The 20 Best Romance Movies on Hulu, from ‘Palm Springs’ to ‘Press Play’

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While romance films are often loaded with cheesy cliches and unrealistic portrayals of relationships, we’ll admit, we can’t resist a feel-good love story. From classic romantic comedies like 27 Dresses to poignant dramas like First Love, these titles run the gamut of emotions, thanks to great storytelling, memorable characters and complex themes that go beyond just romance.

Since we could all use a little more love in our lives (even if it’s through our TV screens), we took it upon ourselves to round up 20 of the best romance movies on Hulu. (Psst, monthly plans start at $8 a month.) Get your popcorn ready.

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1. Plus One (2019)

  • Cast: Maya Erskine, Jack Quaid, Ed Begley Jr.
  • Rating: NR

If you're a fan of When Harry Met Sally, then you'll love Plus One. This clever rom-com follows Alice and Ben, two platonic friends who agree to be each other’s plus ones as they attend a number of weddings.

Directors Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer told Medium, "While writing Plus One, we just tried to be as honest and truthful to our own experiences as possible... To us, the key was not trying to reinvent the genre, but just telling a relatable story with a romance at the center that audiences could really root for." Mission accomplished.

2. Just My Luck (2006)

  • Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine, Samaire Armstrong
  • Rating: PG-13

Lindsay Lohan stars as Ashley, a young businesswoman who's known for being lucky. However, she suddenly loses all her good fortune when she attends a masquerade ball and kisses Jake, a band manager who has bad luck. Cue the chaos.

3. The Hating Game (2021)

  • Cast: Lucy Hale, Corbin Bernsen, Austin Stowell
  • Rating: R

When their publishing companies are merged, Lucy and Josh, who are total opposites, aren't thrilled to work together. Their rivalry only intensifies when they decide to go for the same promotion, but they can't resist their growing attraction to each other, which only complicates things.

4. First Love (2022)

  • Cast: Diane Kruger, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Sydney Park
  • Rating: NR

Directed by A.J. Edwards, First Love follows a young man named Jim, who experiences his first heartbreak as makes a tough transition to adulthood while his family struggles with a financial crisis.

While describing the film, Edwards told Coastal House Media, "What makes it different is that it’s a first love, sort of last love story in that it’s not 'puppy love' solely in the high school narrative, but comparing that with a marriage 20 years in that was started in first love. That title isn’t just to be cute, it’s really diving into the truth of it—or even questioning the truth of it—seeing how far it can go and how far it can be stretched."

5. Press Play (2022)

  • Cast: Clara Rugaard, Lewis Pullman, Danny Glover
  • Rating: PG-13

In Greg Björkman's directorial debut, Laura and Harrison pursue a romantic relationship after bonding over their shared love of music. When Harrison is hit and killed by a car, however, Laura discovers that she can travel back in time using the mixtape they made together. Will this be enough to save his life?

6. Just Go with It (2011)

  • Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman
  • Rating: PG-13

Just Go with It is a remake of the ’60s film Cactus Flower. It tells the story of a plastic surgeon named Danny Maccabee, who’s a total player in the romance department. As in, he pretends to be married, so he can date with no strings attached. When he seemingly meets “the one”, he must cover his tracks by hiring his assistant to be his “ex-wife.”

7. Robots (2023)

  • Cast: Shailene Woodley, Jack Whitehall, Chelsea Edmundson
  • Rating: R

In this sci-fi comedy, two rich suburbanites named Charles and Elaine use android doubles of themselves for selfish gain—whether it's to skip the dating process or avoid having to work. Things work out seamlessly at first, but their plan takes an unexpected turn when both of their androids meet for the first time and fall in love.

8. Deep Water (2022)

  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts
  • Rating: R

While it's not a feel-good romance, this psychological thriller is packed with steamy, romantic scenes. It follows a couple who are on the verge of divorce. To avoid the inevitable, the husband, Vic, allows his wife to have extramarital affairs. However, when her lovers begin to disappear, he is targeted as the prime suspect.

9. Palm Springs (2020)

  • Cast: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons
  • Rating: R

Could you imagine being forced to relive the same day over and over again, after having a chance encounter with a total stranger? Well, in Palm Springs, this happens to Nyles and Sarah, whose random meeting at a wedding turns into a never-ending nightmare—and it seems like neither of them can escape this trap...or each other.

10. Love and Basketball (2000)

  • Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Alfre Woodard
  • Rating: PG-13

Monica and Quincy are BFFs who share a passion for basketball, and they both have dreams of playing the sport professionally. As time progresses, they start to fall in love. However, when their respective careers begin to take off, they must grapple with the fact that it may ruin their chances of being together.

11. Brown Sugar (2002)

  • Cast: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Mos Def
  • Rating: PG-13

Two childhood best friends, Andre Ellis and Sidney Shaw, have established successful careers in the hip-hop industry. Although they remain close, things get a bit complicated when they try to pursue romantic relationships with other people. Get ready to laugh and catch all the feels.

12. Happiest Season (2020)

  • Cast: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie
  • Rating: PG-13

In this holiday romance film, a young woman named Harper Caldwell invites her girlfriend, Abby Holland, to celebrate Christmas with her family, and Abby sees it as a good opportunity to propose. The only problem? Harper never came out to her parents.

13. Pretty Woman (1990)

  • Cast: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Ralph Bellamy
  • Rating: R

The fairy tale-esque rom-com follows a Hollywood prostitute named Vivian Ward, who gets hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to play his girlfriend. After being his escort for a few days, she undergoes a noticeable transformation, and Edward, impressed by the glow-up, starts to build a real relationship with her. Before he knows it, he’s head over heels for her.

14. Never Been Kissed (1999)

  • Cast: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan
  • Rating: PG-13

This will definitely bring back memories of obsessing over your first kiss. The classic rom-com follows a young journalist, Josie Geller. While going undercover as a high school student for a future story, she falls for her dreamy (adult) teacher, who appears to like her too. Aside from the creepy aspect, it’s definitely a cute story.

15. Love, Simon (2018)

  • Cast: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner
  • Rating: PG-13

In this comedy-drama, we follow the lovable Simon Spier, a closeted gay student who doesn’t quite know how to come out to his family and friends. Dealing with this is stressful enough, but to make matters worse, he also has to deal with a classmate who’s threatening to out him to the entire school. On top of that, he’s also falling in love with an anonymous peer that he’s been chatting with online. Get ready for all the laughs.

16. Rye Lane (2023)

  • Cast: David Jonsson, Vivian Oparah, Charlie Knight
  • Rated: R

Refreshing, smart and seriously funny, Rye Lane follows Dom and Yas, two strangers who have a chance encounter at a public restroom and bond throughout the day after experiencing the most painful breakups. Raine Allen-Miller's thoughtful rom-com explores love, heartbreak, healing and self-discovery with humor and charm.

17. Garden State (2004)

  • Cast: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman
  • Rating: R

Braff (who also serves as director) stars as Andrew, a troubled young actor who returns to his New Jersey hometown for his mother’s funeral after being estranged from his family. Portman shines as his quirky love interest, Samantha, in this sentimental film, and there are plenty of compelling supporting characters.

18. The Family Stone (2005)

  • Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Claire Dane, Dermot Mulroney
  • Rating: PG-13

Everett is eager to spend Christmas with his family, but this time is different, because he plans to introduce his uptight and reserved girlfriend, Meredith, to the family. When they arrive, awkwardness ensues as Meredith struggles to bond with his easygoing, tight-knit relatives.

19. 27 Dresses (2008)

  • Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Judy Greer
  • Rating: PG-13

Jane is everyone's go-to pal when they need wedding planning assistance, which explains why she has over two dozen bridesmaid dresses in her closet. But when Jane's little sister gets engaged to her secret crush, she starts to rethink her obsession with weddings.

FYI, in an interview with E! News, James Marsden said he's totally down for a sequel. He said, “27 Children, bring it on.”

20. The Proposal (2009)

  • Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen
  • Rating: PG-13

When Margaret, a demanding editor-in-chief, learns that she's about to be deported to Canada, she comes up with a plan to keep her visa status by marrying her hard-working assistant, Andrew. To return the favor, Margaret guarantees him a promotion. And of course, hilarity ensues as they attempt to convince everyone that they're a real couple.

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