25 of the Best Romantic Movies on Amazon Prime, from ‘Sylvie’s Love’ to ‘The Big Sick’

There are plenty of factors to consider when it comes to ranking the best romantic movies. There’s on-screen chemistry, well-rounded characters and, of course, compelling storylines that aren’t littered with clichés. But if you ask us, the mark of a really good romance film is its ability to crack even the coldest of hearts.

Fortunately, Amazon Prime offers plenty of great options that’ll make anyone think twice before dismissing the genre. For instance, you’ll find contemporary titles like Sylvie’s Love, Under the Tuscan Sun and The Big Sick. And of course, you’ll also see classics like Sleepless in Seattle or As Good as It Gets. Whether you’re craving a thoughtful love story (minus the cheesy tropes) or you’re looking to add some spark to your next date night, keep reading for the 25 best romantic movies on Amazon Prime right now

75 of the Best Romantic Movies of All Time

1. ‘words On Bathroom Walls’ (2020)

After getting diagnosed with schizophrenia, high school senior and aspiring chef Adam (Charlie Plummer) starts to attend a Catholic school—and he’s desperate to keep his condition a secret. But his outlook changes when he meets and falls for a carefree, outspoken teen named Maya (Taylor Russell). The film does a beautiful job of communicating a powerful message: no one is defined by their mental illness.

2. ‘as Good As It Gets’ (1997)

Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is the neighbor that everyone prefers to avoid—thanks to his tendency to be rude to everyone he meets. When the misanthropic writer bonds with his neighbor’s dog and develops feelings for a kind waitress, he wonders if he’ll get his happy ending after all.

3. ‘sleepless In Seattle’ (1993)

This classic Meg Ryan rom-com follows Annie Reed (Ryan), a young reporter who hears the voice of a grieving widower and develops romantic feelings for him—even though she’s already engaged. It’s no When Harry Met Sally, but it’ll still give you all the feels.

4. ‘runaway Bride’ (1999)

OK, fine—the storyline is definitely cheesy, but the charming cast makes up for it. In Runaway Bride, a curious journalist (Richard Gere) covers a story about Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts), the infamous "runaway bride" who has left multiple men at the altar. But things get complicated when he starts to fall for her himself…

5. ‘sylvie’s Love’ (2020)

Need a feel-good, escapist love story? Allow us to introduce Sylvie’s Love. In the film, a fleeting summer romance turns into something more when Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a musician, and Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), an ambitious filmmaker, reconnect years later and discover that their feelings for each other never left.

6. ‘lovers Rock’ (2020)

Released as part of Steve McQueen's Small Axe film series, Lover’s Rock follows the beginnings of a budding romance between Martha (Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn) and Franklyn (Micheal Ward), who meet for the first time at a reggae house party in West London during the ‘80s. Expect catchy tunes and a whole lot of dirty dancing.

7. ‘it Had To Be You’ (2000)

A schoolteacher named Anna (Natasha Henstridge) instantly hits it off with Charlie (Michael Vartan), a charming writer, when they first meet. And they both happen to be staying at the same hotel. But there’s just one problem: They are both engaged to other people. Could this be a sign that they’re planning to exchange vows with the wrong people?

8. ‘jackie & Ryan’ (2015)

Jackie (Katherine Heigl), a musician and recently single mom, is struggling to gain custody of her daughter. But when she has a chance encounter with Ryan (Ben Barnes), another aspiring musician with dreams of making it big, they start a passionate romance that leaves quite an impact on their lives

9. ‘waitress’ (2007)

With its colorful and cheery aesthetic, you’d never think that Waitress explores issues like abusive relationships, but it expertly balances sensitive topics with humor and, of course, a swoon-worthy romance. Keri Russell stars as an unhappily married waitress, who meets and falls for the doctor in her town.

10. ‘what If’ (2014)

Also known as The F Word, this cutesy rom-com stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as BFFs, who decide to explore whether they’re meant to be more than just friends.

11. ‘the Big Sick’ (2017)

Based on Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s real-life romance, The Big Sick focuses on interracial couple Kumail (Nanjiani) and Emily (Zoe Kazan), who are forced to deal with their family’s cultural differences when Emily becomes ill. It’s earnest, refreshing and sure to keep you laughing.

12. ‘chemical Hearts’ (2020)

Henry Page, a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, has dreams of becoming a successful writer. But before that happens, he wants to experience true love, which will serve as his biggest inspiration. Enter Grace (Lili Reinhart), the one girl who can make that happen.

13. ‘under The Tuscan Sun’ (2021)

After her marriage falls apart, San Francisco-based writer Frances (Diane Lane) heads off to Italy and starts a new life, impulsively buying an old villa. And while there, she embarks on a thrilling adventure that includes an affair with a charming Italian man. We’re tempted to book a flight to Italy.

14. ‘brittany Runs A Marathon’ (2019)

After getting some shocking news from her doctor, Brittany (Jillian Bell) decides to take up running and get in better shape—even if that means taking on another job to afford a gym membership. She also begins a relationship with a pet sitter named Jern (Utkarsh Ambudkar), although it turns out to be a bit more complicated than she anticipated.

15. ‘the Map Of Tiny Perfect Things’ (2021)

Mark (Kyle Allen) has no issues with reliving the same day over and over again. But when he discovers that a girl named Margaret (Kathryn Newton) is also stuck in the same loop, sparks fly. Can they figure out how to escape this never-ending loop together?

16. ‘a Rainy Day In New York’ (2020)

Directed by the great Woody Allen, this rom com follows two college students whose itinerary for a romantic weekend in New York City doesn’t go according to plan. A Rainy Day in New York boasts a pretty impressive cast, including Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez and Jude Law.

17. ‘the Family Stone’ (2005)

Why wait until Christmas when you can enjoy a holiday-themed romance year-round? The Family Stone tells the story of Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker), a strait-laced conservative woman who can’t seem to connect with her boyfriend’s eccentric family.

18. ‘and So It Goes’ (2014)

Real-estate agent Oren Little (Michael Douglas) is a curmudgeon with no intention of changing his ways. But his life turns upside-down when his estranged son leaves him with a granddaughter that he never knew existed. He enlists the help of his neighbor, Leah (Diane Keaton), and surprisingly, it starts to change him for the better.

19. ‘finding You’ (2021)

We’ll admit, Finding You is a tad predictable, but it’s a beautiful love story with interesting characters and gorgeous Irish scenery to boot. In the film, an aspiring musician named Finley (Rose Reid) falls for a famous movie star while studying abroad in Ireland. But their new romance proves to be riskier than they anticipated.

20. ‘loves' Last Resort’ (2017)

Just a few months after she calls it quits with her boyfriend, Chloe (Alix Angelis) winds up vacationing at a resort where he’s getting married. Without missing a beat, she comes up with a plan to make him jealous and stop the wedding. But can she pull it off?

21. ‘accidentally Engaged’ (2016)

We’ve all seen how one small rumor can spiral out of control. Only in this case, it eventually leads to an “accidental engagement.” When Clarissa, a D-list actress, tries to impress her family with a white lie about dating Chas, a famous celebrity, her statements find their way to the press. Naturally, chaos—and an unlikely romance—ensues.

22. ‘a Bride For Christmas’ (2012)

This list wouldn't be complete without at least one Hallmark fairytale. A Bride for Christmas follows Aiden (Andrew Walker) as he tries to win a bet by convincing any woman to marry him. His target? Jessie (Arielle Kebbel), who has sworn off relationships after three failed engagements.

23. ‘christmas In Mississippi’ (2017)

Holly Logan (Jana Kramer) finds herself in an awkward situation when she learns that she volunteered to work on a holiday show that’s run by her ex-boyfriend, Mike (Wes Brown).

24. ‘shallow Hal’ (2001)

After a random encounter with a life coach, a shallow guy named Hal (Jack Black) starts to see people’s inner beauty. This causes him to fall for a 300-pound woman, but when he eventually sees her true physical state, he starts to have second thoughts about their relationship.

25. ‘love Actually’ (2003)

Follow eight couples as they try to navigate their romantic woes before Christmas arrives. Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney and Keira Knightley are all part of the star-studded cast.

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