If you’re in your late 20s and feeling a little panicked because ‘the one’ never came along, then it’s understandable if you don’t want to get into the older dating scene, let alone date online. It may be tough when you go out because none of the usual people you used to see are available or around anymore. Because of this, you may find yourself snuggled into your couch with some great snacks and Netflix movies about dating and love.
Instead of feeling bad about being single, why not watch some great nostalgic movies about how great it feels to fall in love and that honeymoon you experience when you first start dating. Watching the love stories unfold may even make you feel so much better about being single because of the characters’ dating challenges and dramas.
Whatever the case, we’ve put together a top list of great movies you can watch on Netflix that will excite you and endear you to them. So whenever you feel romantic or maybe even lonely, you’ll know which flicks to put on.
Director: Gary Hardwick
Starring: Morris Chestnut, D.L. Hughley, Bill Bellamy, Shemar Moore, Gabrielle Union
With a bit of everything, (some comedy, some romance and a little drama), this movie is full of everything that defines a rom-com with really gorgeous stars who know how to lay it on thick. Watching these ‘brothers’ navigate love and friendship is interesting, enlightening and sometimes a little sad because love and men have not always been two things that mixed well. Bring in the hotness of Gabrielle Union and you know there is going to be some serious trouble.
Four successful and different yet equally attractive friends, learn how to love and date together while weathering the storms throughout their childhood friendship. Some big events and shocking revelations test these relationships resulting in a life changing attitude to love, women and dating. It’s a tear-jerker and laugh out loud kind of film that is perfect to make you feel happy that you’re single, but optimistic that the right person is out there.
10 Things I Hate About You
Director: Gil Junger
Starring: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Larisa Oleynik
Love a traditional love story? Well this is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. But it’s more made for teenagers as a romance. Basically, there is a father who is worried his daughters will become pregnant if they date and so he forbids his youngest daughter Bianca (Oleynik) from dating until her older sister can find someone. Bianca is sweet and very popular at school and her sister is a sulky and shrewish girl who no one wants to date. A student, Cameron (Gordon-Levitt), falls in love with Bianca, and after finding out about the arrangement, he plans a way for the high school bad-boy Patrick (Heath Ledger) to take Bianca’s sister to prom. It’s obviously based on a Shakespearean comedy, so there is a lot of mixed-messages and hilarious misunderstandings that lead to a final scene where love conquers all. A nice warm and fuzzy-feeling ending!
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
For those who are feeling darker and love fantasy, the Twilight series is definitely one to revisit once you’ve matured and don’t fall head over heels for the handsome vamp, Edward (Pattinson). It’s all about a super shy girl named Bella (Stewart), with whom Edward becomes obsessed with. He refuses to drink human blood and endears himself to Bella. He can read minds and looks like he’s in existential angst constantly since being immortal makes him feel as if he’s lived a pointless life so far. He’s 104 and she’s 17. So it’s kind of creepy, but the two fall in love anyways and it’s totally enrapturing. Especially when Edward has to protect Bella from other immoral vampires who want her dead. It’s a riveting race to the end to see how these two ill-fated lovers end up. A great late night pick.
Director: Anne Fletcher
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan
Every woman alive knows who Channing Tatum is. And Step Up is one of his first major films that basically put him on the map as a Hollywood hunk, who can do action, comedy and best of all, romance. If you haven’t seen this movie, you’re going to have so much fun watching it!
In this movie, he’s a white guy who loves to listen to rap and hip-hop and gets caught up in the wrong crowd due to typical inner-city teenage problems. But after being caught for vandalizing a performing arts school, he gets a chance to show them his dance moves and wins a scholarship there. He has to deal with lots of stereotypes and judgments but is lucky enough to get paired with rich-girl-cum-prodigy (Dewan). When they dance the sparks fly and everyone notices. Their backgrounds collide and so do their hearts as they teach each other new dance moves. The plot is definitely predictable, but it’s the start of many sequels and creative outlet for hip-hop dance style.
A side note: Tatum and Dewan got married in real life. So that passion on-screen was definitely real.
Director: Greg Mottola
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader, Martin Starr, Margarita Levieva
If you’re an 80’s child or grew up at some point in the 80s, you’ll love this movie since it’s set in Anytown, Circa 1987. This is a coming-of-age movie that is really sentimental and sweet. Adventureland focuses on recent college grad, James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg), who instead of going to Europe with his friends as planned, ends up spending the summer working at a theme park in his small hometown. He works at a games booth with some other characters, one if which is called Em (Kristen Stewart), who is a disaffected but hot stoner chick who is having some issues and trouble at home. He makes a connection with her and they end up getting involved. It’s so much fun to watch their rag-tag group of friends play out the whole slacker cliché, as they drink, eat pot cookies, fall in love, and make an attempt at figuring out what they want to do with their lives, all the while working at a monotonous minimum wage job that is going nowhere fast. It’s definitely a movie that will resonate with you and in the least will make you nostalgic for more simpler times when dating was easy.
Director: Richard Curtis
Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman
The director of other great romantic movies like: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones Diary, and Notting Hill made this seasonal film to reach out to those who might be alone at Christmas and the holidays. It shows how love can vary and that the most important part is to try to have it in your life, no matter the type of box or wrapping it might come in. A Christmas-set movie that tries to explore all the various aspects of love from many different viewpoints. It also has a lot of very attractive actors that make this love and dating exploration a real treat. It looks at a romance between the Prime Minster of England (Grant) and Natalie, an employee of his household. Then, there is another one between a depressed writer Jamie (Firth) and his Portuguese housekeeper. There is also the examination of the sad end of a marriage between Harry (Rickman) and Karen (Thompson) after it’s discovered that the husband has begun to get too close with his secretary at work. There are so many intersections between these love stories, but the end the movie is uplifting and inspiring and very cuddly and warm. It’s the perfect holiday romance movie.
Now you’re all set for a great night! Just like you, other singles who are tired of dating online are probably tucked away watching some great flicks. This might just inspire you to meet each other, which is a nice side effect of romantic comedies. And there is no other language better than a great film to communicate that. How’s that for a good dose of romance?