20 Romantic Comedies on Netflix Canada You’ll Fall in Love With
Unearthing the perfect romantic comedy from Netflix Canada’s huge selection can be tricky, but we’ve done the heavy-lifting for you! From quirky love triangles to star-studded Hollywood fare, here are the best rom-coms Netflix has to offer.
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Out of Sight (1998)
Steven Soderbergh’s ultra-hip Out of Sight not only launched Jennifer Lopez into superstardom, it also boasts George Clooney’s best-ever performance. The role of Jack Foley, a career bank robber who’s too charming for his own good, is one Clooney was born to play. Lopez plays Karen Sisco, a no-nonsense U.S. Marshal who falls for Foley after he unwittingly kidnaps her during a prison break. Soderbergh captures the pair’s not-quite-cat-and-mouse game (who’s chasing who?) with suspense and sly humour, culminating in an impossibly sexy hotel interlude that’s rightly regarded as one of the greatest love scenes in film history.
The F Word (2013)
In the world of the romantic-comedy, “can a man and woman ever be just friends?” may be the most worn-out premise of all. The F Word tackles this age-old question, but manages to side-step most clichés thanks to lively performances and some insightful observations on the difficulties of Millennial dating. Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan) meet at a party and, after finding some common ground, agree to be “just friends” after he learns she has a long-term partner. A pre-Star Wars Adam Driver plays Wallace’s best pal, while the film’s Toronto setting means The F Word doubles as a veritable city travel guide.
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Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
“By the wrap party, when she started to speak Texan to me, I found her, frankly, unconvincing,” quipped Hugh Grant on a 2002 episode of Inside the Actors Studio. He was referring, of course, to Renée Zellweger, the Katy, Texas, native who seamlessly transformed into a posh, perpetually insecure Londoner in Bridget Jones’s Diary—a high-wire undertaking that earned Zellweger a well-deserved Academy Award nomination and a permanent place in the rom-com canon. Based on Helen Fielding’s hit novel of the same name, Bridget Jones follows the titular thirty-something as she navigates work, body image, city life and two hunky but problematic admirers: her caddish boss (Grant) and an arrogant family friend (Colin Firth).
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Letters to Juliet (2010)
Each year, 10,000 lovelorn women from around the world write to Shakespeare’s most iconic heroine, Juliet Capulet, for advice; a group of women in Verona, Italy, the “Secretaries of Juliet,” are tasked with answering them. In this enchanting rom-com, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) stumbles upon one of these letters while on vacation in Verona and, after replying to it, meets its writer, Claire (Vanessa Redgrave). Sophie vows to help Claire reunite with her long-lost love (Franco Nero)—at the same time, the engaged Sophie falls for Claire’s barrister grandson. Letters to Juliet has more real-world origins: Redgrave and Nero first met in 1966, fell in love, separated…then reunited 40 years later and finally married!
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Meet Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), a struggling musician who, after being transported to an alternate reality, discovers he’s the only person in the world who’s heard of The Beatles. Soon, Malik begins performing and passing off Beatles hits as his own, leading to instant fame, a rivalry with fellow pop singer Ed Sheeran (playing himself, of course) and a budding relationship with childhood friend Ellie (Lily James). Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and written by Richard Curtis (Notting Hill), Yesterday is both a breezy romance and an elaborate tribute to the four lads who reminded us that love is all we need.
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The thirty-something crisis is very, very real—just ask Harper (the criminally underrated Gillian Jacobs), a malcontent PR associate in New York City. When her obnoxious boss sends her to Barcelona to secure a new account, her friends (Saturday Night Live alum Vanessa Bayer and Phoebe Robinson) tag along. There, Harper meets a famous DJ (Richard Madden of Game of Thrones fame) and impulsively follows him to the titular Spanish party island. With Ibiza’s leads firing on all cylinders, Millennial disillusionment has never been funnier.
Crazy About Her (2021)
This endearing Spanish rom-com boasts one of the most unique premises in recent memory: after a spirited one-night stand with a woman named Carla (Susana Abaitua), hotshot journalist Adri (Álvaro Cervantes) tracks her down, only to learn that she’s a patient at a mental hospital. In an effort to reunite with her, Adri admits himself into the hospital…but when he tries to leave, the nurses believe he’s mentally ill too. Both a skewering of tired genre tropes and an earnest exploration of mental health, Crazy About Her breathes new life into the rom-com formula.
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I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015)
Blythe Danner gets the role of a lifetime in this funny and wise twilight-of-life rom-com. After euthanizing her elderly dog, the widowed Carol (Danner) decides once and for all to stop chasing love—until chance encounters with a fellow retiree (Sam Elliott) and a new friend (Martin Starr) convince her to rethink her life’s trajectory. Sentimental without devolving into clichés, writer-director Brett Haley’s examination of “old love” makes it an above-average rom-com.
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Typically, it’s envy or nausea that turns one green, but in Shrek, it’s love. A kind of reverse The Princess and the Frog tale, this animated DreamWorks movie is about looking for love beyond the surface of someone’s appearance—be they a princess or an ogre. The film boasts an A-list voice cast, including Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz, but it’s John Lithgow who brings the most laughs as the pint-sized Lord Farquaad, an antagonist who always seems to be compensating for something…
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More the Merrier (2021)
For something a little edgier, stream the sexy Spanish rom-com More the Merrier. Set in a sex club, the movie follows multiple story arcs as couples get frisky and find connections they weren’t necessarily looking for. (An especially funny plot line sees one character recruit her BFF to frantically search for the engagement ring she lost at the club.) This sex-positive romp is definitely for adults only, but even the shyest viewer will find themselves chuckling at lines like “All that matters is the size of this thing here…your heart.”
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Jerry Maguire (1996)
Gifted writer-director Cameron Crowe is the creative force behind this story about a hotshot sports agent who, after suffering from a moment of integrity, suddenly lights a fuse on his professional and personal lives. Losing his job and his fiancée in a two-birds-one-stone sweep, Tom Cruise’s titular character fights hysterically to hold onto his big clients—but is left with just one. (He also happens to have the biggest ego and biggest list of demands). Supporting performances by Renée Zellweger, Regina King, Cuba Gooding Jr., and the adorable Jonathan Lipnicki helped earn the movie a total of five Academy Award nominations—an impressive feat for a rom-com.
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Set It Up (2018)
What if Horrible Bosses was a romantic comedy? That’s the question posed by Claire Scanlon’s first feature, following directing stints on sitcoms like The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Overworked assistants (Zoey Deutsch and Glen Powell) conspire to set up their powerful but stressed-out bosses, hoping that a successful hook-up will buy them some much-needed down time. Set It Up also boasts supporting performances by Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs and SNL’s Pete Davidson.
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She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Spike Lee centres his acclaimed directorial debut on Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns), a young Brooklynite juggling three boyfriends. Soon, however, they all find out about each other and demand that she commit to just one of them. Loosely inspired by the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata, She’s Gotta Have It takes a humorous approach to issues that remain contentious for women in the dating world.
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He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)
Based on the best-selling self-help book of the same name, He’s Just Not That Into You is another ensemble cast comedy with romance at its heart. Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper and Scarlett Johansson play just some of the characters trying to navigate dating, love, marriage and divorce in the modern world. Not all of them are successful at it, but they’ll all make you laugh!
Dear Ex (2018)
Dear Ex features an unlikely love triangle: after Zhengyuan dies, his ex-wife and secret boyfriend battle it out for his life insurance money. To further complicate matters, the dead man’s teenage son can’t figure out whose side he will take in the conflict. A storyline that might otherwise sink into sadness is buoyed by a quirky script and note-perfect performances from the film’s charming cast.
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The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
Jessica Williams, a Daily Show alum and podcast host of 2 Dope Queens, stars in this refreshingly non-formulaic rom-com about two single people trying (and sometimes failing) to get over their exes. Social media has made it hard to avoid keeping tabs on the people you used to date—a fact the film’s two central characters bond over. Irish actor Chris O’Dowd plays Williams’ is-he-or-isn’t-he love interest, enchanting both viewers and her character.
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Alex Strangelove (2018)
At once a coming-of-age and coming-out story, Alex Strangelove sees its title character go out in search of himself in a sea of high school pressures and expectations. Things go awry when he and his girlfriend make plans to have sex for the first time—all while his attraction to another boy grows. If tragedy plus time equals comedy, then it’s safe to say that anyone who’s escaped the clutches of high school will find more than a few reasons to laugh with Alex.
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Always Be My Maybe (2019)
If there’s one Keanu Reeves cameo appearance you watch this year, let it be his epic walk-on in Ali Wong and Randall Park’s fresh twist on the When Harry Met Sally story. Reeves plays Wong’s short-lived love interest, chewing the scenery as a caricature of his Hollywood self while the two characters who are actually destined to be together remain divided by his comically massive ego. In classic rom-com style, however, it all works out in the end.
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Sex and the City: The Movie (2008)
Say what you will about Sex and the City’s slow decline towards being, well, unfunny, the film gets the Gang of Four back together, reuniting them for a refreshingly imperfect and funny finale. (Yes, we are pretending that the embarrassing sequel doesn’t exist.) Here, happy endings, like Manolo Blahniks, come in various shapes and sizes. You just have to find the right fit.
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The Breaker Upperers (2019)
It’s never easy to tell your significant other you want to see other people. It’s harder still to call off your wedding. Enter New Zealanders Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek), two best friends who run an agency that’ll help you put an end to your romance for a reasonable price. When one of them begins to feel remorse for their line of work, however, their lifelong friendship begins to unravel. The Breaker Upperers is the perfect introduction to Kiwi comedy.
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