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The best rom-coms on Netflix right now

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There was a time where it felt like romantic comedies had died out. Instead of Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, people were opting for superheroes and action films. The beloved rom-com slipped further down peoples radars, instead of being reserved exclusively for made-for-TV films and really bad limited cinema releases.

This all changed when people started to question the lack of romance in the cinema. We want meet-cutes and kissing in the rain... running through the airport and stopping weddings? Yes, please. 

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In came Netflix, who have given us a resurgence of rom-coms, and not just your typical white heterosexual rom-com either! There are LGBTQ+ leads and people of colour in starring roles and there are plus size protagonists who are not defined by their weight... Netflix has created the rom-com 2.0, and we've picked ten of the very best that you can stream right now.

1. To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky // GIF via GIPHY

Woah...woah..woah...do you really think we would do a list of the best Netflix rom-coms without including To All The Boys I've Loved Before? Based on the best-selling novel by Jenny Haan, To All The Boys is the tale of Lara-Jean Covey (Lana Condor). To get over every boy she ever loved, she writes them a no holds barred letter before putting it in a box and never sending it. Of course, the letters get sent out and what follows is a brilliantly funny, sweet and messy portrayal of first love and all that comes with it.

It's also the film that first catapulted Netflix sweetheart Noah Centineo into bonafide heartthrob status. A must watch.

Read our review of To All The Boys I've Loved Before.

2. Something Great

Released in April, Something Great is the newest addition to the roster of Netflix original rom-coms. In untraditional rom-com style, the story starts with Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) being dumped by her boyfriend of nine years after getting a promotion that requires a cross-country move. Her friend Blair (Brittany Snow) is stuck in a loveless relationship and Erin (DeWanda Wise) is too scared to admit that she's actually in love with her girlfriend. To get over her heartbreak Jenny gets her girls together for one last hurrah before she moves away to San Francisco. 

It's a tale of love and female friendship because sometimes the love that women have for each other is greater than any romantic relationship could ever be.

3. Isn't It Romantic

Rebel Wilson as Natalie // GIF via GIPHY

Natalie (Rebel Wilson) is cynical about love and hates romantic comedies, until one day an accident means that she ends up living inside of one. Once you get past the slightly far-fetched and corny plot line, Isn't It Romantic is a feelgood and hilarious rom-com. One of the best parts is that the plus-size protagonist is happy with the way she is, and it does not get in the way of her love life. 

For too long films like Bridget Jones's Diary (I still love you, Bridge) have shown us female characters obsessing over their weight and believing that they are completely unloveable if they put on a pound. Isn't It Romantic Is a big F U to stereotypes and it's fantastic.

4. Love Sick

Dylan (Johnny Flynn) finds out that he has an STD (bear with me, I promise it's a good show) and must go back through all of his sexual partners and let them know. Along the way, he falls in love and out of love with various women but the true core of the story is the 'will they won't they?' storyline between Dylan and his best friend Evie (Antonia Thomas.) 

It's a seriously underrated romantic comedy that deserves much more attention. Give it a watch.

5. Set it Up 

Lucy Liu as Kirsten // via GIPHY

Read our review of Set it Up.

6. Special

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the main star, Special is the tale of Ryan O'Connell. Ryan has cerebral palsy and just before starting his new job he suffers a car accident. He's a disabled gay man, but this isn't a story of stereotypes and tokenism.

Special is funny, and sweet with a heart of gold. It's about not defining yourself by your disability or your sexuality and just finding a place for yourself in this world.

7. Sex Education

Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley // via GIPHY

Otis (Asa Butterfield) lives with his sex therapist mother (Gillian Anderson). Alongside his friends decides that a good way to make some money at school would be to start his own secret sex therapy sessions. Whilst all of this is going on and he falls more and more in love with his friend Maeve (Emma Mackey), who couldn't be less interested in him.

Sex Education is a rarity. It's light and funny but also tackles deep issues such as struggling with sexuality, abortion and absent parents. 

Read our review of Sex Education.

8. A-Typical

A-Typical follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist) a teenager with autism. He's fed up of being tip-toed around and decides it's time to start living his life the way he wants to - which means dating.

His parents struggle with his new found independence and it's a heartfelt story of growing up, falling in love and everything that comes with it.

9. Jane The Virgin

Gina Rodrigeuz as Jane Villanueva // via GIPHY

What happens when a mix up at the hospital means that virgin Jane (Gina Rodrigeuz) ends up pregnant? Deeply religious and determined to save her virginity until she was married, this turns Jane's whole world upside down. For a start she has to tell her parents... and who is the baby's biological father?

There's a reason that Jane The Virgin has been nominated for a Golden Globe... it's bloody brilliant.

10. Alex Strangelove

Alex (Daniel Doheny) is all set to lose his virginity to his girlfriend (Madeline Weinstein), until he meets someone who makes him question everything. Alex Strangelove follows Alex as he questions his sexuality after he meets a boy who he is instantly attracted to. 

It's a coming of age story about struggling with your sexuality, coming out and finding your true self despite everything.

These are just 10 of the romantic comedies on offer on Netflix right now, but there are plenty of others... with more being released each month! What's your favourite?




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