The 20 Best Romantic Movies on Netflix Right Now
If you're looking for a date night in, these are the best romantic picks to Netflix and chill.
Love is in the air for Valentine's Day. Love is also on Netflix! We've rounded up the best romantic feature films you can watch right now on the streaming service. A selection of romantic comedies, dramas and dramedies from around the world, this is your guide to the most swoon-worthy movies to watch at home.
Here are the best romantic movies you can watch right now on Netflix. This list is regularly updated as titles come and go from the streaming service.
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Best Romantic Movies on Netflix Right Now
1-3. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) + To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) + To All the Boys: Always And Forever (2021)
Based on Jenny Han's 2014 novel of the same name, Susan Johnson's teen romance, a Netflix original, captivated home audiences and critics alike. To All the Boys I've Loved Before boasts a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Lana Condor, Noah Centineo and John Corbett star. Follow-up To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You hit Netflix in February 2020 and part three hit the following year.
4-6. 365 Days (2020), 365 Days: This Day (2022), The Next 365 Days (2022)
In this massive hit for the streaming service, a smokin’ hot babe with an air of innocence about her is kidnapped by a mafioso who happens to be a 10/10 chiseled stud. The crime boss gives the young lady one year to fall in love with him and sexy antics ensue!
365 Days is essentially Fifty Shades of Grey with Italian flavor. The storytelling is as clunky Fifty Shades, and the story has been equally chided for its misogynistic undertones. None of that prevented the skin flick from becoming one of Netflix’s biggest successes of the year. The envelope-pushing nudity and sexual content helped it become the domain’s most-watched movie for a time. The sequels, despite poor reviews, have also dominated in the numbers.
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7. Spider-Man (2002)
Sam Raimi's original blockbuster is more than just wonderful entertainment with great characters and inspired, spirited storytelling; it's just the movie we needed in the spring of 2002. Following the devastation of 9/11, America was in need of bold optimism and a cinematic hero to look up to. Prior to the release of Spider-Man, no film in history had ever come close to a $100 million North American opening weekend. When Raimi's film opened to $114.8 million.
Spider-Man holds up quite well two decades later, thanks to great performances and a character-driven script by David Koepp (Jurassic Park). One of the biggest reasons for this trilogy's record-setting box office success is the romance between Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). You'd be hard-pressed to find a sweeter, more relatable love story in most Oscar-winning dramas. If anything, the film works best when Spidey is out of costume.
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8. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Most great films start with a great screenplay. Alvin Sargent, the two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter of World War II drama Julia (1977) and Robert Redford's Ordinary People (1980) might have seemed an unusual choice at the time to pen a Spidey screenplay, but the result is a focused, self-contained and downright exhilarating narrative. At its heart, Spider-Man 2 is all about identity and making tough choices in life. The Oscar-winning special effects still look great today, and in an age when you can do virtually anything with CGI, these visuals have distinction and can fill you with wonder. The sinister, slithering and possessive tentacles of Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) have more personality than any character in the DC Extended Universe before things started looking up with Wonder Woman.
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9. Alex Strangelove (2018)
All at once joyous, raunchy and disarmingly poignant, this Netflix original movie stars Daniel Doheny as Alex Truelove, a deeply closeted high school senior who loves his girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein), but is overwhelmed with confusion when he falls for a handsome, comfortably out boy named Elliot (Antonio Marziale).
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10. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Co-writers Ali Wong and Randall Park star in this charming rom-com about childhood friends reunited years after a disastrous fling. A loose and nimble Keanu Reeves, playing himself, can’t help but steal every scene he’s in.
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11. Grease (1978)
Thanks entirely to time capsule-worthy, million-watt performances from leads John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, Randal Kleiser‘s blockbuster ’50’s high school musical is a marked improvement upon its stage source material. Fox’s 2016 Grease LIVE! starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens is, by a margin, one of the very best broadcasts of its ilk, a lively surprise.
12-14. The Kissing Booth Trilogy (2018-2021)
Joey King stars in the hit Netflix original teen rom-coms centered on a high school girl juggling a blooming romance with a bad boy—and her friendship with her younger brother. The Kissing Booth 3 premiered 2021.
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15. Single All the Way (2021)
Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers, Hocus Pocus‘ Kathy Najimy and LGBTQ icon Jennifer Coolidge (fresh off her best performance ever in The White Lotus) star in Netflix’s exclusive high-profile rom-com about gay best friends who discover feelings over the holiday season, as one poses as the other’s boyfriend. It’s hardly a familiar plot (there’s some common ground with last year’s runaway streaming hit Happiest Season), but with a cast this great, expectations for a fun and funny heartwarmer are high. This is Netflix’s first-ever queer rom-com.
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16. Wedding Crashers (2005)
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn headline one of the most successful and iconic R-rated comedies of the modern era, about two schlub best bros whose less-than-reputable dating habits take a tumble when they catch feelings. Rachel McAdams, Christopher Walken, Isla Fisher and Bradley Cooper co-star.
17. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
A watershed moment for Hollywood and pop culture at large, Ang Lee‘s tragic Western won best film and best director honors in nearly every corner of the awards circuit, including the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, the PGA Awards, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards. Brokeback Mountain received eight nods at the 78th Academy Awards, winning in three categories including Best Director. Its surprise Best Picture loss to Paul Haggis‘ Crash is widely considered one of—if not the—biggest upsets in Academy history.
18. Jerry Maguire (1996)
Cameron Crowe‘s oft-quoted dramedy channels the great work of Frank Capra, with a selfish protagonist undergoing a crisis of conscience. Cruise plays a humbled, determined sports agent. Jerry Maguire features a breakout turn from Renée Zellweger, and Cuba Gooding Jr. swept awards season as a high-energy Arizona Cardinals wide receiver. A deeply American movie that's non-stop hilarious, Jerry Maguire is a pitch-perfect, all-timer of a love story.
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19. Top Gun (1986)
Tony Scott‘s crowd-pleasing romance flew Tom Cruise’s star to the highest of highs. As a hotshot young aviator training at Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons; School, Cruise stars opposite Val Kilmer, Kelly McGillis, Meg Ryan, Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt. It's also an Oscar winner for Best Original Song for Berlin‘s “Take My Breath Away.” This is still probably the best part of the movie.
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20. Notting Hill (1999)
Sparkling Richard Curtis dialogue, radiant and wise performances from Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, and just the right amount of escapist fantasy made this picture about an actress who falls for a bookseller a critical hit—and the most successful British film at the time. It was an enormous, leggy box-office smash despite opening the same weekend as The Phantom Menace.
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