Feel the love with these rom-coms, dramas, and more.

By Lauren Phillips
January 08, 2020
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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. or a tear-jerker to watch on your own, 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 coming up, this list will give you all the feel-good, lovey-dovey romantic movies to watch before, on, and after February 14, whether you’re single this year, celebrating Galentine’s Day, or shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts for him or Valentine’s Day gifts for her.

The best romantic movies on Netflix

1
About Time

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.

2
Alex Strangelove

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.

3
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.

4
A Cinderella Story

With the combined forces of ’90s/early 2000s superstars Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray, this teen romance is a must-watch for any nostalgic types. It’s your classic retelling of the Cinderella fairytale, just with a school dance and college acceptances instead of a ball: If you needed a way to wrap-up your Galentine’s Day soiree, this is it.

5
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.

6
Grease

It’s a ’70s classic, and what better time for a re-watch than when you’re in a romantic mood? You can sing along, if you’re so inclined, or merely enjoy the story of star-crossed lovers. Either way, you’ll be reminding your partner (or your beloved movie snack) that they’re the one that you want at the end.

7
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.)

8
Hitch

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.

9
The Jane Austen Book Club

Combining romance, comedy, and Jane Austen, this movie follows the members of a book club as they fumble through their own modern-day versions of Jane Austen tales. Sweet and light-hearted, this is a great option to watch with friends after you exchange Galentine’s Day gifts.

10
Love, Rosie

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.

11
One Day

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.

12
P.S. I Love You

For a romantic movie on Netflix that will really get the tears flowing, turn to P.S. I Love You, which follows a newly widowed woman coping with the loss of her husband (and her new life) through the letters he left behind.

13
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.

14
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.

15
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.

16
Yes Man

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.

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