The best romantic movies on Netflix (October 2021)

The Kissing Booth and Twilight on Netflix. Pic credit: Netflix/Summit

When date night rolls around, Netflix has its subscribers covered when it comes to romantic movies.

The mix of movies is excellent, with a little something for everyone. Those who want a straight romance have some great options, and those who like some comedy in their love stories will find a lot to love as well.

There are also eclectic movies for those who aren’t that into love stories.

From movies that add sports like football to sci-fi and time travel movies, there is a perfect option for any romantic night in front of the TV.

Here is a look at the best romantic movies on Netflix as of this month.

Updated in October 2021: Every month, Netflix makes major changes to its platform, removing several movies and adding numerous new ones to replace them.

Luckily, we are here every month to check the lists and update them by removing movies that have left the streaming service and replacing them with other options.

Titanic (1997)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

Based on the true story of the sinking of the Titanic, James Cameron took the diaster and put a face on the story, making it a romantic drama.

The movie starred Leonardo DiCaprio as a poor man on the doomed ship, falling in love with a wealthy woman. However, their love affair comes to a tragic end when the Titanic sinks.

DiCaprio’s character sacrifices his life so she can make it to safety.

When the movie came out, it was the first to ever surpass $1 billion at the box office and then passed $2 billion years later when it was re-released in theaters for an anniversary edition.

Titanic also tied for the most ever Oscar nominations and Oscar victories.

Ghost (1990)

Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost
Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

In 1990, Ghost was an Oscar-nominated movie but has since become a joke that many spoof movies have made fun of.

The movie stars Demi Moore as a woman whose husband is murdered by a mugger who steals his wallet after shooting him. What she doesn’t know is that her husband, played by Patrick Swayze, is now a ghost.

When he learns that the man who killed him was not a random mugger and that his wife is in danger, knows he has to protect her.

The two finally connect thanks to a medium (Whoopi Goldberg) and work together to solve his murder.

The movie earned five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Goldberg won for Best Supporting Actress.

A Cinderella Story (2004)

A Cinderella Story
A Cinderella Story. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

In 2004, Hilary Duff starred in a remaking of the fairy tale Cinderella.

Cinderella Story saw Duff as Samantha, a girl whose father died, leaving her with her stepmother and two stepsisters.

Her stepmother forced Sam to wait on her hand and foot at home and at the diner her father once ran, putting it above Sam’s education.

When Sam met the boy of her dreams (Chad Michael Murray’s Austin), she danced with him at a school costume party before racing back to work.

All she left behind to reveal her identity is one shoe and Austin sets out to find her.

The movie is so much more than a teenage love story, though, as it is a very funny movie – especially in scenes pitting Sam against her stepmom, played brilliantly by Jennifer Coolidge.

All the Bright Places (2020)

All the Bright Places
Justice Smith and Elle Fanning in All the Bright Places. Pic credit: Netflix

All the Bright Places was a 2017 Netflix movie about death and its effects on teenagers.

Violet (Elle Fanning) is struggling to get past her sister’s death and is almost suicidal due to survivor’s guilt. Theodore (Justice Smith) has bipolar disorder and finds Violet standing on the edge of a bridge.

When he learns this was the bridge where her sister died in a car accident, he tries everything he can to get her to focus on other things, mostly a school project he partners with her on.

However, as he helps her recover from her pain, his disorder starts to overwhelm him, and Violet realizes she might not be able to help him the way he did her.

My Girl (1991)

My Girl's first kiss
My Girl’s first kiss. Pic credit: Columbia

Fans know Macaulay Culkin from the Christmas movie Home Alone, but he was in another movie that might be the best one he starred in as a child actor.

This was My Girl in 1991.

In this movie, Culkin starred as Thomas, and he became best friends with a young girl named Vada, played by Anna Chlumsky.

Vada is a young girl who is a hypochondriac and believes she was responsible for her mother’s death because her mom died days after giving birth to her. Her father (Dan Akyroyd) does not understand her and avoids her as a response.

Shortly after Thomas and Vada share their first kiss, tragedy strikes and it changes everyone’s lives forever.

Five Feet Apart (2019)

Five Feet Apart
Five Feet Apart. Pic credit: CBS Films

Released in 2019, Five Feet Apart was a movie about a woman named Stella, who has cystic fibrosis and struggles to live a normal life.

When she meets another person with cystic fibrosis named Will, the two start to get to know each other, although they are told to keep six feet apart to prevent cross-contamination. The two decide to only keep five feet apart, to take the foot for themselves.

However, an accident forces Will to attempt to save Stella’s life, but at a high cost.

Twilight (2008)

Edward and Bella in Twilight
Edward and Bella in Twilight. Pic credit: Summit Entertainment

In 2008, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight made its way to the big screens with Robert Pattinson as Edward and Kristen Stewart as Bella.

The movie is a romantic horror story about a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire. However, as she tries to resolve her feelings about a man who considers himself a monster, she finds her life in danger when evil vampires roll into town and set their eyes on her.

The movie also stars Taylor Lautner as Jacob, but his role does not grow until the next film when he reveals he is a werewolf. The first movie is not part of the massive love triangle, instead, focusing on the love story and horror.

It is also the only Twilight movie with a female director.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper from Silver Linings Playbook
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper from Silver Linings Playbook. Pic credit: The Weinstein Company

Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as a pair of damaged individuals who find each other.

Cooper is a man recently released from a mental asylum, following an incident where he severely injured a man he caught cheating on his wife. He moves back home with his parents, both of which deal with their own issues.

He soon meets a widowed woman who has an unnamed disorder, but one that makes it almost impossible for her to maintain relationships with others.

These two broken people end up helping each other find what they were missing.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Johnny Depp and Juliette Lewis in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Pic credit: Paramount

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is about a lot more than just romance, but it is a romance that leads to the story’s changes.

Johnny Depp is Gilbert Grape, a young man who has only one job: to care for his morbidly obese mother Bonnie (Darlene Cates), who can’t get out of their trailer due to her size, and his mentally challenged brother Arnie.

A teenage Leonardo DiCaprio played Arnie and picked up an Oscar nomination for the role.

The romance comes when a girl arrives in tone named Becky (Juliette Lewis), and Gilbert falls for her but realizes he can’t have a real life as long as he is caring for his family.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Lana Condor in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Pic credit: Netflix

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a Netflix produced teen romantic comedy that hit the streaming service in 2018.

The film is based on the novel by Jenny Han, released in 2014, and was a huge success for Netflix. The film has a high school junior named Lara Jean, who writes letters to all the boys she felt passion for.

She then locks the letters in her closet.

When her sister finds the letters, she mails them to all the boys, which throws her life into turmoil.

There has already been one sequel with another on the way.

Stardust (2007)

Claire Danes and Charlie Cox on Stardust. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

A fantasy romantic tale hit in 2007 and remains one of the best fairy tale films in movies.

Based on the Neil Gaiman novel and directed by Matthew Vaughn (The Kingsman), this tells the story of a fallen star and the young man who sets out to find it.

Charlie Cox (Daredevil) plays a young man who promises the woman he loves he will retrieve a fallen star to prove his love. However, when he finds the star, it is Claire Danes, and he realizes what true love really is.

At the same time, he must protect her from a witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) who wants to use the star to maintain her own youth.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Randall Park and Ali Wong in Always Be My Maybe. Pic credit: Netflix

Released in 2019, Always Be My Maybe was a Netflix original romantic comedy movie starring Ali Wong and Randall Park.

Park and Ali received credit as two of the writers in this story of childhood friends Sasha and Marcus, who grew apart when they had sex.

The movie jumps to 16 years later when Sasha is a celebrity chef while Marcus still lives with his dad and plays in an unsigned band that plays in his neighborhood.

The two then reconnect, and while Marcus likes Sasha, she has just started dating Keanu Reeves — who plays himself.

The Kissing Booth (2018)

The Kissing Booth
The cast of The Kissing Booth. Pic credit: Netflix

The Kissing Booth is a Netflix original teen romantic comedy film based on the novel by Beth Reekles.

Released in 2018, The Kissing Booth stars Joey King as Elle, a late-blooming teenager who ends up in a relationship with a bad boy senior named Noah (Jacob Elordi). This puts her lifelong friendship with Noah’s younger brother in danger.

In a pleasant surprise, ’80s teen romance icon Molly Ringwald co-stars.

Critics destroyed the movie, but Netflix subscribers loved it and made it a monster success. A sequel will hit Netflix in July 2020.

About Time (2013)

About Time
Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams in About Time. Pic credit: Universal Pictures

About Time is the most unusual romance film on Netflix, as it is a romantic sci-fi drama.

When he turns 21, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns from his dad that he can time travel, and it is a family ability. While his dad tells him not to use it to get money or fame, Tim decides to find love.

However, as with any time travel story, Tim realizes that things he does in the past can change things, including things he did last time he traveled back in time.

He meets a woman named Mary (Rachel McAdams), and as the two develop a relationship, Tim realizes what is more important in life and relationships.

Howard’s End (1992)

Howard's End
Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave in Howard’s End. Pic credit: Sony

For those looking for a prestigious romantic drama, Howard’s End is available on Netflix.

This is a Merchant-Ivory production from 1992, based on the novel by E.M. Forster (A Room with a View).

This is a historical romance taking place in turn-of-the-century England and is a love story between widower Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins) and Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson).

Howard’s End picked up nine Oscar nominations, winning three, including Best Actress for Emma Thompson.


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