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The Best Recent Romantic Comedy Shows & Movies

Updated September 18, 2020 322 votes 57 voters 1.1k views47 items

List RulesVote up the most entertaining newer rom-coms to hit the big and small screens, including streaming series.

When couples get together to watch a movie, they could steer towards a guy flick and stick to comedy, but they could also veer into romance to keep the ladies interested. Fortunately, there's a genre for both and it's the romantic comedy. Rom-coms have been a staple in filmmaking and television for years with some of the very best helping to establish some of Hollywood's elite celebrities. Where would Julia Roberts be today had she not starred in Pretty Woman

It's not just the women who take center stage in the genre either. Actors like John Cusack tend to find themselves in the realm of romantic comedy more often than not. Does Say Anything... ring a bell? Sure, many of the top rom-com films are classics like The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally (some of which you'll find below), but the more recent romantic comedies definitely don't disappoint. Movies like Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall are both must sees, not to mention Just Friends. Similarly on the small screen, there are also plenty of good romantic comedy series to choose from—including new shows and older favorites. TV shows like Friends, Cheers, and New Girl offer a hilarious mix of both comedy and romance between characters audiences easily fall in love with. 

Which romantic comedy movies and shows deserve the top spots on this list? Help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and voting others down accordingly. If there are any new romantic comedies you think should be on the list, be sure to add them. 

  • 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 Singapore for his best friend's wedding only to get thrust into the lives of Asia's rich and famous.... more on Wikipedia
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  • The Big Sick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Recent Romantic Comedy Shows & Movies
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    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 (though Gordon is played by a different actress). When Emily is waylaid by a mysterious illness, Kumail must take charge of the crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry, whom he barely knows. ... more on Wikipedia
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  • New Girl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Recent Romantic Comedy Shows & Movies
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    New Girl (Fox, 2011) is an American sitcom television series created by Elizabeth Meriwether. A quirky teacher (Zooey Deschanel) moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men (Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Lamorne Morris).... more on Wikipedia
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  • The Mindy Project is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Recent Romantic Comedy Shows & Movies
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    The Mindy Project (Fox, 2012) is an American romantic comedy television series created by Mindy Kaling. A young OB-GYN doctor (Kaling) balances her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office.... more on Wikipedia
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