Note: This list will be updated monthly to reflect both the old and new romance movies added to Netflix. Newest additions are at the top.
If you're in the mood for movies about love, Netflix has just the thing for you. Currently, there are countless movies about romance in 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 within the cold depths of December. In no particular order, here our list of the best romance movies available on Netflix right now.
15. 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.
IMDb score: 5.5
14. Alfie (2004)
- Director: Charles Shyer
- Who's in it? Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Susan Sarandon
Best quote: "Of all the women I've known,the one I let my guard down with delivers the knockout punch."
Decades on from Michael Caine's iconic performance as charming cad Alfie, Jude Law steps into the famous role in this modern take on the romance comedy classic. Also starring Sienna Miller and the legendary Susan Sarandon, the light-hearted drama is essentially a more sexed-up version of the original 1966 film and is a wonderful new addition to the genre on Netflix.
IMDb score: 6.2/10
13. 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 this romance classic.
IMDb score: 7.7/10
12. 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
11. 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
10. 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 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
9. 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
8. An Affair to Remember (1957)
- Director: Leo McCarey
- Who's in it? Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning
Best quote: "I was looking up... it was the nearest thing to heaven! You were there..."
The premise of 1957's An Affair to Remember is simple: A couple fall in love and agree to meet in six months time at the Empire State Building, giving each other time to solve their current personal issues and relationships.
Riddled with defining moments, this is an absolute masterpiece starring Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant in the main roles.
IMDb score: 7.6/10
7. 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 Netflix's praiseworthy selection of best romantic movies.
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
6. 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
5. 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
4. The Painted Veil (2006)
- Director: John Curran
- Who's in it? Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber
Best quote: “It was silly of us to look for qualities in each other that we never had.”
Based on the 1925 novel by W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil is an timeless love story set against the visually lush backdrop of China during one its most turbulent periods of history. The movie stars Naomi Watts and Edward Norton as an estranged husband and wife who unexpectedly find a chance at happiness while embarking on a dangerous journey into the heart of a cholera epidemic.
With a strong message to love and to forgive, this is an outstanding adaptation of Maugham's classic that remains authentic to its time and place in history.
IMDb score: 7.5/10
3. The Holiday (2006)
- Director: Nancy Meyers
- Who's in it? Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black, Eli Wallach
Best quote: “You'll meet people who make you feel worthwhile again and little pieces of your soul will finally come back.”
Although this is technically another Christmas movie available on Netflix, The Holiday is a joy to behold all year round. The touching chick-flick concerns itself with two unlucky-in-love ladies (Cameron and Winslet) who swap houses for the festive period to get away from the romantic disappointments within their sad lives.
A feel-good rom-com filled with adorable "meet-cutes" and lighthearted humor that will shout out to the romantic in you.
IMDb score: 6.9/10
2. 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
1. Save the Last Dance (2001)
- Director: Thomas Carter
- Who's in it? Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington
Best quote: “You know what? Derek and I like each other and if you have a problem with that, then screw you.”
Way before there was Step Up, Save the Last Dance reigned supreme over the American dance film genre. The film stars Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas as an unlikely young couple in Chicago with a explosive passion for dance amidst a world of gang violence and racial tension.
A teen melodrama that is a welcome addition to Netflix's romance library.
IMDb score: 6.2/10
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