The 19 best romantic movies on Netflix you’ll actually want to watch

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“Take This Waltz”
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“The Big Sick,” which will get its wide release in theaters Friday, is already being called one of the best romantic comedies of all time by critics.

The indie flick has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is based on the real-life relationship of screenwriters Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, and the cultural differences and struggles they initially faced as a couple.

Its authenticity and warmth has charmed early audiences.

But what other romantic movies actually make the audience feel something, and are worth your time?

We’ve prepared a comprehensive list of the best romantic movies to watch on Netflix. From studio rom-coms like “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” to lesser-known titles like “Take This Waltz” and “Punch-Drunk Love,” there’s a lot of passion going on in this list.

Here are 19 romantic movies on Netflix you need to check out:

Note: Numerous Netflix titles drop off the streaming service monthly so the availability of titles below may change.


“Midnight in Paris”

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Sony Pictures Classics

Owen Wilson perfectly plays the lackadaisical Gil, who while on vacation with his fiance Inez (Rachel McAdams) finds himself chasing a new romance every evening when the clock strikes midnight, and he’s transported back in time to 1920s Paris.


“Moonrise Kingdom”

Two young lovers run away from a New England town leading to a search party to track them down. But from the mind of director Wes Anderson, that means a highly stylized search party.


“Punk-Drunk Love”

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Columbia Pictures

Barry Egan (Adam Sandler), an emotionally illiterate salesman whose primary hobby includes stockpiling pudding, ends up on an unusual adventure when he finds himself being extorted by a phone-sex line.


“Bridget Jones’ Diary”

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Renée Zellweger plays a Brit determined to improve herself, but consistently finds herself running into roadblocks at work, and in her personal life.


“The Great Gatsby”

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Paramount Pictures

The 1974 version of “The Great Gatsby” brings to life the familiar and heartbreaking story of Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford) and Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow).


“Grease”

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Paramount Pictures

“Grease” is a classic tale of opposites attract, when Sandy (Olivia Newton John) the sweet and sheltered goodie-two-shoes falls for the resident bad boy Danny (John Travolta), in the hit high school musical (dated well before the actual “High School Musical”).


“In the Land of Women”

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Warner Bros.

Carter (Adam Brody), a failed screenwriter, moves in with his grandmother after his relationship with a blossoming starlet ends badly. Carter finds himself becoming intimately involved with not one but two of his next-door neighbors.


“10 Things I Hate About You”

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Touchstone Pictures

While “10 Things I Hate About You” may possibly (definitely) have a problematic plot in the cold light of 2017, this romantic comedy from the 90s is a fun bit of nostalgia that you can’t help but enjoy.


“Love Actually”

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A whole bunch of movie stars play characters in different stages of love in London during the Christmas holiday season. You might need some tissues handy.


“Blue Is the Warmest Color”

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Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the drama follows Adèle’s (Adèle Exarchopoulos) self-discovery, which is helped by meeting and starting a relationship with the blue-haired Emma (Léa Seydoux).


“Can’t Buy Me Love”

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Buena Vista Pictures

Patrick Dempsey plays a nerdy high schooler who pays the most popular girl (Amanda Peterson) in school $1,000 to be his girlfriend so he can become cool. Yes, kids, money does solve everything.


“Take This Waltz”

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Magnolia Pictures

Michelle Williams’ performance as Margot, a married woman who falls in love with her next-door neighbor, is a gut-wrenchingly true depiction of the range of ways people find themselves falling in love.


“Sing Street”

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The Weinstein Company

What’s the fail-safe way to get a girl’s attention? Start a band. And that’s exactly what Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) does to win the heart of the girl of his dreams. And did I mention his band has some really, really good songs?


“Amélie”

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Audrey Tautou plays Amélie, a naive girl from Paris who, while doing good deeds for others, finds love.


“Beginners”

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Focus Features

Oliver’s (Ewan McGregor) father (Christopher Plummer) not only reveals that he has terminal cancer, but also that he’s gay. As Oliver tries to cope with these two huge announcements, he begins to fall for a woman (Mélanie Laurent) he just met.


“Your Sister’s Sister”

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IFC Films

A perfect example of that old rule “tell your friend you have feelings for him, because he may get drunk and sleep with your sister.” Iris (Emily Blunt) invites her friend Jack (Mark Duplass) to stay at her family’s vacation house, but when Jack finds Iris’ sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt) is also there, a night of drinking and sex leads to some awkward conversations. Especially when Iris shows up.


“Y Tu Mamá También”

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IFC Films

Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated movie made Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal international stars. They play two teens who go on a sex-filled road trip with an older woman.


“Medicine for Melancholy”

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Before Barry Jenkins made the Oscar-nominated “Moonlight,” he directed this drama that follows two people (Wyatt Cenac and Tracey Heggins) after a one-night stand. They spend the day together to learn more about each other, and take a trip around the rapidly gentrified San Francisco that surrounds them.


“Titanic”

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Paramount Pictures

“Titanic” is the story of Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), two star-crossed lovers, from totally different worlds, who fall in love on the ill-fated Titantic passenger ship.