There has never been a better week to be a hopeless romantic with a Netflix account. Not only do we finally have the third installment of the To All The Boys trilogy, but it’s Valentine’s Day, which means this weekend provides the perfect excuse to plan a movie night for yourself, your S.O., or all those friends who downloaded Netflix Party during the early weeks of quarantine. All you need is some chocolate, a nice candle, and the perfect viewing material. Because Netflix’s library can be more than a little daunting, we rounded up some of the best new, old, and deeply underrated love stories that you can stream instead of (or while) scrolling through photos of couples on Instagram.
Being single on Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap, but ultimately — if you’re a holiday person, anyway — February 14 is about love, and love looks different for everyone. That’s why this list doesn’t just include romantic comedies and tearjerkers: in these shows and movies, you’ll also find some meditations on heartbreak, depictions of messy, dramatic romances gone awry, and platonic love stories. From the saccharine to the cynical, here are Netflix’s best movies and shows about relationships, romance, and love in its many forms.
The To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy
In many ways, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is Netflix’s flagship rom-com: it earned two sequels, turned both Lana Condor and Noah Centineo into teen drama royalty, and won over hordes of obsessive fans. Whether or not you’ve seen the film before, February 14 is the perfect day to marathon To All The Boys and its two equally delightful sequels.
If you’re going through a breakup or just celebrating this weekend with your Galentines, Someone Great is the bittersweet, friendship-focused film you’ll want to stream. The movie follows Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), on the heels of a breakup and preparing for a cross-country move, as she enjoys one last emotional night out with her two best friends.
The Half of It
This queer, big-hearted take on Cyrano de Bergerac is a celebration of both romantic and platonic love. Ellie (Leah Lewis), a quiet, lonely student, is approached by a football player who wants her to ghostwrite his love letters to Aster (Alexxis Lemire) — who happens to be Ellie’s longtime crush. She ultimately accepts, but naturally, the plan starts to go awry when she and Aster start to genuinely connect over letters and texts.
If you’re looking to a marathon something sexy and romantic with a guaranteed second season, you should consider joining the 82 million households that have already watched Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix debut. The first season of the Regency romance focuses on Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and eligible duke (Regé-Jean Page) as they fake a romance that slowly turns into the real thing.
Always Be My Maybe
Starring Ali Wong (who also wrote the film) and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe is a hilarious, heartfelt romantic comedy about two estranged childhood friends who re-enter each other’s lives as adults. But once they come back together (and with the help of Keanu Reeves) they realise that their story might not be over just yet.
Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) don’t have a lot in common — and they don’t exactly meet at the right time. Still, they decide to try a relationship. Judd Apatow’s Love follows both characters as they navigate the highs, lows, and intricacies of dating and commitment.
In this twist on both the rom-com and buddy comedy genres, Leilani (Issa Rae) and Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) are on the verge of breaking up, but when a car ride argument ends in a crash — and then a carjacking — they become unintentionally enmeshed in a complicated murder case.
Jane the Virgin
There’s no way you’ll be able to watch all of Jane the Virgin in one night. But if you want to start a show on Valentine’s Day, obsessively watch as much as you can, and then have plans every night for the next month, check out the pilot of this CW show. In Jane the Virgin, a woman accidentally becomes artificially inseminated… and then learns that the sperm donor was actually her former crush, who is also her boss. (And no, the plot twists don’t stop there.)
Abbie (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Sam (Michiel Huisman) have been together forever — so long, in fact, that Sam is clueless when it comes to dating. So when Abbie receives a devastating cancer diagnosis, she decides to find her fiancé’s next girlfriend.