The 25 best romantic movies on Amazon Prime Video Australia


No matter what kind of romance you like, Prime Video has got you covered—from cheesy holiday fluff to angsty, devastating period pieces and a whole bunch of love stories in between. Here are the best romance movies to be found on the platform…

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Last updated: December 6, 2021

Atonement (2007)

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Featuring stunning cinematography, glorious costumes and one of the best sex scenes in cinema history, director Joe Wright’s Atonement isn’t an easy watch, but it’s a memorable one. Set before, during and after World War II, and adapted from the popular Ian McEwan novel, Atonement is the tragic love story of heiress Cecilia (Keira Knightley) and son of the help Robbie (James McAvoy), whose lives are destroyed by a lie told by Cecilia’s sister Briony (Saoirse Ronan, also played by Romola Garai and Vanessa Redgrave at different stages in her life).

Baby Driver (2017)

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Whatever your feelings on the cast (namely Kevin Spacey), there’s no denying Baby Driver is an incredible movie. The romance isn’t even the strongest element — although it is a strong one — and actually, the story overall is secondary to the visual and aural elements of the film. It’s stylish, colourful, and exhilarating, with incredibly choreographed car chases, and scenes synchronised beautifully to a stand-out soundtrack. 

Bridesmaids (2011)

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Bridesmaids is more comedy than romantic comedy, but there is a very sweet romantic plot that makes it impossible not to include on this list. Ultimately, though, it’s about a woman’s journey to get her life together, and the complicated, beautiful friendships that exist in her orbit. Oh, and there’s a heavy dose of toilet humour.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

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Based on the book by Andre Aciman, Call Me By Your Name is a languorous and exquisite coming-of-age tale set in Italy in 1983. Timothee Chalamet stuns as Elio, a 17-year-old who falls in love with 24-year-old Oliver (Armie Hammer) when he comes to work for Elio’s father for the summer. There are many scenes that stick with you for a long time after the movie is over—with the final shot (set to Sufjan Stevens’ “Visions of Gideon”)—a particular gut-punch.

Cruel Intentions (1999)

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The romance in Cruel Intentions is toxic, but addictive, especially if you watched it for the first time as a teen and it’s all wrapped up in nostalgia. Starring the cream of the white, blonde, 90s teen star crop (although Sarah Michelle Gellar goes brunette here), the horny high school update of Dangerous Liaisons is angst-filled and iconic.

First Daughter (2004)

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First Daughter stars Katie Holmes as the daughter of the president of the United States who just wants to go to college and live a normal life—and who of course falls for a regular student (Marc Blucas). It has to be said that First Daughter is not a particularly good movie, but it sure is fun, and offers a great nostalgic escape.

Grease (1978)

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Hello! It’s Grease! The original high school musical, starring no-one who remotely looks like they’re actually in high school. All part of the charm, of course. The colours are bright, the dance scenes are impeccably choreographed, and the songs themselves are guaranteed to have you singing along and forgetting all your cares for at least an hour or two.

His Girl Friday (1940)

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Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell star as an editor and journalist who were formerly married and who reconnect while investigating a big story involving a murderer. Known for its fast, snappy dialogue and screwball comedy, His Girl Friday is one of the most significant classic rom-coms and a must-watch for any romance fan.  

The Holiday (2006)

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Now this is where you turn when you need nothing but warm, lovely Christmassy cheer. Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet play two strangers who swap homes for a much-needed break from their respective lives, each finding new love and a new lease on life along the way. Jude Law and Jack Black round out the cast, with Jude Law in particular at his most British, blue-eyed best.

Just My Luck (2006)

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There was a brief period in the mid-’00s when Lindsay Lohan looked to successfully be transitioning from teen screen queen to adult rom-com darling, and Just My Luck was at the forefront of that. Which makes it slightly bittersweet to look back on, but it’s still a lot of fun—especially with a young Chris Pine as the lead. The movie sees the two characters exchanging luck via the kind of magic you only see in rom-coms.

Last Holiday (2006)

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A retail worker with dreams of becoming a chef discovers she has weeks to live, so she quits her job and jets off on a luxurious holiday where her generous and spontaneous attitude draws admirers, friends, and an enemy or two. Meanwhile, one of her former co-workers is trying to track her down to declare his love before it’s too late. It’s a pretty predictable movie, but thanks to leading lady Queen Latifah’s charm, Last Holiday is an irresistible comfort watch. Happy ending guaranteed.

Legend (1985)

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Legend is whimsical, deeply bizarre and kind of terrible in places—but also kind of amazing in a very specific, very 1985 way. You’ve got Tom Cruise before he got his teeth done, Mia Sara as a princess, unicorns, fairies, and Tim Curry as a disturbingly sexy devil-type figure. At its heart is a love story, and around it is chaos. It’s a real ride.

Love Actually (2003)

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Richard Curtis’ ode to love and Christmas is divisive, with many haters—but even more fans. While some parts of the film haven’t aged well, it’s hard not to smile (and occasionally cry) as the interconnected love stories of a group of Londoners unfold. It features one of the most iconic British casts of all time—with Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Liam Neeson and even Mr Bean (aka Rowan Atkinson).

Love & Other Drugs (2010)

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While the story is uneven in places, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway turn in some of their finest work in Love & Other Drugs. They star as a pharmaceutical sales rep and a woman with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, respectively, who start a casual relationship that soon deepens and complicates both their lives.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)

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This is kind of like Groundhog Day for angsty teens. Mark (Kyle Allen) thinks he’s the only one experiencing the same day over and over again, caught in a time loop that’s slowly driving him mad, until he runs into Margaret (Kathryn Newton), who is experiencing it too — and who, unlike Mark, isn’t particularly keen for it to end. It’s a bit heavy-handed in its messaging at times, but it’s also a sweet teen romance that explores deeper topics like grief.

The Mistletoe Promise (2016)

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Prime Video is actually full of Hallmark and Lifetime TV romances that vary in quality, mostly on the very bad end of the scale. There are some gems in the mix, though, The Mistletoe Promise being one of them. The charisma of Jaime King and Luke Macfarlane in the leading roles certainly helps. They star as two lonely strangers who pretend to date to make their Christmas events more bearable.

Monte Carlo (2011)

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Another cute, rather cheesy, mostly forgotten teen rom-com from 2011! This one stars Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy as a group of friends who travel to Europe for a post-graduation trip. A case of mistaken identity propels them on a ridiculous, hijinksy adventure full of luxury suites and cute guys (what else?). It’s pure popcorn escapism.

My Christmas Love (2016)

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My Christmas Love is another rare holiday romance gem. Meredith Hagner is next-level charming in the lead role, and Bobby Campo (and his dimples!) also carry a lot of the load. They play friends/co-workers whose relationship becomes complicated when Hagner’s character starts receiving secret gifts themed around the ’12 Days of Christmas’. As she tries to figure out who her mystery admirer is, she realises some important things about who she is and who she loves.

No Strings Attached (2011)

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Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star in one of the two rom-coms that came out in 2011 about friends with benefits who fall in love (the other, even more weirdly, starring Ashton’s future wife, Mila Kunis). While many argue over which is the superior of the two, this one has romantic gestures in the form of a period playlist and a bunch of carrots. In other words: it wins.

She’s The Man (2006)

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Amanda Bynes is at her comedic best in this modern take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, in which Bynes plays a high school soccer star who disguises herself as her twin brother in order to compete in a boy’s tournament. Along the way she falls in love with Duke, played by Channing Tatum in one of his first movie roles.

Shrek (2001)

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The Disney princess movies might get all the attention when it comes to animated romances, but Shrek actually offers a touching love story about the importance of finding a “true love” who sees and appreciates you exactly as you are. When it was released, it was a refreshing antidote to the standard cheesy Disney fare, and if over the years it’s been memed into ridiculousness, it’s still a very funny and endearing movie. 

Snowmance (2017)

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Sarah (Ashley Newbrough) has spent her whole life wishing for her dream guy while her best friend (Adam Hurtig) quietly pines by her side. Each year, they build a snowman together, and Sarah makes a wish about the attributes she wants in a man. This year, the snowman disappears and in his place is a gorgeous guy (Jesse Hutch) who just so happens to have all the qualities Sarah wished for. Yes, Snowmance is as ridiculous as it sounds…and it’s also a really good time.

The Spirit of Christmas (2015)

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One of the more bizarre holiday romances, The Spirit of Christmas is surprisingly fun — helped along by the ridiculously good looking and charming leads, Thomas Beaudoin and Jen Lilley. Beaudoin plays a ghost (yes, a ghost) who can take human form in the 12 days before Christmas. Lilley plays a real estate agent determined to sell the house he’s haunting. Naturally, they fall in love! It’s ridiculous.

Sylvie’s Love (2020)

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The kind of classic romance that’s about yearning and impossible choices and second chances; Sylvie’s Love is a sweet and tender movie starring Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Eva Longoria, and Regé-Jean Page. Thompson plays the titular Sylvie, who dreams of being a TV producer and falls for an up-and-coming jazz player despite being engaged to another man. As the years pass, she must navigate her conflicting dreams and responsibilities in her search for true love—and herself.

What’s Your Number? (2011)

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An underrated gem from 2011 starring Anna Faris as a woman in her 30s who, after deciding she’s slept with too many men, vows to be celibate until she meets “the one”. The movie is actually far more sex positive than it sounds, and overall it’s a very enjoyable ride—helped along by Chris Evans’ charming (and yes, often shirtless) performance as the love interest.


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