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The best romantic movies on Netflix UK

In the mood for love? Fire up Netflix and watch one of these romantic films

By Time Out Film
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No one needs an excuse to settle down for the night with a a romantic movie. You could just be in the right mood for a weepy love story, or maybe you’re after the perfect film for date night. The genre is plentiful: from hilarious romcoms to iconic teen love stories, there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy. To help you make your pick, we’ve narrowed things down a bit. Whether you’re after tearjerkers like ‘The Notebook’ or kinky romps like ‘50 Shades of Grey’, here are our pick of the best romantic movies on Netflix UK streaming right now.

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The most romantic movies on Netflix UK

Romantic movie: The Notebook
Romantic movie: The Notebook
Photograph: New Line Cinema

1. The Notebook (2004)

Film Drama

There’s something so earnest about the way this star-crossed teen romance hits its clichéd marks that the film itself takes on the unassailable, idealistic purity of first love. He’s a common country boy, she’s a beautiful heiress, and you can guess the rest. The casting is magic too: here’s where the world’s love affair with Ryan Gosling started, before he got way too cool for this sort of thing.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Photograph: Masha Weisberg/Netflix

2. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

To deal with her intense crushes, Lara Jean (Lana Condor) writes secret love letters to the boys she lusts after, which no one is ever meant to see. Of course these letters end up being sent out and Lara Jean must deal with her feelings, and the implications of the letters, head on.

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Romantic film: When Harry Met Sally
Romantic film: When Harry Met Sally
Photograph: Columbia Pictures

3. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

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This is a film where everything works: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan’s just-this-side-of-smug central couple, the gorgeous photography of New York through the changing seasons, even Harry Connick Jr’s jazz-lite soundtrack. And it’s all rooted in Nora Ephron’s flawless script.

Twilight
Twilight
Photograph: Summit Entertainment

4. Twilight (2008)

Film Drama

Sparkly-skinned vampires and unbridled teenage passion might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this fantasy franchise has one hell of a fanbase. The first movie in the series is the best, as Kristen Stewart’s Bella and Robert Pattinson’s Edward shoot sexually frustrated glances at each other during biology class.

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Chalet Girl
Chalet Girl
Photograph: Momentum Pictures

5. Chalet Girl (2011)

Film Comedy

Before a best actress Oscar nomination for ‘The Theory of Everything’ and before landing the plum role as a rebel leader in the ‘Star Wars’ spin-off  ‘Rogue One’ there was Brit comedy ‘Chalet Girl’. Felicity Jones stars as a working-class Londoner working in the French Alps to help her bereaved father pay the bills when she finds herself falling for a wealthy – and taken – client.

Eat Pray Love
Eat Pray Love
Photograph: Columbia Pictures

6. Eat Pray Love (2010)

Film

It was the must-read memoir of 2007. Julia Roberts brings the travelogue to the big screen as author Elizabeth Gilbert, who, after running away from an unhappy marriage in America, flew to Italy, India and finally Indonesia in search of an inner peace (and a book deal).

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You've Got Mail
You've Got Mail
Photograph: Warner Bros.

7. You've Got Mail (1998)

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Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks join forces again for another Nora Ephron venture, this time loosely based on the 1940 film ‘The Shop Around the Corner’. Ryan plays Kathleen Kelly, whose indie children’s bookshop is threatened by a new flashy book superstore operated by Hanks’s Jeff Bezos-esque Joe Fox. What neither of them realise is that they’ve exchanged increasingly personal emails with one another after meeting in an anonymous chat room.

 

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라라랜드
Photograph: Dale Robinette

8. La La Land (2016)

Film Comedy

Director Damien Chazelle takes you back to the Hollywood of yesteryear with an all-singing, all-dancing modern movie musical about the ups and downs of life in Los Angeles. Ryan Gosling is Seb, a brooding pianist and jazz purist who dreams of running a nightclub, while Emma Stone plays Mia, a sunny studio-lot barista and aspiring actor who dreams of putting on her own plays. The film follows their relationship and the growing conflict between their personal passions and romantic hopes.

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Saoirse Ronan, who stars as Briony (aged 13), in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement.
Saoirse Ronan, who stars as Briony (aged 13), in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement.
Photograph: Alex Bailey

9. Atonement (2007)

Film Drama

Based on Ian McEwan’s bestselling novel, ‘Atonement’ asks you to consider the implications that a person’s actions, however innocent, can have. At its heart is a love story – deftly played out by Keira Knightley (in that green dress!) and James McAvoy – but that’s nestled among thorny commentary on class, sex, trauma and the difficulty that comes with accepting your responsibility for the past.

Clueless
Clueless
Photograph: Paramount Pictures

10. Clueless (1995)

Film Comedy

Not only is ‘Clueless’ a sharp, whip-smart coming-of-age comedy that pokes fun at the teen romcom and the ridiculous lives of super-rich young people, but it’s also a surprisingly good romance, too. It’s loosely based on Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, with added ’90s slang, and you can’t help but root for Alicia Silverstone’s Cher Horowitz and Paul Rudd’s Josh Lucas, even if the semantics of their familial relationship might lead to some raised eyebrows.

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Mamma Mia (2008)
Mamma Mia (2008)
Photograph: Universal Pictures

11. Mamma Mia! (2008)

Film Romance

Is there anything better than watching Meryl Streep belt out Abba’s ‘The Winner Takes It All’? We’d argue not. Of course, this movie adaptation of the popular jukebox musical isn’t for everyone, especially if the idea of Pierce Brosnan singing makes you feel a little nauseous (understandably). Still, the music of Abba lends itself to romantic melodrama. Also, did we mention Meryl Streep?

Someone Great
Someone Great
Photograph: Sarah Shatz/Netflix

12. Someone Great (2019)

Some of life’s great romances are the ones you share with your mates. That’s the premise behind ‘Someone Great’, a Netflix Original movie that follows Jenny Young (Gina Rodriguez), a music journalist on the verge of moving across the country for her dream job who has also just been dumped by her boyfriend (Lakeith Stanfield). In a bid to bring Jenny out of a funk, her best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) plan a night out to end all nights out.

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sense and sensibility
sense and sensibility
Photograph: Columbia Pictures

13. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

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This Jane Austen adaptation might not reinvent the wheel, but it’s deeply enjoyable. Emma Thompson not only wrote the screenplay, which sticks close to the theme’s of Austen’s novel and retains its ironic wit, but also stars. She’s joined by Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant and Greg Wise.

Ali Wong and Randall Park in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe
Ali Wong and Randall Park in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe
Photograph: Ed Araquel / Netflix

14. Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Ali Wong and Randall Park star in this brilliant Netflix Original romantic comedy about two childhood friends who lose touch after a teenage fling turns sour, only to be reunited in adulthood. It traverses familiar romcom territory, sure, but it does so well and in such a relaxed manner that you don’t mind any retreading. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a show-stealing cameo from Keanu Reeves.

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Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey
Photograph: Focus Features

15. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Film Drama

The movie adaptations of EL James’s wildly successful BDSM-lite romance novels are not high art by any means, but they are an absolute romp. This first film sets up the kinky romance between the enigmatic Christian Grey and slightly timid Anastasia Steele, introducing us to the ‘Red Room’, heaps of Christian’s emotional baggage and not as much sex as the premise initially promised. Still, worth it for Jamie Dornan.

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