Searching for a decent love story? We’ve put together the best romance films streaming on Netflix at the present time, from romantic comedies to tear-jerking dramas to something a little hotter.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Director: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
Writer: Dan Fogelman
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei
Run Time: 1 hr 58 min
Crazy, Stupid, Love puts much less emphasis on the “stupid” than you might anticipate. Albeit the plot makes absolutely no sense in the event that you attempt to break it down logically, it’s a rather potent commentary on sincerity, body image, and societal expectations. These odd characters don’t have any idea what they’re doing, however, no one does. Without stepping into melodrama, Crazy, Stupid, Love understands the reason why finding a sincere connection is so difficult in the 21st century.
Director/ Writer: James Cameron
Cast: Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Bill Paxton
Run Time: 3 hr 14 min
Titanic became a phenomenon for a reason. As easy as it is to make fun of James Cameron’s romantic dialogue, he never neglects to deliver spectacle. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet would proceed to do more nuanced acting work, yet they were never charming as they were here. This is a romantic movie that redefined a generation, pushed the limits of special effects, and solidified blockbuster filmmaking in the eyes of the Academy Awards.
A Whisker Away (2020)
Directors: Junichi Sato and Tomotaka Shibayama
Cast: Mirai Shida, Natsuki Hanae, and Hiroaki Ogi
Writer: Mari Okada
Run Time: 1 hr 44 min
The reason of A Whisker Away sounds totally crazy when you first hear it. Miyo Sasaki, a middle school girl, is in love with her classmate Kento Hinode. To draw near to him, she utilizes a mysterious mask to change herself into a cat. Exactly! Crazy, correct? However, appearances can be deceptive, which essentially is the basic theme of this 2020 anime film. As a matter of fact, the film’s Japanese title translates to “Wanting to Cry, I Pretend to Be a Cat”, which really summarizes the plot much better.
Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Director: Nahnacthka Kahn
Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Michelle Buteau, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Dae Kim, James Saito, Vivian Bang
Writers: Michael Golamco, Ali Wong, Randall Park
Run Time: 1 hr 41 min
Netflix brought the romantic comedy back in a big way with 2018’s Set It Up, and the streaming service’s 2019 effort Always Be My Maybe is likewise charming and amazing. Co-written by and featuring Randall Park and Ali Wong, the movie follows a pair of teenaged best friends who have since drifted apart and are pushed together in adulthood, despite the fact that their lives have followed totally different ways. Park and Wong are dynamite together, and the movie takes time to breathe with some well-paced dramatic sequences.
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)
Director: Ian Samuels
Cast: Shannon Purser, Kristine Froseth, RJ Cyler, Noah Centineo
Writer: Lindsey Beer
Run Time: 1 hr 45 min
When mean girl cheerleader Veronica Veronica (Kristine Froseth) gives high school quarterback Jamey (Noah Centineo) unpopular Sierra Burgess’ (Shannon Purser) number rather than her own to dodge Jamey’s advances, Jamey unconsciously starts falling for Sierra. A modern romance from director Ian Samuels (The Map of Tiny Perfect Things) this high school flick explores themes of character, friendship, and self-confidence. While this film is a rom-com on a basic level, it’s the friendship that develops between Sierra and Veronica that leads to the most profound character development within Sierra, a girl coming into her own and figuring out how to love herself.