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    These Are The 14 Best Rom-Coms On Hulu

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    Romantic comedies, or rom-coms for short, are simply the best genre of movie we have, IMO.


    For a rom-com to really work, it must succeed on two counts: make us howl (or at the very least, snicker) *and* get us to buy into whatever (sometimes improbable) love story it's selling us.

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    Tear-jerking is by no means a requirement, but I have to award extra credit points where they're due.

    Below, I've picked out 15 of the very best available rom-coms to stream right now on Hulu:

    1. Plus One (2019)

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    During a busy summer full of weddings, friends Ben and Alice decide to be each other's plus one at every single event in order to avoid the "why are you single" questions. What ensues is chaos, laughter, and everything in between. The two leads give off craaaazy chemistry the entire time, which makes its conventional plotline super interesting. Starring Maya Erskine and Jack Quaid, both leads have gone off to play in some incredible TV shows like The Boys —Jack plays Hughie Campbell — and Pen15 — starring Maya as Maya Ishii-Peters.

    2. Palm Springs (2020)

    Andy Samburg and Cristin Millioti talking to each other outside

    Hulu's biggest streaming sensation of last summer follows two guests at a wedding — Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti — as they slowly unravel the truth that they are living the same day over and over again (and also falling in love). This Groundhog Day setup is an increasingly common one in films today, but Andy Samberg is still able to breathe new life into it. Palm Springs is worth all 90 minutes, and by that I mean it's packed with shocking plot twists from start to finish.

    3. 50 First Dates (2004)

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    While we're on the topic of Groundhog Day-esque films: 50 First Dates has been described as the original Palm Springs — "stripped [of its] unexplainable metaphysics." It stars Adam Sandler, who was unstoppable in the early '00s, churning out gross-out blockbusters (Little Nicky, The Animal, Eight Crazy Nights, Anger Management) while peppering in some slightly prestige-ier roles (James L. Brooks' Spanglish) and full-blown prestige roles (Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love) along the way. Tonally, 50 First Dates falls somewhere in the middle of this range — it showcases Sandler's more sensitive and muted side as he attempts to win over Lucy (Drew Barrymore) who has short-term memory loss, while still giving us that signature Sandler comedy we've come to expect (there's projectile vomiting!).

    4. What Men Want (2019)

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    Passed up for an ~overdue~ promotion, sports agent Ali Davis grapples with how to succeed in a career in an industry filled with mostly men as colleagues. At the end of that unfortunate day, she decides to see a psychic. It's there that she drinks a strange potion that — unbeknownst to her — gives her the ability to hear every single thought from men. Yes, you read that correctly — she gained the ability to hear every single thought from all the men around her in work and life. She uses this tool as insight in order to get ahead in her career and sign the next basketball superstar ahead of her male colleagues. Basically, be prepared to laugh out loud during this entire film — I did the entire time. If you loved this one, be sure to watch What Women Want, its rom-com predecessor.

    5. The Wedding Planner (2001)

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    Let's be honest: Anything J.Lo touches — even, cough, The Boy Next Door — is worth watching. After bringing on her biggest client yet, Mary (Jennifer Lopez) is saved from a potentially pretty bad accident by pediatrician Steve (Matthew McConaughey) while she's celebrating. To thank him for saving her, Mary decides to spend the evening hanging out with Steve. It's then that she ~finally~ believes in a reason to fall in love, until it all comes crashing down when she realizes that he is the groom of Fran — her new, most lucrative client. Dun dun dun.

    6. Love, Simon (2018)

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    Seventeen-year-old Simon struggles with love after he discovers that he's falling in love with an anonymous classmate online. The major problems? Not only does he not know who the classmate is, but he also hasn't come out to his friends or family that he is gay. After watching Simon tackle both issues, you'll laugh, cry, and see the outcome of this adorable movie.

    7. Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

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    Bridget (Renée Zellweger), a single thirtysomething working at a publishing company, decides it's finally time to take control of her life. After promising to abandon her many vices, she decides to write her opinions, insecurities, and adventures in a journal. In no time she's stuck in between the sights of two men — bad-boy Daniel (her boss, Hugh Grant) and brooding Mark (a guy who, at least initially, she despises). What follows is blue soup, street fighting, and the best use of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" documented in film. Let's agree right now that it's better than any of the sequels.

    8. I Feel Pretty (2018)

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    If Amy Schumer makes you LOL, then this movie is for you. After struggling with insecurity her entire life, Amy Schumer (the lead in the movie) takes a horrible fall. When she wakes up, she is instantly confident and free of all of her insecurities. In fact, this fall makes her believe that she is the most beautiful woman in the entire world. Also, it's worth keeping an eye out for Michelle Williams in this movie — she makes a truly noteworthy experience.

    9. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

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    Arguably one of the most singular rom-coms of its time, My Big Fat Greek Wedding follows Toula and Ian as they fall in love and chase the approval of Toula's traditional Greek family. Warning: Prepare to howl at Toula's father and his wacky antics, which include a compulsive need to put Windex on everything and identify Greek roots in every English word. I can watch this highly quotable movie a million times and still laugh, and it's this staying power that might very well explain why it landed an Oscar nomination for its original writing. That, or for its ingenious use of Joey Fatone as Toula's cousin.

    10. Date Night (2010)

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    With fears of their marriage falling apart, Phil and Claire Foster (Steve Carell and Tina Fey) plan a date night at a cool restaurant in NYC. Although they don't have a reservation, they decide to head to the busy restaurant anyway, thinking they can finesse their way in. On a whim, Paul decides to say that they are the missing diners named the Tripplehorns. Everything seems fine until two scary guys disrupt their meal to demand they give back the stolen flash drive. Warning: It's filled with *lots* of adventures and laughs.

    11. Happiest Season (2020)

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    If you haven't seen Happiest Season, you must watch it ASAP. Starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, it's the first holiday rom-com to center on a queer couple. I mean: Christmas movies — enough said. And there have been so many ~hot takes~ about the movie — like that Harper and Riley should've ended up together, about the ending, and more. Basically, grab that popcorn because you're missing out on an ~iconic~ movie.

    12. Wedding Crashers (2005)

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    Let's be honest: Anything that stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn is funny, and this movie is no exception. Jeremy and John, both divorce mediators, spend any out-of-office time they have crashing any wedding reception they can get themselves into. When Secretary of the Treasury announces the wedding of his daughter — you know the duo will do anything and everything they can to get into it. The only problem? Things start to go downhill when John can't keep his eyes off bridesmaid Claire (Rachel McAdams, the star of The Notebook) and Jeremy meets Gloria (Isla Fisher).

    13. My Best Friend's Girl (2008)

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    Dustin and Alexis (Kate Hudson) are dating, until she ends the relationship because he's too clingy. In an effort to win her back, Dustin asks his best friend Tank (Dane Cook) to ask her out on a date. The only caveat? This isn't just an ordinary date, but a really really really bad one. But it doesn't phase Alexis at all. This leaves Tank torn between his friendship and his feelings for Alexis. A truly ~iconic~ movie that'll you want to watch again and again.

    14. What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012)

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    This movie showcases the stories and struggles behind five different parents' lives — all at different stages — as they adjust to becoming new parents. It's a mix of good, bad, heartbreak, and love and contains tons of laugh-out-loud scenes. It contains celebrity drama, family issues, challenges, and surprises, and it stars Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock, Brooklyn Decker, Chace Crawford, Anna Kendrick, and more. Trust us, this movie will truly have you laughing on the floor while crying *and* potentially wondering when it's time for you to have a baby.

    15. Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)

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    New Yorkers Paul (Hugh Grant) and Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker) seem like they have perfect lives. In reality, their marriage is breaking into two. But, after witnessing a murder, their marriage problems seem small in comparison to the trouble they now find themselves in. As they fear for their lives, federal agents hide them away in an off-the-map town in Wyoming. It's there that they figure out their marriage — do they stay together? — and provide us with lots of laughs. It'll kinda remind you of The Undoing with its Hugh Grant appearance, setting of New York, and murder scene.

    What's your favorite rom-com on Hulu? Let us know in the comments!