Netflix Valentine's Day: The best rom-com movies to watch
From original hit Set It Up to classics When Harry Met Sally and Notting Hill, check out the best romantic comedies to watch online right now.
With Valentine's Day 2023 upon us, now is the time to turn your attention towards some of film and TV’s best romances.
Between The Whale, Magic Mike's Last Dance and Tár, there isn't a lot lot of choice at the cinema right now for suitable films.
But don't worry: Netflix boasts an impressive catalogue of romantic films that you can watch from the comfort of your own home.
From traditional romcoms such as When Harry Met Sally and La La Land to movies like Single All the Way, which challenges some of the usual stereotypes whilst still providing the romance and laughs that make a romcom so enjoyable, there’s something for everyone on the streaming platform.
If you’re looking for laughs, comedy and some of that warm nostalgia a romcom guarantees this Valentine's Day, read on to find a list of the best romance movies available to watch on Netflix right now.
In addition, be sure to check out our list of the best LGBTQ+ romcom movies available to watch right now, as well as our list of the best romcom films on Disney Plus.
Netflix Valentine's Day movies: The best romcoms to watch
The film adaptation of David Nicholls' 2009 best-seller follows revisits best friends Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess) every year on St Swithun's Day, as they navigate their way through the struggles of adult life - before hopelessly falling in love.
When Harry Met Sally
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star as the eponymous duo – two friends who vow to resist the urges to turn their relationship romantic. That was the plan, anyway...
My Best Friend's Wedding
Julia Roberts tries to sabotage her platonic pal's wedding after realising her true feelings for him.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley are the unlikely couple at the heart of this heartwarming tragicomic romance about two lonely souls who find each other just as the apocalypse looms.
Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist
Two 20-somethings bond over an affinity for the same brand of indie folk/pop (think Devendra Banhart and Vampire Weekend) when they meet on a wild night out in New York City.
Single All the Way
Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) stars as Peter, a social media strategist who convinces his best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to pretend to be his boyfriend during a family Christmas visit, only for his family to hatch a plan to make a real relationship unfold between the pair.
Set It Up
This Netflix original starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell (alongside Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) evokes the good old days of romantic comedy when Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan led the genre. It finds two assistants attempting to strike up a romance between their overworked (and tyrannical) bosses.
La La Land
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone exhibit immense chemistry in this Oscar-nominated musical from Damien Chazelle about a jazz pianist and a struggling actress who strike up a romance in the City of Angels.
Woody Allen's semi-autobiographical masterpiece, about the troubled relationship between comedian Alvy Singer (Allen) and the original manic pixie dream girl Annie Hall (Diane Keaton).
13 Going on 30
A nerdy teen gets what she wishes for after her birthday party goes awry - she wakes up having aged 17 years. Sounds rough, right? Luckily her older self is Jennifer Garner.
Crazy Stupid Love
Before the days of La La Land, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling proved their electrifying chemistry in 2011's Crazy Stupid Love. Think Love Actually meets mid-life crisis, beaten down dad Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) takes advice from ladies' man Jacob Palmer (Gosling) on how to seduce women after he learns wife Emily (Julianne Moore) had an affair.
Ryan Gosling strikes again in this tear-jerking romance. In South Carolina, poor mill worker Noah Calhoun (Gosling) falls for rich socialite Allie (Rachel McAdams), before the pair are torn apart by the Second World War. When Allie meets another man, Noah returns, and the pair realise their romance is not over.
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Before We Go
A walk-y, talk-y romcom in the style of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise, starring Alice Eve as a young wife who gets robbed before boarding a train to Boston, where she meets a musician (Chris Evans) who takes her on an all-night adventure.
What to Expect When You're Expecting
The ups and downs of impending parenthood, with Cameron Diaz, Anna Kendrick, J-Lo, Cheryl Tweedy, Chris Rock and Dennis Quaid.
P.S. I Love You
After losing her husband (played by Gerard Butler) to a brain tumour, Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank) still feels his presence after discovering a series of letters he left her to read.
Jesse Eisenberg plays an awkward wannabe journalist who takes up a job at a tacky amusement park in Pennsylvania and sparks up a romance with his aloof co-worker Emily (Kristen Stewart).
To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Starring Lana Condor, the Netflix Original film follows Junior year student Lara Jean Covey who finds life at high school gets turned upside down when her secret love letters get mailed out to her crushes. Panic ensues.
Domhnall Gleeson does his best Hugh Grant impression with this Richard Curtis offering. When Tim Lake is 21, he discovers, like all the men in his family, that he can travel through time - a power he commits to use to find true love.
When We First Met
Another Netflix original romance, Noah uses a magical Photo Booth to revisit the past to try to convince his crush Avery to fall in love with him.
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