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What do you get when you mix a little bit of romance with just a dash of intrigue and mystery? Some of the best romantic dramas on Netflix, of course! These top-rated Netflix romance/dramas range from historical epics, such as The English Patient and Out of Africa, to intimate contemporary tear-jerkers, such as Terms of Endearment and Jerry Maguire
 

This list of the best romantic drama movies on Netflix offers entertainment that is guaranteed to please him (Top Gun) or her (Shakespeare in Love). If you're just recovering from a break up, don't worry - we have something to fix that too. Watching Forest Gump will inspire you and give you hope.  

What are the best romantic dramas on Netflix? Dirty Dancing or Ghost might top your list. Both films star Patrick Swayze, so you know you're in for a steamy, passionate evening. If you're more in the mood for something quirky and unique, Adventureland (starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristin Stewart) might be your go-to.   

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romantic Dramas Movies on Netflix
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by David O. Russell, adapted from the novel The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The film ...more

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Jane Eyre Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Mia Wasikowska Jane Eyre is a 2011 British romantic drama film directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. The screenplay is written by Moira Buffini based on the 1847 novel ...more

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Sense and Sensibility Kate Winslet, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 British–American period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel of the same name. Actress Emma Thompson wrote the script and stars as ...more

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A Royal Affair Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Harriet Walter A Royal Affair is a 2012 romantic drama film written by Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg and directed by Nikolaj Arcel.

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romantic Dramas Movies on Netflix
Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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Footloose Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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Days of Heaven Richard Gere, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Days of Heaven is a 1978 American drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard and Linda Manz. Set in 1916, it tells the story of Bill ...more

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An Affair to Remember Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning An Affair to Remember is a 1957 film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and directed by Leo McCarey. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film is considered one of the most romantic ...more

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Labor Day Kate Winslet, Tobey Maguire, Josh Brolin Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Labor Day is a film written by Joyce Maynard and Jason Reitman, and directed by Jason Reitman.

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Ghost is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romantic Dramas Movies on Netflix
Ghost Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Ghost is a 1990 American romantic fantasy/crime thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Tony Goldwyn, and Whoopi Goldberg. It was written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry ...more

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a 1993 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Peter Hedges wrote the ...more

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The Cider House Rules Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Cider House Rules is a 1999 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on John Irving's novel of the same name. The film won two Academy Awards, and was nominated for the ...more

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Adventureland Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Adventureland is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Greg Mottola, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and co-starring Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader, Martin Starr, and ...more

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Cold Mountain Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic war drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole ...more

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Legends of the Fall Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond Legends of the Fall is a 1994 American epic drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, and Henry Thomas. Based on the 1979 novella of ...more

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Romeo + Juliet Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul Rudd, Brian Dennehy Romeo + Juliet is a 1996 American romantic drama film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. It was directed by Baz Luhrmann. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in ...more

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Sophie's Choice Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol Sophie's Choice is a 1982 American drama film directed by Alan J. Pakula, who adapted William Styron's novel of the same name. Meryl Streep stars as Sophie, a Polish immigrant who shares a ...more

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Witness Harrison Ford, Viggo Mortensen, Danny Glover Witness is a 1985 American thriller film directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The screenplay by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, and Earl W. Wallace focuses on a ...more

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The English Patient Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth The English Patient is a 1996 romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film was ...more

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Moonstruck Nicolas Cage, Cher, Danny Aiello Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison and written by John Patrick Shanley. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia ...more

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Cleopatra Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau Cleopatra is a 1963 epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. ...more

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Show Me Love Alexandra Dahlström, Ralph Carlsson, Erica Carlson Show Me love is a 1998 Swedish film directed by Lukas Moodysson. The film follows the lives of two seemingly disparate teenage girls who begin a tentative romantic relationship. The film first ...more

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My Week with Marilyn Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Judi Dench My Week with Marilyn is a 2011 British drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges. It stars Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dominic Cooper, Julia ...more

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Terms of Endearment Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more

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Vanilla Sky Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American science fiction thriller film directed, written, and co-produced by Cameron Crowe. It is an English-language remake of Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 Spanish ...more

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Frida Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Frida is a 2002 Miramax/Ventanarosa biopic which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award-nominated ...more

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Shining Through Liam Neeson, Michael Douglas, Melanie Griffith Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Shining Through is a 1992 British-American World War II drama film, directed and written by David Seltzer and starring Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith, with Liam Neeson, Joely Richardson ...more

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Reaching for the Moon Miranda Otto, Treat Williams, Tracy Middendorf Reaching for the Moon is a 2013 Brazilian biographical drama film directed by Bruno Barreto. The film is based on the book Flores Raras e Banalíssimas, by Carmem Lucia de Oliveira. The ...more

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Jersey Girl Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Ben Affleck Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Jersey Girl is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written, co-edited, and directed by Kevin Smith. It stars Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro, George Carlin, Jason Biggs, Jennifer Lopez and ...more

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The Immigrant Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner The Immigrant is a 2013 American drama film co-written, produced and directed by James Gray. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Alma Jodorowsky Blue Is the Warmest Colour, also known as Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2, is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama film written, produced, and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring ...more

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The One I Love

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Take This Waltz Sarah Silverman, Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen Take This Waltz is a 2011 comedy-drama film. The film centers on Margot, a 28-year-old freelance writer who lives in a charming house on a leafy street in Toronto's Little Portugal ...more

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28 Hotel Rooms Chris Messina, Marin Ireland, Robert Deamer 28 Hotel Rooms is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Matt Ross.

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Greenberg Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dave Franco Greenberg is a 2010 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Noah Baumbach. The film stars Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Greenberg was produced by ...more

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A Teacher Lindsay Burdge, Elana Farley, Chris Doubek A Teacher is a 2013 independent drama film about a female high school teacher's illicit sexual relationship with a male student that turns from infatuation into obsession. This is the first ...more

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Ever After: A Cinderella Story is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Romantic Dramas Movies on Netflix

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Punch-Drunk Love Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson Punch-Drunk Love is a 2002 romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis ...more

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A Walk on the Moon Anna Paquin, Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial A Walk on the Moon is a 1999 drama film starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber and Anna Paquin. The movie, which was set against the backdrop of the Woodstock festival of 1969 and ...more

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Beginners Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent Beginners is a 2010 film directed by Mike Mills. "Seventy-five-year-old Hal has found love with a man half his age, and is overjoyed to be dancing to house music at the club. Oliver, his ...more

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Frankie and Johnny Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Nathan Lane Frankie and Johnny is a 1991 American drama film directed by Garry Marshall, and starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in their first film together since Scarface. Héctor Elizondo, ...more

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Mansfield Park Jonny Lee Miller, Anna Popplewell, James Purefoy Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Mansfield Park is a 1999 British romantic comedy-drama film based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, written and directed by Patricia Rozema. The film departs from the original novel in ...more

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Mr. Nobody Diane Kruger, Jared Leto, Juno Temple Mr. Nobody is a 2009 science fiction drama film. It was written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael, produced by Philippe Godeau, and starred Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, ...more

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Walking and Talking Liev Schreiber, Anne Heche, Catherine Keener Walking and Talking is a 1996 independent film starring Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Todd Field, Liev Schreiber and Kevin Corrigan. Walking and Talking is a story about two female best friends ...more

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Weekend Tom Cullen, Kieran Hardcastle, Chris New Weekend is a 2011 drama romance film written and directed by Andrew Haigh.

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One Day Anne Hathaway, Patricia Clarkson, Jim Sturgess One Day is a 2011 romance drama film directed by Lone Scherfig. It was adapted by David Nicholls from his 2009 novel of the same name. It stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Focus Features ...more

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Love Story Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, ...more

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A Little Bit of Heaven Kate Hudson, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Bates A Little Bit of Heaven is a 2011 romantic comedy directed by Nicole Kassell and starring Kate Hudson and Gael García Bernal.

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Inventing the Abbotts Jennifer Connelly, Liv Tyler, Joaquin Phoenix Inventing the Abbotts is a 1997 coming-of-age film directed by Pat O'Connor, starring Liv Tyler, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Crudup, Jennifer Connelly, as well as Joanna Going. The screenplay by Ken ...more