The Best Romantic Movies You Can Stream on Netflix Tonight
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, and classic love stories for your viewing pleasure. We've got foreign flicks, new indie movies, and everything in between. Here are the best romantic, sexy, funny, and sweet Netflix movies to choose from. Start streaming now!
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano and Amanda Prahl
The Perfect Date
Desperate for money to pay for college, a high school senior comes up with a business plan: offering himself as a "perfect date" to different functions. Things go sideways, though, when he meets a girl he thinks he might want to date for real, even if it's far from perfect.
Failure to Launch
Hey, remember when Matthew McConaughey was "that rom-com guy"? He stars with Sarah Jessica Parker in this comedy about a 35-year-old who just won't leave home and the woman his parents hire to charm him into leaving.
This coming-of-age drama is about a young Black man growing up in Miami. It's actually chock-full of sex without being gratuitous. If you want a sex scene so tender, it will make you cry, this one's for you.
All the Bright Places
The teen drama is based on a popular YA novel, which follows two teens struggling with mental illness who fall into each other's orbits and make a pact to see as many beautiful things as they can. It's emotionally intense and a definite tearjerker!
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
When Lara Jean's secret love letters get out, she's terrified of the fallout. Enter Peter Kavinsky, one of the accidental recipients, who proposes a deal: a fake relationship to make his ex jealous and hide the truth about her letters. Of course, real feelings soon emerge, making everything much more complicated than either of them planned.
Starring Amanda Seyfried and (an oftentimes shirtless) Channing Tatum, this romance tells the story of a soldier and an idealistic college student who embark on a tumultuous relationship, which only grows in intensity, even though it is often interrupted by John's increasingly dangerous deployments.
The Half of It
This LGBTQ+ coming-of-age dramedy revolves around Ellie Chu, a shy, straight-A student who agrees to help a popular jock write a love letter to his crush — with whom Ellie is also secretly in love. The Half of It may sound like a setup for your typical teen-centric movie love triangle, but it is far too smart to rely on classic tropes.
Starring Marlon Wayans and and Regina Hall, Naked revolves around a guy who can't seem to make it down the aisle to marry the girl of his dreams because he keeps waking up in a hotel elevator. Oh yeah, and he's also naked. It's basically Groundhog Day, but without clothes. We don't get it either.
Sex and the City 2
The iconic foursome takes their sexual escapades to the (Mr.) big screen for a second time in Sex and the City 2, though this time, they embark on a vacation in Abu Dhabi, where Carrie unexpectedly comes face to face with an old flame.
A couple isn't sure if their relationship is going to survive — and then they have to worry if they're going to survive at all after accidentally getting sucked into a murder mystery. As they try to navigate the bizarre web of lies and clear their names, they also come to a realization about the future of their relationship.
The dreamy romance revolves around Star (played by Sasha Lane), a young woman who runs away from her troubled home life to drive across the Midwest, and Jake (played by Shia LaBeouf), the hard-partying guy who lures Star into a world of debauchery.
Set during World War II, the sexy espionage drama, follows a secret agent who's tasked with seducing — and then killing — an official who works for the Japanese puppet government in Shanghai. However, her mission becomes trickier when she engages in a wild love affair with him instead.
The Last Summer
It's the summer before college, and a group of newly graduated teenagers are trying to make the most of the last few months they have together. The more they try to reassure each other that things will stay the same, the more they come to realize that their lives — and loves — are going to change no matter what.
An awkward young man is let in on his family's secret: a genetic ability to travel through time. He uses his newfound abilities — with some hiccups along the way — to win the heart of the love of his life, while also revisiting his complicated relationship with his father.
A trio of friends try to support each other through major romantic turmoil. Jenny lands her dream job but loses her boyfriend, Erin is afraid to take the next step forward with her girlfriend, and Blair is tangled up in a hate-sex relationship with a rival she might not hate after all — but they've all got each other to lean on.
In this goofy romantic comedy, a closeted woman brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving with the intention of coming out. Unfortunately, her plans are interrupted by the unexpected addition of her male roommate.
Let It Snow
A group of teenagers find themselves stranded due to a snowstorm on Christmas Eve. While they're all trapped in close proximity, several different love stories unfold in funny and heartfelt fashion, including one between a closeted cheerleader and her secret girlfriend.
Jodi has always been the tallest girl in school, leading to some major insecurities and a frustrating love life. When she falls for a handsome exchange student, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an unexpected love triangle, forcing her to realize some things about herself that she'd never thought about before.
Our Souls at Night
Believe it or not, rom-com protagonists don't have to be under the age of 30 to matter. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda star in this one as a widow and widower who have lived next door to each other for years, but who one day decide to alleviate their shared loneliness by sleeping together — and by "sleeping together," we mean just that: sharing a bed. Needless to say, the platonic element of their relationship doesn't last long.
The Bounty Hunter
Milo Boyd is a bounty hunter who hasn't had the best luck until he gets assigned to bring in his ex-wife, Nicole (Jennifer Aniston), who he thinks will be a breeze. However, Nicole's not as easy to catch as he thought.
When Jake Gyllenhaal finds an actor who looks just like him, he takes a deep dive into the other man's personal affairs in this 2013 movie.
When an erotic novelist's ex-boyfriend invites her to an Italian villa, she finds him there with another woman and quickly starts falling for her. This flick centers around love, lies, and ultrasteamy encounters.
When a young woman, Abbie, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she decides to make it her mission to find a new lover for her best friend since childhood and fiancé, Sam. The cast is insanely good, including the beautiful Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman, but unfortunately, this one can't seem to decide whether it's a black comedy or a tearjerker, so it just ends up being not much of anything.
The Breaker Upperers
A pair of best friends run a business together: for a fee, they'll figure out a way to break up any relationship. When one of them starts to doubt they're actually doing the right thing, everything starts to unravel.
If you can't get enough of Step Up and Save the Last Dance, then you'll love Battle. This new movie is about an affluent dancer whose father's bankruptcy means the end of her formal dance training — and her introduction to a hip-hop dancer who wants to teach her all new moves.
The world would be a better place if more movies starred a sexy Nicholas Hoult. Newness, set in Los Angeles, tells the story of two millennials trying to find their way in the app-driven dating world.
Life as We Know It
Although their best friends are married, Holly and Eric despise each other. Their whole lives change, though, when their friends die in an accident, leaving them with joint custody of a baby girl and forcing them to navigate this new life together.
Buried among the higher-profile teen rom-coms is this lesser-known flick, set in a high school debate club. When a quiet, working-class girl and her polished-and-pressed rival have to work together, they realize that they might have more common ground than anyone thought.
Ready to Mingle
What happens when the man you planned on marrying breaks up with you? You take a class with a bunch of other single women who want to learn how to snag a man, of course, which is exactly what happens in this Mexican comedy.
The 2019 romantic drama follows the life of Tessa Young, a freshman in college. After she meets an alluring man named Hardin, their romantic relationship takes twists and turns she never saw coming.
I Am Jonas
This French drama revolves around the titular Jonas, a 30-something troublemaker who can't stop revisiting a relationship he had as a teenager with an arrogant, impulsive man named Nathan. Rather than a story of first love, this movie is grim and at times tough to watch, but just like Call Me by Your Name, it depicts a coming-of-age romance with incredible intimacy.
The sensual French romance movie takes place in a suburb of Dakar, Senegal, where 17-year-old Ada falls in love with a young construction worker named Souleiman and mourns him when he and his disgruntled workers sail away — and it is only on her wedding day to another man that Ada learns her lover has returned. Get ready to swoon (and probably get more than a little turned on).
Set in New York, this bittersweet drama follows immigrant Pin-Jui as he recounts the life he left behind in Taiwan through stories told to his estranged daughter, Angela. While deceptively simple in plot, Pin-Jui's journey from an impoverished young factory worker in love to a lonely old man will break your heart over and over again, while also turning the idea of the American Dream on its head.
People You May Know
When a wife becomes pregnant by her husband's gay best friend, People You May Know only just begins to heat up.
In the romantic drama Alex Strangelove, a young boy who has planned on losing his virginity to his girlfriend is taken by surprise when he develops a romantic interest in a charming boy.
The Princess Switch
It's a double dose of Vanessa Hudgens in this "princess and the pauper" Christmas comedy. A duchess and a baker switch places for the holidays, discovering what's really important to them and both falling in love unexpectedly along the way.
Some Kind of Beautiful
It's all fun and games until you start falling for your younger sister's ex-husband, or at least that's what we know from this juicy flick.
When a wild college freshman meets a drug dealer, she almost loses it all in the romantic drama White Girl.
The Spectacular Now
Based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Tim Tharp, this coming-of-age drama revolves around a high school student grappling with alcoholism and the shy classmate he unexpectedly falls for as the end of senior year approaches. Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley's sweet romance is sure to steal your heart — and then break it.
Constance Wu stars in this fun film chronicling a joint lesbian bachelorette weekend between two best friends. Things take a turn when one confesses she's never had an orgasm, which sets the group on a journey of unexpected adventures, revelations, and firsts.
He's Just Not That Into You
Follow a group of singles and couples through their relationships in He's Just Not That Into You. Complete with cheating, rekindled love, and everything in between, this is the rom-com of all rom-coms.
Always Be My Maybe
After growing up together, two best friends wreck their relationship in a single night. 15 years later, they reconnect, but they've still got some growing up to do if they're going to make it work.
While definitely created by adults who have never once used social media themselves, this millennial flick revolves around a nerdy high school girl named Dani who catches the eye of the hottest guy in school — as well as in competition with the school's Instagram-obsessed mean girl. While totally predictable, Nesta Cooper (who plays Dani) is too charming not to love, and Kate Walsh is fabulous as Dani's hopelessly romantic boss.
Alex Hitchens, aka "The Date Doctor," is an expert when it comes to every relationship but his own. In the romantic comedy Hitch, he learns that his games don't work on a gossip columnist that he falls for, and things get even messier when her latest story is about one of Alex's clients.
Just Go With It
A brokenhearted surgeon pretends to be married so that he can enjoy casual affairs rather than getting involved too deep again. Then he meets a woman who changes his mind — and who's not interested in an "affair." In order to win her, he enlists his assistant to pose as his "ex-wife," setting off a whole chain of awkward romantic chaos.
Sleeping With Other People
In the film Sleeping With Other People, when Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie run into each other twelve years after having a one-night stand, they try to keep a platonic relationship while still having a sexual connection.
Comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) is dumped by her boyfriend who leaves her to be with her friend. Donna is sent into a tailspin of emotions and ends up hooking up with a guy named Max (Jake Lacy), resulting in an unplanned pregnancy. Typical rom-com stuff, right?
Love, lust, sex, and modern relationships are all explored in the 2018 film Lust Stories from the viewpoint of four Indian women.
Holding the Man
Holding the Man is a 2015 romantic drama based on a memoir of the same name about two teen boys who fall in love in 1970s Australia.
This romantic film tells the story of two best friends who experience an intimate moment together one night while on a road trip. After years pass, they are forced to face their feelings, and each other.
Under the Skin
The sexy extraterrestrial Scarlett Johansson disguises herself and preys on men in the steamy and out-of-this-world film Under the Skin.
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
Lara Jean has finally entered a real relationship, but that doesn't mean her romantic troubles are over. When John Ambrose McClaren, the last remaining recipient of her letters, shows up at the same volunteer opportunity she's working at, she has to decide if the spark between them is enough to upend her relationship for.
In one of Jane Austen's lesser-known romances, a young girl, Fanny, is sent to live with wealthy relatives. She grows up constantly aware of her lesser position, but when a brother and sister move into a nearby home, Fanny and her cousins become entangled in a messy web of romantic complications.
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser
This movie is one of several twists on the Cyrano de Bergerac story that's been around for ages. An unpopular band geek agrees to help out a popular girl by texting the guy she likes for her. Unfortunately, Sierra has a crush on him too, and things get messy when he seems to reciprocate "her" feelings, not knowing the truth about her identity.
An uncool teenage boy is desperately in love with his best friend, but she doesn't return his feelings and he leaves, heartbroken. When they reconnect 10 years later, though, there might be a spark between them after all.
If you haven't watched this underrated Muslim rom-com yet, then do yourself a favor and watch it this weekend. Ali's Wedding tells the story of the titular Ali, a charismatic and musically-talented son of a cleric who is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the woman he's already been promised to at his father's mosque — while also trying to convince his dad that he's doing well enough in school to become a doctor (spoiler: he's not). You'd never think watching someone's life spiral out of control could be so fun.
The ridiculously sexy rom-com stars Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt as a mom-and-daughter duo who run a lucrative scam together: the mom marries a rich guy, and the daughter seduces him, leading to a generous divorce settlement. However, these two encounter an issue when they both fall in love with the same wealthy beach bar owner.
Steamy crime drama stars Mira Sorvino as Veronica, a politician's wife who thinks she's just engaging in a harmless weekend fling with a tortured young artist, but instead she becomes the target of an insanely intense obsession that slowly infiltrates her life.
Silver Linings Playbook
Pat has lost his job, lost his wife, and just got out of a mental institution. When he winds up living with his parents, he becomes obsessed with the idea of winning back his wife. Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a young widow, offers to help him win his wife back, but only if he'll be her partner in an upcoming ballroom dance competition.
John Travolta is peak sexiness in this '80s western romance, which revolves around a Houston honky-tonk and the love-hate relationship that develops between a new guy in town and a local. Whenever a movie has a mechanical-bull-riding scene, it's basically guaranteed to be erotic.
It's definitely not your typical rom-com: the leads identify as a straight man and a lesbian as they explore what their relationship actually means. Instead, it's a more complicated and tangled — though still funny — look at two people who are somehow totally compatible and also not compatible at all.
When We First Met
Wouldn't everyone like a second chance at love? That's exactly what the hero of this movie gets. After losing his dream girl after just one night, he gets the chance to keep traveling back in time to try to improve himself and get things right.
Ibiza: Love Drunk
Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer, and Phoebe Robinson play three best friends whose trip to Ibiza becomes a game to track down a popular DJ (played by Game of Thrones hottie Richard Madden). Sure, it may embrace every gross-out girl comedy cliché there is, but that doesn't mean it isn't still a good time (with a damn good soundtrack).
Set It Up
In a nod to classic romantic comedies, this Netflix original is about two demanding workaholics (played by Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) who unwittingly bring together their overworked assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) as they attempt to play matchmaker with their bosses. Deutch's and Powell's performances are so fun and flirty that they have even been compared to that of rom-com legends Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
The Knight Before Christmas
A medieval knight is sent forward in time by a sorceress, but ends up crossing paths with Brooke, a clever, kind science teacher in The Knight Before Christmas.
While we love our light and breezy romantic comedies, Happy Anniversary is a refreshing look at what happens after the meet-cute. Sam and Molly, like many who find themselves in long-term relationships, struggle to accept the idea that love isn't just grand, romantic gestures and passion — it's hard work, tears, and struggle, but still a lot of laughs. Also, Ben Schwartz and Noël Wells — who you may better known as Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation and Rachel on Master of None — are actually perfect together.
The Exception follows a German soldier during World War II who is on a mission to find out if spies are collecting information on the old monarch. While he is on his assignment, he finds himself falling for a young Jewish housekeeper, and steamy scenes ensue.
On the holiday dedicated to love, the love stories of several couples intersect in unexpected ways. Among the couples we follow are a newly engaged duo with cold feet, an army captain on her way home, a closeted gay football player, and several seemingly "stable" couples facing down new obstacles.
The Kissing Booth
A shy girl gets to kiss the guy of her dreams when she runs the kissing booth at the school fair. The only problem? He's her best friend's brother and strictly off limits, meaning they have to keep their burgeoning romance a total secret.
The Holiday Calendar
It wouldn't be Christmastime without a hint of magic in rom-coms! In this one, a photographer inherits an Advent calendar that does more than countdown to Christmas: it seems to be able to predict her future, including an unexpected romance.
After Annabelle is sent to a Roman Catholic school for bad behavior, she develops a scandalous relationship with her female poetry teacher. A feverish affair makes Loving Annabelle a hot, hot flick.
This is definitely not your average rom-com. It's more of an experimental comedy, focused on two jaded women who decide to embark on a romantic and sexual experiment together: spend 24 hours together in an attempt to create a new kind of intimacy that's different from the disappointing relationships they've both had.
1 Mile to You
Based on Jeremy Jackson's novel Life at These Speeds, this film tells the story of a young teenager who copes with losing his girlfriend in a tragic accident the only way he knows how: running. He finds that the accompanying "runner's high" is the only way he's able to feel close to her memory, but the more miles he logs, the more local attention he receives.
Falling Inn Love
An American exec wins a rustic, run-down inn in New Zealand. What starts out as a quick project instead turns her life upside down, as she falls in love with the inn itself and with the charming contractor who's helping her flip the property.
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams have plenty of hot and heavy scenes together in the sad tale of love falling apart.
40 Days and 40 Nights
Josh Hartnett stars in 40 Days and 40 Nights as a recently dumped bachelor who decides to take a vow of celibacy for the 40 days of Lent, never expecting that as soon as he swears off sex, the perfect woman will walk into his life.
Us and Them
Us and Them follows the love story between two strangers who meet on a train and have a serious bond afterwards.
At an elite Irish boarding school where the social hierarchies are defined by rugby, an unlikely friendship forms between a "loner" type and the school's star athlete. The boys do their best to uphold their relationship despite obstacles presented by society.
In Holiday Rush, NYC-based radio DJ and widow Rush Williams loses his job right around Christmas, but his producer Roxy Richardson and Aunt Jo come up with a plan to help him.
Based on the bestselling book by Julie Murphy, this flick follows an outspoken, curvy, Dolly Parton-obsessed teenager named Willowdean (played by Danielle Macdonald) as she navigates life under the rule of her overbearing pageant-queen mother (played by Jennifer Aniston) in a small town Texas. Willowdean decides to regain her confidence by entering the beauty pageant run by her mother, and though her insanely sweet romance with private school student Bo is secondary to the plot, it's still adorable enough to garner Dumplin' a place on this list.
To Each, Her Own
A woman finally works up the courage to come out as a lesbian to her conservative Jewish family and reveal that she has a girlfriend. Just then, though, she finds herself also attracted to a man, forcing her to reevaluate what she knows about herself, her identity, and the labels she chooses.
The indie romantic drama 6 Years follows a young couple who has been together since high school as they face the future of their relationship after college.
Below Her Mouth
An engaged fashion editor determinedly pursues a lovelorn roofer, and their salacious affair blooms into something more in this flick.
In 21, Jim Sturgess depicts a brilliant MIT college student who finds that his fate literally lies in the cards as he earns cash for medical school by playing blackjack. Although he leverages his skills in math to make bank, he shares some serious chemistry with his sexy teammate played by Kate Bosworth.
Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess play ex-lovers who meet up once a year in the book adaption One Day.
Y Tu Mamá También
Y Tu Mamá También, two teens take an older woman on a road trip — sexual escapades ensue.
Blue Is the Warmest Color
Blue Is the Warmest Color 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.
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.
Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Anna Karenina, 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.
Sex Doll is a 2016 erotic thriller about a high-end French escort in London who falls for a man trying to help her escape the business.