Celebrate Valentine's Day with these Netflix movies from around the world
From Lust Stories and Super Deluxe to To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, here are 11 films you need to add to your Netflix watchlist this Valentine's Day.
February is the month for celebrating all types of love: platonic love, familial love, and — of course — romantic love. Whether you're married, in a relationship or single for Valentine's Day, Netflix has a wide selection of movies you can watch on a night in. Maybe swoon-worthy teen rom-coms are your thing. Maybe you're more into hair-curling thrillers. From romantic to raunchy, Netflix has everything you're looking for in order to celebrate Valentine's Day.
1. To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
Netflix's highly-anticipated sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before is here, and it does not disappoint. Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) — a sixteen-year-old half-Korean, half-white girl living in Virginia, US — and her boyfriend Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) are back, and even though they're smack dab in yet another love triangle, they're still as adorable as ever. There's romance, drama, an impeccable wardrobe, and, of course, those pesky love letters.
2. The Notebook
Though we're sure you're familiar with this adaptation of the 1996 Nicholas Sparks novel, watching Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams's turbulent and insanely magnetic multi-year love story never gets old, or any less hot.
3. Super Deluxe
In this three-hour-long dark comedy, Leela, a former porn star questions, "When lakhs of people watch porn, there will be four people to act in it. Why are the actors shunned, while the watchers are forgiven?" This Tamil film discusses sex and stigma through parallel plotlines of three very unique characters to provide a 360-degree perspective.
4. Eat Pray Love
While Julia Roberts spends time eating and praying on her journey to self-discovery — which is based on Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir of the same name — you can still expect plenty of hot-and-heavy loving, when newly divorced Liz takes her travels to Bali and meets a sexy Brazilian businessman played by Javier Bardem.
5. Something's Gotta Give
When a young woman — played by Amanda Peet — takes her womanizing older boyfriend to her dramatist mother's beach house, she never imagines their initial hatred of each other turning into wild attraction. Only the stunning Diane Keaton could ever distract Jack Nicholson from Peet.
6. Lust Stories
Exploring sexuality from the 21st-century woman’s point of view, Netflix’s Lust Stories broke the barriers of age, caste, social class, and even gender, to spark conversations around sex in India. The 120-minute feature includes four short films by some of the country’s leading filmmakers — Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, and Karan Johar — each of whom spotlights female sexuality in modern India using their own unique lens.
7. The Tree of Blood
In this steamy Spanish romance, a young couple visits an old farmhouse that belonged to the woman's family, and it's there that they discover their shared genealogical roots and family histories, as well as a terrible secret that could threaten the future of their relationship.
If you can't get enough of Step Up, you'll love this movie about an affluent dancer, whose father's bankruptcy means the end of her formal dance training — and her introduction to a hip-hop dancer, who wants to teach her all-new moves.
In this Netflix psychological horror film set in the world of webcam pornography, Madeline Brewer from The Handmaid's Tale stars as an erotic cam girl who finds her popular channel hijacked by a look-alike. Interestingly, Cam is one of the few films about sex work written by a former sex worker, resulting in a story that doesn't glamorize, glorify, or romanticize the profession.
10. Blue Valentine
Any movie that depicts a crumbling marriage is going to be a tearjerker; but when that married pair is played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, seeing a couple that hot split is all the more devastating.
11. Us and Them
Us and Them, a Chinese film from director Rene Liu that made a huge splash at the Chinese box office in 2018, is a simple but beautifully filmed love story. It follows the love story between two strangers — who meet on a train in China — and the bond that forms and evolves over several decades after.