Known for their cliché storylines, cheesy dialogue and the unrealistic expectations they place on real-life love, rom-coms are not for everyone.
However, the genre has evolved over the years to encompass more nuanced, complex relationships and touch on serious topics such as the spectrum of sexuality and mental illness, making them more appealing to all.
Whether you love rom-coms or love to hate them, Variety has compiled 21 of the best that are available on Netflix for your viewing pleasure.
Genre-defining classics like “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Groundhog Day” are always solid picks, as they are both critically-acclaimed and quench the thirst for romance. 1995’s “Clueless” fits in this mold as well, but with a bit of a lighter twist.
As far as modern-day rom-coms go, recent Netflix originals like “The Lovebirds” and “Always Be My Maybe” have challenged convention with their witty writing and outstanding performances by Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Ali Wong and Randall Park.
LGBTQ+ rom-coms are also expanding, with films like “Straight Up” and “Alex Strangelove” exploring queer love stories in a proud, empathetic and creative way.
Keep reading to find out the rest of the best rom-coms on Netflix.