The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought a lot of bad, a lot of good, and a lot of fight for equality and justice (thank you!).
While America has continued its downward spiral (not being negative, just being honest), I have spent a lot of my time watching movies during the mayhem. Minus horror/thriller and anything of the sort, I like to check out different genres of films. My favorite genres, however, are sci-fi action films (like Marvel Cinematic Universe movies) and romance.
I wanted to share my current top nine romance movies I’ve watched on Netflix recently. These are in no particular order, and all, if not most, are Neflix originals.
- Released: January 19, 2018
- Running time: 1 hr. 48 min.
- Main characters: Jamilah (Megalyn Echikunwoke), Beth (Eden Sher), Danielle (Lyndon Smith), Amber (Alessandra Torresani), Libby (Gage Golightly), Dane (Matt McGorry), Aisha (Naturi Naughton), & Kevin (Marque Richardson)
- Synopsis: Jamilah (lol, not me), a member of a popular Black sorority at her university, is asked to teach a white sorority how to step after they become a disgrace to the school; doing this is a ticket to Jamilah’s next step (pun intended) in life. However, helping the white sorority brings some challenges to Jamilah’s life.
- This is not technically classified as a romance movie, but there is definitely romance between two characters. In fact, there’s a bit of a love triangle.
- Favorite scene: The classic standing in the rain to gain the attention of a lover (between Jamilah and Kevin). I’m not going to spoil too much, but I appreciate Kevin’s apparel during this scene.
- Released: December 7, 2018
- Running time: 1 hr. 50 min.
- Main characters: Willowdean “Dumplin” Dickson (Danielle Macdonald), Rosie Dickson (Jennifer Aniston), Ellen “El” Dryver (Odeya Rush), & Bo Larson (Luke Beward)
- Synopsis: The daughter of a former beauty queen signs up for her mom’s pageant to revolutionize her small town’s standards of beauty, but it ends up becoming a journey of self-growth.
- This one is focused more on self-growth and coming-of-age material, but there is quite a bit more romance in this one.
- Favorite scene: When Bo follows Dumplin out of the restaurant and says “I think you’re beautiful.” I melt every time I watch that scene.
THE PRINCESS SWITCH
- Released: November 16, 2018
- Running time: 1 hr. 42 min.
- Main characters: Duchess of Montenaro and Stacy De Novo (Vanessa Hudgens), Prince Edward (Sam Palladio) & Kevin Richards (Nick Sagar)
- Synopsis: It’s very cliché and predictable. A duchess switches lives with a woman from Chicago who looks exactly like her, and they each fall in love.
- Favorite scene: Honestly, every scene with Nick Sagar is my favorite scene.
- Released: August 7, 2020
- Running time: 1 hr. 33 min.
- Main characters: Quinn Ackerman (Sabrina Carpenter), Jake Taylor (Jordan Fisher), Jasmine Hale (Liza Koshy) & Julliard Pembroke (Keiynan Lonsdale)
- Synopsis: A high school senior focused on getting into Duke lies about being apart of her schools award-winning dance team to increase her chances of getting in. To carry the lie all the way through, she has to make it to the Work It Dance Competition and ends up creating her own dance team. It’s a very predictable movie.
- Essentially, the movie is supposed to be focused on the (kind of average) dancing. However, there is a primary and secondary romance story.
- Favorite scene: Definitely the “date” between Jake and Quinn. That scene is the reason I’m obsessed with “WOW” by Zara Larsson.
ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE
- Released: May 29, 2019
- Running time: 1 hr. 42 min.
- Main characters: Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) & Marcus Kim (Randall Park)
- Synopsis: Childhood sweethearts reconnect after fifteen years of not speaking to each other and since they live in two different worlds, they go on an interesting love journey.
- The movie is extremely predictable, but I think I vibe with the comedy and overall cinematography of it.
- Favorite scene: When Keanu Reeves enters the restaurant.
ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES
- Released: February 28, 2020
- Running time: 1 hr. 48 min.
- Main characters: Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) & Theodore Finch (Justice Smith)
- Synopsis: Two teenagers with different struggles come together to help one another through this journey called life. However, it doesn’t end the way you expect. I don’t want to give too much away about this movie, but it is a definite must watch. (This is based on a book)
- I cried when I read the book, and I cried when I watched the movie.
- Favorite scene: Finch begins ripping the post-it notes off the wall. Seeing the inner turmoil brought to life was both heart wrenching and beautiful.
TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE
- Released: August 17, 2018
- Running time: 1 hr. 39 min.
- Main characters: Lara Jean (Lana Condor), Peter (Noah Centineo), Josh (Israel Broussard), Kitty (Anna Cathcart), & Margot (Janel Parrish)
- Synopsis: Over the years, Lara Jean would write letters whenever she developed intense crushes on boys. Well, those letters end up getting out, and Lara Jean ends up fake dating one of the letter recipients, who helps shed some of her innocence. This is another predictable teen romance movie, but it’s well done, which is why it’s on the list. (It’s also based on a book).
- Favorite scene: Honestly, Lara Jean explaining the five boys who received the letters. I really like the way it was filmed and edited.
UNDER THE RICCIONE SUN
- Released: July 1, 2020
- Running time: 1 hr. 41 min.
- Main characters: Vincenzo (Lorenzo Zurzolo), Camilla (Ludovica Martino), Marco (Saul Nanni), Ciro (Cristiano Caccamo), & Guenda (Fotinì Peluso)
- Synopsis: This is a movie with varying love stories occurring at the same time. Honestly, there’s not much more I can say about it. The movie is in Italian, and even with subtitles, I couldn’t fully grasp what was going on besides the intertwined love stories. There are a lot of characters in this film.
- Favorite scene: Vincenzo and Camilla getting intimate while everyone else is out having a good time. Since Vincenzo is blind, I was really happy for him.
- Released: September 3, 2020
- Running time: 1 hr. 30 min.
- Main characters: Susan Whitaker (Rachael Leigh Cook) & Nick Evans (Damon Wayans Jr.)
- Synopsis: After being guaranteed by a dating site he’ll find love and remaining single after one thousand dates, Nick decides to sue the dating site and hires Susan Whitaker to be his lawyer for the case. This is the start of their cliché story.
- Favorite scene: Nick’s monologue where he professes his love for Susan in front of an entire courtroom of people.
I thoroughly enjoyed writing this and think I’ll do more of these. Maybe I’ll list my favorite MCU movies, Hulu original movies and/or series, the list is endless.
During this chaotic time, I hope you’re taking time for yourself to decompress and relax a bit. Self-care days are incredibly important, now more than ever.
Be you. Be true.