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20 Best Romantic Movies On Hulu

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 January 3, 2022: 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%


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%


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%


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 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%

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. 

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%

The Princess Bride

"The Princess Bride" is a tale inside a tale. A grandfather tells his grandson the story of a farm boy named Westley, who follows his heart and eventually ends up with the love of his life. The only thing is, the woman he yearns for is Princess Buttercup. As her name suggests, she's a princess –– which means humble Westley must rescue her from a prince. A tall task indeed, but not one Westley and his merry companions shy from. This fantastical film is sprinkled with comedic gold.

  • Starring: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin
  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Year: 1987
  • Runtime: 98 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Days of Heaven

The early 1900s weren't an easy time to live in. "Days of Heaven" captures this truth with insight, sensitivity, and pathos. Bill and Abby start out in the Chicago of 1916, but soon flee to Texas. Though the two are romantic partners, Bill convinces Abby to marry the rich farmer they work for: He has a deathly illness, and quick nuptials might allow them to harvest his fortune. Suffice it to say, this devious plan doesn't work out. Romance thrives despite brutal odds in this poignant film.

  • Starring: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard
  • Director: Terrence Malick
  • Year: 1978
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Sense and Sensibility

"Sense and Sensibility" follows two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who find themselves in a difficult position. They come from a wealthy family, yet end up financially strapped after their father passes away: As women, they inherit nothing. This forces them to seek marriage for financial security. Based on Jane Austen's masterpiece of the same name, "Sense and Sensibility" is a delightful and deeply-felt film that proved to be a major box office success. The film went on to receive seven Academy Award nominations

  • Starring: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Year: 1995
  • Runtime: 136 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

I'm Your Man

Archaeologist Alma Felser agrees to live with a robot named Tom for a few weeks, in an effort to fund her research. Though she initially treats Tom like the machine he technically is, soon enough, her feelings towards him become complicated. Tom was created to meet all her wants and needs — can a relationship with such a being ever be healthy? In combining romance and sci-fi, "I'm Your Man" explores artificial intelligence in stirring new ways.

  • Starring: Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller
  • Director: Maria Schrader
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Midnight in Paris

Gil Pender is a successful screenwriter who's attempting to transition into novel-writing. A Parisian vacation with his fiancée initially seems to be a recipe for disaster — until Gil is hurled back in time. Each night, when the clock strikes 12, Gil journeys to Paris of the 1920s, where he meets creative greats like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein — as well as a lovely woman named Adriana. Whether you're a fan of romance, fantasy, Paris, or anything in between, "Midnight in Paris" has a little something for you.

  • Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

500 Days of Summer

"500 Days of Summer" tells a story of failed love in a unique way: Tom Hansen, a young man in a dead-end job, replays his relationship with a woman named Summer in nonlinear fashion as he reflects on what went wrong. Though Tom thought his relationship with Summer was perfect, the viewer soon realizes it wasn't. This introspective odyssey allows both Tom and the audience to look at love, idealization, and breakdown in a different light. "500 Days of Summer" provides a unique spin on a well-worn genre fans will want to revisit for years to come.

  • Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend
  • Director: Marc Webb
  • Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%