With the movie scene making a comeback in 2021, there was no shortage of romance, love, and drama captivating audiences around the world. With 2021 in our rear view mirrors, it’s time to reflect and look back at the best romantic movies in 2021. In this video, we will rank our personal favorites with the top 11 romantic movies of 2021. Make sure to grab your popcorn, grab some tissues, and save this video for future references.
11. Long Story Short
Kicking off our Best Romantic movies of 2021, Number 11 on our list is a rom-com, “Long Story Short”. It’s a movie with lead actors Rafe Spall as Teddy and Zahra Newman as Leanne experiencing their newlywed life with a slight twist. The perspective is from Teddy’s view with him waking up the day after his wedding and time skipping forward one year every few minutes. With that problem, Teddy must try and save his marriage before it’s too late. “Long Story Short” has a shocking start of how the couple first met and how beautiful of a sentiment it was to keep them together.
10. To All The Boys: Always and Forever
Number 10 on the list is “To All The Boys: Alway and Forever.” It’s a romantic teen comedy movie sequel that took the summer of 2021 by storm. It is the third and final movie from the adapted novel series, To All The Boys, by Jenny Han. We see Laura Jean, played by Lana Condor, and Peter, played by Noah Centineo, find conflict with their teen romance as college acceptance letters come in. Laura Jean has to choose her personal journey or her love life while many things unfold in the last couple months of senior year.
9. Love Hard (2021)
At number 9 in our list is “Love Hard”. A relatable Christmas rom-com for those who have used a dating app and didn’t quite meet the person who they said they are. Catfish anyone? Natalie, an LA journalist, thought she caught a hot guy on a dating app from the East coast. She in fact did not and met up with Josh the nerdy introvert who used conventionally attractive childhood friend Tag’s photo. The typical opposite attraction angle is still just as addictive as it always has been and seeing how the couple progress feels so rewarding.
8. Annette (2021)
Now for number 8, “Annette” is a psychological musical drama of when two worlds collide. A movie directed by the well-renowned Leos Carax, “Annette” is his first English language movie debut. This cinematic masterpiece is about a stand-up comedian named Henry (played by Adam Driver) falls in love with a world-renowned opera singer named Ann (Marion Cotillard). A showbiz love story that resulted in a child, but with an interesting life ahead of her. This musical drama has similar dark vibes to “Black Swan” with its intensely aggressive and extreme storyline that’s not for the faint of heart. But with its fresh take on the scene of love, it might even peak the interest of those who aren’t a fan of romance in movies. Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver pushes the limits of their acting talents in this fantastic musical with both great delight and tremendous storytelling.
Number 7 on our list is “Firebird”, a romantic drama film produced and directed by Peeter Rebane. Based on the true story of Sergey Festisov’s memoir, ‘The Story of Roman’, “Firebird” takes place in the Cold War in the Soviet Air Force. The movie begins with curious Sergey (played by Tom Prior) becoming entranced by a strapping fighter pilot named Roman. They navigate the lines of comradery and love but with another person in the mix named Luisa, a secretary to the base commander. A story with tensions that run high because of the closing walls of the KGB, but with it comes some bliss of confusion with Sergey’s love. Sergey is caught in the middle of a love triangle involving a co-pilot and a female companion while on the dangerous base of the Soviet air force.
6. Compartment No. 6
Running from love to finding understanding, we come to number 6 on our list, “Compartment No. 6”. This 2021 romance movie is adapted from a popular Finnishnovel by Rosa Liksom. A drama romance film that takes place around the 90s and around the time the Soviet Union had collapsed. It is about a young Finnish woman, Laura, running away from a confusing love affair and finding her way to a cramped train as her getaway. But she finds herself stuck in a small sleeping car called compartment no. 6 with a rude Russian miner named Ljoha. But what is seen from both characters is a sense of a desiring human connection. An unconventional theme for a romance as it plays into the feelings of loneliness and “not fitting in” with a crowd you love.
5. The Worst Person in the World
The “Worst Person in the World” comes in at number 5. A rom-com drama opened with a story told in 12 chapters with a prologue and epilogue. An interesting beginning for a movie about a young woman just trying to figure out what to do with her life. Julie (Renate Reinsve) fumbles her way through four years of her life navigating the turbulent waters of her love life and finding her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she is. A mid-life crisis of sorts, this movie is more than just finding love with others and to herself. It’s about career, life, and her pursuit of becoming someone, or to be self proclaimed as the worst person in the world. A movie certainly for those who can relate to such a predicament of uncertainty in love and in life.
4. THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS
Number 4 on our list is an Amazon original, “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things”. This movie is reminiscent of movies such as Groundhog day or Happy Death Day. In this case, it’s about a teenager named Mark (played by Kyle Allen) reliving the same day finding another person named Margaret (played by Kathryn Newton) also living in the same endless loop. Now the two teenagers fight their way to stop the day from looping to experience normal lives. Even with the time-loop as the main villain in the story, it’s a refreshing breezy love story that brings together these teens in an awkward phase of endless love and adventure.
3. MALCOLM & MARIE
We come to number 3 on the list, “Malcom & Marie”. This Netflix hit is a story about a director who may see the fame from his new film and his girlfriend, Marie, who got him his recognition. Actors John David Washington as Malcolm and Zendaya as Marie set the scene coming home from Macolm’s premiere. The tension is high as Marie is upset in not getting recognition for her role in the making of the film. This film scores in our list because of the relationship and the love spat between of Malcolm and Marie and challenging the status quo of movie critics. The movie was shot in black and white, although the movie and plot is nowhere as clean as black and white, received many positive reviews, especially for Zendaya who received “Best Actress” by Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and Hollywood Critics Association.
2. The Last Letter from Your Lover
Coming in at number 2, “The Last Letter from Your Lover” is based on a 2012 novel with the same name by Jojo Moyes. The movie is set in two time periods, as a journalist named Ellie (played by Felicity Jones) discovers love letters from the mid-60s when she finds them misfiled in an archive. The focal point of the letters being used to find out what became of the love affair between “J” and “Boot” is a mystery worth finding out. A lavish setting, intricate costumes, and a plot that takes no prisoners. It has everything from amnesia, forgotten messages, and cynics who are astounded by the purity of love. Experience the past and connect the dots with this intricate romantic mystery!
1. West Side Story
Now for number 1, an absolute classic rendition love story being retold is, “West Side Story”. This musical romantic drama movie was directed by Steven Spielberg who is well known for his works such as Jaws and E.T. The movie stars actors Angel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria. The movie is set in 1957 with two rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks. And as the story goes, we see Tony and Maria as two star-crossed lovers. As Tony is the gang leader of the Jets and Maria the sister of the gang leader of the Sharks, we see the story’s pressure rise as hate and violence from the gangs ensue. It’s hard not to miss a classic fantastical love battle being retold in today’s modern cinema.