15 Best Romance Movies On Netflix Right Now

Summary

  • Romance movies on Netflix offer a universal language of love that viewers can personally identify with, whether it’s set in a different time or culture.
  • Netflix has a wide range of romance movies that follow the formula or subvert it, catering to audiences looking for heartbreak or heartwarming stories.
  • From lighthearted comedies to profound dramas, Netflix offers a variety of romance movies that are perfect for streaming audiences to enjoy.


From lighthearted comedies to devastating dramas (and everything in between), there are plenty of great romance movies on Netflix for streaming audiences to enjoy. The global audience of Netflix subscribers love a good romance movie because love is a universal language. Falling head over heels in love is a feeling that most can relate to. Whether it takes place in a different time like Lady Chatterley’s Lover, or a different culture like the animated A Whisker Away, viewers can always personally identify with a touching love story.

Romance is one of the most formulaic genres, but that formula is a recipe for a great movie. Filmmakers can create a timeless cinematic love story by either following that formula with earnestness and a deeply personal touch or subverting that formula’s expectations with something entirely new. Whether fans are looking for a romance movie that will break their heart or one that will warm their heart, Netflix has the perfect film to satisfy their needs.

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15 Single All The Way (2021)

Starring Michael Urie and Philemon Chambers

Peter and Nick hugging in Single All The Way

This holiday romance is just as much about family acceptance and friendship as it is romantic love. When a man comes home for the holidays, he tries to pretend that he and his best friend are a couple to appease his family’s questions. When another man is interested in him, however, it becomes apparent that the two friends might not have been pretending after all. The movie uses a lot of rom-com tropes, but with the delightful Michael Urie and Jennifer Coolidge, it feels fresh.

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14 20th Century Girl (2022)

Starring Kim Yoo-jung and Byeon Woo-seok

Two young Korean women hugging in 20th Century Girl

This Korean romance is a bittersweet tale of first love. A high school student promises her best friend, who has to leave the country for heart surgery, that she’ll keep an eye on her crush and report back. The girl finds herself falling for the best friend of the boy she’s been watching, only to discover that she’s actually been watching the wrong boy all along, and the two girls actually have feelings for the same boy. The twist ending adds an element of realism to the story.

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13 Love At First Sight (2023)

Starring Haley Lu Richardson and Ben Hardy

Ben Hardy and Haley Lu Richardson sitting in a restaurant in Love At First Sight
Ben Hardy and Haley Lu Richardson in Love at First Sight

One of the newest Netflix original romance movies is inspired by the novel The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight. In it, two people meet on a flight and have an instant connection, leading to a handful of brief adventures between the two and the question of whether an instant connection like that can be maintained. The chemistry of leads Haley Lu Richardson and Ben Hardy is what really helps make the movie charming and unforgettable.

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12 The Holiday (2006)

Starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz

Though The Holiday wasn’t a hit at the box office when it premiered in 2006, the movie has become a modern rom-com classic. Two women decide to switch homes for the holidays when they both need a break from their lives. They both learn from the experiences and open themselves up to love in unexpected places. It’s the rare movie that has Jack Black as a love interest, and his charm is part of what makes The Holiday one of the best romances on Netflix.

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11 A Whisker Away (2020)

Featuring the voices of Mirai Shida and Natsuki Hanae

A young girl putting on a mask that looks like the face of a cat in A Whisker Away

Anime movies have a way of making even the simplest love stories fantastical. In A Whisker Away, the fantasy elements are turned up high. A young woman with a crush on a classmate is given a magical mask that turns her into a cat temporarily. She finds that when she’s a cat, her classmate is much more appreciative of her, and she considers just turning into a cat forever. As the boy who initially ignored her comes to care about her as a human and a cat conspires to take the girl’s human face, however, her love story becomes even more complicated.

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10 13 Going On 30 (2004)

Starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo

13 Going On 30 might not have been an original concept – a 13-year-old living their adult life – but it is lightning in a bottle. That is, it’s got the perfect combination of elements to make it work. Jennifer Garner as Jenna, the little girl who suddenly gets to live out her future, and Mark Ruffalo as her former best friend and love interest. Judy Greer in a supporting role rounds out the main cast and ensures that the chemistry is perfect.

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9 Holidate (2020)

Starring Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey

Holidate

Director
John Whitesell

Runtime
104minutes

Some of the best Netflix romance movies are also some of Netflix’s best Christmas movies. Holidate is one. A young woman tired of her family hassling her about not having a boyfriend makes a deal with a single guy: they’ll be each other’s holidates for as long as they’re both single so that their families leave them alone. Along the way, the two get to know one another and become friends, and eventually, more. The movie is self-aware in its use of rom-com tropes, which is part of what makes it so great.

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8 Along For The Ride (2022)

Starring Emma Pasarow and Belmont Cameli

The lead characters of Along for the Ride walking together in the outdoors

Inspired by Sarah Dessen’s novel, Along for the Ride isn’t just one of Netflix’s best romances, but also one of Netflix’s best coming-of-age movies. Auden falls in love while spending the summer with her father and making her first real friends her age. Auden has lived a sheltered life around the academic colleagues of her parents and has never really felt like she fit in with other kids. Spending a summer with a trio of teenage girls, learning to ride a bike, and falling in love, all help her get in touch with who she is.

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7 Set It Up (2018)

Starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell

Zoey Deutch and Glen Powel talking in a still from Netflix's Set It Up

Set It Up is a modern rom-com about two assistants who set their bosses up to give themselves less stress. While the plan works to their advantage, it also means the two of them spend a lot of time together. As they fall for one another though, it’s refreshing, because they’re able to do it without the romance traps that characters can fall into. They’re friends who share pizza and beer, get messy, and don’t hide their flaws. They are not the picture-perfect romantic couple, making them one of the best Netflix romance movie couples to watch.

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6 Carol (2015)

Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

Cate Blanchett's Carol (in fur coat) talks to Rooney Mara as Therese (in Santa hat) at the department store counter in Carol

One of the best Netflix romances is not a modern-set one. Set in 1950s New York, Carol sees a wealthy socialite going through a bitter divorce and falling in love with a younger shopgirl. Blanchett received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her powerful work in the title role of Carol Aird, while Mara was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for playing her love interest, aspiring photographer Therese Belivet. Todd Haynes’ steady-handed direction gives Blanchett and Mara’s performances plenty of room to breathe, allowing the audience to bask in the characters’ forbidden romance.

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5 Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Starring Ali Wong and Randall Park

Ali Wong and Randall Park star in Always Be My Maybe as childhood sweethearts who reconnect as adults and find they still have feelings for each other. The premise has been seen in many previous rom-coms, but Wong’s uniquely biting wit and Park’s unmistakably affable presence make Always Be My Maybe stand out from the crowd and provide a fresh take on the formula. Not only is Always Be My Maybe a wonderful love story, but it also has an unforgettable cameo appearance by Keanu Reeves as a ridiculous version of himself. It’s one of Netflix’s best original romance movies.

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4 My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

Starring Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz

Jules gesturing to Kimmy while Michael watches while the trio are in a karaoke bar in My Best Friend's Wedding

During the 1990s, Julia Roberts was the queen of romance. It seemed like every year she starred in at least one. While that’s not necessarily true, the lasting impression of movies like My Best Friend’s Wedding is what gave audiences that feeling. In it, Roberts is a woman who finds out the best friend she’s been in love with for years is getting married, so, she sets out to sabotage the union. The movie features a musical sequence, a bubbly Cameron Diaz, and a not-so-typical happy ending, making it perfect.

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3 Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2022)

Starring Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell

Emma Corrin in the woods in Lady Chatterley's Lover

Emma Corrin gives a stunning lead performance as Lady Chatterley in Lady Chatterley’s Lover; an aristocratic woman who escapes from her loveless marriage by entering into a torrid affair with the handsome gamekeeper on her husband’s estate. Netflix’s 2022 version is the 10th film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s classic novel, but it’s arguably the best of the bunch. It’s well-acted by Corrin and her co-star Jack O’Connell, well-written by Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee, and director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre doesn’t shy away from the moral complexity of the story’s themes.

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2 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

Starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo

This movie is responsible for ushering in an era of Netflix teen romances. Based on Jenny Han’s YA novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows shy high-schooler Lara Jean Covey, who secretly writes letters to her crushes and is horrified to learn that the letters have been mailed out. Condor’s charming, lovable performance has made Lara Jean one of the definitive teen rom-com heroines of her generation. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is everything that romance fans could want from an entry in the genre: sweet, funny, earnest, and it tells a great story.

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1 Marriage Story (2019)

Starring Scarlet Johansson and Adam Driver

Charlie hugs Nicole in Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver each give Oscar-nominated performances as two sides of a couple going through a difficult divorce in Marriage Story. Although Nicole and Charlie initially agree to split amicably, the legal proceedings quickly turn ugly. Every argument goes through lawyers, every tiny mistake is extrapolated in court as a sign of bad parenting, and every single emotion from their marriage is laid out on the table.

Marriage Story is a raw, honest examination of what brings couples together in the first place, the challenges that each relationship faces, and the irreparable problems that eventually lead to a breakup. This is not a charming rom-com, but the dissolution of a relationship is just as compelling a watch and makes for one of Netflix’s best romance movies right now.

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