There will come a moment when you will need the ideal romantic film to set the scene for whatever you have planned, whether it be a night spent vegging out in front of Netflix or a severe session of “Netflix and chill.” After scouring the streaming service searching for the greatest in feel-good dramas, no-holds-barred weepies, and meet-cute rom-coms, we help you find what you’re looking for. A token of our appreciation for
Always Be My Maybe
Randall Park and Ali Wong star as two good friends who, against the expectations of their peers, have never had a romantic relationship and have always kept their relationship platonic. The film is an original production of Netflix.
The two comedy performers provide the chemistry that made legendary romantic comedies of yesteryear work. When the two people meet again much later in life, they, of course, have the potential to restart their friendship as something more; however, this does not come without a few hiccups, one of which being a scene-stealing appearance by Keanu Reeves. The result is an exciting new contribution to the canon of a tried-and-true genre that has been tried and true for a long time.
Debt needs to be paid off in the captivating first feature film by Senegalese-French filmmaker Mati Diop, titled Atlantics. An unscrupulous construction manager in Dakar, located on the coast, takes advantage of his workers and refuses to pay them the back wages they are owed to erect a gigantic glass skyscraper in the city.
One of the laborers, a young man named Souleiman (played by Ibrahima Traoré), is over heels in love with Ada (played by Mama Bineta Sané). She is engaged to the pompous and self-important son of a wealthy family. After laying the groundwork for the complex dynamics of this connection, Diop’s narrative takes several unexpected twists, incorporating supernatural aspects and a detective subplot that is reminiscent of classic film noir.
The movie maintains an ethereal quality that unnerves the audience’s imagination even as the events occur, frequently in night passages that are captivatingly photographed and masterfully paced. Atlantics imitate the ocean’s rhythms, which draws in the audience with each fresh wave of anxiety rather than offering the usual dramatic catharsis that one would expect from a theatrical work.
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Ryan Gosling, who exudes an abundance of charisma, could teach many of us a thing or two about the art of seduction and romantic attraction. In this endearing comedy about a middle-aged man who has recently divorced his wife (Julianne Moore) and is attempting to get his game back with the assistance of a young playboy, Steve Carell follows his advice, which proves to be somewhat successful (Gosling).
It is the kind of interwoven romantic comedy that works. The all-star cast and the mesmerizing chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, who has frequently worked, are primarily responsible for this. The film may eventually have more heart than it does sex appeal (although Gosling’s Dirty Dancing-inspired ploy to lure girls into bed is amusing). Still, even as it demonstrates how complicated love can be, it is an easy flick to fall in love with.
The Half of It
“The Half of It.” This Netflix original is a lot smarter than that opening phrase, and it’s appealing for it because of that. “This is not a love story,” the protagonist, Ellie Chu (played by Leah Lewis), declares at the beginning of the coming-of-age film directed by Alice Wu. It’s one of those clever lines that the lead in adolescent movies likes to say, and it’s one of those witty lines that the information in teen movies tends to say. Ellie, the only person of Chinese origin in a small town in Washington named Squahamish, is the protagonist of this movie.
She is a high school student who prepares papers for other students in exchange for money. One of these propositions comes from a young man named Paul Munsky, played by Daniel Diemer, who asks for her assistance in penning a love letter to a young lady named Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire).
Ellie, who is divided and has a crush on Aster, at first refuses, but in the end, gives in to the pressure to assist her family in making ends meet with her side hustle. The Half of It is genuinely not a love tale as it plays out, making it one of the more mature teen originals that Netflix offers, even though it seems like the makings of a classic romantic comedy.
The film Loving tells one of the essential love tales in the annals of human history. The true story of Mildred and Richard Loving, who took their fight against state laws that prohibited interracial marriage to the Supreme Court in the landmark case Loving v. Virginia, is the subject of the biographical drama “Loving,” which was directed by Jeff Nichols.
Even though it is such a sprawling love story and has so many ground-breaking repercussions, the soft and subdued manner in which it is conveyed in this historical picture is what worms its way into your heart. It finds a quiet profundity that makes it all the more lovely. It owes a lot to Joel Edgerton’s hushed performance as the emotionally aloof but compassionate Richard, Ruth Negga’s deliberate simplicity in her role as Mildred, and Jeff Nichols’s kind direction.
The Mask of Zorro
Following his success with the Pierce Brosnan era of the James Bond franchise, which began with the release of GoldenEye in 1995, director Martin Campbell turned his focus to another legendary figure that needed an update: the masked assassin Zorro. The film combines an old-fashioned swashbuckling spectacle with pulse-pounding blockbuster production and a touch of romance.
Antonio Banderas dons the mask (and the stylish hat) to play the dashing hero, while Catherine Zeta-Jones fights by his side as Elena’s particular love interest. It’s one of the most straightforwardly enjoyable action movies of the ’90s, that’s for sure.
Our Souls at Night
It’s not the most romantic setting: an older man and woman have lost their separate marriages. They agree to start sleeping together platonically to get over their loneliness. However, the end outcome is a charming love tale that follows the more classic plot lines.
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda lend their considerable acting chops to a screenplay that is adapted from a novel written by Kent Haruf. Despite the sentimental nature of the adaptation, the text is not intended for young adults at all. You should check it out despite this if it’s a love tale you’re after!
Reynolds Woodcock, played by the now-retired Daniel Day-Lewis, is the most successful fashion designer of the era. He is also a genius playboy who can detect the outlines of people, gowns, and life itself in the same way that Neo detects the contours of The Matrix. And although his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) supervises every second of his every day, a new inspiration named Alma (Vicky Krieps) manages to get past the alarms and disturb his notion of success via the use of a straightforward strategy:
love. In Phantom Thread, everything from Woodcock’s mansion to the draping gowns to the pans of sautéed mushrooms is fashion-shoot-worthy (the Oscar voters noticed, too). Still, the movie also has a devilishly comedic streak, like a prestige version of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Phantom Thread is a drama that is packed with details and personal admissions. At an early point in the story, Woodcock discloses that he sews secret messages into his clothing. Director Paul Thomas Anderson does the same thing. Paul Thomas Anderson directed Phantom Thread.
Set It Up
Set It Up is not close to being the most influential or ambitious film that Netflix has created, and it certainly isn’t the most important. On the other hand, it is most likely the one you will want to watch repeatedly. This picture is one of the most charming new entrants into the romantic comedy genre, and filmmaker Claire Scanlon is responsible for making it. It begins with a “meet-cute” that is timeless and would work equally well in the year 1948 or 1998 as it does today 2018:
Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell, two ambitious assistants, hatch a conspiracy to frame their horror-show employers so that they can have more time for their own social life. Naturally, our two subordinates discover that their platonic friendship can develop into something deeper and more meaningful.
Casting is everything in a romantic comedy, and this one has it in spades; both Zoe Deutch and Glen Powell are magnetic on-screen. In the meantime, Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs, who play the roles of the powerful and evil bosses, are seasoned actors. It’s the movie ideal for staying up late to watch while hung over and eating pizza.
Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell’s first collaboration with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper – the picture that made J-Law an instant star – is a romantic comedy/drama/dance film that sways from one mood to the next. When Tiffany (Lawrence) and Pat (Cooper) meet during a dance rehearsal for amateur competition, they discover that they have a lot in common:
they both have bipolar disorder and a history of violent outbursts. Silver Linings balances an emotionally realistic depiction of mental illness with the best twirls and dips this side of Step Up. The incredible chemistry between Lawrence and Cooper and this beautiful little gem of a picture, a feel-good, moving love story that doesn’t feel manufactured or treacly, will win you over even if you’re not a fan of rom-coms.