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The Best New Romantic Comedy Movies Of The Last Few Years

List RulesVote up your favorite romantic comedies released on or after January 1, 2017.

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.

Vote up your favorites from this list of new romantic comedy movies, and add any that are missing. Don't forget to check back to see how other users rank your picks. 

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  • 1
    Constance Wu, Henry Golding
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    Released2018

    Directed byJon M. Chu

    Crazy 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
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    Lana Condor, John Corbett
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    57

    Released2018

    Directed bySusan Johnson

    A teenage girl's love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her life.  ...more
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  • 3
    Ali Wong, Randall Park
    74
    57

    Released2019

    Directed byNahnatchka Khan

    Always 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
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  • 4
    Meryl Streep, Lily James
    79
    63

    Released2018

    Directed byOl Parker

    Mamma 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
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  • 5
    Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell
    59
    45

    Released2018

    Directed byClaire Scanlon

    Set 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
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  • 6
    Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine
    54
    41

    Released2019

    Directed byTodd Strauss-Schulson

    Isn'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
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  • 7
    Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan
    63
    52

    Released2017

    Directed byMichael Showalter

    The 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
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  • 8
    Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron
    52
    42

    Released2019

    Directed byJonathan Levine

    Long 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
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  • 9
    Joey King, Jacob Elordi
    76
    74

    Released2018

    Directed byVince Marcello

    A high school student finds herself face-to-face with her long-term crush when she signs up to run a kissing booth at the spring carnival.  ...more
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  • 10
    Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford
    45
    40

    Released2018

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

    Love, 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
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  • 11
    Adam DeVine, Alexandra Daddario
    45
    45

    Released2018

    Directed byAri Sandel

    When 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
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  • 12
    Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio
    44
    44

    Released2018

    Directed byMichael Rohl

    The 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
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  • 13
    Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff
    34
    32

    Released2017

    Directed byHallie Meyers-Shyer

    Home 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
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  • 14
    Noah Centineo, Laura Marano
    48
    50

    Released2019

    Directed byChris Nelson

    A high school student creates an app to offer his services as a fake date to make money for college. When he develops feelings for someone, his plan gets complicated.  ...more
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  • 15
    Jennifer Lopez, Milo Ventimiglia
    23
    18

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Segal

    Second 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
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  • 16
    Ava Michelle, Griffin Gluck
    32
    30

    Released2019

    Directed byNzingha Stewart

    Tall 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
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  • 17
    Sami Gayle, Jacob Latimore
    15
    11

    Released2018

    Directed byBen Shelton

    Candy 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
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  • 18
    Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow
    27
    27

    Released2019

    Directed byJennifer Kaytin Robinson

    Someone 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
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  • 19
    Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson
    25
    24

    Directed byJeffrey Blitz

    Table 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
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  • 20
    Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey
    28
    28

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Shankman

    What 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
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  • 21
    Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti
    9
    3

    Released2020

    Directed byMax Barbakow

    Palm 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
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  • 22
    Kat Graham, Quincy Brown
    22
    21

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Walsh

    The 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
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  • 23
    Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey
    9
    6

    Released2020

    Directed byJohn Whitesell

    Holidate is a 2020 American romantic comedy holiday film directed by John Whitesell. Two enduring singles, Sloane and Jackson (Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey), decide to be each other's "Holidates" for  ...more
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  • 24
    Christina Milian, Adam Demos
    19
    21

    Released2019

    Directed byRoger Kumble

    Falling Inn Love is a 2019 American romantic comedy film directed by Roger Kumble. Gabriela (Christian Milan) unexpectedly wins a country New Zealand inn and teams up with Jake (Adam Demos) to fix it  ...more
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  • 25
    Eva Longoria, Nina Dobrev
    13
    13

    Released2018

    Directed byKen Marino

    Dog 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
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