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The 40 Best Romantic Movies on Netflix to Watch With Your Sweetheart

They have melodrama, comedy and everything in between.

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Netflix may not have a lot of classic films. It might fall short on the newest VOD releases. But when it comes to romantic movies for date night, they've got love stories to spare. Netflix is even a pioneer of the romance trilogy — or quadrilogy, as the case may be — with lovey-dovey franchise series for people who want to know what happens after "happily ever after," like To All the Boys I've Loved Before, The Kissing Booth and After (not to mention romantic Christmas movies like The Christmas Prince or The Princess Switch).

That's not to say that all of the best romantic movies on Netflix all give you the same feeling. If you're looking for something light-hearted, you could always opt for one of its romantic comedies. If you need more passionate yearning to your love story, there's plenty of period dramas and melodramas. There's even a few love stories based on real figures that'll still send the sparks flying. Then again, there's nothing like re-living those first, world-ending crushes, which might make you want to try one of their high-school-set rom-coms. No matter which way you go about it, you'll leave with your heart full.

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1 To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

There's nothing like that awkward, uncomfortable, brand-new blush of first love. If you want to recapture your teenage yearning, check out Netflix's original movie (based on a YA book series) about a high schooler whose secret love letters unintentionally get mailed to her top five crushes, giving her a tumultuous start to dating life. Once you fall in love with Lara Jean, you can watch To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and the third installment, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean.

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2 My Fair Lady (1964)

No matter what you say about My Fair Lady, songs like "I Could've Danced All Night" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" are certainly swoon-worthy. The rest of the classic Lerner & Lowe tunes are a bonus!

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3 Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

With powerhouse stars and a story about love in the midst of crisis, it's no wonder this received a lot of Academy Award nominations when it came out in 2012. It was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, though only Jennifer Lawrence came home with the award.

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4 Set It Up (2018)

The, well, setup to Set It Up is brilliant: Two personal assistants to workaholic bosses figure they'll get more free time if their employers started dating each other, so they use the tools at their disposal (personal calendars, etc.) to try an engineer a romance. But — wouldn't you know? — the assistants start to fall for each other, too. The assistants are played by the extra-charismatic Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, and the bosses are Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs, so there are plenty of nice celebs to look at in this movie, too.

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5 Howards End (1992)

This Merchant Ivory melodrama was nominated for nine Academy Awards when it came out, and it took home Oscars for Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Art Direction. It follows two families whose lives are intertwined when one woman unexpectedly leaves her estate to another — a bequest the family doesn't intend to honor.

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6 Always Be My Maybe (2019)

This film stars Ali Wong and Randall Park, so you know it definitely falls on the "rom-com" side of romance. They play people who knew each other as kids, and re-connect as adults after several years, possibly rekindling their teenage spark.

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7 About Time (2013)

This film is about a guy who, when he turns 21, learns that he has the ability to travel through time. Of course, he uses that power to impress the girl he loves — but there are consequences to time travel. It's a moving story about familial love as well as romantic love.

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8 She's Gotta Have It (1986)

This is for people who want a steamier kind of romantic dramedy. Spike Lee directs the story of Nola Darling, a woman juggling three suitors whose resistance to monogamy is challenged when the three men find out about each other. If Nola is your type of girl, you can also watch the newer Netflix TV series based on the movie.

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9 Our Souls at Night (2017)

Not all great romances start with passion — sometimes, it's about companionship. In this film, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star as neighbors who start sleeping in the same bed — platonically — to stave off loneliness. But does something deeper develop?

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10 The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

Think of this as a more romantic version of Strangers on a Train: Two lovelorn people admit they won't stop checking in on their exes on social media, so they make a pact to stop following their own exes and follow each other's instead. What could go wrong? In addition to a thorny romantic situation, this movie features a breakout performance from The Daily Show's Jessica Williams.

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11 As Good As It Gets (1997)

Both Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt won Academy Awards for this one, and the movie also had five other Oscar nominations under its belt. And their romance is a hard sell, too: He plays a misanthropic writer with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and she's the only local diner waitress who'll deign to serve him. If they can make you believe in love, there's hope for anyone.

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12 Someone Great (2018)

This movie starts off with heartbreak, making it perfect for anyone trying to get over a breakup. The film follows Jenny, still stung from being dumped, who goes out for a night with her girl friends, but can't help but cross paths with her ex. Do they get back together?

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13 Bright Star (2009)

Directed by Jane Campion, who is receiving acclaim for her 2021 film The Power of the Dog, Bright Star tells the true story of poet John Keats and his muse, Fanny Brawne. There's no yearning like poetic yearning.

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14 The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

Based on the novel of the same name, this story follows a writer who travels to visit a book club in a small town in England during World War II. During her stay, she befriends the locals and falls in love with more than just the scenery.

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15 The Lovebirds (2020)

Perhaps more of a "com" than a "rom," The Lovebirds follows a very-much-in-love couple — played by comedians Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani — who are mistakenly taken for killers, forcing them to go on the lam. If they can stick together through that, your relationship problems are nothing.

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16 Sabrina (1995)

A remake of a 1954 Billy Wilder film starring Audrey Hepburn (which is sadly not on Netflix), this film stars Julia Ormond as a chauffer's daughter who grew up in a wealthy Larrabee family. After she spends time abroad, she returns and attracts the attention of both Larrabee sons: David (Greg Kinnear), a playboy, and Linus (Harrison Ford), a workaholic. Will it work out with either of them?

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17 Malcolm and Marie (2021)

A pandemic project, this film follows a couple in real time, in a limited location, as they explore truths about their relationship — making it feel almost like a play. It stars Zendaya and John David Washington, who are so smolderingly hot they send sparks off the screen.

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18 Loving (2016)

This movie is both a love story and a true story — a two-for-one. It's about the real couple behind the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case, which invalidated state laws that banned interracial marriages.

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19 The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021)

Love stories in this film take place across two timelines, as it balances the tale of Ellie (Felicity Jones), a contemporary journalist who searches her magazine and finds a misfiled love letter from a clandestine couple in the 1960s (played by Shailene Woodley and Callum Turner). As Ellie begins to research that affair, her own love life takes a turn.

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20 All the Bright Places (2020)

If you want your romances to tug at the heartstrings, this one, based on a YA book by Jennifer Niven, will do the trick. It's about two teenagers, each dealing with death in their own way, and how they make a connection despite their scars.

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21 Destination Wedding (2018)

If you're a '90s kid, there's nothing better than the idea of a romance starring Gen X heroes Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. Their low-key story takes place over the events of a weekend-long wedding, so it's for fans of movies like Before Sunrise.

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22 Love Guaranteed (2020)

Netflix proves why it's go-to place when you're in the mood for a romantic comedy: This one is about a lawyer who takes on a client that wants to sue a dating site that guarantees its users will find true love. She might not have found her match on the site, but she might've found it in the courtroom.

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23 Five Feet Apart (2019)

Two young adults meet and fall in love — should be simple, right? The catch: They both have cystic fibrosis, a disease that makes it dangerous for them to be within five feet of each other.

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24 Holidate (2020)

For something with a festive spin, Holidate spans all the holidays of the year. In it, a young, busy, single woman strikes up an arrangement with a similarly single guy to be each other's plus-ones for every holiday gathering, just to fend off questions and set-ups from relatives. But can they keep it to the platonic terms of their agreement?

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25 The Kissing Booth (2018)

This teen romance is about a high schooler torn between loyalty to her best friend — and romantic yearning for his brother. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix claimed this was the service's most re-watched movie of 2018. If you can't get enough, you can move on to the sequels: The Kissing Booth 2 and The Kissing Booth 3.

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26 The Holiday (2006)

For more romance with a Christmas backdrop, The Holiday follows two women who, stuck in their own respective ruts, decided to do a home-swap for the break. The change of scenery suits both of them, as they meet people who will make their vacations memorable, to say the least.

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27 The Perfect Date (2019)

Is it even a romance if Noah Centineo isn't in it? In this one, he plays a guy who developed an app that lets girls rent him out for fake dates — they get to choose his personality and everything. But when the really him starts to really fall for someone, things get complicated.

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28 Vita & Virginia (2019)

Like Bright Star, this is a romance built around two literary celebrities: Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. It's perfect if you want your romance set against 1920s period details.

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29 The Half of It (2020)

In a modern-day twist on Cyrano de Bergerac, this film follows Ellie Chu, a high-school outcast who does other kids' homework for money. When a jock offers to pay her to write letters to his crush, she finds herself falling for her notes' recipient.

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30 A Little Chaos (2014)

Sure, the most famous Kate Winslet romance is not on Netflix, but if you're looking to watch her swoon in a period piece, this Alan Rickman-directed movie could be a good substitute. In it, she plays a woman who is called to help plan gardens the Gardens of Versailles — and something unexpected grows between her and the head landscape architect.

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31 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)

In a rom-com twist on the A Christmas Carol, this movie follows a womanizer who is visited by a "ghost of girlfriends past," who forces him to go back through all his old relationships. And only Matthew McConaughy is charming enough to sell that premise and still make our romantic hero likable.

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32 Dear John (2010)

Sadly, The Notebook is not currently on Netflix, but you can get the same teary, weepy romantic vibe out of this Nicholas Sparks adaptation. This one follows a couple, played by Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum, who stay in touch during deployment-related separations by writing letters.

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33 Something Borrowed (2011)

This romantic comedy features the classic love quadrangle of girl, girl's best friend, girl's best friend's fiancé that girl is secretly in love with, and girl's male confidante who's secretly in love with her. It gets tangled up and messy, but that's why we love rom-coms, right? It makes us feel like we have it all together.

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34 W.E. (2011)

Directed by none other than Madonna, W.E. describes a love so powerful, a king gave up his crown for it. It tells the true story of Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne to be with Wallis Simpson, the woman — and, gasp, divorcée! — he loved. (For what happens next, you'll have to watch The King's Speech, which begins after Edward's abdication.)

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35 Duck Butter (2018)

This is for when you're in the mood for something that's very steamy, but also psychological intimate. In it, two women, jaded with their other relationships, vow to spend 24 brutally honest hours together, having sex on the hour every hour.

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36 Handsome Devil (2017)

Another teen coming-of-age romance, Handsome Devil tells the story of Ned, a kid ostracized at his private, Irish high school for not being into sports. He strikes up a friendship with a new roommate, Conor, who is a star rugby player and musician. Little by little, Ned gets to know more about Conor than his teammates know or understand.

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37 The Blue Lagoon (1980)

After being shipwrecked, two beautiful people (Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins) grow up in an island paradise, away from the prying eyes of society. Then again, maybe this is too much of a fantasy: Critic Roger Ebert said in a review that, "It's a wildly idealized romance, in which the kids live in a hut that looks like a Club Med honeymoon cottage."

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38 Safe Haven (2013)

This is another Nicholas Sparks adaptation, so you know you're in for melodrama. In it, a woman with a mysterious past (Julianne Hough) moves to a small town in the hopes of blending in, but she attracts the attention of a widower (Josh Duhamel). Trouble begins, though, when parts of her past catch up to her.

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39 Runaway Bride (1999)

Pretty Woman? You have to head to Amazon Prime Video for that. But if you want to see Julia Roberts and Richard Gere's other classic rom-com team-up, Netflix has you covered.

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40 After (2019)

If you're looking for a soapy movie you don't have to take all that seriously, After follows a college student who falls in love with a "complicated bad boy." It's based on a book series that had its origins in One Direction fan fiction, so adjust your expectations accordingly. But if it works for you, there's After We Collided, which came out in 2020; a new sequel, After We Fell, due out in January 2022 and a fourth installment, After Ever Happy, following close behind.

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