The Greatest Rom-Coms on Amazon Prime Video Proper Now (Might 2021)

Sometimes, it seems like romantic comedies are a lost art. It’s not easy to make a film that manages to be hilarious while tugging at the heartstrings. That’s why we have to cherish the movies that really capture those feelings and emotions. Because there’s nothing better than reaffirming the power of love while laughing your butt off. Fortunately, Amazon Prime Video has a stacked lineup of rom-coms. Prime Video not only draws from modern films, but it also includes a selection of classic romantic comedies that rank among the greatest flicks ever made. And you won’t have to go far to find them. We’ve already put together a list of the very best rom-coms on Amazon Prime Video right now.

Amazon Prime Video isn’t short on titles, but it may not have what you’re looking for. Fortunately, we’ve also rounded up the best romantic comedies on Netflix and the best romantic comedies on Hulu.

Funny Face

Funny Face (1957)

If you’re looking for a window into the distant past, Funny Face is a brilliant example of a rom-com musical from one of Hollywood’s golden eras. Fred Astaire stars as Dick Avery, a fashion photographer who wants to find a new model who combines brains and beauty. Dick soon discovers Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), an unassuming book shop assistant who doesn’t have any desire to be a model. Regardless, Dick and Jo have undeniable chemistry together, even though their collaboration places several roadblocks in the way of their potential relationship.

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng
Director: Stanley Donen
Rating: N/A
Runtime: 103 minutes

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Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot (1959)

No one could ever accuse Some Like It Hot of being a drag! This is another all-time classic rom-com, with the iconic Marilyn Monroe starring as Sugar “Kane” Kowalczyk. Comedy legends Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon co-headline the film as musicians Joe and Jerry. After witnessing a mob murder, Joe and Jerry go into hiding as “Josephine” and “Daphne” in Sugar’s all-girl band. Joe is so taken with Sugar that he also pretends to be “Junior,” the millionaire bachelor of her dreams. Meanwhile, “Daphne” lands a real millionaire, Osgood Fielding III (Joe E. Brown). And Osgood simply won’t take no for an answer.

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Joe E. Brown
Director: Billy Wilder
Rating: N/A
Runtime: 121 minutes

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Return To Me

Return to Me (2000)

Two decades ago, David Duchovny was still fresh from The X-Files when he co-headlined Return to Me. Surprisingly, he’s very earnest and believable as Bob Rueland, an architect and a happily married man. Unfortunately, Bob’s life takes a tragic turn when his wife, Elizabeth Rueland (Joely Richardson), dies in a car accident. And yet Elizabeth’s death transforms the life of Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver), a young woman who receives Elizabeth’s heart in a transplant. Through happenstance or fate, Bob and Grace enter each others’ orbit and they are soon romantically drawn to one another.

Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Stars: David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O’Connor, Robert Loggia, David Alan Grier
Director: Bonnie Hunt
Rating: PG
Runtime: 115 minutes

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So I Married An Axe Murderer

So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)

So I Married an Axe Murderer is a film that definitely veers far more toward comedy than romance. But if you love Mike Myers’ movies, then you’re going to be happy with this one. Within the film, Myers plays Charlie MacKenzie, a man who is incredibly afraid of commitment. At least until he meets Harriet Michaels (Nancy Travis). Charlie falls head over heels for Harriet, despite his discovery that she has a history of ex-husbands who disappeared under very suspicious circumstances. Unfortunately for Charlie, he’s already married Harriet when he puts the final pieces of the puzzle together. And somehow, he has to find a way to survive his killer honeymoon.

Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
Stars: Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer, Brenda Fricker
Director: Thomas Schlamme
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 93 minutes

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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)

Mark (Kyle Allen), a teenager with big dreams, is stuck in a ceaseless time loop. Reliving the same day over and over, he seeks to help others by anticipating their next move and stepping in to assist. When Mark meets Margaret (Kathryn Newton), a teenage girl who also happens to be stuck in a loop of her own, the two form an instant connection and begin discussing the when and how of breaking their loops. But in letting go of their endless cycles, will they also be letting go of each other? Based on a short story from the film’s screenwriter, Lev Grossman, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a heartwarming and original film led by two charismatic performances from Newton and Allen.

Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Stars: Kathryn Newton, Kyle Allen, Josh Hamilton
Director: Ian Samuels
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 99 minutes

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

After Peter Bretter’s (Jason Segal) breakup with the titular Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), the struggling musician decides to treat himself to a Hawaiian getaway. Arriving at the resort, Peter’s plans for decompression are instantly challenged when he discovers that Sarah is also vacationing on the island with her new boyfriend, the obnoxious Aldous Snow (Russel Brand), a British singer-songwriter. Before Peter can begin fully commiserating this ill-timed crossing, a hotel employee named Rachel (Mila Kunis) swoops in, offering Peter the hope of new love and a chance to work through his feelings about Sarah. A well-written, raunchy rom-com, Forgetting Sarah Marshall features a mighty ensemble of ancillary talents, including Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd.

Rotten Tomatoes: 83%
Stars: Jason Segal, Mila Kunis, Russel Brand
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Rating: R
Runtime: 112 minutes

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Valley Girl

Valley Girl (2020)

A remake of the 1983 film of the same name, Valley Girl follows Julie Richman (Jessica Rothe), a Valley girl, and Randy (Josh Whitehouse), a punk rocker, two youths who fall for one another in 1980s Los Angeles. A jukebox musical, the film uses powerful showstoppers to tell the story of Julie and Randy’s blossoming romance. While fans of the original film may not enjoy a few of the narrative decisions that director Rachel Goldenberg chose to incorporate in this reimagined version, the abilities and range of the 2020 cast are undeniable, to say the least. Whether you’re new to the Valley Girl story or a fan of the ’80s flick, we urge you to check it before it leaves Amazon Prime.

Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
Stars: Jessica Rothe, Josh Whitehouse, Mae Whitman
Director: Rachel Goldenberg
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 103 minutes

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Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)

Many people make a very big, very public deal about their journey to run a marathon. This movie is a realistic depiction of what really happens when those people set off on that journey. Jillian Bell stars as an overweight woman who sets out to train for and run the New York marathon, believing that by getting in shape, she will change her life for the better. However, she finds that the changes that come are negative as well as positive. Brittany realizes that many of her issues are related to who she is inside rather than how she looks on the outside. It strikes a nice balance between drama and comedy and reminds the audience that you can’t move forward in life if you can’t first learn to love yourself.

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, Micah Stock
Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo
Rating: R
Runtime: 103 minutes

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What If on Amazon Prime

What If (2013)

Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan shine in this easy-to-watch, feel-good love story. When Wallace (Radcliffe), a man with a long string of bad relationships, strikes up an instant friendship with Chantry (Kazan), he, unfortunately, discovers that she happens to live with her longtime boyfriend. Rather than fall in love, they try to figure out what it means to be best friends with your soulmate. Being friends is often harder than being lovers, and this fun film dares to ask, “What if they are just meant to be friends?”

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Megan Park
Director: Michael Dowse
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 102 minutes

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Priceless (2006)

Inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this French film, original title Hors de prix, has a certain je ne sais quoi. Jean is a waiter/barman at a luxury hotel who meets Irene, a gold digger who preys on wealthy men, providing companionship and sex in exchange for them funding her lavish lifestyle. Mistaking Jean for a millionaire guest hanging around at the empty bar, and not the barman himself, she flirts and spends the night with him. Through a series of secret rendezvous and chance encounters that follow, Jean tries to keep up the ruse, all the while falling hard for the mysterious woman. Is she falling for him, too? It’s a predictable story that won’t deliver any crazy twists. But it will satisfy your desire for humor with just the right dose of sappiness.

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Stars: Gad Elmaleh, Audrey Tautou, Marie-Christine Adam
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 104 minutes

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The Big Sick (2017)

The Oscar-nominated film The Big Sick is based on the real-life courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his writing partner and wife, Emily Gordon. Nanjiani, a Pakistani-born comedian from a traditional family, falls in love with grad student Emily but struggles to deal with the familial culture clash. When Emily falls sick with a mysterious illness, he starts to have a change of heart, though. Ultimately, The Big Sick is a beautiful, lighthearted exploration of loving someone — or falling in love with someone — even during low times.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
Director: Michael Showalter
Rating: R
Runtime: 120 minutes

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What Men Want on Amazon Prime

What Men Want (2019)

A loose remake and role reversal of the Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt 2000 film What Women Want, it’s the woman this time who meets with a psychic and hits her head, waking up with the ability to hear the thoughts and desires of men around her. In the original movie, Mel Gibson’s character learns about the insecurities of women and how his words and actions can hurt them after being able to hear their thoughts. The focus of this film, however, is how Ali uses what she learns to help her gain the recognition she deserves as a Black female sports agent working in a white male-dominated field. And while her revelations cause drama and lots of hilarity, there’s a story of romance brewing beneath the surface as well. While the film didn’t exactly impress critics, Taraji P. Henson has been lauded for her performance. If it’s a mindlessly funny rom-com you’re after, this one might just fit the bill.

Rotten Tomatoes: 42%
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Josh Brener, Erykah Badu, Richard Roundtree, Tracy Morgan
Director: Adam Shankman
Rating: R
Runtime: 117 minutes

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This Beautiful Fantastic (2017)

This contemporary fairy tale is set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in London and centers on the unlikely friendship between a reclusive, dreamy young woman and a cranky widower. Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay) dreams of writing children’s books, but when she’s facing eviction over her neglected, overwhelming garden, she has to enlist the help of her grumpy, loveless next-door neighbor (Tom Wilkinson). Together, they restore the garden to its glory and discover a powerful connection.

Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott
Director: Simon Aboud
Rating: PG
Runtime: 92 minutes

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His Girl Friday (1940)

His Girl Friday ushered a new idea into Hollywood: A screwball comedy that’s also a romantic comedy. Cary Grant stars as a veteran newspaper editor who learns that his star reporter ex-wife, Hildy (Rosalind Russell), is engaged to a new man. He becomes intent on winning her back, convincing Hildy to go with him to track down one last story before she gets married. Naturally, they rekindle their love on the trail of a new mystery and rediscover the chemistry that made them click before.

Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
Director: Howard Hawks
Rating: PG
Runtime: 92 minutes

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Oscar Isaac in Life Itself

Life Itself (2018)

Life Itself is one of those movies that the critics hate but audiences adore. It’s melodramatic, but it’s sweet and it has a sense of humor. From This Is Us director and writer Dan Fogelman, Life Itself discusses the perils and rewards of everyday life, telling a multigenerational saga that spans continents. Beginning with a young New York couple, the story follows them through their marriage and the birth of their first child, creating unexpected twists and turns that reverberate across continents and through lifetimes. Life Itself features an outstanding cast including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Cooke, and Annette Bening.

Rotten Tomatoes: 14%
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas
Director: Dan Fogelman
Rating: R
Runtime: 117 minutes

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To Catch a Thief (1955)

Alfred Hitchcock’s romantic caper isn’t a comedy so much, but it is dripping with the kind of Old Hollywood glamour and charm that fans of romantic comedy will adore. Plus, it features Cary Grant and Grace Kelly at the peak of their charisma. Grant plays John “The Cat” Robie, a retired jewel thief who gets roped back into the game when a string of robberies in the French Riviera are pinned on him. As he tries to clear his name, he unwittingly gets tangled up with a young socialite (Grace Kelly) as they venture through France to catch the real criminal.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Rating: PG
Runtime: 106 minutes

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