Updated: October 10th
If love isn’t in the air, it’s sure to be on Netflix. The streaming giant has a host of swoon-worthy titles guaranteed to sweep you off your feet. There are high school rom-coms, ’60s coming-of-age stories, period drama, World War II romances, and plenty of forbidden love affairs to keep things juicy. (Be still our beating hearts.) Of course, because there are so many romantic films to choose from, we’ve chosen the cream of the crop. Grab some tissues and get ready to melt over the best romances on Netflix right now.
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1. Atonement (2007)
Run Time: 123 min | IMDb: 7.8/10
Joe Wright’s romantic period piece is less about war, or at least, the violence of it, and more about how circumstance can tear people apart. Spanning six decades, the film follows a young groundskeeper played by James McAvoy, who falls in love with a British heiress (Keira Knightley) but is mistakenly accused of assault and forced to join the war effort to pay for his crimes. The real standout of the film is a young Saoirse Ronan, who plays Briony, a 13-year-old girl and witness to the events and whose testimony forever disrupts the lives of those around her. It’s grand and lush and beautifully shot. Pretty much everything you’d expect from Wright.
2. Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
Run Time: 179 min | IMDb: 7.8/10
When this French coming-of-age drama premiered in 2013, it sparked plenty of controversies. The film centers on a blooming romance between a naïve teenager named Adele and her free-spirited lover, Emma. Praised for painting an honest portrait of a lesbian romance on screen while also scrutinized for its sometimes graphic sexual content, the film marked a turning point in how the LGBTQ community was represented on film and gave people a heartbreaking look at a young woman discovering herself and her sexual identity in an unforgiving world.
3. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Run Time: 99 mins | IMDb: 7.7/10
Netflix’s latest original flick is being hailed as the best teen rom-com of the decade and for good reason. The story stars Lana Condor as Lara Jean Covey, a junior in high school who tends to write her crushes love letters but never actually send them. After those same letters are anonymously sent, she’s forced to do damage control by carrying on a fake relationship with one of her former love interests. It’s a sweet, oddly empowering twist on the classic rom-com trope and you won’t be able to scroll through Twitter without coming across a Peter Kavinsky stan account thanks to this one.