The Most Romantic Movies on Netflix

When you feel like swooning.

remember me
'Remember Me' | Summit Entertainment
'Remember Me' | Summit Entertainment

Whether you're looking for a chill night spent Netflixing or a serious "Netflix and chill" session, there will come a time when you need the perfect romantic movie to set the mood. We're here for you, having scoured the streaming service for the best in meet-cute rom-coms, feel-good dramas, and no-holds-barred weepies. A little something for everyone.

about time
Universal Pictures

About Time (2013)

If you had the chance to orchestrate the perfect meet-cute between you and the one missed connection you've never forgotten about, would you? This fantastical rom-com from Love Actually director Richard Curtis explores that concept and the ramifications that could come as a result, focusing on a time-traveling young man (Domhnall Gleeson) who uses his ability to find the love of his life. Together with Rachel McAdams, the pair is incredibly charming navigating the space-time continuum to be together, and like Curtis’ other works, About Time is about a lot more than just love—it's a meditation on family and what permanence means in a world where time rolls on unabated. 

always be my maybe
Ed Araquel/Netflix

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

This Netflix original movie stars Randall Park and Ali Wong as two close friends everyone else expected to end up together romantically, but who've only ever been friends. When the two reconnect later in life, of course they have the opportunity to rekindle their relationship as something more, but not without a few missteps—one of which comes in the form of a scene-stealing appearance by Keanu Reeves. The two comedic stars bring the kind of chemistry that makes famous rom-coms of yesteryear work, and the result is an exciting new entry to the canon of a tried-and-true genre.

the artist
Warner Bros. France

The Artist (2011)

Ever since Hollywood got its hands on technicolor, black and white has merely been a rare stylistic choice for filmmakers, and directors have moved even further away from silent films ever since "the talkies" made their debut in the late 1920s. That doesn't mean film aficionados have fallen out of love with silent films or lost respect for them—and no better movie in recent history has immortalized their staying power as The Artist. The French film is both an Old Hollywood style movie and an homage to the craft, telling the love story between a rising young starlet (Bérénice Bejo) looking forward to the modernization of movies and a silent film veteran (Jean Dujardin). The Best Picture winner is playful in its choices, meaning any lover of cinema should fall head over heels for it.

crazy stupid love
Warner Bros. Pictures

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Many of us could probably learn a thing or two about romance and seduction from the ultra-charming Ryan Gosling. Steve Carell takes his advice (to some success) in this lovable comedy about a middle-aged man separated from his wife (Julianne Moore) and trying to get his game back with the help of a young playboy (Gosling). It's the interconnected kind of rom-com that actually works, largely because of the all-star cast and the transfixing chemistry between Gosling and frequent co-star Emma Stone. The movie may ultimately have more heart than it does sex appeal (although, Gosling's Dirty Dancing-inspired trick to get girls into bed is interesting), but even as it proves how tough love can be, it's an easy flick to fall for.

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Sony Pictures Releasing

Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

Eat, Pray, Love—about one woman's journey learning how to (you guessed it!) eat, pray, and love better! You know the one, as it inspired many similar soul searching journeys for the upper middle class. The movie adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir about traveling to Italy, India, and Indonesia following her divorce isn't as good as the book itself, but it's got Julia Roberts trotting across beautiful locales, which is charming enough for a watch. Of course the relationship that unfolds along the way with the always smoldering Javier Bardem uplifts the already indulgent plot, but sometimes the greatest romance is loving yourself again, which is what this one is really all about.

friends with benefits
Sony Picture Releasing

Friends With Benefits (2011)

You may remember 2011 as the year that now-married couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis made essentially the same movie with different co-stars. Friends With Benefits—not to be confused with the Kutcher-starring No Strings Attached—is Kunis' team-up with Justin Timberlake, and any rom-com fan in their right mind knows this is the superior of the two movies. The formula may be familiar—a pair of straight, single, platonic friends testing the boundaries of their relationship—but it's the leads' palpable charm and the way they breezily play off each other's wit that gives this one all of the benefits it has. 

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Transmission Films

Holding the Man (2015)

Based on Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 memoir, Australian film Holding the Man pieces together the 15-year romance of Tim (Ryan Corr) and his longtime partner, John (Craig Scott), as they grow up together, navigate parental damnation, and confront their HIV diagnoses. Through the highs and lows of their relationship—distance, infidelity, arguments, and guilt—there’s always a tenderness beneath the surface of their interactions. Equal parts heartwarming and heart-wrenching, Holding the Man strikes a sensitive chord and proves that some love is worth fighting for.

Focus Features

Loving (2016)

Loving brings one of the most pivotal love stories in history to the screen. The biographical drama from Jeff Nichols tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple who challenged state laws banning interracial marriage all the way to the supreme court with the landmark case Loving v. Virginia. For being such a sweeping romance with so many groundbreaking implications, it's the gentle, muted way it's told in this historical film that nestles into your heart. From Joel Edgerton's hushed performance as the distant but caring Richard and Ruth Negga's thoughtful simplicity to Mildred to Nichols' warm direction, it finds a quiet profoundness that makes it all the more beautiful. 

my best friend's wedding
Sony Pictures Releasing

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

In this upside-down version of a rom-com, the bitchy best friend trying to ruin the relationship of the happy couple is the star of the movie. One of the most triumphant scenes in all of film history is when Julia Roberts tries to humiliate Cameron Diaz by making her do karaoke (a moment those of us with terrible singing voices fear at our core), and instead, Diaz has the whole bar clapping and singing along. For the rest of the movie, we cheer for Diaz and the sadly boring Dermot Mulroney to live happily ever after, at first just to spite Roberts, and then because of how much their love for one another shines through.

mystic pizza
The Samuel Goldwyn Company

Mystic Pizza (1988)

There are a lot of Julia Roberts movies on this list, but only one was her breakthrough role. The young star is one of the many bright, starry-eyed faces in this comedy—Matt Damon made his actual debut here—about two teenaged sisters (Roberts and Annabeth Gish) and their friend (Lili Taylor) who work at a pizza parlor in a small Connecticut town. It's a quintessential coming-of-age story, following the young women as they experience first loves and first heartbreaks, which in turn teaches them a thing or two about themselves and who they want to be. With their friendship at the helm and the quaint town as the backdrop, it's as comforting and warm as the pies the girls serve. 

notting hill
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment/Universal Pictures

Notting Hill (1999)

In an appeal to nerdy women everywhere, Hugh Grant plays a London bookshop owner who falls in love with famous American actress Julia Roberts (who more or less plays herself). Let's be honest: We all wanted to move to London and haunt bookstores for our own Hugh Grant after seeing this movie. There are many hilarious moments throughout Notting Hill, all made funnier by Grant's straight face, but the wacky Welsh roommate posing in his underwear for the paparazzi slays. Grant and Roberts have the predictable struggles of a commoner dating an A-lister, but their at-first tentative, then enduring love for one another makes us root for them to live happily ever after.

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Our Souls at Night (2017)

It's not the most romantic setup in the world—an older man and woman have each lost their respective spouses, and agree to start sleeping together platonically to get over their loneliness—but the result is a sweet, if traditional, love story. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda buttress a script based on a Kent Haruf novel that's much less YA than you'd expect given the somewhat cloying adaptation. Still, if it's a love story you want, check it out! 

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Samuel Goldwyn Films/Fireworks

Raising Victor Vargas (2001)

Sometimes the greatest romances don't need a cinematic meet-cute or some grand feeling of sparks flying. Sometimes they happen on your own block, and maybe aren't forever, but you're better for it. That's how it is in Peter Sollett's gem of an indie about a teenage boy coming of age in a lower income community in NYC's Lower East Side. Desperate to redeem his reputation amongst his friends, he sees young women as conquests and sets out to pursue one of the prettiest girls in the neighborhood—a relationship that turns out to be much more special than he ever expected it to be. Pulsating with the beat of the city and the palpitations of first love, it's a slice-of-life film that shows young love at its purest and most earnest, and about a community of young people seldom represented on screen.

remember me
Summit Entertainment

Remember Me (2010)

Back when Robert Pattinson was still a hot teenage vampire, he solidified his standing as a swoon-worthy romantic lead with his performance in this dark love story before taking the auteur star-turn he's embarked on in recent years. Here, he stars opposite Emilie de Ravin (Lost) as a young couple in New York who meet serendipitously and fall for one another, while helping the other cope with their own tragedies. While sounding like a cliched, sappy romance on paper, Remember Me is actually a somber film about the support it takes to overcome loss. But fair warning: The ending is a doozy—don't say we didn't warn you.

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Set It Up (2018)

Set It Up is by no means the most important movie Netflix has produced, nor is it the most ambitious. But it's probably the one you're going to want to watch again and again. This film from director Claire Scanlon is one of its most delightful, recent entries into the rom-com genre. It starts with a meet-cute that would play as well in 1948 or 1998 as it does in 2018: Two eager assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) plot to set up their horror-show bosses to free up their own social lives. Naturally, our two underlings find their friendship of convenience blossom into something more. As with any good romantic comedy, the trick is all in the casting; Deutch and Powell are captivating. Meanwhile, Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs—playing the big, bad boss people—are old pros. It's the perfect film to watch late night, drunk, with some pizza.

the time traveler's wife
Warner Bros. Pictures

The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

This film is predicated on that notion that when you love someone—like probably-predestined-by-the-stars love somebody—it can feel as if you've known them your entire life, and quite literally so: It's based on Audrey Niffenegger's novel of the same name that chronicles the relationship between a man (Eric Bana) who has an inexplicable condition that makes him time travel and the woman (Rachel McAdams) he's been visiting in his travels since her childhood. If you allow yourself to completely suspend any logic, there's no denying you'll get swept up in the operatic romance that is Henry and Claire. But remember: Even the most experienced time travelers can't prevent everything bad from happening, so it's probably best to keep the tissue box within reach.

to all the boys i've loved before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

What if your private letters to your crushes weren't private, but wound up in the hands of aforementioned crushes? It's a teen nightmare! That’s what happens to leading lady Lara Jean (Lana Condor) in this Netflix original based on Jenny Han’s best-selling YA novel. To brush over the embarrassment of one letter ending up in the mailbox of her neighbor, best friend, and sister’s ex-boyfriend Josh, Lara Jean pretends to date another former crush, Peter Kavinsky—and it turns out fake-dating can inadvertently lead to a lot of real feelings. To All the Boys has been hailed as a near perfect rom-com for its diversity, sincerity, and undeniable chemistry between Lara Jean and Peter. If you’ve felt the genre has been lacking recently—and need a perfect gentlemanly heartthrob to crush on—To All the Boys I've Loved Before is for you.

the theory of everything
Focus Features

The Theory of Everything (2014)

In his Oscar-winning performance, Eddie Redmayne portrays famed physicist Stephen Hawking—though The Theory of Everything is less of a biopic than it is a beautiful, sweet film about his relationship with his wife, Jane (Felicity Jones). Covering his days as a young cosmology student ahead of his diagnosis of ALS at 21, through his struggle with the illness and rise as a theoretical scientist, this film illustrates the trying romance through it all. While it may be written in the cosmos, this James Marsh-directed film that weaves in and out of love will have you experience everything there is to feel. 

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