When it’s Chinese Valentine’s Day (Qixi festival falls on 17 August this year), the soft pitter-patter of rain is hitting your windows, and you’re curled up in bed after a long day — what can be better than indulging in a heartrending rom-com (with a glass of wine or three)?

Whether you’re forcing your SO to watch with you; or more likely vegging out while multitasking, texting away on that fiery group chat, or simply looking for a good clichéd weep, these romantic movies and shows on Netflix are the ultimate guilty pleasure. And if these fail… well, there’s always The Notebook for the 500th time.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Romantic Netflix hits

Lily James is Juliet Ashton, a London writer who travels to Guernsey to learn about and meet the colourful residents who formed a book club during the dire, ascetic days during the WWII German occupation. Inevitably, romance surfaces… and it’s not for potato peel pie.

Watch it here.

Set It Up

Romantic Netflix hits

Desperate for some work-life balance, two desperate assistants create a ploy to bring their two workaholic bosses romantically together. Starring Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell and Lucy Liu, this rom-com sticks straight to the formula for tried-and-true guilty pleasures.

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Alex Strangelove

Romantic Netflix hits

From the writer-director of 2014’s The Skeleton Twins about two dysfunctional siblings (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader), this coming-of-age tale focuses on high-school senior Alex Truelove, who is planning to lose his virginity to his beloved girlfriend… until he is dealt with true confusion upon meeting the attractive Elliot.

Watch it here

Mr. Sunshine
Romantic Netflix hits
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Streaming now with new episodes every weekend is the latest work by Kim Eun-sook, the writer of wildly popular K-dramas Descendants of the Sun and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (also known as Goblin). Set in the 19th century at the historical turning point of America’s first expedition to Korea, this period drama stars Lee Byung-hun as a US Marine Corps officer who returns to his motherland and falls for a noblewoman.

Watch it here.

Irreplaceable You

Romantic Netflix hits

Feel like a tearjerker? This Netflix original has all the makings of a great romantic tragicomedy, centring on newly engaged couple Abbie and Sam — who must contend with Abbie’s terminal illness and how they can spend the rest of their remaining days together. Also featuring the stellar cast of Christopher Walken, Kate McKinnon, Steve Coogan and Jacki Weaver as a ragtag support team, it’s sure to bring laughs as much as moving moments.

Watch it here.

Something in the Rain

Romantic Netflix hits

K-drama addicts will be quick to get onto this 2018 series, but while it’s got every romance trope fans of the genre adore — from the typical movie date to frolicking in the snow, not to mention ample moments of meokbang food porn — it’s certainly not a conventional couple in the starring roles. In Something in the Rain, sparks fly between an older female lead — a career woman in her 30s — and a younger male who has just returned from a stint abroad to find new sparks.

Watch it here.

Like Father

Romantic Netflix hits

Kristen Bell is a workaholic ad exec who was recently left at the altar, and accidentally embarks on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with her estranged father (Kelsey Grammer). Through their reluctant journey of bonding and healing fueled by tiny-umbrella’d cocktails, perhaps they depart with a renewed appreciation for family.

Watch it here.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Romantic Netflix hits

The newest addition to Netflix this month. It’s the worst high school nightmare: Lara’s secret love letters get somehow mailed to each of her five crushes, and she now has to contend with each of the consequences (or perhaps blessings in disguise?). An adaptation of the popular YA novel by New York Times Bestselling author Jenny Han, this looks to be a warm yet thrilling teenage tale which shines the limelight squarely on an Asian-American heroine.

Watch it here.

You Me Her

Romantic Netflix hits

What happens when a happily married couple hire an escort to spice up their tepid bedroom life… and romance unexpectedly sparks? Rolling over three seasons, this unusual sitcom takes polygamy into the mainstream lens, as the trio navigate the real definition of a romantic triangle.

Watch it here.

Our Souls at Night

Romantic Netflix hits

Tired of spending their sunset years alone with their spouses passed away, neighbours Louis and Addie (Robert Redford and Jane Fonda) decide to platonically sleep together to combat their loneliness, only to be met by a wave of roiling gossip — until they decide to take their companionship public, that is. Heartfelt and earnest, this pleasantly simple and at times moving film was widely praised by critics for the leads’ onscreen chemistry. Plus, how stunning does Jane Fonda look with silver locks?

Watch it here.

Evelyn Lok
Associate Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.