Sometimes "your love life's DOA," per the "Friends" theme song, and all you need is a good love story that ends up better than yours.
With romance movies, you can do just that. From friends to lovers to enemies to lovers, you're able to immerse yourself into love-based plotlines that'll warm your heart —and maybe even break it.
Netflix has romance movies to satisfy every taste, including teen love stories, classic rom-coms, funny fish-out-of-water tales and heart-tugging dramas. The streamer's catalogue includes some classic romance movies beloved by viewers of all ages, everything from Nicholas Sparks' "Dear John" to new releases like "Here Love Lies."
Below, we've rounded up the steamiest, saddest and downright sweetest romance movies on Netflix to scratch any love itch you may have. We'll routinely update this list, so be sure to check back once you've watched everything.
'Through My Window: Across the Sea' (2023)
Ares and Raquel are a young couple in Stockholm who finally reunite on a beach trip after a year of maintaining a long-distance relationship. With new characters in their friend groups and lives, they face the question of whether their love will truly withstand all tests.
This recent take on Jane Austen's classic romance novel "Persuasion" features Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot, who reunites with her ex-lover after eight years of separation and experiences a second chance at love in 19th-century England.
'Your Place or Mine' (2023)
Rom-com royalty Ashton Kutcher and Reese Witherspoon star as Peter Coleman and Debbie Dunn in "Your Place Or Mine." Peter and Debbie had a one-night stand 20 years ago and became best friends thereafter. They were never really honest about their feelings, and literally have to move into each other's houses before coming clean.
'The Princess Switch' (2018)
"The Princess Switch" puts a Christmas spin on Mark Twain‘s 1881 novel "The Prince and the Pauper." Vanessa Hudgens plays two women from different worlds who bump into each other and immediately recognize their striking, albeit identical, resemblance. They agree to temporarily switch places, but things get complicated when they each fall in love with someone from the life they're pretending to live.
'The Perfect Find' (2023)
Jenna Jones (played by Gabrielle Union) needs someone to give her a second chance. And she gets it. But shortly after starting her new gig as a fashion editor, she starts falling for a younger guy — whom she later learns is one of her co-workers and not to mention, her boss's son. Is she willing to risk her job for love? Only Jenna knows the answer.
'Endless Love' (2014)
Here's a "Romeo & Juliet" love story — with a happy ending. Jade Butterfield (played by Gabriella Wilde) comes from money and privilege, while David Elliot (played by Alex Pettyfer) certainly doesn't. They meet and fall in love just the same. Their families canonically disapprove, but eventually resort to unlikely alliances that help them bond for real.
Sloane (played by Emma Roberts) and Jackson (played by Luke Bracey) meet while returning their respective holiday gifts. They bond over a shared dislike of the holidays due to their families giving them grief for not being in a relationship. So, they agree to spend the holidays together so their families will lay off. It works — in more ways than one.
'About Last Night' (2014)
What happens when two people want to be together but everything else seems to get in the way of their love? That's the story for Danny (played by Michael Ealy) and Debbie (played by Joy Bryant) in "About Last Night." They meet and immediately want a relationship, even moving in together three months after meeting. But then they break up and have to find their way back to each other through all the noise.
'Really Love' (2020)
There's love. And then there's really love, an unfiltered commitment to someone's needs even if they don't include you. "Really Love" shows this type of love in action as the character Isaiah (played by Kofi Siriboe) becomes resigned to losing Stevie so he can experience more joy.
'Beyond the Lights' (2014)
Noni (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is supposed to sing. Kaz (played by Nate Parker) is supposed to protect. The problem: Noni veers from that agreement after feeling some enormous pressure, and, as a result, Kaz comes to her rescue. They love each other from there on out, much to the dismay of, well, everyone.
'La La Land' (2016)
"La La Land" is all giggles and jubilee until Seb (played by Ryan Gosling) and Mia (played by Emma Stone) snap back to reality. Seb and Mia love each other, but their conflicting careers force them to pick their professional passions or each other.
'Nappily Ever After' (2018)
Goodbye hair, hello "Nappily Ever After." Violet (Sanaa Lathan) and her boyfriend split in the wake of her hair loss. This experience prompts her to cut her remaining hair and to live the life she actually wants to live, not the one her mother has forced her to all these years. Her new approach to life attracts a new love interest.
'Been So Long' (2018)
It's been so long for both Simone (played by Michaela Coel) and Raymond (played by Arinze Kene). The single mother and formerly incarcerated stranger meet during a rare night out on the town for the both of them. They hit it off, but will their baggage push the other away?
'Falling for Christmas' (2022)
Sierra (played by Lindsay Lohan) is a spoiled heiress who takes a tumble while skiing and, as a result, experiences memory loss. Jake (played by Chord Overstreet) owns a nearby lodge and cares for her as he mourns the death of his wife. They're still trying to figure out whom they are individually. But what happens when they start to catch feelings for one another?
'Here Love Lies' (2022)
Single mother Amanda (played by Tope Oshin) is entertaining a suitor she connected with on social media. Here's where things get complicated: She lives overseas and works as a travel blogger, but he's a tour guide in New York City.
'That's Amor' (2022)
In "That's Amor," Sofia (played by Riley Dandy) is looking to start from scratch and along the way, meets a handsome young chef who may be able to help her career and love life. But he has his work cut out for him in trying to win her over.
'Married to Work' (2022)
Malaika (played by Grace Wacuka) and Zaki (played by Idris Sultan) try one last Hail Mary to save their failing real estate agency when a potential investor's interest is contingent on them being a married couple. They fake it as long as they can, but is it enough to convince the investor?
'Along For The Ride' (2022)
The beauty of young love is on full display in "Along For The Ride," a Netflix original. Just before leaving for college, Auden (played by Emma Pasarow) meets Eli (played by Belmont Cameli), both of whom are insomniacs. Their nightly adventures uncover a lot about themselves and each other.
'Airplane Mode' (2020)
As a result of her job as an influencer, Ana is glued to her phone. She's so caught up in it all that she gets into a car accident while talking on the phone. Her parents exile her to her grandfather's farm, where she's forced to completely unplug. While it's hard at first, a young man distracts her from her off-the-grid life.
'Tall Girl' (2019)
The tallest girl in school can have a hard time finding suitors, and Jodi (played by Ava Michelle) knows that firsthand. She's insecure about her height and how others treat her because of it. Well, that is until she meets a foreign exchange student who not only likes her, but his attraction prompts other guys to crush on her as well.
Roger (played by Ben Stiller), who is already down on his luck, leaves New York City to housesit for his brother in Los Angeles. Roger doesn't drive, so he can't really get around until his brother's assistant, Florence (played by Greta Gerwig), visits. Feelings develop as they spend more time together.
'New In Town' (2009)
Lucy (played by Renée Zellweger) takes a new job in the middle of nowhere to restructure a local factory. She sees it as a stepping stone to the next opportunity, but Ted (played by Harry Connick Jr.) interrupts her plans and gives her more than one reason to stay permanently.
‘A Tourist’s Guide to Love’ (2023)
What is the best way to get over a breakup? When a travel executive finds herself going through an unexpected split, she decides to take a traveling assignment to Vietnam to understand the tourist industry of the area. As she is exploring the city, she finds herself falling in love with more than just the scenery.
‘You People’ (2023)
While Amira (Lauren London) and Ezra (Jonah Hill) know they are an unlikely couple, their differences only start to become a problem when they decide to take their relationship to the next level. Although they respect each other's different upbringings, their families struggle to accept this budding relationship. Will Amira and Ezra be forced to choose each other or their families?
‘All The Bright Places’ (2020)
After the death of her sister, Violet (Elle Fanning), struggles to assimilate into regular high school life. When she is paired with Theodore (Justice Smith) and tasked with a project about finding the wonders of Indiana, she is given a new purpose. This movie explores the physical and emotional scars that come with life as the two learn how to find the beauty in the small everyday discoveries.
'Friends with Benefits' (2011)
When Dylan (Justin Timberlake), an art director from Los Angeles, takes a job at GQ's New York City office, he meets executive recruiter Jamie (Mila Kunis), and the two become fast friends. After realizing they're both feeling jaded from failed relationships, they decide to opt for casual sex together with no emotional ties. As you can imagine, their "friendship" bond eventually takes a turn.
'Love Actually' (2003)
Love really is all around within these nine intertwined stories that tell the tales of forbidden relationships, extramarital affairs and smitten, childlike crushes. Though primarily set in London at Christmastime, the various plotlines show that love is felt around the world.
'Eat Pray Love' (2010)
After a painful divorce, Liz (Julia Roberts) decides to spontaneously travel the world in the hopes of reconnecting with herself. While making her way through Italy, India and Indonesia, she encounters incredible food, spirituality and deep love. The film is based on the 2006 memoir of the same name by Elizabeth Gilbert.
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