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101 Romantic Movies You Can Stream on Netflix Tonight

Aug 28 2015 - 7:00pm

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.

Fools Rush In

Matthew Perry [2] and Salma Hayek [3] star in the sweet '90s classic Fools Rush In [4] about a man who accidently knocks up a stranger who couldn't be more his opposite.

Not Another Happy Ending

Doctor Who's Karen Gillan stars in the British rom-com Not Another Happy Ending [5] 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.

In Your Eyes

Joss Whedon wrote the script for the indie romance In Your Eyes [6], which stars Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David as two strangers whose telepathic bond results in a romantic connection.

His Girl Friday

You may reconsider an office romance when you watch His Girl Friday [7], which is about a newspaper editor who's trying to prevent his ex-wife — and also his star reporter — from remarrying.

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love [8] (1998) is a story of forbidden love, imagining the young playwright William Shakespeare falling for a noblewoman who acts in his play.

Silver Linings Playbook

Bradley Cooper [9] and Jennifer Lawrence star as unstable love interests in the 2012 romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook [10].

Love Story

The gut-wrenching romantic drama Love Story [11] (1970) is a modern tale of star-crossed lovers.

Thanks For Sharing

Mark Ruffalo [12] plays a recovering sex addict who begins a relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow [13]'s character in 2012's indie rom-com Thanks For Sharing [14].

Funny Face

The 1957 classic romantic musical Funny Face [15] stars Fred Astaire as a high-fashion photographer and Audrey Hepburn as a model.

Blue Is the Warmest Color

Blue Is the Warmest Color [16] 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.


Nora Ephron's Heartburn [17] (1986) is a romantic comedy with a sad side starring Meryl Streep [18] and Jack Nicholson [19] as a married couple whose relationship begins to fall apart.


You can't help but be enchanted by the sweet and quirky French romance Amelie [20], starring Audrey Tautou as the titular character.

Romeo + Juliet

The classic story of star-crossed lovers Romeo + Juliet [21] gets a modern-day twist with Claire Danes [22] and Leonardo DiCaprio [23] starring as the ill-fated couple. This Baz Luhrmann version of the story takes place beachside.

Drinking Buddies

Work and love collide in the indie rom-com Drinking Buddies [24], which stars Olivia Wilde [25], Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick [26], and Ron Livingston.

Sleepless in Seattle

Tom Hanks [27] stars as a widowed man whose son calls a radio talk show to try and find his father a new love in the classic rom-com Sleepless in Seattle [28]. It definitely catches Meg Ryan [29]'s attention.

An Affair to Remember

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr fall in love on an ocean liner in the classic 1957 romance An Affair to Remember [30].


An unlikely love match is made in Clueless [31], a 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma.

A Room With a View

The 1986 British drama A Room With a View [32] 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.

Don Jon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the title role of Don Jon [33] as a porn-addicted New Jersey guy trying to navigate love while dealing with his opinionated family.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany's [34] is looking for a man wealthy enough to support her lifestyle in this classic romantic comedy.

Muriel's Wedding

Muriel's Wedding [35] is the perfect flick for someone who hasn't been lucky in love but dreams of finding the one.

The Great Gatsby

Robert Redford [36] and Mia Farrow star as the star-crossed lovers in the 1974 adaptation of the classic romance The Great Gatsby [37].


Ewan McGregor [38] is dealing with the death of his father who came out as gay at the end of his life in the romantic dramedy Beginners [39].

Annie Hall

In Annie Hall [40], Woody Allen [41] looks back at his relationship with the quirky Annie, played by Diane Keaton [42]. The story follows the hilarious ups and downs of their unique romance as Allen tries to understand the meaning behind his past relationship.

Eagle vs. Shark

The 2007 comedy Eagle vs. Shark [43] tells a quirky love story between two socially awkward New Zealanders.

While You Were Sleeping

Sandra Bullock [44] 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 [45].

Ira & Abby

Full of the adventures and misadventures of love, Ira & Abby [46] (2006) is an offbeat comedy about a fast-moving romance that gets complicated.

Ever After

Drew Barrymore [47] plays Cinderella in a modern retelling of the fairytale, Ever After [48].


Who doesn't love the classic story of Sandy and Danny? Watch them flirt and fall for each other all over again in Grease [49], the 1978 musical about T-Birds, Pink Ladies, and a Summer fling turned high school love.

Take This Waltz

Michelle Williams [50] plays a woman happily married to Seth Rogen [51]'s character until she suddenly finds herself tempted by another man in the romantic drama Take This Waltz [52].

The One I Love

Elisabeth Moss [53] 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 [54].

Jerry Maguire

"You had me at hello." Tom Cruise [55] and Renée Zellweger [56] star in the sports romance Jerry Maguire [57]

She's All That

It's the classic tale of boy meets girl, boy bets his friend he can turn girl into prom queen, girl gets a makeover by taking off her glasses in 1999's She's All That [58].

Dirty Dancing

Watch bad boy Patrick Swayze take Baby out of the corner and onto the dance floor in the sexy Summer romance Dirty Dancing [59].

A Walk on the Moon

Diane Lane [60] and Liev Schreiber [61] star in the steamy '60s-set romance A Walk on the Moon [62].

One Day

Anne Hathaway [63] and Jim Sturgess play ex-lovers who meet up once a year in the book adaption One Day [64].

Y Tu Mamá También

In Y Tu Mamá También [65], two teens take an older woman on a road trip — sexual excapades ensue.


The Spanish film Sidewalls [66] takes a look at love in the era of the Internet. Mariana and Martin are the perfect couple and they live right next to each other, but they've never met.

Peter and Vandy

The romantic drama Peter and Vandy [67] alternates between beginning, middle, and end of a relationship, showing the good and the bad along the way.

Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Brown [68] (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.

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 [69] (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.

Labor Day

In Labor Day [70], Kate Winslet [71] and Josh Brolin [72] have incredible chemistry in this romance about a single mom who helps an escapee hide out with her and her son.

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) [73].

Cafe de Flore

Starring Vanessa Paradis, Cafe de Flore [74] 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.


In the 1989 black comedy Heathers [75], 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.


Watch the real-life chemistry behind the movie that sparked a real-life love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra [76]. If the romance doesn't get you excited, the elaborate makeup and costumes definitely will.

Johnny Suede

Brad Pitt [77] stars as a wannabe musician in Johnny Suede [78] (1991). After wooing a woman with industry connections, he meets another woman who forces him to rethink his values.


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.

Like Water For Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate)

Like Water For Chocolate [80] is a magical romance about a heartbroken girl who discovers she can literally put her emotions in the food she cooks.

The Out-of-Towners

Poor Goldie Hawn [81] and Steve Martin [82] experience the trip from hell when they travel to New York in the comedic flick The Out-of-Towners [83].

Beach Party

Teen couple Dee Dee and Frankie spend their Summer vacation having fun in the sun in the '60s musical comedy Beach Party [84]. But things go awry when an anthropologist and a biker attempt to kidnap Dee Dee.

The Innocent

Set during the Cold War, 1993's The Innocent [85] stars Anthony Hopkins [86] as a veteran spy and Isabella Rossellini as his romantic interest with questionable intentions.

Legends of the Fall

Brad Pitt [87] stars in the heart-wrenching WWI-set romance Legends of the Fall [88].

Sex and Lucía (Lucía y el Sexo)

Fantasy and reality mix in Sex and Lucía [89], about a woman getting over a breakup while remembering the passionate relationship.

A Woman in Berlin

Based on the real diaries of a German woman who survived the Soviet invasion of Berlin at the end of WWII, A Woman in Berlin [90] (2008) follows a photojournalist who begins a romantic relationship with a Soviet officer.

Agata and the Storm

Agata and the Storm [91] (2004) centers around a middle-aged bookstore owner who has an affair with a younger man.

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

In The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement [92], Mia Thermopolos, played by Anne Hathaway [93], must find a husband in order to be crowned the queen of Genovia. A young Chris Pine tries to meddle in Mia's well-laid plans.

An Ideal Husband

In An Ideal Husband [94], 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.

Light of My Eyes

Light of My Eyes [95] (2001) won multiple awards at the Venice Film Festival, making it an ideal pick to prep for this year's events. In it, a young man is drawn to the tragic life of a struggling single mother who's trying to hold on to both her business and the custody of her daughter.

Beautiful Girls

Love in complicated in the '90s rom-com Beautiful Girls [96], starring Matt Dillon as a pianist who returns to his hometown on the cusp of settling down.

Mystic Pizza

The '80s coming-of-age classic Mystic Pizza [97] starring Julia Roberts [98] centers on the relationship complications of two sisters and their friend who all work at a pizza shop.

Days and Clouds

Filmed in Genoa, Italy, 2008's Days and Clouds [99] 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.


Life and love get complicated in 2010's Three [100], which follows a bored married couple in their 40s who each meet and become involved with the same younger man.


An aimless college grad falls for his co-worker at an amusement park in the '80s-set Adventureland [101].

High School Hellcats

A naive new student must choose between her boyfriend and the popular girls' clique in the 1958 drama High School Hellcats [102].

Serious Moonlight

Meg Ryan [103] stars as a Manhattan lawyer in Serious Moonlight [104] (2009). When she finds out that her husband planned to flee to Paris with his mistress, she literally duct tapes him and holds him hostage in their home.

The Four-Faced Liar

The Four-Faced Liar [105] (2010) follows four 20-somethings who meet at an Irish tavern, bond over drinks, then put each other through an emotional maze.


In 2009's Timer [106], 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 Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants de Pont Neuf)

The Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants de Pont Neuf) [107] 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.

The Last Kiss

The Italian romance The Last Kiss [108] 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 [109].


In Bewitched [110], Nicole Kidman [111] plays a real-life witch playing a fake one on TV — and she falls in love with Will Ferrell [112] on the way.

Bel Ami

Robert Pattinson [113] plays a bed-hopping journalist in the British period piece Bel Ami [114].

Beloved (Les Bien-Aimés)

Catherine Deneuve stars in '60s-set Beloved [115] about a woman whose daughter is following in her troubled marriage footsteps. The romantic drama explores how different generations of women deal with breaking up and falling in love.


Cate Blanchett [116] and Giovanni Ribisi star in Heaven [117] (2002) about the relationship between a woman imprisoned after her husband's mysterious death and the police officer who helps her escape.

Marriage Italian Style

Iconic Italian actress Sophia Loren stars in 1964's Marriage Italian Style [118]. A man is planning to get married, but when his mistress (Loren) tells him that she's ill, he chooses to care for her instead.

I Am Love

I Am Love [119] (2009) — a Golden Globe nominee starring Tilda Swinton — involves family tensions and forbidden love.

Nymphomaniac: Volume I and II

Director Lars von Trier filmed his actors — which included Shia LaBeouf [120], Uma Thurman [121], and Charlotte Gainsbourg, among others — having actual sex in his two-part drama art film Nymphomaniac: Volume I [122] and Nymphomaniac: Volume II [123]. The films follow a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, so naturally they include many graphic sex scenes.

Fatal Attraction

A married man's sex-filled weekend affair takes a turn toward the dangerous in the erotic thriller Fatal Attraction [124].

Behaving Badly

Selena Gomez [125] and Nat Wolff star in the teen rom-com Behaving Badly [126] about a cool girl who falls for the dorky guy.


In the 1995 film Moondance [127], two Irish teen brothers both fall for a young German tourist visiting their town. Jealousy and heartache ensue.


Restoration [128] (1995) stars Robert Downey Jr., Meg Ryan [129], 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.


Britney Spears [130] tests friendships and new love as she road trips with Zoe Saldana [131] and Taryn Manning in the 2002 comedy Crossroads [132] that's perfect for watching with your BFFs.

A Knight's Tale

One of our favorite heartthrobs Heath Ledger [133] plays the role of a fearless knight willing to take all kinds of crazy risks for the love of a princess in A Knight's Tale [134]. If the romance doesn't entice you, Princess Jocelyn's elaborate gowns totally will.

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 [135].

Cherry Blossoms

All is not what it seems in 2008's Cherry Blossoms [136], the story of a wife who takes her dying husband to Berlin to visit their children. The catch? The husband doesn't know he has a fatal illness, and the wife may be holding more back from the family.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star in 1963's Oscar-winning comedy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow [137], a trio of sex-related stories.

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 [138], based on the 1902 novel of the same name.

Ginger and Cinnamon

The comedy Ginger and Cinnamon [139] (2003) tells the story of a woman who — just out of a relationship — brings her niece to a gorgeous Greek resort for vacation. When the 14-year-old starts talking about a new guy, her aunt is shocked to find out that it's her ex.

American Beauty

When Kevin Spacey [140]'s life and marriage falls apart, he looks to his daughter's best friend, played by Mena Suvari, for forbidden love in American Beauty [141].


Just-married couples will relate to Newlyweds [142] as it portrays the issues that arise when two families are joined by marriage.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

In Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas [143] (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 Very Thought of You

In The Very Thought of You [144], Monica Potter plays an American in London who ends up falling for three men that she doesn't know are actually best friends.

Let the Right One In

Swedish horror film Let the Right One In [145] (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.

New York, I Love You

New York, I Love You [146] (2008) tells several stories of big-city love with a star-studded cast that includes Bradley Cooper [147], Natalie Portman [148], Justin Bartha [149], and Shia LaBeouf [150].

I Give It a Year

If you love a good British rom-com, 2013's I Give It a Year [151] — about newlyweds whose marriage begins to deteriorate soon after the wedding [152] — is for you. Plus it stars Rose Byrne and Anna Faris [153].

Cinema Paradiso

Giuseppe Tornatore's Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso [154] 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.


Nominated for the Academy Award for best foreign film in 1996, Ridicule [155] 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.

Gregory's Girl

An awkward high schooler falls for a girl on the soccer team in the Scottish coming-of-age film Gregory's Girl [156] (1981).

The Piano Teacher

An uptight piano teacher with some kinky proclivities begins an affair with one of her students in The Piano Teacher [157].


While more romantic than scary, the 1990 supernatural thriller Ghost [158] does involve murder and a haunted, brokenhearted lover.


In 1970's Sunflower [159], a woman visits Russia years after her husband is reported missing in action, only to find that he's still alive.

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