The Stream Team: Romance
Your guide to the best and brightest of each genre, streaming now on a Netflix near you.
Who doesn’t love a good movie about, well, love? I know I do. That’s why I’ve taken the time and pooled together my top picks in the Romance genre on Netflix this month. Stream now, but don’t forget to bring tissues along. You’ve been warned!
Begin Again (2013):
In the name of love, songwriter Gretta (Keira Knightly) moves to New York City when her boyfriend (Adam Levine) lands a recording contract. Soon their relationship crumbles, leaving Gretta alone in a brand new city. Things start looking up when she meets former record label executive Dan (Mark Ruffalo), and the two work together to create an independent album. Between the trials of the artistic process and complicated personal lives, both Dan and Gretta flourish in surprising ways.
Welcome to the world of adorable 20-somethings Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale). While Jonathan falls in love instantly, Sara is cautious and believes in destiny. Now ten years later and 3,000 miles apart, the pair must decide if fate truly wants to bring them together again. Not only is the chemistry palpable between Cusack and Beckinsale, but this film illuminates a charming insight into the world of lost and found opportunities.
Charlie Countryman (2013):
Enter the life of gentle Charlie Countryman (Shia LeBeouf), who discovers his abilities as a medium after his mother’s death. Instructed by her final wishes, Charlie aimlessly travels to Bucharest, Romania. Mid-flight the spirit of an elderly passenger begs Charlie to deliver a final gift to his only daughter Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood). Once in Bucharest, we follow Charlie and Gabi on an intense adventure that highlights their vibrant and troubled romance. If nothing else, you’ll certainly catch the travel bug after watching.
Across the Universe (2007):
As if you needed another reason to love the songs of The Beatles. Jude (Jim Sturgess) is a young British man in the United States in search of his father. Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) is a carefree, eccentric college student. Set amid the backdrop of a turbulent 1960's New York, this film brings another dimension to the romance and musical genre. It also highlights the tragedy of the Vietnam War and proves that in the end, all you need is love.
The Great Gatsby (1974):
Based off the popular novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this romance is sure to resonate with anyone who has experienced the pain of lost love. Robert Redford stars as Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire hopelessly in love with Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow). Although somewhat similar to the popular remake made in 2013, this version of the story portrays a slightly varied viewpoint of the events as they unfold. If you've got a thing for classics (both novels and cinema), this film should tickle your fancy.
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