It may not be Valentine’s Day for quite some time now, but that does not mean that you can’t sit down and watch a romantic movie and if that is something that you like doing, then Netflix is on hand to give you plenty of choices.
There are some of the best romance films currently available on Netflix to tick all your moods. If you want a serious romance drama, there are some there – same too if you prefer your romance to be matched with some comedy.
Check out the list below for what we think are the best romantic movies that you can watch on the streamer right now.
50 First Dates (2004)
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore team up in this romantic comedy that somehow worked despite a premise that is a tad out there (although based on a true condition). Sandler is Henry Roth, a man who lives in Hawaii and is known as being a bit of a player with the women that come to the island to visit.
His life is changed though when he meets Lucy Whitmore, a woman with amnesia who forgets everything after a car crash every time she goes to sleep. What follows is Henry trying to win her over every day and what we get is a really sweet film with some brilliantly funny moments – particularly from Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin who plays a character as far away from Samwise as you can get.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
This Netflix original teen rom-com became a real sensation when in 2018, spawning two sequels, the latter of which arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day this year. In the first film, shy teenager Lara Jean (Lana Condor) writes letters to each of her five crushes that she never plans to send – only for them all to be sent anyway. Across the three films, this sparks a major upheaval in her love life, leading to a relationship with Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo).
Along Came Polly (2004)
Jennifer Aniston’s first big movie role after Friends was Along Came Polly, a rom-com that paired her with Ben Stiller who, after being dumped by his wife, on their honeymoon no less, decides to throw caution to the wind and to change how he lives his life. While doing that, Polly comes along…
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Kate Hudson stars as Andie Anderson, a reporter who decides she wants to write about how to lose a guy in 10 days. She chooses Benjamin “Ben” Barry (Matthew McConaughey) and starts seeing him, all with the plan of putting him off her in 10 days. But she soon finds that it is not that simple…
Notting Hill (1999)
It would be hard to find two bigger rom-com icons than Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts, and the pair are both in sparkling form in this classic from the pen of one of the genre’s titans, Richard Curtis. Grant stars as a down on his luck bookseller who meets famous Hollywood actress Anna Scott (Roberts) when she enters his shop looking for a book, and inevitably the unlikely pair end up falling for each other.
About Time (2013)
A more recent Richard Curtis film, About Time follows Tim Lake (Domnnall Gleeson), a man who – along with all the other men in his family – has the ability to time travel. On the urging of his father, played superbly by Bill Nighy, Tim opts to use those powers to pursue his love interest, although he runs into a number of difficulties on the way.
Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
Richard Curtis also co-wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of Helen Fielding’s best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy of films starring Renee Zellweger as a single woman who keeps a diary as she searches for love. The first film follows Bridget as two very different romantic prospects vie for her affection – childhood acquaintance Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and handsome boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant).
Easy A (2010)
Several teen romances over the years have been based on classic works of literature – including Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You – and this excellent film takes its inspiration from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter. Emma Stone stars as Olive, who finds herself the victim of salacious rumours at her high school after she lies to her best friend about losing her virginity – and uses the rumours as a chance to advance her social standing.
La La Land (2016)
Another one starring Emma Stone, Damien Chazelle’s not-quite-Best-Picture-winning film is both a spectacular ode to classic movie musicals and an excellent bittersweet romance in its own right. Stone stars alongside Ryan Gosling, with the pair playing a couple who experience ups and downs as they navigate their respective artistic careers in Hollywood. It’s a film complete with several colourful musical numbers and great performances from its leads.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Another Hawaii based rom-com, Forgetting Sarah Marshall stars Jason Segal who goes to a tropical location to try and get over his ex (played by an incredibly funny Kristen Bell) only to find he is at the same resort as her and her new boyfriend, a rock star played by Russel Brand. While there, he makes friends with the locals and starts to feel at home – especially as he grows closer to a potential new love played by Mila Kunis. Hysterically funny and a sweet film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall is well worth your time.
Funny Girl (1968)
If it’s musical romance you’re after, you could do a lot worse than William Wyler’s spectacular Funny Girl, which features the film debut of legendary singer and actor Barbara Streisand – who won an Academy Award. Streisand stars as real-life Broadway legend Fanny Brice, with the film chronicling her often difficult relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein, played by Omar Sharif. There are great performances and terrific songs – not least the iconic hit Don’t Rain on my Parade.
As Good As it Gets (1998)
While the bulk of Hollywood romances concern twenty and thirty-somethings, this 1998 film focuses on a romance between two slightly older parties. Jack Nicholson stars as misanthropic romance novelist Melvin Udall, who unexpectedly finds himself falling for a waitress at the restaurant he regularly frequents, played by Helen Hunt. Both Nicholson and Hunt won Oscars for their performances in the film.
The Notebook (2004)
The Notebook might have a reputation for schmaltz – but sometimes that’s just what’s needed on Valentine’s Day. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in a 1940s-set romance, which is narrated in the film by an elderly man to a fellow nursing home resident who is suffering from dementia.
Will Smith stars in this rom-com as Alex “Hitch” Hitchens, a supposed dating expert whose career involves giving men advice as to how to successfully date the women of their dreams. His expertise is put to the test when he is tracked down by gossip columnist Sara Melas (Eva Mendes) who is determined to expose him – and perhaps inevitably he ends up falling for her.
For a slightly different take on the romance genre, check out this exceptional Japanese animation from 2016. The film concerns two high-school teens living in very different parts of Japan who suddenly find that they are able to swap bodies. When the pair decide it is time to meet in person, they discover that they share an incredibly complicated connection to a natural disaster.