Are you in the mood for love? We’ve put together a list of romantic movies to stream on Netflix Australia, from rom-coms to tear-jerking drama to something a little sexier.
Whether you want to sob into some tissues or maybe just chuckle over some rom-com’s, our handy list will surely become part of your go-to list of the best romantic movies on Netflix for a movie night with your special someone.
As a couple, these movies will make you grateful you’re in love and if you’re looking for love, they’ll remind you that real love is out there in abundance. Who knows, they might even become a permanent part of your “best movies on Netflix for movie night” list.
So, settle in with some wine, some chocolate and strawberries, some crab gratin — whatever aphrodisiacs you fancy — and press play to get swept off your feet.
1. THE ARTIST (2011)
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, Ken Davitian, John Goodman
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
The film, The Artist, was designed in the style of a black-and-white silent film despite being made in the 2010s. The film is an epic love story set in Hollywood in the late ‘20s and early ‘30s.
The film follows the blossoming romance between a rising young starlet (Berenice Bejo) and a silent film veteran actor (Jean Dujardin) who soon finds himself out of the limelight, overshadowed by stars from the younger generation.
The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and took home half of those, with the French actor (Jean Dujardin) also winning an Oscar in the Best Actor category.
2. MARRIAGE STORY (2019)
Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Greer
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
The film, interracial Marriage Story is an original Netflix film, which has the honor of being nominated for the 2020 Golden Globes.
Not only is it one of the best romance movies of 2019, but it’s also the best film ever made by Noah Baumbach, the director. The story follows a married couple on the brink of their relationship ending.
The process of divorce from separation to finalization is depicted in a very honest and raw manner.
The husband is a successful theater director( Adam Driver) while the wife is a successful actress. The couple shares a child together, and the movie slowly walks you through both sides of the story so no matter which side you favor in the end, you have deep empathy for both parties.
Deeply human and heart-wrenching, this film is one not to be missed.
3. ABOUT TIME (2013)
Director: Richard Curtis
Cast: Domhall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Domhall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams star in this time travel sweeping romance about a man who discovers the men in his family can travel through time.
He attempts to go back in time to mend his relationship with a young woman he loves, but he soon finds out time is not one to be played with.
4. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (2014)
Director: James Marsh
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Eddie Redmayne stars as famed physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” alongside Jane (Felicity Jones).
A beautiful, sweet film about his relationship with his wife, the story follows the early years of Stephen Hawking as a young cosmology student, soon diagnosed with ALS at the mere young age of 21 and his struggle with the illness and more.
Eddie Redmayne won a Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in this magnificent biopic. One of the best romance movies on Netflix.
5. AS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997)
Director: James L.Brooks
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
The classic Oscar-winning rom-com, “As Good As It Gets”, stars Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in a heartwarming classic romance.
The film follows the story of a misanthropic romance novelist, Melvin, who has alienated everyone in town- except Carol, a diner waitress and the only person willing to strike up a conversation with him.
When Melvin’s neighbor dies, Melvin cares for his dog, and slowly allows his tough exterior down. One of the best sizzling romantic movies on Netflix.
6. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012)
Director: David O.Russell
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
The film, Silver Linings Playbook, has a way of getting around to you and sticking with you.
It follows Pat (Cooper), a man struggling with Bipolar disease and a history of violent outbursts, and Tiffany (Lawrence), a widow grappling with depression who come together while rehearsing for an amateur dance competition.
Lawrence and Cooper’s chemistry win your heart over this sweet little gem of a film. One of the popular movies on Netflix.
7. STARDUST (2007)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s original novel, Stardust pulls audiences through the screen with its romantic movies fantasy narrative.
The story follows a desperate lover boy, Tristan Thorn (Charlie Cox) who wants to impress a girl named Victoria Forester )Sienna Miller) by retrieving a fallen star. However, in an odd turn of events, the star has become a young woman, Yvaine (Claire Danes) who has her own wishes and desires.
The Fallen star is soon hunted by an evil witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is hunting the young lovers to gain immortality from the heart of the star.
8. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE (2018)
Director: Susan Johnson
Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
The Netflix Original to all the boys I’ve loved before takes your worst teenage nightmare and represents it on screen! Imagine if your private love letters to all the boys wound up in the hands of your crushes? The horror! This is exactly what happens to Lara Jean (Lana Condor).
To cover up her embarrassment of a letter landing up in the mailbox of her neighbor/best friend and sister’s ex-boyfriend Josh, Lara pretends that she’s passionate and dating another former crush, Peter Kavinsky. What starts off as a ruse slowly develops into a blossoming romance between the two.
The film to all the boys is the perfect rom-com to watch with your significant other for all those puppy love feels. It is a must-watch and one of the best romantic movies on Netflix.
9. SERENDIPITY (2001)
Director: Peter Chelsom
Cast: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
Fan of best movies on Netflix? Then this is surely for you! It follows Jonathan (John Cusak) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and a fateful night when their paths cross one another.
Jonathan believes in love at first sight, whereas Sara believes in destiny.
Fast forward to ten years later and three thousand miles apart, the two former lovers must decide if fate wants them to be together again or not. One of the best romantic movies on Netflix.
10. OUR SOULS AT NIGHT (2017)
Director: Ritsh Batra
Cast: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Matthias Schoenaerts
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
A rather unusual setup, the film revolves around the love story of an older man and young woman, each who have lost their respective spouses, and to overcome their loneliness, they agree to start sleeping together platonically.
The story seems far from traditional but it slowly builds upon the mushy factor. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda delve well into their characters and the result is a saccharine young love story that leaves a smile on your face.
11. ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE (2019)
Director: Nahnatchka Khan
Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
The Netflix original movie is a relatively exciting new entry to the genre available on the platform. It follows Randall Park and Ali Wong, as two close friends who everyone expects to end up together romantically, even though their friendship is supremely platonic.
Both childhood friends reconnect later in life and contemplate actually considering the thought everyone had about them. The two comedic stars bring electrifying chemistry on screen.
12. THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER (2021)
Director: Augustine Frizzell
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Joe Alwyn, Wendy Nottingham
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
A journalist (Felicity Jones) uncovers a secret trove of love letters from the 1960s, exchanges between forbidden lovers (Shailene Woodley and Callum Turner).
The journalist soon learns that these star-crossed lovers are still alive, and she sets on a quest to reunite them.
It’s a tender film, told across decades that establishes the fact that even time is no obstacle to true love.
13. LETTERS TO JULIET (2010)
Director: Gary Winick
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Gael Garcia Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
True story: Every year hundreds of love letters arrive in the city of Verona, Italy, addressed to Shakespeare’s lovelorn heroine Juliet Capulet, asking for relationship advice.
What’s more delightful is that a handful of women answer those secret love letters.
The film is inspired by the same phenomenon and follows Amanda Seyfried as a wide-eyed romantic movies who meets Juliet’s secretaries in Italy. She discovers a letter that went missing in the ‘50s, and she becomes determined to get that one woman (Vanessa Redgrave) a response and answer to her love story.
14. EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGE (2020)
Director: David Dobkin
Cast: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, and Demi Lovato
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
The film is a surprising entry to our list of Romantic movies. Starring the unlikely duo of Rachel McAdams opposite Will Ferrel, the story follows the two Icelandic singers as they have eyes on the big prize-winning Eurovision Song Contest.
The film has laugh-out-loud moments and catchy original songs that keep you well entertained throughout.
The story slowly develops into an aloof romance which shows how the biggest victory can be in realizing that love is sometimes right in front of you, you just don’t see it.
15. SET IT UP (2018)
Director: Claire Scanlon
Cast: Zoey Dutch, Glen Powell, Luci Liu
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
One of the more recent entries in the rom-com genre on Netflix, the film surprises you with feel-good love-fest moments, making you watch the movie again and again.
The story follows two corporate assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) who devise a plan to make their domineering bosses(Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) fall in love with one another.
Naturally, the assistants fall for one another as well. It’s the perfect film to watch late at night , drunk with some cheesy cheese pizza.
16. THE INCREDIBLE JESSICA JAMES (2017)
Director: James C. Strouse
Cast: Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
In incredible Jessica James, an aspiring playwright in New York strikes up a friendship with a guy while on the rebound from a break-up.
The Incredible Jessica James is one of the best movies ones can watch.
17. MYSTIC PIZZA (1988)
Director: Donald Petrie
Cast: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
Julia Robert’s role in “Mystic Pizza” happens to be her breakthrough role. Matt Damon also debuted in the film.
The story follows two teenaged sisters (Roberts and Annabeth Gish) and their friend (Lili Taylor) who work at a pizza parlor in a small Connecticut town.
The film follows the young women as they experience their first loves and first heartbreaks.
18. SOMEONE GREAT(2019)
Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, LaKeith Stanfield, Brittany Snow
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Gina Rodriguez stars in this lovable romantic comedy as Jenny, a music journalist on the move and settling on the West Coast after a disastrous breakup with her longtime boyfriend Nate (Lakeith Stanfield).
On her last night out with her best friends in New York, she’s gotta come to terms with some grappling realizations about her previous love life, making for a bittersweet story of heartbreak and self-love.
19. TWILIGHT (2008)
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Anna Kendrick, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone
IMDB Rating: 5.2/10
When we heard that Twilight was now available on Netflix, despite the urge of being catastrophically judged by everyone, we wanted to walk down memory lane for just a bit.
The story of Bella Swan and her torturous relationship with teen vampire hunk Edward Cullen was a cultural phenomenon that made vampires cool again and launched the careers of two movie stars ( Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson).
The Twilight saga should be given credit for being a swooning love story that swept an entire generation off their feet.
20. 365 DAYS (2020)
Director: Barbara Bialowas, Tomasz Mandes
Cast: Michele Morrone, Anna Maria Sieklucka, Bronislaw Wroclawski, Otar Saralidze, Magdalena Lamparska, Natasza Urbanska
IMDB Rating: 3.3/10
The first adaptation of the steamy adult romance novel series, best picture winner, 365 Days ( originally titles 365 dni) follows the story of Laura (Anna Maria Sieklucka), a young Polish woman who Massimo (Michele Morrone) a Sicilian crime gangster, believes is the same woman who saved his life in a deal gone wrong a few months ago.
Massimo spots Laura at a bar while she is vacationing in Sicily for her birthday, and he decides to kidnap her and keep her for 365 days to see if she will fall in love with him or not. Best romance of Netflix right now.
21. Kissing Booth
Director: Vince Marcello
Cast: Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney
IMDB Rating: 6.0/10
The storyline of The Kissing Booth follows the twisted romance of Elle Evans, a pretty late bloomer who’s never been kissed, decides to run a kissing booth at her high school’s Spring Carnival, she unexpectedly finds herself locking lips with her secret crush, Noah Flynn, the ultimate bad boy. Sparks fly, but there’s one small problem: Noah is the brother of her best friend, Lee, and is strictly forbidden according to the terms of their friendship pact. Elle’s life is turned upside down when she realizes she must choose between following the rules and following her heart. Based on Beth Reekle’s self-published coming-of-age novel, which became a worldwide sensation.
22. The Notebook
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Cast: James Garner, Gena Rowlands, Nicholas Sparks
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Duke, a nursing home resident, reads a romance story to an elderly woman with senile dementia and memory loss. In the late 1930s, wealthy seventeen-year-old Allie Hamilton spends her summer vacation in Seabrook. Noah Calhoun, a local worker, meets Allie at a carnival and the two quickly fall in love. One day, Noah takes Allie to an ancient house that he dreams of buying and restoring, and they try to make love but are interrupted by their friend. Allie’s parents disapprove of their relationship because Noah is from a different social class, and they accompany her to New York.
23. Good on Paper
Director: Kimmy Gatewood
Writer: Iliza Shlesinger
Cast: Iliza Shlesinger, Ryan Hansen, Margaret Cho and Rebecca Rittenhouse
The film is an American romantic comedy released on June 23, 2021, by Netflix. The story revolves around Andrea Singer, a stand-up comic lady who meets Dennis Kelley, a guy who seems too good to be true after putting her career first for a couple of years.
They meet at the airport, and they hit it off by hanging out together in L.A. Dennis’s attachment to Andrea grows stronger, thus seeking a relationship. Their relationship develops questions as Dennis seems to be lying about his house, dream job, education, and sick mother. Get to watch the drama as twists unfold.
24. After We Collided
Director: Roger Kumble
Writer: Anna Todd and Mario Celaya
Cast: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Dylan Sprouse, Shane Paul McGhie, Candice King, Inanna Sarkis, Samuel, Larsen and Selma Blair
The film is an American romantic drama released on September 2, 2020. It is based on the 2014 romance novel. The story revolves around the love life of Tessa Young and Hardin Scott. After one month since the two young love birds break up, a series of drama twits arise as everyone tries to move on.
Hardin is seduced by molly, whereas Tessa makes out with Trevor. They both encounter once again at a club, and they amend their relationship. Later on, the relationship undergoes a series of interferences and twists. Watch the scenes and get to know if Hardin will change for love.
25. All the Bright Places
Director: Brett Haley
Writer: Jennifer Niven and Liz Hannah
Cast: Elle Fanning, Alexandra Shipp, Justice Smith, Kellie O’ Hara, Lamar Johnson, Virginia Gardner, Felix Mallard, Luke Wilson, Sofia Hasmik and Keegan-Michael Key
The film is an American teen romantic drama released on February 28, 2020, by Netflix. The story revolves around two teenagers, Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. They both live unhappily in an Indiana small town. Theodore being a loner, the two teens meet on the bridge where violet had survived a crash.
Theodore and Violet struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past. They change each other’s lives forever as they discover even the most minor places and minute moments can mean something. More mysteries unfold within the scenes of the plot. Watch the drama as Violet deals with survivor guilt.
26. 2 Hearts
Director: Lance Hool
Writer: Robin U. Russin, Eric Gregory, and Veronica
Cast: Jacob Elordi, Adan Canto, Radha Mitchell and Tiera Skovbye
The film is an American romantic drama released on October 16, 2020. 2 Hearts is based on the true story of Leslie and Jorge Bacardi. The storyline revolves around two couples whose future unveils in different decades and varying places. The couples share a hidden connection that eventually brings them together in a way no one could have predicted.
The plot is narrated by Chris Gregory, where he shares the story of the first couple. Add to watch list these unpredictable romantic scenes and get to watch a series of twists and drama.
Director: Jenny Gage
Writer: Susan McMartin, Jenny Gage, and Tamara Chestna
Cast: Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Khadijah Red Thunder, Josephine Langford, Selma Blair, Inanna Sarkis and Shane Paul McGhie
The film is an American romantic drama released in 2019. It is based on the novel by Anna Todd. The story follows Tessa Young, an inexperienced teenage girl who begins to romance Hardin, a mysterious student. Still, during her first months of college, Tessa attends several parties that lead to her breaking up with her initial boyfriend, Noah.
Tessa and Hardin decide to date and embark on a rocky relationship. Later Tessa finds out Hardin had placed a challenge with his friend to make her fall in love. Leaving heartbroken, Tessa ends their relationship. The drama continues as she heads back to his ex-boyfriend for forgiveness. Watch to know what unfolded.
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