25 of the Best Romantic Movies You Can Stream on Netflix This Month
Although Summer is coming to an end, love lasts forever . . . at least in the movies, through adorable meet-cutes and passionate encounters! Whether you're looking for a modern teen fairy tale like A Cinderella Story or a fantasy drama like Beautiful Creatures, we have you covered for your next romantic movie night in. From tearjerkers to screwball romantic comedies, here are some of our favorite love-filled movies that are available on Netflix for streaming in August.
A Cinderella Story
If you're in the mood for early 2000s nostalgia, the modern teen fairy tale A Cinderella Story encapsulates tragic family drama, good old-fashioned high school politics, and a charming romance. Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray depict high school pen pals who meet up during a Halloween high school dance. The problem is they're from two different worlds: she's a smart, hardworking social outcast, and he's a popular quarterback.
In the cult-favorite Practical Magic, Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock play two witch sisters in a small town. They're afflicted by a curse that dooms the men that they fall in love with.
Beautiful Creatures (Available Aug. 21)
Beautiful Creatures is a young-adult gothic romance fantasy film about a small-town boy named Ethan who falls for Lena, the girl of his dreams. She's literally the girl of his recurring dreams until they meet in real life. Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich perform alongside seasoned actresses Emma Thompson and Viola Davis.
My Ex-Ex (Available Aug. 15)
The goofy romantic comedy My Ex-Ex follows the story of a jilted woman named Mary who gets in touch with a psychic to win back the affections of her ex-boyfriend. In a dramatic turn of events, Mary must choose between her recent beau and college boyfriend.
AWOL (Available Aug. 21)
AWOL unfolds a love story between an aimless high school graduate and an irresistible housewife in the depths of Pennsylvania coal country.
Amélie, played by the incandescent Audrey Tautou, is a shy, quirky waitress who devotes her life to doing good. The kindhearted woman, however, is reluctant to pursue the love right in front of her.
In Adventureland, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg play two listless young adults who fall in love while working together at an amusement park over the Summer.
A lovelorn English songstress meets a washed-out music executive in John Carney's breezy Summer musical film, Begin Again, which includes catchy earworms like the melancholy "Lost Stars" and subdued "A Step You Can't Take Back." The film features performances from Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, and Adam Levine.
The critically acclaimed film Beginners stars Ewan McGregor as an introspective artist who falls in love with an enigmatic French actress while grieving the death of his late father, who comes out as gay at the end of his life.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
In her most iconic role, Audrey Hepburn enchants viewers with her portrayal of a socialite who falls in love with a floundering writer in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Bridget Jones's Baby
Bridget Jones, once a wandering waif, now has a very important job as a television producer. One problem: Bridget is pregnant and doesn't know who the father is. Hilarity ensues in Bridget Jones's Baby as possible baby daddies Mark Darcy and Jack Qwant fight for the leading lady's affection.
Bridget Jones's Diary
Perfectly imperfect publishing professional Bridget Jones finds herself falling for both her randy but irresistibly charming boss and an aloof barrister. Renée Zellweger and costars Hugh Grant and Colin Firth deliver hilarious performances in this classic screwball romantic comedy.
Richard Curtis's Love Actually redefines love through eight loosely connected storylines. The beloved English holiday film boasts a star-studded ensemble that includes Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, and many more.
Midnight in Paris
In Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson plays a disgruntled screenwriter who finds himself in 1920s Paris at the stroke of midnight each night and develops a genuine romance during his time-traveling adventures.
Punch-Drunk Love subverts the romantic comedy genre with a dark touch, pairing Adam Sandler's comic personality with spasms of rage. Sandler depicts a lonely, socially inept business owner who falls prey to a phone-sex-operator scam that leads him into an extortionist's trap. Much to his consternation and delight, he meets a potential love interest during the same time.
Something's Gotta Give
Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton make sparks fly in this understated and charming movie about a successful playwright who harbors a flame for her daughter's ex-boyfriend.
Southside With You
Southside With You is an adorable slice-of-life film about Michelle and Barack Obama's eventful first date that took place long before making political history as FLOTUS and POTUS.
Brought to life by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, the love story of Rose and Jack is perhaps one of the most iconic romances in modern cinema. James Cameron's Titanic breathtakingly tells the story of two people who discover love during the famous ship's doomed maiden voyage.
The Way He Looks
The Way He Looks is a tender coming-of-age film about a blind teenage boy named Leo who, while undergoing the trials of adolescence, yearns for independence from his protective parents and develops feelings for a new student named Gabriel.
The Incredible Jessica James
In The Incredible Jessica James, The Daily Show's Jessica Williams delivers a spectacular performance as a theater teacher and aspiring playwright who reels over a bad breakup while befriending a charming English divorcee.
Seeking a Friend For the End of the World
Sweet and tender, the dystopian film Seeking a Friend For the End of the World stars Keira Knightley and Steve Carell as neighbors who develop an unusual rapport while helping each other with their final wishes before an asteroid destroys the earth.
13 Going on 30
Before his iconic roles in The Avengers and Spotlight, Mark Ruffalo charmed us all in 13 Going on 30, playing Matt, the nerdy and sweet love interest of Jenna, who's played by Jennifer Garner. Thirteen-year-old Jenna wakes up to discover that she's now a head-honcho fashion editor whose glamorous life belies her lack of authentic relationships. That is, until she gets in touch with her former best friend Matt.
In Emma, Gwyneth Paltrow lights up the screen as Jane Austen's clever matchmaking heroine who is blind to the love right in front of her.
In Wes Anderson's vibrant and quirky Moonrise Kingdom, two young and precocious lovers escape their tumultuous family drama and explore the wild.
Across the Universe
A British man becomes involved with an American student in this romantic musical film that uses and reproduces classic hits from The Beatles.