Updated: Mar 7
I am the queen of Rom-Coms… It’s indisputable. This list will be life changing so I need you to take a deep breath and know that you will never be the same, in the best way possible.
I take this role very seriously and hope that this list will give you all the feels as these movies all hold such a special place in my heart. For the record, all my friends know that I am not one to sell them on a movie because I absolutely suck at describing them in fear of giving anything away. So, just know this list is curated with the upmost respect for your time :D.
This list is compromised of classics, heartbreak, reconciliation, adventure, life lessons, and more. This is quite literally an education in all that Rom-Com stands for. I would like to thank my mother for bestowing this intellect upon me so I can take it and bestow it on you.
Now there are some rules…
You MUST watch these movies from start to finish unless you’re not feeling it.
You HAVE to share these with your friends because these movies matter.
You NEED to figure out the take away message.
You ABSOLUTELY have to let me know which one is your favorite!
Well, I think that covers it…Without further ado, let us begin…
When Harry Met Sally (1989) Hulu, SlingTV, Fubo, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Showtime
We are starting with my favorite of ALL TIME. My mom introduced me to her favorite which is now mine and I am forever grateful. When Harry Met Sally is an iconic rom-com that is a screenplay by another favorite of mine, Nora Ephron. You will see that name a few times on here. GET INTO THIS MOVIE! You won’t regret it.
“In 1977, college graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) share a contentious car ride from Chicago to New York, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends. Ten years later, Harry and Sally meet again at a bookstore, and in the company of their respective best friends, Jess (Bruno Kirby) and Marie (Carrie Fisher), attempt to stay friends without sex becoming an issue between them.”
Lovebirds (2020) Netflix
I friggin’ love Issa Rae so that is reason enough to watch this, but this movie is actually really funny… In my opinion. There have been mixed reviews but I’ve seen it twice and I’ve enjoyed it both times equally.
“On the brink of breaking up, a couple gets unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.”
She’s All That (1999) Youtube, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Itunes
I mean… CLASSIC 90’s movie at it’s finest. Freddie Prinze Jr. at his peak, popular highschooler falls in love with the nerd?! Yup, it’s fantastic. If you have yet to see this movie, what are you even doing with your life?! I mean seriously.
“High school hotshot Zach Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is the envy of his peers. But his popularity declines sharply when his cheerleader girlfriend, Taylor (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), leaves him for sleazy reality-television star Brock Hudson (Matthew Lillard). Desperate to revive his fading reputation, Siler agrees to a seemingly impossible challenge. He has six weeks to gain the trust of nerdy outcast Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) — and help her to become the school’s next prom queen.”
Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Hulu, HBO Max, Vudu, Google Play, Sling TV, Youtube
I seriously enjoyed this movie from the storyline to the visuals. It is a gorgeous movie from a visual standpoint. Also, there will be a sequel coming out this year so be sure to watch it before that happens!
“Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.”
You’ve Got Mail (1998) Hulu, HBO Max, Youtube, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play
Insert second favorite Nora Ephron film. You’ve Got Mail is a damn classic! New York City, books, and a super sweet storyline. Yes, please. If you have yet to see this movie, I’m kind of hurt but you can change that immediately.
“Struggling boutique bookseller Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) hates Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), the owner of a corporate Foxbooks chain store that just moved in across the street. When they meet online, however, they begin an intense and anonymous Internet romance, oblivious of each other’s true identity. Eventually Joe learns that the enchanting woman he’s involved with is actually his business rival. He must now struggle to reconcile his real-life dislike for her with the cyber love he’s come to feel.”
PIN ITThe Photograph (2020) Hulu, HBO Max, Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play
Another Issa Rae film, what can I say, I’m a fan. This movie is really good, though. I didn’t really know what to expect but I definitely got sucked in and enjoyed it. It’s a great one to watch with your boo, too.
“When famed photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother’s early life — an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.”
PIN ITRunaway Bride (1999) Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Youtube, Vudu, iTunes
I love when movies use iconic duos and Richard Gere and Julia Roberts is no exception to that. This movie is a damn classic. You can’t be a Rom-Com fan without seeing Runaway Bride. The storyline is cute, the cast is great, the chemistry is adorable, it’s just a feel good movie you can’t ignore!
“Having already left three grooms at the altar, Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) is branded “the runaway bride” by jaded city journalist Ike Graham (Richard Gere). But, after his facts are called into question, Ike races to Maggie’s hometown to save his reputation and report on her upcoming fourth trip down the aisle — during which he’s convinced she’ll run again. Though he’s there on a muckraking mission, Ike can’t help but fall for this breathtaking heartbreaker.”
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Netflix
Ok, this movie is seriously cute. Beyond it being funny and kind of having a new spin on a Rom-Com, the soundtrack is dope. If you’re a hip-hop head, you’ll seriously enjoy the music choices. Now, don’t get me wrong, this movie isn’t groundbreaking it’s just good. Plus, Keanu Reeves is in it shockingly.
“Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years, only reconnecting as adults when Sasha runs into Marcus in San Francisco. Although the old sparks are still there, the couple live in different worlds.”
10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Disney+, iTunes, Youtube, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu
Ugh, Heath Ledger (RIP). This is a classic 90’s film and we’ve all seen it like 100 times but it has a place on this list because it’s so classically 90’s! Now, some of you might live under rocks which I get, it’s comfortable, so maybe this hasn’t been seen yet, so allow me to introduce you to the amazing, 10 Things I Hate About You… Enjoy! (Side note, Julia Stiles does not try to dance hip hop for more than 5 seconds in this movie, so can I get a hallelujah?).
“Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is beautiful, smart and quite abrasive to most of her fellow teens, meaning that she doesn’t attract many boys. Unfortunately for her younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), house rules say that she can’t date until Kat has a boyfriend, so strings are pulled to set the dour damsel up for a romance. Soon Kat crosses paths with handsome new arrival Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger). Will Kat let her guard down enough to fall for the effortlessly charming Patrick?”
Sylvie’s Love (2020) Amazon Prime Video
My new favorite! This movie is a period piece set in the late 50’s in good ol’ NYC and is so good. Plus, Rege Jean Page is in it, for my Bridgerton fans. This makes you want to go find an old-school type of love and listen to jazz music. It’s so good, please go watch it. You’ll love it.
“Sylvie has a summer romance with a saxophonist who takes a summer job at her father’s record store in Harlem. When they reconnect years later, they discover that their feelings for each other have not faded with the years.”
Sixteen Candles (1984) Youtube, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu
You can’t have a Rom-Com list without featuring every single Molly Ringwald film, it would be criminal not to. This movie is the epitome of this list. Sixteen Candles is that classic 80’s high school love story filled with epic style, oddball humor, and classic moments of young love. You must be educated on Molly Ringwald to hang out here, it’s a new requirement, as of now.
“With the occasion all but overshadowed by her sister’s upcoming wedding, angst-ridden Samantha (Molly Ringwald) faces her 16th birthday with typical adolescent dread. Samantha pines for studly older boy Jake (Michael Schoeffling), but worries that her chastity will be a turnoff for the popular senior. Meanwhile, Samantha must constantly rebuff the affections of nerdy Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), the only boy in the school, unfortunately, who seems to take an interest in her.”