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19 Romantic Comedies Of 2019 We Absolutely *Love*

PHOTO: (LEFT) Someone Great/Netflix, (RIGHT) Always Be My Maybe/Netflix

Romantic comedies get a bad rap. Sure, they're cheesy and predictable, but let's be real: Is there anything more satisfying than curling up for a movie knowing that the next 90 minutes will make you laugh, cry, and question all your relationships? Girl, that's valuable therapy—don't knock it.

Lucky for you, we've rounded up the 19 best rom-coms of '19 so you don't have to waste time sifting through the hoards of streamable options online. Gather your ladies, bust out your snacks and rosé, and queue up a movie that will make you feel all the things.

1. Booksmart

TBH, if you haven't seen Booksmart yet, click the button below and exit out of this window immediately. While it might not be your traditional rom-com, the movie wonderfully renders all the confusing, messy types of love we encounter in high school (and beyond): best friendship, major crushin', lust, etc. 'Nuff said: Watch. This. Movie.

2. Falling Inn Love

After losing her job and her BF (ouch), Gabriela (Christina Milian) (!!!) ditches city life to remodel a rustic inn in rural New Zealand. After lottts of tension and missed connections, she eventually falls for her Kiwi contractor (of course). If you're here for an unabashedly formulaic rom-com, this one's for you.

3. The Sun Is Also A Star

This teen romance is based on a novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon. After a chance meeting, Daniel (Charles Melton) and Natasha (Yara Shahidi) spend a day in New York City getting swept up in each other and counting down the minutes till they must go their separate ways.


4. Five Feet Apart

Calling all The Fault In Our Stars stans! Here's another heartwarming/-wrenching teenage love story: Cystic fibrosis patients Stella and Will nervously fall for each other but are kept apart due to their illness (not to mention the literal five-feet physical distance imposed by their doctors). But as the connection intensifies, the two are tempted to push the boundaries.

5. After

When wholesome, do-gooder Tessa arrives on campus for her first year of college, she thinks she's already got it all figured out. But her worldview starts to change when she meets Hardin Scott, a quintessential bad boy who makes her question what she thought she knew about herself.

6. Under The Silver Lake

Okay, so this movie is technically a "neo-noir black comedy conspiracy thriller film" (whaaa??). But it stars Andrew Garfield in pursuit of a beautiful, elusive woman, so it checks the rom-com boxes too. Follow him in all his beauty and brooding as he tries to get to the bottom of a mysterious woman's disappearance.

7. Plus One

Maya Erskine, aka your favorite awkward middle schooler who is actually an actual adult, stars alongside Jack Quaid in this movie about two twentysomethings who are getting invited to a bajillion weddings. (Relatable, no?) They decide to be each other's permanent plus-ones but end up having more fun than they imagined.

8. Murder Mystery

Ugh, don't you hate when your highly-anticipated romantic trip to Europe turns into a murder mystery you have to solve? In this Netflix original, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler (and his new mustache) play a married couple that gets stuck in that exact sitch. It's hilarious, obviously.

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9. Good Sam

It really doesn't get more "feel-good" than Good Sam, a rom-com about a reporter investigating a Good Samaritan who keeps leaving $100,000 on random doorsteps. She tries to figure out his identity and ends up totally spiraling her personal life.

10. Yesterday

Trying to imagine a world without The Beatles is kinda like trying to imagine a world without romantic comedies. But, like, if you do, it makes a pretty good movie. This guy, Jack, is a struggling singer-songwriter who gets hit by a bus and wakes up to discover that nobody knows who TF the Beatles he steals all their songs and passes them off as his own.

11. Isn't It Romantic

A movie that's not just a rom-com but is entirely about the conventions of rom-coms. Rebel Wilson plays a cynical Australian architect living in NYC, who gets knocked out during a mugging and wakes up in a parallel universe where everything plays out like it would in a PG-13 rom-com. Per the synopsis, she has to dodge a series of clichés in order to find a truly happy ending and escape back into the real world. Priyanka Chopra and Liam Hemsworth costar, in case you needed more convincing.

12. Someone Great

After an extremely strong 2018 lineup, Netflix's rom-com stable is showing no signs of slowing down. Jane the Virgin herself, Gina Rodriguez, stars in Someone Great as a young woman recovering from a breakup who embarks on an NYC adventure with her two BFFs before moving across the country for her dream job. It's the directorial debut of Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, who created the undeservingly canceled MTV gem Sweet/Vicious.


13. What Men Want

If this movie didn't have you at "gender-flipped rom-com of an aughts classic starring Taraji P. Henson," I don't want to know you. Directed by Adam Shankman—who has an impressive rom-com track record including A Walk To RememberWhat Men Want stars Taraji as a sports agent who is tired of being overlooked for promotions in favor of her male colleagues. When she suddenly gains the ability to hear men's inner thoughts, she figures out a way to turn this unsettling superpower to her advantage.

14. Long Shot

Admittedly, Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron aren't the most obvious pairing, but that apparent central mismatch might be just what makes this off-kilter rom-com work. Seth plays a journalist who is down on his luck romance-wise and decides to finally pursue his unrequited childhood crush…who just happens to have grown up to become Charlize. And the odds are even more stacked against him than you might think: Charlize's character is also a high achiever, in the sense that she is literally running for president. Godspeed, Seth.

15. Always Be My Maybe

You probably recognize Ali Wong from her multiple Netflix stand-up specials among other projects, and on this rom-com, she serves as writer, producer, and star. She and Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat) play childhood sweethearts whose vastly different socioeconomic situations drive them apart as adults, even as they simultaneously find themselves falling in love. The supporting cast also features Keanu Reeves, Charlyne Yi, and Lost alum Daniel Dae Kim.

16. The Hustle

Rebel Wilson is having a busy 2019, rom-com-wise. She stars in this mystery-shrouded movie opposite Anne Hathaway. A gender-flipped remake of 1988's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels—which starred Michael Caine and Steve MartinThe Hustle follows a pair of rival con artists trying to drive each other out of town. An FYI to stoke your excitement even more: The movie's working title was Nasty Woman.

17. The Perfect Date

Netflix has wasted no time cashing in on the runaway appeal of Noah Centineo, and honestly, who can blame them? If you've been waiting impatiently since To All The Boys I've Loved Before for Noah's next romantic-lead performance, look no further—this Netflix rom-com sees him play a high schooler who decides to raise money for college by posing as a stand-in boyfriend for girls in need. Riverdale's Camila Mendes also stars, in case you need another reason to look forward to this one.

18. Where'd You Go, Bernadette

One of the most anticipated adaptations of 2019, Maria Semple's best-selling 2012 novel of the same name has been adapted for the big screen by Richard Linklater. Cate Blanchett stars as the eponymous Bernadette, an agoraphobe whose sudden disappearance throws her family into chaos and inspires her teenage daughter, Bee (Emma Nelson), to turn amateur detective in a bid to find her mother. If it's anything like the novel, this will be a witty and emotionally rewarding gem.

19. Last Christmas

If your thirst for Henry Golding has only grown since you saw Crazy Rich Asians, mark this one in your calendar. Paul Feig (who already cast Henry in 2018's glorious A Simple Favor) directs Last Christmas, a festive romance set in London in which Henry stars opposite Emilia Clarke.



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