Are you reeling from a bad break up? Losing hope in finding the one? Don’t worry! Sometimes it’s easier to get sucked into the negativity than to positively believe in love. Looking for some good romantic drama to take the woes away? This list has perfect movie picks that you can watch on Netflix right this instant. Cozy up with some warm cocoa and tune into your favorites.
Here is our top 30 romantic movies to watch on Netflix,
IMDB rating: 5.3
Director: Jenny Gage
Writer: Susan McMartin, Tamara Chestna, Jenny Gage
Cast: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Selma Blair, Inanna Sarkis, Shane Paul, McGhie, Pia Mia, Khadijha Red Thunder, Dylan Arnold, Samuel Larsen, Jennifer Beals, Peter Gallagher
The movie is based on the novel by Anna Todd, Perfect for a teenage-y guilty pleasure. A young woman, Tessa Young, who is a straight-A student and checks all the boxes for a great daughter and girlfriend, enters college and meets the brooding, rebellious Hardin Scott. Sparks fly, and Tessa is forced to on a self-discovery and what she wants from life. Cliched romance and soapy story, perfect for a night with your girlfriends.
2. All The Bright Places
IMDB rating: 6.5
Director: Brett Haley
Writer: Jennifer Niven and Liz Hannah,
Cast: Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Alexandra Shipp, Kelli O’Hara, Lamar Johnson, Virginia Gardner, Felix Mallard, Sofia Hasmik, Keegan-Michael Key, and Luke Wilson
A movie about healing! ‘All the Bright Places’ is based on the novel by Jennifer Niven. When Violet and Theodore meet, they change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. Both reeling from the scars of their past learn to reevaluate and heal together. A mature romantic drama with two superb young actors who deliver on the depths of their roles. If you are looking for a drama with complex emotions and deep dialogues, this is the one. Fair warning – you might need a tissue of six!
3. After We Collided
IMDB rating: 5.2
Director: Roger Kumble
Writer: Anna Todd, Mario Celaya
Cast: Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Tessa Young and Hardin Scott, respectively, with Dylan Sprouse, Shane Paul McGhie, Candice King, Khadijha Red Thunder, Inanna Sarkis, Samuel Larsen, and Selma Blair
The movie is a second installation in the ‘After’ series. Continuing with the same steamy guilty pleasure romance, the second in the series is as cliche as expected but hits all the notes of a predictable romance drama recipe. There is a family drama, a distracting hot new co-worker, and bad boy chaos. Tessa’s relationship with Hardin is rocky, and she is struggling to keep the relationship going. Will the couple crash and burn, or will their love prevail?
4. Malcolm and Marie
IMDB rating: 6.7
Director: Sam Levinson
Writer: Sam Levinson
Cast: Zendaya, John David Washington
Another stellar movie that came amidst the pandemic. A filmmaker and his girlfriend, who is the topic of a film that makes his success, find themselves caught in an argument once they return from the movie premiere. The movie captures how little we know about the people we love and how love can transform over a while. The film is written well and has gotten many accolades for its stunning black and white cinematography
5. 2 Hearts
IMDB rating: 6.1
Director: Lance Hool
Writer: Veronica Hool, Robin Russin
Cast: Jacob Elordi, Adan Canto, Tiera Skovbye, Radha Mitchell
The movie is not your typical romance movie but will give you eternal hope of how love can be miraculous. 2 Hearts is based on the 2017 Book All My Tomorrows: A Story of Tragedy, Transplant, and Hope written by Chris Gregory’s father, Eric Gregory. The film follows two different couples from two separate times who have to deal with emotional and physical crises. It also depicts the fragility of life and brings forth a look into organ donation that we don’t see quite often on how one person’s hope may come at another’s expense.
6. Falling Inn Love
IMDB rating: 5.6
Director: Roger Kumble
Writer: Elizabeth Hackett, Hilary Galanoy
Cast: Christina Milian, Adam Demos, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
The story is ‘in’ the name. A city girl, Gabriela, wins a New Zealand inn in a contest and collaborates with the contractor Jake Taylor to fix it. Their relationship is what makes the movie. Is Jake all smiles and handsomeness, or is he hiding a big secret? The film is your typical hallmark style emotions draped with rustic green backdrops of New Zealand. A perfect happy ending movie when you want to watch a no-brainer entertainment.
IMDB rating: 6.8
Director: Paul Dano
Writers: Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould, and Bill Camp
The movie is an intensely eye-opening narration of a marriage coming to splits and as witnessed by the couple’s young son. It is based on the book of the same name by Richard Ford, Wildlife takes place in 1960. The couple is played by Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal (Jeanette and Jerry — a housewife and a golf pro) who move to Montana with their teenage son. Soon the father loses his job and finds work here and there and goes on and off to fight wildfires to find his purpose leaving the wife and the soon to be grown up son to take care of themselves. The movie highlights how love changes when loneliness overshadows everything.
8. Marriage Story
IMDB rating: 7.9
Director: Noah Baumbach
Writer: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta
This one is a nerve-wrecking emotional ringer and you need a box of tissues by your side! Marriage Story is Noah Baumbach’s stellar take on what makes and breaks a marriage and a perspective of both sides. The movie shows the couple navigating divorce, with brutal hostility, custody battle of their son and how people in love fall out of it. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver deliver outstanding performances in this heartbreaking account of divorce and what it puts a family through. The movie is testament to how love changes over the course of time and how people once so much in love fall out of it.
IMDB rating: 6.6
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Writer: Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, David Branson Smith
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin
The film is based on the book and real story Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea by Tami Oldham Ashcraft, Susea McGearhart. It follows a couple setting out on a cruise to find themselves caught in a Hurricane and adrift in the vast sea. A story of survival, love, sacrifice, and sheer grit. Shailene Woodley’s character captivates you from the get-go, and you find yourself rooting for us to make it through the horrendous events at sea.
IMDB rating: 6.1
Director: Michael Showalter
Writer: Aaron Abrams and Brendan Gall (Screenplay) ,Abrams, Gall, and Martin Gero (Story)
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, Kyle Bornheimer
The first romantic comedy on the list! The couple when trying to break up with each other get caught in a bizarre murder mystery. In the quest to clear their name they also question their relationship and wonder how to survive the night. Of course as comedies go, the characters find themselves in over the top situations. The dialogues are outright hilarious and the acting is on point. The Lovebirds is the perfect combination of action, romance, adventure and mystery.
IMDB rating: 6.1
Director: John Whitesell
Writer: Tiffany Paulsen
Cast: Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Jake Manley, Jessica Capshaw, Andrew Bachelor, Frances Fisher, Manish Dayal and Kristin Chenoweth.
Two strangers fed up with finding themselves at single tables always agree to be each other’s plus one for regular holiday dates. Soon they develop feelings for each other, and drama ensues because none of them wants to admit so. The movie is your perfect feel-good romantic comedy with hilarious situations, a predictable storyline, and good chemistry. You will believe that love is sometimes right under your nose.
12. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
IMDB rating: 7.4
Director: Mike Newell
Writer: Kevin Hood, Don Roos, Tom Bezucha
Cast: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, Matthew Goode, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton
The movie is based on the historical novel of the same name by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, which was published in 2008. The plot is set in the time of January 1946, post-war London. The female lead is a writer and longs for an adventure. Soon she meets a set of unusual characters that have formed a book club of sorts. The movie is not only a traditional love story but also about the small island community who, despite their many differences, come together after the war to find comfort and company in each other.
13. Tall Girl
IMDB rating: 5.2
Director: Nzingha Stewart
Writer: Sam Wolfson
Cast: Ava Michelle, Griffin Gluck, Sabrina Carpenter, Paris Berelc, Luke Eisner, Clara Wilsey, Anjelika Washington, Rico Paris, Angela Kinsey, Steve Zahn
In this high school romantic comedy, you’d find a tall girl who is six-one and is insecure about her height and the issues it brings thanks to constantly comparing herself to her beauty pageant competing perfect older sister. She falls for a foreign exchange student and soon becomes tangled in a love triangle. It is your typical teen drama that the characters are trying to fit in with the crowd usually.
14. The Half of It
IMDB rating: 6.9
Director: Alice Wu
Writer: Alice Wu
Cast: Leah Lewis, Daniel Diemer, Alexxis Lemire
The movie is fresh vague storytelling of Cyrano de Bergerac – Ellie Chu writes love letters to her crush Aster Flores but on behalf of Paul Munsky. A perfect recipe for disaster, if anything. The movie touches upon young love, friendship, and issues in American society we usually don’t see. It also discusses how immigrants are treated and highlights the problem of bullying. The movie has a heartwarming end that drives the point home that a heart wants what a heart wants.
15. Lost Husband
IMDB rating: 6.1
Director: Vicky Wight
Writer: Vicky Wight
Cast: Leslie Bibb, Josh Duhamel
The film is based on a book by Katherine Center of the same name. The female lead, a widow, moves to her Aunt’s farm in Texas after the sudden death of her husband and falls for the country life. Throw in a perfect hot brooding stranger, beautiful rustic camera panning views of the countryside, and you have an average Hallmark-y love story to watch. The film will also make you believe in how to fall in love again.
16. 365 Days
IMDB rating: 3.3
Director: Barbara Białowąs, Tomasz Mandes
Writer: Tomasz Klimala, Barbara Białowąs, Tomasz Mandes, Blanka Lipińska
Cast: Anna-Maria Sieklucka, Michele Morrone, Bronisław Wrocławski, Otar Saralidze, Magdalena Lamparska, Natasza Urbańska
This one makes this list for an unusual love story at best. A Polish/Italian romantic- crime thriller that has a sleazy yet entertaining plot. The male lead, Massimo, is a member of the Sicilian Mafia family, and Laura, the female lead, is a sales director. Massimo kidnaps Laura and gives her the ultimatum to fall in love with him in a year – 365 Days. The movie is very unsettling, fetish-oriented, and dares to walk the line of Stockholm Syndrome being romanticized.
17. The Florida Project
IMDB rating: 7.6
Director: Sean Baker
Writer: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera, Caleb Landry Jones
Sean Beaker’s indie take on a story of a 6-year old Moone and her two best friends go on their daily adventures in a largely downtrodden part of Florida, amidst the shadow of the Disney World. Moonee’s Mom is a struggling Motel Manager and tries her best to protect the kids from the bleak reality of life. The Florida Project is a slice of life drama that is simple but a very humbling watch. After all, family is love.
18. Collateral Beauty
IMDB rating: 6.8
Director: David Frankel
Writer: Allan Loeb
Cast: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren.
The movie follows a story of a big-shot advertising executive who retreats in his shell following an accident in his life. He writes letters to Love, Time, and Death in his coping ways and sets out to seek self-discovery questions. The movie highlights how we should enjoy every moment of our lives, and everyone we meet is a chapter in our lives for one reason or the other.
19. To All the Boys – Always and Forever
IMDB rating: 7.1
Director: Michael Fimognari
Writer: Katie Lovejoy
Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Ross Butler, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac, John Corbett
The third and the final chapter in the ‘All the Boys have Loved Before’ teen romantic comedy series – Lara Jean and Peter are all grown up now. The senior year of high school brings its own challenges and forces their relationship to change in new ways. Lara Jean returns from a family trip to Korea and considers her college plans that depend on being close or far from Peter. The leads are charming as usual, and the concluding chapter is well-handled.
20. Always be My Maybe
IMDB rating: 6.8
Director: Nahnatchka Khan
Writer: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Michael Golamco
Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang, Daniel Dae Kim, Keanu Reeves
A romantic comedy but not your typical white-washy one. The movie follows two childhood sweethearts who haven’t spoken to each other for 15 years after a falling out. They reconnect as adults when they run into each other. A perfect watch about rekindling old flames: the movie has evident influence from ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and held its own by showing unique perspectives and aspects of Asian-American culture.
21. The Kissing Booth 2
IMDB rating: 5.8
Director: Vince Marcello
Writer: Vince Marcello and Jay Arnold
Cast: Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi
The second chapter in the Kissing Booth series is charming and has the second lead syndrome (People rooting for the second male lead). The movie follows Noah and Elle, who have to be apart after a romantic summer together because Noah is off to Harvard, but Elle has to go back to complete her senior year, and lo and behold, there is a hot new guy in the mix. The movie captures the difficulty of maintaining a long-distance relationship, transforming friendships and trust issues well.
IMDB rating: 7.7
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writer: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira
A take by Alfonso Cuarón on his personal story, both shot and directed beautifully. Leaving your heart warm and wanting more from the film. The story follows Cleo, a domestic worker who helps a couple, Antonio and Sophia, take care of their four children in 1970s Mexico City. Drama ensues when Antonia runs away with his mistress. Sophia invites Cleo to join her on a family trip. The movie is a spectacularly made and beautiful masterpiece tribute to Alfonso Cuarón’s nanny —an absolute treat to watch.
23. Before I Fall
IMDB rating: 6.5
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Writer: Maria Maggenti, Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, Diego Boneta and Jennifer Beals.
Based on a 2010’s novel by Lauren Olive of the same name, it follows the story of Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch), who has everything – popularity, perfect boyfriend, perfect future. Things change in an instant when she dies in a crash to only find herself stuck in the repeat of that terrible day over and over again. Samantha must untangle secrets, mysteries, and lies to solve this. Romance is not central to the story, but the story is an ode to relationships, friendship, and complex emotions people go through in life and loss—a mature drama with on-point acting.
24. Murder Mystery
IMDB rating: 6
Director: Kyle Newacheck
Writer: Jeff Baena, Alison Brie
Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, Adeel Akhtar, Terence Stamp
A bizarre murder mystery/romantic comedy. An NYC Cop (Adam Sandler) finally takes his wife (Jennifer Anniston) on a Euro trip. A chance meeting on the flight with a billionaire gets them invited to an exclusive cruise party at his yacht. The billionaire is found dead and thus begins the ‘whodunit’ mystery that the cop cannot ignore. Star-studded, funny, and murder mystery makes for a perfect weekend watch.
25. Set it Up
IMDB rating: 6.5
Director: Claire Scanlon
Writer: Katie Silberman
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Taye Diggs, Lucy Liu
A quirky romantic comedy, it follows two overworked and underpaid assistants that hatch a plan to pair up their bosses to get them off their backs. In doing so, the assistants develop feelings for each other. No over-the-top drama or forced dialogues. The movie is charming and straightforward and makes an excellent easy watch.
26. The Meddler
IMDB rating: 6.3
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Writer: Lorene Scafaria
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J. K. Simmons, Cecily Strong, Jerrod Carmichael, Jason Ritter, Billy Magnussen, Lucy Punch, Sarah Baker, Amy Landecker, Casey Wilson, Harry Hamlin, Laura San Giacomo, Michael McKean
The movie is centered on a mom and daughter duo who find their relationship change as they both grow to acknowledge each other’s presence in their lives. A widow, Marnie finds herself lonely; when her daughter moves to Los Angeles, she follows suit. Soon she starts interfering in Lori’s (daughter) life which tests their relationship. Marnie soon meets other people and makes new friends transforming this chapter of her life. The movie is about how we cling to people we love and sometimes stifle the relationship in the process.
27. The Theory of Everything
IMDB rating: 7.7
Director: James Marsh
Writer: Anthony McCarten
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis, Maxine Peake
Based on Stephan Hawking’s life and adapted from the 2007 memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, the film highlights the relationship between the two and the struggles of his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and his success in the field of physics. The movie brings to screen the struggle of holding your partner through illness and how taxing it can be on a person.
28. The Prom
IMDB rating: 5.9
Director: Ryan Murphy
Writer: Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin
Cast: Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Jo Ellen Pellman, Ariana DeBose, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Chamberlin, Mary Kay Place
The Prom is Ryan Murphy’s Netflix adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical. The story is centered in a small town Indiana as they pour in their support for a girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the Prom. As musical-oriented things go, it’s all shiny, colorful, larger than life feels with groovy musical numbers you’d want to dance to.
29. Mystic Pizza
IMDB rating: 6.3
Director: Donald Petrie
Writer: Amy Jones, Perry Howze, Randy Howze, Alfred Uhry
Cast: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Vincent D’Onofrio, William R. Moses, Adam Storke, Conchata Ferrell
Mystic Pizza is your timeless, classy, and wholesome watch and always makes the post for great romantic dramas to watch. It follows a story of three waitresses who are working at the local pizza joint during their summer break in a quaint little city called Mystic. All three hope to leave the town soon and plan their hopes and dreams.
30. Time Traveller’s Wife
IMDB rating: 7.1
Director: Robert Schwentke
Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Arliss Howard, Ron Livingston
A 2009 class American romantic science-fiction drama, Time Traveller’s Wife is evergreen on ‘romantic dramas to watch list.’ It’s just one of those stories that keep on giving. The movie follows Henry DeTamble, who meets Clare Abshire in the Chicago library, and they both know he is a time traveler. He falls for her and she for him, and both struggle with extended absences and learning about the future. The movie has some beautiful dialogues, and the longing of the characters for each other is palpable on the screen — an absolute must-watch.
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