Don’t let the Academy (or your cynical cinephile friend) tell you different: A great Romantic Comedy is a true work of art. If they were easy to make, there wouldn’t be so many bad romantic comedies out there. We’ve chosen 15 of the best Rom-Com, because what better way is there to spend an evening, whether you’re sharing the couch with someone you love or enjoying it all to yourself.
#1 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK (2012)
Hip talk-radio host and journalist Mingus (Chris Rock) and his French photographer girlfriend, Marion (Julie Delpy), live cozily in a New York apartment with their cat and two young children from previous relationships. But when Marion’s jolly father (played by Delpy’s real-life dad, Albert Delpy), her oversexed sister, and her sister’s outrageous boyfriend unceremoniously descend upon them for an overseas visit, it initiates two unforgettable days of family mayhem.
Where to watch it: Hulu
#2. THE BIG SICK (2017)
Kumail is a Pakistani comic, who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father.
Where to watch it: Amazon
#3. HER (2013)
Spike Jonze’s “Her” plays like a kind of miracle the first time around. Watching its opening shots of Joaquin Phoenix making an unabashed declaration of eternal love to an unseen soul mate is immediately disarming. The actor is so unaffected, so sincere, so drained of the tortured eccentricity that’s a hallmark of most of the roles that he plays. It’s like falling into a plush comforting embrace. Then one understands that the declaration isn’t his, but something he, or rather, his character, Theodore, does for his job.
Where to watch it: Netflix