With Valentine’s Day approaching this Sunday, cord cutters have a lot of options when it comes to streaming some of the most heartfelt and funny romantic-comedies ever made. With an abundance of different services, there are millions of hours of content right at your fingertips. If you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, we have you covered with a wide-selection of rom-coms from modern hits, classic cinema, wonky sub-genres, and highly-regarded musicals. This February 14th, live, laugh, love, and enjoy your chocolates with our comprehensive list of 14 rom-coms, over the past 60 years, that you can stream this weekend.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Starring Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a love story about an extroverted social life who falls in love with a struggling writer. The film has become a staple of Americana over the past 60 years and was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including 2 wins for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. Due to its cultural, historic, and aesthetic significance, the film was preserved in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2012.
Cord cutters who enjoy musicals can stream a classic romantic-comedy on Valentine’s Day. This love story follows a greaser who falls in love with a transfer student. Based on the musical of the same name, Grease was the highest-grossing musical film of all-time when it was released in 1978 and turned John Travolta into a household name. Last year, the film was selected to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
The Princess Bride (1987)
Adapted from the 1973 novel of the same name, The Princess Bride, is a neo-traditional
Rom-com and a fantasy-adventure film where the common man farmhand goes on a quest to rescue a princess in distress from an evil prince. The film was deemed significant enough to be inducted into the National Film Registry in 2016 and was recognized as the 88th greatest film love story on “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Passions” list in 2002.
The Nutty Professor (1996)
An Academy Award winner for Best Makeup, The Nutty Professor is an all-time classic Eddie Murphy performance in a movie that is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but with a romantic twist. Murphy plays Sherman Klump, a kind morbidly obese professor, who invents a formula to impress a woman (Jada Pinkett) that turns him into his evil fit mean-spirited alter ego, Buddy Love.
Love and Basketball (2000)
This 2000 romance-sports drama has comedic elements, and is highly regarded with a dedicated following, and has become a cult classic since its release. Starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan as two Los Angelenos and next-door neighbors since childhood, who pursue their dreams of their first love as professional basketball players before falling in love with each other.
50 First Dates (2004)
One of Adam Sandler’s better films, 50 First Dates pulls off an interesting concept very well when Henry Roth (Sandler) falls in love with Lucy (Drew Barrymore), a beautiful woman with who he has an instant connection with; however, she has short-term memory loss, and forgets him the next day. Once he finds out she has amnesia, he continues to go on dates with her to win her over in a search for true love.
Knocked Up (2007)
Directed by Judd Apatow, Knocked Up is a raunchy romantic-comedy about an unintended pregnancy between a degenerate slacker (Seth Rogan) and a media personality rising up the ranks in her career (Katherine Heigl) after a one night stand. The ensuing fallout will have you laughing throughout Valentine’s Day weekend.
Warm Bodies (2013)
Fans of horror, romance, and comedy, can get their fix of all 3 with Warm Bodies. The 2003 paranormal-romance zombie film stars Teresa Palmer as a young woman who falls in love with a zombie portrayed by Nicholas Hoult. The film is adapted from a novel of the same name, which was based on Romeo and Juliet. Told through the perspective of a zombie, the film gives the walking dead human characteristics, which is something not seen in many films of this type, and it adds more depth to their romance.
Where to watch? Available to rent in HD on Prime Video for $3.99.
Girls Trip (2017)
Tiffany Haddish’s breakout role in Girls Trip follows a group of four friends who reconnect for the first time in years at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. This rom-com is filled with stars including Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Larenz Tate, Mike Epps, Mike Colter, and more.
The Big Sick (2017)
Loosely based on the true story of the relationship between the film’s writers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick is a funny insight into what led up to their marriage, and the things they had to go through to be accepted by each other’s family.
The Incredible Jessica Jones (2017)
Former Daily Show alum Jessica Williams stars as Jessica Jones, a playwright who is getting over a breakup and falls in love with Boone (Chris O’Dowd), a man who is also getting out of a relationship. The film is a fresh take on rebound relationships that will have you captivated while chuckling.
Where to watch? Available to stream on Netflix.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Directed by Jon M. Chu, and based on a 2013 novel of the same name, this Cinderella-style rom-com was a cultural phenomenon and masterclass in representation. Constance Wu stars as a Chinese-American professor who flies to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s (Henry Golding) family and is shocked to find out they are one of the wealthiest families in Singapore. Some viewers may need tissues nearby because the forbidden love trope is strong in this one.
Palm Springs (2018)
A Hulu exclusive, Palm Springs is part Groundhog Day, part Wedding Crashers, and part Happy Death Day and is a science fiction combination that makes a hilarious movie for Valentine’s Day. Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti’s chemistry help bring a fresh take on the time loop trope with J.K. Simmons playing the perfect antagonist.
Where to watch? Available to stream on Hulu.
The Photograph (2020)
A romantic-dramedy, The Photograph smoothly balances romance, drama, and comedy in an hour and 46 minutes film that is perfect for Valentine’s Day. This love story follows the daughter of a famous photographer (Issa Rae) who becomes enamored with an investigative journalist (Lakeith Steinfield) that is studying the life of her late mother.
Happy streaming this Valentine’s Day weekend!
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