18 Feel-Good Romantic Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now
Feel the love with these rom-coms, dramas, and more.
If you have a Netflix account, you already know it has everything: You’re probably already familiar with the best shows on Netflix and, if you’re a romantic, you might be aware of all the romantic movies on Netflix, too. The streaming service might be best known for its binge-worthy shows now, but Netflix also has an enormous collection of romantic movies.
Whether you’re looking for a sweet rom-com to watch with your S.O., a tear-jerker to watch on your own, or a movie full of love quotes you can repeat over and over again, Netflix probably has a decent option. The issue isn’t that you won’t find any good romantic movies on Netflix—the issue is that you might spend too much time sifting through the huge assortment of everything from new Netflix Originals to years-old classics. (And if you’re looking for a very particular romantic movie that you just can’t find anywhere, there are always Netflix suggestions.)
You have your pick of everything from romantic dramas to romantic comedies on Netflix, and our list of the best romantic movies on Netflix will help you find that just-right film about love with minimal agonizing. With Valentine’s Day behind us and potentially months of social distancing and self-isolation (and little chance of finding love out in the world) ahead of us, this list will give you all the feel-good, lovey-dovey feelings you want from romantic movies to replace a slower love life (or nonexistent love life).
The best romantic movies on Netflix
A heart-felt, chronology-bending rom-com, this British film follows time-traveling Tim as he tries to get his life right. Despite the fantastic premise, the movie is more about his love life and family than time traveling: a great watch if you’re feeling particularly lucky to have gotten things right in your own life the first time around, without the benefits of time-travel.
High school student Alex loves his girlfriend—but something’s not quite right. This sweet teen movie offers plenty of romantic comedy–esque laughs, but it’s also a thoughtful exploration of sexuality, love, and friendship that people of any age can appreciate.
Always Be My Maybe
Led by the always-hilarious Ali Wong, Always Be My Maybe follows a celebrity chef as she returns to her hometown and reconnects with her childhood best friend. This is undeniably a rom-com—and a sidesplitting one at that—but the romance is genuine, too, so it’s the perfect romantic movie to watch whether you’re happily single or in a great relationship with someone who makes you laugh.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in this Oscar-nominated film. If you need more to convince you to watch: The movie follows a man (the titular Benjamin Button) who mysteriously ages backward. Born as an old man and getting younger every day, Button finds adventure, love, and more, and the romance between him and Blanchett’s character, Daisy, stretches across his strange life. Watch this movie if you like your romance sprinkled throughout a tale of adventure, drama, and momentous occasions.
The Danish Girl
This critically acclaimed film follows a married couple in the 1920s as the husband realizes he’s meant to live as a woman. The movie follows his transformation and their development as a couple as their love holds strong—with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander leading the cast, it’s got both romantic sentiment and phenomenal performances to help you feel the love.
Failure to Launch
You’ll find some peak mid-2000s rom-com magic in this 2006 movie, which has a cast studded with romantic movie favorites—Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel, and Bradley Cooper—and a silly plot sure to make you laugh and aw in equal measure. Parker stars as a relationship consultant hired to convince McConaughey’s character to move out of his parents’ house; predictably, things don’t go as planned.
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
Starring a few familiar faces from Downton Abbey, this historical movie based on a beloved book follows a writer as she travels to a remote island in the years after WWII (and falls in love, of course.)
The Half of It
Newly released exclusively on Netflix in May 2020, this sweet tale of mistaken love was highly awarded at the Tribeca Film Festival. It follows a school’s stereotypical shy, smart girl who is hired to write love letters by one of the school’s jocks. Instead of connecting with the jock, though, the popular recipient of the letters is drawn to the writer.
For a lighthearted rom-com on Netflix, try this Will Smith–led option, which follows a love consultant as he helps his clients find romance—and maybe finds some for himself, too.
The heart-wrenching tale of two childhood friends pulled apart as they grow up, this movie stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin as they cross paths throughout their adult lives, never quite in the same place at the right time.
Love Wedding Repeat
This new Netflix Original Film boasts Sam Claflin (of The Hunger Games and Me Before You) and Olivia Munn (of The Newsroom and Six) as guests at Claflin’s sister’s wedding. The connection between them is fun to watch, but even more entertaining is the movie’s exploration of chance, opportunity, and alternate timelines. Watch for a lighthearted flick set in the beautiful Italian countryside.
Another tale of missed connections, this movie takes place on one particular date over several years. The two starring characters spend the day apart and together, but their bond endures.
Set It Up
An irresistible new rom-com and Netflix Original, this modern-day love story follows two lowly assistants as they set their high-maintenance bosses up with each other to make their own lives easier. Shenanigans ensue, of course, as the wanna-be matchmakers become friends and then more.
Silver Linings Playbook
Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar for her performance in this critically acclaimed movie, which addresses love and mental illness in a Philadelphia community. Lawrence stars with Bradley Cooper, and each of their characters battles their own demons as they address past love and work to move on together. The plot and characters are beautiful, but the dance competition that serves as the movie’s climax is truly a can’t-miss.
The Theory of Everything
A biographical film following a young Stephen Hawking, this romantic movie focuses on Hawking’s relationship with his wife, Jane, as he faces an ALS diagnosis.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
One of the sweetest romantic movies to come from Netflix so far, this teen romance—based on a popular young adult book—starts with a dreamy girl’s love letters. When they’re accidentally sent out (something she never intended), she must fake a relationship with a former crush to deflect attention from another boy—her sister’s ex-boyfriend. Complicated set-up aside, it’s a funny, entertaining rom-com you’re going to want to watch over and over again.
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
This follow-up to the 2018 hit serves as the next chapter in Lara Jean and Peter’s story. Don’t watch it until you’ve seen the first one, of course, and prepare yourself for plenty of romantic upheaval, high school trials, and life lessons.
Starring Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, this hilarious romantic comedy has a simple premise: What if you just said “yes” to everything? The titular Yes Man (Carrey) embarks on a more adventurous life (with plenty of antics) when he commits to saying yes. When he falls in love, everything seems great—until his girlfriend learns that he’s not making choices for himself. Feel-good and goofy, it’s an uncomplicated watch for a cozy night in.