13 Best Romantic Comedies on Hulu

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Romantic comedies are some of the most popular movies choices to stream. They’re filled with humour and centred on romance. Who doesn’t love laughing and love? It doesn’t matter if you’re watching alone or planning a quiet date night with your love. A romantic comedy is sure to hit the spot. 

There is some debate on what exactly makes a movie a romantic comedy. Some believe it just needs to have a romance in it. Others believe it needs to end with the main characters getting together. Either way, there’s no denying that rom coms are here to stay.

Below you’ll find the top 13 best romantic comedies available on Hulu.

13 of the Best Romantic Comedies Available on Hulu

  1. The Wedding Planner
  2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  3. What Men Want
  4. Palm Springs
  5. My Best Friend’s Wedding
  6. Plus One
  7. Juliet, Naked
  8. No Strings Attached
  9. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  10. Hitch
  11. Morning Glory
  12. Booksmart
  13. Friends with Kids

1. The Wedding Planner

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My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) – IMDb

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If you’re a sucker for a forbidden love story, there’s none better than The Wedding Planner. This is such a fun and heartwarming film from the early 2000s.Although, you might question why an engaged man would agree to go see a movie in the park when two beautiful women ask him to go.

Overall, it’s exactly what a romantic comedy should be. There’s humor and a little bit of conflict, but it focuses on the romance at the very center.

Jennifer Lopez stars as Mary Fiora opposite Matthew McConaughey as Dr. Steve Edison. The film opens and shows viewers that Mary is the best at what she does, which is planning weddings. She works hard and is trying to become a partner at the company she works for. 

She meets Dr. Edison when he saves her from what would have been a pretty nasty accident. Viewers can see the obvious mutual attraction the pair have, and their chemistry is great. Mary is clearly interested. That is until she learns that Steve is the groom at the very event that would secure her company partnership.

2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) – Amazon.com

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Based on the real experiences of Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is filled with hilarious family conflict. If you come from a large family with big traditions, you know how hard it can be to navigate through life!

Toula (Nia Vardalos) comes from a large Greek family with big views on marriage and weddings. All of the adult women in Toula’s family are married and have families of their own, while Toula remains single and works for her father’s restaurant. 

When Toula starts working at her aunt’s travel agency, she meets a young man, and they quickly fall in love. Everything seems great, but there’s one problem. He’s not Greek! Toula tries to keep their relationship a secret from her family, but they soon find out, and all hell breaks loose. 

This movie is a beautiful tale of the strength of family, breaking traditions, and embracing life. 

3. What Men Want

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What Men Want (2019) – IMDb

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This is a gender-swap remake of the 2000 film What Women Want. If you liked that movie, you’d like this one! It’s similar to the original storyline with the unique twist of its point of view switch. Instead of following a man when he suddenly can hear the inner thoughts of the women around him, viewers of What Men Want will follow a woman when she gains the same ability for men’s thoughts.

Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is a sports agent who can’t seem to get into the heads of her male counterparts. She’s constantly being overlooked for promotions, and she’s determined to prove herself. However, after a nasty fall, she wakes up in the hospital. She acquired the ability to read the minds of the men around her.

Throughout the movie, we see Ali use this new gift to get to where she wants to be in life. This film is a hilarious retelling. The language is pretty vulgar, so make sure you watch it when the kids go to bed.

4. Palm Springs

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Palm Springs (2020) – IMDb

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Nothing is more annoying than being stuck at a destination wedding you don’t really want to be at. How about waking up on the same day over and over again? Well, that’s exactly what happens in this film. Palm Springs is a film that takes you by surprise and is guaranteed to make you laugh!

Carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and black sheep Sarah (Cristin Milioti) meet each other at a wedding they’re a part of. Sarah is a reluctant maid of honor who ends up hooking up with Nyles. After some crazy things happen, Sarah wakes up on the morning of the wedding. All over again.

In a similar style to Groundhog’s Day, this romantic comedy is full of hilarious surprises and twists as both Nyles and Sarah deal with their situation. They start to question the meaning of life. Does any of it matter?

5. My Best Friend’s Wedding

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Julia Roberts stars in this romantic comedy that has a bit of a darker side. If you like to watch films that make you question the morals of the characters, you’ll likely love My Best Friend’s Wedding.

Julianne Potter (Roberts) has been best friends with Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney) for years. There were never any romantic feelings between them. That is until the day Michael tells Julianne that he’s engaged.

All at once, Julianne realizes she’s in love with her best friend. His fiancé is determined to make Julianne her friend too, but Julianne has other plans in mind. She goes on a mission to ruin the wedding and win the heart of Michael.

It’s a great film that Julia Roberts excels in. If you like rooting for the character who has it all wrong, this is a great choice.

6. Plus One

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Plus One (2019) – IMDb

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Plus One is a funny journey into a new romance. It’s endearing and shows that sometimes the person you’re looking for is actually a good friend of yours. Real love can be borne out of the most unlikely places, and this movie really showcases that.

The movie follows Ben (Jack Quaid) and Alice (Maya Erskine) as they try to survive the summer of weddings they’re forced to deal with. She’s dealing with a break-up, and he’s chasing after his ” the one that got away” who is actually engaged. As just friends who’ve known each other forever, they see no problem with bringing each other as their plus-ones to the many weddings they’ve been invited to.

As the movie unfolds, the chemistry between the two is undeniable not only to bystanders but to Ben and Alice. After spending the summer together, they realize that their own love story snuck up on them.

7. Juliet, Naked

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Juliet, Naked is a sweet and heartwarming story about finding new love later in life. It’s a hopeful journey of a girl who feels like she’s stuck. If you love romances from unexpected places and watching two people come together in an unusual way, this is the film for you.

Annie Platt (Rose Byrne) has been with Duncan Thomson (Chris O’Dowd) for 15 years. It’s clear their relationship is hitting a dead end. Duncan has an unnatural obsession with an American rock singer Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), who seems to have dropped off the face of the planet. 

Until the day when that same singer releases a new acoustic album titled Juliet, Naked. Duncan loves the new album, but Annie is sick of hearing about Tucker Crowe. When she posts a negative review of the album on her boyfriend’s fansite, Tucker actually responds. They begin an online correspondence that eventually leads Tucker to visit London and meet Annie.

The film is about the journey Annie and Tucker take together through their emails and eventual meeting while Annie sorts through her feelings about her relationship with Duncan. It’s full of hilarious as well as beautifully touching moments.

8. No Strings Attached

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No Strings Attached (2011) – IMDb

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A popular romantic comedy theme is a friends with benefits relationship. This has a perfect mix of bad decisions and humor that makes for a fun romantic comedy to watch alone or with your partner. It’s a straightforward plot that can be predictable, but this film doesn’t fail in its delivery.

Sex is a natural human function, and sometimes you just want it, without all of the complicated relationship stuff. At least, that’s what Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) want from each other. After reuniting with each other by chance, the two begin a strictly sexual relationship. The only rule is that if one starts to feel something more, the deal is off, and they stop.

The problem is that they both start to develop feelings for each other but taking a break from their arrangement proves to be harder than they thought. Watch as Emma and Adam figure out what everyone else could see the moment they met. They were meant for each other.

9. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) – IMDb

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a fun film about a man whose broken heart leads him to Hawaii. There is some full-body nudity in the film, so if you’re uncomfortable seeing an adult male completely naked on your TV, you might enjoy this as much. Definitely not a film to watch with your children.

Peter (Jason Segel) is in love with the beautiful actress Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). He’s perfectly content with their life together until she dumps him seemingly out of nowhere. As his brother suggested, he takes a trip to Hawaii as a way to escape his depression and move on.

Everything seems fine until, as he’s checking into the hotel, he learns that Sarah is actually in Hawaii too, but with her new boyfriend. In an attempt to help him save face, the receptionist, Rachel (Mila Kunis), upgrades Peter’s room to the most expensive suite at the resort. 

This film is hilarious and endearing as you watch Peter heal from Sarah’s betrayal. The cast is wonderful together, and you’re sure to fall in love with each of them too!

10. Hitch

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Nothing better than when an emotionally unattached man realizes how to love a woman truly. These storylines make for great romantic comedies, and Hitch is definitely among some of the better ones.

Alex “Hitch” Hitchens (Will Smith) is a dating coach for men who need help getting a date. He tells them what to say, wear, and how to act to date the women of their dreams. You would think a man that seems to understand women so well would be in a happily committed relationship.

It turns out that isn’t the case for Hitch. In fact, when he finally meets the girl of his dreams, he becomes a blundering nervous wreck, just like his clients. The cast in this film work so well together and make this a heartwarming rom-com classic.

11. Morning Glory

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If you like romantic comedies that aren’t so heavy on the romance side, Morning Glory is a nice option for you. It also has a powerful cast of actors in it that make for entertaining performances. It’s a feel-good movie that’ll lighten your hearts even after the end credits stop rolling.

Becky (Rachel McAdams) has worked hard to get to where she wants to be in her career. After accepting a job as an executive producer, she’s been assigned the task of reviving a failing morning show before the network cuts it completely. It feels like an impossible task, but Beck has a few ideas up her sleeves.

In order to succeed, she decides to hire reporter Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), whose ego makes him difficult to work with. As she struggles to get Mike to do the job, she finds herself falling in love with Adam (Patrick Wilson), who works at the studio. Morning Glory is a wonderful movie that’s about more than romance. It’s about friendships in unexpected places.

12. Booksmart

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Booksmart (2019) – IMDb

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Nothing sucks more than to work really hard at something only to find out that someone accomplished the same thing without putting in half the work. Such is the way of life, and two high school girls get a crash course in it after finding out that all of the party kids in their school got into great schools without really trying.

Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) spent their entire high school career working hard to get into a great college when they graduate. Just before graduation, they find out that the other kids in school were able to score these top schools too without putting in the time and work Amy and Molly did.

Molly proposes they do all of the crazy things they missed out on in high school before getting their diplomas. Reluctant at first, Amy agrees, and the two spend the entire movie getting into all sorts of trouble. It’s a movie about friendships that last, being brave, finding love, and not taking yourself too seriously.

13. Friends With Kids

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Last on the list is Friends with Kids. In a similar fashion to the age-old friends with benefits story, this film focuses on how children can completely change a person. It’s hard enough being a parent but trying to find love at the same time is almost impossible.

Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) have been best friends forever, but they never saw each other as anything other than friends. Jason is with a different woman every week, and Julie is searching for her soulmate. So, what changes? They decide to have a baby together.

Against the better judgment of their friends, Jason and Julie move in together and share custody of their child. They continue their platonic relationship and search for their own separate love lives. Except maybe they should be looking at each other.

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