16 Best Romantic Movies for Couples to Watch Date Night

It’s another date night with bae and you both have decided that instead of staring at each other across a table in a dimly lit and overly packed restaurant, you would rather stay home and watch any of the best romantic movies for couples. Sounds like a plan right? 

It’s past 10 pm, just about time for date night, you both are snuggled up together on the couch with a bag of popcorn ready to watch a movie. Unfortunately, you spend the next hour searching for good romantic movies to watch on Netflix. Before you know it, bae is already asleep, pretty much annoying right?

We know how frustrating this can be and that’s why we’ve made a list and reviewed the ten best love movies to watch. Now all you have to do is make a choice from this list and have a great movie date night with your partner.

Review of the Best Romantic Movies of all Time

1. About Time (2013)

About Time is one of the best romantic movies of all time.

A 2013 British romantic comedy-drama written and directed by Richard Curtis. Domhnall Gleeson plays the role of 21year old Tim Lake who has the ability to travel back in time (Just imagine for a second that you had this ability, what would you do with it?) Tim decides to use his ability to improve his chances at love. Pretty predictable for a twenty-one-year-old right? As the story unfolds Tim comes to realize that traveling back in time will not always fix bad situations.

This movie will get you and your partner thinking about the dynamics of family, love and life in general. It is definitely one of the best romantic movies for couples to watch and bond over.

The consensus about the movie on Rotten Tomatoes is “The site’s critical consensus reads, “Beautifully filmed and unabashedly sincere, About Time finds director Richard Curtis at his most sentimental.”

Movie Details

  • Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
  • Box office: $88.5 million
  • Genre: Romantic comedy

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
Golden Trailer Awards2014Best Romance Poster – Universal picture, The Refinery
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2013Best European FilmRichard Curtis
Utah Film Critics Association Awards2013Best Supporting ActorBill Nighy

2. Love and Basketball (2000)

Love and basketball is definitely one of the best romantic movies for couples to watch

Watching young men running around a court and shooting hoops can be fun, but what’s more satisfying is watching women shoot hoops too.

 Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, this top-rated sports movie tells the story of two next-door neighbors, Quincy McCall and Monica Wright who are both passionate about pursuing a professional sports career in basketball and how they end up falling for each other. 

Despite the pressure of being basketball players the couple manages to make it through high school. Afterwards, life throws them in different directions, their relationship becomes strained but they eventually manage to find their way back to each other’s arms.

Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly had this to say about the movie; “The speed and wiliness of the game itself ensure that movies about men who shoot hoops are exciting, but the novelty of watching women bring their own physical grace to the contest is a turn-on.” Love and Basketball are available as cheap movie rentals on movie buying sites like ours.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard, Dennis Haysbert
  • Box Office: $20 million
  • Genre: Romantic sports drama

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
BET Awards2001Best Actress – Sanaa Lathan
Black Reel Awards2001Best Film Poster
Black Reel Awards2001Theatrical – Best Director Gina Prince-Bythewood

3. Begin Again (2013)

Begin again is a great romantic movie for couples to watch

Imagine moving to a new city with your boyfriend to pursue your dreams of becoming music stars only for him to get caught up in stardom and then leave you out to dry in the open. This is the kind of situation Greta finds herself in, when she moves to New York with her boyfriend Dave. However, she refuses to let this deter her and continues to fight for her dreams.

At the end of the day, she is able to release an album of her dreams which she insists on distributing online for the sum of $1.

Begin Again will teach you and your partner that the past can be a learning experience but it should never be a defining one.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave Begin Again three out of four stars, praising the “subtle magic” of the lead actors’ performances and Carney’s creation of “surreal, enchanting loveliness” without being overly sentimental.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Kierra Knightly, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener
  • Box Office: $8 million
  • Genre: Musical comedy-drama

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards2015Best Music Supervision for Films Budgeted Under 10 Million DollarsMatthew Rush SullivanAndrea von Foerster
Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA)2014Best Song – Feature FilmGregg AlexanderDanielle BriseboisSong: “Lost Stars”
Jupiter Award2015Best International ActressKeira Knightley

4. Love and other Drugs

Love and other drugs; best romantic movie

Based on a non-fiction book; The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reedy. This love story movie centres on a pharmaceutical sales representative and serial womanizer, Jake Randall who falls helplessly in love with Maggie, a young woman who has been diagnosed with early Parkinson’s disease. 

Jake is bent on climbing up the corporate ladder while Maggie on the other hand has refused to be held down by the demands of a relationship. Over the course of the film, sparks fly and both characters end up together despite their attitude towards love.

 One thing you and your partner will definitely learn from this movie is that love can conquer all things including diseases.

Roger Ebert had this to say about the movie “Love and other Drugs obtains a warm, lovable performance from Anne Hathaway and dimensions from Jake Gyllenhaal that grow from comedy to the serious.”

Movie Details

  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria
  • Box Office: $30 million
  • Genre: Romantic comedy-drama

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
Satellite Awards2010Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalAnne Hathaway

5. Fools Rush In (1997)

Fools Rush In is a great movie for date night.

Directed by Andy Tennant, this love story begins as a one night stand that results in Isabel getting pregnant. Determined to do right by her, Alex decides to marry her. Alex has a confrontation with Isabel’s father and as a result, begins to wonder if getting married was actually the right thing to do.

Constantly confronted by their cultural differences, Isabel and Alex decide to get a divorce. Isabel has some complications during childbirth and lies to Alex that she lost the baby. However, Alex eventually finds out and goes running after Isabel who is back with her family in India. This movie shows that cultural backgrounds are inconsequential when it comes to love.

Movie critic, Roger Ebert describes the movie as “ a sweet, entertaining retread of an ancient formula, in which opposites attract despite all the forces arrayed to push them apart.” Fools Rush In is available on some of our latest movie deals, so shop away

Movie Details

  • Cast: Matthew Perry, Samal Hayek, Jon Tenney, Carlos Gómez 
  • Box office: $29 million
  • Genre: Romantic comedy

Award(s)

None as of the time of writing this post.

6. When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)

When a Man Loves a Woman is a top romantic movie

If you want a visual exploration of how alcoholism can affect the institution of marriage, this movie is your best bet. Directed by Luis Mandoki, the story centers on Alice Green, a school counselor who has a drinking problem which affects her relationship with her husband and child.

However, the problem evolves when she goes into rehab and comes back a changed and much better person. These changes however lead to further problems in her marriage, as her husband cannot seem to come to terms with the new Alice.

The consensus about the movie on Rotten Tomatoes is; “When a Man Loves a Woman delves into the complex dynamics of a marriage shadowed by addiction, aided by strong performances from Andy Garcia and Meg Ryan.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Andy, Garcia, Meg Ryan Lauren Tom, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Box Office: $50 million
  • Genre: Romantic drama

Award(s)

None as of the time of writing this post.

7. The Holiday (2006)

The Holiday is one of the best romantic movies of all time.

Ever wanted to leave your home or city just so you could get away from that feeling of heartbreak and loneliness that plagues you during Christmas? That very same feeling leads Amanda and Iris to switch home during the Christmas holiday even though they are on opposite ends of the earth. 

Unknown to them, love was waiting for them on the other end of the earth. This movie will leave you and your partner thinking about how you both met and will further prove to you that love is indeed a series of divine coincidences.

Ruthe Stein of the San Francisco Chronicle remarked that the film was “the most love-centric movie since Love Actually.” She felt that the movie  “has charming moments and a hopeful message for despondent singles, but it lacks the emotional resonance of Meyers’ Something’s Gotta Give and the zaniness of What Women Want.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black
  • Box office: $205.1 million
  • Genre: Romantic comedy

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA)2007Best Original Score for a Comedy FilmHans Zimmer
Teen Choice Awards2007Choice Movie: Chick Flick

8. Titanic (1997)

Titanic has to be the greatest romantic movie ever made.

Known to be one of the greatest love stories of all time and definitely one of the top-rated movies, Titanic is based on the accounts of the real-life RMS Titanic. The movie tells the story of Jack and Rose members of different social classes who fall in love aboard a ship on its maiden voyage.  

Titanic will probably leave you and your partner bawling your eyes out and will leave you with a reminder to love while you can because tomorrow is not guaranteed. Movie critic Roger Ebert had this to say about Titanic  “It is flawlessly crafted, intelligently constructed, strongly acted and spellbinding… movies like this are not merely difficult to make at all, but almost impossible to make well”. 

James Berardinelli also described Titanic as, “Meticulous in detail, yet vast in scope and intent, Titanic is the kind of epic motion picture event that has become a rarity. You don’t just watch Titanic, you experience it.” Without a doubt, Titanic is definitely one of the best romantic movies ever made.

Movie Details

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
Academy Awards, USA (Oscar)1998Best Actress in a Leading RoleKate Winslet
Academy Awards, USA (Oscar)1998Best Director – James Cameron
Academy Awards, USA (Oscar)1998Best Picture – James Cameron, Jon Landau

9. What Men Want (2019)

What Men Want

This movie flips the script on the 2000 film “What women want”. The story centers on Ali Davis, a successful sports agent who is dissatisfied with “Male privilege” especially when she is passed over for a promotion by her boss. She is told by her boss that she was passed over because she doesn’t connect well with men.

Ali attends her friend’s bachelorette party where she meets a psychic who gives her a potion to drink. Ali is knocked out, wakes up at an hospital and to her utter surprise she can hear men’s thoughts. Ali uses her new ability to her advantage and climbs up further on the corporate ladder. Even though this movie is quite predictable, it’s a good watch and will definitely leave you and your partner laughing on date night.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Justin Lowe praised the film’s pacing and jokes and said it featured a “predictably satisfying conclusion.”

Movie Details

  • Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Aldis Hodge, Josh Brener, Erykah Badu 
  • Box office: $72 million
  • Genre: Romantic comedy

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
ReFrame 2020Top 100 Grossing Narrative & Animated Feature (2019)Paramount Pictures

10. An officer and a Gentleman (1982)

An Officer and a Gentleman

An officer and a gentleman is one of the great romantic movies out there that deals with love and how it affects lives.  The movie tells the story of Jack, a recent college graduate who grew up without his father’s approval (His father is a naval officer)

Upon graduation, Jack decides to attend the Officer Candidate Aviation School set in a small town.Even though they were warned not to get emotionally involved with the local girls who basically wanted to marry officers, just as an escape to leave their town, Jack fell in love and fell hard.

But beyond his love for Paula; there is also his drill instructor, Foley who has become more like a father figure to him. The officer and a gentleman is not just a romantic movie. It’s a movie that goes beyond time and resonates with every man or woman. 

Here’s what David Kehr has to say about it; “Taylor Hackford’s 1982 film is an awesomely, stiflingly professional piece of work, with a fleet, superficial visual style, perfectly placed climaxes, and a screenplay that doesn’t waste a single character or situation”

Movie Details

  • Cast:  Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Robert Loggia 
  • Box Office: $130 million
  • Genre: Romantic drama

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
Academy Awards, USA (Oscars)1983Best Actor in a Supporting RoleLouis Gossett Jr.
Academy Awards, USA (Oscars)1983Best Music, Original SongJack Nitzsche (music)Buffy Sainte-Marie (music)Will Jennings (lyrics)For the song “Up Where We Belong”.
Golden Globes, USA1983Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture Louis Gossett Jr.

11. If Beale Street could Talk (2018)

If Beale Street could Talk

It’s funny how you constantly ignore a movie until a fateful day, then you realize just how good that movie is. This is the usual tale that happens when people get to watch this Barry Jenkins movie.

If Beale street could talk, is a film about love and racism. Two young black American couples, Fonny and Tish are faced with the full brunt of racism in the 1970s.

It goes beyond the difficulty of a black couple to get an apartment, goes beyond harassment that many black women face and shows the unfairness of the legal system when Fonny is arrested for a rape he couldn’t possibly have committed.

But in the midst of all these, the love between Fonny and Tish refuses to fizzle out. With a baby on the way, Tish stands by her man till the very end. 

To sum it up, Siddhant Adlakha of Film said the film felt “electric and alive” and specified, “The worlds these characters create — whether in the form of individual, soul-piercing stares, or moments of burning passion filmed in profile — carry with them the weight of the very history of which Tish constantly speaks.”

Movie Details

  • Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris
  • Box Office: $20.6 million
  • Genre: Romantic tragedy

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
Academy Awards, USA (Oscar)2019Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleRegina King
Golden Globes, USA2019Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureRegina King
AFI Awards, USA 2019Movie of the year

12. Monsoon Wedding (2001)

Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon wedding is a love-themed Indian film, directed by Mira Nair. 

It tells the story of a man and his wife, who sets up an arranged marriage between their daughter, Aditi played by Vasundhara Das to the son of a family friend, Hemant Rai (Parvin Dabas).

Planning a big wedding means extended family. When this large extended family shows up, a lot of drama unfold including a hidden rape case that threatens to shatter the mood of the day. 

In the end, the new couple is well underway to have a blissful marriage.

Apart from being just about love, monsoon wedding stands out, with a delightfully intricate plot and its ability to highlight the struggles of this family. It is one of the top romantic movies that everyone should see at least once. 

Movie Details

  • Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shah, Vasundhara Das
  • Box Office: $30.7million
  • Genre: Drama

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
AARP Movies for Grownups Awards2003Best Foreign Film
British Independent Film Awards 2002Best Foreign Independent Film – Foreign Language
Zee Cine Awards2002Special Award for International CinemaMira Nair

13. Call me by your Name (2017)

Call me by your Name

Luca Guadagnino’s sensual, passionate story of two very different young men discovering romance in Italy is an instant romantic classic. It is a story between Ello, a gangly 17-year-old on the verge of adulthood and Oliver, already a confident and self-assured young man.

When Oliver comes to study as a graduate student with Ello’s father, a professor, sparks fly and they are caught in a web of midnight trysts, longing and uncertainty. As Oliver’s stay draws to an end, the duo spends 3 romantic days together but Oliver eventually leaves and gets married leaving Ello heartbroken yet grateful for the experiences shared.

With a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a website consensus that says, “Call Me by Your Name offers a melancholy, powerfully affecting portrait of first love, empathetically acted by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer”. Call me by your Name is definitely one of the good love movies to watch”

Movie Details

  • Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar
  • Box Office: $41.9 million
  • Genre: Romantic drama

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
Academy Awards, USA2018Best Adapted ScreenplayJames Ivory
AFI Awards, USA2018Movie of the Year
Atlanta Film Critics Circle2017Best ActorTimothée Chalamet

14. The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook

When watching this movie, be sure to have a box of tissue nearby. This drama romance movie tells the love story between Noah, a south Carolina mill worker and Allie, a rich young heiress and it is sure to rouse deep emotions from even the hardest heart.

The Notebook is a story of  love that transcends across societal status, world war II, and years of silence. It is a story told by an elderly man to his wife suffering from Dementia about the love they once and still share.

According to Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post, “Audiences craving big, gooey over-the-top romance have their must-see summer movie in The Notebook”

Movie Details

  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands
  • Box Office: $116.1 million
  • Genre: Romantic drama

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
AARP Movies for Grownups Awards2005Best Grownup Love StoryGena RowlandsJames Garner
MTV Movie + TV Awards2005Best Kiss Rachel McAdamsRyan Gosling
Satellite Awards 2005Best Actress in a Supporting Role, DramaGena Rowlands

15. The Way We Were (1973)

The Way we were

Talk about opposite forces attracting each other. Katie Morosky is a politically active Jew, a strong and opinionated woman who meets Hubbel Gardiner, a highly talented writer in college. 

He is everything she is not, with a strong political apathy, lack of resolve and ambition in life, she thinks he is wasting away his gift for writing.

Although attracted to each other, they skip having a college romance, only to be reunited post world war II. 

Despite their glaring differences, these two get married but problems soon arise as Katie is faced once again with her husband’s apathy. Her political activism threatens his career and they get a divorce soon after Katie gives birth to their baby girl.

Years later, the two meet again, each having moved on with their lives. Hubbel inquires about his daughter but has no intention of meeting her and Katie reassures him that her new husband is a good father too. 

Conversely, the TV Guide remarked that the film is “a great campy romance.” If you’re looking for one of the top romantic movies to watch, then you should definitely give this movie a try.

Movie Details

  • Cast: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles
  • Box Office: $50 million
  • Genre: Romantic drama
OrganizationYearAward Name
Academy Awards, USA1974Best Music, Original SongMarvin Hamlisch (music)Alan Bergman (lyrics)Marilyn Bergman (lyrics)For the song “The Way We Were
Academy Awards, USA1974Best Actress in a Leading RoleBarbra Streisand
Academy Awards, USA1974Best Music, Original Dramatic ScoreMarvin Hamlisch

16. Pride and prejudice (2005)

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice movie is a beautiful adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. It is one of those drama romance movies that will leave you laughing but intrigued.

The movie tells the story of the love and daily life of the English gentility in the Victorian era, it shows Mr. Bennet, his overbearing wife, and their five daughters live a relatively simple life in Hertfordshire.

When a rich gentleman, Mr. Bingley rents a summer house in the town, there is so much excitement as Mrs bennet sees it as an opportunity to marry off at least one of her daughters and secure a good future for the family. With Mr. Bingley comes his even richer and prouder friend, Mr. Darcy.

While Jane, the eldest Bennet daughter falls for Mr. Bingley, Elizabeth swears to despise the snobbish Mr. Darcy but it’s the beginning of a beautiful love story between them. 

According to Claudia Puig of USA Today, Pride and Prejudice is “a stellar adaptation, bewitching the viewer completely and incandescently with an exquisite blend of emotion and wit.”

Movie Details

  • Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland
  • Box Office: $121.6 million 
  • Genre: Romantic drama

Award(s)

OrganizationYearAward Name
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards2005Best New FilmmakerJoe Wright
Empire Awards, UK 2006Best NewcomerKelly ReillyFor Mrs Henderson Presents
Golden Trailer Awards2006Best Romance

FAQS

What’s a good romance movie to watch?

Are you wondering what good romance movies to watch? Well, we can assure you that every movie reviewed in this article are great movies to watch.

What are the top ten most romantic movies?

There isn’t exactly a universal ranking for the top ten romantic movies however there are a number of articles out there reviewing the best romantic movies ever made. One of such articles is this one which you’re currently reading. 

Is there a romantic movies list?

Yes, there’s not just one list of romantic movies, there are several of them lying about on the internet. All you have to do is search.

What are the best romantic movies of 2020?

Some of the best romantic movies of 2020 are To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You, The Photograph, Emma, After We Collided, The Lovebirds, All the Bright Places and Chemical Hearts to mention a few.

Conclusion of the 16 Best Romantic Movies Review

Thank you so much for reading this far. We’re sure you can’t wait for the next date night with bae. Now, you no longer have to spend hours searching for good love movies to watch with your partner. Although we have reviewed just ten movies, you can rest assured that before you exhaust this list, we’ll be back with another review of the best movies for couples to watch on date night.

In the meantime, you can check out other movie reviews like our best military movies, best baseball movies, best movies for couples, best action comedy movies and best sports movie to mention a few.

Enjoy!

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