Join us as we unpack the unexpected treats of the best romantic movies on Hulu.
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Updated for September 2019.
Romance gets a bad rap at the movies. Until you behold the best romantic movies on Hulu.
Yes, Hulu is on the case with an expansive collection of romantic movies for you to connect with your softer side… or the side of you that screams in an eternal tormented shriek, desperately trying to find a mate whose shrieks match your tone in this expansive disappointing nothingness of existence. Love is hard. Anywho, here are the best romantic movies on Hulu right now.
Sense and Sensibility
This Jane Austen character really seems to have a handle on romance. The 1995 film Sense and Sensibility is adapted from the Austen novel of the same name and has a great deal of talent both in front of and behind the camera. Oscar winner Ang Lee directs while Emma Thompson (yes, that Emma Thompson) wrote the script.
Thompson stars alongside Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant. The movie, like the book concerns the Dashwood sisters and their sudden descent into non-stupendous wealth. Of course then the romance begins (not between the sisters, weirdos. Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant are in this thing too, remember?)
Let the Right One In
Let the Right One In may seem like another odd choice for a romantic movie on Hulu but it’s romantic and sweet in a way that few other movies are. Sure, the players involved are a little boy and a little girl vampire (though the fact that she’s a vampire may very well mean she’s centuries old, just try not to think about it).
It’s a spooky yet undeniably sweet movie that presents the female side of a romantic entanglement as the ultimate protector.
The Wedding Plan
Weddings, man. They’re stressful. The Wedding Plan is an Israeli film about a wedding that sounds more pleasant and less complex than most: a wedding without a groom.
Unwed Orthodox Jewish woman Michal is looking for the perfect wedding venue. She visits a fortune teller whose son just happens to own a lovely wedding hall. Michal books the spot but then her husband-to-be decides he does not love her anymore. Michal keeps her date at the wedding hall and plans to go through with the wedding. Who will the groom be? Who cares. God will certainly decide.
And decide he does, that rascal.
It’s hard to believe it took until 2002 for a movie to lay claim to the awesome title XX/XY. That of course refers to the two chromosomal pairings that make up women and men respectively. In the case of the film, XX/XY, there are two women and one man at play.
Sam (Maya Stange) and Thea (Kathleen Robertson) are two college students who have an awkward night of passion with animator Coles (Mark Ruffalo). The film follows the fallout of the decision and how one deals with passion differently in young adulthood and adulthood.
This list has been all fine and good so far but I know what you’re thinking: WHERE ARE THE MILENNIAL CRAFT BREWERY ROMANTIC INDIE DRAMAS. Well here you go, hypothetical reader with incredibly specific tastes. Drinking Buddies is a mumblecore masterpiece starring some truly excellent and funny actors: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston.
It’s a mostly improvised, simple story about relationships, jealousy and lots of great craft beer. Kate (Wilde) and Luke (Johnson) are flirty coworkers at a craft brewery who decide to go on a joint trip with their significant others Chris (Livingston) and Jill (Kendrick). Romantic comedy ensues.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Four Weddings and a Funeral is a romantic comedy so good that you’ll forgive its director for directing the “didyaputyernameintheGobletofFire!” Harry Potter film.
This film stars Hugh Grant at the height of his Hugh Grant-ness. Grant portrays Charlie, a socially awkward man living in London. Charlie has an uncomfortably busy social calendar, which includes…four weddings and a funeral. It’s a tough task for the introvert with a weirdly big circle of friends but at each event Charlie encounters the beautiful American Carrie (Andie McDoweel) and begins to fall in love.
Four Weddings and a Funeral is pure rom-com to its core and a perfect inclusion for this list because of it.
Shakespeare in Love
It’s rare that straight-up romance movies perform well at the Oscars. The last time that comes to mind is The Artist. Shakespeare in Love was the last big romance Best Picture winner before that. Shakespeare in Love, like The Artist, has a big creative hook: What if Shakespeare had an unknown love that inspired him to write works like Romeo and Juliet?
Beyond that excellent elevator pitch, Shakespeare in Love is a great romantic movie. It humanizes larger than life figures that we only normally know through legends and archetypes. And Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow have believable chemistry to boot.
Brown Sugar comes from a simpler pop culture time. How much simpler? Taye Diggs plays an A&R for a record label. Remember those?!? Brown Sugar uses the music industry as a juping off point to tell a nifty little love story.
Andre Romulus ‘Dre’ Ellis (Diggs) and Sidney ‘Sid’ Shaw (Sanaa Lathan) have been friends since they were kids, hanging out with each other and listening to hip hop. Now, 15 years later Dre is a record executive and Sid is Editor-in-Chief at XXL. When Dre is set to get married, Sid realizes that maybe their relationship has been deeper than just friends all along.
At first glance baseball might not seem like the best vehicle for romance. Minor league baseball, however, has a very important ingredient for romance: loneliness. Minor league baseball players travel the country on a bus for little pay, staying at dingy hotel room after dingy hotel room. Bull Durham is the story of how these circumstances can conspire to create something vaguely resembling romance.
“Crash” Davis (Kevin Costner) is a minor league veteran. His team assigns him to the low-A Durham Bulls so he can mentor talented but brash young pitcher “Nuke” LaLoosh (Tim Robbins). Meanwhile “baseball groupie” Annie (Susan Sarandon) pursues both men creating a confusing love triangle of sex, mentorship, and fastballs.
Back when Chasing Amy came out in the ’90s, it was largely known as the “Ben Affleck falls in love with a lesbian” movie. While the base-level of the plot is exactly that, Chasing Amy covers so much more about love than just sexual politics.
It’s about male insecurity and all of the other human emotions that make finding and maintaining love so difficult. It’s a wonderfully human tragi-rom-com with a bittersweet, yet entirely logical ending.
AWOL is how indie romances should be – small, authentic, affecting. Joey (Lola Kirke) and Rayna (Breeda Wool) are two young women from a nowheresville Pennsylvania town. They meetcute at a local carnival and quickly fall for each other but circumstances threaten to crush their romance before it can even begin.
AWOL understands first and foremost that while love is easy, relationships (and arguably everything else in the world is hard). Sometimes what you want and what your environment is able to allow you to have are two very different things.
50 First Dates
50 First Dates has a somewhat disappointing Rotten Tomatoes score. Ignore that. It’s probably partially due to many critics’ distaste for at least one of the actors in the above screengrab. Not that they can be blamed. The presence of Adam Sandler or Rob Schneider in any comedy is rarely a good sign. In 50 First Dates‘, however, it’s not an issue at all.
50 First Dates is a legitimately funny and romantic romantic comedy. Drew Barrymore stars as Lucy Whitmore, a woman with short-term memory loss. Due to a car accident, every day she wakes up believing it is October 13, 2002. Sandler’s character Henry Roth meets her in Hawaii and the two must overcome this bizarre condition to establish a lasting relationship.
Not all romance movies about puppy dogs and flowers. This one just happens to be about the complexities of sadomasochism, dominance/submission and all the other fun aspects of some good old fashioned BDSM. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Lee Holloway, a woman who takes a job as a secretary for E. Edward Grey (James Spader).
It’s not long before Lee and Grey are embarking on a relationship built upon obedience and submission. Secretary is the movie that 50 Shades of Grey thinks it is – right down to the protagonist named Grey.
She’s All That
When one watches or rewatches ’90s teenage rom-com She’s All That, it’s remarkable to witness just how much of it was incorporated into the parody Not Another Teen Movie. There’s the clearly attractive woman who has a reputation for being unattractive due to wearing her hair up and having glasses, to name just one hilarious trope.
Still, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery in this case. She’s All That is a pitch perfect teenage rom-com, corniness and all. It’s not high art but it’s at the very least perfect background noise for a Valentine’s Day…or any day.
Pretty in Pink
Almost every John Hughes movie can be entered in to the conversation as John Hughes best movie. Pretty in Pink is no different and may even in fact be the most iconic.
Molly Ringwald redefines the concept of teenage lovesickness on film as Andie Walsh from “the wrong side of the tracks.” Her infatuation with rich boy Blane resonated with young audiences in the ’80s and on through to today. Watch Pretty in Pink to reacquaint yourself with your own burning teenage love.
Revolutionary Road is a romantic drama set in 1948 that reunites Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet as Frank and April Wheeler. Frank and April live a happy little idyllic American life with an unthinkable secret: they’re unhappy. Revolutionary Road is “revolutionary” in the sense that it finds the unhappiness buried beneath the most ideal romance.
This is Dicaprio and Winslet we’re talking about here. How could they possibly not enjoy each other’s company? So many American romance dramas find the sinister in day-to-day life. Revolutionary Road just finds the sadness and explores the solutions therein.