Even if just reading the phrase “indie folk” makes your teeth ache, it’s hard to resist this humble, diegetic indie-folk musical about two unnamed musicians who fall (slowly) into a fleeting emotional love affair that goes largely unspoken, but not unsung. Unassuming as it is, the movie charmed audiences far beyond its meager budget, spawning a stage play, earning an Oscar for Best Original Song and turning leads Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova into stars - and, briefly, a real-life couple.
The quickest way to a person’s heart is through a movie – after all, it’s called ‘Netflix and chill’ for a reason. But cinematic romance doesn’t follow any single path to get there. Some get the tears flowing, some punch you right in the gut, while others get straight to the point and aim below the belt. Like any relationship, some romantic movies are funny, others are steamy, and a few are all things at once. In the UK, Netflix includes a little bit of everything under the umbrella category of ‘romance’. Whether you’re looking for something modern and weepy, something dressed in period-appropriate costumes, something light and silly or something more challenging, it’s possible to find them streaming, if you know what to look for. Here are our picks for the 25 best romantic films streaming right now on Netflix in the UK.
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