Whatever your relationship status is, it’s always a pleasurable experience to watch a love story. And since going to the cinema is still not an option in many countries due to the global pandemic, what better place to do it than at home.
Whether you’re planning to spend your Valentine’s Day with your date just cuddling on the couch, playing a good, old-fashioned romantic flick, or you’re single and craving for a story to warm your freezing heart, Netflix boasts a massive library of romantic films that will have something to match your every mood.
As a pre-Valentine’s Day treat, we’ve put together the best romantic films you can find on the streaming platform this 2021. Here, you can find an assortment of local and foreign goodies, from feel-good rom-coms, sad movies for teens, classics, to your favorite Netflix originals. Quick, grab your wine or a cup of something warm and let’s fill the season of love with hugots and romantic feels.
1. The Hows of Us
Directed by: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Cast: Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo
It follows the story of live-in partners Primo (Padilla) and George (Bernardo), whose relationship is put to a test when the harsh realities of life get in the way of love.
2. Valentine’s Day
Directed by: Garry Marshall
Cast: Julia Roberts, Patrick Dempsey, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx, and many more
This star-studded 2010 rom-com is a series of overlapping stories of different characters, each of whom has their own struggle finding love or making their love lives work.
3. The Kissing Booth 2
Directed by: Vince Marcello
Cast: Joey King, Taylor Zakhar Perez, Jacob Elordi
A direct sequel to 2018’s The Kissing Booth, this rom-com flick is the continuation of Elle and Noah’s story as they wend their way through the highs and lows of their teenage life.
Directed by: Frack Coraci
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore
Nothing spells rom-com better than a movie with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in it. While many would find this film to be a bit on the cliched side (two people being forced to stand each other’s guts until they eventually fall for one another), the legendary chemistry between these two actors– with which we’ve grown up– can shut down the critic inside you and just make you ride along with their story.
5. 50 First Dates
Directed by: Peter Segal
Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore
This 2004 romantic comedy is what established Sandler and Barrymore as one of the greatest on-screen love teams of all time. Audiences from the past and present generations have easily found themselves falling in love with this classic tale about amnesia, and the lengths our people go to to make us feel loved. The plot is cheesy, yes, but if you just wanna be entertained then this will give you the best 2 hours of your quarantined life.
6. My Ex and Why’s
Directed by: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Cast: Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano
Netflix is indeed home to some of the best Filipino loves stories we have now, like this one starring the on and offscreen couple, LizQuen. The highest-grossing LizQuen film to date, My Ex and Why’s is about an ex-couple who find themselves working together for a project. Regrets, realizations, and little push from destiny will force the two to confront their past, in the hopes of getting back together.
7. Crazy Rich Asians
Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding
Asians represent! One of the most popular Netflix originals, the film is an adaptation of a global bestselling novel of the same name, and follows the hilarious love story of a Chinese-American professor and a man who turns out to be from one of the wealthiest families in Singapore.
8. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Directed by: Susan Johnson
Cast: Noah Centineo, Lana Condor
Another movie adaptation of a worldwide bestseller, TATBILB revolves around a very charming premise: a cute, shy girl who goes by the name Lara Jean has secretly written a letter to each of her previous and present crushes, and discovers one day that her letters have been sent to the recipients.
9. To All The Boys P.S. I Still Love You
Directed by: Michael Fimognari
Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo
The second installment in the TATBILB series, it chronicles Lara Jean and her relationship with Peter Kavinsky. However, due to the disaster that was her love letters going to their respective recipients, one man comes back to her life and causes major drama.
10. The Fault in Our Stars
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort
Book-loving folks have had their share of tears and heartbreak when they delved into John Green’s 2012 novel, The Fault in Our Stars. And when the book was turned into a movie in 2014, more tears flowed. In this coming-of-age story, we get to accompany cancer-stricken teens, Hazel and Gus as they embark on a life-affirming journey to visit a reclusive author in Amsterdam.
11. A Star is Born
Director: Bradley Cooper
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga
A handful of million reasons to love this film: first, it showcases Lady Gaga’s best acting to date, aside from her exceptional singing, which is a given. Second, it’s Cooper’s directorial debut, and he absolutely nailed it. Third, it’s the latest attempt to recreate the decades-old story known as “A Star is Born,” following the big footsteps left by its predecessors in 1937, 1954, and 1976. A musical romantic drama that boasts A-list talent, outstanding acting, and memorable musical performances, it’s a total package for all the movie and music-loving audiences out there.
12. About Time
Director: Richard Curtis
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
It’s a rom-com, a coming-of-age film, and a time travel adventure packed into one. And before you mistake this for just another cheesy flick built upon that time travel trope, let me stop you right there.
Albeit making use of a supernatural concept, About Time is a heartwarming, soul-stirring piece that will have you instantly listing it as one of your rom-com favorites. It tells the story of a man who learns that all the men in their family have the ability to time travel. Although skeptical at first, he learns to use this ability to improve his future. While it starts off mostly being about his romantic affair with the charismatic Mary, it slowly unfolds into a touching father-and-son story and ends with a lesson about appreciating every moment while it’s there.
13. When We First Met
Director: Ari Sandel
Cast: Adam DeVine, Alexandra Daddario, Shelley Hennig, Andrew Bachelor, Stephen Amell
The story is about Noah Ashby, who finally gets to meet Avery, the girl of his dreams, at a 2014 Halloween Party. But then, he learns that the woman doesn’t feel the same about him, and three years later, he finds out that she’s already engaged to someone else. Using a photo booth as a time machine, Noah goes back to that 2014 party, and attempts to alter the night’s events until he gets it right.
14. My Amnesia Girl
Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Cast: John Lloyd Cruz, Toni Gonzaga
Who would forget this 2010 rom-com treat from Star Cinema that reignited the Filipino’s love for pickup lines? We can’t thank Netflix enough for including this in its Filipino content, because every time we need a good stab of nostalgia we can just go back to Glen and Irene’s unforgettable journey to happily ever after.
15. Always Be My Maybe
Director: Nahnatchka Khan
Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Michael Golamco, Keanu Reeves
The streaming giant was really serious in its attempt to become a source of rom-com goodness. In 2018, the world was treated to yet another surprisingly feel-good Netflix original co-written and starred by Ali Wong and Randall Park. Always Be My Maybe follows two childhood best friends who meet again 15 years after leading very different lives.
Although heartwarming at times, the film is jam-packed with laugh-out-loud moments. (Wong is comedic gold, as always.) And boy, Keanu Reeves makes a brief cameo, so if you want your breath to be taken away there’s no reason for you not to add this title to your queue now.
Any other romantic movie on Netflix we didn’t mention? Tell us in the comments below!
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