Are you in the mood for love? Check out our list of favourite romantic movies for a cozy date night at home.
While date nights may consist of catching a movie at the cinema, sometimes all we wanna do is spend the night in, order some pizza or takeaway, and just Netflix and chill. Looking for a film to set the mood? Check out some of our favourite love stories and romantic movies.
Netflix and chill with these romantic movies
1. Your Name Engraved Herein (2020)
This coming-of-age love story between Jia-han and Birdy is set in 1987 at the end of martial law in Taiwan. Your Name Engraved Herein is the highest-grossing LGBT film in Taiwan’s history, nominated for five Golden Horse Awards in 2020—winning Best Cinematography and Best Original Film Song. The touching telephone call scene where Jia-han plays a love song he wrote for Birdy is sure to turn on the waterworks, so make sure you have your hanky handy.
2. About Last Night (2014)
About Last Night follows a couple, Bernie and Joan, who introduce their respective friends Danny and Debbie on a double date. Danny and Debbie continue to form a conventional, traditional relationship while Bernie and Joan are antagonistic towards each other. As the film progresses, the couples’ attitudes eventually swap with one another.
3. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
A modernisation of William Shakespeare’s late-16th-century comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate About You is a classic. Newly transferred student Cameron develops a crush on Bianca. But Bianca is only allowed to date if her ill-tempered, social outcast sister, Kat, also dates. So, Cameron enlists the help of bad boy Patrick, to date Kat. In one scene of the film, Kat explains all the reasons she ‘hates’ Patrick, which warranted the name of the film.
4. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Memoirs of a Geisha follows the adventures of Chiyo, who is sold to a geisha house as a child, and then grows up to have a successful geisha career as Sayuri before the outbreak of World War II. Sayuri’s love for the Chairman, one of her patrons, is thwarted again and again. But, despite the obstacles, she never gives up on her feelings.
5. Secret (2007)
This tale of time-travelling lovers won Outstanding Taiwanese Film of the Year at the 2007 Golden House Awards, and was directed by the popular Taiwanese musician Jay Chou. Initially, Secret seems like a conventional boy-meets-girl romance, but there is more to the haunting piano melody than you might expect in this great romantic movie.
Watch Secret on Netflix.
6. The Half of It (2020)
Loosely based on Cyrano de Bergerac, in The Half of It Ellie Chu, Paul Munsky, and Aster Flores are in a high-school love triangle. Paul has a crush on Aster, but doesn’t have the words to tell her, so he hires Ellie to write Aster love letters on his behalf. In the process, Paul and Ellie strike up a friendship, but Ellie also becomes infatuated with Aster. Predictable, but endearing, hijinks ensue.
7. The Dance of the Forty One (2020)
The Dance of the Forty One is based on real events from a society scandal in 1901 in Mexico, which was a pivotal moment in Mexican LGBTQ+ history. The movie follows the queer romance between Ignacio de la Torre—the son-in-law of the Mexican president Mexican president Porfirio Díaz—and Evaristo Rivas, who are caught up in an illegal police raid at a secret drag ball.
8. The Notebook (2004)
As the romantic movie that launched a thousand Ryan Gosling memes, The Notebook will still make you sob even if you’ve already seen it many times before. From forbidden young love, to the heartbreak of loving a spouse with dementia, the love story of Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton is one for the ages.
9. Set It Up (2018)
Two long-suffering assistants concoct a scheme for each of their overbearing bosses to date. Although the storyline isn’t revolutionary, Set It Up presents a fresh take with a great cast. With delightful chemistry between the two leads, smart dialogue, and a welcome performance from Lucy Liu, there’s not much left to be desired in what is one of the best romantic movies on Netflix.
Watch Set It Up on Netflix.
10. Grease (1978)
This movie musical is a classic for a reason. After an intense summer fling, Danny and Sandy find themselves at the same high school, but with forces keeping them apart. Filled with catchy songs and spirited dance sequences, Grease will have you and your significant other tapping your toes in no time.
Watch Grease on Netflix.
11. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Set in the Italian countryside in the summer of 1983, Oliver comes to work for Elio’s father as a research assistant and the two find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other. A breakthrough role for star Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name is a gay drama that will have you reaching for the tissues by the time the credits stop rolling.
12. Ghost (1990)
Although the famous pottery-making scene has been recreated hundreds of times, it shouldn’t overshadow how this remains one of the greatest romantic movies of all time. When a banker – played by the late Patrick Swayze – is killed, his ghost lingers to warn the woman he loves that she’s in danger. Ghost has a smart script and star-making performances, including an Oscar-winning one by Whoopi Goldberg.
Watch Ghost on Netflix.