Sometimes you're in the mood for a good rom-com, but your partner just isn't. Hard as it is to believe, some people are resistant to the charms of romantic comedies. That's where this list of pretty good rom-coms available to stream on Netflix comes in. It will help you find a movie that will scratch your romantic itch, while still offering something worthwhile to the person who typically hates this genre. At the very least, these movies offer just enough pleasure to earn a couple of hours of your time.
If nothing else, these films cover a wide variety of styles and subject matter. In some, the romance is front and center; in others, it's a crucial supporting element. And in others still, the romance comes from a completely unexpected angle. The next time you and your rom-com averse significant other are looking for a movie you can both enjoy, give one of these a chance.
What's it all about?: Andy (Steve Carell) has never been intimate with a woman. At age 40, he vows to finally make this happen. He thinks his chance arrives after meeting single mother Trish (Catherine Keener), but she just got out of a bad relationship and isn't ready for another big step yet.
How is it romantic?: The movie's message is that it's never too late to find love - or to consummate it. Andy learns that his obsession with sex is meaningless since genuine, abiding love is far more gratifying.
Why would the rom-com averse still like it?: Directed by Judd Apatow, The 40-Year-Old Virgin has wall-to-wall laughs, with Andy's action-figure collection, eccentric coworkers, and awkward attempts to "get lucky." The supporting cast is unbeatable. Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch, Romany Malco, Mindy Kaling, and Jonah Hill are all here in various capacities. A scene in which Carell gets his chest waxed (for real) has become a classic moment.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 85%
What's it all about?: Average guy Kirk (Jay Baruchel) somehow gets stunningly gorgeous Molly (Alice Eve) to be his girlfriend. However, his insecurity about her seeming physical perfection might screw their romance up if he's not careful.
How is it romantic?: On the surface, the plot may seem a little sexist. Once it gets into its rhythm, though, you'll see this is a movie about the importance of finding beauty on the inside and accepting that looks are not what really matters.
Why would the rom-com averse still like it?: She's Out of My League contains some raunchy humor that will make the romantic stuff go down smoother for viewers who generally don't like rom-coms. There are several moments of genuine insight that might win you over as well.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 58%
What's it all about?: Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) is a political consultant in the midst of a divorce. His young daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) wants to know how her parents met. He tells her the story of his romantic past, which includes three different women, but doesn't tell her which tale is about her mother. Only at the end is the mystery revealed to her - and the audience. Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, and Isla Fisher co-star.
How is it romantic?: There are actually three romances here, so you get triple the pleasure. The film additionally has an important message, which is that even when a marriage doesn't work out, the creation of children is an everlasting testament to the love between two individuals.
Why would the rom-com averse still like it?: The performances are outstanding. Reynolds shows a softer side than we normally get to see. And since we know from the outset that Will is getting divorced, the film is able to avoid the sticky-sweet vibe that hurts some rom-coms. The mystery of which woman Will married also hooks you.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 71%
What's it all about?: Laney (Alison Brie) is a serial cheater. Jake (Jason Sudeikis) is an unrepentant womanizer. The two become best friends in their efforts to be better people. Along the way, they realize they just might be right for each other, despite a self-imposed rule not to get involved.
How is it romantic?: Whereas most rom-coms are about people with charmingly imperfect lives, this one suggests that even incredibly screwed-up individuals can find happiness.
Why would the rom-com averse still like it?: Sleeping with Other People has a romantic spirit, but it's also a hilariously raunchy comedy about flawed people doing messed-up things. Brie and Sudeikis are terrific, and there's an able supporting cast that includes Jason Mantzoukas, Amanda Peet, and Adam Scott.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%