There’s something inherently romantic about curling up on the couch with a loved one and watching a good movie together. Whether you’re a few dates in and you’re starting to move away from the bar scene, or you’ve been together for ages and just feel like laying low for a few hours, just add a nice bottle of wine, your favorite takeout, and Netflix and you’re set for a cozy night in.
The only thing that could go wrong? Getting stuck in the dreaded endless scroll that is Netflix’s seemingly endless options. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of films available that you end up with cold takeout and an annoyed partner before you even agree on which movie to watch. That’s where we come in. We’ve done the research for you and curated a list of great date-night movies, all available on Netflix.
Whether you’re looking for something lighthearted and fun or something a little more romantic, these are the best date-night movies on Netflix.
Best for: Thrill seekers
This romantic drama follows Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and her beau Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin) as they navigate one of the worst hurricanes in recorded history. After sailing directly into the storm, resulting in the destruction of their boat, it’s up to the two of them to save themselves.
‘He’s Just Not That Into You’
Best for: Romantic realists
“He’s Just Not That Into You” depicts a handful of interconnected couples and singles as they navigate the world of romance. From a single girl (Ginnifer Goodwin) hopelessly in love with all the wrong men to a married man (Bradley Cooper) tempted by a much younger yoga instructor (Scarlett Johansson), this is without a doubt the realist’s guide to navigating romance.
Best for: Arty couples
Perhaps one of the most visually striking films of this decade, “Carol” follows Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) and Carol (Cate Blanchett) as they begin a forbidden whirlwind romance in 1950s Manhattan.
Best for: Sentimental couples
Not your typical boy-meets-girl story, “One Day” is all about serendipitous moments. Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) reunite just once a year, every year, for 20 years to catch up and share their highlights since their last meeting, then move along to continue with their respective lives. Their friendship remains in the back of their minds throughout the year — but neither thinks anything could ever really happen between them.
‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
Best for: Gaining perspective
Quite possibly the most heartbreaking film on the list, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” follows Clementine (Kate Winslet) and her ex-boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey) as they attempt to undergo a medical procedure to wipe all the painful memories of each other from their minds.
‘Across the Universe’
Best for: A CBD-fueled date night
“Across the Universe” strings the songs of The Beatles into a beautiful narrative, encapsulating themes of romantic and family love, the horror of war, and the promise of peace. It follows Jude (Jim Sturgess) and his love interest Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) as they navigate the newfound world during the Vietnam War.
Best for: A good cry session
Who doesn’t know and love “The Notebook”? Make sure you have plenty of tissues, because this heartbreakingly romantic love story will draw a tear from even the most stoic viewer. Based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name, “The Notebook” depicts the lifelong love affair between Waspy Allie (Rachel McAdams) and mill worker Noah (Ryan Gosling).
‘The Theory of Everything’
Best for: Physics majors
“The Theory of Everything” takes viewers back to the Cambridge University campus circa 1960, where 21-year-old university student Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) learns he has motor neuron disease — Lou Gehrig’s disease — shortly after falling in love with Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). This biographical romance drama tells the true story of how Jane and Stephen defy all medical odds and create an unbreakable bond in the process.
‘Set It Up’
Best for: The pop culture inclined
Everyone knows the struggle of starting out in an industry that can sometimes feel like it’s working against you. In “Set It Up,” two overworked assistants named Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell) band together to set up their workaholic bosses Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Rick (Taye Diggs) in hopes of bringing out their softer sides. In doing so, they soon realize that while they were trying to set their bosses up, they had been overlooking a blossoming romance of their own.
Best for: Sci-fi fans
“Equals” follows colleagues Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) in the Collective, a seemingly utopian world where crime and violence have been eliminated by genetically cutting out all human emotion. Their budding romance, therefore, should not be genetically possible, and when the society starts to notice their attraction to each other, the two have to decide between suppressing their undeniable feelings or trying to escape the Collective all together.
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