It’s never easy to find love, but despite the threat of heartache, some of us remain romantics at heart. Netflix has embraced the romance genre with a rich selection of films that doesn’t settle for just rom-coms. These are the movies that pull on our heartstrings and captivate viewers with intense love affairs, betrayals, despair, drama, redemption, and even a few thrills.
Netflix is always adding new movies as other titles leave as part of the constant churn of content. Regardless, we’ve made it our mission to stay on top of everything by updating our list of the best romance movies on Netflix right now. These are the films that collectively remind us what it’s like to be in love.
Looking for something else? Check out our list of the best rom-coms on Netflix, the best rom-coms on Hulu, and the best rom-coms on Amazon Prime Video.
Legends of the Fall1994
Where the Crawdads Sing is one of the rare films that works as a romance, a mystery, and a thriller. Director Olivia Newman adapted Delia Owens’ novel for the big screen with Daisy Edgar-Jones as Catherine “Kya” Clark, a young woman who lives alone in the marsh during the 1950s and ’60s after being abandoned by her family.
When Kya is a teenager, she falls for a boy her age, Tate Walker (Taylor John Smith). After her connection with Tate is seemingly severed, Kya takes up with Chase Andrews (Harris Dickinson), a young man who betrays his bond with her. But when one of her lovers ends up dead, Kya finds herself on trial for her life and the deck stacked against her.
What’s so curious about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button? He was born old, and grows younger as he ages. David Fincher updates F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story by setting it across the 20th century, with Brad Pitt headlining the film as Benjamin Button. After Benjamin is abandoned by his father, he is taken in by Queenie (Taraji P. Henson) and her husband, Tizzy Weathers (Mahershala Ali).
But the key relationship in Benjamin’s life is with Daisy Fuller (Cate Blanchett), a girl whom he meets as a child before their ages eventually line up in the middle of their lives. Benjamin and Daisy share a powerful romance, but the nature of Benjamin’s condition means that their time together is limited.
Legends of the Fall is yet another Brad Pitt romantic drama that takes place over the course of a few decades. In the early 20th century, William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) lives on his property with his three sons, Tristan (Brad Pitt), Alfred (Aidan Quinn), and Samuel (E.T.‘s Henry Thomas).
Julia Ormond co-stars as Susannah Fincannon, the woman who comes between the brothers. All three of the Ludlow brothers have romantic feelings for Susannah, but only two of the brothers return from World War I. And in the years that follow, heartbreak and pain threaten to tear two remaining brothers apart as well.
For the better part of a century, D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover has been adapted again and again for film, television, and even radio. Netflix’s movie is the latest adaptation, and it features Emma Corrin in the title role of Constance “Connie” Reid, the wife of Matthew Duckett’s Sir Clifford Chatterley.
When Clifford returns home from World War I as a paraplegic, the passion goes out of his marriage with Connie despite her best efforts. But when Connie begins a torrid affair with a gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors (Jack O’Connell), it may cost Lady Chatterley her title, her wealth, and even her husband.
Sometimes, you just need a break from life. When her mother passes away and her husband doesn’t show up to the funeral, it’s the last straw for Zeynep (Naomi Krauss). She’s already dealing with stress at work, an aging father at home, a husband who is clearly too preoccupied with his job for her, and a typical closed off teenage daughter.
So, she takes things into her own hands and decides to drive off to a home in Croatia that her mother bought before her death. But when she arrives, the owner of the villa Josip (Goran Bogdan) is still living there. This could pose a problem, or could it? Faraway is a romantic drama with elements of comedy and feel-good heartwarming moments that fans have likened to movies like Mamma Mia.
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