It’s date night again, and you and your special someone are looking for something to watch. We take a look at 25 of the best date night movies streaming on Netflix in 2018, which you’ll both enjoy.
Date night movies can sometimes be predictable with sappy endings, leaving at least someone unhappy — so we’ve taken a look at some of the best movies streaming on Netflix of many different genres, so both viewers will enjoy. Click through our list of the best date night movies streaming on Netflix.
If any of our unique date night movies streaming on Netflix piqued your interest, and you’d like to know more about a specific one, we’ve included a bit about each movie’s plot in the sections below.
1) ‘Finding Neverland’
This Oscar-winning film reveals how imaginative author J.M. Barrie envisioned a world that was at once so wondrous and perilous. Johnny Depp pairs up with Kate Winslet wonderfully, and puts in one of his best performances to date. We’re also introduced to a young and incredibly talented Freddie Highmore, who now stars in A&E’s thrilling show Bates Motel. While this is one of the more romantic films on our list, it’s incredibly well shot, and has multiple great performances.
2) ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’
Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma (Léa Seydoux), a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
3) ‘Taking Lives’
FBI profiler Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) is recruited to assist the police in their search for a serial killer who later assumes the identities of his victims. Now that Jolie and Hawke are massive stars, it’s an interesting film to go back and watch, as you see how much they’ve changed over the years.
4) ‘Bruce Almighty’
When Bruce Nolan angrily gives up on God, he responds by giving Jim Carrey’s character all of his divine powers. Bruce struggles to deal with everyone’s problems, but all he really wants is to be with his one true love, played by Jennifer Aniston. Bruce Almighty is a great comedy, with romance at its core.
5) ‘The Duchess’
If you’re a fan of Keira Knightley, you’re bound to enjoy her in this period piece which sees her as the unhappy, young duchess Georgiana Spencer. She later begins a scandalous affair with a politician which could ruin her husband’s (played by Ralph Fiennes) political reputation. One of her wigs catches on fire at one point, which is certainly a highlight, and the sets couldn’t be more beautiful.
6) ‘In Bruges’
When a lethal job goes terribly wrong in London, two hitmen are ordered to stay out-of-sight in the town of Bruges, Belgium, until their boss (played by Ralph Fiennes) decides what to do with them. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson have some of the funniest lines ever, despite being such a dark comedy. This film is truly a must-see, and it will leave you talking about it for days.
When a humble mechanic is knocked unconscious one night after staring at a curious light in the sky, he wakes up with intellectual powers that rival anything anyone has ever seen, especially in his small town. It’s not too long after the incident that the FBI is interested in how he breaks one of their codes, and he finds out that the powerful intellect might not be the best thing in his life after all.
Jesse Eisenberg’s character, James Brenna, isn’t able to afford to join his friend on a trip that he’s always wanted to go on after his parents inform him they’re on hard times. So, he reluctantly takes a summer job at an amusement park, where he meets many unique characters, including Kristen Stewart, who puts in a great performance as a young woman who doesn’t know what to do with her life yet. Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader bring some hilarious moments to the film, and this is one movie we promise is worth seeing if you’ve yet to watch it.
9) ‘The Invisible Guest’
When a man is accused of murder, he goes to extraordinary lengths to prove his innocence. But nothing is what it appears to be, and as you follow the same story from different perspectives, everything changes. This Spanish thriller is the perfect conversation-starter and will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its epic, unexpected conclusion.
10) ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
Whether you’re into superhero stories or not, Thor: Ragnarok is a fun, entertaining movie that will keep you laughing throughout, as Thor finds himself trying to save Asgard from an evil villain — and save himself from a strange planet of gladiator games. The jokes are ingenious, the sets are beautiful, and the story gives famous actors hilarious dialogue. You don’t even need that much background information, if one of you hasn’t watched any Marvel movies.
11) ‘When We First Met’
This comedy about love at all costs is the perfect fun film to watch together. A story about appreciating what you have when you have it, it’s a great mix of laughs and earnest emotion with an age-old time-travelling trope.
12) ‘Set It Up’
The rom com renaissance deserves to be appreciated on date night, and Set It Up has all the tropes that make a movie fun to watch together: characters setting other characters up, enemies-to-friends-to-lovers, and a hilarious cast that shows their comedy chops in a way that will make you fall in love all over again.
13) ‘Up in the Air’
George Clooney offers one of his best performances in this movie about an obsessively career-focused bachelor who enjoys all the luxuries of constant travel. But though there’s a dash of romance, the movie is really about discovering one’s true priorities in life. And it’s Anna Kendrick’s Oscar-winning performance!
14) ‘The King’s Speech’
Feel-good, historic, and full of excellent British actors, The King’s Speech is a beautifully crafted movie about King George VI (played by Colin Firth), who must overcome his speech impediment to be a good King. Helena Bonham Carter stars as an amazing Queen, and with Geoffrey Rush — this time not a pirate — is the instructor that becomes the King’s speech trainer and close friend.
15) ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’
If you like suspense set in 1970s England, laden with excellent dialogue, subtle political machinations and powerful performances, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy — an adaptation of the book under the same name — is a great way to see actors like Benedict Cumberbatch, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy in more subdued but powerful roles.
16) ‘Train to Busan’
A good zombie thriller can bring people together in wonderful ways. This Korean movie about a father and daughter travelling by train, only to be hijacked by zombies, is one of the best zombie movies out there. It also has some great action and acting moments.
17) ‘The Truman Show’
’90s Jim Carrey shines in The Truman Show, a story about a man who discovers that his entire life has been televised to millions of people. It’s a story about love and truth, with some classic Jim Carrey thrown in. Even if you’re already seen it, it’s a great movie to go back and watch with a partner.
18) ‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’
A story full of perfectly-timed jokes? Check. A lovable, awkward main character? Check. A series of vengeful exes with superpowers that must be defeated in order to date the girl of his dreams? Check! This movie is unexpected in all the best ways, and makes you suspend your disbelief just enough to take you on a wild ride through a comic book-like film with adorable younger versions of Michael Cera, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick and Brie Larson.
19) ‘Cloud Atlas’
The Wachowskis’ most emotional (and confusing) film of all, Cloud Atlas has a little bit of everything — science fiction, action, romance, history and mystery. Even if you don’t understand what it’s trying to tell you by the end, you’ll be moved by the beauty of the stories you’ve experienced, and the deep commitment the filmmakers had to create worlds that feel real.
Saroo was a five-year-old in India when he got separated from his family and lost in the orphanage system. Years later, an adult adopted by an Australian family, he finds himself reconnecting with his lost past, and beginning a search for the family he’d almost forgotten. This feel-good story based on real events is perfect for a quiet evening.
Animated movies are worth your time, and can be the best bonding experience of all! Coco in particular brings all emotions to the surface, as you follow a young boy through the Land of the Dead, searching for his ancestor and redeeming his family’s history. Set in Mexico during Dia de los Muertos, it can be a profoundly personal experience, as it hearkens back to your relationships with your family and culture (an excellent way to know more about someone’s background!)
22) ‘The Boy’
Feel like snuggling up with your date to watch some good old horror? The Boy is a creepy story about a babysitter hired to take care of a young boy in a remote mansion while his parents go on a trip. Sounds okay, right? Except the boy isn’t really a boy… he’s a doll, and no one seems acknowledge it. And the babysitter should watch out, because the boy is needy. This creepy story will have you shivering, and shock you with its riveting conclusion.
Sometimes you just need a ridiculous comedy, and Naked is about as ridiculous as romance gets. When a man wakes up naked in an elevator on his wedding day, he has to do the impossible to get back to his wedding on time — and fix his relationship in the process. It’s basically like Groundhog Day, except the main character spends a lot of screentime naked.
24) ‘The Sixth Sense’
The perfect thriller with an excellent ending, The Sixth Sense is a joy to watch and rewatch. Bruce Willis does one of his best roles yet as a confused psychologist, and young Haley Joel Osment’s famous confession never gets old. This movie has the best combination of creepy and emotional that you’ll ever see.
25) ‘Nacho Libre’
If you and your date like ridiculous humor, Nacho Libre is the movie for you. Jack Black stars as a frustrated Mexican monk that desperately wants to become a luchador, and in the process help feed the children at the orphanage he works in. This feel-good, somewhat stupid, but surprisingly adorable comedy will be the perfect source of inside jokes for any relationship.