Amazon Prime offers a ton of really cool benefits with membership, including access to the streaming service?Amazon Prime Video. There, you can watch tons of movies, TV series, and documentaries, old and new and spanning every genre imaginable.
When you’re in the mood for something like an adorable little romantic comedy, however, it can be really frustrating to find a title you like only to realize that you also need a subscription to Showtime, Cinemax, HBO, or some other affiliated service in order to watch it. To make the hunt easier, we’ve looked through Amazon’s extensive rom-com library to highlight the best rom-coms you can stream right now on Amazon Prime, no separate subscription needed…just a cozy blanket, bowl of popcorn, and some red wine, and you’re good to go.
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The Graduate (1967)
A 21-year-old Dustin Hoffman stars in this iconic film as Ben Braddock, a recent college graduate who is seduced by perhaps the world’s most famous “older woman,” Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), only to end up falling in love with her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross). The film is a romantic comedy at heart, combined with seductive and manipulative dramatic flair as Ben deals with his love for Elaine and the complications from his affair with her mother. The film is based on the Charles Webb novel of the same name, which was released four years prior. One of the highest-grossing films ever in North America (when adjusted for inflation) and considered to be one of the best movies of all time, The Graduate earned seven Academy Award nominations.
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross
Director: Mike Nichols
Runtime: 106 minutes
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.
Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Josh Brener, Erykah Badu, Richard Roundtree, Tracy Morgan
Director: Adam Shankman
Runtime: 117 minutes
Romancing the Stone (1984)
Romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) has her life turned on its end when she receives a letter containing a mysterious map from her recently deceased brother-in-law. Then, her sister Elaine calls, claiming to have been kidnapped. Apparently, the crooks want Joan to deliver the map to them in Columbia as ransom because — you see — the map obviously leads to some ancient treasure. Once in Columbia, Joan meets an American exotic bird smuggler named Jack (Michael Douglas) who also gets tangled up in the plot, and the pair flee into the jungle together in hopes of evading capture and potentially finding the treasure first, before handing over the map. Sure, it’s an antiquated premise about a lonely woman who writes romance novels while pining to meet her own knight in shining armor, but it’s representative of the time and a classic romantic comedy.
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Alfonso Arau, Manual Ojeda
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Runtime: 106 minutes
Roman Holiday (1953)
Audrey Hepburn stars as a princess who decides to escape from her tightly regimented life and travel through Rome. There, she meets a reporter named Joe (Gregory Peck) who has no idea who she really is. But once he figures it out, so begins a game where Joe tries to get a scoop for his newspaper while pretending he doesn’t know who she is. Predictably, however, feelings get in the way and he ends up falling in love with the adventurous and free-spirited princess. It’s about as classic as you can get when it comes to rom-coms and a perfectly funny and romantic classic film to curl up on the couch to watch.
Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn
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.
Stars: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott
Director: Simon Aboud
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.
Stars: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
Director: Howard Hawks
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.
Stars: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano
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 soul mate. Being friends is often harder than being lovers, and this fun film dares to ask, “What if they are just meant to be friends?”
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Megan Park
Director: Michael Dowse
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)
Many people make a very big, very public deal about their journey to run a marathon. This movie is the 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.
Stars: Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery, Micah Stock
Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo
Runtime: 103 minutes
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
Runtime: 117 minutes
She’s Out of My League (2010)
Jay Baruchel stars as a nerdy everyman who does what every nerdy everyman dreams of: Attracts the attention of a woman (Alice Eve) way, way out of his league. Kirk (Baruchel) is stuck in a dead-end job and is feeling like any luck he’s had is about to run out, until he falls backward into a relationship with the gorgeous, successful Molly. Everyone around Kirk, including his friends and relatives, expect everything to fall apart immediately, because it just doesn’t make any sense. But Kirk’s determined to make this unlikely relationship work, even though he’s the first to admit that Molly is way out of his league.
Rotten Tomatoes: 58%
Stars: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, Krysten Ritter, T.J. Miller
Director: Jim Field Smith
Runtime: 106 minutes
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
Runtime: 106 minutes
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Under the Tuscan Sun is as much about falling in love with yourself as it as about falling in love with someone else. After Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) discovers her husband is cheating on her, her life is completely turned upside down. Falling into a deep depression, Frances’ once-promising life and career are derailed. Desperate to help her friend find the light, Patti (Sandra Oh) encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy. It’s a rejuvenating experience, and the new divorcée impulsively decides to purchase a rural Tuscan villa and stay for a while. There, she’ll find herself among a colorful cast of local characters, including the handsome Marcello (Raoul Bova).
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Stars: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Raoul Bova
Director: Audrey Wells
Runtime: 113 minutes
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