Netflix: 6 Best Romantic Movies You Can Watch Over the Holidays
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Netflix: 6 Best Romantic Movies You Can Watch Over the Holidays

Netflix has a large selection of romantic movies. Here is a list of the 6 best ones you can watch to renew your faith in love and happily-ever-after.

There are many romantic movies that are produced every year but most of them are a one-time watch with forgettable and predictable storylines, where you are sure the lead actors will find their way to each other eventually. However, there are a few romantic movies that are able to make a much deeper impact due to intense performances, memorable dialogues, unexpected twists, lovable characters, and simply an ability to give you goosebumps and make your heart beat faster. Here’s a list of the best romantic movies you can watch on Netflix during the holiday weekend:

1. Fifty Shades Darker

The Fifty Shades Trilogy, based on the books by E L James, has been criticised for glamourising emotionally abusive behaviours and for unrealistic depictions of trauma healing. However, if you can move past this and see the movies as a Beauty-and-the-Beast-kind-of fantasy, they are intensely romantic with great chemistry between the central characters Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson); have a beautiful soundtrack and have been well-executed (much better edited than E L James’ books!). Currently, the second installment of the series -- Fifty Shades Darker -- is available on Netflix.

2. He’s Just Not That Into You

This film’s title may not sound very romantic and the movie is actually based on a self-help book commenting on how women misread men’s actions. However, the film does follow the love lives of nine characters and has its special moments, especially with the character Gigi Phillips (Ginnifer Goodwin), a young woman who continuously misinterprets her potential romantic partners' actions and then meets a guy Alex (Justin Long) who tries to enlighten her on the strategies men use to ignore women.

3. Silver Linings Playbook

Based on a novel with the same name by author Matthew Quick, the movie stars Bradley Cooper as Patrizio "Pat" Solitano, a man suffering from bipolar disorder, who has just been released from a psychiatric hospital and is determined to win back his estranged wife. While on this mission, he meets Tiffany Maxwell (Jennifer Lawrence), a widow suffering from borderline personality disorder, who agrees to help him get his wife back if he enters a dance competition with her. The inclusion of mental health issues, and how the characters deal with their problems while falling in love, make Silver Linings Playbook an engaging film.

4. Maid in Manhattan

A rich guy-poor girl story, Maid in Manhattan still has a certain charm and narrative style which make it less typical. The story revolves around Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez), a single mother in New York City, who works as a maid in a Manhattan hotel and runs into one of its high profile guests, Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes), who is an heir to a political dynasty. Christopher mistakes her for a rich woman and is besotted with her beauty and elegance, while Marisa tries to keep up the pretense in order to experience her fairytale love. 

5. My Best Friend’s Wedding

This classic film from the 1990s stars Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney and Cameron Diaz in a love triangle. Julia plays Julianne Potter, a 27-year old restaurant critic, who has made a pact with her best friend Michael (played by Dermot) that if the two of them are not married by the age of 28, they would get hitched. However, just a few weeks before Julianne’s 28th birthday, Michael informs her of his upcoming nuptials with Kimmy (Cameron) and she is devastated as she realises her feelings for him are not just platonic. The movie can be quite refreshing and entertaining to watch even if you have seen it before.

6. The Notebook

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ popular novel by the same name, this is another classic romantic film featuring Ryan Gosling as Noah Calhoun, a poor lumbermill worker and Rachel McAdams as Allison "Allie" Hamilton, a 17-year-old heiress. Their story is based in the 1940s and is narrated by an elderly man Duke (James Garner); the young couple falls in love but are separated by Allie’s parents due to the differences in their circumstances. While the story is perhaps the oldest love story you can think of -- girl meets boy and they fall in love but parents are against the match -- the movie succeeds in making you feel strongly for the characters and their devotion to each other, which remains unaffected by time or illness.

So there you have it! Whether it's for a girls' night in or just a fun romantic night with your beau, these classic romances on Netflix are sure to make your movie night a fun one to remember.

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.