HBO Max has become a go-to source for streaming movies and TV shows, and it’s no surprise that they have an impressive selection of romance films available. Whether you’re looking for a classic love story or something more modern, we’ve got you covered and compiled the best romance movies on HBO Max.
Whether you’re a fan of sweeping epics, charming romantic comedies, or poignant dramas, our list has something to ignite the spark in every heart. So grab some popcorn and get ready to fall in love with these heartwarming tales of romance.
Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians” released on August 15, 2018, by Warner Bros. Pictures, is a romantic comedy that follows the story of Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a Chinese-American woman from New York City. When Rachel accompanies her boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding, she quickly realizes that Nick belongs to one of Asia’s wealthiest and most influential families.
As a commoner among the social elite, Rachel faces challenges from jealous single women who want Nick’s attention and from his formidable mother, Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), who disapproves of their relationship. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the film is an adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel of the same name.
The movie showcases the clash between old money traditions and modern love as Rachel navigates the glamorous and cutthroat world of Singapore’s elite. She must find a way to prove herself worthy of Nick’s love and gain the approval of his disapproving mother. Filled with lavish settings, extravagant parties, and witty humor, “Crazy Rich Asians” explores themes of family, cultural identity, and the power of love.
Crazy Stupid Love
Starring Steve Carell as Cal, Ryan Gosling as Jacob, and Julianne Moore as Emily, “Crazy Stupid Love” is a hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy that follows the intertwined lives of several characters.
In “Crazy Stupid Love,” Cal Weaver discovers that his wife, Emily, has had an affair and wants a divorce. Devastated, Cal begins frequenting a bar where he meets Jacob Palmer, a charismatic young man to a teenage boy navigating his first crush, Jacob offers to help Cal reinvent himself and teaches him the art of seduction. Cal soon finds success with women but realizes he still loves his ex-wife, Emily.
Meanwhile, their son Robbie develops a crush on his babysitter, Jessica (Lio Tipton), who is infatuated with Cal. Jacob also experiences a change of heart when he falls for a woman who initially rejected him because she had a boyfriend.
As the story unfolds, Cal’s attempts to win back Emily become more determined. Their daughter, Hannah, begins a relationship with Jacob, leading to surprising connections between the characters.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Considered one of the best romantic comedies of all time upon its release, “When Harry Met Sally” film stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in a classic tale of two best friends. Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) are best friends but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
Despite parting ways after a car ride to NYC and a plane flight in 1982, they reconnect in 1987 and develop a close friendship. They engage in late-night conversations, visit museums, and even share a memorable diner scene. After failed matchmaking attempts, they find themselves at a wedding where their friendship is tested.
With sharp and witty banter, endearing performances, and iconic moments like the famous “I’ll have what she’s having” scene, this film is a must-watch for any fan of the genre.
The Philadelphia Story
The Philadelphia Story is based on the 1939 Broadway play of the same name by Philip Barry. Featuring an all-star cast including Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and James Stewart, “The Philadelphia Story” is a timeless romantic comedy about a socialite Tracy Lord, a wealthy Philadelphia socialite, as she prepares for her wedding to George Kittredge.
However, the arrival of her ex-husband, Dexter Haven, along with reporter Mike Connor and photographer Liz Imbrie, complicates her already tangled relationships. As Tracy interacts with her ex-husband, her fiancé, and the reporter, she starts to doubt her decisions and reevaluates her own desires and happiness. The film showcases a star-studded cast and explores themes of love, loyalty, and self-discovery in a delightful and enduring romantic comedy.
This beloved film, released in 2004, captures the heartwrenching love story of Noah and Allie, portrayed by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, respectively.
Based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Sparks, this emotionally captivating movie follows the journey of two people, Noah and Allie, who meet at a carnival in South Carolina and experience a passionate summer together. However, their love is tested when Allie’s parents intervene and force them apart. As time goes by, they both move on with their lives, with Allie becoming engaged to another man.
But fate brings them back together when Allie discovers Noah’s efforts to restore the house they had always dreamed of. As they reconnect and reminisce, Allie learns about the letters Noah wrote to her, revealing the truth about their past and reigniting their powerful connection.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Experience a unique twist on the rom-com genre with the film adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel, directed and written by David O. Russell. This captivating movie delves into the complexities of mental health and emotional struggles, presenting a refreshing take on love and relationships.
“Silver Linings Playbook” introduces us to Pat, portrayed by Bradley Cooper, who delivers a critically acclaimed performance as a man grappling with bipolar disorder. Jennifer Lawrence shines as well in her role as Tiffany, a young woman facing her own personal demons.
As Pat and Tiffany navigate their individual challenges, they form an unlikely connection that evolves into a heartwarming love story. The film beautifully portrays their journey of self-discovery and healing, highlighting the power of human connection and the possibility of finding solace in unexpected places.
The Holiday (2006)
“The Holiday” takes us on a delightful journey filled with romance and self-discovery. In London, Iris Simpkins, played by Kate Winslet, leads a life filled with unrequited love for her coworker Jasper Bloom. Just when she thought things couldn’t get worse, she discovers that Jasper is engaged to another colleague, leaving her world shattered.
On the other side of the world in Los Angeles, Amanda Woods, a talented movie-trailer maker portrayed by Cameron Diaz, is dealing with her own relationship woes after ending things with her unfaithful boyfriend, Ethan. In a spontaneous decision to escape her troubles, Amanda decides to swap houses with Iris through a house exchange website, finding herself in a charming cottage in Surrey for the holiday season.
During her time in Surrey, Amanda crosses paths with Iris’ brother, Graham, a book editor, and the two quickly develop a deep connection and fall in love. Meanwhile, Iris finds solace in her new neighbor, the wise and witty ninety-year-old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her regain her confidence and self-esteem.
Before Sunrise (1995)
“Before Sunrise” is a romantic comedy about two strangers who meet by chance, and embark on a spontaneous adventure together on the romantic streets of Vienna as Jesse and Celine. Jesse (Ethan Hawke), an American traveler, has been exploring Europe with no particular destination in mind.
As he heads to Vienna, his final stop before returning home, he encounters Celine (Julie Delpy), a Parisienne who has been visiting her grandmother in Budapest and is en route to Paris for her studies at the Sorbonne. The connection between Jesse and Celine is immediate, and Jesse proposes a bold idea: to spend the remaining hours before his flight wandering the enchanting city of Vienna together.
Intrigued by the spontaneity of the proposition, Celine agrees, knowing she can leave at any moment if she feels uncomfortable. As they explore the city’s landmarks and engage in deep conversations, their encounter becomes a profound exploration of life, love, and human connection.
You’ll be swept up in Juno’s witty and heartwarming journey as she navigates the results in an unexpected pregnancy and ultimately finds the courage to make a difficult but selfless decision. This 2007 American coming-of-age comedy-drama is now streaming on HBO Max.
Elliot Page stars as the quirky Juno, whose sharp humor and endearing personality shine through even during her toughest moments. Throughout the film, Juno a 16-year-old teen struggles with conflicting emotions as she tries to come to terms with her pregnancy and decide what to do next.
Her interactions with the couple she has chosen to adopt her baby are both touching and hilarious, highlighting the genuine connection that can form between people from different walks of life. As Juno gets closer to giving birth, she must confront some hard truths about herself and her relationships, leading to a powerful final act that will leave audiences cheering.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is a delightful romantic comedy that follows the story of Toula played by Nia Vardalos, a Greek-American woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and love. At the age of 30, Toula feels trapped by her Greek heritage and her family’s expectations for her to get married.
However, when she meets Ian portrayed by John Corbett, a non-Greek man, she finds the courage to break free from her traditional upbringing and pursue her own happiness. Despite the initial resistance from her overbearing family, Toula and Ian’s relationship blossoms, and the two married.
The film is a heartwarming exploration of love, acceptance, and the importance of embracing one’s roots. Toula’s journey to find her own identity while navigating the complexities of her close-knit Greek family is both hilarious and endearing. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is a feel-good movie that will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate the quirks and joys of family.
Romeo + Juliet
“Romeo + Juliet” is a captivating drama-romance film that stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo, while Claire Danes shines as the enchanting Juliet. Set in the modern-day city of Verona Beach, the movie takes Shakespeare’s classic tale and infuses it with a contemporary twist. The film also features notable performances from John Leguizamo as the sinister Tybalt and Harold Perrineau as the flamboyant Mercutio.
The film also features notable performances from John Leguizamo as the sinister Tybalt and Harold Perrineau as the flamboyant Mercutio. Paul Rudd’s hilarious cameo appearance as the goofy Count Paris, adds a touch of comedy to the film.
The story revolves around the forbidden love between Romeo and Juliet, who come from feuding families, the Montagues, and Capulets. Despite knowing that their parents would never approve of their relationship, the young lovers must navigate obstacles and conceal their love from the world.
“The Lobster” is a thought-provoking dystopian film set in a society where being single is strictly prohibited. David, a recently abandoned husband, is sent to a hotel for singles where he must find a romantic partner within 45 days.
Failure to do so will result in his transformation into an animal of his choice, in David’s case, a lobster. The hotel enforces strict rules and imposes severe punishments for those who defy them.
As David explores the hotel’s unique environment, he uncovers the interconnectedness of his quest for love with the motivations of fellow guests. Amidst this journey, he encounters a band of escapee anarchists in the woods who reject romantic attachments, except when it serves their purposes in society.