Valentine's Day is almost upon us, a time to curl up with your significant other/bottle of wine/box of chocs/cat and wallow in romance. We've gathered up the sweetest most shameless romantic movies to stream on Netflix right now. There's something for everyone here, even people who don't like romcoms.
The Oscar-bait boat movie about a real-life tragedy still manages to be once of the most romantic films ever, even if Jack could have totally fitted on the door with Rose...
The steamy window! The naughty painting! Celine Dion! The fact that Kate and Leo still quote their lines over the phone! It's the king of the (romantic movie) world.
2. The 40 Year Old Virgin
Steve Carell stars in Judd Apatow's sweet-natured rom-com as the romantically challenged chap whose friends are desperate for him to rectify his titular situation.
Nowhere near as #MeToo-troubling as that sounds, it's a gentle story about grown-up love featuring a roll-call of Apatow regulars.
3. When Harry Met Sally
The best romcom ever? We think so. And despite being from 1989 and starring 80/90s-tastic actor Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal it hasn't really aged. In fact we think it gets better every time you watch it, exploring the nature of friendship and love with men and women. Plus watch out for a co-starring role from Carrie Fisher. Sob.
4. Our Souls At Night
Once you stop sniggering at the title you'll find a warm, emotional romance between a widow and a widower, starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. A super sweet (and rather sad) story showcase two veteran actors at the top of their game.
5. La La Land
A love letter to Hollywood, a golden era musical set in the present day and most important a journey via the relationship of an aspiring actress and a jobbing musician, this one bagged Oscar glory in 2017 for Emma Stone and director Damien Chazelle (not Best Picture though!).
It's romantic, the music is great and you'll cry buckets at the end.
6. The Lunchbox
Sweet comedy romance starring Irrfan Kahn as a man who befriends an unhappy young wife when she accidentally send him her husband's lunchbox by mistake. Sounds like a bizarre premise though really it's a May-to-December love story where the couple communicates via food and notes.
7. As Good As it Gets
A bittersweet romance between Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt – she a beleaguered waitress he a
borderline sociopath misanthropic author. We joke – but actually it's rather sweet and by the time he finally confesses that she makes him want to be a better man, we're all a bit tearful.
8. Blue is the Warmest Colour
A coming-of-age romance starring Lea Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, it charts the intense relationship between a young student, who later becomes a school teacher, and a painter and intellectual, over several years.
Gorgeous and romantic, this one's also a bit of a heartbreaker.
9. Notting Hill
If you're fond of floppy-haired Hugh Grant this is one of the best, casting him as the British bookstore owner who falls in love with an American megastar played by Julia Roberts.
It's genuinely very funny, Rhys Ifans in his pants is a treat, the soundtrack is ace and the seasons montage is just a really lovely bit of filmmaking.
10. The Way He Looks
A Brazilian movie about a young visually impaired teenager coming to terms with his sexuality might sound like an exercise in box-ticking, but the reality is an absolutely touching and adorable story about young love.
It's not jam-packed with surprises or twists, but we challenge your heart not to melt.
A much loved Christmas classic that stands up all year round, weaving together multiple stories of love, young and old. All right, Andrew Lincoln is a bit of a sleaze chatting up his best mate's missus, all right the constant body-shaming of Martine McCutcheon is not okay, but hey, Love Actually, to us you are perfect.
12. The Incredible Jessica James (2017)
Not to be confused with that other Netflix Original, Jessica Jones – although Jessica Williams has an attitude to match her not-quite-a-namesake.
A smart and funny romance about two people on the rebound, it's a very modern antidote for the passive heroines of many low-rent romantic movies.
13. Groundhog Day
Hilarious romance about a man condemned to live the same day over and over again until he truly understands the value of life and the meaning of love. Via killing himself repeatedly. It's dark as all hell but it's an absolute classic nonetheless. Incredibly quotable, terribly sweet and mildly terrifying. Don't drive angry!
Grown up rom-com from Judd Apatow starring Amy Schumer as woman who likes getting pissed up, shagging around and generally not conforming to dating rules. That's until she meet Bill Hader's genuinely nice sports doctor, which presents her with a problem – can she settle down? A rom-com for people who don't like rom-coms.
This one's a Netflix original which premiered at Toronto, following two accidental criminal thrown together in pursuit of a missing briefcase. Not as knockabout as that sounds (though it is funny) it's small scale indie romance which feels fresh and authentic from the off.
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