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What are the best romantic movies on Netflix?

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Since the beginning of the theatre, romance has played a significant role in performance art – and it makes perfect sense because it is a universal emotion. That’s why when the bad mood punches, nothing but lingering sight, slow burns, longing gazes, and toe-curling smooches will do. And it is better served when the romantic films you seek are readily available on streaming platforms. In this case, Netflix is what you need! Below are the best romantic movies on Netflix you’ll fall in love with, so scroll down. 

Dangerous Liaisons (2022)

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Dangerous Liaisons 

Director: Stephen Frears

Writer: Christopher Hampton, Choderlos de Laclos

Star cast: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Michelle Pfeiffer

IMDB rating: 7.6

Runtime: 1 hr.59 mins

It is a 1988 American period romantic drama premised on Christopher Hampton’s play Les liaisons dangereuses, written in 1985. The movie gained mostly favorable reviews from critics, who praised Close and Pfeiffer’s performances, screenplay, production values, and costumes. It was a moderate box-office hit, earning $34.7 million vs. a $14 million budget. At the 61st Academy award, the movies won 3 Oscars – Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, and Best Costume Design.

Its story follows a cunning widow and her devious ex-lover who place a wager on the corrupt practices of a newly wedded woman.

A Perfect Pairing

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A Perfect Pairing 

Director: Stuart McDonald

Writer: Elizabeth Hackett, Hilary Galanoy

Star cast: Victoria Justice, Adam Demos, Luca Asta Sardelis

IMDB rating: 6.1

Runtime: 1 hr.41 mins

It is an American romantic comedy that premiered on Netflix on May 19, 2022. The film received critical acclaim and applause for its cast. 

It displays a hard-working LA wine company executive who moves to an Australian sheep facility to settle a significant buyer. But wound up working as a farmhand and falling in love with a sturdy native.

Along for the Ride

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Along for the Ride 

Director: Sofia Alvarez

Writer: Sarah Dessen, Sofia Alvarez

Star cast: Emma Pasarow, Belmont Cameli, Laura Kariuki

IMDB rating: 6.1

Runtime: 1 hr.46 mins

It’s a 2022 American romantic drama centered on Sarah Dessen’s novel with the same title. The film received favorable feedback from critics, who praised the writing and performances of the cast.

Auden gets to meet the strange Eli, an insomniac, the summer prior to college. Whereas the beachside town of Colby sleeps, the two set out on a nighttime search to help Auden live a carefree life. 

In Good Company

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In Good Company

Director: Paul Weitz

Writer: Paul Weitz

Star cast: Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Scarlett Johansson

IMDB rating: 6.5

Runtime: 1 hr.49 mins

It is a 2004 American romantic comedy that premiered in the US on December 6, 2004. Critics received it well and wigged $61 million at the box office. 

A middle-aged advertising executive is confronted with a new boss who seems to be approximately half his age – who is also with his daughter.

All the Boys I've Loved Before

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 

Director: Susan Johnson

Writer: Sofia Alvarez, Jenny Han

Star cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish

IMDB rating: 7.0

Runtime: 1 hr.39 mins

It is a 2018 American teen romantic comedy that premiered on Netflix on August 17, 2018. It is the first film of the “To All the Boys” franchise, and it received mostly positive reviews from critics, who applauded the cast. In addition, the movie won an Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Feature – Non-Theatrical Release. 

A teenage girl’s love letters are discovered, causing havoc in her romantic life.

Silver Linings Playbook

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Silver Linings Playbook 

Director: David O. Russell

Writer: David O. Russell, Matthew Quick

Star cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro

IMDB rating: 7.7

Runtime: 2 hrs.2 mins

It’s a 2012 American romantic comedy premised on Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel of the same name. The film received critical praise, with plaudits focused on Russell’s direction and Cooper and Lawrence’s performances. In addition, it was a commercial success, earning over $236 million at the box office. 

Pat Solitano, a retired teacher, returns to live with his parents after a brief tenure in a mental hospital and attempts to rectify with his ex-wife. However, things become more difficult when Pat gets to meet Tiffany, a strange girl with her own troubles.

Always Be My Maybe

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Always Be My Maybe 

Director: Nahnatchka Khan

Writer: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Michael Golamco

Star cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito

IMDB rating: 6.8

Runtime: 1 hr.41 mins

It is an American romantic comedy, launched in select theatres on May 29, 2019, and Netflix on May 31, 2019. The film generally received positive reviews, with many complimenting the writing.

Its plot revolves around two childhood sweethearts who split up and don’t speak to one another for 15 years. They reconnect as adults when Sasha runs into Marcus in San Francisco.

Set It Up

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Set It Up 

Director: Claire Scanlon

Writer: Katie Silberman

Star cast: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu

IMDB rating: 6.5

Runtime: 1 hr.45 mins

It is an American rom-com, launched on Netflix on June 15, 2018, to positive reviews. The critics praised the plot and storyline of the film. 

Two business executive assistants devise a scheme to pair their two bosses.

Phantom Thread

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Phantom Thread  

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson

Star cast: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville

IMDB rating: 7.4

Runtime: 2 hrs.10 mins

It is an American historical drama that premiered in theatres on December 25, 2017. The film’s screenplay, direction, soundtrack, costume, and production values all won praise. It was ranked among the top ten movies of 2017 by the National Board of Review and is regarded as one of the best films of 2010.

Reynolds, a famed costume designer, has his meticulous life interrupted by Alma, a young, strong-willed woman who becomes his inspiration and lover.

Our Souls at Night

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Our Souls at Night 

Director: Ritesh Batra

Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Kent Haruf

Star cast: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Matthias Schoenaerts

IMDB rating: 6.9

Runtime: 1 hr.43 mins

It is a 2017 American romantic drama premised on Kent Haruf’s novel with the same title. Critics praised the film’s direction, incorporation from the novel, and performances (particularly Fonda’s), with critics applauding Fonda and Redford’s chemistry.

Addie Moore and Louis Waters are widows who have lived as neighbors for years. They have almost no connection, but that tweaks when Addie attempts to interact with her neighbor.



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