If you’re looking for a slew of romantic movies on Netflix, you’ve come to the right place. This shit is my bread and butter – from Brooklyn to those really dumb, funny ones you put on while you cook, or whatever. I’m looking at you, The Princess Switch. 

In no particular order, here are twenty-something romantic movies on Netflix. Although, the first one on the list is definitely my current fave, but the rest are scrambled!

1. Plus One (2019)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yes, and if it ever leaves, I riot.


Let’s kick things off with Plus One, because when I think romantic movies on Netflix I immediately think of Plus One. It is SUCH a good rom-com, starring Maya bloody Erskine (PEN15) and goofball Jack Quaid.

In the movie, college friends Alice and Ben team up to survive a summer of weddings. It is completely predictable, but just done so well. Love it to bits.

Also, Maya is hilarious in it, but that’s hardly a surprise.

2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yes. It comes and goes, though.

Not pictured: Bill Hader telling Jason Segel to GO HOME.

Dumped by the love of his life, Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) fucks off to Hawaii to heal, only to run into his famous ex, Sarah Marshall (Kirsten Bell) with her new boyfriend, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) at the hotel he’s staying at.

Making the most of the shit situation, Peter decides to stay and befriends the hotel staff, including hotel concierge Rachel Jansen (Mila Kunis).

Lord, I’ve watched this movie so many times I wrote all of that without Googling details.

3. Brooklyn (2015)

If you’re after romantic movies on Netflix, then you cannot go past Brooklyn. It’s based on the book by Colm Tóibín, and is quite possibly one of the only films I can think of that is better than the book. And that is saying A LOT.

“Are we meant to be together?” “Hell yeah, we are” – something along those lines (not really).

This period drama follows the life of a young Irish immigrant named Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), who moves to 1950s New York and falls in love with an extremely sweet Italian bloke named Tony (Emory Cohen).

But when she’s summoned home by her mother, Ellis is torn between two different worlds. The other world’s name is Jim, played by Domhnall Gleeson.

It is such a sweet film, 14/10 recommend.

4. The Half of It (2020)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yep, it’s a Netflix Original.

Leah Lewis and Alexxis Lemire.

Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis), who is incredibly smart, makes good money writing essays for other students in her tiny town in the middle of Bumfuck nowhere.

One day, sweet himbo Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer) hires Ellie to write love letters to his crush, Astor Flores (Alexxis Lemire). But things get complicated when Ellie realises she has feelings for Astor as well.

The Half Of It is an excellent, excellent film about sexuality, love, and friendship and it’s perfectly corny in all the right ways.

It’s probably my favourite coming-of-age flick on Netflix, tbh.

It’s also nice when the main characters actually looks like teenagers.

5. The Big Sick (2017)

Is it currently on Netflix? You bet it is.

Mum and Dad!!!


The film is based on the love story of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, who co-wrote the movie.

Eight months into their relationship, Gordon (played in the film by Zoe Kazan) becomes sick and is placed into a medically induced coma. Nanjiani and Gordon’s mum and dad, played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano, wait by her side in the hospital, while doctors hurry to find a diagnosis. Meanwhile, Nanjiani is struggling with the challenges of being a Pakistani-American couple.

6. Holding The Man (2015)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yes.

I’m not crying, YOU’RE CRYING.

Holding The Man is extremely sad – it’s #1 on our sad movies on Netflix list, but it is a romantic movie.

Based on the 1995 memoir of the same name by Timothy ConigraveHolding The Man chronicles the enduring love story of Tim (Ryan Corr) and his husband, John Caleo (Craig Stott), from high school to beyond.

7. The Holiday (2006)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yes.

Kate Winslet and Jack Black.

Romantic movies on Netflix? THE HOLIDAY. 

It is the other British movie staple during the festive season, and it is pure bliss.

In it, Iris (Kate Winslet) agrees to swap her home in Surrey with Amanda (Cameron Diaz) in California, as they both get over the men in their lives.

Jude Law and Jack Black co-starred.

I watch this film year-round because it’s such a good pick-me-up.

8. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yep!

Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is a, well, 40-year-old virgin, whose mates rally around to help him get laid. That’s the gist!

9. Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yep, it’s a Netflix Original.

Ally Wong and Randall Park, AKA the most loveable guy around right now.

Former childhood mates Sasha and Marcus reconnect 15 years later and while the old sparks are there, they now live in completely different worlds.

This will always be in my top picks for romantic movies on Netflix, purely for its Keanu Reeves cameo.

Sometimes when I’m having a bad day, I just watch this clip over and over again.


10. La La Land (2016)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yes, until March 28, 2021. We’ll let you know when it returns.

It’s showtime, baby!

In short: they’re in love with each other… and their individual dreams. Can the two coexist?

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling co-starred in this beauty that did not win best picture at the 2017 Academy Awards.

11. The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yep, it’s a Netflix Original.

How good’s a bloody picnic?

Jessica James (Jessica Williams), an aspiring playwright in New York, is navigating a break-up when she meets a man named Boone (Chris O’Dowd), who’s trying to get over a divorce. With their heartbreaks in common, Jessica and Boone link up to figure shit out.

File this one under “modern romantic movies on Netflix”.

12. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yes.

“The world will break your heart 10 ways to Sunday, that’s guaranteed.”

After a stay in a psychiatric facility, Pat (Bradley Cooper) moves in with his parents (Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro) and tries to win back his wife, until he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence).

Silver Linings Playbook is based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Matthew Quick.

This isn’t an obvious entry into the romantic movies on Netflix category, but it’s a really good watch nevertheless.

13. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) + it’s sequels

Are they all on Netflix? Hell yeah.


Based on the New York Times bestselling novels by Jenny HanTo All The Boys I’ve Loved Before introduces us to Lara Jean Song Covey, a teenager who writes love letters she never sends. One day, however, her love letters reach their recipients, sparking chaos and a classique fake-dating trope.

Don’t forget it’s sequels To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and To All The Boys: Always and Forever. 

Controversial opinion: the last one was my favourite. I shan’t be taking any questions at this time.

14. Love, Rosie (2014)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yes.

File this one under frustrating romantic movies on Netflix, although the book is far worse (if you like painful reads).

This entire movie could’ve been 5 minutes long if they just talked to each other, I swear to god.

This baby is based on Where Rainbow Ends by Cecelia Ahern, and it follows the lives of childhood best friends Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin), who take approximately three million years to admit they’re in love with each other. Timing is a vicious bastard, I tell you what. Also a vicious bastard? Miscommunication.

Solid watch, though.

15. Pride And Prejudice (2005)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yes.

Keira Knightley was born to play period dramas, that is all.

Is this the best Pride And Prejudice adaptation? Not quite, but it is still very, very, very good.

Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen starred as the iconic Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in my all-time favourite Jane Austen book.

Mrs. Bennet is hellbent on finding rich husbands for her daughters, when along comes the aggressively wealthy Mr. Darcy and his good friend Mr. Bingley.

There is a whole yarn in ranking the Jane Austen adaptations throughout time, but that’s for another day.

16. Someone Great (2019)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yep, it’s a Netflix Original.

Happier times…

Jenny Young (Gina Rodriguez) has just split up from her longterm partner, Nate (Lakeith Stanfield). In an attempt to get over him, she recruits her two best mates, Erin (Dewanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) to go on a final bender before she starts a new chapter in another city.

This one is a fun time but it hits hard. Taylor Swift‘s song ‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’ was inspired by this movie, which was inspired by her 1989 album. There’s a lil’ fun fact for you.

17. The Notebook (2004)

Is it currently on Netflix?  Sure is.

I’m already sad just looking at this picture.

Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah’s (Ryan Gosling) love story is read from a notebook in present day, detailing their first meeting in 1940s South Carolina and how they found their way back to each other despite being torn apart.

The ending of this film will never not make me cry.

18. Set It Up (2018)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yep, it’s a Netflix Original.


In Set It Up, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell) are two overworked personal assistants who team up to set their bosses up. Why? Because with their bosses finally occupied with their personal lives, they might just get some R&R.

Lucy Liu is in this movie as well, which is all the reason you need to watch it.

Set It Up is an example of the quintessential rom-com, it’s pure feel good content.

19. Alex Strangelove (2018)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yep, it’s a Netflix Original.

Daniel Doheny and Antonio Marziale being extremely cute.

In Alex Strangelove, Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny) plans on losing his virginity to his longtime friend and girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein), but things become complicated when he meets and develops feelings for his new friend Elliot (Antonio Marziale).

20. Just Go With It (2011)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yes.

“JuSt gO wiTh It”.

Burned by his college sweetheart, Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler) pretends to be married so he can enjoy future dates with no strings attached. But lying gets him into a tough spot when he meets Palmer (Brookklyn Decker), the woman of his dreams who doesn’t want anything to do with a married man.

So, what does he do?

Enlist his assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston) to pose as his soon-to-be-ex-wife.

I just love how Adam Sandler’s wife, Jackie, cameos in his movies. In this one, she played his almost-wife in the opening scene.

21. Let It Snow

Is it currently on Netflix? Yes.

Isabela Merced and Shameik Moore being wholesome in Let It Snow.

When a snowstorm hits a small town on Christmas Eve, several high school seniors discover unexpected opportunities as well as complications that test their friendships, love lives, and futures.

I reckon Let It Snow is the best Christmas rom-com on Netflix, because it doesn’t involve a dumb plot. It’s also based on a book written by John GreenMaureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle, so you know it’s going to be better than the usual Chrissy romantic movies on Netflix.

Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Jacob Batalon (the new Spider-Man flicks), and Shameik Moore (Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse) starred.

22. The Princess Switch (2018) + it’s cursed spawn

These are Netflix Originals, so they aren’t going anywhere.

Vanessa Hudgens and Vanessa Hudgens in The Princess Switch.

I hate how much I froth The Princess Switch, it’s just so dumb.

Vanessa Hudgens and Vanessa Hudgens star as a baker and a duchess, who swap lives because the Duchess Margaret wants to see how peasants live.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again introduces a third lookalike, because why not? And then a third movie is coming out this year, which apparently won’t include a fourth Vanessa Hudgens. Sad!

23. The Knight Before Christmas

Oh look, another Netflix Original with Vanessa Hudgens in it!

I want that sweater.

In this Christmas movie, a time-travelling knight (Josh Whitehouse) journeys to present day on quest to fall in love and befriends a disillusioned teacher (Vanessa Hudgens), who doesn’t believe in love.

The knight’s name is Sir Cole and for the first 30 minutes, I thought people were calling him Circle.

24. Isn’t It Romantic? (2019)

This is another Netflix Original.

Is it thoughhhh?

Isn’t It Romantic is a rom-com within a rom-com, starring Rebel WilsonLiam HemsworthPriyanka Chopra, and Adam DeVine.

Lucifer‘s Tom Ellis randomly cameoed in it too.

25. The Bodyguard (1992)

Is it currently on Netflix? Yes.


Not to be confused with Richard Madden‘s very intense thriller series of the same name, The Bodyguard starred Kevin Costner as a former Secret Service agent, who takes on the job as a bodyguard to pop sensation Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston).

26. Shrek (2001)

Is it currently on Netflix? It will be as of April 1.

“Oh, would you look at that?”

Lonely, bitter ogre Shrek (Mike Myers) is tasked with rescuing Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from a tall, dark tower so that she can marry Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). He’s joined on his quest by his noble steed/donkey named Donkey (Eddie Murphy).

Shrek IS a romantic movie and I shan’t be hearing otherwise.

Shrek is an absolute work of art, if you ask me. Can’t fault it.

If 26 romantic movies on Netflix didn’t satisfy your thirst, perhaps this list of the sexiest TV shows on Netflix will. Or if you’re looking for more movies once you’ve worked your way through all these, head to our list of the best movies on Netflix right HERE.

Image: Always Be My Maybe