When it comes to romantic comedies, people tend to think of the classics. And that’s why we’ve compiled a list of some great underrated rom-coms that have all comes out in the last ten years!
‘Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ (2008)
Remember the good old days when Michael Cera was all over our movie screens? I do! In Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist he’s paired up with the hilarious Kat Dennings and together they make magic on screen. Not only is this movie funny, but it’s also incredibly sweet and also has a great soundtrack.
It’s also a great reminder of those high-school nights when chasing adventures and getting to know your latest crush was all that mattered. Even if you’ve already seen this film, it’s great to re-watch anytime!
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist definitely isn’t what either of the stars is well known for, which is a shame, because it’s a great film.
‘Four Christmases’ (2008)
Don’t just write this movie off as a strictly for the holiday season. At its heart, Four Christmases really is a romantic comedy. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon play a couple that are both a bit scarred from growing up with crazy families.
Which leads them to avoid family gatherings during the holidays and typically try to get out of it by going on vacation and saying it’s for charity work. But they also believe that they’re better off not getting married or having kids either.
However, one fateful Christmas they’re stuck having to go visit all of their families and learn that maybe everything they’ve doing isn’t actually what they want. Not only is the movie hilarious but it’s seriously sweet.
‘500 Days of Summer’ (2009)
500 Days of Summer definitely isn’t your typical romantic comedy. Although it is mainly about the romance between Summer (played by Zooey Deschanel) and Tom (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) it’s not one that ends with a happily ever after between the two.
Although on paper the two seem perfect for one another, they want different things. And Tom goes through a discovery of what he really wants in life. They may not end up together, but they do get a lot from their relationship which helps each of them go on to find their own happily ever after.
It’s incredibly cute and totally relatable, but maybe not the most romantic of rom-coms.
‘Going The Distance’ (2010)
I never hear anyone talking about Going The Distance, which is surprising given the star power that it has! The film stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, but also features Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate, and Jim Gaffigan.
Erin and Garrett meet and instantly hit it off, but it’s bad timing as Erin is about to move across the country. Their chemistry is impossible to deny though, and they decide to give their relationship a shot despite the distance.
I dare you not to laugh out loud and swoon while watching this movie, it’s impossible! Plus, it’s another film with a great soundtrack which makes it even better.
‘She’s Out of My League’ (2010)
Justin Long might not be the dreamy hunk that viewers are used to seeing in romantic comedies, and that’s just the thought behind the film. He plays Kirk who ends up meeting, and starts dating Molly (played by Alice Eve). But everyone around them can’t get over the fact that Molly is considered to be a beauty and Kirk is just an average guy.
Kirk doesn’t understand what Molly sees in him either, and feels like has to better himself to keep Molly’s interest. But what he doesn’t realize is that she likes him just the way that he is.
Watch She’s Out of My League for the plot and stay for the laughs! (Also, hockey!)
‘Friends With Kids’ (2011)
Friends With Kids explores what happens when two best friends decide to have a child together, platonically, and co-parent. Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott play two bff’s that are surrounded by their friends that have all settled down and had kids, except for them. So they decide to just dive into parenting together, without settling down.
Of course, that doesn’t come without complications when feelings get involved. Despite their crazy chemistry things get in the way of them trying a shot at a romantic relationship, at least in the beginning…
The movie definitely isn’t your stereotypical romantic comedy, it is funny and cute, but it has some deep emotions to go along with it too!
‘Drinking Buddies’ (2013)
Drinking Buddies is another rom-com that explores what happens when best friends have chemistry and how they deal with it. Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson star as two co-workers that have a great bond, but pretty much dance around pushing their relationship further than where they’ve been at.
It’s also mainly set at the brewery where they work and is a bit more gritty than your typical rom-com. And although it’s a little less romantic than some of the other movies on this list it shouldn’t be counted out.
The movie deals with multiple relationships and how confusing feelings can be, so it’s a bit deep, but still very entertaining.
‘How To Be Single’ (2016)
Dating has only gotten more difficult as time goes on, and How To Be Single is a reflection of the complicated dating scene many people are facing these days. The movie mainly focuses on Dakota Johnson’s newly found single life after moving to the big city. But being single isn’t exactly as she imagined it and has to learn the ins and outs of the dating game.
But it also includes her older sister, played by Leslie Mann, who’s basically give up on finding Mr. Right and decides to pursue having a child on her own.
The movie is filled with lots of ups and downs with plenty of laughs. It’s a great watch for anyone a little more cynical about the realities of love in the 21st century.