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20 Best Romantic Movies On Amazon Prime [December 2021]

An Amazon Prime membership is a beautiful thing. Movie-lovers everywhere appreciate Prime Video's vast library of titles, which includes everything from terrifying thrillers to warm-hearted family films. Romance fans are especially spoiled by Prime's offerings: Love stories of every stripe are available, from all corners of the globe. We've searched through Amazon Prime's enormous collection of films and gathered the 20 best romantic movies on this list. Whether you're a fan of far-fetched rom-coms or prefer your romance with a side of drama, there's a title for everyone. Happy watching!

Updated on December 2, 2021: Amazon Prime offers an ever-changing array of movies, with new love stories constantly being added and subtracted. Make sure to check back every month, as we update this list to reflect the streaming service's current library of romantic movies.

Beginners

"Beginners" follows an artist, Oliver, who lives with his dad's adorable, four-legged fur baby, Arthur, and they both bond over the tragedy of the loss of their father (if you will). The resulting film revolves around flashbacks to Oliver's relationship with his dad, Hal, who, after 40-plus years of marriage, comes out to his son. Sadly, Hal has also been stricken with terminal cancer. While Oliver remembers his father's final days, as romantic comedy-drama fate would have it, he meets an actress named Anna. After a handful of relationships that all fell apart, the romantic in him hopes this one will, at long last, go the distance ... but that doesn't stop his issues from getting in the way.

"Beginners" is a beautiful film about life, loss, and, of course, love. And the film earned a Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Plummer, who plays Oliver's dad.

Beginners hits Prime Video on November 16.

  • Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent

  • Director: Mike Mills

  • Year: 2010

  • Runtime: 104 minutes

  • Rating: R

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

The Big Sick

Kumail, an up-and-coming comedian struggling to make a name for himself, embarks upon a relationship with Emily Gardner, a psychology student. Things get complicated when Emily ends up in a coma, due to an increasingly serious infection. When Kumail's parents learn about their relationship, the situation becomes even more snarled. Loosely based on a true story, "The Big Sick" is sad, funny, and dramatic. This all adds up to a refreshing take on the genre.

To Catch a Thief

John Robie is a retired jewel thief living out his days on the French Riviera. When crimes that have his name written all over them start occurring, police come knocking. John isn't to blame, however, and attempts to clear his name by solving the mystery. Along the way, he starts a relationship with Frances, an American tourist. When her high-priced jewelry is stolen, their burgeoning bond takes a hit — yet that doesn't stop John from, as the title suggests, continuing on his quest to catch the thief.

  • Starring: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis
  • Director: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Year: 1955
  • Runtime: 106 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Charade

"Charade" is part romance, part comedy, and part suspense, and sticks the landing in all three genres. We follow Regina Lampert and Peter Joshua, who spark a romantic relationship on an Alpine vacation. Yet when Regina returns from her ski trip, she discovers her husband has been murdered. She and Joshua must unravel the mystery, which grows more and more intense. If you like your romance films infused with mystique, then this is, without a doubt, the movie for you.

  • Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Walter Matthau
  • Director: Stanley Donen
  • Year: 1963
  • Runtime: 113 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Edward Scissorhands

"Edward Scissorhands" is a Tim Burton classic, which means audience members can expect gothic elements in this fantasy romance flick. Edward has, as the title implies, terrifying scissor blades for hands. As if that detail doesn't make life hard enough, he also lives alone. Luckily, he's taken in by a family who opens the once-solitary young man up to a dazzling new world. Eventually, Edward falls in love — but happily-ever-after isn't guaranteed. "Edward Scissorhands" received an Academy Award nomination, as well as many other accolades, during award season.

  • Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Year: 1990
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Funny Face

"Funny Face" is an enchanting musical that follows fashion photographer Dick Avery on his quest for a model who has intelligence and beauty. At a shoot set in a bookstore, he inadvertently takes pictures of Jo Stockton, who fits the description perfectly. He believes Jo has what it takes to thrive in the fashion world, and persuades her to go to France with him and his editor. Soon enough, love begins to blossom. Though they can be somewhat far-fetched, musicals excel at taking audiences on unforgettable adventures. "Funny Face" is an example of the genre at its best.

  • Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson
  • Director: Stanley Donen
  • Year: 1957
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Garden State

"Garden State" follows Andrew, a struggling actor, who returns home for his mother's funeral. While there, he must face the many ghosts of his past and his family's long-buried sadness. He soon meets a young woman named Sam, who happens to be a compulsive liar. Though his story is a drama, her arrival brings rom-com magic into the mix — albeit very, very weird magic. If you're looking for a love story that sidesteps cliché, "Garden State" should be your next watch.

  • Starring: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard
  • Director: Zach Braff
  • Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

The Handmaiden

As an erotic psychological thriller, this movie throws a lot at its audience — but it's always delivered in exactly the right way. Sook-hee is the titular handmaiden, in service to a Japanese heiress named Lady Hideko. In truth, Sook-hee is after Hideko's fortune, and is operating with the help of a con man. Yet Hideko is hiding complex secrets of her own. Things become even more complicated when Sook-hee and Hideko develop feelings for each other. This isn't your typical romance film, and that's what makes it so exceptional.

  • Starring: Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong
  • Director: Park Chan-wook
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 144 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Heathers

"Heathers" follows teen queen Veronica and her boyfriend J.D. as they team up to take down the popular kids. This is somewhat ironic, as she's also part of the top clique. But Veronica and J.D., and "Heathers" as a whole, are all about digging into the rot at the center of the high school hierarchy — a process that quickly turns deadly. Though cynical, "Heathers" glides over its darkest moments with smart, pitch-black comedy. It might have a cult following, but fans of mainstream romance won't be disappointed.

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

His Girl Friday

"His Girl Friday" is widely regarded as a classic romance. It might surprise you, then, to learn that it's defined by a major twist: Here, the male lead is enamored with his ex-wife, and desperate to keep her from marrying a ho-hum insurance salesman. A newspaper editor and star reporter respectively, these former lovers are forced back into close proximity by a sizzling scoop. With a killer cast, spectacular script, and memorable plot, this swoon-worthy smash-hit is as comical as it is romantic.

  • Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy
  • Director: Howard Hawks
  • Year: 1940
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Jane Eyre

Based on Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel, "Jane Eyre" follows the titular character's life and her eventual arrival at the estate of Edward Rochester — a place haunted by secrets — as a governess. The orphaned Jane has endured a life of cruelty and abuse, and she soon has a charged, longing relationship with Rochester, although there's more than meets the eye when it comes to her brooding boss. The romantic drama is flooded with gothic elements yet still beautifully portrays the themes of love and romance, all with fantastic period costumes and a misty, mysterious setting.

  • Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell

Little Women

"Little Women" follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy as they go through the trials and tribulations of life during the Civil War. As they pray for their father's safe return, they try to follow their dreams, which are as widely varied as their personalities. This can't-miss coming-of-age story lives up to Louisa May Alcott's masterpiece, and then some. To no one's surprise, it received three Oscar nominations.

Love and Friendship

"Love and Friendship" follows Lady Susan, a recent widow with little money of her own. As it's the 1790s and she has a so-so reputation, she has few options. Nevertheless, she draws up a plan to revive her fortunes: She and her daughter will both marry up. Does love conquer all? You'll have to watch to find out. Anyone who loves comedy, romance, and period pieces is bound to enjoy this unique Jane Austen adaptation.

  • Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
  • Director: Whit Stillman
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 93 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Roman Holiday

Suffice it to say, the 1950s brought it in the romance department. "Roman Holiday" follows an overwhelmed princess who meets an American reporter named Joe, though she isn't aware of his profession. Their first meeting is, to say the least, odd: He finds her passed out on a park bench. After discovering who she is, Joe continues to pretend to not recognize her so he can swindle his way into a story, yet romance inevitably wins out. This beloved film took home three Academy Awards

  • Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
  • Director: William Wyler
  • Year: 1953
  • Runtime: 118 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Sleepless in Seattle

The setup for "Sleepless in Seattle" will melt the hearts of romance aficionados everywhere. A young boy named Jonah calls in to a radio show to talk about his recently widowed father, Sam. Sam is lonely, Jonah says, and needs a new wife. Naturally, Sam gets on the phone, pours his heart out, and listeners instantly grow feelings for him. One of them is Annie Reed, a reporter dissatisfied by her own romantic prospects. "Sleepless in Seattle" is a classic of the genre for good reason: It's warm-hearted, witty, and full of genuine wonder.

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

Still Mine

"Still Mine" follows Craig and Irene, a seasoned married couple who are still madly in love with each other. Despite Craig's age, he wants to build a new house more suitable to Irene's changing healthcare needs. He doesn't want to just hire someone to design a home and have other workers create it from scratch, either: He intends to build it with his own hands, from the ground up. Now that's pure romance, baby. Unfortunately, he does encounter some roadblocks along the way — but what's a love story without a few obstacles?

  • Starring: James Cromwell, Geneviève Bujold, Chuck Shamata
  • Director: Michael McGowan
  • Year: 2012
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Sylvie's Love

"Sylvie's Love" is a romance fan's romance movie. It follows a saxophonist named Robert and a woman named Sylvie, who develops a burning passion for her career in television — something not everyone is happy about, given the fact that it's 1962. The two fall head-over-heels for each other, but commitments, work, and a remarkable offer to play in Paris get in the way. Sylvie and Robert's story splits, reconnects, and branches in a number of fascinating ways. Love is complicated here, but it is also enduring.

The Theory of Everything

"The Theory of Everything" explores the romance between brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife, Jane Hawking. The two meet at the University of Cambridge, where their relationship quickly blossoms. Life takes a tough turn, however, when Hawking is diagnosed with ALS. For those who crave seeing the legendary scientist as a human being, rather than an intellectual giant, this is the movie for you. "The Theory of Everything" was also nominated for five Academy Awards.

  • Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox
  • Director: James Marsh
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 123 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Under the Tuscan Sun

"Under the Tuscan Sun" follows recently divorced writer Frances Mayes, who's given a trip to Tuscany by a dear friend. While on her Italian getaway, Frances spontaneously buys a beautiful (if shabby) villa. This act of faith breaks her out of her shell, changing her destiny forever. Life in Tuscany doesn't come without its problems, though. Frances' story is one for romantics who've known heartache, yet never lost their optimism. You'll never regret spending a couple of hours in her lovely piece of Tuscany.

  • Starring: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan
  • Director: Audrey Wells
  • Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 113 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Who You Think I Am

"Who You Think I Am" follows a woman who connects with a man on a social media platform. Sounds normal enough, right? The problem is, she's a middle-aged adult who portrays herself online as a 20-something. This quickly go from bad to worse as her secret unravels. This French film has a bit of everything, from thriller-esque twists to stirring passion. It's a romance unlike any other, and a drama you'll never forget.

  • Starring: Juliette Binoche, François Civil, Nicole Garcia
  • Director: Safy Nebbou
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%