If you’re looking for the best romantic movies on Netflix, there are plenty of options to suit whatever vibe you’re feeling. We scoured the streaming site for the best flicks and settled on these 21 films, from classics like She’s Gotta Have It to Netflix originals like Always Be My Maybe. We’re confident our choices for the best romantic movies on Netflix won’t disappoint. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll probably swoon over some of the lead characters. If you’re gearing up for a romantic night in with your friends, your partner, or yourself, grab your favorite snacks and get comfortable because it’s time for a movie marathon.
The Half of It (2020)
Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) lives with her widowed father in a remote town. She’s approached by Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer), a typical high school jock, to write love letters to his crush, Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire)—who Ellie is secretly in love with. Friendships are tested and love triangles are formed in this LGBTQ coming-of-age story.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) writes secret love letters—which she never sends—to her most major past and present loves. One night, her younger sister discovers them and mails them out. Lara Jean’s life goes haywire as she’s suddenly confronted by her crushes. Unexpectedly, Lara Jean gets closer to one—Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo)—and it might actually work out. This is the first of three movies, so you may want to prepare for a full movie marathon.
About Time (2013)
When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21, his dad lets him in on a secret: the men in the family can travel in time. Tim uses his time-traveling abilities to try to find a girlfriend, and he ends up meeting Mary (Rachel McAdams) then falling deeply in love with her. But after decades of time travel to make everything “perfect,” he realizes that he can’t stop problems from happening.
Someone Great (2019)
Jenny Young (Gina Rodriguez) and Nate Davis (Lakeith Stanfield) have been in a relationship for nine years. But when Jenny gets a job in San Francisco, they break up. Jenny deals with her heartbreak by surrounding herself with her friends for one final girls’ night out in New York City.
Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) and Marcus Kim (Randall Park) are childhood best friends who date in their teens. Sixteen years after their break-up, Sasha is a successful chef and engaged, while Marcus is in an amateur band and still living with his dad. But when Sasha breaks up with her fiancé, she finds herself growing closer to Marcus.
The Lovebirds (2020)
Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) are on the brink of breaking up. And to make the situation worse, they’re suddenly thrown into a chaotic murder mystery. As they figure out the case, they have to also figure out how they—and their relationship—can survive. It’s equal parts funny, heartwarming, and action-packed.
All the Bright Places (2020)
This coming-of-age film follows Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who is dealing with mental illness, and Violet Markey (Elle Fanning), who is coping with her sister’s death. The two must learn how to make their relationship work without letting the scars of their past get in the way of their love.
Set It Up (2018)
Harper Moore (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie Young (Glen Powell) are two assistants with workaholic bosses (played by Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs). In an attempt to get their bosses off their backs, Harper and Charlie set them up. And, wouldn’t you know, the assistants start to fall in love with each other too.
She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) can’t decide what kind of man to date, so she does what any sensible person would do and dates three men at the same time. But what happens when the three men find out about each other? This Spike Lee-directed film, which feels apt for the online dating generation, was certainly ahead of its time. (After you’ve streamed the film, watch the 2017 Netflix series for an updated version of the classic.)
Marriage Story (2019)
This Academy Award-nominated film involves theater director Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) and his wife, Nicole (Scarlett Johansson), who’s an actress. The film depicts their divorce and accompanying emotions such as anger, denial, and grief. You might think it strange to be on our list of best romantic movies on Netflix, but its realistic portrayal of long-term love, divorce, and tender moments makes it a satisfying film.
Irreplaceable You (2018)
Abbie (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Sam (Michiel Huisman) are childhood friends who grew up to fall in love and get engaged. But when Abbie is diagnosed with cancer, she sets out to find a new love for Sam. She also forms friendships with other patients who teach her how to focus on living, even in the midst of a terminal illness.
The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
Jessica James (Jessica Williams) is a fiercely independent, struggling playwright in New York City trying to get over her ex in the age of social media. She’s set up on a blind date with Boone (Chris O’Dowd), who is also struggling after a breakup. The two hit it off and attempt to figure out what love looks like after heartbreak.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
Set in post-WWII London, novelist Juliet Ashton (Lily James) receives a fan letter from a book club based in Guernsey, an island located off the Normandy coast. Juliet leaves the city (and her fiancé) to meet Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman), the main letter writer, and the rest of the book club. Once there, Juliet becomes close with the island’s quirky residents and grows particularly fond of Dawsey (if you know what we mean).
Kit (Henry Golding) travels back to Vietnam, where he was born, to scatter his parents’ ashes after they pass away. During his travels, Kit reunites with an old friend, reconnects with his culture, and finds love with clothing designer Lewis (Parker Sawyers). Lewis, whose father was in the Vietnam war, teaches Kit about the country’s history and its challenges after the war.
Juanita (Alfre Woodard) feels mentally exhausted from life. Between the long days at work, babysitting her granddaughter at night, and visiting her son in prison, Juanita has no time for herself. So, she leaves Ohio to spend some alone time in Butte, Montana. There, Juanita is finally free to focus on her needs, make new friends, and even find romance.
Work It (2020)
High schooler Quinn Ackerman (Sabrina Carpenter) really wants to go to Duke University. In an attempt to diversify her college application, Quinn creates a new dance team at school. There is one big problem with her plan: Quinn just isn’t a great dancer. She seeks out former high school dance champion Jake Taylor (Jordan Fisher) for extra lessons, and sparks fly between the two.
Love, Guaranteed (2020)
Despite going on nearly 1,000 dates using the Love, Guaranteed dating service, Nick (Damon Wayans Jr.) is still single. Disgruntled by what he perceives as false advertising, Nick sues the company, but his claim becomes shaky as he grows closer to his lawyer (Rachel Leigh Cook). You can expect plenty of witty banter and a predictably sweet ending in this feel-good movie.
Feel the Beat (2020)
April (Sofia Carson) is an aspiring New York City dancer who returns to her small hometown after having a very embarrassing Broadway audition. She starts teaching ballet at her old studio in an attempt to coach her students into a dance competition that will hopefully revive her career. April isn’t always the most likable person, but you can’t help but hope that her dreams of Broadway and her budding romance with Nick (Wolfgang Novogratz) work out.
Lingua Franca (2019)
Olivia (Isabel Sandoval) is a transgender Filipina who hopes to get married and get her green card so she can stay in America. She works as a live-in caregiver for an older woman in Brooklyn and soon finds love with the woman’s grandson, Alex (Eamon Farren). The two develop a sweet relationship, which they try to make work amid their own personal challenges with immigration, alcoholism, and anxiety.
Mr. Right (2015)
Reeling from a breakup, Martha McKay (Anna Kendrick) reluctantly agrees to go on a date with Francis (Sam Rockwell), who picks her up at a convenience store. Their first date goes pretty well until Francis confesses that he’s actually a hitman who targets the people who hire him. Predictably, Martha gets swept up in Francis’s drama and has to determine whether their relationship is worth the danger.
Love Wedding Repeat (2020)
When visiting his sister Hayley (Eleanor Tomlinson) in Italy, Jack (Sam Claflin) nearly kisses Dina (Olivia Munn). The moment is interrupted, but the two reconnect several years later at Hayley’s wedding, where they admit they’ve harbored a crush on each other the whole time. The film shows different scenarios about how things could play out, and you’ll have to watch to see if Dina and Jack ultimately end up together.
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