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11 Of The Best Romantic Movies On Netflix NZ

By Morgan Reardon
11th Feb 2022

two people kissing at a fair under fairy lights, one is holding cotton candy

If you’re after all the warm and fuzzies that you get from a good romance flick, then we’ve got you covered and then some.

From classic romcoms that will make you feel like you’ve done 100 crunches at the gym to soppy love stories that will have you reaching for a jumbo pack of tissues, we’ve got a flick for every vibe—all you need to do is prepare bulk snacks. 

Here are 11 of the best romantic movies to watch on Netflix.

Airplane Mode

Disclaimer, with more cheese than a Sunday hung-day toastie, Airplane Mode has all the ingredients of the ultimate romance movie—most importantly, the sea-change trope from city to farm life. It’s here where lust blooms and Ana, our young social media influencer with an unbreakable addiction to her phone, finds the love of her life.

One Day

Based on David Nicholls best-selling novel of the same name, One Day gets our vote as one of the best romantic movies on Netflix. An absolute cryfest, this moving tale of “Will they? Won’t they?” will keep you hanging on (and tearing up) until the final credits roll. It follows best friends Dexter (Jim Sturgess) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) who after meeting one night at university in Scotland, form a bond that lasts a lifetime. When it comes time to graduate, the duo makes a pact to meet every year on 15 July and see where they stand in life. As the tradition continues for 18 years, Emma and Dexter must eventually choose a life together or apart. 

Malcolm & Marie

Sam Levinson teams up with Zendaya and John David Washington for an achingly romantic drama in which a filmmaker (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what’s sure to be imminent critical and financial success. The evening suddenly takes a turn as revelations about their relationships begin to surface, testing the strength of their love. Working with cinematographer Marcell Rev, Levinson creates a film of rare originality; an ode to the great Hollywood romances as well as a heartfelt expression of faith in the medium's future.

About Time

Honestly, in our opinion, this British romantic comedy didn’t get the love it truly deserved when it dropped in cinemas back in 2013. About Time follows Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) who, like all the males in his family, possess the power to travel in time when he turns 21. Upon the advice of his dad (Bill Nighy), Tim uses his powers to win over his love interest Mary, (played by Rachel McAdams). Before you write this off as some woo woo fantasy flick, it’s so much more than that. Set in the present day, it begs the question, if one could go back and alter things, what kind of ripple effect would that have on the rest of your life? Tim soon finds out that his power can result in both love and heartbreak.


If you're a sucker for a romantic drama then put this beauty at the top of your list. Based on the novel of the same name, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey (played by the incredible Saoirse Ronan) a young Irish woman who in the 1950s emigrates to Brooklyn, New York in search of a new life. At first homesick for her home town of Enniscorthy, she soon finds work at a local department store, begins night school and falls in love with a cheeky Italian plumber called Tony. But when tragedy strikes back home, Eilis returns and is torn between her new life in New York and her family in Ireland. 

Irreplaceable You

Irreplaceable You is the heartwarming, romantic story of Abbie and Sam, best friends since childhood who are engaged to be married, and whose tranquil New York lives come crashing down when Abbie receives an unexpected diagnosis. Faced with the prospect of an uncertain timeline, Abbie begins a touching and often humorous search for a new love to take care of Sam. Along the way, Abbie makes unlikely friendships with Myron (Christopher Walken), Kate (Kate McKinnon) and Mitch (Steve Coogan) whose one thing in common is that they focus on living, while they are dying. Yep, it's a total tear-jerker.

Top End Wedding

This Aussie flick follows diligent lawyer Lauren (Miranda Tapsell) who after her fiancée Ned proposes to her, decides to plan their wedding in just 10 days—to ensure she can make it back to Melbourne in time for a big case she’s working on. But when the duo arrives in Lauren’s hometown of Darwin to wed, they find her mum (Ursula Yovich) has ditched her dad and is nowhere to be found. What follows is a moving journey of self-discovery as Lauren retraces her mum’s footsteps from the top end to the Tiwi Islands. The scenery in this flick alone makes it a must-watch but it’s the storyline and heart-warming characters that make it a real winner. 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

This Netflix OG is one of the most binged movies ever and for good reason—Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky are total relationship goals. The plot is a recipe for high school romance gold—when her secret love letters somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside. If you want to know what happens in part II of their love affair, check out the sequel, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, here and the third To All The Boys: Always And Forever here

The Kissing Booth

Elle Evans mundane high school experience takes a turn when she volunteers to run the kissing booth at the school carnival… and ends up locking lips with her best mate’s incredibly hot big brother (Jacob Elordi). The duo begins a secret love affair but of course, nothing can stay hidden forever. Even better? You can continue the love story with The Kissing Booth 2

La La Land 

This Oscar-award winning musical follows Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) who fall in love as they both try to crack Hollywood. Seeing this duo together on screen again is more than enough to add this to your must-watch list, but it’s Gosling’s dulcet tones that will have you swooning. 

Love, Rosie

From award-winning author Cecelia Ahern comes this tear-jerking book-to-movie adaption that will have you thinking about all of those ‘sliding door’ moments in your life. The flick follows bestie Rosie and Alex who have been inseparable since birth. But as they grow older and life takes them in opposite directions, they begin to realise that they might have actually been soulmates all along. But nothing is that simple as devastating circumstances, new relationships and long lost love threatens to keep them apart. 

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