Netflix Top Romantic Movies
When was the last time you curled up on the couch with a huge bowl of popcorn and a warm blanket to watch your favorite romantic movie? It’s one of those relaxation activities we wish we could do more often but don’t really have the time for.
Romantic movies are often best watched alone as there is usually at least one scene that has us reaching for the tissues. Streaming services such as Netflix have made it super easy to watch all of our favorite movies on demand so we don’t need to check the TV guides to see what’s on. Smart TVs and Android TV boxes have made it possible for us to access a seemingly endless supply of movies that are available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here are some of the best romantic movies on Netflix that are sure to keep you entertained whether you watch them with someone you love or on your own.
1. Two Weeks Notice – 2002
Lucy (Sandra Bullock) is an altruistic lawyer who wants to save a local community center and finds herself up against spoiled millionaire playboy George (Hugh Grant). To save the community center, Lucy starts to work for George in his real estate development empire but finds herself more as a caretaker or nanny rather than being hired for her exceptional legal mind.
The movie takes on a bit of a predictable turn with Lucy quitting her job to do more rewarding work helping others and this is when George realizes that he not only can’t live without her but that he’s fallen in love with the outspoken lawyer.
Two Weeks Notice does have a happy ending but it’s not much of a tear-jerker as it’s more of a romantic comedy. It’s still a great movie so grab some munchies and a nice bottle of wine.
2. The Ugly Truth – 2009
The Ugly Truth is the classic tale of opposites attracting. Abby (Katherine Heigl) is a television producer and a bit of a control freak who comes across Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler) who is a straight-talking host of his own talk show, that shares the title of the movie, The Ugly Truth. When Mike is offered to move his show to prime time television, Abby is mortified, having heard Mike’s tongue-in-cheek, and someone chauvinistic views on love and relationships.
The two begin working together in the TV studio and Mike becomes an impromptu relationship counselor for Abby who is trying to woo her new neighbor and handsome doctor Colin (Eric Winter). All seems to be going well between Abby and Colin, but with all the time Mike and Abby are spending together, they realize there is a magical chemistry between them and Abby sees a different side to the cynical Mike.
This is a movie that the guys will want to watch with the girls. The laughs are plentiful and even though you quickly realize where the story is going, it’s hard not to feel sorry for Colin, even though most viewers are secretly on Mike’s side.
3. No Strings Attached – 2011
Adam (Ashton Kutcher) and Emma (Natalie Portman) are the longtime friends that have become somewhat disillusioned with relationships. After Adam learns his ex-girlfriend is living with his father, he embarks on a crusade to “hook up” with any girl willing in his phone’s contact list. One such call is to Emma and Adam ends up naked and passed out on her living room floor. The two decide to have a physical relationship without the emotional commitment and it works for a while until they realize they have real feelings for each other.
4. Eat, Pray, Love – 2010
One of the silver screens greatest actresses, Julia Roberts, takes on the role of Liz Gilbert, a woman who has fallen out of love with her husband Stephen (Billy Crudup) and embarks on a journey to find herself. Along the way, she has a failed relationship with David (James Franco) before deserting her life to spend a year traveling on a journey of self -discovery.
This is a truly inspirational movie filmed in some stunning locations in Italy, India, and Bali. Liz eats her way through Italy, enjoying every morsel and finds herself delving into the depths of her soul at a retreat in India. The surprise comes when Liz travels to Bali to immerse herself in prayer and unwittingly falls for the dashing Felipe (Javier Barden).
This is a movie that will make you laugh and cry, all the while giving you food for thought.
5. 13 Going On 30 – 2004
In a classic tale of “what ifs”, 13 Going On 30 is a bit of a coming of age style romantic comedy. Jenna is celebrating her 13th birthday with her best friend Matt. She invites her high school’s cool crowd and things go wrong when the cool crowd desert her and leave her with her best friend and chubby neighbor Matt.
In a fit of anger, Jenna kicks Matt out and shuts herself in the closet only to wake up a 30-year-old Jenna (Jennifer Garner) with no Matt (Mark Ruffalo) in her life. She finds Matt, but he’s engaged to another. Jennifer Garner is brilliant as a 13-year-old girl in a 30-year-old woman’s body. Her innocence is quite charming and this fun movie has great 1980’s music and it does have a very happy ending.
6. The Notebook – 2004
Pull out the tissues for this one, The Notebook is a movie for star-crossed lovers who eventually find their way back to each other. Rachel McAdams is brilliant as rich girl Allie who falls in love with the poor Noah (Ryan Gosling). The two have a tumultuous relationship but inevitably find each other again.
The story is told through the narration of Duke (James Garner) who is really an older Noah, reading a story from a notebook to the older and senile Allie (Gena Rowlands). We won’t give away the ending, but be prepared.