Classic Must-Watch Rom-Coms

It doesn’t matter if you’re single or cuffed--if you enjoy a good movie with a good mix of humor and sappiness, this is the perfect list of movies to watch during your next night in. Don’t fret, these movies have the perfect amount of cheesiness so that you won’t be covering your eyes and cringing at your screen the whole time. Rather, you’re in for two hours of uncontrollable laughter and the occasional “aw’s”. After reading this list, go grab a bowl of popcorn and some blankets, and go get cozy with your significant other, your family, or your friends (maybe even your dog!). 

  1. 1. Love, Rosie (2014) 

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    Love, Rosie is about two childhood best friends, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin), whose lives in Dublin completely change when Alex moves to the United States after being admitted to Harvard while Rosie becomes unexpectedly pregnant from what she hoped would just be a one-night stand. Reluctantly, Rosie makes an important decision and hides her pregnancy from her friend out of fear that she would hold him back.

    Years pass, and Rosie finally visits Alex in Boston, where they fondly reminisce about the old days. She realizes just how different their lives have become and, sadly, just how far they have drifted from each other. Keep a tissue box on hand for this movie as these two friends journey through bittersweet stages of parenthood, heartbreak, and rekindled love.

    Available on Netflix


  2. 2. Crazy, Stupid Love (2011)

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    In this star-packed hilarious movie, a sudden divorce between Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) and his wife of almost 25 years, Emily (Julianne Moore), sets off a crazy chain of events leading up to an even more bewildering plot twist. After Emily admits that she’s cheated on him, Cal moves out and starts making continuous trips to the bar to wallow in sadness. It is here that this about-to-be divorced man meets the notoriously smooth womanizer, Jacob (Ryan Gosling).

    Jacob takes it upon himself to reshape Cal and show him the ropes of how to dress better and, ultimately, make his wife regret ever cheating on him. Soon, they hit up the bar to look for a new woman for Cal.

    Meanwhile, Cal and Emily’s son, Robbie (Jonah Bobo), is struggling with his crush on his babysitter, Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), who is four years older than him and does not return his romantic feelings. On top of that, Jacob soon discovers a girl who he unexpectedly falls for named Hannah (Emma Stone), and she’s unlike any other girl he’s ever dated. They eventually start dating, and for a while it seems like everyone is moving on and dealing with their own separate relationships.

    But little does everyone know that soon enough, their lives will intertwin with one another in the most unexpected way… 

    Available on Hulu with HBO Add-on


  3. 3. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)


    Of course, a list of iconic rom-coms wouldn’t be complete without the one and only Matthew McConaughey. In this movie, McConaughey stars with Kate Hudson, and together they play two characters who try to outsmart each other in an entertaining game of love and war. 

    Hudson plays Andie Anderson, a smart and savvy writer who works for the hot and trendy women’s magazine Composure. One afternoon, Andie pitches an idea for the article, “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days,” and to her delight, her editor loves the unique idea and says she will consider giving her the freedom to write whatever she would like if she successfully completes the experiment.

    On the other hand, McConaughey’s character, Ben Barry, is an advertising executive who is competing for the job to help advertise for a new campaign selling diamonds. He declares that he is the best for the job because he is an expert on romance and that he knows what girls like, and so his boss makes an agreement with him: If Ben can make a girl fall in love with him in less than ten days, he will give him the job for the advertising company.

    As fate would have it, these two characters meet and unknowingly fall into each other’s traps. While at first, Ben thinks that he has Andie in the palm of his hand, she tries everything to drive him away, such as clinging on to him 24/7 and showering him with affection, driving him crazy and making him at one point consider dropping the bet completely. Watch as these two characters desperately try to accomplish their missions, but in the process, unintentionally ruin the other person’s plan by doing so.

    Available on Hulu with HBO Add-on

  4. 4.  My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

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    Julia Roberts plays Julianne Porter in this hilarious movie about a woman trying to split up her long-time best friend, Michael O-Neal (Dermot Mulroney) and his new “irritatingly perfect” fiancee Kimberly Wallace (Cameron Diaz). When she hears the news, all of a sudden, Julianne realizes that, throughout the nine years they have been friends, she has harbored romantic feelings for Michael. Now, she is completely adamant that she is the right one for Michael and determined to break off the wedding.

    But this is easier said than done. When Kimberly insists that her fiance’s best friend become her maid of honor, Julianne starts to discover that this college student is head-over-heels in love with Michael. It seems that despite all her efforts, Julianne can’t seem to split apart this newly engaged couple. Eventually, she realizes that desperate times call for desperate measures… 

    Available on Hulu

Even if you’re not one for sappy, cheesy movies, you can still enjoy the incredibly entertaining plots of these romantic comedies and spend a nice Friday night laughing your head off. So whether you’re a total sucker for cliche moments or you think the whole idea of romance is too mushy, bring that box of tissues for tears of sadness or of laughter, whichever one works for you.