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5 Romantic Movies You Can Stream Tonight

5 Romantic Movies You Can Stream Tonight

There are plenty of adequate romantic movies on Netflix and Amazon Instant, but nobody wants to watch an adequate romantic movie when they could be watching a great one. The trouble is, it can be downright frustrating to find a great one when scouring the limited streaming offerings online.

But don't cancel your plans for a night in just yet. Film critic Stephen Farber is here to prove that there are several great romantic movies available for streaming, and he should know — he's the president the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Check out his picks below and get ready for a romantic evening at home.

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Gone With The Wind


Farber says:

The romance of Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) is full of fiery conflict. She spends most of the four-hour movie resisting him, even though we can see from the outset that they are perfectly matched.  When she finally realizes he’s her man, their moment has passed. Actually, many years have passed, but sometimes it takes that long to recognize your true soul mate. This is the archetypal story of lovers at cross purposes, just missing their chance at happiness.

Available for rental on Amazon Instant Video ($2.99)

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Two For the Road


Farber says:

"Two for the Road" has to be one of the most original love stories ever created.  It surveys the evolution of a marriage over a ten-year period, but instead of telling the story in strict chronological order, it intercuts several different time periods, from their ecstatic initial courtship to their weary disillusionment after several years of marriage.  Frederic Raphael’s script poignantly captures the way in which time betrays the lovers’ great expectations. Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney do justice to the script’s comedic and tartly melancholy observations.

Available for rental on Amazon Instant Video ($2.99)

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Casablanca


Farber says:

"Casablanca" was chosen by the American Film Institute as the greatest romantic movie of all time, and who would disagree?  The movie also has some of the best romantic lines every penned: “Here’s looking at you, kid” and “We’ll always have Paris.” It’s the best story of romantic sacrifice ever filmed. Rick and Ilsa part for the sake of a better world — and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  The music that accompanies their romance (“As Time Goes By”) helps to build the mood, and the pairing of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman represents Hollywood star power at its mightiest.

Available for rental on Amazon Instant Video ($2.99)

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Woman of the Year


Farber says:

"Woman of the Year" was the first of nine movies that Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy made together, and their chemistry is palpable in their sexiest outing together. Hepburn plays a political columnist, and Tracy is a sports reporter on the same newspaper, and their sparring matches sizzle. The film was way ahead of its time in portraying a powerful, articulate career woman who takes charge of everything but her own unpredictable emotions.

Available for rental on Amazon Instant Video ($2.99)

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Brokeback Mountain


Farber says:

The late director Sydney Pollack once commented that the most memorable love stories often end unhappily, focusing on lost opportunities rather than connubial bliss. And that may explain why this gay love story ranks with the most affecting ever filmed. Audiences straight and gay could relate to the story of a couple perpetually at odds — one partner (Jake Gyllenhaal) pressing for a deeper commitment than the other (the late Heath Ledger) seemed capable of giving. Fine performances and Ang Lee’s astute, Oscar-winning direction contribute to the movie’s impact.

Available instantly on Netflix (price based on subscription) and for rental on Amazon Instant Video ($2.99)

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