If you’re in the mood for movies about love, Netflix has just the thing for you. Currently, there are countless popular romantic movies on the online streaming portal’s library, providing subscribers with an overwhelming selection of heart-stopping moments and unforgettable love stories.
From rom-com favorites, iconic chick-flicks, epic tales of forbidden love and timeless classics, there is something to make every true romantic’s heart flutter with wild abandon in May 2017. In no particular order, here our list of best romance movies available on #Netflix right now.
15. ‘Chocolat’ (2000)
- Director: Lasse Hallström
- Who’s in it? Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Johnny Depp
Best quote: “And these are for your husband. Unrefined cacao nips from Guatemala, to awaken the passions.”
Romantic comedy-drama Chocolat tells the story of a young, single mother — played by the exquisite Juliette Binoche — who moves to a small French town with her 6-year-old daughter. Opening up a chocolate shop in the town square, she begins to gradually transform the closed-minded and conservative opinions of the local population. The movie is available on Netflix as part of its selection of popular romantic movies from May 2017.
IMDb score: 7.3/10
14. ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ (2003)
- Director: Nancy Meyers
- Who’s in it? Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves
Best quote: “Erica, you are a woman to love.”
Rewind back to the heyday of cute rom-coms with 2003’s Something’s Gotta Give. Part of Netflix’s romance movie offerings from April 1, a stellar cast comprised of Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves lead a heartwarming storyline about an older man with an insatiable taste for young woman. However, when he falls for an accomplished woman closer to his age group, his whole world is turned upside down.
IMDb score: 6.7/10
13. ‘Safe Haven’ (2013)
- Director: Nicholas Sparks
- Who’s in it? Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders
Best quote: “Promise me something Katie, you’ll take a lot of pictures and only regret the ones that you didn’t take.”
Romance thriller Safe Haven is on Netflix from March 2017 and is another adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ 2010 novel of the same name. If you’re in for a sickly sweet love story about a young woman with a mysterious past who meets a handsome widower, this will certainly do the trick.
IMDb score: 6.7/10
12. ‘Midnight In Paris’ (2011)
- Director: Woody Allen
- Who’s in it? Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard
Best quote: “We all fear death and question our place in the universe. The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.”
Another Woody Allen classic, Midnight In Paris stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates in a film that sees a nostalgic screenwriter accidentally going back in time to 1920s Paris during one of his many late-night city wanderings. There he collides with the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, his wife Zelda, Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, before falling head-over-heels in love with Pablo Picasso’s lover Adriana (Marion Cotillard).
IMDb score: 7.7/10
11. ‘Twilight’ (2008)
- Director: Catherine Hardwicke
- Who’s in it? Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke
Best quote: “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.”
Go right back to the beginning of Stephanie Meyer’s book-to-movie series and immerse yourself in a story that finds a young girl falling in love with a handsome vampire that doesn’t do much else but look solemn and sparkle in the sun.
Ultimately, Twilight was responsible for kick-starting one of the most successful young adult series in recent times and plunged newcomers Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson right into the deep end of fan hysteria. It’s available on Netflix, where it sits high on the list of best romance movies on the streaming platform.
IMDb score: 5.2
10. ‘Picture Perfect’ (1997)
- Director: Glenn Gordon Caron
- Who’s in it? Jennifer Aniston, Jay Mohr, Kevin Bacon
Best quote: “I can be a ‘bad’ girl.”
At the height of Jennifer Aniston’s Friends fame, America’s sweetheart stars alongside Kevin Bacon in an adorable comedy romance called Picture Perfect. Oozing that Rachel charm, Jen plays the role of a young, single advertising exec who pretends to be engaged to a man she just met to impress her boss.
If you’re on the look-out for good classic movies about love, this one will certainly hit the spot.
IMDb score: 5.5
9. ‘Titanic’ (1997)
- Director: James Cameron
- Who’s in it? Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane
Best quote: “I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.”
Titanic is perhaps the romance movie of the ’90s — the role that threw Leonardo DiCaprio into superstardom and paved the way for James Cameron’s blockbuster streak in Hollywood.
Although we all probably know how the story goes, here’s a quick reminder anyway: A young British aristocrat embarks on journey to New York on the ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic, falling in love with a poor American artist along the way. Years on, and we still refuse to let go of one of the most popular romantic movies of all time.
IMDb score: 7.7/10
8. ‘How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days’ (2003)
- Who’s in it? Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg
Best quote: “Our love fern! You let it die!”
Before Matthew McConaughey was winning Academy Awards and lending his name to critically-acclaimed projects such as Interstellar, True Detective and the Wolf of Wall Street, he was basically the epitome of a romcom heartthrob in the early ’00s. And How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days is perhaps the best example of that heyday.
Starring alongside Kate Hudson in the movie, McConaughey plays a high-flying advertising executive who bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in ten days. Meeting Andie Anderson, little does he know that she’s actually got her own agenda.
IMDb score: 6.4/10
7. ‘Hope Floats’ (1998)
- Director: Forest Whitaker
- Who’s in it? Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., Gena Rowlands
Best quote: “Just give hope a chance to float up and it will.”
A beautiful story about true love lost and found, Forest Whitaker’s Hope Floats (yeah, he’s also a director!) sees Sandra Bullock as a former high-school beauty queen who must choose between her head and her heart after her husband leaves her for her best friend. When another young, handsome man comes back into her life, she is forced to reevaluate everything she had previously expected in life.
IMDb score: 5.9/10
6. ‘Forrest Gump’ (1994)
- Director: Robert Zemeckis
- Who’s in it? Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
Best quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”
Ever since the feature hit cinemas back in 1994, Forrest Gump has been warming the hearts of audiences all over the world. Bearing the phenomenal power to make the burliest of men cry and the most cynical of us to crack a smile, this continues to be one of the most uplifting and best romance movies around.
Observe some of America’s most significant historical moments through the eyes of Tom Hanks in the title role — events which are all interlaced with the beautiful love story between Forrest and his dear Jenny at the heart of it all.
IMDb score: 8.8/10
5. ‘Jane Eyre’ (2011)
- Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
- Who’s in it? Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell
Best quote: “Am I a machine with out feelings? Do you think that because I am poor, plain, obscure, and little that I am souless and heartless? I have as much soul as you and full as much heart.”
Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is perhaps one of the most famous Gothic romances in English literature, a tense page turner that has attracted millions of readers since it was first published in 1847.
And Cary Fukunaga’s 21st century screen adaptation is no less enticing. Now available as one of the best romance movies on Netflix, 2011’s Jane Eyre stars Mia Wasikowska as a pale, mousy governess and Michael Fassbender as the dark hero of Rochester in this superbly crafted version of the classic.
IMDb score: 7.4/10
4. ‘Anna Karenina’ (2012)
- Director: Joe Wright
- Who’s in it? Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Best quote: “Romantic love will be the last delusion of the old order.”
Leo Tolstoy’s 19th century masterpiece has received a rather hefty number of marvellous screen adaptations over the years, with projects originating from all corners of the globe. The most recent one however, 2012’s Anna Karenina, is a dazzling addition to the list of best romance movies and good classic movies about love on Netflix.
Starring Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina, the movie brings to life the timeless story of a Russian aristocrat who engages in a whirlwind affair with affluent officer Alexei Karenin. A tragic exploration of marriage, superficial society and rigid gender ideals, it is no wonder that this breathtaking romance remains one of the greatest love stories to emerge from Russia.
IMDb score: 6.6/10
3. ‘Love Actually’ (2003)
- Director: Richard Curtis
- Who’s in it? Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Martin Freeman, Kris Marshall, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley
Best quote: “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”
Every year, British rom-com Love Actually overwhelms audiences with a flutter of happy feelings at Christmas. Packed to the brim with familiar Hollywood faces, Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis’ first directorial effort weaves in and out of a various friendships and love stories in the run up to the big day.
Yet while hitting all the spots with its charm and whimsy, Love Actually also helps to reflect on the tragedies of heartbreak, loss and unrequited love. Oh, and it will make you think that a person holding up a name sign at an airport may just be the most romantic thing you’ve ever seen.
IMDb score: 7.7/10
2. ‘Before We Go’ (2014)
- Director: Chris Evans
- Who’s in it? Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Emma Fitzpatrick
Best quote: “This is no perfect. There will always be struggle. You just need to choose who you wanna struggle with.”
You’d never think that our Captain America could ever find the time to also direct, and star in, a romance movie but there you go. In 2014, Chris Evans made his directorial debut with Before We Go, a love story about two strangers who accidentally cross paths in New York City, becoming entangled with each other in one whirlwind night of adventure.
Alice Eve and Evans have a terrific chemistry, bringing to life a very real and convincing relationship that beautifully unravels the fact that love really can happen, even if only for a fleeting moment.
IMDb score: 6.9/10
1. ‘One Day’ (2011)
- Director: Lone Scherfig
- Who’s in it? Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson
Best quote: “Whatever happens tomorrow, we had today.”
When David Nicholls published his best-selling novel One Day in 2009, it was only a matter of time before it crept its way onto the big screen. The love story tracks the relationship between Emma and Dexter, who meet at their college graduation on July 15, 1988. For the next few decades, events track the trials and tribulations of their complex relationship on the same day each year.
Ultimately, One Day finds new ways of delivering an old-fashioned love story and is a romantic movie that is bound to bring you laughs and tears in equal measure.
IMDb score: 7/10
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