Even if you’re dour about love, some romance movies have a way of tugging at your heartstrings. That’s part of what makes the genre so popular. Love is one of those universal things that we can all resonate with in our unique ways. As a Netflix subscriber, you have no shortage of romantic movies at your disposal, no matter what you’re looking for. But in such a crowded genre, there are bound to be some simply bad movies. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best romance movies on Netflix that are available to stream now.
Looking for something else? Check out our list of the best rom-coms on Netflix, the best rom-coms on Hulu, and the best rom-coms on Amazon Prime Video.
The DUFF (2015)
Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne
Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a smart, talented high school senior who is in with the cool crowd. However, the cool crowd secretly knows her by the degrading nickname “the DUFF” — designated ugly fat friend. When she finds out, Bianca becomes desperate to reinvent herself, recruiting the charming jock Wesley (Robbie Amell) to help her save her senior year from becoming a disaster. Now, she’ll use her newfound confidence to overthrow the Queen Bee (Bella Thorne) and find love along the way.
Five Feet Apart (2019)
Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Moisés Arias
Five Feet Apart is right up the alley of John Green fans. Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) is a teenage cystic fibrosis patient who lives in a hospital, bound by routines and self-control that literally keep her alive. But she starts wondering what that kind of life really is when she meets Will (Cole Sprouse), a charming teen with the same illness and less inclination to follow the rules. Despite the instant attraction, restrictions say they must maintain a safe distance between one another, so as the connection intensifies, it becomes a lot harder to stay 5 feet apart.
A Christmas Prince (2017)
Romance, TV Movie
Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige
A surprise holiday romance hit, A Christmas Prince spawned a trilogy with a devoted fanbase. In the original, a young journalist (Rose McIver) is sent abroad to cover a foreign prince who is poised to become king. Traveling and working over the Christmas holiday, the journalist and prince receive a surprising Christmas gift when they immediately click and fall in love.
Malcolm & Marie (2021)
John David Washington, Zendaya
While Malcolm & Marie may be a bit soapy for some, it will very likely hit all the right tones for the hopeless romantics. After the premiere of his new movie, a filmmaker (John David Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home with the expectation of an imminent windfall of critical and financial success. As they celebrate, the night takes a turn when revelations about past relationships arise, testing the strength of their bond in the face of an incoming, drastic change.
Set It Up (2018)
Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu
Sick of their domineering bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs), two corporate assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) hatch a plan to make them fall in love with one another so they’ll stop being so darn demanding. Naturally, the assistants fall in love, too. This 2018 Netflix original was written by Booksmart writer Katie Silberman and delivers far more charm than your typical scheme-y rom-com. With engaging performances from the lovable Liu and Diggs as well as the relative newcomers, Deutch and Powell, Set It Up is a feel-good love-fest with plenty of laughs.
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