Netflix: Best 50 Romantic Movies On Netflix!
We did the work, so you don't have to.
With Valentine's Day 2017 fast approaching you just might want to find something romantic to watch, you know, to put you in that lovey dovey mood. Good news for you, we went ahead and did a through search to find the needles in the Netflix haystack.
So without further adieu, here is a list of the 'creme de la creme' when it comes to romantic movies available on Netflix:
While You Were Sleeping
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Bridget Jones has become the archetype for normal, yet lonely female movie characters everywhere. Bridget Jones Diary, itself, is the archetype for some many romance movies that followed it. Bridget (Renee Zellwegger) is a normal, softspoken woman who is largely unlucky in love until one day, she isn't. Her cup suddenly runneth over with men and she must choose between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant (the answer is Colin Firth, dummies. C'mon.) It might be (very) loosely based on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, but it's also basically Twilight with pasty British men instead of vampires and werewolves.
Back when Chasing Amy came out in the '90s, it was largely known as the "Ben Affleck falls in love with a lesbian" movie. While the base-level of the plot is exactly that, Chasing Amy covers so much more about love than just sexual politics. It's about male insecurity and all of the other human emotions that make finding and maintaining love so difficult. It's a wonderfully human tragi-rom-com with a bittersweet, yet entirely logical ending.
The Princess Bride
Screenwriter William Goldman wrote the novel and then the screenplay for The Princess Bride, because his daughter wanted to hear a bedtime story in which the heroine was both a princess and a bride. That relatively simple writing prompt led to one of the best romantic adventures ever made. The Princess Bride is a pure joy of a film that also happens to feature real stakes and real emotion.
Love Actually is so closely associated with romance films, Valentine's Day, and Christmas that it's almost a self-parody at this point. This is a picture that has been picked apart for comedic and memeable scraps time and time again since its debut in 2003. Still, it holds up as a genuinely sweet, mega-omnibus love story. It doesn't hurt that Love Actually also features the most impressive roster of British acting talent this side of a Harry Potter movie.
The African Queen
Certainly one to file under the classics section for all-time great movie romances is The African Queen. While in this particular John Huston masterpiece, neither the gin joint airs of Ingrid Bergman or the real-life crackle of Lauren Bacall are available to Humphrey Bogart, the film is nevertheless another hardboiled love story for the iconic movie star. And it is a sweetly unconventional one too.
In his element as a salty riverboat captain sailing up and down Ulanga River, Bogie's Charlie is a wreck, but he is also prince charming for Katharine Hepburn's Rose Sayer, an "old maid" who is doing missionary work with her brother when World War I breaks out. After Germans kill her sibling, Rose reluctantly attempts to escape down the river with Charlie, striking up an unlikely romance along the way. They also strike upon an even more unlikely adventure as instead of fleeing, they decide to battle the Germans in the name of dear old England! This is a jolly good adventure that is as authentic in Bogart and Hepburn's chemistry as it is in its real, unforgiving African locations that were used.
10 Things I Hate About You
10 Things I Hate About You is juvenile and a little corny, sure. It's also a genuine and sweet teenage romance loosely based off of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Teenage rom-coms get a bad rap, but sometimes they are exactly what Dr. Cupid ordered on a snowy Valentine's Day. And if you're not in the mood for romance just imagine you're watching Julia Stiles interact with the Joker and "Robin" from Christopher Nolan's Batman films.
The Graduate is pound for pound one of the best movies of all time. Thank Mike Nichols every day for sharing his creative brilliance with us. It's also a profound, if atypical romance film. It's the classic story of boy meets girl's mom, then meets girl, and then suffers through crushing ennui from the pressures of adulthood and rapid societal changes in the 1960s. The end righftully gets a lot of attention as a classic moment in cinema history. Watch it for yourself and decide if you find it to be utlimately cynical, human, or even hopeful.
Blue is the Warmest Color
Blue is the Warmest Color is categorized as a coming-of-age film and a romance movie. Ultiamtely, those two genres are roughly the same. What is a more important or poignant way to come of age than to fall in love? Adele is a young Frenchwoman who likes to gossip about boys until one day she sees another young woman with blue hair walking past. What follows is infatuation, romance, heartbreak, jealousy, confusion, late nights, comfort, and disappointment. You know, love.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Nothing quite says "romance" like the encroaching the apocalypse. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World joins the hallowed fraternity of movies whose titles succinctly describe their plots. It is known worldwide that an asteroid will strike the Earth within three weeks. So most people respond with Bacchanalian glee, throwing sex and drug parties. Meanwhile Dodge (Steve Carell) just wants to go about his business... that is until he meets Penny (Keira Knightley).
To Catch a Thief
One of Alfred Hitchcock's lighter efforts, the Master of Suspense decided to make a frothy and bemusing cat-and-mouse romance between thieves—and Hollywood has spent more than 60 years ripping him off ever since. Casting the debonair Cary Grant against the much younger Grace Kelly at her most alluring, cool blondeness, the picture quite literally has fireworks unite when they finally make love in a spacious penthouse overlooking the French Rivera.
That scene is iconic, but the rest of the movie is filled with wonderfully witty double entendres, meticulously designed heist scenes, and old school movie star charisma. For lovers of Classic Hollywood and Hitch's masterful command of the camera, it's hard to beat. It is also likely the movie that led Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to court Grant as their original pick for 007.
Did you know that there were five Step Up films? They have their own Wikipedia hub with a chart tracking which actors appeared in which films and everything. That is the power of romance and dance. Step Up is a fairly conventional movie that boasts a 19 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. Still, the romance works thanks to its leads Jena Dewan and some scrub named Channing Tatum. If you're looking for your romance with a side of dance and have a Netflix account, nothing else will do.
At first glance, Atonement seems like standard people-talking-in-British-accents-during-WWII Oscar bait. Bu it is so much more than that. Atonement is as heartbreakingly tragic as it is earnestly romantic. It's the story of how love can sometimes be derailed or destroyed by forces we absolutely wouldn't expect. James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, and the young Saoirse Ronan (who earned an Oscar nomination here) are all remarkable and Atonement, is a romance-war hybrid that works.
A Single Man
Come for the Oscar-worthy Colin Firth performance, stay for... everything else. A Single Man takes place over a single day in 1962 shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis, and that sense of apocalyptic dread lingers over college professor George Falconer's (Firth) very difficult, lonely day. George is still suffering from the death of his partner Jim (Matthew Goode) from several months earlier, and A Single Man charts George's meticulous, touching journey toward finding love again... or something close to it. A Single Man is about love and life, and how they often are inseparable from each other.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Wow, a lot of cheesy romantic comedies have the number "10" in them. It's nice to pretend that 10 Things I Hate About You is a spiritual prequel to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. In the latter, however, it's the adults who are behaving like assholes in the pursuit of romance. Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) works for a magazine and wants to write an article about, well, read the title again. There's a big hitch in her plan, however, as the man she's supposed to lose is Matthew Freaking McConaughey. Good luck with that, sister. McConaughey may or may not look back fondly at his history of romcoms but this one is unequivocally good and the best example of Hudson and McConaughey's respective charms.
This list has been all fine and good so far but I know what you're thinking: WHERE ARE THE MILENNIAL CRAFT BREWERY ROMANTIC INDIE DRAMAS. Well here you go, hypothetical reader with incredibly specific tastes. Drinking Buddies is a mumblecore masterpiece starring some truly excellent and funny actors: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston. It's a mostly improvised, simple story about relationships, jealousy and lots of great craft beer. Kate (Wilde) and Luke (Johnson) are flirty coworkers at a craft brewery who decide to go on a joint trip with their significant others Chris (Livingston) and Jill (Kendrick). Romantic comedy ensues.
We aim to be as diverse and all-inclusive as possible in this list of romances. So what would a list of romantic movies be without a period romance drama? Not much of a list at all. Jane Eyre is a relatively recent (2011), brilliantly adapted film from Director Cary Fukunaga (of the film Sin Nombre and the good season of True Detective). Mia Wasikowska is a revelation as the eponymous Jane and Michael Fassbender Fassbenders it up as her lordly love interest Edward Fairfax Rochester. Despite being based on a classic from the 19th century, Jane Eyre is wonderfully vibrant, alive and relatable.
Valentine's Day (2010)
Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day.