You have to be deeply cynical not to fall under the spell of a really good rom-com. There are a few people out there who are immune to the charms of this genre. The best new romantic comedy films could probably win them over, though. The funniest new rom-coms offer all the things viewers could want -- big stars, huge laughs, and grand finales designed to warm your heart. They make you want to fall in love.
Perhaps what's most impressive, though, is how diverse recent romantic comedy movies have been. In the '90s and early '00s, most of them tended to look and feel weirdly identical. They generally followed the exact same template. Certain actors appeared in them, time and again, with Sandra Bullock, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, and Matthew McConaughey all seeing their careers rise because of big hits within the genre. Once-fresh ideas, such as the race to the airport to declare love before someone hops on a plane, became tiresome cliches of funny romance movies. Current romantic comedy movies have opted to avoid such conventions, finding funny new ways to tell their stories.
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Directed by: Jon M. ChuCrazy Rich Asians is a 2018 American film directed by Jon M. Chu, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan. American-born Chinese economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) accompanies her boyfriend to... more
Directed by: Susan JohnsonTo All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2018 American teen romance film directed by Susan Johnson, based on the 2014 novel by Jenny Han. Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) writes private love letters... more
Directed by: Nahnatchka KhanAlways Be My Maybe is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Nahnatchka Khan. Childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) find themselves in vastly different socioeconomic... more
Directed by: Ol ParkerMamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a 2018 jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed by Ol Parker, and a sequel to the 2008 film. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) learns more about how her mother fronted The... more
Directed by: Claire ScanlonSet It Up is a 2018 romantic comedy film directed by Claire Scanlon. Coworkers hatch a plan to set up their bosses on a date. ... more
Directed by: Michael ShowalterThe Big Sick is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Michael Showalter, from a screenplay by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. It is based on the real courtship of Nanjiani and Gordon... more
Directed by: Todd Strauss-SchulsonIsn't It Romantic is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. Natalie (Rebel Wilson) wakes up one day to discover that she is self aware of her existence in a rom-com... more
Directed by: Jonathan LevineLong Shot is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Jonathan Levine. Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), an unemployed journalist, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, courts his... more
Directed by: Vince MarcelloThe Kissing Booth is a 2018 romantic comedy film directed by Vince Marcello. A pretty, teenage girl (Joey King), who has never-been-kissed, finds her life turned totally upside down when she decides... more
Directed by: Greg BerlantiLove, Simon is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti, based on the novel by Becky Albertalli. Simon (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old closeted gay high school student, is forced to... more
Directed by: Chris NelsonThe Perfect Date is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Chris Nelson, based on the novel by Steve Bloom. Brooks Rattigan (Noah Centineo) has the academic chops to get into his dream Ivy League... more
Directed by: Hallie Meyers-ShyerHome Again is a 2017 American romantic comedy film directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Life for a single mom (Reese Witherspoon) in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys... more
Directed by: Ari SandelWhen We First Met is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Ari Sandel. After spending the perfect first night with the girl of his dreams (Alexandra Daddario), a guy (Adam DeVine) gets the... more
Directed by: Peter SegalSecond Act is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal. A big box store worker (Jennifer Lopez) reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts... more
Directed by: Jennifer Kaytin RobinsonSomeone Great is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. An aspiring New York music journalist, Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), has just landed her dream job at an iconic... more
Directed by: Michael RohlThe Princess Switch is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Michael Rohl. When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they... more
Directed by: Max BarbakowPalm Springs is a 2020 American romantic comedy film directed by Max Barbakow. Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti) encounter each other by chance at a Palm Springs wedding and find that... more
Directed by: Nzingha StewartTall Girl is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Nzingha Stewart. That tallest girl in school, Jodi (Ava Michelle) decides to embrace her height.... more
Directed by: Jeffrey BlitzTable 19 is a 2017 comedy film directed by Jeffrey Blitz and written by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass. Eloise McGarry (Anna Kendrick) is invited to a wedding, and finds herself seated at Table 19, a... more
Directed by: Adam ShankmanWhat Men Want is a 2019 romantic fantasy-comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. A woman (Taraji P. Henson) is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over... more
Directed by: Ben SheltonCandy Jar is a 2018 comedy film directed by Ben Shelton. An introverted high school girl from a working-class background (Sami Gayle) and her wealthy, debate-team nemesis (Jacob Latimore) can't agree...
Directed by: Ken MarinoDog Days is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Ken Marino. A group of interconnected people in Los Angeles are brought together by their lovable canine counterparts.... more
Directed by: Bradley WalshThe Holiday Calendar is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Bradley Walsh. A struggling but talented photographer (Kat Graham) inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the... more
Directed by: Victor LevinDestination Wedding is a 2018 romantic comedy film directed by Victor Levin. The story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, Lindsay (Winona Ryder) and Frank (Keanu Reeves), who develop a... more
Directed by: Elise DuranCan You Keep a Secret? is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Elise Duran and based on the novel of the same name by Sophie Kinsella. Thinking they're about to crash, Emma (Alexandra... more