30 Romantic Movies To Stream This Month

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It's February, and you know what that means. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it may seem like all anyone is talking about is love, romance, dates, or any combination of the three. However, no matter what your current dating situation is, you needn't look farther than your Amazon Prime or Netflix accounts to get a healthy dose of romance in your life.

Truth be told, watching movies is sometimes better than going on a date. For starters, you get to experience all the grand, sweeping gestures and heartfelt declarations of love from the comfort of your couch (and, you won't get caught sniffling from the devastating heartbreaks if you stay out of the theater). Plus, a movie won't require that you make awkward dinner conversation.

Or, hey, better yet, maybe a night in with a rom-com like When Harry Met Sally and your crush is just what you need to get the dating ball rolling. No matter what your status, click through to find the perfect flick to get you through those cold winter nights.
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Love Me If You Dare

No list of romantic movies is complete without a French film — even if you are relying on subtitles. Dialogue always sounds a little more sexy when spoken in the "language of love". In Yann Samuell’s 2003 film, longtime friends Julien and Sophie (Marion Cotillard) engage in their long-standing tradition of childhood games in order to avoid confronting their true feelings for one another.

Streaming: Amazon
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Blue Is The Warmest Color

Abdellatif Kechiche’s 2013 coming-of-age love story about two young women captivated both critics and the audiences at Cannes. The film chronicles the journey of Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a young woman who experiences a romantic awakening when she meets an older and intriguing blue-haired woman named Emma (Léa Seydoux).

Streaming: Netflix
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Ever After

Drew Barrymore and a young Dougray Scott give the old Cinderella fairy tale a sexy reinvention through a feminist lens. Barrymore and Scott's chemistry is undeniable, and its worth a stream just for the costumes alone.

Streaming: Netflix
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Moonstruck

Sure, you may know Cher was a talented showbiz icon, but after viewing 1987's Moonstruck, you will come to accept her as a national treasure. Cher took home a well-deserved Oscar for her performance as an Sicilian-American accountant who reluctantly accepts her boyfriend's (Danny Aiello) proposal, only to end up falling in love with his younger brother, played by a very young and very green Nic Cage. The film is also every bit as effective as a comedy as it is a love story.

Streaming: Netflix
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The Apartment

Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon star in this unlikely love story about a man who donates use of his apartment to his coworkers for their extramarital trysts in the hopes that it will help him climb the corporate ladder. However, things in this 1960 classic get complicated when Lemmon's C.C. Baxter realizes that he's lending his bachelor pad so that a colleague can have an affair with the elevator operator with whom he is smitten.

Streaming: Netflix
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Sleepless In Seattle

If there's a reigning queen of rom-com, it's Meg Ryan — especially during her late '80s/early '90s America's sweetheart phase. Ryan's partnership with Tom Hanks spawned another successful rom-com, 1998's You've Got Mail. But, 1993's Sleepless in Seattle is a crown jewel of the genre. Ryan's Annie falls in love with Hanks' Sam after listening to him on the radio, and their long-awaited meeting happens atop the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day. Awww.

Streaming: Netflix
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Love Story

In this 1970 twist on the old star-crossed lovers theme, two college students (Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw) transcend class divides and the disapproval of their parents in order to be together. Unfortunately, what makes the love story so powerful is its untimely demise, so brace yourself for a three-hanky ending.

Streaming: Netflix
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I Hate Luv Storys

This 2010 Bollywood romance pairs the unlikely couple of cynical Jay (Imran Khan) with the wide-eyed romantic Simran (Sonam Kapoor) as they work together among the glitz and glamor of a movie set.

Streaming: Netflix
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Dirty Dancing

Transcending class divide is a common theme in romantic movies, but damn if it isn't effective. While coming of age in the early '60s, idealistic young Peace Corps hopeful Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) falls in love with brash dance instructor Johnny Castle during a vacation at a posh resort with her parents. It's easily one of the crowning performances by the late, great Patrick Swayze.

Streaming: Netflix
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Before Sunrise

Sure, there may not be much to the plot of Richard Linklater's 2001 film, but we've never been more entranced by two attractive young people (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) falling in love while walking around Vienna for an evening. The rest of the Before trilogy (Before Sunset and Before Midnight) is worth checking out as the two follow-ups pop in on the couple nine and 18 years later.

Streaming: Amazon
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The Princess Bride

Throughout the grandfather's (Peter Falk) retelling of this fairy tale that chronicles the romance between Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) and her stable boy Westley (Cary Elwes), the grandson (Fred Savage) doesn't want to hear anything about kissing. However, during the triumphant ending, the kid definitely changes his tune. When the grandson demands to hear the story a second time, the grandfather adorably adopts Westley's declaration of love, "As you wish."

Streaming: Amazon
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back

This 1998 adaptation of the Terry McMillan novel about a divorcée falling in love with a younger man during a Jamaican vacation is the movie that introduced the world to Taye Diggs' rock-hard abs. And, for that, we can be grateful.

Streaming: Amazon
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Casablanca

This 1942 tale of doomed love set against the backdrop of burgeoning World War II and starring the iconic Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is the blueprint from which every subsequent romantic film was built.

Streaming: Amazon
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Brokeback Mountain

Ang Lee’s 2005 drama may have been robbed at the Oscars, but its legacy as one of the most beautiful love stories ever told remains intact. You’ll be sobbing by the end of this tale of two cowboys who hid their decades long love affair from a disapproving society.

Streaming: Amazon
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Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this 1953 romp where a princess sneaks away from her sheltered and pampered life and gets tangled up with rakish reporter. Plus, it’s not like it’s hard to look at the gorgeous Italian setting.

Streaming: Amazon
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The English Patient

Anthony Minghella’s sweeping wartime drama depicts the titular English patient (Ralph Fiennes) who tells the story of his one great love (Kristin Scott Thomas) to a sympathetic nurse (Juliette Binoche) while he is on his deathbed.

Streaming: Netflix
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William Shakespeare's Romeo +Juliet

There have been countless film adaptations of this timeless tale of two star-crossed teenagers entangled in a powerful but ultimately doomed love. However, the flashy music video-style editing of Baz Luhrmann's opulent interpretation of the Shakespeare classic really seems to resonate. The two young leads, Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio, who were right on the cusp of breaking through to superstardom, certainly didn't hurt the film's success either.

Streaming: Amazon
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As Tears Go By

Although As Tears Go By is ultimately a gritty crime drama, it's the romance between burgeoning gangster Wah (Andy Lau) and country girl Ah-Ngor (Maggie Cheung) that makes this 1989 Hong Kong film so compelling. Also, for the uninitiated, it's a great entry point for the work of director Wong Kar-wai. After watching this, definitely hunt down a DVD copy of the 2000 feature In The Mood For Love, a haunting and exhilarating study of an attraction that is never consummated.

Streaming: Netflix
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Desert Hearts

Set in the late '50s, this 1985 indie drama tells the story of a college professor (Helen Shaver) who comes to Nevada to get a quickie divorce, but unexpectedly finds herself intrigued by the a free-spirited casino waitress who is comfortable with her sexuality, despite the repressive times.

Streaming: Netflix
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The Notebook

By this point, we've seen the passionate rain kiss between Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling a million times, but there's always room for a million and one.

Streaming: Amazon
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Four Weddings and a Funeral

Hugh Grant was at his floppy-haired and bumbling best in the charming 1994 ensemble comedy. Director Mike Newell's hit mainly centers around Grant's complicated and seemingly doomed pursuit of a beautiful American woman (Andie McDowell) over the course of several weddings.

Streaming: Netflix
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The Incredibly True Adventures Of Two Girls In Love

This endearing 1995 dramedy about first love follows a wealthy Black teenager (Nicole Ari Parker) coming to terms with her own sexuality and an out white girl (Laurel Holloman) from the wrong side of the tracks.

Streaming: Amazon
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My Beautiful Laundrette

Stephen Frear's 1985 dramedy touches on a number of pressing political and social issues in mid-'80s London, including tensions between Pakistani immigrants and Brits in the Thatcher era. However, the heart of the story revolves around the relationship between Pakistani immigrant Omar (Gordon Warnecke) and reformed fascist Johnny (a young Daniel Day-Lewis) as they run a laundry business together.

Streaming: Amazon
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Secretary

Maggie Gyllenhaal made a name for herself in this quirky, unconventional love story of a legal secretary who enjoyed nothing more than when her cold and reserved boss (James Spader) made work an elaborate BDSM fantasy.

Streaming: Amazon
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Say Anything…

If there's one thing Cameron Crowe does best, it's write a coming-of-age film. He's not too shabby when it comes to depicting teen romance either, as evidenced by the 1989 drama's iconic scene of a young John Cusack standing outside Ione Skye's window holding a boombox over his head blaring "In Your Eyes." Swoon.

Streaming: Amazon
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It Happened One Night

This classic screwball comedy swept all five major Academy Awards in 1934, and it’s easy to see why. The incomparable Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable star in this raucous romp detailing a bratty heiress's escape from her family and the down-on-his-luck reporter hoping she'll be the scoop that revives his career.

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Ghost

This movie — about a man (Patrick Swayze) murdered by his best friend and desperately trying to reconnect with his lover (Demi Moore) from the afterlife — did the seemingly impossible: It made pottery sexy.

Streaming: Netflix
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When Harry Met Sally

Director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Ephron practically reinvented the romantic-comedy genre with this smart and warm 1989 film that explores the question of whether men and women can truly just be platonic friends. Of course, in real life, the answer is yes, but here, two old college buddies (Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal) share a spark that is undeniable.

Streaming: Amazon
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Amélie

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s exercise in whimsy charmed all of Cannes in 2001, before going on to enthrall the rest of the world with tale of Amélie’s (Audrey Tatou) mischievous nature. Of course, life throws the titular character a curveball when she meets a carnival worker (Mathieu Kassovitz) who is just as quirky as she is.

Streaming: Amazon
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An Affair to Remember

In this 1957 classic, Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant meet and fall in love while on a cruise ship, despite being engaged to other people. In order to test how serious they are about each other, the two lovers agree to meet atop the Empire State building in six months, assuming they are both still in love. If the trope of testing each other’s love via agreed-upon rendezvous trope sounds familiar, that's because it's been borrowed in countless films, including a few on this very list, like Sleepless in Seattle and Before Sunrise.

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