You're not going to watch an existential tearjerker on your second date, but you might screen a sexy road trip flick from the couch. There are so many good movies out there in the world, but there's a time and a place to watch each. Below, we compiled the best romantic movies that you can stream right now (they're all on Netflix!) that suit every occasion—from classic comedies to a musical filled with iconic actors.
A Musical Rom-Com Worth Watching Over and Over: 'Mamma Mia!'
People haven't stopped talking about Mamma Mia! since its sequel debuted in theaters a couple weeks ago, so Netflix decided to bring the original back for everyone's viewing pleasure. Based off of the 1999 musical, this 2008 version stars Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, and more amazing actors (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, etc., etc.) in a story about Sophie (Seyfried) attempting to find her birth father by inviting three of her mother's (Streep) exes to her wedding. Let's just say things get a little...complicated. Sidenote: ABBA forever.
A LOL-Worthy Classic Comedy: 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
Look up "iconic" in the dictionary, and you'll find Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey together in this 2003 romantic comedy, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Just try not to laugh when you watch Andie (Hudson) purposely try to get Ben (McConaughey) to break up with her for a story while Ben tries to get her to stay with him for a bet. It's a hilarious, beautiful mess.
A Sexy, Moody Indie: 'Blue Valentine'
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams really turn up the heat in the 2010 drama/indie film Blue Valentine. Yes, at times it's a little depressing watching Gosling's and Williams' characters detail the ups and downs of their relationship, but it's guaranteed to get you and your date to cozy up together on the couch.
A Cute Coming-of-Age Drama: 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist'
Two words: Michael Cera. Based off of the novel of the same name, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist tells the story of—shocker—Nick (Michael Cera) and Norah (Kat Dennings), who meet in a club while searching for Norah's drunk best friend (relatable) and, well, you can probably guess what happens next...
A Nostalgic Teen Romance: 'A Cinderella Story'
Chad Michael Murray and Hilary Duff forever. After you and your date watch the modern (well, modern in 2004) remake of the original Disney movie, you two can reenact the romantic kiss in the rain at the football game that you tragically missed out on in high school.
A Drama (That, for All Intents and Purposes, Has Some Romance): 'Lion'
Lion was nominated for six (6!) Oscars. To put it simply, it's a great movie. Since this film is essentially required viewing for every person in his or her lifetime, your date will have you to thank for showing it to them. There may be a couple tears, but if it's #real it won't matter.
A Fun, Kid-Friendly Flick: 'Moonrise Kingdom'
This movie will make you want to go out and buy knee socks, pastels, and a portable record player. It features a lovable cast of characters—including a pair of young lovers who run away together and a scoutmaster played by Edward Norton—with a cheery plot that will make you believe that true love isn't, in fact, dead.
Netflix and Chill: 'Y Tu Mamá También'
Add Y Tu Mamá También (starring your Mozart in the Jungle fave Gael Garcia Bernal), a road trip movie best known for its ménage à trois scene, to your queue when the tone you want to set is "steamy." The sexual tension is everything.
A Slow-Burn, Low-Key Sci-Fi Romance That Will Make You Think: 'Her'
The weirdest thing about Her isn't the deep romance that blossoms between its protagonist, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), and his Siri-esque OS, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), it's how plausible (and maybe inevitable) it is. The relationship will touch your heart and make you think.
A "Romantic Mystery": 'Definitely, Maybe'
Definitely, Maybe stars a pre-Deadpool Ryan Reynolds and a post-Little Miss Sunshine Abigail Breslin as a father and daughter who bond when he tells her the story of falling in love with her mother. To keep things arbitrarily interesting, Ryan's character decides to tell the story of the three great loves of his life, changing their names so that his daughter won't know which is her mother. The result is a genuinely cute mystery romance.
A Mind-Bending Time Travel Romance: 'About Time'
In this British rom-com, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns that all of the men in his family have the ability to travel through time, changing events and righting their own mistakes. Tim uses this power to fix a missed connection with the girl of his dreams (in a series of time travel moments that are about as un-problematic as possible, given the premise), Mary (Rachel McAdams). Somehow, the whole thing avoids devolving into creepiness and remains heartfelt and sweet.
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