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35 Best Romantic Movies Streaming [May 2022]

We love romance movies so much that we're willing to run through the rain just for the chance to make a heartfelt confession of our feelings. After all, it's easier than writing a love song to perform on acoustic guitar. And do you know how hard it is these days to convince airport security to let you through just so you can declare your love to someone right before they get on a plane? We'll take the rain, thanks. So imagine us suitably drenched in the best, most satisfyingly cliché fashion as we admit that we love all this stuff. Our favorite romance movies range from silly high-concept farces to bittersweet weepies and include everything in between. Best of all, we have several decades' worth of charmers to draw on, giving us a selection of romance films that spans both the classics and the movies that are expanding the genre in new directions.

[Updated on April 26, 2022: Some romances are married to their streaming services, but others just flirt with them occasionally. We'll keep track of which is which and update this list every month to make sure it always reflects the best love stories streaming right now.]

10 Things I Hate About You - Disney+

Shakespeare comes to high school with "10 Things I Hate About You," a sweet-tart updating of "The Taming of the Shrew." Bad boy Patrick agrees to romance the acerbic, independent Kat so that her overprotective father will let her younger sister, Bianca, date the doe-eyed Cameron ... or the far less sincere Joey. While Patrick first takes Kat out just for the money, the two social outsiders soon start developing a real connection, but can it outlast the revelation about the dating scheme? This is one of the top teen romances, especially thanks to its unbeatable cast.

Adam's Rib - HBO Max

Romantic comedies don't always have to have meet-cutes. The classic "Adam's Rib" deals with the ups, downs, and sustaining love of a long-term marriage, and it anchors it all via a courtroom drama. It proves that plenty of sparks can still fly after the couple says "I do." Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn play Adam and Amanda Bonner, two high-powered lawyers who wind up on opposite sides of an attempted murder case, one that becomes a flashpoint for their buried conflicts over gender equality. They're both competitive, but only one of them can win the case — and it might mean losing each other.

  • Starring: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday

  • Director: George Cukor

  • Year: 1949

  • Runtime: 101 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Always Be My Maybe - Netflix

The quirky, warm, and wildly funny "Always Be My Maybe" is a romance that doubles as a slow-burn coming-of-age story. Marcus and Sasha are inseparable as kids, and it's easy to see how perfectly they complement each other — but when their friendship escalates to sex and romance, it does so at the worst possible time. They don't reconnect again until they're adults, when Sasha is a high-powered chef and Marcus is an amiable slacker musician. She needs help reclaiming her sense of home, he needs help taking risks, and they both need each other. The movie's laid-back charm is enhanced by a hilarious meta performance from Keanu Reeves.

  • Starring: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves

  • Director: Nahnatchka Khan

  • Year: 2019

  • Runtime: 102 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

The Big Sick - Amazon Prime

Severe, unexpected illness comes as both a tragedy and a strange blessing in the funny, bittersweet, and emotionally complex film "The Big Sick." Stand-up comedian Kumail quickly hits it off with Emily. When it's just the two of them, they click on every level ... but Kumail can't see a future where his traditionalist parents will be happy with their relationship. Their breakup leaves them both raw, and before they can really grapple with their feelings, Emily gets horribly sick and has to be put into a medically induced coma. Kumail winds up at her bedside after all, striking up an unexpected bond with her anxious parents.

Bridget Jones's Diary - HBO Max

Bridget Jones is a little bit of a mess. While she vows to her diary that she's going to cut back on her bad habits and pull her life together, the truth is that she's never going to get over her endearing and all-too-relatable social gaffes — but that's okay. As it turns out, there's a man who likes her, very much, just as she is. She just has to figure out which man it is: the dashingly rakish Daniel Cleaver, or the judgmentally and seemingly stodgy Mark Darcy? Bridget is so thoroughly, embarrassingly human that her journey to romance is all the sweeter, and the movie throws in plenty of grade-A comedy on the way to the happy ending.

Brief Encounter - HBO Max

"Brief Encounter" is one of the all-time best bittersweet romantic dramas. This intimate, well-characterized piece shows what happens when two people who might be made for each other — Laura Jesson and Alec Harvey — find each other too late. Their chance meeting at a train station turns into an easy, intimate friendship that soon starts shading into romance; it would be a wonderful start to a new life together if they both weren't already married to other people. In the 1940s, that was a hard obstacle to overcome, especially with children involved. They can't bring themselves to end good, solid marriages of grounded love and contentment for the sake of this passion, and that makes their fleeting connection all the more moving.

  • Starring: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway

  • Director: David Lean

  • Year: 1945

  • Runtime: 87 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Casablanca - HBO Max

It's 1941, World War II is in full swing, and the weary and cynical Rick Blaine is determined to stay out of it. He's had his fill of heroism and politics, and now he just wants to keep his head down and run his club. Casablanca, however, is a major hub for a dangerous mix of Nazis, collaborators, and desperate refugees and fugitives ... and one of the people passing through is Ilsa, Rick's long-lost love. She isn't there to reconnect; she just needs his help getting her husband, a noble leader in the Resistance, to safety. "Casablanca" is an iconic romance that examines a case where doing the right thing may mean breaking your own heart.

  • Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

  • Director: Michael Curtiz

  • Year: 1942

  • Runtime: 102 minutes

  • Rating: PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Crazy Rich Asians - HBO Max

When Nick Young needs to attend his best friend's wedding back home in Singapore, his girlfriend — the brilliant and spirited Rachel Chu — is delighted to go along. Unfortunately, in embracing ordinary life in New York, Nick kept a pesky little detail about his family a secret: They're an unbelievably wealthy dynasty and own most of Singapore. They also have certain expectations about the kind of woman heir apparent Nick should be marrying, and Rachel doesn't check any of the boxes. (Nick adores her, but no one really cares about that.) Rachel's glamorous trip becomes a stressful attempt to prove herself. Colorful, sumptuous, playful, and tense, "Crazy Rich Asians" is irresistibly watchable.

Crazy, Stupid, Love - Netflix, HBO Max

Heartbreak, complications, uncertainties, and personal upheavals take center stage in this complex and emotionally realistic romantic dramedy. Cal is devastated by his wife's affair, so he tries reinventing himself with the help of his new playboy friend Jacob. However, Jacob is starting to want more than a hook-up with Hannah, the new woman in his life, so he needs Cal's help at figuring out how to handle a real relationship. They build each other up. Soon, Jacob is willing to risk his heart, and Cal has rediscovered his confidence and his love for his wife. There's just one little snag, though: Their lives are overlapping in ways they never expected.

Desert Hearts - HBO Max

Lives are on hold in the funny, passionate, and insightful "Desert Hearts." Vivian needs a six-week stay in Reno if she wants to get her divorce, and that means hanging around a ranch that serves as a kind of waiting room for women going through the same thing. There she meets Cay, a vibrant young woman who makes her attraction to Vivian very clear. Vivian's never been with a woman before, and while she's drawn to Cay, she's unsure if she wants to commit to her ... especially when it means accepting that her life won't be exactly conventional for 1959.

  • Starring: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley

  • Director: Donna Deitch

  • Year: 1985

  • Runtime: 96 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Dirty Dancing - HBO Max

"Dirty Dancing" gives the world an unforgettable cross-class summer romance, showing how the upper-middle-class Frances "Baby" Houseman shakes up her superficially neat social world by falling in love with "the help," working-class dancing instructor Johnny Castle. The movie unfolds at a fancy resort in the Catskills, where everyone is eager to gossip about social lines getting crossed but willing to turn a blind eye to genuine carelessness and cruelty. All the superficiality makes it easy to see how genuine Baby and Johnny's connection is, especially when they're dancing together. It's well-worth swooning over, with a great blend of romantic chemistry and light social drama.

  • Starring: Jennifer Gray, Patrick Swayze, Jerry Orbach

  • Director: Emile Ardolino

  • Year: 1987

  • Runtime: 100 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Down with Love - HBO Max

Candy-colored, cheeky, and gleefully artificial, "Down with Love" is a delightful confection that evokes classic '60s rom-coms and gives them a meta twist (and throws in a ton of double entendres to boot). Author Barbara Novak has made it big with her manifesto "Down with Love," which encourages women to ditch romance, focus on their ambitions, and have "sex à la carte," with no emotion involved. She especially urges them to beware of playboys like the infamous journalist Catcher Block — "ladies' man, man's man, man about town" — which of course rouses Catcher's ire. He's determined to trick her into falling in love with him so he can publicly reveal her as a sham. Little does he know that he's met his match.

Emma - HBO Max

Gwyneth Paltrow takes the lead in "Emma," a sprightly and engaging adaptation of the Jane Austen classic. Emma thinks she has everything she could possibly want — money, position, friends, and happiness — so she devotes herself to playing matchmaker, much to her friend Knightley's chagrin. Despite her intelligence and good intentions, however, she misunderstands both herself and the people around her, and her mistakes might have serious consequences. As she deals with it all, she grows and starts to realize where her own heart really lies. Paltrow is especially fine in the lead role, giving Emma enough depth and vulnerability to make us forgive all her missteps.

  • Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Toni Collette, Alan Cumming

  • Director: Douglas McGrath

  • Year: 1996

  • Runtime: 120 minutes

  • Rating: PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Four Weddings and a Funeral - HBO Max

In "Four Weddings and a Funeral," endearing but commitment-shy Brit Charles keeps running into Carrie, a playful and deceptively straightforward American. The film has a terrific and unusual structure, taking place solely over the course of the titular events, allowing for Charles, Carrie, and their friends to have intense, heightened encounters while also going through evolution off-screen. Charles and Carrie pursue other people, but they can't seem to stay away from each other. Will their timing ever work out? This sharp, nuanced romantic comedy is definitely one of the classics of the genre.

  • Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Kristin Scott Thomas

  • Director: Mike Newell

  • Year: 1994

  • Runtime: 117 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

The Half of It - Netflix

"The Half of It" features a tender and unusual love triangle that riffs on "Cyrano de Bergerac." Jock Paul is sweet and earnest, but he doesn't have a way with words, and his intellectual horizons are narrow. He knows it, so when he wants to woo the popular Astrid (who's already dating someone else), he hires geeky Ellie Chu to write his texts and love letters. Astrid starts falling for Ellie's words, Ellie starts falling for Astrid, and Paul increasingly finds himself falling for Ellie. Their youth and small town upbringing makes all this even more difficult, but it plays out with delicacy and realism.

  • Starring: Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire

  • Director: Alice Wu

  • Year: 2020

  • Runtime: 104 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Happiest Season - Hulu

The holidays are a lonely time for Abby. When her girlfriend, Harper, impulsively invites her to come home with her for Christmas, Abby eagerly accepts, thinking this should be the perfect chance to propose. But Harper is still in the closet with her family, so Abby is forced back in alongside of her, with the two of them pretending to just be roommates. The strain of lying — all while Abby wonders if Harper will choose to trade their happiness for her parents' approval — takes a serious toll on their relationship. "Happiest Season" infuses holiday romance tropes with a lot of raw emotion, and its performances are alternately warm, funny, and heartbreaking.

His Girl Friday - Amazon Prime

Fast-talking, sharp-as-a-tack Hildy Johnson is about to leave the newspaper business behind for good. All she has to do is catch the train that will take her to her safe, staid fiancé and a stiflingly domestic future. Her ex-husband and editor, Walter Burns, can't stand to see her go down a path that's so wrong for her — especially since he's still in love with her. He needs her back, so he drags her into pursuing one last story he knows she won't be able to resist. While the two of them chase down leads on a possible wrongful conviction, their banter and chemistry prove they're perfect for each other.

  • Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy

  • Director: Howard Hawks

  • Year: 1940

  • Runtime: 92 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

In the Mood for Love - HBO Max

The gorgeously shot "In the Mood for Love" is suffused with a poignant sense of romantic longing. Su Li-shen and Chow Mo-wan live next door to each other. Both of them are quietly lonely in their marriages, a feeling that only deepens when they find out her husband is having an affair with his wife. The two of them are drawn to each other, and their combination of emotional intimacy and physical restraint has a palpable charge. The film is melancholy but beautiful, with an exquisite sense for the small moments of closeness and yearning between its characters.

Like Water for Chocolate - HBO Max

Lush and moving, "Like Water for Chocolate" is a layered masterpiece of passion, anger, sensuality, guilt, and love. As the youngest daughter of a widowed mother, Tita is expected to remain forever single to provide help for the family; her mother enforces that tradition so rigorously that she gets in the way of the true love between Tita and Pedro. Years of grief and heightened drama ensue, as Pedro marries Tita's sister to stay close to her, family relationships fray, jealousies flare, and Tita stays in her kitchen — where her emotions are so strong that they magically spread to the food she's cooking, carrying her excitement and pain to everyone at the dinner table.

  • Starring: Lumi Cavazos, Marco Leonardi, Regina Torné

  • Director: Alfonso Arau

  • Year: 1992

  • Runtime: 105 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Love and Basketball - HBO Max

Professional basketball players Monica and Quincy have a long and complicated history, dating back to their shared childhood and full of passion, connection, and uncompromising competition. They've always clicked with each other, but they've also always had trouble juggling their relationship with their individual athletic and personal needs. It led to fights as kids and a nasty, painful breakup when they're in college. "Love and Basketball" follows them as they come together and fall apart, as they strive to make their pro careers work and contemplate giving them up. It's a sports romance where finding a happy ending with each other is the ultimate win.

  • Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Alfre Woodard

  • Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

  • Year: 2000

  • Runtime: 125 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Love in the Afternoon - HBO Max

Sweet Ariane may be inexperienced, but she gets a real kick out of reading her private investigator father's secret files. There's one name that keeps coming up over and over again: Frank Flannagan, a wealthy American who's so popular with women that his regular visits to Paris sow plenty of lucrative marital discord. Ariane can't pass up the chance to save him from a vengeful spouse, but she conceals her true identity so Flannagan thinks she's as worldly as he is. The two become friends, sharing flirtations over long afternoons and always parting before night falls — but sooner or later, the truth of Ariane's sincere passion for him has to come out. "Love in the Afternoon" is funny, wistful, and full of classic movie star glamor.

  • Starring: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier

  • Director: Billy Wilder

  • Year: 1957

  • Runtime: 130 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Marry Me - Peacock

"Marry Me" takes a classic high-concept rom-com hook and adds in likable characters, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at fame, and plenty of heart. Pop icon Kat Valdez is about to marry the equally famous Bastian — on-stage at a packed concert, complete with their own hit song. Mere moments before the wedding starts, however, Kat finds out he's cheated on her. Heartbroken and humiliated, she decides to marry a random audience member instead: mild-mannered math teacher Charlie Gilbert. At first, they just need to make this impulsive marriage stick long enough to not follow Kat around as a lifelong joke, but then they genuinely fall in love. Charlie just doesn't know if their very different lives will spell inevitable heartbreak.

  • Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Maluma

  • Director: Kat Coiro

  • Year: 2022

  • Runtime: 112 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

The Philadelphia Story - HBO Max

On the eve of her wedding, socialite Tracy Lord suddenly finds herself with a surplus of love interests — and her fiancé is the least promising of them all. Sparks fly when she's with Mike Connor, the bright and argumentative reporter assigned to cover the wedding, and C.K. Dexter Haven, her cunning and passionate ex-husband. As Tracy starts accepting life's little imperfections — and her own faults — she finds that she's far more drawn to the men who push her than the one who seems to superficially venerate her. Tracy, Dexter, and Mike make up one of the wittiest and most appealing love triangles in cinema, with exquisitely sharp dialogue and incredibly charismatic performances.

  • Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart

  • Director: George Cukor

  • Year: 1940

  • Runtime: 112 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Portrait of a Lady on Fire - Hulu

This bittersweet historical romance tells the story of a portrait — which is also the hidden love story of artist Marianne and her subject, the upper-class Héloïse. Héloïse's mother plans to send her daughter's portrait to an Italian nobleman who may propose, but Héloïse's lack of interest in marriage means Marianne is supposed to do her work in secret. She finds herself transfixed by Héloïse, however, and the painting process becomes both open and romantically and erotically charged. The two fall in love, but they're all too aware that it would be almost impossible for them to build a future together. "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" is a wistfully and sometimes agonizingly beautiful look at the lifelong importance of even cruelly short-lived romances.

  • Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami

  • Director: Céline Sciamma

  • Year: 2019

  • Runtime: 120 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Pride and Prejudice - HBO Max

This painterly and romantic adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice" takes a different approach from most Jane Austen adaptations, trading Austen's usual sense of irony for a more windswept and raw emotional take. With good reason, the comparatively poor Elizabeth Bennet holds onto the snub she receives from the wealthy and snobbish Mr. Darcy, who initially holds onto his pride far too much to properly apologize. As the two are repeatedly forced into each other's orbits, however, Darcy falls in love — much to his consternation. His harmful pride starts to erode, making him more sincere and open, and Elizabeth soon learns that she's misjudged him. Can they correct their mistakes in time?

  • Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn

  • Director: Joe Wright

  • Year: 2005

  • Runtime: 127 minutes

  • Rating: PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Roxanne - HBO Max

This sweet and lighthearted "Cyrano de Bergerac"-inspired rom-com stars the inimitable Steve Martin as C.D. Bales, who would be an absolute catch if it weren't for his remarkably protruding nose. He has feelings for the town's new arrival, astronomer Roxanne, but since he knows his looks might be an insuperable barrier, he agrees to let his cute but more inarticulate friend Chris "borrow" some of his charm and intelligence. C.D. coaches Chris through the process of charming Roxanne. As Chris, he even writes her eloquent love letters. Roxanne is more and more entranced by this unreal version of Chris, but is the ruse sustainable? And what will happen when Roxanne finds out the man she loves comes with a comically huge nose?

  • Starring: Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Rick Rossovich

  • Director: Fred Schepisi

  • Year: 1987

  • Runtime: 107 minutes

  • Rating: PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Say Anything... - HBO Max

"Say Anything..." is a heartfelt and nuanced high school romance with an appeal that goes far beyond its signature image of Lloyd Dobler holding up a boombox. Earnest slacker Lloyd loves smart, ambitious Diane, even though their lives seem to be going in different directions. Diane has feelings for him too, but her father disapproves of their relationship — though with the IRS closing in on him and embezzlement charges on the horizon, Lloyd is probably the least of his problems. Lloyd and Diane get their hearts thoroughly knocked around here, and the movie portrays all kinds of real life uncertainty. The film values sincerity without being saccharine, and its simple love story resonates.

  • Starring: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney

  • Director: Cameron Crowe

  • Year: 1989

  • Runtime: 100 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Sense and Sensibility - Hulu, HBO Max

Sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood love each other, but have completely different sensibilities: Elinor values down-to-earth calm and tries to place reason above her feelings, while Marianne prizes big, passionate emotions above all else. Naturally, Marianne gets swept off her feet by the dashing Willoughby —while ignoring the solemn Colonel Brandon — and believes everything will work itself out. Elinor, who loves the shy Edward Ferrars, isn't so sure, especially when she finds out he's already secretly engaged. Complications and heartbreaks abound for them both. "Sense and Sensibility" offers plenty of pitch-perfect comedy alongside its romance, and it's as sweepingly romantic as Marianne while still being as grounded as Elinor.

  • Starring: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman

  • Director: Ang Lee

  • Year: 1995

  • Runtime: 136 minutes

  • Rating: PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Set It Up - Netflix

Harper and Charlie are high-powered executive assistants at the ends of their ropes. Their demanding, hyper-critical bosses are workaholics in a perpetually bad mood, so Harper hits on a zany plan: Make the two of them fall in love. While she and Charlie are rigging schedules and providing romantic lines to puppeteer the intense Kirsten and the volatile Rick into falling for each other, they can't help getting closer. Their mutual snark and genuine affection for each other quickly starts spelling romance. Unfortunately, their plan's success might come with its own devastating failures. The office setting and "Parent Trap"-style shenanigans are both fun, but the characters (including the ensemble) are what really make "Set It Up" shine.

  • Starring: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu

  • Director: Claire Scanlon

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 105 minutes

  • Rating: TV-14

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Something's Gotta Give - Netflix

Relationships get shuffled around in "Something's Gotta Give," where brash Harry — a successful businessman in his 60s — starts off dating Marin Klein, who's half his age, only to discover that the right woman for him may actually be her mother, playwright Erica Barry. Harry's "conquests" have always been younger women, and he's never fallen in love before. Erica makes his settled life disorganized, and he's not sure he wants to change. She's not sure she wants to give her heart to someone who might treat it carelessly. It's refreshing to see a romantic comedy with older leads who have to work out whose reading glasses are whose, and the cast brings plenty of charm.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Netflix

Like many teenagers, Lara Jean has had her fair share of crushes. Since she knows she'll never work up the courage to tell any of them how she feels, she pours out all her feelings into letters they're never actually meant to read. It's just a way to grapple with all the ups and downs of unrequited love — until the letters get mailed. Oops. In a twist, this leads to her pretending to date one of the boys, Peter, so she can help him make his ex-girlfriend jealous. It works, but Lara Jean and Peter's fake closeness is rapidly turning real. "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" is cute, funny, and touching, and its heroine is a particular delight.

  • Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish

  • Director: Susan Johnson

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 99 minutes

  • Rating: TV-14

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg - HBO Max

"The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" is a beautifully crafted romantic musical that looks at both the heightened romance of a first love and the kind of later, slower love that nonetheless endures. Geneviève and Guy adore each other, but when Guy is drafted, they have to part — and the long, difficult separation gets even harder when Geneviève realizes she's pregnant. If her love story with Guy hadn't been interrupted, they could have easily had a happy ending with each other — but under the circumstances, they both move on to new lovers who truly care for them, and they start building separate, contented lives. The film couples its heady romance with sensitivity and emotional maturity.

  • Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon

  • Director: Jacques Demy

  • Year: 1964

  • Runtime: 91 minutes

  • Rating: NR

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

The Wedding Singer - HBO Max

"The Wedding Singer" is a low-key romantic comedy that's partly about the importance of living your own life, even if it seems small to other people. Robbie Hart's fiancée jilts him because he's stayed a wedding singer and never become the rock star she really wanted, but waitress Julia — despite her own shallow, success-driven fiancé — starts developing feelings for him just as he is. The movie lets its characters have anger, weaknesses, and plenty of rough edges without shying away from giving them not only a sweet love story, but also one of the genre's most hilariously satisfying dramatic love declarations.

  • Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor

  • Director: Frank Coraci

  • Year: 1998

  • Runtime: 96 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

When Harry Met Sally... - HBO Max

"When Harry Met Sally" is one of the ultimate slow-burn romances, letting the chemistry and intimacy between its two leads build for a whole decade. When Harry and Sally first meet, they mostly can't stand each other: She's an uptight control freak, and he's deliberately and annoyingly provocative. Life keeps throwing them in each other's way, though, and gradually they start to like each other. The fondness, intimacy, and enjoyment of their friendship slowly makes it obvious they're meant to be ... if they can manage one more transition in their long relationship. The movie is down-to-earth and full of charm, and it's chock full of iconic comedic and romantic moments.

  • Starring: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher

  • Director: Rob Reiner

  • Year: 1989

  • Runtime: 96 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

You've Got Mail - HBO Max

Yes, "You've Got Mail" offers plenty of nostalgia fuel for an internet gone by — even its title is now dated — but it's fun even if you don't get a kick out of hearing old school dial-up sounds. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have their usual impeccable, warm chemistry as they play Kathleen and Joe, two people who love each other via anonymous email correspondence but know each other in person only as warring rival bookstore owners. Kathleen's small, quaint shop is slowly going under, eaten up by Joe's chain bookstore, and that adds a bit of melancholy to this otherwise playful and endearing '90s classic.