The best date nights are Netflix and chill date nights. When you’re snuggling on the couch next to that special someone, nothing sets the mood better than something romantic. What’s better to watch than a love movie? Nothing. You can have your action and your horror, but those aren’t going to give you the successful date night you want.
Even though some love movies can seem sappy or cheesy or ridiculous, superheroes and x-men are even more ridiculous. There’s nothing wrong with the fantasy world of caped crusaders, but love movies are based in something real. Even if the fantasy chance encounter would never happen in real life, the human connections are what make love movies special and always a pleasure to watch.
Grab your snuggie and some snacks, get in the prime cuddling position, and we’ll pick out some fantastic love movies just for you and your date that are available on Netflix right now.
What Makes the Best Love Movie?
Love movies span a variety of genres and themes. There are love movies that are dramas or comedies, zombie love movies, Disney princess love, and even love and horror. So, how do you decide what the right love movie for the occasion is? We want to provide you a list that gives you not only a choice of love movies, but a choice of genre because they’re not all the same.
If it’s close to Halloween, you may want something with a scary love movie twist. If you want to laugh, rom-coms are always a classic go to with a wealth of options. If you want to cry it out and be sad, there are love movies for that too with lost loves and bitter break ups.
Are There Enough Romantic Love Movies on Netflix?
There’s no shortage of love movies on Netflix; many, many more than I could list here. However, like I said they’re not all the same and some don’t shine as bright as others. You may have to dig to find something worthwhile that you’ll enjoy, but we can give you a top 10 list that will give you a clue where to start looking.
How to Set the Love Mood on Netflix: Looking for the Right Romantic/Love Movie
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Run time: 99 min
The hot new Netflix Original based on the book by Jenny Han and starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo is a classic, but also fun fake dating trope. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a touching story about a girl, Lara Jean Covey, who’s afraid to fall in love, but who fantasizes about it and writes secret letters to her crushes. When the letters get sent, she is forced to fake date one of the boys, Peter Kavinsky (Centineo), in an effort to avoid another boy, who was previously dating her sister. Eventually fake dating leads to the possibility of something real, but is the boy really worth it? Watch and find out.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Run time: 98 min
A girl makes a wish on her 13th birthday to be older and wakes up as 30-year-old who is living all of her dreams; the perfect job, the perfect boyfriend and best friend, and the boy she hasn’t seen in years. He was her best friend and neighbor growing up; he loved her, but she was interested in being popular. She realizes reconnecting with him that maybe he was actually the one all along. A best friend to lovers trope that doesn’t get enough hype for how great it is. Plus, there’s that ‘Thriller dance’ sequence. This is a movie to watch again and again.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Run time: 94 min
A Wes Anderson classic about two kids, Sam and Suzy, who fall in love and run away, creating an eden for themselves on the beach of their island while the town scrambles to find them. Moonrise Kingdom is a pure and bizarre film you’ll want more of as soon as it’s over. It is a film about living in a world with pain that you don’t fully understand, but finding solace in another to brave the storm and the world around you.
Love Actually (2003)
Run time: 135 min
The quintessential love movie, Love Actually is the story of eight different couples in London on Christmas, who are dealing with the romance in their lives. In some cases, it’s gone a bit sour, but in the end they all find the love they desire most. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be happy because of the warmth of the love in this movie.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Run time: 101 min
A film from the director of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a post-apocalyptic love movie in which a man, Dodge Peterson (Steve Carrell), takes a road trip to visit his high school sweetheart after his wife leaves him as an asteroid named Matilda nears Earth, threatening to destroy the planet in 3 weeks. His plans get complicated when his neighbor Penny (Kiera Knightly) decides to tag along. As time ticks down to nothing, who will he end up with?
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Run time: 180 min
An LBGT+ love movie that is a 3-hour epic about a girl named Adele who is unsatisfied with the love in her life until she meets Emma, who has blue hair and is a free spirit. Together they explore the depths of love and their sexuality as their relationship matures emotionally. If you’re looking for a film that portrays a beautiful relationship between two women, this is the movie to watch as it delves deep into what a relationship is and what it means to love someone.
Sliding Doors (1998)
Run time: 99 min
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Sliding Doors uses the butterfly effect showing us how one women’s love life and career hang in the balance determined by whether or not she catches the train after getting fired from her PR job, and the film shows both outcomes: finding out if her boyfriend cheats on her and if she stays or leaves and falls in love with another man. You’ll have to watch to see which reality is the right one.
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Run time: 129 min
Beauty and the Beast is the Disney princess animation turned live-action romance between a girl and a beast, starring Emma Watson and a CGI beast version of Dan Stevens. This story is a classic ‘tale as old as time’ that doesn’t really grow old. The songs are beautifully re-mastered for the film, sung by the star-studded cast. What’s more, this film will give you a sense of nostalgia and leave you wanting more when it’s over, and don’t worry because ‘Be Our Guest’ is still a full CGI spectacle with dancing utensils. You won’t be able to stop yourself from singing along.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Run time: 119 min
Getting married soon? If yes, then you’ll want to watch (or probably rewatch) the unconventional rom-com of this century: Wedding Crashers. This film defined iconic even when it was first released. With an absolutely stellar cast of comedians including Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, and Rachel McAdams this love movie was a laugh riot from start to finish. We can’t forget that cameo either by the one and only Will Ferrell as the funeral crasher Chazz Reinholdt. There’s not a good reason to not watch this film, it’s got everything even a love story with star-crossed soulmates John Beckwith (Wilson) and Claire Cleary (McAdams). Go watch it and thank us later for reminding you it exists.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Run time: 143 min
Their is no greater love story or love movie than that of The Great Gatsby. It’s 1922, New York, and Wallstreet man, Nick Carraway, gets pulled into the world of the wealthy where he meets Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). After a legendary party, Gatsby asks Carraway to bring his cousin to the next party because they used to be in love prior to the war, but she is now married. Gatsby has created himself as a wealthy and available bachelor to win Daisy (Carey Mulligan) back, but the world and a drunken afternoon consipires against him. Carraway sees the illusions and deceit of the wealthy and pens Gatsby’s story of impossible love, loss, and tragedy. Put on your flapper dress and get ready to party all night long with Gatsby tonight.
Love movies are all unique; they can be about chance meetings with your soulmate or learning to make it work again in a long relationship or finding love at the end of the world with the girl you didn’t expect. We hope you enjoy watching these Netflix love movies and let a little love in your heart for whoever you’re watching with.