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20 Best Romantic Movies On Hulu [November 2021]

To the delight of cinephiles everywhere, Hulu offers access to a massive movie library. While there are films of every stripe available, Hulu boasts a particularly impressive number of romances. These swoon-worthy films range from delightful comedies to searing dramas. Whether you're a die-hard fan of love stories or a curious newcomer looking to dive into the genre for the first time, Hulu has a romantic movie with your name on it.  Looking to get swept away? We're here to help you fall in love with this list of the 20 best romantic movies currently available on Hulu. Happy viewing!

Updated on October 29, 2021: Hulu has an ever-evolving library of films, with new titles added and removed each month. We keep this list updated to reflect the best romance movies currently offered by the streaming service. Make sure to check back each month to see what new romantic films Hulu has to offer that will leave you feeling all the feels.

Portrait of a Lady On Fire

"Portrait of a Lady On Fire" is a historical drama that takes place in 18th century France. Heloise, the daughter of a countess, is set to be married, and Marianne, a talented painter, is commissioned to paint her wedding portrait. Soon enough, however, they begin an affair that changes them forever. From start to finish, this film is a masterpiece. Each frame could be hung on a wall and praised as high art. If you're a fan of period pieces, riveting human drama, or sweeping romances, then "Portrait of a Lady On Fire" should be your next watch.

  • Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
  • Director: Céline Sciamma
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 122 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

God's Own Country

"God's Own Country" centers around Johnny Saxby, a Yorkshire sheep farmer who numbs his pain with alcohol and sex. He is transformed by the arrival of Gheorghe Ionescu, a Romanian migrant worker. But letting someone into your heart is harder than Johnny realizes, especially in the midst of family crisis. Francis Lee's highly-lauded direction turns a great premise into a truly magnificent film. "God's Own Country" is a tender ode to love against all odds. 

  • Starring: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secăreanu, Gemma Jones
  • Director: Francis Lee
  • Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Spontaneous

Based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Aaron Starmer, "Spontaneous" has a bit of everything: It's a coming-of-age story, a comedy, and a horror tale. That's because it's about high school students who suddenly and mysteriously explode. This bizarre premise creates a unique sense of mindfulness, as the main characters must live knowing each moment truly could be their last. Settle in, push play, and get ready for an explosive –– in all the right ways –– movie.

  • Starring: Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Hayley Law
  • Director: Brian Duffield
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Palm Springs

"Palm Springs" poses a unique question: If every day was the exact same, what would you do with your time? Nyles and Sarah meet at a wedding and quickly end up trapped in a time loop, within which they form a budding relationship. The film is funny, yet thoughtful, and puts its own unique twist on the time loop trope. That sci-fi element also makes "Palm Springs" truly rare among romantic comedies. Add in strong performances from the leading actors, and you've got a no-brainer watch.

If Beale Street Could Talk

"If Beale Street Could Talk" follows Tish, a young Black woman of the 1970s looking to clear her lover's name. As she takes on this monumental task, she must also work to embrace her pregnancy, which inspires a variety of reactions among her loved ones. For those who are fans of literary adaptations, "If Beale Street Could Talk" is based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel of the same name. It's also the work of Barry Jenkins, the man who directed 2016's sensational "Moonlight," which took home the Academy Award for Best Picture. Need we say more?

  • Starring: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King
  • Director: Barry Jenkins
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 119 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Princess Cyd

While visiting her aunt Miranda Ruth in Chicago for a summer, 16-year-old Cyd Loughlin falls in love with a girl named Katie Sauter. As Cyd and Miranda have different belief systems, they challenge each other in a number of ways — but not always the ones you might expect. "Princess Cyd" defies typical coming-of-age conventions at every turn. Push play now or forever hold your peace.

  • Starring: Rebecca Spence, Jessie Pinnick, Malic White
  • Director: Stephen Cone
  • Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Heathers

In the world of "Heathers," you're either a Heather, or you're a Veronica. Although the two might appear the same on the surface, they're total opposites. Ohio high-schooler Veronica Sawyer is sick of her popular friends. New-in-town misfit J.D. seems like just the guy to take her mind off things ... until he reveals his darker side. "Heathers" is full of pitch-black humor, splendidly expressed by its all-star cast. While it's earned renown as a cult-following flick, it's also an offbeat romance worth a mainstream watch.

  • Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
  • Director: Michael Lehmann
  • Year: 1989
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Love, Simon

Being a teenager is tough. You're full of raging emotions you don't quite understand, your parents are constantly on your nerves, and socializing is suddenly way more complicated. "Love, Simon" explores these challenges through Simon Spier, a high school teenager who appears to have it all together. Yet that couldn't be further from the truth: Simon is being blackmailed by a fellow student who knows his secret — he's gay. If this information gets out, his life will be forever changed ... but would that be such a bad thing? Add in a love story with a mysterious classmate and a spectacular cast, and you've got a beautiful coming-of-age story worth countless watches.

  • Starring: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner
  • Director: Greg Berlanti
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

La La Land

If you're a fan of musicals, then "La La Land" is a must-see. But even if you're not, the film's artistic style, plus passionate performances from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, make it worth the watch. Gosling and Stone play aspiring artists chasing their dreams in Los Angeles. Though love blossoms between them, their ambitions make things tough. The film was a huge success at the box office, and scored big during award season. If you haven't watched it by now, you're truly missing out –– good thing you can change that with a couple of clicks on Hulu.

  • Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend
  • Director: Damien Chazelle
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 128 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Edward Scissorhands

A man with hands made out of scissors? Now that's an interesting romantic hook. "Edward Scissorhands" follows Edward, who, as the title suggests, has scissor blades for hands, yet also a gentle heart. The film is part fairy tale, part gothic horror, and all romance. Add in the fact that Tim Burton directs this beloved flick, and you have a slam dunk. "Edward Scissorhands" isn't your typical romance, and that's what makes it a classic of the genre.

Crazy Heart

Jeff Bridges won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in "Crazy Heart," which everyone who's seen the movie knows is well-deserved. This stirring film follows Otis "Bad" Blake, a former country music legend who's now circling the drain. But after he meets Jean, a journalist who asks him for an interview, things start to change. If you're craving romance that doesn't sand away life's rough edges, this movie is definitely worth the price of admission — which, in this case, is free with your Hulu subscription.

  • Starring: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell
  • Director: Scott Cooper
  • Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Supernova

Tusker and his longtime partner Sam decide to travel across England in their RV. Though that might sound like a simple premise, "Supernova" is an emotional ride about coming to terms with mortality, hinging on the fact that Tusker has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Featuring brilliant performances by the film's two leading actors, "Supernova" might break your heart, but it's 100 percent worth it. This is one road trip you won't want to miss.

  • Starring: Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Pippa Haywood
  • Director: Harry Macqueen
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Undine

Undine is a busy historian who specializes in Berlin's urban development. When she's betrayed by the man she loves, however, the story's roots in ancient myth begin to show. Though "Undine" takes place in the present day, it blends folklore and supernatural elements into its modern setting so seamlessly, you'll never question their presence. If you like your romance sprinkled with a dash of dark fantasy, then "Undine" is for you.

  • Starring: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Jacob Matschenz
  • Director: Christian Petzold
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Plus One

Wedding season can be a beautiful time. But when you're single — a status that tends to stick out at weddings — those feelings of love ebb away. "Plus One" follows Ben and Alice, a pair of friends who agree to be each other's plus-ones for wedding season purposes. Little by little, however, they begin to realize more might lie between them than they've ever realized. Whether you can relate to their nuptial fatigue or just want to dive into a rom-com that checks all the genre's boxes, make sure to mark "Plus One."

  • Starring: Maya Erskine, Jack Quaid, Ed Begley Jr.
  • Director: Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 98 Minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Much Ado About Nothing

If you're a William Shakespeare fan, then this "Much Ado About Nothing" adaptation is a natural choice. For those of you less familiar with the Bard, this is a romantic comedy that revolves around weddings, trickery, and love. This film boasts an all-star cast featuring Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, and Kate Beckinsale, among others. They take to the classic material like fish to water. If you're a fan of Shakespeare, romance, comedy, or any combination of the three, then this film should be your next watch.

Happiest Season

A list of romances just isn't complete without a holiday-themed rom-com. Enter "Happiest Season." Abby is thrilled to be invited to her girlfriend Harper's house for Christmas — until she learns that Harper's family doesn't know their daughter is gay. Not only are her plans to propose on Christmas morning ruined, Abby is now forced to pretend to be Harper's straight roommate. "Happiest Season" tackles some serious themes regarding family acceptance, yet it remains a resolutely cheery delight. This is a seasonal treat that can be dipped into year-round. 

Sleepless in Seattle

The central romance of "Sleepless in Seattle" is sparked when a young boy calls into a radio station to say that his dad needs a new wife. Annie, a Baltimore Sun reporter, writes to the bereaved father, but their path to love is hardly straightforward. This is an old-school rom-com, featuring two unlikely people finding love. Such movies have long been, and will probably always be, cherished favorites — especially when Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are attached to the production.

  • Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman
  • Director: Nora Ephron
  • Year: 1993
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Date Night

"Date Night" follows Phil and Claire Foster, a married couple who want to switch things up by having a nice meal out in New York City. When they have trouble getting a table, they lie about who they are to get seated faster. As it turns out, the couple they're impersonating are wrapped up in some very unsavory business — a fact they learn when they're threatened at gunpoint. What ensues is a night that is the exact opposite of routine. "Date Night" is an escapist delight, starring some of today's greatest comedic talents.

  • Starring: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg
  • Director: Shawn Levy
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

The Quiet Man

"The Quiet Man" follows a retired boxer named Sean Thornton who leaves America for Ireland in an attempt to escape his past. He meets the vibrant Mary Kate Danaher, falls in love, and promptly marries her. This film wouldn't be as well-regarded as it is if the lovely couple's story ended there, of course. Problems soon emerge when Mary's brother refuses to pay her dowry. Considered a classic, "The Quiet Man" won two Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography.

  • Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald
  • Director: John Ford
  • Year: 1952
  • Runtime: 129 minutes
  • Rating: G
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Last Chance Harvey

Harvey Shine is on the way to London for his daughter Susan's wedding. This isn't a blissful trip, however: His career is in crisis, not everyone is thrilled to see him, and his daughter wants her stepfather to give her away at the wedding, rather than Harvey. But, as fate would have it, he soon meets a woman named Kate Walker in a similarly rocky place. Love is quick to blossom. Featuring two Academy Award-winners in the lead roles, "Last Chance Harvey" does the genre proud and proves that second chances really do exist.

  • Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Eileen Atkins
  • Director: Joel Hopkins
  • Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%