9 Non-Cliché Rom-Coms That Will Actually Make You Feel Good

Seen (and cried over) The Notebook, Me Before You and The Time Traveller’s Wife a million times? Then it’s probably time for something new! In order for you to create your ideal watchlist this Valentine’s Day, we listed nine non-cliché rom-coms that will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling rather than an empty box of tissues…

1. Love, Simon (2018)

Although we can’t promise you won’t cry, they will most likely be happy tears. The movie follows 17-year-old Simon, who hasn’t come out to his friends and family yet, but begins an online romance with a boy from his school. The only problem? He has no clue who he is…

2. The Truth About Cats and Dogs (1996)

The ’90s are a rom-com goldmine, but there are definitely some titles that have gotten lost amongst Pretty Woman et al –The Truth About Cats & Dogs is one of them. It offers a charming take on cat-fishing (before it was a really thing) and a couple that find each other due to their love of dogs. Plus, you can expect some serious fashion inspo courtesy of Uma Thurman. What more could you want?

3. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

2018’s breakout hit Crazy Rich Asians is so brilliantly over-the-top, there’s no way you’re not going to enjoy it. It has all the cheesiness a good rom-com needs, but doesn’t take itself too seriously along the way. This is a feel-good movie if we’ve ever seen one.

4. The Spectacular Now (2013)

The Spectacular Now, starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, is one of those films that will make you feel like you’re actually falling in love yourself while watching it. If you’re craving a good dose of butterflies we recommend you put this on top of your list…

5. To All The Boys I Loved Before (2018)

Last year, everyone became obsessed with To All The Boys I Loved Before – and its lead actor Noah Centineo to be specific. The Netflix hit gives all of your favourite high school films a run for their money, so if you haven’t watched it yet now’s the time.

6. The Big Sick (2017)

Oscar-nominated for its clever screenplay, The Big Sick depicts modern dating and feels refreshingly relatable from start to finish. Comedic geniuses Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani portray a young couple who break up just days before one of them is left in a coma. What follows is a hilarious, yet emotional, unconventional love story…

7. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Life definitely isn’t just about new romances, but long-term relationships are actually quite underrepresented in rom-coms. Incomes The Kids Are All Right, a comedy-drama revolving around a lesbian couple who has been together for twenty years. Now grown-up, their two children – who were conceived with the contributions of an anonymous sperm donor – eventually start to get curious about their heritage…

8. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

David O. Russel’s first film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper (later followed by American Hustle and Joy) stole hearts around the world in 2012 and even landed Lawrence an Oscar. It hilariously depicts what happens when two complicated characters are drawn together by fate to help each other achieve their goals…

9. You’ve got Mail (1998)

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in one rom-com is basically a dream come true. In a world where things like ‘ghosting’ exist and a text can make or break a relationship, it feels nice to go back in time and relieve what it was like when E-mails were a method of flirting…