Looking to set the mood for your date night in? There are so many fantastic romantic movies that picking one can be tricky.
For instance, are you looking for a romantic comedy? How about a drama? Something with a twist? Despite the saying Netflix and Chill being a thing now, it isn’t always that easy. The wrong movie can turn date night into a farce.
Here is our list of the best romantic movies for a date night in, perfect for any night of the week:
1. The Notebook (2004) – Netflix
The Notebook begins in a nursing home where an elderly man tells the story of a poor but devoted young man, a rich, well-educated young woman and their fight to overcome their differences in social status. This is a story of true love and how people will endure so that they can be together in the end – based on a novel written by Nicholas Sparks under the same name.
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2. Hitch (2005) – Sling TV
Hitch is a film about a male love doctor, Alex Hitchins (Will Smith), who begins to fall in love whilst helping one of his latest clients romance the woman of his dreams; although Hitchins soon begins to realise that his tips and tricks will not work on the columnist from New York, Sara (Eva Mendes). Hitchins continues to pursue Sara despite the complications, making for an excellent romantic comedy.
3. Ghost (1990) – Fubo TV
Ghost is a classic love story with a twist; it’s about a woman that loses her lover and consequently mourns his loss, but what she doesn’t realise is that the strength of his love for her has allowed him to remain on earth and so he hasn’t left her side. A breathtaking film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
4. A Star is Born (2018) – Fubo TV and Showtime
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
5. P.S. I Love You (2007) – Apple iTunes/Amazon/Google Play $3.99
In P.S. I Love You Holly discovers that her deceased husband has left 10 messages to help ease her through the grief and loneliness – an incredible story that can bring anyone to tears.
No one in the world knows Holly better than Gerry, not even her mother (Kathy Bates) or her best friends, Sharon (Gina Gershon) and Denise (Lisa Kudrow). But while Holly remains unsure if she can go on without the love of her life to help guide her, Gerry has planned ahead. On Holly’s 30th birthday, she receives a cake and a special tape recording from Gerry that implores her to get out and celebrate instead of staying in and mourning. Later, as the months wear on, a series of additional messages arrive from Gerry — always delivered in the most remarkable and surprising of ways. With each new message comes a new adventure, and each letter signs off in the same familiar way: “P.S. I love you.” Despite the fact that Holly’s mother and friends think these humorous, posthumous messages are keeping Holly bound to the past, the truth is that they are lovingly guiding her into the future while proving that sometimes death isn’t just the end, but a new beginning as well.
6. Serendipity (2001) – HBO Max
In Serendipity Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale) are two New Yorkers already in relationships when they meet one another, each reaching for the last pair of cashmere gloves at a department store. Over coffee, they strike up an intimate conversation, and Jonathan thinks they should see each other again. Unconvinced, Sara arranges an elaborate series of “fate” games; if they’re meant to be together, she reasons, she and Jonathan will receive some sort of sign in the future.
7. Love Actually (2003) – Apple iTunes/Amazon/Google Play $3.99
Love Actually follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England
The characters are falling in love, falling out of love, some are with right people, some are with the wrong people, some are looking to have an affair, some are in the period of mourning; a capsule summary of reality. Love begins and love ends. They flirt a lot. They are all flirting with love. At all ages and social levels, love is the theme. Romantic love and brotherly love is the hotchpotch through out the movie. Most of this movie was filmed in London during Christmas, and the characters all ended up at Heathrow airport on an uplifting note.
8. The Holiday (2006) – Amazon Prime, Sling TV, and USA Network
The Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who exchange houses in order to get a new lease on life. After each suffers her fair share of romantic disappointments, Englishwoman Iris (Winslet) and L.A. woman Amanda (Diaz) meet on-line at a website devoted to helping people exchange houses for vacations. Each agrees to spend the Christmas holiday at the other’s home.
9. Romeo + Juliet (1996) – Hulu
Romeo + Juliet is the modern adaptation of the classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence.
Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) is aloof toward the goings-on of his Montague cousins, but after he realizes that Juliet (Claire Danes) is a Capulet at the end of one very wild party, the enmity between the two clans becomes the root of his angst.
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10. Remember Me (2010) – Netflix
Remember Me is a romantic drama that takes place in New York. The film follows the relationship between Tyler and his father in the wake of a family tragedy. Tyler wasn’t looking for love, but that’s exactly what he found when he met Ally (Emilie de Ravin). Enchanted by her beauty and inspired by her spirit, Tyler finds that his strange life suddenly makes sense when he’s around Ally. Through their love, he begins to find happiness and meaning in his life. But, soon, hidden secrets are revealed, and the circumstances that brought them together slowly threaten to tear them apart.