Top 18 romantic movies (2017) - US/UK & Foreign romcoms

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.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best romance movies of 2017 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.

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.

romance movies2017
Popular actorsEmilia Clarke, Dakota Johnson & Brad Pitt
Trending moviesThe Age of Adaline, By the Sea & Nobody Wants the Night

Anticipated 2017 romance movies to watch

    The Big Sick (Friday July 14, 2017)

    The Big Sick film poster Director
    Michael Showalter
    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

    Tulip Fever (Friday February 24, 2017)

    Tulip Fever film poster Director
    Justin Chadwick
    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

    Battlecreek (Wednesday February 1, 2017)

    Battlecreek film poster Director
    Alison Eastwood
    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

    Everything, Everything (Friday May 19, 2017)

    Everything, Everything film poster Director
    Stella Meghie
    Amandla Stenberg
    Nick Robinson
    Anika Noni Rose

    An adaptation of the bestselling novel about a teenage girl who's allergic to basically everything. In fact, she can't even leave her house. When a charming boy comes living next door to her, her life changes drastically.....Read more

    Call Me by Your Name (Monday November 27, 2017)

    Call Me by Your Name film poster Director
    Luca Guadagnino
    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

Best romance movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

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

    Blue is the Warmest Color (Saturday October 19, 2013)

    Blue is the Warmest Color film poster Director
    Abdellatif Kechiche
    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

    Begin Again (Friday July 11, 2014)

    Begin Again film poster Director
    John Carney
    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

    Her (Saturday October 12, 2013)

    Her film poster Director
    Spike Jonze
    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

    Gloria (Friday January 24, 2014)

    Gloria film poster Director
    Sebastián Lelio
    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

    Before Midnight (Friday May 24, 2013)

    Before Midnight film poster Director
    Richard Linklater
    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

    U Ri Sunhi (Thursday September 12, 2013)

    U Ri Sunhi film poster Director
    Sang-soo Hong
    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

    Don Jon (Friday September 27, 2013)

    Don Jon film poster Director
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    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

    Drinking Buddies (Thursday July 25, 2013)

    Drinking Buddies film poster Director
    Joe Swanberg
    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

    The One I Love (Tuesday January 21, 2014)

    The One I Love film poster Director
    Charlie McDowell
    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

    About Time (Wednesday September 4, 2013)

    About Time film poster Director
    Richard Curtis
    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

    What If (Friday August 8, 2014)

    What If film poster Director
    Michael Dowse
    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

    The Lunchbox (Saturday December 16, 2017)

    The Lunchbox film poster Director
    Ritesh Batra
    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

    Celeste & Jesse Forever (Friday August 3, 2012)

    Celeste & Jesse Forever film poster Director
    Lee Toland Krieger
    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

    Enough Said (Wednesday September 18, 2013)

    Enough Said film poster Director
    Nicole Holofcener
    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

    The Spectacular Now (Friday September 13, 2013)

    The Spectacular Now film poster Director
    James Ponsoldt
    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

romance genre statistics

Rank#10 (List of most popular genres)
ActorsEmilia Clarke, Dakota Johnson & Brad Pitt
TrendingThe Age of Adaline, By the Sea & Nobody Wants the Night
Amount of genre films per year from 2010 to 2017

536 romance movies scheduled for release this year.

The classic romantic comedy is told to be dead. Looking at the statistics you might say the genre is growing, but it includes many movies that are for marketing purposes labeled as romantic, without actually having the traits of a real romance movie. Nonetheless, the typical genre films like 'You've got Mail' and 'When Harry met Sally' might be gone, but there is plenty more new stuff coming our way.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

TitleBox officeBudget
Bridesmaids (2011)169M32.5M
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)116M40M
Little Fockers (2010)148M100M
The Great Gatsby (2013)145M101M
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)$132M$21M