Valentine's Day 2021: 14 Of The Best Romantic Movies To Watch On Netflix
- Dirty Dancing (1987)Dirty Dancing (1987)
- Ghost (1990)Ghost (1990)
- Romeo + Juliet (1996)Romeo + Juliet (1996)
- Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
- 50 First Dates (2004)50 First Dates (2004)
- Pride & Prejudice (2005)Pride & Prejudice (2005)
- 27 Dresses (2008)27 Dresses (2008)
- Friends With Benefits (2011)Friends With Benefits (2011)
- About Time (2013)About Time (2013)
- Her (2013)Her (2013)
- Love, Rosie (2014)Love, Rosie (2014)
- A Star Is Born (2018)A Star Is Born (2018)
- To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018)To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018)
- Always Be My Maybe (2019)Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Whether you're in the mood for a rom-com to watch with your S.O., a feel-good romance with your squad or a tear-jerker to watch on your own, here are our picks of the best romantic movies to watch for Valentine's Day on Netflix
With Valentine's Day looming, you might be wondering how to spend the day of love. Social distancing restrictions are still in place in Hong Kong, but thankfully because of the two-person dining restrictions, brunches, lunches and afternoon tea make for the perfect romantic date. If you'd rather stay home, you can always turn to Netflix and watch some romantic movies with pillows, blankets and popcorn included for the perfect date night.
To help you plan your Valentine's Day movie marathon, we've put together a list of the best romantic movies to binge-watch on Netflix––whether you're in for a good laugh, looking for a classic or just a feel-good movie.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
We can't take our eyes off this classic guilty pleasure, not this Valentine's Day. "Nobody puts Baby in the corner", especially when she's after a handsome dance instructor who can give her a legendary lift. This classic is so well-loved that it led to the unrelated prequel in 2004, a stage version and also a made-for-TV remake in 2017.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Nothing conjures the image of romance than the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet and it only feels right to add their romantic yet tragic tale in this list. Romeo + Juliet is just one of the many adaptations of the original play by William Shakespeare. This version stars Leonardi DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the titular roles of the two teens who fell in love despite being caught up in their family feud.
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
When you have Colin Firth and Hugh Grant as your potential suitors, who will you choose? Watch this British romantic comedy to find out who Renée Zellweger thinks is the right guy for her. Bridget Jones's Diary is based on Helen Fielding's 1996 novel of the same, which in turn, is a reinterpretation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
50 First Dates (2004)
Up for a laugh? 50 First Dates is a good bet. This romantic comedy tells the story of a womanising marine veterinarian (Adam Sandler) who falls in love with an art teacher (Drew Barrymore). He soon discovers that she has anterograde amnesia and forgets him the next day. Letting go of his womanising ways, he becomes devoted to winning her over and over again with each passing day.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Before Bridgerton, there was Pride & Prejudice. The 2005 film is based on Janu Austen's 1813 novel of the same name and followed five sisters as they deal with issues of marriage and morality. Keira Knightley plays Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfadyen plays the titular Mr. Darcy. One cannot think of a romantic period drama without thinking of Pride & Prejudice.
27 Dresses (2008)
Another film that's good for laughs is 27 Dresses which centres on Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) and her turn in the love department—after being a bridesmaid for 27 weddings. It might be a good inspiration when you're looking for your wedding dress.
Friends With Benefits (2011)
Friends with Benefits star Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake who both meet in New York and agree to be just friends with benefits, thinking that this won't complicate their friendship. But as their relationship progress, the two begin to develop romantic feelings for each other, only to keep denying it to save their friendship.
It's that kind of angst-ridden love story that's full of chemistry, you just can't wait for the two to get together—so much so that critics also praised Kunis and Timberlake's chemistry.
About Time (2013)
Love. Time travel. What could go wrong? According to About Time, a lot of things. The romantic-comedy-time-travelling movie follows a young man who has the ability to time travel and does so to change his past, hoping for a better future but as he soon finds out, changing the past can lead to drastic changes in his present and future.
Despite its sprinkle of science fiction, the film asks us to treasure moments because not every moment comes with a second chance.
If you're looking for a romantic movie that's outside of the box, Her is the perfect choice. The film is about Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Pheonix) who develops a relationship with an A.I virtual assistant, Samantha (Scarlett Johnson).
The movie pushes the boundaries of what it means to fall in love—beyond appearance and even beyond a physical human being. Because of that, the film received widespread critical acclaim earning five Academy Award nominations.
Love, Rosie (2014)
From best friends to lovers is a common trope in any romantic story. And if you're weak for that kind of slow romance, pick Love, Rosie. Lily Collins and Sam Clafin star in this romantic drama about best friends Alex and Rosie who have been there for almost every important moment in each other's lives and thinking that they'll be best friends forever.
But as the two continue on with their respective lives only to reunite five years later. Will they be able to rekindle their relationship?
A Star Is Born (2018)
A young singer (Lady Gaga) is discovered by a hard-drinking rockstar, and the two embark on a musical-love journey together. The music alone is worth the watch but Lady Gaga is the gem here which no doubt won the hearts of many—earning her a nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards and her smash-hit, Shallow winning Best Original Song.
To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018)
Ah, fake dating. Another common romance trope that we've seen before yet there's just something so utterly irresistible about it that we can't help but keep watching. For your feel-good fake dating to real dating romance, look no further than To All The Boys I've Loved Before, based on the book of the same name by Jenny Han. Follow the fun journey of Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), who writes letters to boys she once liked, only to never send those letters, or at least until her sister Kitty sends them out on her own.
What followed is a fake relationship with one of her former crushes, Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centino) to make Kavinsky's ex-girlfriend jealous. Over the course of the fake relationship, the two teens start to develop feelings for each other. You find yourself laughing at the feel-good moments of young love.
See also: 10 Feel-Good Movies To Watch On Netflix
Always Be My Maybe (2019)
An irresistible Netflix rom-com starring Ali Wong and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe is about two childhood sweethearts with unfinished business. Reconnecting after 15 years, the two start to wonder—maybe? If you're not tired of childhood sweethearts love stories just yet, Always Be My Maybe is a good watch this Valentine's Day.
This article was originally published on February 11, 2020 and was updated on February 2, 2021.