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30 Best Romantic Movies On Netflix [December 2021]

The romantic movie genre can provide a little something for everyone, from cheesy rom-coms to films that are flooded with drama. And with its impressive catalog of movies, Netflix tends to have a little something for everyone — from happy couples to hopeful lonely hearts. In addition to bringing on beloved titles from established studios, Netflix also does a fantastic job of producing original content that's perfect if you want to see some people fall in love. But which films are the best of the best? Well, if you're a dedicated romance fan or want to try something new, there's a title for everyone. Enjoy your next Netflix romantic movie!

Updated on December 1, 2021: Netflix has an ever-evolving library of movies, and we'll keep you up to date on what's coming and going. Once you've been through all these perfectly splendid films, make sure to check back each month to see what new romantic movies Netflix has to offer.

Catching Feelings

In "Catching Feelings," we follow the tale of Max Matsane, a writer turned professor who seems to be doing okay. He's happily married to a charming journalist, Sam, and they've got big plans for their future. However, things get a bit wild when a literary giant with large appetites moves into their home. What could possibly go wrong? It's a smart little dramedy that's worth the price of admission, and in this case, that's a Netflix subscription. "Catching Feelings," in the eyes of Rotten Tomatoes, is a perfect movie. Need we say more?

  • Starring: Kagiso Lediga, Pearl Thusi, Akin Omotoso

  • Director: Kagiso Lediga

  • Year: 2017

  • Runtime: 116 minutes

  • Rating: TV-MA

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

My Fair Lady

Turning back the clock, "My Fair Lady" was released in the '60s. The film follows a snooty phonetics expert named Henry Higgins who intends to make a poor flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, presentable in high society. It's an all-time musical classic, complete with some truly charming songs, great costumes, and wonderful sets. Of course, the main attraction here is Audrey Hepburn, giving one of the best performances of her career. Critics and audiences in the '60s were suitably impressed, and it won eight Academy Awards. In other words, whether you're a fan of romance flicks or not, "My Fair Lady" is an absolute must-watch. 

  • Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway

  • Director: George Cukor

  • Year: 1964

  • Runtime: 173 minutes

  • Rating: G

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

The Artist

Given that "The Artist" is a black-and-white silent film, it might not be for everyone, but it's certainly worth the watch if audience members are willing to budge out of their comfort zone a bit. The film follows a rising star and an older silent film star who start a relationship as sound starts creeping into Hollywood films. Of course, even though it starts off in the 1920s, the film was released in the 21st century. "The Artist" won five Oscars and is a glorious little throwback to a simpler (and quieter) time. And you can bask in its glory on Netflix right now.

  • Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman

  • Director: Michel Hazanavicius

  • Year: 2011

  • Runtime: 100 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Marriage Story

"Marriage Story" very well could rip your heart out, especially if you can relate to the context of the movie, but it's worth at least one viewing. In a nutshell, the film is about a couple that goes through a divorce. This occurrence is hard enough by itself. Making things even more complicated is that the husband lives in New York, the wife has moved out to Los Angeles, and they have to figure out how to raise a son while living on two coasts. "Marriage Story" stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as the story's leading duo. Needless to say, when a film features Johansson and Driver, it's best to hit play and watch masters of the craft at work.

  • Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern

  • Director: Noah Baumbach

  • Year: 2019

  • Runtime: 136 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Howards End

Based on the 1910 novel by E.M. Forster, "Howards End" has a pretty intriguing premise: A man doesn't accept his wife's dying wish, a decision that would never bring on any problems, right?

In the film, we meet an Edwardian woman named Margaret Schlegel who befriends the well-to-do Ruth Wilcox. The two hit it off, and right before she passes away, Ruth decides to give her new BFF a beautiful house in the country. Unfortunately, Ruth's husband, Henry, keeps her final words a secret, as he wants the property to stay in the family. Things get even more complicated when Henry starts developing feelings for Margaret.

"Howards End" scored big during award season, taking home three of its many Oscar nominations. And it features some brilliant performances from British legends like Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. So if you're a fan of the books of E.M. Forster or the films of studio Merchant Ivory, then this is a can't-miss production.

Silver Linings Playbook

In "Silver Linings Playbook," we're introduced to Pat, a man struggling with bipolar disorder who was recently released from a psychiatric hospital. After moving back in with his parents, he attempts to navigate the trials of tribulations of life with a mental disorder. But while trying to get back together with his wife, Pat meets Tiffany, a woman who's dealing with her own mental health issues. Their dynamic is explosive and contentious — one that gives way to romance and an unforgettable dance contest. "Silver Linings Playbook" is a movie that puts mental health issues in the mainstream, all while accompanied by an impressive cast that sticks the landing. Plus, despite the serious subject matter, it's one of the funniest rom-coms you're ever going to see.

  • Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

  • Director: David O. Russell

  • Year: 2012

  • Runtime: 122 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Set It Up

"Set It Up" features two employees who are overworked and need a break from their bosses. So they decide to set them up on a date. The sentiment is relatable, especially if you've ever felt overworked at your job and would do anything for a break. Yet "Set It Up" takes place in the romantic comedy realm, so audience members can expect some delightful movie magic sprinkled on this production. And as you might expect, as our two adorable heroes try to get their bosses to hook up, they start feeling a little spark between each other.

  • Starring: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu

  • Director: Claire Scanlon

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 105 minutes

  • Rating: TV-14

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Been So Long

"Been So Long" follows a single mother who, at long last, decides to go out for a night. And because this is a musical that's glittered in romance, her life is forever changed after she meets a total stranger. If you fancy musicals, love, or anything in between, then "Been So Long" is a must-watch. Interestingly, instead of taking place in New York City or Los Angeles, the film is set in London, which is a nice change of pace for American romance fans. And if Michaela Coel blew you away with "I May Destroy You," you'll definitely enjoy her performance here in a much a lighter project.

  • Starring: Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene, George MacKay

  • Director: Tinge Krishnan

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 100 minutes

  • Rating: TV-MA

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Ali's Wedding

Lies have a way of spiraling out of control, as a web of falsehood is created, with one strand leading to the next, the next leading to another. Ali finds himself in this predicament after lying to everyone about how well he's doing at his university. Things get even more complicated for our hero when he winds up in an arranged relationship, even though he's madly in love with a classmate. This wonderful story is full of laughs and is just waiting to be streamed on Netflix.

  • Starring: Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires

  • Director: Jeffrey Walker

  • Year: 2017

  • Runtime: 109 minutes

  • Rating: TV-MA

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

She's Gotta Have It

"She's Gotta Have It" follows a young woman who's dating three completely different men. That is, if we're being honest, the perfect setting for a dramedy, especially when the three guys eventually all meet each other. In addition to being a great film in its own right, "She's Gotta Have It" is a pretty important film in Hollywood history, as it's the feature-length directorial debut of Spike Lee, who'd go on to make classics like "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcom X." And fortunately, if you're a fan of this '80s comedy, it's important to note that the film was adapted into a series, which can also be devoured on Netflix. 

  • Starring: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell

  • Director: Spike Lee

  • Year: 1986

  • Runtime: 84 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Always Be My Maybe

Just imagine being in the presence of your childhood sweetheart after 15 years of not seeing them. Feelings, whether good or bad, would inevitably arise, and it would be natural to wonder what went wrong. "Always Be My Maybe" tells this exact story. The film is a can't-miss romantic comedy that you'll want to rewatch again and again, especially if you're as big of a fan of the genre as we are. And in addition to starring the hilarious Ali Wong and Randall Park, the movie features one of the greatest celebrity-portraying-themselves performances you'll ever see. We won't spoil it here because it's way too funny, so be sure to check it out yourself.

  • Starring: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito

  • Director: Nahnatchka Khan

  • Year: 2019

  • Runtime: 102 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Titanic

Although "Titanic" doesn't really need an introduction, the epic romance/disaster film follows a wealthy woman who falls in love with a charming yet poor man during their time on the legendary, titular ship. It's a tale of unlikely love and tragedy –– and this movie, in particular, is bursting at the seams with talent. In addition to the incredible cast, the movie boasts some mind-blowing effects, and it also delivers on the action front. And, of course, it features one of the most iconic love songs ever sung. "Titanic" is cheesy in all the right ways, and it's the perfect film if you desire a romance film that gives you all the feels.

  • Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

  • Director: James Cameron

  • Year: 1997

  • Runtime: 194 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

The Incredible Jessica James

Granted, "The Incredible Jessica James" has a tropey storyline. An aspiring playwright, fresh off a bad breakup, meets an unlikely divorcee in New York. What happens next? Okay, you know what happens next. However, what really makes this movie special is lead star Jessica Williams. Critics lavished her with praise for this film and rightly so. Her charming and hilarious performance makes this movie dance. So if you don't mind the overdone storyline, click the play button on "The Incredible Jessica James," and watch Jessica Williams deliver a tour de force of charisma and comedy.

  • Starring: Jessica Williams, Chris O'Dowd, LaKeith Stanfield

  • Director: Jim Strouse

  • Year: 2017

  • Runtime: 83 minutes

  • Rating: TV-MA

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Our Souls at Night

"Our Souls at Night" follows two people who've both lost their significant others. To feel less lonely at night, they decide to sleep in the same bed despite not having a relationship with one another. This film proves that shared trauma (or some form of it) can hold great power, and its a powerful look at loneliness and how we can find healing and comfort with others. And with talented veterans Robert Redford and Jane Fonda in the lead, well, that's a cinematic slam dunk right there. 

  • Starring: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Matthias Schoenaerts

  • Director: Ritesh Batra

  • Year: 2017

  • Runtime: 103 minutes

  • Rating: TV-14

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Loving

Based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, "Loving" follows a couple who are arrested for interracial marriage. This story takes place in the 1960s, and it begins a legal battle that leads all the way to the Supreme Court. This breathtaking biographical drama sheds light on the actual case while portraying the power of love. Needless to say, this isn't a whimsical rom-com. It's a pretty heavy story, but if you're in the mood for some real-life drama and world-changing romance, you can't do any better than this incredible biopic.

  • Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas

  • Director: Jeff Nichols

  • Year: 2016

  • Runtime: 123 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

As Good As It Gets

In "As Good As It Gets," we're introduced to Melvin Udall, an odious homophobe with OCD who hates pretty much everyone. And, oh yeah, he writes romance novels for a living. But Melvin's life starts changing after his gay neighbor is attacked, and our cantankerous protagonist has to take care of his dog. Soon, Melvin's heart starts opening up, and he begins bonding with his neighbor. At the same time, he also starts trying to woo a waitress, as she makes him want to be a better man.

The film's stacked cast includes Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, both of whom won Academy Awards for their lead roles in the film. If you want to see the power of love and compassion thaw an icy heart, then "As Good As It Gets" is, well, as good as it gets.

Someone Great

A devastating breakup tends to be a key ingredient of a good romantic comedy. Lo and behold, "Someone Great" features this time-tested element as, fresh off of a breakup, Jenny enjoys a final outing in NYC with her friends before leaving the glamorous city for her dream job. If that's not the makings of a solid rom-com, then we don't know what is. "Someone Great" is waiting for someone like you to hit play.

  • Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise

  • Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

  • Year: 2019

  • Runtime: 92 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Happy Anniversary

An anniversary is supposed to be a celebration — a cherished moment that couples tend to enjoy. And in "Happy Anniversary," we follow Mollie and Sam on their third anniversary ... but instead of looking to the future, they look at their history and contemplate whether or not they should stay together. That isn't exactly how couples are expected to spend this supposedly merry ceremony, but these events also make for a great romantic comedy film. Don't believe us? Give "Happy Anniversary" a try ... just not on your own anniversary.

  • Starring: Noël Wells, Ben Schwartz, Rahul Kohli

  • Director: Jared Stern

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 78 minutes

  • Rating: TV-MA

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Let It Snow

Romantic comedies that feature a talented ensemble cast deserve all the praise. Throw in the fact that a movie revolves around Christmas, and you have a total winner. "Let It Snow" hits all those marks. The film takes place during a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, which inadvertently brings a group of people together in ensemble fashion. "Let It Snow" plays with a lot of rom-com cliches, and if you're a fan of the genre, it's always entertaining to watch a movie that's aware of itself. It's really good at being exactly what it is while also sprinkled with holiday elements.

  • Starring: Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Kiernan Shipka

  • Director: Luke Snellin

  • Year: 2019

  • Runtime: 93 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Alex Strangelove

In "Alex Strangelove," high school student Alex and his girlfriend, Claire, make a date to sleep with one another. But their romantic plans are upended when a boy named Elliot enters their lives, causing Alex to wonder about his own sexuality. The resulting film does an impressive job of navigating topics like coming out and teen sexuality while bringing a fresh spin to the teenage rom-com genre.

  • Starring: Daniel Doheny, Antonio Marziale, Madeline Weinstein

  • Director: Craig Johnson

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 99 minutes

  • Rating: TV-MA

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" portrays a writer who's introduced to a book club, but the story, of course, is so much more meaningful than that, especially as it delves into the book club's past and connections to World War II. The film is part drama, part romance, and 100% just waiting to be streamed on Netflix. With Lily James and Michiel Huisman starring, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" is bound to become part of your romance movie rotation.

  • Starring: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell

  • Director: Mike Newell

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 123 minutes

  • Rating: TV-PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Mystic Pizza

Picture Julia Roberts coming of age while working at a pizza joint in a fishing town. That's "Mystic Pizza" in a nutshell. Just for the record, the romantic comedy-drama film also features Matt Damon in his film debut, and it's a lot of fun seeing the future "Ocean's Eleven" stars on-screen together at such a young age. And if you're a fan of Julia Roberts rom-coms, you can't go wrong with one of her first and finest.

  • Starring: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor

  • Director: Donald Petrie

  • Year: 1988

  • Runtime: 104 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Ghost

In this all-time classic, Patrick Swayze ends up getting murdered right off the bat and soon comes back as a ghost. Demi Moore plays his lover, a woman he's trying to save. And Whoopi Goldberg is a psychic — basically the middle man in this otherworldly romance. If that doesn't catch your attention, then "Ghost" probably isn't for you. But as fellow romantic movie fans, we know you're intrigued.

In addition to the romance and sexiness, the film features aspects of horror, comedy, and mystery. There's a little something in there for everybody. And to the surprise of no one, it took home two Oscars, including one for Goldberg's fantastic supporting turn. In other words, the cast here is marvelous, and that famous pottery scene is just as good as you've heard.

The Duff

After learning that her supposedly more attractive and popular classmates have "gifted" her with a degrading label, high school senior Bianca crafts a plan to turn the tides on the entire social hierarchy. Based on the 2010 novel by Kody Keplinger, the movie's main strength is the fantastic performance from Mae Whitman, who you might recognize from "Arrested Development" and "Good Girls." Seriously, she shines throughout the movie, making this delightful rom-com definitely worth a watch.

  • Starring: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne

  • Director: Ari Sandel

  • Year: 2015

  • Runtime: 101 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

A Christmas Prince

"A Christmas Prince" is the ideal movie for anyone who desires a holiday rom-com. The film follows a young journalist who gets the assignment of a lifetime. Her mission? To go undercover and study the daily life of a foreign prince. We don't want to give too much away, but we will say this: "A Christmas Prince" spawned sequels. And they're all on Netflix. Watching one after another isn't a bad way to spend a cozy afternoon.

  • Starring: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige

  • Director: Alex Zamm

  • Year: 2017

  • Runtime: 92 minutes

  • Rating: TV-PG

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Ibiza: Love Drunk

In "Ibiza: Love Drunk," a 30-year-old American woman travels to Barcelona for work. But because you can't just go to Barcelona for business — and also because this is a romantic comedy — she meets a man who just so happens to be famous, and the two hit it right off. Basically a hang-out movie featuring some very funny comedians (as well as Robb Stark himself from "Game of Thrones), "Ibiza: Love Drunk" is a fun movie where you get to live vicariously through some really great, lovable character.

  • Starring: Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer, Phoebe Robinson

  • Director: Alex Richanbach

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 94 minutes

  • Rating: TV-MA

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

"Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" follows an Icelandic music duo, Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdóttir, who dream of competing at Eurovision ... to the amusement of everyone in their community. But against all odds –– and thanks to unforeseen occurrences –– they're given their shot to perform at the world's biggest singing competition. Though Lars and Sigrit's acts are, at times, cringe-worthy, they surprise fictional and real-life audiences alike throughout their musical journey.

"Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" might not have a groundbreaking Rotten Tomatoes score, but it's a feel-good romantic musical comedy that will naturally zap audience members with happy vibes of electricity.

  • Starring: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens

  • Director: David Dobkin

  • Year: 2020

  • Runtime: 123 minutes

  • Rating: PG-13

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Imagine writing secret letters to all the people you love. And then one day, those letters get out and come into those people's possession. And the setting is high school, a time and place when everything you do tends to be judged. If it were happening to you, it might be a nightmare. But when it happens to the hero of "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," it's one of the most charming rom-coms imaginable. This lovely little flick also kicked off a a series of teenage romance films that are based on Jenny Han's 2014 novel of the same name. So if you love this movie, then you can always catch the entire series on Netflix.

  • Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish

  • Director: Susan Johnson

  • Year: 2018

  • Runtime: 100 minutes

  • Rating: TV-14

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

The sequel to "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" starts off with our hero Lara Jean in a relationship. But while things should be picture prefect, another boy enter the picture, making Lara Jean's love life more than a little complicated. If you enjoyed the first installment of the series, then "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" is a delightful and worthy follow-up to the original. (And don't worry, the third film is on Netflix too.)

  • Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher

  • Director: Michael Fimognari

  • Year: 2020

  • Runtime: 102 minutes

  • Rating: TV-14

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Closer

"Closer" isn't your typical cheesy romance. This moving film, based on the 1997 play of the same name, follows Dan, a writer who comes to Alice's rescue after she's hit by a taxi cab. The two inevitably fall in love. But this is a movie with an ensemble cast, which means there's another star couple: Anna and Larry. Putting the cherry on top of this subversive sundae is the fact that Dan becomes bored with his life, meets Anna, and embarks upon a tangled love triangle. Given the quality of its cast and this unique premise, it's no surprise "Closer" was nominated for two Oscars.

  • Starring: Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Jude Law

  • Director: Mike Nichols

  • Year: 2004

  • Runtime: 104 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%