The Best Romantic Movies on Netflix Right Now (December 2021)

Chill with some of the most romantic flicks around

You and Netflix already had your meet-cute ages ago, so why not kick back with a romantic movie or three? From rom-coms to period pieces, we have all the best romantic movies on Netflix right now organized into a handy list, so you can spend more time watching and less time searching.

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Ophelia (2018): Best Feminist Reimaging of Hamlet

Daisy Ridley in Ophelia

Netflix

IMDb rating: 6.6/10

Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Mia Quiney, Calum O'Rourke

Director: Claire McCarthy

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 46 minutes

In Ophelia, Shakespeare's masterpiece is retold through the eyes of Hamlet's love interest. A servant to Queen Gertrude (Naomi Watts), Ophelia (Daisy Ridley) begins a tryst with the handsome prince as political turmoil wrecks the royal family and all of Denmark.

Ophelia drifts pretty far from Shakespeare's source material, but considering how many adaptations of "Hamlet" already exist, the fresh take is welcome. Even if you don't like every turn the story takes, you'll be riveted by the stunning sets and costumes.

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Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020): Most Beautiful Sci-Fi Anime Robot Romance

Violet Evergarden: The Movie

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 8.5/10

Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Yui Ishikawa, Daisuke Namikawa, Takehito Koyasu

Director: Taichi Ishidate

Motion Picture Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Violet Evergarden was born to fight, so in a time of peace, she's left without a purpose. As the world heals from the wounds of war, Violet searches desperately for Major Gilbert Bougainvillea, the only person who ever told her, "I love you."

You can also watch the Violet Evergarden animated series on Netflix. In fact, the movie picks up where the show leaves off, so you might want to binge the series first. It's only 13 episodes.

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Holidate (2020): Most Self Aware Christmas Romance

Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey in Holidate

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.1/10

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Kristin Chenoweth

Director: John Whitesell

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Tired of getting heckled by her family for being single, Sloane (Emma Roberts) enlists Jackson (Luke Bracey) to be her "holidate." In typical rom-com fashion, their arrangement turns into something more serious as they adamantly deny feelings for each other.

Holidate is less family-friendly than your average Hallmark Christmas movie, so wait until the kids are in bed before you start watching.

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Titanic (1997): Most Critically Acclaimed Romance of the Century

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane

Director: James Cameron

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 3 hours, 14 minutes

One of the most praised and parodied films of all time has at long last landed on Netflix. Everyone knows how the story ends, but the romance between Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) is what makes the three-hour ride worthwhile.

Director James Cameron's masterpiece received over 100 award nominations for everything from its outstanding acting performances to the breathtaking sets and special effects. Titanic was the highest-grossing film of all time until Cameron broke his own record with the release of Avatar in 2010.

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Almost Love (2019): Best Throwback to 90s Sitcom Romances

The cast of Almost Love

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 5.7/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Scott Evans, Augustus Prew, Michelle Buteau

Director: Mike Doyle

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

Centering around a group of unhappy thirty-somethings in New York, Almost Love feels like an idea for a sitcom that got condensed into a movie. Nonetheless, most of the jokes land thanks to the comedic chemistry of the cast.

Almost Love is an irreverent comedy that's not for the easily offended. That said, it's perfectly fine for when you're in the mood to turn off your brain and laugh.

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The Blue Lagoon (1980): Hottest Romance in a Tropical Paradise

Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins in Blue Lagoon

IMDb Rating: 5.8/10

Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance

Starring: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern

Director: Randal Kleiser

Motion Picture Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Two shipwrecked teens are left stranded on an island in the South Pacific with nothing to do but survive. What do you think happens? The only real question is whether or not they'll ever make it back home.

Blue Lagoon is one of those movies that critics hated but audiences loved. Despite the R rating, it's pretty tame by today's standards.

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He's All That (2021): Cutest Remake of a Teenage Classic

Addison Rae and Tanner Buchanan in He's All That

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 4.3/10

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Family

Starring: Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan, Madison Pettis

Director: Mark Waters

Motion Picture Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes

Tanner Buchanan of Kobra Kai fame stars in this remake of the beloved teen rom-com She's All That. In a reverse of the original plot, popular girl Padgett (Addison Rae) gets dared to turn an introverted boy named Cameron (Buchanan) into the prom king. The experiment goes surprisingly well until Cameron discovers Padgett's true intentions.

As long as you don't come into He's All That expecting anything original, you probably won't be disappointed. It's a typical teen movie that sticks to the original formula, which was already quite successful.

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Naked (2017): Raunchiest Rom-Com From the Mind of Marlon Wayans

Marlon Wayans in Naked

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 5.4/10

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert

Director: Michael Tiddes

Motion Picture Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Being naked in public is a dream we've all had, but imagine it's your wedding day and you can't wake up. That's the premise of Naked. In this obvious ode to Groundhog Day, Benny (Marlon Wayans) is trapped in a recurring nudity nightmare.

Critics weren't kind to Naked when it came out, but the film obviously isn't intended to win any Oscars. Instead, it delivers a solidly entertaining hour-and-a-half of gags. Needless to say, Naked isn't for kids, but the humor is mild enough for teens.

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Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse in Five Feet Apart

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Genre: Romance, Drama

Starring: Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moises Arias

Director: Justin Baldoni

TV Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes

In this timely teen romance, young cystic fibrosis patients Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Will (Cole Sprouse) must navigate their budding relationship within the restrictions of a hospital. As they grow closer emotionally, it becomes harder to keep their hands off of each other.

Five Feet Apart came out months before the COVID-19 pandemic, and it now seems strangely prescient since we've all become accustomed to keeping our distance. The story is still unique, but it now has universal resonance.

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The Kissing Booth 3 (2021): Hottest Summer Break Rom-Com

The cast of The Kissing Booth 3

Netlifx

IMDb Rating: 5.0/10

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi

Director: Vince Marcello

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 1 hour, 52 minutes

The Kissing Booth film series became a hit on Netflix by following a tried-and-true formula: It's all about teen romance and the challenges of growing up. If you've seen one, you've seen them all. That said, if you're a fan of the first two movies, The Kissing Booth 3 is right up your alley.

Elle (Joey King) and Noah (Jacob Elordi) are on their way to college, but they have one last summer vacation to enjoy with their friends. As emotions run high, so does the romantic tension. Despite the suggestive title, The Kissing Booth 3 is tame enough for young teens.

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The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021): A Mystery Romance for the Ages

The cast of The Last Letter from Your Lover

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Joe Alwyn, Wendy Nottingham

Director: Augustine Frizzell

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Recently single Ellie (Shailene Woodley) comes across a cache of love letters written years ago from "Boot" to "J." Fed up with her own love life, Ellie becomes obsessed with a decades-old romance between people she's never met. Her investigation into the identifies of mysterious lovers uncovers an affair that began in the 1960s and might still exist to this day.

The story jumps between different time periods and places from the mid-century French Riviera to modern London, giving the movie an adventurous vibe. Fans of the mystery-romance genre may also want to check out the book it's based on by Jojo Moyes.

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Juanita (2019): Best Romance Movie About Self-Love and Self-Care

Alfre Woodard in Juanita

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.0/10

Genre: Drama

Starring: Alfre Woodard, Adam Beach, Jordan Nia Elizabeth

Director: Clark Johnson

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Seeking to reinvent herself, Juanita (Alfre Woodard) leaves everyone and everything she knows in Ohio for Montana, where she finds love in an unlikely place: a French restaurant owned by a handsome Native American named Jess (Adam Beach). In other words, it's a quintessentially American story of self-actualization.

This Netflix exclusive is an adaptation of the Sheila Williams book Dancing on the Edge of the Roof. Like the novel it's based on, Juanita is best paired with a chocolate croissant and a glass of Chardonnay.

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Flipped (2010): Best Adaptation of a Teen Romance Novel

Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe in Flipped

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay

Director: Rob Reiner

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Juli (Madeline Carroll) has been in love with her neighbor Bryce (Callan McAuliffe) since second grade, but as they grow into teenagers, her affections are beginning to wane. At the same time, Bryce begins to develop feelings for Juli, thus reversing their childhood roles.

Flipped is a delightfully cute coming-of-age story that parents can enjoy with their kids. If you like the movie, be sure to check out the book it's based on.

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Kasanova (2019): Funniest Nollywood Romance

Toyin Abraham and Iretiola Doyle in Kasanova

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring: Wale Ojo, Iretiola Doyle, Alvin Abayomi

Director: Oluseyi Asurf

TV Rating: TV-14

Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Following the death of his wife, single dad Femi (Wale Ojo) has become a womanizer with little actual respect for women. However, he meets his match in his son's music teacher, Ms. Jessica (Iretiola Doyle), who has no tolerance for Femi's misogyny. Things get more complicated when Femi's son, Jason (Alvin Abayomi), falls for Jessica's daughter.

One of the most successful Nollywood films of 2019, Kasanova was a huge hit in Nigeria, and international audiences can now enjoy it in English on Netflix. The entire cast has perfect comedic timing, turning what could have been a potentially bland rom-com into a surprisingly witty love story.

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Loving (2016): Best Historical Romantic Drama About Civil Rights

Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton in Loving 2016

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance

Starring: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton

Director: Jeff Nichols

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes

In 1958, interracial marriage was illegal in Virginia, so Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter took a road trip to Washington, D.C., to tie the knot. Upon returning home, the couple was arrested and forced to choose between serving jail time or leaving the state. Their case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ultimately struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the country.

While upsetting to watch at many points, Loving should be essential viewing for every American because it reminds us that the freedoms we take for granted were not secured without a fight. It has a happy ending, so the payoff is worth it if you can get through the sad moments.

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All the Bright Places (2020): Best Teen Romance Movie

Elle Fanning and Justice Smith in All the Bright Places

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

Genre: Drama, Romance

Starring: Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Alexandra Shipp

Director: Brett Haley

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes

While taking a jog, Theodore (Justice Smith) sees Violet (Elle Fanning) seemingly about to jump off a bridge. After talking her away from the ledge, Theodore learns that Violet's sister was killed in a car accident on the same bridge. As Violet begins to open up, the two form a deep bond, but Theodore is holding back his own secrets.

All the Bright Places adequately explores the complexities of teenage mental health. However, it may not be appropriate for someone who is currently experiencing mental health issues. Although the movie is about a teen romance, it's not intended for younger audiences.

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Rebecca (2020): Best Remake of an Alfred Hitchcock Classic

Lily James and Armie Hammer in Rebecca 2020

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.0/10

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance

Starring: Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas

Director: Ben Wheatley

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 2 hours, 1 minute

Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer) never quite recovered from the loss of his first wife, Rebecca, but that doesn't stop him from marrying another woman after a weekend rendezvous. The new Mrs. de Winter (Lily James) quickly starts to regret their nuptials once she realizes that Rebecca still haunts her new home.

In the eyes of film critics, the remake couldn't possibly compete with Hitchcock's original. Still, this version may be more palatable for modern audiences. If you like Rebecca, be sure to check out the original movie, as well as the 1938 novel it's based on.

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I Lost My Body (2019): Most Surreal Animated Love Story

Naoufel and Gabrielle in I Lost My Body

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d'Assumçao

Director: Jérémy Clapin

Motion Picture Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour, 21 minutes

I Lost My Body, or J'ai perdu mon corps in French, is a surrealist animated film about a hand in search of a body. The hand belongs to Naoufel (Hakim Faris), a young immigrant who is hopelessly in love with a woman named Gabrielle (Victoire Du Bois) although the two have never met.

I Lost My Body definitely isn't a traditional love story. Instead, it explores themes of longing, loss, and isolation. Debuting to international praise from critics, the film even earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.

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