Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and, at this point, you and your spouse are likely tired of having to get dressed and overpay some fancy dinner that neither of you even enjoy that much. So rather than going through the motions of meeting society’s narrow views on what constitutes romance, why not actually have a good time by staying on the couch and taking advantage of the cinematic library you can access instantly with the push of a remote? We’re talking, of course, about Netflix & Chilling, a wonderful modern experience that combines two things everyone loves: watching movies and getting it on, all from the comfort of your own couch.
But one of the potential perils of Netflix & Chilling is that it can take hours to try and figure out which movie or show you want to watch. After all, V-Day only comes once a year, so picking what to binge and what to skip shouldn’t feel like a chore. With that in mind, here are 10 romantic options on Netflix that will hopefully help you chill without any unexpected roadblocks. Enjoy…
Bull Durham (1988)
The greatest baseball movie ever made (sorry, The Natural) also features a fantastic love triangle, as Crash (Kevin Costner) and Nuke (Tim Robbins) both vie for the attention of the elusive Annie (Susan Sarandon). The chemistry between Costner and Sarandon is undeniable, as evidenced by Crash’s infamous speech about his belief in “long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.”
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
One of the breakout films of last year, this Netflix original, based on the 2014 novel of the same name, gave a surprisingly nuanced look at high schooler Lara Jean as she first ventures into romance. While you likely don’t miss all the drama and unnecessary stress that comes with young love, it can be fun to look back on the thrilling emotion of experiencing these intimate emotions for the first time.
Big Mouth: My Furry Valentine (2019)
Not exactly a movie but over the past two seasons, Big Mouth has proven to be one of the most inventive, hilarious, and disgusting comedies on television. And fans will be delighted to see this Valentine’s Day special is no different, with Matt finally getting a real shot at romance, Nick adjusting to life with the Hormone Monstress, and Andrew, as always, trying to make sense of his insatiable and bizarre horniness. Enjoy all 46 minutes of this hilariously accurate glimpse into the insane horrors of puberty.
There’s a scene in I Love You, Man where Peter (Paul Rudd) tells Sydney (Jason Segel) that one of the best nights of his life was splitting a bottle of wine with his fiance and watching Chocolat. And honestly, it’s hard to argue with this as a dream evening because Chocolat really is an irresistibly delightful movie. So why not grab a bottle of wine and enjoy watching this wonderful film that pays tribute to chocolate, the official food of Valentine’s Day.
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
What happens when Paul Thomas Anderson tries his hand in the romantic comedy game? Punch-Drunk Love: a weird, wonderful, genre-bending movie that shows how love and human connection can help us all become the best version of ourselves. And even if rom-coms make your eyes roll all the way back to your skull, this is unquestionably the peak of Adam Sandler’s acting career, reminding us all that when he cares, he can deliver an Oscar-worthy performance.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Don’t let the award hype fool you, at its core, this is a rom-com. Pat (Bradley Cooper), a down-on-his-luck everyman, reluctantly teams up with Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who is hiding a softer side beneath her hardened exterior, to win a dance competition in order to win his ex-wife back (does that full make sense? It doesn’t have to in rom-com land). Along the way, these two may find they want to be partners on more than just the dance floor. With great performances from Cooper and Lawrence, what’s not to love about this winning rom-com disguised as an Oscar-bait drama?
Most people’s idea of a romantic movie is grand gestures, cheesy montages, and happily ever after. But for some, they’d rather have their fingernails removed with pliers than have to sit through the lame, tired cliches of a corny rom-com. So if a little melancholy romance is more your speed, you can’t go wrong with Her, which explores the nature of loneliness, love, and what it really means to connect with someone (or something).
Sort of a condensed version of How I Met Your Mother (without the disappointing ending), Definitely, Maybe is far from perfect but is one of the better straightforward rom-coms currently on Netflix and makes up for most of its flaws with a dynamite cast that includes Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks, and Isla Fisher.