisis, maybe hold off on this one. Palm Springs isn’t your average meet-cute.)
How to watch: Palm Springs is now streaming on Hulu.
1. The Princess Bride
Picking the top item in a list has never been so easy. Based on William Goldman’s fantasy novel of the same name, director Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride is a standout in cinematic history with a central romance just as iconic. Be enchanted once more by the everlasting love of Westley (Cary Elwes) and Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) in this epic tale of greed, revenge, and mawwiage.
How to watch: The Princess Bride is now streaming on Hulu.