Nov 23, 2017 Culture

Cozy Up and Call It a Night With the 13 Best Romantic Movies on Netflix

by Hadley Mendelsohn

Me, myself, and my sofa: a love story. If that sounds up your alley, you'll probably agree that 'tis the season for cozying up with a romance film in lieu of braving the cold weather for a mediocre bar. Whether you want to throw a girl's night in plan a movie date, or hibernate on the sofa with Netflix, the most difficult (and fun) step of this relaxing activity is choosing a movie. Fear not, as we took it upon ourselves to curate a list of the best romantic movies on Netflix to expedite the selection process. So click through the 13 best romantic movies on Netflix below, and take your pick between something quirky and heartwarming, funny, or steamy and dramatic.

Never Let Go ($8)

Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro staring Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan, this movie is a must-see and is so much more than just a romance story (though that element is alive and well). You'll follow the lives of three lovers as they grow up while navigating real-life themes like loss, as well as sci-fi and dystopic visions of the future.

Middle of Nowhere ($8)

This dramatic romance film was directed by the talented Ava DuVernay, so you know you can expect great things from it. It follows a woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband is sent to prison.

The Reader ($8)

For another emotionally intense period drama meets romance starring Kate Winslet, queue up The Reader. It focuses on an illiterate war criminal and her affair with a younger man in post–World War II Germany.

Amélie ($8)

If you want to watch something unique, Amélie is a must-see. You'll get drawn into the world of a quirky and charming young woman living in Paris when she falls in love. Having to read the subtitles if you don't speak French is so worth it.

Carol ($8)

In this movie, we see an aspiring photographer fall in love with an older woman in New York City in the 1950s. Both thematically and visually captivating, this is an engaging watch and stars Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett.

Pretend Kissing ($8)

Though this romantic comedy lives up to its categorization, it does a nice job of exploring a love story that feels rooted in the banalities of everyday experiences and lifestyles.

Moonrise Kingdom ($8)

Now here's a heart-warmer. Just by looking at the movie stills, you know this Wes Anderson flick will be a whimsical, eccentric delight. If you like great costumes, unique stories, and strong coming-of-age protagonists, this is the perfect romance film for you.

Rumor Has It ($8)

When you're just looking for a simple rom-com to watch on a Sunday while you veg out, this should be your pick. A woman finds out that her family inspired The Graduate and a funny, soul-searching journey unfolds.

Echo Park ($8)

This movie follows two people who are both weaving in and out of unhappy relationships. It's especially fun to watch if you live in Los Angeles since the city and neighborhood its based on become main characters themselves, hence the title.

Blue Is the Warmest Color ($8)

Blue Is the Warmest Color lives up to its enticing title following two young girls as they fall in love and explore their budding sexualities. It's an artful, engaging, and thought-provoking movie.

6 Years ($8)

As the title implies, this movie is about a young couple that has been in a relationship for six years. The audience witnesses the happy beginning as they fall madly in love and embark on their relationship and then watches it begin to unravel with time.

Atonement ($8)

This incredible thriller/mystery/romance film will satisfy all your movie cravings at once. Starring Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan, this film pivots around a crime and traces it from its inception in 1930 for 60 more years.

Y Tú Mama También ($8)

This steamy movie pivots around a trio made up of two teenage boys and a beautiful older woman who venture out on a road trip together in Mexico. It's also laugh-out-loud funny and will inspire plenty of wanderlust and late-1990s style.

What's your favorite romance movie on Netflix? Share your recommendations to add to the watch list in the comment section.

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