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It is the time of year when love is in the air, no matter how much you try to escape it. Whether you’re looking for a movie to share with your partner or you just want to inject a little romance into your life, there are plenty of romance movies on Netflix to fit the bill. We’ve sorted through them all to pick out the best ones the streamer has to offer.
From classic romantic comedies to more recent subversions of romance tropes, these are the best romance moves on Netflix right now.
If you’ve ever had to scramble to find a date for a wedding, you’ll understand the plot of Plus One all too well. The film follows Ben, played by The Boys’ Jack Quaid and Mr. & Mrs. Smith’s Maya Erskine as they agree to accompany each other to a series of weddings over a single summer. While the plot is fairly predictable, the cast is remarkably charming and gives plenty of depth to the characters as they take the long and winding path toward admitting their feelings for each other.
This film is the perfect implementation of the meet-cute formula. Two strangers sit next to each other on a flight from New York to London, only to part ways upon landing. However, you can’t get in the way of true love, and the two soon find themselves crossing paths again. There isn’t anything revolutionary in Love at First Sight, but it does such a good job of executing its tropes that you won’t mind.
Another time-honored trope among romance fans is enemies-to-lovers, something that Set It Up pulls off with great effect. Glen Powell and Zoey Deutch star as two overworked and underpaid assistants who find themselves conspiring together to undo their bosses to get out from under their thumbs. The chemistry between Deutch and Powell is what elevates this movie above the sea of rom-coms on Netflix and makes it an intensely watchable film.
As a modern update on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac, The Half of It stars Leah Lewis as a shy writer Ellie who is tasked with penning love letters for the popular Aster on behalf of the local jock. Ellie also has eyes for Aster, and romance blossoms between the two young women. Refreshingly, the jock is far more of a lovable oaf than a bully, and both he and Ellie maintain a solid friendship even as they compete for Aster’s affections.
You know that exercise of writing letters but never intending to send them? That only works if you keep them to yourself. Unfortunately, Lara missed that part and all the love letters she has written for her crushes during high school find their way to the boys that inspired them. She finds herself overwhelmed with potential suitors and starts a sham relationship with her former crush to hide her affection from her current one. It is a charming and fun balancing act that comes crashing down in the best possible way.
When she was at the height of her Hollywood powers, Julia Roberts made a bold decision – she starred in a film as its villain. Her quest to break up a wedding stems primarily from a fear of growing old alone rather than any real affection for the groom. It is a concept that shouldn’t work but does because of the intensely likable cast that includes Roberts and a breakthrough performance from Cameron Diaz. It is a fun and unique romantic comedy that still holds up more than 25 years after it first hit theaters.
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