ULTIMATE what to watch on NETFLIX list (ROMANCE FILM EDITION) INC SYNOPSIS'

Recently the posts here on my blog have been of the heavier nature. I thought that today I would do a lighter post, focused on (in my humble opinion) the best ROMANCE FILMS on da flix. (Or Netflix, I am just trying to be hip).

Cute shot of where I watch all my romance movies. In bed.

I should probably start by saying that I am absolutely obsessed with romance movies. They are my go to. A form of escapism. I love them and live my life through them, lol. I guess I am just a big softy underneath my *attempt at a* hard exterior.

Let's start! 

Not all of these are strictly pure mush/trash. Yet, I like them all, so I figure if you have a similar taste to me you'll like them too. Oh, and another thing, these aren't my top romance films of all time. They are just the best romance films on Netflix. Some of my all time favourite lovey dove movies aren't available on there, sadly. 

The Fundamentals of Caring

"A writer (Paul Rudd) retires after a personal tragedy and becomes a disabled teen's caregiver. When the two embark on an impromptu road trip, their ability to cope is tested as they start to understand the importance of hope and friendship."

My thoughts: a great feel good film with an underlying romance theme.


"When a teenager loses his girlfriend in a tragic accident, he finds that running keeps him connected to her during his "runner's high" moments. Chasing her memory drives him to run faster and win races for his new coach. Before long, his newfound notoriety attracts the attention of a whip-smart new girl who is determined to find out what's really going on inside him."

My thoughts: was a tad slow but overall a good watch, emotional for sure. I am also in love with the actor who plays the main character in this, hence why I wanted to watch it.


"Natalie is a New York architect who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to deliver coffee and bagels than design the city's next skyscraper. Things go from bad to weird when she gets knocked unconscious during a subway mugging and magically wakes up to find herself in an alternate universe. Always cynical about love, Natalie's worst nightmare soon comes true when she suddenly discovers that she's playing the leading lady in a real-life romantic comedy."

My thoughts: definitely more on the lighthearted (/silly) side, but a fun, easy watch. 

Crazy, Stupid, Love (been taken off Netflix since publishing, may return)

"Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the American dream. He has a good job, a beautiful house, great children and a beautiful wife, named Emily (Julianne Moore). Cal's seemingly perfect life unravels, however, when he learns that Emily has been unfaithful and wants a divorce. Over 40 and suddenly single, Cal is adrift in the fickle world of dating. Enter, Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling), a self-styled player who takes Cal under his wing and teaches him how to be a hit with the ladies."

My thoughts: it has Steve Carrell in. Need I say more? I love the blend of romance and comedy in this, and the twists and turns for this sort of film were actually unexpected! It is one of those where I wish I could watch it for the first time again.


"After spending a night with the girl of his dreams only to become just friends, a man gets the opportunity to travel through time and alter that night over and over again until he gets everything perfect."

My thoughts: you can't usually go wrong with a Netflix original. A fun love story, similar themes to classics we've seen before but I would recommend!


"Based on the books by Louise Rennison, this tale follows 14-year-old Georgia Nicholson as she attempts to woo Robbie, one half of a pair of fraternal twins. Prone to getting herself into embarrassing situations and worried about her parent's marriage, Georgia discovers that being a teen can be a pain in the neck."

My thoughts: absolute classic. You should have already seen it.


"While working a job at an exclusive ski resort to support her Dad, Kim (Felicity Jones) learns to snowboard and is so good at it that she enters a competition with a huge cash prize. She has to dig deep to overcome her fears, but her life gets more complicated through her spoken-for boss, Jonny (Ed Westwick)."

My thoughts: again, an absolute classic, but one I hadn't actually seen up until a few months ago. It is the sort of story that you wish had happened to you at 16.

The Perks of being a Wallflower (been taken off Netflix since publishing, may return)

"Socially awkward teen Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a wallflower, always watching life from the sidelines, until two charismatic students become his mentors. Free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) help Charlie discover the joys of friendship, first love, music and more, while a teacher sparks Charlie's dreams of becoming a writer. However, as his new friends prepare to leave for college, Charlie's inner sadness threatens to shatter his newfound confidence."

My thoughts: such a beautiful, heartwarming story of friendship, and everything that goes along with that.


"In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don't approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie's marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over."

My thoughts: probably the most iconic, ground breaking romance film of all time. Personally, it is not my top, I prefer other works of Nicholas Sparks, yet it is incredible and a must-see.


"A music superstar reunites with his first love and realizes the steep price he has paid for his success in Forever My Girl, an uplifting and emotional romance based on the novel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin. Liam Page (Alex Roe) and his high-school sweetheart Josie Preston (Jessica Rothe) were the golden couple of Saint Augustine, Louisiana, until Liam left her at the altar for a shot at fame and fortune. Eight years later, Liam returns to his tiny hometown for the first time as a world-famous recording artist, but not even his own father is thrilled to see him. As he tries to rebuild the bridges he burned years earlier, Liam reconnects with his small-town roots, his close-knit community and Josie, the girl he left behind. As he attempts to reclaim everything he loved and lost, Josie does her best to keep him out of her heart, but life has one more surprise waiting for Liam, one that could change everything, in this heartwarming look at love, family and second chances."

My thoughts: a newer one that feels like a classic? It feels like a Nicholas Sparks level. Would HIGHLY recommend. 


"A high school senior plans on losing his virginity to his girlfriend. Things get complicated when he meets a handsome and charming gay kid from the other side of town who unwittingly sends him on a roller-coaster journey of sexual identity."

My thoughts: I love a romance film that challenges the "norms". 


"A teenage girl's love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her life."

My thoughts: yep, that's baso it. But it's cute, funny and I am not ashamed to admit that I AM SO GOD-DAMN EXCITED FOR THE SEQUEL AND THE THIRD MOVIE THAT HAS JUST BEEN ANNOUNCED TOO!

The Kissing Booth

"A high school student finds herself face-to-face with her long-term crush when she signs up to run a kissing booth at the spring carnival."

My thoughts: pure cringe/cheese, more so every time I watch it. And I have watched it probably at LEAST 15 times. It is my go to, guilty pleasure film. My most watched one for sure. It holds a special place in my heart, I actually wrote a full blog post about why I love it so much. You can read it here.

Every day

"Sixteen-year-old Rhiannon falls in love with A, a mysterious spirit who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A try to find each other on a daily basis, always unsure of what or who the next day will bring. Soon, the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours starts to take its toll, leaving Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make."

My thoughts: a different one for sure but one I really liked. I really appreciated its underlying message. I am not usually into surrealism but this one is done perfectly. It's interesting and I was hooked throughout.

When Harry Met Sally 

"In 1977, college graduates Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) share a contentious car ride from Chicago to New York, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends. Ten years later, Harry and Sally meet again at a bookstore, and in the company of their respective best friends, Jess (Bruno Kirby) and Marie (Carrie Fisher), attempt to stay friends without sex becoming an issue between them."

My thoughts: a timeless classic. Funny but heartwarming at the same time, this one is still relevant and relatable 42 years after it was set. 

Dumplin 

"The plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen signs up for her mum's pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow in her footsteps, revolutionising the pageant and their small Texas town."

My thoughts: I absolutely adored so many things about this film. Mainly the exploration of the mother's and daughter's relationship and the daughter's attitude towards life. Of course, the little bit of romance was an appreciated added touch. 

The princess switch 

"One week before Christmas, a duchess switches places with an ordinary woman from Chicago, who looks exactly like her, and they each fall in love with each other's beaus."

My thoughts: a bit of Christmas love, who doesn't enjoy that? Sweet and simple. 

Love actually (been taken off Netflix since publishing, may return) 

"Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love."

My thoughts: the best Christmas romance film ever. One you can watch when it's not even Christmas. Purely delightful. 

About time 

"When Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is 21, his father (Bill Nighy) tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. Although he can't change history, Tim resolves to improve his life by getting a girlfriend. He meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), falls in love and finally wins her heart via time-travel and a little cunning. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability can't shield him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life."

My thoughts: in my top 10 romance films for sure. Beautiful story. Again, a newer one that feels like a classic. So many others have tried to play with this theme but have no where near perfected it like this one has.

Sierra Burgess is a looser

"A case of mistaken identity leads to an unexpected romance when a teen joins forces with a popular student to win the heart of her high school crush."

My thoughts: I think this one was slightly contreversial when it came out, but it's a Netflix teen romance film, so what do you expect. I don't remember it totally, so I might be due a rewatch, but I know that I did enjoy it. 

Like Father 

"Left at the altar, a young executive takes her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with the last person she ever expected -- her estranged father. Although they depart as strangers, they soon gain a new appreciation for love, life, family and each other."

My thoughts: I really liked this one. It's difficult theme made it different and unique. I liked the character development and general progression of the story throughout. Not really a romance film at all, it's described as a comedy, but if you're a bit of a softy, you'll enjoy. 

Love, Rosie (been taken off Netflix since publishing, may return) (it better do)

"Best friends Rosie and Alex are suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America. Can their friendship survive years and miles? Will they gamble everything for true love?"

My thoughts: this film absolutely broke me when I watched it for the first time. I was in pieces. It is truly moving, in a non-cringe sort of way. It's a pretty "normal" love story in a way, one that I am sure many of us (myself included) can relate to, for different reasons. This is one that I recommend to every one, and if you haven't seen it, well, move fast. 

Set it up 

"Two overworked and underpaid assistants come up with a plan to get their bosses off their backs by setting them up with each other."

My thoughts: Netflix smashing it again with an original, like I said earlier, they don't really mess up when it comes to their own romance films. The stories are always unique and special, and I always enjoy seeing how they unfold. 

Me before you (been taken off Netflix since publishing, may return)

"Young and quirky Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will's cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined."

My thoughts: A BIG OLD SOB FEST. I HAVE WATCHED THIS FILM OVER 6 TIMES AND CRIED EVERY TIME. Don't let that put you off though, it's a must see. So moving. 

The Vow

"Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) are happily married newlyweds, but their idyllic life together suddenly shatters when a car accident leaves her in a coma. When Paige awakes, she has severe memory loss and doesn't know Leo. She also has a confusing relationship with her parents (Sam Neill, Jessica Lange) and still harbors feelings for a former fiance (Scott Speedman). Despite these difficult obstacles, Leo is determined to renew their bond and rebuild their marriage." 

My thoughts: a bit of a cliche plot, but I loved the cast and it is definitely a worthwhile watch.

Life as we know it

 "After a disastrous first date, the only things Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) have in common are mutual dislike and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. When they unexpectedly become her caretakers, Holly and Eric have to put aside their differences and learn to work together for the sake of the child. Juggling competing career and social commitments, Holly and Eric look for common ground while living under the same roof."

My thoughts: I really liked the unconventional nature of this film, and I enjoyed the progression again throughout.

50 first dates

"Playboy vet Henry sets his heart on romancing Lucy, but she has short-term memory loss; she can't remember anything that happened the day before. So every morning, Henry has to woo her again. Her friends and family are very protective, and Henry must convince them that he's in it for love." 

My thoughts: Another classic, one that will always have a special place in my heart. Such a nice, feel good movie, with of course a fabulous cast. (Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore)

The best of me

"Amanda (Michelle Monaghan) and Dawson (James Marsden) were once high-school sweethearts. They have a bittersweet reunion when they return to their hometown for the funeral of a mutual, beloved friend. Seeing each other again after 20 years apart reignites the love they've never forgotten, but Amanda and Dawson soon discover that the forces that drove them apart when they were younger pose even more threats today. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks."

My thoughts: we love a Nicholas Sparks adaption! Honestly, if you are looking for a true romance film, they are always the best. The next one is my favourite probably but this one is good for a good love binge.

Safe Haven

"Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough) moves to a small town on the North Carolina coast, determined to make a new life for herself. She takes a job as a waitress and keeps a low profile, but she is soon won over by the warmth and caring of the close-knit community, especially that of widower Alex (Josh Duhamel). With the help of Alex and his children, Katie learns to love and trust again -- but when a mysterious stranger arrives and starts asking questions, Katie's dark past threatens to reclaim her."

My thoughts: probably my favourite Nicholas Sparks film. It has everything. Romance. Drama. Horror. I wouldn't say it's a horror. It's part Thriller (it is actually listed as that) but it isn't that scary. Just a bit jumpy. Again, one of those I wish I could watch again for the first time. It is emotional (I cried) and intense, but so, so good.

Dear John

"When soldier John Tyree (Channing Tatum) meets an idealistic college student, Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), it's the beginning of a strong romance. Over the next seven tumultuous years and separated by John's increasingly dangerous deployment, the lovers stay in touch through their letters, meeting in person only rarely. However, their correspondence triggers consequences that neither could foresee."

My thoughts: probably the most popular Nicholas Sparks film, and it's a true love story that doesn't disappoint. If you haven't already seen it, I would highly recommend, just get the tissues at the ready!

Someone great

"Dumped by her long-term boyfriend, a music journalist recruits her two best friends for one last outrageous adventure in New York City before she moves to San Francisco."

My thoughts: not a total romance, more of a feel good movie about friendship. The main 3 character's dynamic was so much fun to watch, and it was an incredibly charming and interesting exploration of adulthood.

The last summer

"High school graduates wrestle with love and friendship during their final summer together before heading off to college."

My thoughts: exactly what you'd expect from an American teen rom-com. Nothing too crazy or special, but once to watch if you're in the market for that sort of thing. (or if you've exhausted most options on the Netflix, which is usually my case)

After

"Tessa Young is a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart. Entering her first semester of college, Tessa's guarded world opens up when she meets Hardin Scott, a mysterious and brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself -- and what she wants out of life."

My thoughts: now this is what you call a good teen romance film. A bit cheesy, a bit cringey, a young American female college girl, mysterious British bad boy. The perfect recipe. Based on a Wattpad book so you know it's going to be good.

Good Sam

"A reporter finds love as she searches for a mysterious person who's leaving cash on people's doorsteps in New York City."

My thoughts: I think this different, non-traditional rom-com was executed really well, it was an enjoyable watch and I would recommend.

Always be my maybe

"Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don't speak for 15 years, only reconnecting as adults when Sasha runs into Marcus in San Francisco. Although the old sparks are still there, the couple live in different worlds."

My thoughts: I really loved this one. I found parts of it relatable (not the super stardom, sadly) but it was one of those that I think everyone will see their own experiences in. This made it a highly enjoyable watch, I can't remember if I cried? The answer is probably. Actually, I think I did. But that isn't rare. I am a sucker for love! Okay!

The theory of everything

"In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease. Despite this -- and with Jane at his side -- he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor. He and Jane defy terrible odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either could hope to imagine."

My thoughts: I remember watching this in the cinema and loving it. I noticed it got added to Netflix the other day, hence why I have added it to this list. It was such an interesting watch, whether you're into romance or not. It has just the perfect amount, to add to this fascinating story.

That's it! I am sure there are some I have missed - and if you read all of that and are adamant I've missed a pretty obvious one off, the likelihood is that I have seen it, and I didn't like it. However, there is the small chance that somehow, I just haven't see it. This is unlikely, but merely possible. Let me know your favourite romance films on Netflix, and I might do a part two! Someday, this post took me forever!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

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