No matter how cynical the world may seem, you have to admit we’ve all got that daydreaming lover girl brewing in us, just waiting for that meet-cute movie moment (if you haven’t had it yet), to happen. And in this internet era brimming with hugot memes left and right, sometimes you just need something other than a quick caption to relate to, where you can project all the saccharine romantic scenes you’ve silently been creating and recreating in your head.
Below, check out our list of 15 Netflix films perfect for the hopeless romantic.
1. What Dreams May Come (1998)
Robin Williams proves that grand romantic gestures can extend even to the afterlife, in What Dreams May Come. Waking up to his own personal heaven after his death, Chris Nielsen couldn’t have dreamed of anything better. But when his wife, Annie, commits suicide and is sent to hell instead, he risks his blissful retirement and endeavors to save her.
Starring: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra
2. The Notebook (2004)
Who could forget about this Nicholas Sparks original with Ryan Gosling’s 365 love letters for Rachel McAdams—because of course he wrote her one every day that they were apart. It’s a genre classic every starry-eyed romantic should watch.
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling
3. 50 First Dates (2004)
Imagine having to remind your wife every day of who you are. Such is the reality for Henry, a veterinary doctor who ends up falling in love with Lucy, a girl who suffers from anterograde amnesia. 50 First Dates takes us back to the moment they met and the unusual courtship that follows, proving that love can defy anything no matter the odds.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Sean Astin
4. She's out of My League (2010)
She’s out of My League paints out my personal favorite rom-com cliché where the nerdy loser and the insanely gorgeous popular girl somehow fall in love (sans the off-putting makeover.) I dream of Hollywood one day giving this storyline a modern update with two queer leads. For now, though, we’ll just have to settle for Alice Eve and Jay Baruchel’s adorable antics, which aren’t too bad either.
Starring: Alice Eve, Jay Baruchel, T.J. Miller, Krysten Ritter
5. The Great Gatsby (2013)
Nothing screams romantic (though potentially wasteful) than a millionaire magnate with the face of Leonardo Dicaprio, throwing extravagantly stylish parties every night in hopes of seeing a girl he met years ago.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire
6. About Time (2013)
Romance, British accents, and time travel? Count us in! In this 2013 rom-com, a lonely awkward 21-year old finds out he can time travel. He then sets out to get the woman of his dreams to fall in love with him in the most perfect manner, over and over again no matter how many tries it takes. Though the pair eventually gets together, he soon realizes that his abilities come at the cost of his normal life.
Starring: Domnhall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy
7. That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)
Dare we say, That Thing Called Tadhana may have been the modern rom-com that sparked the emergence of this century’s contemporary Pinoy hugot culture films, thus, it just had to be on this list. Directed by Antoinette Jadaone, it starts with a peculiar airport meet-cute between a boisterous, broken-hearted girl and the reserved, well-meaning guy who helps her back on her feet. Together, the two strangers spend a day with each other, building an unsuspecting friendship that might just turn into something more.
Starring: Angelica Panganiban, JM de Guzman
8. Loving (2016)
Loving centers on the true-to-life groundbreaking story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple married in 1958 who were arrested for being interracial. Their incarceration launched a legal battle that soon changed the U.S. constitution and paved the way to legalize marriage between interracial couples in the country.
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga
9. Lovesong (2016)
Two best friends, Sarah and Mindy, embark on an intimately charged road trip one day, only to part ways right after. They eventually reunite years later as Sarah tries to rekindle their connection just days before Mindy’s wedding to someone else.
Starring: Riley Keough, Jena Malone
10. 100 Tula Para Kay Stella (2017)
If you’re the type of person to spend most of your time writing down your feelings, instead of actually talking about them, then you’ll definitely relate to 100 Tula Para Kay Stella. The movie revolves around a shy, introverted boy with a speech impediment who attempts to pen 100 poems for the girl he likes. Spanning four years, the film follows the two friends as you’re made to wonder if he’ll ever muster up the courage to profess his love and read his poems out loud.
Starring: Bela Padilla, JC Santos
11. Ang Babeng Allergic sa Wi-Fi (2018)
Norma, a teen obsessed with social media, is diagnosed with a rare illness that prevents her from using the internet. Sent to a remote town devoid of gadgets or wi-fi, she has to learn to navigate her relationships without hiding behind a screen, and maybe eventually find a love built on genuine human connection.
Starring: Sue Ramirez, Jameson Blake, Boots Anson-Roa
12. If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
If Beale Street Could Talk is a multi-award winning movie that tells the painfully heartbreaking yet empowering story of a young pregnant woman as she and her supportive family set out to prove her lover’s innocence. Directed by Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins, the trailer alone is enough to give you goosebumps and maybe even have you shedding a tear or two.
Starring: Kiki Layne, Stephan James
13. Elisa and Marcela (2019)
When it comes to defying all odds, this movie undoubtedly takes the cake. Elisa and Marcela is a retelling of the real life forbidden love story between Elisa Sánchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas, two women who found love in the late 1800s. A rigid and dangerous era for homosexual couples, Elisa and Marcela disguised themselves as heterosexual partners in order to marry each other in 1901. This blatant act of brave defiance made history as the first recorded same-sex marriage in Spain.
Starring: Natalia de Molina, Greta Fernandez
14. The Sun is Also a Star (2019)
While admittedly your typical mediocre cheesy romantic drama, a lot more can be said for the film adaptation of The Sun is Also a Star. A Hollywood narrative with two non-white teen leads, the story centers on an idealistic romantic and a doubtful pragmatist as they test the existence of fate while attempting to fall in love in a day. In brief, if you’re the type to believe that everything happens for a reason, this movie’s definitely for you.
Starring: Charles Melton, Yara Shahidi
15. Someone Great (2019)
Someone Great is less about finding your one great love, but more so learning to let go of the person who you thought was "the one." As for the true hopeless romantics who came to this list for a good, saccharine time, let’s just say Gina Rodriguez’s monologue by the last scene will not disappoint, even if it’s probably not the ending you were hoping for.
Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise, Rosario Dawson