Netflix has a wide variety of romantic films that can cater to diverse tastes. Whether you’re in the mood for classic love stories, contemporary rom-coms, or unconventional narratives, the streaming giant has something for everyone, especially if you are planning on spending New Year’s Eve or Day at home under a pile of cosy blankets.
At the top of our list is the timeless Pride & Prejudice, a classic adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel that is full of wit, charm, soothing cinematography, and sizzling chemistry between its leads, Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Then there is La La Land, which is about to leave Netflix soon. Damien Chazelle’s almost-Oscar-winning film is less of a fulfilling romance story and more of an exploration of the self-destruction and self-sacrifice that we have to undertake in the pursuit of a higher goal.
Then we have the Palestinian film, Omar. The 2013 film tells the story of Omar, a young Palestinian baker who agrees to work as an informant for the Israeli forces. But his actual motivation is to gain access to the occupied West Bank barrier to visit his sweetheart, Nadia.
Duck Butter takes a daring approach to romance, exploring the concept of accelerated intimacy over 24 hours. Always Be My Maybe, starring Ali Wong and Randall Park, adds a dash of humour and nostalgia to the mix with its tale of childhood sweethearts who reconnect after years of separation.
However, if heavier themes of self-exploration are not your cup of romance, then you can delve into To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before or Set It Up. The former takes a charming turn with a teenage rom-com that explores the unintended consequences of secret love letters. This film brings a delightful, youthful exuberance to the romantic genre. For fans of workplace romances, Set It Up delivers a story of two overworked assistants who conspire to set up their demanding bosses but fall in love themselves instead.
For some desi delights, you can turn to Love Per Square Foot and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. The Vicky Kaushal and Angira Dhar film is a delightful romantic comedy that revolves around a couple’s quest to find affordable housing in Mumbai. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is a queer romance that is quaint and quiet. Then there is the 2023 Netflix addition to the genre of cheesy, heartwarming romantic fare: Love at First Sight.
10 best romantic movies on Netflix right now:
- Pride & Prejudice (2005)
- Omar (2013)
- La La Land (2016)
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
- Set It Up (2018)
- Duck Butter (2018)
- Love Per Square Foot (2018)
- Always Be My Maybe (2019)
- Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019)
- Love at First Sight (2023)