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Last Updated: October 4, 2017

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 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 October 2017. In no particular order, here our list of best romance movies available on right now.

13. 'Before Midnight' (2013)

  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Who's in it? Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
  • IMDb score: 7.9/10

Best quote: "Like sunlight, sunset, we appear, we disappear. We are so important to some, but we are just passing through."

Nine years on since their first meeting in Before Sunrise (1995), Before Midnight returns to Jesse and Céline, who are spending a summer vacation together in Greece.

Building on the first two installments of the trilogy, director Richard Linklater's musings on love, marriage and friendship continue to captivate audiences and shed light on the aching reality of long-term relationships.

12. 'Beauty And The Beast' (2017)

  • Director: Bill Condon
  • Who's in it? Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
  • IMDb score: 7.4/10

Best quote: "Think of the one place that you've always wanted to see. Now find it in your mind's eye and feel it in your heart."

pulled out all the stops when it dropped its live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast earlier this year and now, the Emma Watson-led musical extravaganza is available for your viewing pleasure on Netflix. Starring a myriad of familiar faces and voices — including Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson in supporting roles — the enchanting fairy tale about a beautiful maiden and a beastly Prince continues to be one of the most exhilarating love stories and visual treats around.

11. 'Carol' (2015)

  • Director: Todd Haynes
  • Who's in it? Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
  • IMDb score: 7.2/10

Best quote: "Just when you think it can't get any worse, you run out of cigarettes."

Todd Haynes's drama romance Carol scooped up six Oscar nominations when the film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt hit theatres back in 2015.

Available on Netflix from September 20, the movie tells the story of an older woman (Cate Blanchett) who falls for a young, New York City department-store clerk (Rooney Mara). As the two women become involved in a forbidden love affair, Carol finally finds the courage to leave her husband — however, in turn, she forcefully collides with the social anxieties and widespread stigma that come hand-in-hand with being a gay woman in the '50s.

10. 'Like Crazy' (2011)

  • Director: Drake Doremus
  • Who's in it? Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence
  • IMDb score: 6.7/10

Best quote: "I thought I understood it, that I could grasp it, but I didn't, not really. Only the smudgeness of it; the pink-slippered, all-containered, semi-precious eagerness of it."

2011's romance Like Crazy joins Netflix at a very apt time, when issues of border control and immigration are frequently discussed in world politics. Starring Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin — a talented star who tragically died in June 2016 — the movie concerns itself with a relationship between a British college student and an American, who fall in love only to be separated when she is banned from the US after overstaying her visa.

LA-based director Drake Doremus reportedly based the storyline partly on his own long-distance relationship with a woman living in London. Yet, he successfully deviated away from conventional filmmaking, giving his actors free reign by simply providing them with a 50-page screenplay outline and leaving them to improvise their own dialogue.

9. 'Emma' (1996)

  • Director: Douglas McGrath
  • Who's in it? Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, Greta Scacchi, Ewan McGregor
  • IMDb score: 6.8/10

Best quote: "I rode through the rain! I'd — I'd ride through worse than that if I could just hear your voice telling me that I might, at least, have some chance to win you."

Jane Austen's love stories are timeless and the 1996 movie adaptation of Emma is no exception. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, it tells the story of an endearing socialite who takes it upon herself to find suitors for the ladies around her. However, when she embarks on finding a lover for pretty debutante Harriet Smith, she encounters obstacles that cast a shadow on her own happiness.

8. 'Suite Française' (2015)

  • Director: Saul Dibb
  • Who's in it? Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie
  • IMDb score: 6.9/10

Best quote: "Hardly a word of our true feelings had ever been spoken. Not a single word about love."

British-French-Belgian romance drama Suite Française is based on a best-selling novel by Irène Némirovsky and centers on a relationship between a small-town Frenchwoman and a German commander during the early years of the Fascist occupation of France. Available on Netflix from June 2017 onwards, it is a heartbreaking tale of compassion and courage amidst the tragedy of the Second World War.

7. 'Safe Haven' (2013)

  • Director: Nicholas Sparks
  • Who's in it? Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders
  • IMDb score: 6.7/10

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 the list of movies based on love streaming on Netflix from March 2017, as well as being 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 romantic drama certainly do the trick.

6. 'Midnight In Paris' (2011)

  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Who's in it? Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard
  • IMDb score: 7.7/10

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).

5. 'Twilight' (2008)

  • Director: Catherine Hardwicke
  • Who's in it? Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke
  • IMDb score: 5.2/10

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 teenage romance 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 and right into the deep end of fan hysteria. It's available on Netflix, where it currently sits high on the list of best romance movies and chick flicks on the streaming platform.

4. 'Picture Perfect' (1997)

  • Director: Glenn Gordon Caron
  • Who's in it? Jennifer Aniston, Jay Mohr, Kevin Bacon
  • IMDb score: 5.5/10

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.

3. 'Forrest Gump' (1994)

  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Who's in it? Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
  • IMDb score: 8.8/10

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. However, be prepared to shed a tear because this one's on Netflix's list of romance movies that make you cry.

2. 'Anna Karenina' (2012)

  • Director: Joe Wright
  • Who's in it? Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  • IMDb score: 6.6/10

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.

1. 'Before We Go' (2014)

  • Director: Chris Evans
  • Who's in it? Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Emma Fitzpatrick
  • IMDb score: 6.9/10

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, 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.

What would you say are some of the best romantic movies on Netflix?


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