The Best Romantic Movies Available on Netflix Instant Stream
Best Romantic Movies on Netflix
My previous two Netflix articles have covered the vast collection of horror movies and thriller films available for instant streaming. That being the case, it seems like a good time to show some versatility, and also, sometimes you just aren't in the mood for an action packed Hollywood thriller, or a blood bath, jump out of your seat, scary horror movie. So here is a list of the best romantic movies that Netflix offers to it's members. Enjoy the list!
Midnight in Paris (2011)
While the great Annie Hall is no longer available to stream on Netflix, we have another of Woody Allen’s best films, in Midnight In Paris. This is basically just nostalgia in movie form, following an imaginative screenwriter (Owen Wilson) who is caught up in a life with people who don’t share his views on life, including his fiancé (played by Rachel McAdams). While wandering Paris alone, he somehow finds himself whisked back in time, interacting with some of the most famous writers and artists in history, who make him even more disillusioned with his life in the present. Also starring Marion Cottilard, Midnight in Paris is a romantic and nostalgic must see and one of Woody Allen's best movies.
Drinking Buddies (2013)
This low budget, part improvised indie stars Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde as two best friends who work at a brewery and drink beer together constantly, and seem like a perfect pair for each other. However, they each have significant others already, played by Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston, so things are not that simple. When the couples decide to go on a cabin vacation together, things get even more complicated, and the strength of their current relationships, and friendships is put into question. The charm of Drinking Buddies comes from it's simple, easy style, which apparently involved much of the dialogue being improvised based on rough story points. Jake Johnson of New Girl fame has remarkable chemistry with Olivia Wilde and the two light up the screen. It's not a film that follows the normal, formulaic romantic comedy rules though, so don't be surprised if you're surprised a little along the way.
One Day (2011)
One Day has a unique concept, and while critical reaction was mixed, it is a film that is definitely worth a watch for fans of romance. Grab the tissues though! The film follows two friends, played by Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, and gives us glimpses into their lives one day each year. We see the contrasts of how their characters are changing and developing, and how they grow together and apart at varying times. It’s an interesting take on the genre, and while it isn’t a flawless film it most certainly has its moments and is well worth a viewing.
Blue Jay (2016)
The most recent film on the list, is just more proof that Mark Duplass is the Indie master. A low budget, low key film, as most of Duplass’ are (he wrote the film, but I should note that it was wonderfully directed by Alex Lehmann), Blue Jay follows a pair of middle aged adults, former high school sweethearts (played by Mark Duplass himself and Sarah Paulson) who reconnect after many years. The meeting is by complete chance, at strange portions of their lives, and after chatting they begin to slowly sink back into the past and relive some of the feelings of their younger selves. A wonderfully moving, funny and heartbreaking film, packed into a very simple package, Blue Jay is a top choice for any fans of independent movies.
One of the great French films in the last 20 years, Amelie is a romantic comedy about a strange and quiet young woman (Audrey Tautou), living in Paris, who has developed a habit of meddling in the lives of others, but only in positive ways. She seeks to impact people’s lives and relationships in ways that she believes will help them, particularly those that she thinks need it the most, and she has become quite excellent at it. But as we follow her humorous exploits, we begin to realize that the one life she has not been able to develop as fully as possible is her own. A very light hearted, but also poignant film, Amelie is a great feel good romantic comedy for those in need of a pick me up.
Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
An often hilarious and well-acted romp into middle aged romance, Something’s Gotta Give stars Jack Nicholson as an older man with a healthy appetite for women, particularly those much younger than he is. However, when on vacation with his latest youthful girlfriend, his age catches up with him, as does his girlfriend’s mother (played to Oscar nomination and Golden Globe winning quality by Diane Keaton). As he comes to terms with his age, he also has to deal with the realization that he may finally be falling for a woman his age, and that she may just not be interested. Often overlooked, Something’s Gotta Give is another lighthearted, high quality film in Netflix’s catalog.
Before We Go (2014)
Sometimes the critics will pan a movie to an extent that seems a bit unwarranted, and Before We Go strikes me as a good example of that. It’s not a great movie by any means, but if you’re bored on a weeknight and are looking for a romantic movie you haven’t seen check out this directorial debut from Chris Evans (who also stars alongside Alice Eve). Evans plays a struggling musician, busking in the subway, who happens upon a beautiful young woman in need of assistance, which he provides. This leads them on a night long journey that develops into something more. While the concept is not original, and it comes in as sort of a poor man’s Before Sunrise, it is by no means a bad film, and has some wonderful moments.
Take This Waltz (2011)
A movie I saw very recently, 'Take This Waltz' was a huge and pleasant surprise for me. The film stars Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams as a couple who appear happily married, but have fallen into the 'same old same old' routine, and lack that spark and excitement of new love. Williams falls for an artist who lives across the street, and we watch as her relationship with him develops and she gets closer and closer to caving under the pressure of her temptations. What is so great about this film is it's humor and charm, but also the almost unwatchable cruelty that the camera utilizes as it shows us the lack of passion that perhaps the characters themselves don't actually see from one another. The film also presents us with what we think are clear outcomes to root for, but by the end we just aren't so sure. Also, with one of the cleverest endings I remember seeing, I was greatly impressed with this indie romance!