Amidst the vast array of Netflix content, there are quite a few hidden gems that are well worth the time and effort to find them. Ranging from slightly to completely off the beaten path, these romantic dramas are some of the top films I’ve seen in their genre. If you’ve got the time, or need something to break up the monotony of the week, pop some pocorn and dive into these underrated flicks.
Beyond the Lights
Beyond the Lights, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s 2014 music industry romantic drama, tells the remarkably engrossing love story of Noni Jean (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) — a rocky up-and-coming R & B singer- and Kaz Nicol, (played by Nate Parker) an L.A. cop on the road to politics. In addition to a spot-on critique of the music industry and its exploitation of women, Beyond the Lights features quick and cutting dialogue, fantastic acting and a stunning example of supportive black love. I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone looking to dive headfirst into a creative and gorgeously told love story.
Comet, Sam Esmail’s 2014 directorial debut follows the beginning and end of a 6-year relationship between Kimberly (played by Emmy Rossum) and Dell (Justin Long). The film centers around two ridiculously smart, self-aware pessimists in search of love’s irrational optimism. A “romance on the edge of intersecting dimensions”, Comet is beautifully shot and structured, with snappy dialogue and a truly captivating story. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a heartbreakingly true and witty romance.
In Your Eyes
In Your Eyes, written by Joss Whedon and directed by Brin Hill, follows Dylan and Rebecca. The two live on opposite sides of the country, but are connected in that they can see what the other sees and feel what the other feels, despite being strangers. The film’s concept is fresh and the acting is actually really impressive from relative unknowns Zoe Kazan and Michael Stahl-David. By far the more underrated movie on this list, I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in a little paranormal, sci-fi action with their romance.
Seeking A Friend for the End of the World
Seeking A Friend for the End of the World, directed by Lorene Scafaria in 2012, finds Dodge (played by Steve Carell), a depressed insurance salesman and his eccentric young neighbor, Penny (played by Keira Knightley) facing the end of days as an asteroid hurdles towards the earth. This movie is beautifully written and subverts a lot of cliches of the genre. The acting is phenomenal and dialogue is insanely human. I would highly recommend this movie for anyone looking for a gorgeous romance, and to ruin a face of makeup with a tsunami of tears.
Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, is a coming of age romance of 12-year olds Sam (played by Jared Gilman) and Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) who have fallen in love and decide to run away with each other. Set in 1965 on an island off the coast of New England, this movie is offbeat and quirky in the best possible way. With stunning cinematography, complex and unique characters, and straightforward acting, Moonrise Kingdom is a hidden delight. I would highly recommend this movie for anyone looking for a romance that is just as much about fantasy and escape as it is about innocence and first love.
Are there any romance dramas you’ve seen on Netflix that you think are underrated? Or seen any of the movies on this list?
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