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101 Romantic Movies You Can Stream on Netflix Tonight

Jan 17 2016 - 8:00pm

Grab some popcorn and settle in: it's time for a romantic movie marathon! We've rounded up a diverse selection of the best quirky rom-coms, tearjerker historical romances, steamy erotic films [1], and classic love stories for your viewing pleasure. We've got foreign flicks, new indie movies, and everything in between. Here are 101 romantic, sexy, funny, and sweet streaming Netflix movies to choose from.


Love Actually

Love Actually [5] is the ultimate feel-good Christmas ensemble movie. "If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."

6 Years

The indie romantic drama 6 Years [6] follows a young couple who has been together since high school as they face the future of their relationship after college.

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson's quirky-cute Moonrise Kingdom [7] follows a couple of preteen kids who find solace with each other amidst personal dramas.

Jenny's Wedding

Katherine Heigl [8] stars in Jenny's Wedding [9] as a woman who must come out to her family when she decides to marry her girlfriend.

Sliding Doors

Gwyneth Paltrow [10] plays a woman whose life takes two drastically different paths in the sweet '90s romantic comedy Sliding Doors [11].

Bridget Jones's Diary

Does it get any better than the hilarious British rom-com Bridget Jones's Diary [12]? I think not.


Justin Long [13] and Emmy Rossum star in the indie romantic comedy Comet [14] as a couple falling in love in parallel universes.

Can't Buy Me Love

Can't Buy Me Love [15] is an '80s romantic comedy starring a very young Patrick Dempsey [16] as a teen who pays a popular girl to date him.


Naomi Watts [17] and Robin Wright play childhood best friends who begin sexual relationships with each other's teenage sons in the twisted and steamy drama Adore [18].

On the Road

Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart [19], and Sam Riley have a couple of hot and heavy threesomes — including one in a car — in the dramatic adaptation On the Road [20].

Perfect Sense

The romantic thriller Perfect Sense [21] stars two actors not ashamed of onscreen nudity, Ewan McGregor [22] and Eva Green, as an epidemiologist and a chef who fall in love amidst a plague that causes people to lose their senses.

Seeking a Friend For the End of the World

Steve Carell [23] and Keira Knightley [24] star as a man hoping to reunite with an old flame before the world ends and the woman who joins him along for the ride in the romantic comedy Seeking a Friend For the End of the World [25].

Leap Year

Amy Adams [26] plays a woman who travels to Ireland with plans to propose to her boyfriend in the romantic comedy Leap Year [27].


Bradley Cooper [28] and Jennifer Lawrence play a ambitious newlywed couple who face some serious bumps in their marriage in the Depression-era set romantic drama Serena [29].

Best of Me

Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden play former high-school sweethearts who reunite in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me [30].

Boy Meets Girl

Transgender actress Michelle Hendley [31] stars in the romantic comedy Boy Meets Girl [32] about a trans woman who falls for another woman as well as her best guy friend.

Cafe de Flore

Starring Vanessa Paradis, Cafe de Flore [33] is an emotional romantic drama that follows two stories, decades apart, in Paris and in Montreal — one about a mother and son, the other about a divorced couple.


While more romantic than scary, the 1990 supernatural thriller Ghost [34] does involve murder and a haunted, brokenhearted lover.


Nominated for the Academy Award for best foreign film in 1996, Ridicule [35] takes place during the reign of Louis XVI of France. The film follows a nobleman who travels to Versailles and gets caught up in a love triangle.

Cinema Paradiso

Giuseppe Tornatore's Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso [36] follows a handsome Sicilian boy Salvatore who leaves home to follow his dreams. And, of course, there's a steamy romance that complicates everything tenfold.

I Give It a Year

If you love a good British rom-com, 2013's I Give It a Year [37] — about newlyweds whose marriage begins to deteriorate soon after the wedding [38] — is for you. Plus it stars Rose Byrne and Anna Faris [39].

New York, I Love You

New York, I Love You [40] (2008) tells several stories of big-city love with a star-studded cast that includes Bradley Cooper [41], Natalie Portman [42], Justin Bartha [43], and Shia LaBeouf [44].

Let the Right One In

Swedish horror film Let the Right One In [45] (2008) is a new twist on the blood-sucking genre, as it follows the unlikely friendship (and blossoming romance) between two young misfits, including one who happens to be a vampire.

The Very Thought of You

In The Very Thought of You [46], Monica Potter plays an American in London who ends up falling for three men that she doesn't know are actually best friends.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

In Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas [47] (1993) Sally falls in love with Jack Skellington, the king of Halloweentown, but doesn't know how to tell him how she feels. Instead, she helps him try to take over Christmas and defeat Oogie Boogie.

The Wings of the Dove

Helena Bonham Carter stars as a woman whose aunt is trying to marry her off to someone wealthy in the romantic period drama The Wings of the Dove [48], based on the 1902 novel of the same name.

Indecent Proposal

A wife and her husband must decide together if she should spend one night with another man for $1 million in Indecent Proposal [49].


Restoration [50] (1995) stars Robert Downey Jr., Meg Ryan [51], and Ian McKellen. After saving someone's life, a young doctor is asked to join King Charles's court and marry the ruler's mistress.


In the 1995 film Moondance [52], two Irish teen brothers both fall for a young German tourist visiting their town. Jealousy and heartache ensue.

Behaving Badly

Selena Gomez [53] and Nat Wolff star in the teen rom-com Behaving Badly [54] about a cool girl who falls for the dorky guy.

Fatal Attraction

A married man's sex-filled weekend affair takes a turn toward the dangerous in the erotic thriller Fatal Attraction [55].

Nymphomaniac: Volume I and II

Director Lars von Trier filmed his actors — which included Shia LaBeouf [56], Uma Thurman [57], and Charlotte Gainsbourg, among others — having actual sex in his two-part drama art film Nymphomaniac: Volume I [58] and Nymphomaniac: Volume II [59]. The films follow a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, so naturally they include many graphic sex scenes.

I Am Love

I Am Love [60] (2009) — a Golden Globe nominee starring Tilda Swinton — involves family tensions and forbidden love.


Cate Blanchett [61] and Giovanni Ribisi star in Heaven [62] (2002) about the relationship between a woman imprisoned after her husband's mysterious death and the police officer who helps her escape.

The Last Kiss

The Italian romance The Last Kiss [63] is about a man struggling with the news that he's about to be a father and tempted by a young woman he meets at a wedding [64].

The Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants de Pont Neuf)

The Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants de Pont Neuf) [65] is a cult favorite starring Juliette Binoche as a blind woman who finds herself falling for a homeless, fire-eating addict living on an abandoned bridge in Paris.


In 2009's Timer [66], people have biotechnological implants that count down to the moment they'll meet their soul mate. The comedy follows the story of Oona, a 30-something woman who's worried because her timer isn't ticking.

The Four-Faced Liar

The Four-Faced Liar [67] (2010) follows four 20-somethings who meet at an Irish tavern, bond over drinks, then put each other through an emotional maze.


An aimless college grad falls for his co-worker at an amusement park in the '80s-set Adventureland [68].

Days and Clouds

Filmed in Genoa, Italy, 2008's Days and Clouds [69] focuses on domestic drama. A woman goes back to school to study art history, and when her husband loses his job, the financial strain shifts the dynamic of their marriage.

Beautiful Girls

Love in complicated in the '90s rom-com Beautiful Girls [70], starring Matt Dillon as a pianist who returns to his hometown on the cusp of settling down.

An Ideal Husband

In An Ideal Husband [71], a big-screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde's stage play, a member of Parliament is blackmailed and forced to rely on lifelong bachelor Lord Goring, played by Rupert Everett.

Sex and Lucía (Lucía y el Sexo)

Fantasy and reality mix in Sex and Lucía [72], about a woman getting over a breakup while remembering the passionate relationship.

The Innocent

Set during the Cold War, 1993's The Innocent [73] stars Anthony Hopkins [74] as a veteran spy and Isabella Rossellini as his romantic interest with questionable intentions.

The Out-of-Towners

Poor Goldie Hawn [75] and Steve Martin [76] experience the trip from hell when they travel to New York in the comedic flick The Out-of-Towners [77].

Like Water For Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate)

Like Water For Chocolate [78] is a magical romance about a heartbroken girl who discovers she can literally put her emotions in the food she cooks.


In 2000's Malèna [79], a beautiful woman catches the eye of a young boy. As time goes on, he watches as she struggles through loss, poverty, and humiliation. Meanwhile, he struggles to understand his own feelings about her.

Johnny Suede

Brad Pitt [80] stars as a wannabe musician in Johnny Suede [81] (1991). After wooing a woman with industry connections, he meets another woman who forces him to rethink his values.


In the 1989 black comedy Heathers [82], a popular girl gets mixed up in murder and a nasty scheme against the "Heathers" who rule their high school, thanks to the bad influence of her rebellious new boyfriend.

The Young Girls of Rochefort

Real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorléac play twins who fall for two entertainers and the romance of Paris in 1967's The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) [83].

I Hate Valentine's Day

Fans of My Big Fat Greek Wedding will love to see the same onscreen couple in I Hate Valentine's Day [84] (2009). The film focuses on a florist who refuses to go on more than five dates with the same man — until she meets a guy who challenges her philosophy.

Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Brown [85] (1997) tells the story of Queen Victoria, who's grieving the loss of her husband when she begins to fall for a male servant. Inevitably, political problems ensue.

Y Tu Mamá También

In Y Tu Mamá También [86], two teens take an older woman on a road trip — sexual excapades ensue.

One Day

Anne Hathaway [87] and Jim Sturgess play ex-lovers who meet up once a year in the book adaption One Day [88].

A Walk on the Moon

Diane Lane [89] and Liev Schreiber [90] star in the steamy '60s-set romance A Walk on the Moon [91].

Jerry Maguire

"You had me at hello." Tom Cruise [92] and Renée Zellweger [93] star in the sports romance Jerry Maguire [94]

The One I Love

Elisabeth Moss [95] and Mark Duplass play a struggling married couple who decide to go on a weekend trip that isn't what they expected at all in The One I Love [96].

Take This Waltz

Michelle Williams [97] plays a woman happily married to Seth Rogen [98]'s character until she suddenly finds herself tempted by another man in the romantic drama Take This Waltz [99].


Who doesn't love the classic story of Sandy and Danny? Watch them flirt and fall for each other all over again in Grease [100], the 1978 musical about T-Birds, Pink Ladies, and a Summer fling turned high school love.

Ira & Abby

Full of the adventures and misadventures of love, Ira & Abby [101] (2006) is an offbeat comedy about a fast-moving romance that gets complicated.

While You Were Sleeping

Sandra Bullock [102] stars as a woman pretending to be the fiancée of a man in a coma in the classic '90s rom-com While You Were Sleeping [103].

Eagle vs. Shark

The 2007 comedy Eagle vs. Shark [104] tells a quirky love story between two socially awkward New Zealanders.


Ewan McGregor [105] is dealing with the death of his father who came out as gay at the end of his life in the romantic dramedy Beginners [106].

The Great Gatsby

Robert Redford [107] and Mia Farrow star as the star-crossed lovers in the 1974 adaptation of the classic romance The Great Gatsby [108].

Muriel's Wedding

Muriel's Wedding [109] is the perfect flick for someone who hasn't been lucky in love but dreams of finding the one.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany's [110] is looking for a man wealthy enough to support her lifestyle in this classic romantic comedy.

A Room With a View

The 1986 British drama A Room With a View [111] is based on E.M. Forster's novel of the same name and follows a young Englishwoman who falls in love while traveling in Florence with a chaperone.


An unlikely love match is made in Clueless [112], a 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma.

Drinking Buddies

Work and love collide in the indie rom-com Drinking Buddies [113], which stars Olivia Wilde [114], Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick [115], and Ron Livingston.


You can't help but be enchanted by the sweet and quirky French romance Amelie [116], starring Audrey Tautou as the titular character.

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color [117] is a sexual coming-of-age story about two teen girls falling in love. With its NC-17 rating, it's no surprise there are some very graphic lesbian sex scenes.

Almost Famous

Patrick Fugit stars in the classic Almost Famous [118] as a teenager who falls for Kate Hudson [119] in her Oscar-nominated role as Penny Lane. It's a film about sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll but with a lot of heart to it.

Silver Linings Playbook

Bradley Cooper [120] and Jennifer Lawrence star as unstable love interests in the 2012 romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook [121].

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love [122] (1998) is a story of forbidden love, imagining the young playwright William Shakespeare falling for a noblewoman who acts in his play.

His Girl Friday

You may reconsider an office romance when you watch His Girl Friday [123], which is about a newspaper editor who's trying to prevent his ex-wife — and also his star reporter — from remarrying.

In Your Eyes

Joss Whedon wrote the script for the indie romance In Your Eyes [124], which stars Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David as two strangers whose telepathic bond results in a romantic connection.

Not Another Happy Ending

Doctor Who's Karen Gillan stars in the British rom-com Not Another Happy Ending [125] as an author whose postpublication success has made her too happy to write. Things are further complicated when her publisher begins to fall in love with her.

Girl on a Bicycle

The charming German rom-com Girl on a Bicycle [126] follows a soon-to-be-engaged tour bus driver who falls for a stranger he sees riding her bicycle.

The Graduate

Dustin Hoffman [127] plays a college graduate who has an affair with an older, married woman before falling for her daughter in 1967's The Graduate [128].

Young & Wild

A sheltered teenage girl who seems innocent on the outside secretly runs a sex confession site in the 2012 film Young & Wild [129].

Kiss of the Damned

If you're into lusty vampires, you'll want to check out 2012's romantic thriller Kiss of the Damned [130].

The Last Time You Had Fun

Kyle Bornheimer, Eliza Coupe, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, and Demetri Martin star in the romantic dramedy The Last Time You Had Fun [131]. It follows a "dysfunctional foursome" made up of two pairs of best friends who meet at a bar trying to have a good time after dealing with relationship problems.

Anna Karenina

Keira Knightley [132], Jude Law [133], and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Anna Karenina [134], a historical romance based on the Russian novel by Leo Tolstoy about a high-society married woman who has an affair with a handsome young cavalry officer.

People, Places, Things

Flight of the Conchords's Jemaine Clement stars in People, Places, Things [135], a sweet romantic comedy about a graphic novelist and professor who has to deal with dating and learning how to be a single dad to his 5-year-old twin daughters after his long-time girlfriend leaves him after cheating on him.

Tengo Ganas de Ti (I Want You)

Tengo Ganas de Ti (I Want You) [136] is a steamy Spanish drama starring Mario Casas as a man who returns to his home in Barcelona, Spain, after being in London. He tries to win back an old flame before she gets married, only to have things get complicated by meeting a feisty new love interest . . .

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

In the 1985 dance-comedy Girls Just Want to Have Fun [137], three teen girls go on an adventure to audition for a TV show and end up meeting some boys along the way.

Mean Girls

There's plenty of teen drama (including a love triangle) in Tina Fey [138]'s cult classic, Mean Girls [139].


Kevin Bacon [140] is a dancing teen shaking things up in a small town in the '80s classic Footloose [141].

Drive Me Crazy

Drive Me Crazy [142] follows a popular high school girl as she uses her neighbor to make her ex-boyfriend jealous.

Risky Business

A high schooler gets involved with a prostitute and other shenanigans while his parents are away in the classic 1983 film Risky Business [143].

Can't Hardly Wait

A high school nerd tries to win over the most popular girl (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt [144]) on grad night in '90s comedy Can't Hardly Wait [145].

Wish Upon a Star

A tomboy and her popular sister swap bodies in the 1996 Disney channel movie Wish Upon a Star [146].

Corpse Bride

Victor Van Dort accidentally proposes to a dead bride — instead of his flesh-and-bone love — in Tim Burton's dark comedy Corpse Bride [147] (2005).

Sleepy Hollow

Johnny Depp [148] and Christina Ricci [149] star in Tim Burton's 1999 horror-romance Sleepy Hollow [150].

Jane Eyre

Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska [151] star in 2011's Jane Eyre [152], a Gothic love story that's both dark and mysterious and gut-wrenchingly romantic.


Daniel Radcliffe [153] stars in 2013's supernatural adaptation Horns [154] as a man who, after being accused of murdering his girlfriend, grows horns on his head.

A Summer's Tale

An aspiring musician waiting for his girlfriend at the beach finds himself . . . sidetracked in the French romantic drama A Summer's Tale [155].

Top Gun

San Diego makes the perfect Summer backdrop for the hot romance between Naval aviator Tom Cruise [156] and instructor Kelly McGillis in Top Gun [157].

Last Summer

Two high school graduates enjoy their final Summer together as lovers before they go away to college in the rural South-set Last Summer [158].

Love, Wedding, Marriage

Mandy Moore [159] and Kellan Lutz [160] star as newlyweds dealing with parental relationship drama in the romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Marriage [161].

Walking and Talking

The '90s dramedy Walking and Talking [162] stars Catherine Keener and Anne Heche as best friends dealing with their lives going in different directions — one in the single life and one getting married.

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