The best romance movies on Netflix right now

Even if you’re dour about love, some romance movies have a way of tugging at your heartstrings. That’s part of what makes the genre so popular. Love is one of those universal things that we can all resonate with in our unique ways. As a Netflix subscriber, you have no shortage of romantic movies at your disposal, no matter what you’re looking for. But in such a crowded genre, there are bound to be some simply bad movies. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best romance movies on Netflix that are available to stream now.

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.

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Wild Things
Genre Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Stars Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell
Directed by John McNaughton
r 108m
There’s a thin line between love and lust, and Wild Things proves there’s also a thin line between romance and trash cinema. Yet, sometimes you’re in the mood for some trashy, semi-erotic noir. Teen debutante (Denise Richards) hopes to gain a leg up in her future by seducing her guidance counselor, Sam (Matt Dillon). But when he rejects her advances, she accuses him of rape, getting him arrested. Sam appeals to a hack personal injury lawyer (Bill Murray) to help his case, only to see things spiral into conspiracy after a second victim (Neve Campbell) comes forward.

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The Holiday
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law
Directed by Nancy Meyers
pg-13 136m
A beloved Christmas romance from legendary rom-com director Nancy Meyers, The Holiday is cheesy in all the right ways. When two women (Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet) decide to switch homes at Christmas to deal with bad breakups, they each experience culture shock trading between sunny Los Angeles and quaint Britain. But while in their swaps, each woman surprisingly finds romance with a local man, forcing them to ask whether or not they really do want to return home.

Serendipity (2001)

Genre Comedy, Romance, Drama
Stars John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven
Directed by Peter Chelsom
pg-13 90m
Isn’t all love a matter of serendipity? It sure seems like it when Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) meet on a magical night in their 20s. For him, it’s love at first sight. For her, she believes if destiny wills it, it will happen. Ten years later and 3,000 miles apart, the two former lovers must decide if fate wants them to be together again.

The DUFF (2015)

Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne
Directed by Ari Sandel
pg-13 100m
Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a smart, talented high school senior who is in with the cool crowd. However, the cool crowd secretly knows her by the degrading nickname “the DUFF” — designated ugly fat friend. When she finds out, Bianca becomes desperate to reinvent herself, recruiting the charming jock Wesley (Robbie Amell) to help her save her senior year from becoming a disaster. Now, she’ll use her newfound confidence to overthrow the Queen Bee (Bella Thorne) and find love along the way.

Five Feet Apart (2019)

Five Feet Apart
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moisés Arias
Directed by Justin Baldoni
pg-13 116m
Five Feet Apart is right up the alley of John Green fans. Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) is a teenage cystic fibrosis patient who lives in a hospital, bound by routines and self-control that literally keep her alive. But she starts wondering what that kind of life really is when she meets Will (Cole Sprouse), a charming teen with the same illness and less inclination to follow the rules. Despite the instant attraction, restrictions say they must maintain a safe distance between one another, so as the connection intensifies, it becomes a lot harder to stay 5 feet apart.

A Christmas Prince (2017)

A Christmas Prince
Genre Romance, TV Movie
Stars Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige
Directed by Alex Zamm
A surprise holiday romance hit, A Christmas Prince spawned a trilogy with a devoted fanbase. In the original, a young journalist (Rose McIver) is sent abroad to cover a foreign prince who is poised to become king. Traveling and working over the Christmas holiday, the journalist and prince receive a surprising Christmas gift when they immediately click and fall in love.

Safe Haven (2013)

Safe Haven
Genre Romance, Thriller
Stars Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders
Directed by Lasse Hallström
pg-13 115m
A classic example of audiences and critics disagreeing, Safe Haven was critically panned but beloved by other romance-lovers. When Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough) moves to a small town on the North Carolina coast, she’s determined to make a new life for herself. She takes a job as a waitress and tries to keep a low profile until she’s won over by the warmth of the close-knit community, especially widower Alex (Josh Duhamel). After having her heartbroken, Katie learns to love and trust again with help from Alex and his children. But soon, her past arrives in town to catch up with her.

Malcolm & Marie (2021)

Malcolm & Marie
Genre Romance, Drama
Stars John David Washington, Zendaya
Directed by Sam Levinson
r 106m
While Malcolm & Marie may be a bit soapy for some, it will very likely hit all the right tones for the hopeless romantics. After the premiere of his new movie, a filmmaker (John David Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home with the expectation of an imminent windfall of critical and financial success. As they celebrate, the night takes a turn when revelations about past relationships arise, testing the strength of their bond in the face of an incoming, drastic change.

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

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish
Directed by Susan Johnson
pg-13 100m
Based on the novel of the same name, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a teenager named Lara (Lana Condor), whose life is turned upside down when love letters she has written to her crushes — meant for her eyes only — are mailed out. Each of her five previous loves confronts her one by one in an awkward, cringe-worthy fashion. Lara, normally a shy girl, must face the reality that her secrets are now out. She breaks through her shy exterior and lets herself have extraordinary experiences, and maybe she even finds love? This Netflix original will solidify your notions that high school was a rough time for all, but not without pulling at your heartstrings first.

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher
Directed by Michael Fimognari
pg-13 102m
Loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? Good news, there’s a sequel! Lana Condor returns as awkwardly in love Lara and, turns out, she’s still reaping the fall out from the love letters she never meant to send. You may recall, the last movie left off with Lara and Peter (Noah Centineo) happily in a relationship but when another recipient of her old love letters — a crush from way back — enters the picture, there’s trouble brewing in paradise.

To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021)

To All the Boys: Always and Forever
Genre Romance, Comedy, Drama
Stars Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish
Directed by Michael Fimognari
pg-13 115m
Finally, cap off the trilogy with the newest release in the To All the Boys series! It’s senior year, and after returning from a family trip to Korea, Lara Jean has a lot on her mind. Primed to make the first major decision of her life, Lara Jean begins to weigh the pros and cons of attending college both with or without Peter.

A Little Chaos (2015)

A Little Chaos
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman
Directed by Alan Rickman
r 117m
The late, great Alan Rickman directed this saucy, romantic tale centered on King Louis XIV of France’s royal court. The king’s chief landscape architect (Matthias Schoenaerts) makes the strange decision to hire a woman (Kate Winslet) to create a lavish garden at Versailles, striking off scandal and intrigue in the court. But there’s also scandal and intrigue behind the scenes.

The Ottoman Lieutenant (2016)

The Ottoman Lieutenant
Genre Romance, Drama, War
Stars Ben Kingsley, Paul Barrett, Josh Hartnett
Directed by Joseph Ruben
r 111m
This period drama set just before the First World War centers on two Americans falling in love in the Ottoman Empire. Strong-willed Lillie (Hera Hilmar) is infuriated by injustice in the United States, so she leaves to join an intriguing American doctor (Michiel Huisman) on his remote medical mission in the Ottoman Empire. On the brink of war, Lillie finds her loyalty tested to both Jude and the mission when she finds herself surprisingly falling in love with the enemy: A lieutenant in the Ottoman imperial army.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
Genre Romance, Drama, History
Directed by Mike Newell
Cast Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode
If you’re wondering about the name, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is the improvised title of a group that was breaking curfew in German-occupied Guernsey in World War II. In 1946, author Juliet Ashton (Lily James) journeys to Guernsey to learn more about the society and its missing co-founder, Elizabeth McKenna (Jessica Brown Findlay). Along the way, Juliet develops feelings for a Guernsey resident, Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman), even though her boyfriend, Mark (Glen Powell), has already asked her to marry him. This film deftly balances its romantic elements with the mystery, and it’s very well-made.

Adrift (2018)

Genre Thriller, Romance, Adventure
Stars Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
pg-13 96m
Adrift is based on the real story of Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), a young couple very much in love. When Richard is hired to sail a yacht to San Diego, Tami accompanies him on the fateful journey. However, the untimely arrival of Hurricane Raymond devastates the yacht and threatens their lives. Woodley’s terrific performance carries most of the film, but the power of Tami’s bond with Richard can’t be denied.

Stardust (2007)

Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Family
Stars Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
pg-13 128m
There’s a real lack of romantic fantasy movies, but Stardust admirably fills the void with a wonderful adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s original novel. Future Daredevil star Charlie Cox headlines the film as Tristan Thorn, a young man who wants to impress a girl named Victoria Forester (Sienna Miller) by retrieving a fallen star. However, the fallen star has become a woman, Yvaine (Claire Danes), and she has her own desires. Robert De Niro has a scene-stealing turn as Captain Shakespeare, the sky pirate who mentors Tristan and Yvaine as they develop feelings for each other. Meanwhile, the evil witch, Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) hunts the young lovers to gain immortality from the heart of a star. Stardust’s charms are hard to deny, and it’s still one of our favorites.

Marriage Story (2019)

Marriage Story
Genre Drama
Stars Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern
Directed by Noah Baumbach
r 137m
Marriage Story was one of four Netflix original films to be nominated for the 2020 Golden Globes and is yet another thought-provoking, deeply moving offering about real life from celebrated director Noah Baumbach. Baumbach, who has built his reputation on down-to-earth films about relatable characters like The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha, and another Netflix original, The Meyerowitz Stories, delivers perhaps his most profound work yet in Marriage Story. Starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as a couple who genuinely love one another yet can’t make their marriage work, Marriage Story is one of the most honest, complex analyses of love and marriage you’ll ever see. “Marriage is hard” is the platitude we always hear but this film takes that saying to its absolute logical and philosophical extent.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Always Be My Maybe
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves
Directed by Nahnatchka Khan
pg-13 102m
After a teenage fling, childhood friends Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park) go their separate ways. She grows up to be a celebrity chef, engaged to a successful businessman, while Marcus stays in San Francisco to help out with his father’s air conditioner installation business. When Sasha’s boyfriend keeps putting off their wedding, she breaks up with him and moves back to San Francisco, where fate reunites her with Marcus. The two start hanging out again, and Marcus’s old feelings for Sasha reignite, but he has to deal with his feelings of inadequacy as well as her new boyfriend, Keanu Reeves (playing himself). Always Be My Maybe doesn’t reinvent the rom-com formula, but it executes it well, and all the actors involved give it their all (especially Reeves, delightfully over-the-top).

Howards End (1992)

Howards End
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, Anthony Hopkins
Directed by James Ivory
pg 142m
Directed by James Ivory, this 1992 romantic classic features outstanding performances from iconic actors Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. Exploring the various social classes of Victorian England, this story follows three families as they fight to make their mark on the world while the burgeoning love between Thompson’s Margaret and Hopkins’ Henry threatens to engulf everyone’s world in scandal. If you’re a Bronte fan, this Victorian love story is for you.

Someone Great (2019)

Someone Great
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise
Directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
r 92m
Gina Rodriguez stars in this Netflix original that marks the directorial debut of Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, who is also the screenwriter for Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder. Rom-com to Marvel movie? Yes, and it will make sense once you see this imaginative, unusual, and hilarious flick about love, loss, growth, and the bond of female friendship. Rodriguez plays Jenny Young, a music journalist who is dumped by her long-term boyfriend on the eve of a huge move to San Francisco for her dream job. Despite her sorrow, her two best friends pry Jenny out of her misery for one last outrageous adventure in New York City, determined to help her look forward and not back.

About Time (2013)

About Time
Genre Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
Directed by Richard Curtis
r 123m
A charmingly romantic twist on time travel tropes, this Richard Curtis film centers on Tim’s (Domhnall Gleeson) discovery that the men in his family have the ability to go back in time. Naturally, he uses this power to win the woman of his dreams and give her the perfect life. Of course, it’s not all sunshine and roses as there are always limits to what we can and can’t change. With beautiful performances from Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy, this heartfelt, poignant drama delightfully masquerades as a romantic comedy.

Set It Up (2018)

Set It Up
Genre Romance, Comedy
Directed by Claire Scanlon
Cast Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu
Sick of their domineering bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs), two corporate assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) hatch a plan to make them fall in love with one another so they’ll stop being so darn demanding. Naturally, the assistants fall in love, too. This 2018 Netflix original was written by Booksmart writer Katie Silberman and delivers far more charm than your typical scheme-y rom-com. With engaging performances from the lovable Liu and Diggs as well as the relative newcomers, Deutch and Powell, Set It Up is a feel-good love-fest with plenty of laughs.

Ibiza (2018)

Genre Comedy, Romance
Directed by Alex Richanbach
Cast Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer, Phoebe Robinson
In the Netflix original Ibiza, Harper (Gillian Jacobs) is sent to Spain for a business meeting, so she naturally brings her two best friends, Nikki (Vanessa Bayer) and Leah (Phoebe Robinson), to join along in the merriment. Harper meets a famous DJ, Leo (Richard Madden), and her friends convince her to throw caution — and her meeting — to the wind to go to Ibiza and find this man. It’s different from regular romance plots, but conventional nonetheless. With a trio of hysterical ladies, Ibiza will hit your funny bone, but not tear too hard at your heartstrings.

The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

The Incredible Jessica James
Genre Romance, Comedy
Stars Jessica Williams, Chris O'Dowd, Noël Wells
Directed by Jim Strouse
Jessica Williams hasn’t quite had a breakout since The Daily Show, but The Incredible Jessica James is the first real chance she gets to show off her rom-com chops … and she succeeds marvelously. Jessica James, the character, may not be quite as incredible as you’d expect but she’s passionate and fun, and Williams plays her with a comedic resolve that makes you fall in love with her. Her chemistry with co-star Chris O’Dowd makes for a goofy, sexy, and refreshingly honest exploration of love after heartbreak. It’s a rom-com simply for lack of a better classification — this cynical but hopeful romp is very much its own thing.

Nappily Ever After (2018)

Nappily Ever After
Genre Comedy, Romance
Stars Sanaa Lathan, Ricky Whittle, Ernie Hudson
Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Nappily Ever After tells the story of Violet Jones, played by Sanaa Lathan, who seemingly has it all — the job, the boyfriend, the hair — until it all falls apart. She comes to realize that the life she thought she wanted isn’t the life for her. In a late-night breaking point, Violet cuts all her hair off, shedding more than just her locks in the process. When she goes on a date with a soulful barber, she begins to understand what true happiness means to her. The Netflix original is a feel-good romance where one woman finds out what is most important to her.

Been So Long (2018)

Been So Long
Genre Drama, Music, Romance
Stars Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene, Ronke Adekoluejo
Directed by Tinge Krishnan
Not all love stories are confined to America. In Been So Long, Michaela Coel (Black MirrorChewing Gum) plays Simone, a committed single mother living in London who falls — rather unexpectedly — for a man (Arinzé Kene) who may or may not be living in the shadow of his troubled past. Part musical part romance, the Netflix Original is a pure portrayal of finding love during a time when life is already complicated enough. It’s based on the stage musical by Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill, and as such, you can expect the modern-day tale to incorporate elements of funk and soul, not to mention plenty of mood lighting.

The Theory of Everything (2014)

The Theory of Everything
Genre Drama, Romance
Stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox
Directed by James Marsh
g 123m
Eddie Redmayne received universal praise for his portrayal of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in this biographical film about the man with the brilliant mind who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, at a young age. While the film chronicles Hawkings’ work in the field of physics, at its heart is the beautiful love story between he and his girlfriend and eventual wife Jane Hawking. Hawking received his diagnosis just a year after meeting Jane, and he has credited his engagement to her as giving him a purpose to live. It’s a love story unlike any other, made all the more touching given that it’s based on real life. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, and Redmayne won for his lead role.

The Artist (2011)

The Artist
Genre Drama, Comedy, Romance
Stars Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
pg 100m
Despite being made in the 2010s, this film was designed in the style of a black-and-white silent film and is set in Hollywood in the late ’20s and early ’30s. At the heart of the love story is an actress whose star is on the rise and an older man, a famous silent film star, who is finding that his roles are being gobbled up by a new generation of actors known as “talkies.” The film was nominated for an impressive 10 Academy Awards and taking home half that, while Jean Dujardin became the first French actor to win an Oscar in the Best Actor category.

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