Top 28 romantic movies in 2018 & 2017 – Netflix & Cinema


The Vore's Film staff selects the top best romance movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Angelina Jolie, Joe Swanberg & Lee Toland Krieger our new romance genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

When it comes to romantic movies, the line between sentimental crap and gripping storytelling can be extremely thin. We tried to separate the wheat from the chaff for you.


One of the genres almost always requiring a suspension of good taste is the romantic film genre. Even great foreign romance films like French romantic classics, and most rom coms produced in Hollywood and the UK do not shy away from dreadful cliches or cheap sentiment. And then there are Sundance factory indie romantic films that attempt a level of sincerity but more often than not don’t hit home (The Spectacular Now is one of these films that carefully avoids rom com cliches but falls in the trap of typical indie sincerity cliches). Some films however, the films that will be discussed here, manage to give us fresh and playful reworkings of a genre that is both excruciating and enjoyable at the same time.

New romance movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • The Souvenir: Part 1

    DIRECTOR: Joanna Hogg
    CAST: Robert Pattinson Ariane Labed Richard Ayoade

    A portrait of a tumultuous romance between a young film student and a troubled, older man. Read more

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  • Eva

    DIRECTOR: Benoît Jacquot
    CAST: Isabelle Huppert Gaspard Ulliel Julia Roy


    Loosely based on James Hadley Chase's eponymous 1945 novel, 'Eve' evolves around a playwright who is being seduced by a femme fatale (who else than Isabelle Huppert). Before he knows it, his life is being utterly destroyed/ Read more

    RATING: 80/100

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  • Where Life is Born

    DIRECTOR: Carlos Reygadas
    CAST: Carlos Reygadas Natalia Lopez

    Ester and Juan are in an open relationship. Which means they can both see other people if they like. But when Ester starts seeing another guy, Juan finds himself more worried and hurt then he expected. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

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  • Midnight Sun

    DIRECTOR: Scott Speer
    CAST: Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle


    Kate has to stay indoors since her early childhood. Because of a very disease, the smallest amount of sunlight might kill her. When she meets Charlie, a handsome boy, they fall in love. But they can only meet at nighttime. An entertaining yet somewhat cheesy movie, reminiscent of last year's 'Everything, Everything'. Read more

    RATING: 70/100

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Best romance movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 romance movies

  • The Mountain Between Us

    DIRECTOR: Hany Abu-Assad
    CAST: Idris Elba Kate Winslet Beau Bridges

    'The Mountain Between Us' is one of those moves they don't really make anymore these days. Stranded in the snowy mountains after a plane crash, an soon-to-be married woman and a British doctor have to find their way back. At first, they don't seem to like each other much, but of course this changes along the way. However cheesy this might sound, 'The Mountain Between Us' is a brilliant romantic flick for the Christmas Holidays. Read more

    RATING: 76/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 6th, 2017

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  • The Big Sick

    DIRECTOR: Michael Showalter
    CAST: Kumail Nanjiani Zoe Kazan Holly Hunter


    Hailed as one of the freshest and most authentic romantic comedies of this decade so far. 'The Big Sick' tells the story of Emily, a white American girl falling in love with Kumail, a Pakistani American guy. So far so good, but it soon becomes clear both that Kumail's family has an arranged, traditional marriage in mind. When Emily finds out, she breaks up with him. But when she suddenly falls ill and ends up in a coma, Kumail is determined to stay at her side... Read more

    RATING: 76/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 14th, 2017

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  • Tulip Fever

    DIRECTOR: Justin Chadwick
    CAST: Alicia Vikander Cara Delevingne Judi Dench


    Award winning Swedish actress Alicia Vikander stars in this sweeping romance tale set in 17th century Amsterdam. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 24th, 2017

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  • Battlecreek

    DIRECTOR: Alison Eastwood
    CAST: Bill Skarsgård Paula Malcomson Claire van der Boom


    Henry is a loner and a night owl. His rare skin disease has kept him under the close watch of his fiery mother, who has sheltered him his entire life. One night, a young woman's car breaks down and Henry's life will change forever. Read more

    RATING: 76/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 1st, 2017

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  • Everything, Everything

    DIRECTOR: Stella Meghie
    CAST: Amandla Stenberg Nick Robinson Anika Noni Rose


    A teenager who's lived a sheltered life because she's allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 1st, 2017

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    DIRECTOR: Luca Guadagnino
    CAST: Elena Bucci Vanda Capriolo Amira Casar


    A romance between a seventeen year-old boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Read more

    RATING: 93/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 1st, 2017

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Best romance movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated romance movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Blue is the Warmest Color

    DIRECTOR: Abdellatif Kechiche
    CAST: Léa Seydoux Adèle Exarchopoulos Salim Kechiouche


    The very best French film of 2013 and 2014, but also the best romantic film of the 10's. It is filled with lust, love, betrayal, but it is especially about what it means to grow up, experience love, and explore your sexuality. It is also a highly controversial film because of its explicit lesbian love scenes, and because of the alleged poor working conditions for the two beautiful French actresses. Nonetheless, it won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and it is an essential must-watch film. Read more

    RATING: 95/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 19th, 2013

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  • Begin Again

    DIRECTOR: John Carney
    CAST: Keira Knightley Mark Ruffalo Adam Levine


    Irish director John Carney returns to familiar grounds after the renowned Once (2006) with yet another musical romance drama, even though Begin Again tends slightly more towards comedy. Central in the story is a young aspiring British singer/songwriter (Knightley) trying to make ends meet in New York City after she broke up with her boyfriend. Just as her wells seems dried up, she meets a once important record producer (Ruffalo) who helps her launching a career. Begin Again works as a joyful celebration of the comforting capacity of music. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 11th, 2014

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  • Her

    DIRECTOR: Spike Jonze
    CAST: Joaquin Phoenix Amy Adams Scarlett Johansson


    A film clearly missing Charlie Kaufman's touch, and giving us 100% Spike Jonze. This means less clever writing, less irony, and overall less enjoyment. BUT a way more romantic film. The film is sweet, sincere and a definite romance movie. Joaquin Phoenix does a great job at playing a sensitive sappy writer who is dating his Operating System. As you might have guessed, the film is set in the future where people can have actual relationships with an OS, including romantic ones. A sweet, but especially scare notion if you ask me. Read more

    RATING: 89/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 12th, 2013

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  • Gloria

    DIRECTOR: Sebastián Lelio
    CAST: Paulina Garcí Sergio Hernández Diego Fontecilla


    Chilean cinema is great. 2013 was no exception, and Gloria was together with No the most talked about film from Chile. It is a touching story about a 58-year old woman in Santiago who after a divorce and with the children leaving the nest is seeking for true love. She thinks she has found the right guy, but it turns out to be a little more complicated. A very recognizable film with exceptionally well shaped characters. One of the better foreign romantic drama comedies out there. Read more

    RATING: 88/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 24th, 2014

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  • Before Midnight

    DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater
    CAST: Ethan Hawke Julie Delpy Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick


    It won't come as a huge surprise that this film ended up on the list. For people in their thirties probably a film they can identify with very well. Before Midnight is the third in a series of films that have followed each other up with 9 years inbetween each. In this last one the couple is in their thirties, is married and they have children together. Nothing quite turned out as they expected, but even without the glamour and the adventurous lives, they have plenty to talk about. One of the best dialogue driven films out there. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 24th, 2013

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  • U Ri Sunhi

    DIRECTOR: Sang-soo Hong
    CAST: Yu-mi Jung Sun-kyun Lee Jae-yeong Jeong


    The amount of Asian romantic comedies flooding the market yearly is incredible. Especially South-Korea and Japan have a huge production capacity when it comes to romance. Unfortunately most of these flicks are even worse and more shallow than Hollywood rom coms. Our Sunhi is a whole different story. It is a film by the magnificent auteur filmmaker Hong-Sang Soo about a twenty-something girl who finds calm love with an old professor but still has to face her violent past boyfriend. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 12th, 2013

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  • Don Jon

    DIRECTOR: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    CAST: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Scarlett Johansson Julianne Moore


    There is no way that you have missed out on this one. The catchy trailer was everywhere. And the film itself also did not disappoint. The lesson to be learned was meager and a little bit too much forced upon the audience, but the film itself was funny, light and innovative. Moreover, it was long over due for a Hollywood film to address the topic of internet pornography, and it did so in a very fresh and recognizable manner. As the directorial debut of Joseph-Gordon Levitt, the film has set itself up to be a great start of his career besides acting. It wont achieve such romcom status as his 500 Days of Summer, but it is a great flick. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 27th, 2013

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  • Drinking Buddies

    DIRECTOR: Joe Swanberg
    CAST: Olivia Wilde Jake Johnson Anna Kendrick


    For everyone who has heard of Mumblecore, but felt that these kind of films could be intolerable pretentious hipster crap, this is a good film to actually get introduced to the Mumblecore movement. It is Joe Swanberg's most commercial film thus far, and has a great cast. It is light, funny and opens your eyes to things in the most subtle way. It shows us the complexity of friendships and love relationships. One of my favorite films of 2013. New Girl's Jake Johnson stays close to his character, but also goes beyond being just the goofball. Read more

    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 25th, 2013

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  • The One I Love

    DIRECTOR: Charlie McDowell
    CAST: Mark Duplass Elisabeth Moss Ted Danson


    The One I Love is a pretty original take on a well-known theme; a couple is looking for ways to revitalize their relationship and decides to go on a well-deserved holiday in a luxurious resort. All is well at first, but things start to get stranger and stranger as they encounter each other’s idealized doppelgangers. Writer Justin Lader truly reinvents the worn-out genre by adding a weird sci-fi touch to it while confronting the viewer with hard questions about the sustainability of love and relationships. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 21st, 2014

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  • About Time

    DIRECTOR: Richard Curtis
    CAST: Domhnall Gleeson Rachel McAdams Bill Nighy


    By all means the most conventional romantic comedy on the list, but it is one reinforcing the British domination of the romantic comedy genre. It ties in perfectly with all those hugely enjoyable (yet sappy) British films like Love Actually, Nothing Hill etc. It comes as no surprise that it is directed by UK romance king Richard Curtis. About time is a sweet film that made this list because it does not take itself too seriously. The premise of the film (a man can travel back in time and relive all the days of his life, and undo his mistakes) is ridiculous, and the characters fortunately feel the same way. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 4th, 2013

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  • What If

    DIRECTOR: Michael Dowse
    CAST: Daniel Radcliffe Zoe Kazan Megan Park


    What If might very well be the first proper effort Daniel Radcliffe made as an actor after the Harry Potter series (or at all, for that matter). In this nice little romcom he plays Wallace, a young Brit disappointed-by-love living in Toronto. At a party he walks into the perfect girl. They have a wonderful night, exchange phone numbers but… she has a boyfriend already. For better or worse, they start a platonic relationship. But what if they both had been single? Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 8th, 2014

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  • The Lunchbox

    DIRECTOR: Ritesh Batra
    CAST: Irrfan Khan Nimrat Kaur Nawazuddin Siddiqui


    I was going into this film with the worst of expectations. It may be noted that I am not the biggest fan of Bollywood cinema, or Indian cinema in general. And the trailer makes it seem like one of the most over the top Asian sentimental films of 2013. And sure it is sentimental, but the feel good factor and the surprising nuance make it into a pretty decent Indian romantic comedy. It is about a young housewife and an older men who communicate through letters in his lunchbox, a lunchbox that once was delivered to him by mistake. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 24th, 2018

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  • Celeste & Jesse Forever

    DIRECTOR: Lee Toland Krieger
    CAST: Rashida Jones Andy Samberg Elijah Wood


    Already getting critical acclaim for his comedy The Vicious Kind with Adam Scott, director Lee Toland Krieger has now turned to romance. With Celeste and Jesse Forever he has made a terrifically delightful and honest film. For some odd reason the film has remained under most people's radar, while it has an incredible cast and great writing. If you are looking for a little feel-good film to lighten your mood, have a laugh, and actually learn somewhat of a lesson, then Celeste and Jesse Forever is your go-to film. In 2015 this director is returning with yet another more classic romance film about a woman in the 20th century who is rendered ageless after an accident. Read more

    RATING: 79/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 3rd, 2012

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  • Enough Said

    DIRECTOR: Nicole Holofcener
    CAST: Julia Louis-Dreyfus James Gandolfini Catherine Keener


    An honest and charming little comedy starring James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) in one of his last roles. And he is great, you will see a whole different side to him. It shows us how difficult maintaining relationships can be and how special it is when you find someone you are simply comfortable with. Julia Dreyfuss finds the man of her dreams in this film, but makes a mess of things. She befriends his ex-wife, but fails to tell either of them that she knows their ex-partner, and that way finds out things about her new lover she was not supposed to know. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 18th, 2013

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  • The Spectacular Now

    DIRECTOR: James Ponsoldt
    CAST: Miles Teller Shailene Woodley Kyle Chandler


    Sure sure, I was badmouthing this film in the introduction, and I am sticking to my guns. But it cannot be denied that The Spectacular Now deserves a mention on a list like this. Many other websites are actually ranking it as the no. 1 film of 2013. And indeed, it has its enjoyable moments, and the overall tone of the film is not that bad, but the forced sincerity is too much too handle. It is always a dangerous balance to maintain, but when annoying insincere actors like Mike Teller are delivering the lines, the thin line is already crossed in the first few minutes. It is about the local party guy/clown who takes an interest in the invisible but genuine girl next door. It is good enough to go see. Chances are I am being to cynical. Read more

    RATING: 75/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 13th, 2013

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  • La Vie D’Adele

    DIRECTOR: Abdellatif Kechiche
    CAST: Léa Seydoux Adèle Exarchopoulos Salim Kechiouche


    A beautiful story of love and loss; Adele, a young woman confused and reluctant at the verge of adulthood meets a blue-haired woman who changes the entire world for her... Read more

    RATING: 95/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 13th, 2013

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  • Beyond the Lights

    DIRECTOR: Gina Prince-Bythewood
    CAST: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Nate Parker Minnie Driver


    The compulsion of fame has Noni, a famous singer cornered till she meets Kaz, a young cop and aspiring politician; the two are relentlessly drawn to each other as Kaz... Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 13th, 2013

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