Don’t let the critics or your cinephile friends tell you different—a film does not need Quentin Tarantino in the credits, a brooding Ryan Gosling or a historical setting in order to be good. Even though it might seem like the heyday of romantic comedies (and dramatic comedies in general) is over, the genre ending either due to the onslaught of categorically corny films, or the advent of the award-winning anti-hero protagonist (you will have to thank The Sopranos, Mad Men and Breaking Bad for that), the last several years has seen a resurgence in the genre. This is thanks to films like blockbuster book adaptations To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Crazy Rich Asians, and weird, and excellent TV shows like The Good Place and Netflix’s Love.
While romantic dramas and romcoms sometimes get an undererved bad rap, the recent resurgence of this genre led by high-quality films demonstrates that in the right hands, they can become true works of art. If you are feeling like cozying up on the couch with a good film, give one of these titles a shot and you will not be disappointed. It’s clear that edgy dramedies with witty dialogue, interesting settings and eclectic soundtracks are the norm now.
To make sure that you’re all caught up, we’ve compiled a celebratory list of great films available on Netflix that will make you both laugh and ponder at the true meaning of love and life.