Want a good love story? We’ve put together a list of the best romance movies you can watch on Netflix, from rom-coms to tearjerkers to sexier movies. In recent years, Netflix has put more focus on its original romantic content, so there are a lot of new releases to watch.
There are also some absolute classics, award-winners, and box office hits. So, without further ado, get ready for meet-cutes, public declarations of Love, mind games, romantic gestures, slow dances, seductions, and other classic romance movie beats.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)
I didn’t go into Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga thinking it would be one of the most moving and romantic movies of the year, but Rachel McAdams is a force to be reckoned with. The star of Mean Girls and Game Night proves that she is one of the most underrated comedic actors of her generation in this goofy yet touching Netflix Original comedy.
She and Will Ferrell play two Icelandic singers who want to win the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s sometimes so funny that you’ll laugh out loud, but the big surprises here are the catchy original songs and the unexpected tenderness between the laughs, which might make you shed a tear and feel warm inside.
That’s not just because of the love story, but it’s a big part. Bonus: Dan Stevens gives the funniest performance of his career, which is also, as you may have noticed, surprisingly emotional. — Haille Foutch
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
How many charming people can you put in one movie? The “stupid” part of Crazy, Stupid, Love isn’t as important as you think. Even though the plot doesn’t make any sense if you try to analyze it logically (and why would you? ), it’s a powerful comment on sincerity, body image, and what society expects of you.
These strange people have no idea what they’re doing, but no one does. Crazy, Stupid, and Love understand why it’s so hard to find a real connection in the 21st century without getting too dramatic. You also get to see Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone reenact Dirty Dancing, which is something everyone wants to see. – Liam Gaughan
The Danish Girl (2015)
The Danish Girl is a story about the real-life painters Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. It is based on the same-named novel by David Ebershoff that came out in 2000. During the 1920s, the two painters were married and lived in Copenhagen. Eddie Redmayne plays the Elbe, one of the first people we know of to have surgery to change their gender, and Alicia Vikander plays Wegener.
The drama came out in 2015. As Wegener’s paintings of Elbe as a woman become more popular, Elbe and Wegener try to figure out how to change their relationship. In The Danish Girl, Elbe stands in for a female model who doesn’t show up for one of Wegener’s painting sessions. This leads to Elbe figuring out who she is as a person and learning more about her gender.
At the same time, Elbe struggles with depression even though she wants to be herself. Several Academy Awards were up for grabs for this movie, and Alicia Vikander won for Best Supporting Actress. However, The Danish Girl is still a complex and emotional story about Elbe and Wegener. Since the movie came out, it has become less acceptable for a man to play a transgender woman.
A Whisker Away (2020)
When you first hear it, the idea behind A Whisker Away sounds completely crazy. Miyo Sasaki, a girl in middle school, is in Love with Kento Hinode, a classmate. She puts on a strange mask that makes her look like a cat so she can get close to him. Exactly! Isn’t that crazy? But looks can be deceiving, which is the main idea of this 2020 anime movie.
The movie’s Japanese title, “Wanting to Cry, I Pretend to Be a Cat,” says more about the story than the English title. Once you get past the weirdness of the beginning, A Whisker Away turns out to be a lovely story about loving yourself and loving others. Even though Miyo seems happy, she is despondent and wants to find a place where she belongs.
All the cat stuff is just a cute, funny, and visually stunning way to help her find what she’s looking for. A Whisker Away is a must-see for fans of the romance genre because it has beautiful art, well-made characters, and a story that will warm your heart. — Remus Noronha
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of the best YA romances on Netflix if you want to have a good time and feel good about yourself. Based on the book by Jenny Han, the story is about a teenager named Lara Jean (Lana Condor) whose worst fears come true when five letters she wrote to boys she secretly likes are sent out without her knowing.
Lara Jean and Peter decide to fake a relationship to get with the people they want to be with. When she runs into her old crush Peter (Noah Centineo), she worries that it will get in the way of her current passion Josh (Israel Broussard). Naturally, the two start to feel real feelings when they act like they are together.
From the beginning to the end, the movie is fun. It takes you back to a time when who “liked” you were an essential thing in the world without any stress from high school. Even though the sequels aren’t as good as the first movie, you can now watch the whole To All the Boys trilogy on Netflix. —Matt Goldberg
Set It Up (2018)
Set It Up by Claire Scanlon is a charming romantic comedy that you should watch if you don’t want to watch something from a previous decade for the umpteenth time. The story is about two overworked assistants, played by Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, who decide to set up their bosses, played by Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs, to get some time off from their stressful jobs.
But despite all their plans, they start to like each other. You can see the rom-com beats coming a mile away, but they’ve done so well and effectively that you won’t mind. Deutch and Powell are so good in the movie that they make it sizzle. They should be the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks of the streaming generation. — Matt Goldberg
Let It Snow (2019)
If you’re in the mood for some holiday romance, Netflix’s Let It Snow is like Love Actually for teens. It’s a lighthearted holiday rom-com where a bunch of different love stories come together on one fateful snow day around Christmas. It’s a sweet movie from beginning to end.
It’s just as attractive in the dramas of teen friendships and family problems as it is in the budding romances, and it’s full of great performances by young actors on the rise. A lot of the Netflix Christmas romances are in the style of the Hallmark Channel, which is fine if that’s what you like but Let It Snow is perfect for those who want an old-fashioned, feel-good holiday romance. — Haille Foutch
Alex Strangelove (2018)
Alex Strangelove is, in fact, a romantic comedy, which is why it’s on this list. But what makes the movie so sweet isn’t the romance as much as the main character’s journey through life. Daniel Doheny plays Alex Truelove. He is a senior in high school and the class president. He is dating his best friend Claire (Madeline Weinstein).
The couple sets a date for their first sexual encounter. As you might guess, something gets in the way of these plans, and it’s the charming, out-gay teen Elliot (Antonio Marziale). Alex gets closer to Elliot after meeting him at a party. This makes him start to wonder about his sexuality.
Even though the movie isn’t intense, it has a funny and enjoyable story about accepting yourself, making it worth watching. — Remus Noronha
Someone Wonderful (2019)
Someone Great is one of Netflix’s better new comedies. It’s about a young woman (Gina Rodriguez) who goes out with her best friends for one last crazy night before leaving town. It’s somewhere between a love story and a wild night-out comedy. Oh, and her boyfriend of seven years just broke up with her.
LaKeith Stanfield plays the boyfriend in question at the height of his charm, and the two of them have great chemistry that keeps you interested in their Love even though you know it’s over. There’s a lot of raunchy comedy in this one, but Rodriguez and Stanfield’s relationship is what gives the movie its heart and spark. — Haille Foutch
A Perfect Pairing (2022)
He runs a sheep farm in Australia, and she works hard as a manager for a wine company. She has to prove herself on the farm before she can get a big client. It’s pretty much the plot of every Hallmark holiday movie, except there are no sweaters or plaid scarves (personal calendars, etc.) to try to make a relationship happen.
But, wouldn’t you know it, the assistants also fall in love with each other. Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, who are very charismatic, play the assistants, and Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs play the bosses, so there are also a lot of nice celebrities to look at in this movie.
If you didn’t find what you were looking for here, check out our lists of the Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix, the Sexiest Movies on Netflix, the Best Netflix and Chill Movies Right Now, or, if you can’t find them on Netflix at all, the Best Romantic Comedies of the 21st Century So Far.