The Best Netflix Movie For Every Type Of Hopeless Romantic

All the great love stories in my life have something in common: They’re from movies. And I’m not talking clever romantic comedies — I’m talking sweeping, sentimental movies that get their drama from love affairs made impossible by circumstance. When I think of love, I think of Laszlo de Almasy dancing with Katharine Clifton in The English Patient, or Rose and Jack spreading their arms the prow of a doomed ship.

Who knows how my appetite of almost exclusively romantic movies has affected my conception of what relationships should be like. Chances are, my expectations have been warped. Julia Lippman, the lead author of a University of Michigan study from 2014 about the role of pop culture on relationships, said, “It is possible that frequent exposure to romance and courtship in this idealized form could lead viewers to adopt equally idealized notions about relationships in the real world.”

But now’s not the time to worry about the consequences of pop culture on our dating lives. Now is the time to watch Netflix movies, and indulge in a hopeless romantic's favorite hobby: living out sweeping love stories. We've picked out a different movie streaming on Netflix, perfect for each kind of romantic.

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If you can't resist a literary love triangle, watch:

EunGyo (2012)

At 70, poet Lee Jeok-yo (Park Hae-il) believes he's reaching the end of his acclaimed literary career. Then, he meets Eun-gyo (Kim Go-eun), a young woman he found wandering around his sprawling estate. He hires her to work in his house, and finds his whole life opening up. Unfortunately, Jeok-yo's protege is jealous of his mentor's new fixation, and is motivated to take some shocking steps. The movie combines poetry, love triangles, and May-December romances.
If you like telling stories about your past loves

Definitely, Maybe (2008)

Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) has just gotten divorced. His ten-year-old daughter (Abigail Breslin) demands to know how he met her mother. But he can't tell that story without bringing in his other two past girlfriends. He keeps the mother's identity a secret until the very end.
If you think there's no love quite like the first one, watch:

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

The action in Cinema Paradiso is filtered through the lens of a narrator who is looking back, and remembering his childhood in a small Sicilian village after WWII. He remembers his friend the cinema projectionist, who inspired his early love of film. He remembers his parents, and the village landscape. And of course, he remembers his first love, Elena (Agnese Nano). Cinema Paradiso's love story is told through the rose-colored perspective of a person looking back on his childhood, when emotions ran higher and more pure. Young love from the perspective of an adult is all the more sweet.
If you think love should be a ball, watch:

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

People often say that there's a lid for every pot. Strictly Ballroom proves there's a partner for every dancer, too. In this outrageously fun movie, a professional ballroom dancer (Paul Mercurio) seeks to compete in official competitions using his own unorthodox choreography, much to the horror of the dancing establishment. The only partner who will agree to dance with him is an amateur named Fran (Tara Morice). Of course, they dance towards love. Strictly Ballroom is director Baz Luhrrman's feature debut, and you'll be bowled over by its generosity of spirit.
If you prefer the love of a Romantic poet to the love of a millennial, watch:

Bright Star (2008)

At the age of 25, the poet John Keats succumbed to the same illness that had killed the rest of his family — tuberculosis. Before he passed away, a sickly Keats wrote poems that have since proved immortal. He also, as Bright Star shows so beautifully, fell in love with his landlady's daughter, Fanny Brawne (Abby Cornish). They loved each other for three years, and were painfully aware of Keats' fragile physical state the entire time. Bright Star weaves Keats' (played by Ben Whishaw) poetry in with stunning British landscapes and a delicate, but powerful, love. It will move more than just English majors (though especially English majors).
If you like Mamma Mia's setting, but you could use a little more romantic drama, watch:

Little England (2013)

The place: A tiny Greek island called Andros. The time: Before, during, and after WWII. The romantic drama: A lot of it.

In the movie, Orsa (Pinelopi Tsilika) falls in love with Spyros (Andreas Konstantinou), who is leaving for the war. While he's away, Orsa's mother forces her to marry another guy, Nikos (Maximos Mourmouris). When her lover returns from the war, the mother lets him marry Orsa's sister, Moscha (Sofia Kokkali). With that, the sisters are all living under the same roof, and the painful romantic entanglements are up-close and personal. Little England is a story of longing, set to sweeping violins and painfully beautiful vistas. It will be the most searing two hours of your week.
If you have loved and lost, watch:

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

Blue is the Warmest Color is known for one thing: Elaborate and lengthy lesbian sex scenes. Really, though, it's the story of a girl's first plunge into love. Deep, real love that no one warns you about properly. Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) is a high school student when she meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), an older art student.
If you're forever in search of a happy ending, watch:

Carol (2015)

Before Carol (Cate Blanchett) walks through the department store doors in the days before Chistmas of 1952, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is stuck at an unsatisfying job, with an unsatisfying love life. Therese is fascinated by Carol, an elegant and wealthy housewife from New Jersey who seems to promise more than just friendship. Though it's years after the fact, after watching Carol, you, too, will be bitter by the movie's Best Picture snub at the 2016 Academy Awards.
If you often find yourself going back to the start of your relationship, watch:

The Last Five Years (2015)

The Last Five Years is like The Affair, set to original music. Both members of the couple narrate their memories and perspective on what went right — and what went wrong. Cathy (Anna Kendrick) begins her narration at the end of their relationship. Jamie (Jeremy Jordan), on the other hand, begins at the start, when they were madly in love. The Last Five Years is a novel look at the way narratives around relationships are shaped.
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