No Valentine? No Problem! Here Are 31 Romantic Comedies for Single People
You don't need a partner to love these.
When you’re single on Valentine’s Day, a romantic movie may be the last thing you want to watch. Rom-coms aren't usually any better. Funny or not, they all tend to end in happily ever after. But, guess what! We did some digging and found 31 hilarious rom-coms that don’t only focus on romantic love.
Some of these rom-coms break the mold, showing characters navigating the unromantic complexities of relationships, finding happiness after a breakup and living life on their own terms. With others, there may be some romance in the mix, but a fairytale ending isn’t necessarily inevitable.
Here are 31 hilarious and empowering romantic comedies for Valentine’s Day, perfect for singles or any rom-com fan!
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Best Romantic Comedies for Singles
1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
In this raunchy yet sweet romantic comedy, Peter (Jason Segel) flees to Hawaii after being dumped by his actress girlfriend, Sarah (Kristen Bell). Hijinks ensue when Peter finds out that Sarah and her new boyfriend are staying at the same hotel. But ultimately, the movie reminds us that there is always hope after a breakup.
2. Under the Tuscan Sun
When Frances (Diane Lane) finds out that her husband has been cheating on her, she goes on vacation to Italy and ends up buying a villa in Tuscany. There are romantic elements to the movie, but the film is more about how Frances thrives on her own after her divorce.
3. Legally Blonde
A sorority girl tries to win back her boyfriend by following him to Harvard Law School, and soon realizes she's way better off without him. Plus, she excels as a law student.
Brilliant female characters take center stage in this comedy about Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig), a single woman in her 30s whose life takes a turn when her best friend asks her to be her maid of honor. Melissa McCarthy had a star turn and steals every scene.
5. Dan In Real Life
Dan (Steve Carell), a widower and single dad falls for a new woman, but there’s one catch: She’s his brother’s girlfriend.
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6. (500) Days of Summer
What happens when you find The One and lose her? That’s the question driving this sweet, offbeat indie film that follows the breakdown of a relationship that each party defines very differently.
7. He’s Just Not That Into You
This rom-com with an all-star ensemble cast (Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper are just some of the names) deals with all the complexities and miscommunications of romantic relationships.
8. Love Actually
This beloved ensemble comedy portrays all different kinds of love stories, including relationships that just don’t work out. It’s a sweet reminder that happiness comes in different forms—and it's a must-watch every holiday season.
9. How to Be Single
This flick (based on an amazing book) follows a group of 20-something New Yorkers navigating single life in the big city. Oh, and if you've figured out how to be single by the end, please let us know.
10. The First Wives Club
This hilarious and empowering comedy follows three divorced women, played by Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler, as they seek revenge against husbands who left them for younger women.
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11. Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget’s adventures in singledom are hilarious and relatable, and the movie remains a sweet reminder to hold out for the one who loves you—just the way you are. We promise they're out there!
12. Mamma Mia!
What’s not to love about a girls’ night in singing ABBA songs? Sure, there’s plenty of romance in this movie along with the singing, but the film is just as much about the complex relationships between women of different generations.
13. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Nearly six decades after its release, this classic film remains a fresh, clever take on the life of a single young woman in New York City—and if nothing else, it's lovely to take in the timeless glamour of Audrey Hepburn.
This quirky, charming French film follows the adventures of a single woman living in Paris who tries to find love and help others while overcoming her own shyness.
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15. 50 First Dates
A serial womanizer falls for an art teacher with amnesia who doesn’t remember their dates the following day--so he has to find ways to win her over again and again. It'll remind you to wait for someone who's willing to do the work.
16. Friends With Benefits
A pair of best friends, played by Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake, decide to take their friendship to the next level. They quickly realize that a no-strings "friends with benefits" relationship isn't as easy as it seems. Fun fact: Kunis' art imitated life when she married Ashton Kutcher, who starred in a similarly-themed movie No Strings Attached.
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17. How Stella Got Her Groove Back
A successful stockbroker (Angela Bassett) falls for a man half her age on vacation and begins to question her priorities in life.
18. Always Be My Maybe
High school sweethearts reconnect 15 years later and things get complicated in this fresh, funny Netflix original film starring Ali Wong and Randall Park.
19. The Break-Up
A couple breaks up but neither one of them wants to leave their condo, so they continue living together as roommates. Then-real life couple Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn are charming as ever.
20. Celeste and Jesse Forever
Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) married young after being high school sweethearts, but they now find themselves drifting apart. They separate, but swear to remind friends, in this bittersweet rom-com that captures the complexity of breakups.
21. Crazy, Stupid, Love
A middle-aged man (Steve Carell) finds himself back on the dating market after his wife of 25 years (Julianne Moore) divorces him after she has an affair with a coworker.
22. Someone Great
In this Netflix movie starring Gina Rodriguez, "someone great" doesn't necessarily equate to a romantic partner. In fact, it starts with an unexpected breakup and follows three female friends as they realize that love doesn't always have to be romantic.
23. Knocked Up
This movie leans heavily on comedy (hello, Seth Rogen!), but there is definitely some romance in there. We love it because said romance is so rocky, and in the end, it's totally unclear if they'll ever get back together.
24. My Best Friend's Wedding
The kingpin when it comes to rom-coms, My Best Friend's Wedding has us rooting for a resolution for this unrequited love—in large part because Julia Roberts is the star, obviously! But unlike most rom-coms make it appear, this movie proves love isn't that simple—and Cameron Diaz is particularly lovable here.
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25. The Object of My Affection
Jennifer Aniston's Nina loves George (Paul Rudd). George loves Nina ... as a friend. Because George is gay. Their relationship is hard to watch, but in the end, it's worth it.
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26. Waiting to Exhale
Come for the late, great Whitney Houston's hit soundtrack and the immortal image of Angela Bassett burning her dirtbag ex's car. Stay for the beauty of Black love and the power of friendship.
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27. Kissing Jessica Stein
This bittersweet romcom is a celebration of how not all happy surprises are long-lasting—but they can make you feel alive in all the best and worst ways.
28. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Listen, Mia Thermopolis does not need a man. This movie shows how hard it can be finding the "perfect" person, especially when you embrace your own power. Also, there's a baby Chris Pine!
29. The Last Five Years
This musical starring Anna Kendrick examines the rise and fall of a relationship from both sides of it—and you can literally stream the entire thing on YouTube for free.
30. Uptown Girls
Brittany Murphy and a young Dakota Fanning learn that the best love is the love you have for yourself ... even if it takes chasing a jerk halfway around the world to get there.
31. Two Can Play That Game
If you have to play mind games to get someone to love you, wouldn't you rather be single?
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