Top 28 romantic movies in 2021 & 2020 (Netflix, Prime, Hulu & Cinema list)


List of the latest romance movies in 2021 and the best romance movies of 2020 & the 2010's. Top romance movies to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ & other Streaming services, out on DVD/Blu-ray or in cinema's right now.

New romance movies in 2021 in Cinema & on VOD

Top movies up for release in 2021 in cinema and on VOD
  • Last Letter from Your Lover

    DIRECTOR: Augustine Frizzell
    CAST: Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley & Callum Turner
    Based on the best-selling book by Jojo Moyes, The Last Letter from Your Lover follows the young journalist Ellie (Felicity Jones). Working in contemporary London, she runs across an archive of love letters from the 1960s that details a tragic romance between Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley) & Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner). Obsessed with this story, Ellie is compelled to find out just what happened to these two star-crossed lovers in this romantic drama directed by Augustine Frizzell (Euphoria). Read more

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  • Wild Mountain Thyme

    DIRECTOR: John Patrick Shanley
    CAST: Jamie Dornan, Emily Blunt & Jon Hamm
    Rosemary Muldoon is a farmer who is so driven that she has set her sights on attaining the love her neighbor, Anthony Reilly. The only problem with pursuing such a romance is that Anthony is not only unwise to the advances of Rosemary but also seems to be stricken with a mysterious family curse. Further complicating the matter is the ownership of the farm which is bickered about in the family. Based on his play Outside Mullingar, Wil Mountain Thyme comes from director John Patrick Shanley (Doubt) who also wrote the play. Read more

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  • Sylvie’s Love

    DIRECTOR: Eugene Ashe
    CAST: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha & Wendi McLendon-Covey
    Sylvie Farrell (Tessa Thompson) finds herself deeply infatuated with the saxophonist Robert Hunter (Nnamdi Asomugha) who seeks employment at her father’s Harlem-based music store. Their connection only ends up being a summer romance that seems like it wouldn’t last. But as the years go by and they finally meet once more, they’re amazed to discover that they’re both still incredibly in love with each other. Written and directed by Eugene Ashe, this romantic drama premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and additionally stars the talents of Ryan Michelle Bathe, Aja Naomi King, and Eva Longoria. Read more

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  • Malcolm & Marie

    DIRECTOR: Sam Levinson
    CAST: Zendaya, John David Washington &
    John David Washington and Zendaya play the titular couple in this romantic drama. Malcolm is a filmmaker who has just returned from a movie premiere with his girlfriend Marie. However, their night has only just begun once they come home as they start discussing their relationship and make some uncomfortable discoveries that could reshape their entire future. Written and directed by Sam Levinson, this dialogue-driven drama taps into the hardships and struggles of both relationships and careers with two people fighting to come to terms with both. Read more

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Best romance movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ or DVD in 2021

2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and the 2010's best rated romance movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ & More).
  • Rifkin’s Festival

    DIRECTOR: Woody Allen
    CAST: Wallace Shawn, Gina Gershon & Louis Garrel
    During the San Sebastián film festival, a couple seeks love in Spain but perhaps not from each other. They both find themselves falling for other people and their feelings become conflicting as they decide how to pursue the rest of their lives. Written and directed by Woody Allen, this dry bit of sophisticated romantic comedy boasts an all-star ensemble that includes Elena Anaya, Louis Garrel, Gina Gershon, Sergi López, Wallace Shawn, Christoph Waltz, and Richard Kind. Read more

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  • What About Love

    DIRECTOR: Klaus Menzel
    CAST: Sharon Stone, Andy García & Iain Glen
    Sharon Stone, Iain Glen and Andy García star in this romantic drama about finding something more as time passes and relationships age. It is only when the two lovers make their love known to their parents who seem to be drifting. Romance once more may bloom as young love reinvigorates life and brings about a new perspective of life. This is the first film directed by Klaus Menzel in over 15 years, his previous picture being the 2004 romantic mystery, Fascination. Read more

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  • Waves

    DIRECTOR: Trey Edward Shults
    CAST: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges & Taylor Russell
    Versatile director Trey Edward Shults (It Comes at Night) returns with a sweeping film about a Afro-American family in Southern Florida dealing with love and grief after when a promising young athlete accidentally kills his girlfriend. Read more

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  • The Lovebirds

    DIRECTOR: Michael Showalter
    CAST: Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani & Anna Camp
    A young couple are about to break up, but right before they do, they (unwillingly) get involved in a bizarre murder case. Starring Kumail Nanjiani from 'The Big Sick'. Read more

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  • Ordinary Love

    DIRECTOR: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
    CAST: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville & David Wilmot
    Joan (Lesley Manville) and Tom (Liam Neeson) are a middle-aged couple that have had a long-lasting relationship. Their marriage that has lasted for many years has made them very loving and tender with each other. But tragedy soon strikes when Joan is stricken with breast cancer and grim questions come about of what will happen if Joan’s time is at an end. Facing a tough road ahead, their love is put to the ultimate test in this somber and touching tale of enduring romance. Read more

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  • Marriage Story

    DIRECTOR: Noah Baumbach
    CAST: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver & Laura Dern
    Incredible portrayal of a marriage falling apart. Noah Baumbach masterfully explores how romance disappears and how a different kind of romance remains when a couple separates. Adam Driver plays one of his most charming roles, and Scarlet Johansson is equally irresistible. Read more

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  • The Tomorrow Man

    DIRECTOR: Noble Jones
    CAST: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner & Derek Cecil
    Ed Hemsler is a Doomsday Prepper, buying things for a catastrophe that isn't likely to occur. Then he meets Ronnie, a woman who buys a lot of unnecessary stuff too, but for other reasons. Read more

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  • A Star is Born

    DIRECTOR: Bradley Cooper
    CAST: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay
    Bradley Cooper's debut as a director, and it has not gone unnoticed. His musical romance starring himself and Lady Gaga is electric, genuine and life-like. A Star is Born portrays the romance between an up-and-coming pop singer and the country star who has discovered here. Read more

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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    DIRECTOR: Jon M. Chu
    CAST: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan
    Based on the best-selling novel, this modern romantic comedy plays with the prejudices Asian (Americans) deal with. Enjoyable and refreshing, but nothing groundbreaking. Read more

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  • Disobedience

    DIRECTOR: Sebastián Lelio
    CAST: Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser
    After years of absence, a Jewish women returns to her London Orthodox community when she finds out about the death of her estranged father. Soon she feels herself drawn to an old friend of her. Read more

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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    RATING: 70/100

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  • 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

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    RATING: 76/100

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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

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    RATING: 76/100

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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

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    RATING: 88/100

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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

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    RATING: 85/100

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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

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    RATING: 80/100

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  • 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

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    RATING: 95/100

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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

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    RATING: 85/100

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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

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    RATING: 80/100

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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

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    RATING: 75/100

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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

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    RATING: 90/100

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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

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    RATING: 82/100

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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

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    RATING: 80/100

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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

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    RATING: 77/100

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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

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    RATING: 79/100

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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

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    RATING: 85/100

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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

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    RATING: 83/100

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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

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    RATING: 89/100

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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

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    RATING: 80/100

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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

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    RATING: 76/100

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  • Eternal Beauty

    DIRECTOR: Craig Roberts
    CAST: Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe & David Thewlis
    Eternal Beauty is a romantic drama film, written and directed by Craig Roberts. It stars Sally Hawkins, David Thewlis, Billie Piper, Penelope Wilton, Alice Lowe and... Read more

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  • All The Bright Places

    DIRECTOR: Miguel Arteta
    CAST: Elle Fanning
    Based on the internationally bestselling novel by Jennifer Niven, All The Bright Places tells the story of Violet Markey and Theodore Finch, who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they... Read more

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  • After

    DIRECTOR: N/A
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    A young woman falls for a guy with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship. Read more

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  • Cold War

    DIRECTOR: Pawel Pawlikowski
    CAST: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza
    A man and a woman meet in the ruins of post-war Poland. With vastly different backgrounds and temperaments, they are fatally mismatched and yet drawn to each other. Read more

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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

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    RATING: 82/100

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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

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    RATING: 95/100

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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

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    RATING: 80/100

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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

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    RATING: 93/100

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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.