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10 Charming Teen Romance Movies on Netflix

These fun, heart-wrenching films are the perfect addition to your next guilty pleasure night-in. 

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When you're looking for a comfort watch, rom-coms are a classic, especially for teens. First love has a reputation for bringing out the strongest, rawest emotions, and it's a great topic for a lighthearted teen drama. Besides, what other genre is able to give you a warm, fuzzy, cringey, relaxing watch all at once?. 

The best teen movies on Netflix include all of the above, especially the perfect balance between light humor and classic teen melodrama. Whether you're nostalgic for or currently going though your brace-faced, band-uniformed teen years, these films will remind you of the rollercoaster of growing up and what it takes to get to adulthood. 

The Duff 

(2015)

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When Bianca finds that the rest of the student body refers to her as "The DUFF" (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her beautiful, extra popular classmates, her happy high school senior world is upended. She now disregards the obvious complication of her crush, Toby, and recruits Wesley, a slick but endearing jock, to help her reinvent herself in defiance of the advice from her favorite teacher. 

In order to prevent her senior year from being a complete disaster, Bianca must muster the courage to unseat the school's merciless label maker Madison and convince everybody that regardless of how individuals appear or behave, we are all someone's DUFF.

The Kissing Booth

(2018)

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Elle Evans, a charming late bloomer who has never been kissed, unknowingly finds herself sharing a kiss with Noah Flynn, the quintessential bad boy, when she decides to manage a kissing booth during her high school's Spring Carnival. 

Tensions rise, but there's one small issue: Lee, her best friend, is Noah's brother, and Noah is strictly off-limits under the terms of their loyalty pact. When Elle realizes she must finally make a decision between following the rules and following her emotions, her world is thrown upside down. 

The Kissing Booth, a Netflix Original Movie written and directed by Vince Marcello, is based on Beth Reekle's internationally bestselling self-published coming-of-age book.

When We First Met

(2018)

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With Avery, the girl of his dreams, Noah thinks he has the ideal first night, but instead he is demoted to the friend zone. He spends the following three years trying to figure out what went wrong before getting the unexpected chance to go back in time and repeatedly alter that night and his destiny.

Five Feet Apart

(2019)

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Stella, a 17-year-old cystic fibrosis patient, spends the majority of her time in the hospital. When she meets Will, an incredibly charming teen with the same disease, her life's routines, limits, and self-control are all put to the test. 

Despite the fact that they are required to keep a five-foot distance between them due to constraints, there is an instant flirtation. The temptation to ignore the rules and give into that attraction grows stronger as their relationship does. After all, love knows no limits.

Related: Our 10 Favorite Romantic Movies Based on Books

Holidate

(2020)

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Jackson and Sloane first see each other by chance at a checkout counter. He and she agree to only meet as a pair during the holidays because they are both sick of having terrible dates (him) and intrusive family (her). This arrangement at least makes life bearable. 

Slowly, so steadily, and much to their surprise, their connection develops into something more as they mock the clichés of romance.

Tall Girl

(2019)

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Jodi was always the tallest student in her class, and she has never liked it. After 16 years of slouching through life and being teased by her peers, Jodi befriends Stig, a seemingly ideal Swedish exchange student who is actually taller than she is. 

Jodi's unexpected love triangle is brought on by her new crush, but with the support of her best friends and Harper, her sister and reigning Miss America, Jodi learns that she is much more than her concerns about her appearance had led her to believe.

The Perfect Date

(2019)

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Brooks Rattigan has the educational achievements to get into his favorite Ivy League institution, but he lacks the excellent extracurriculars and the funding to pursue it. He discovers he has a talent for being the ideal stand-in when he jumps at the chance to make some extra income by pretending to be the boyfriend of a confident, combat boot-loving girl called Celia Lieberman. 

Brooks builds an app promoting himself as a plus-one for all events with his coder pal Murph. He encounters the girl of his fantasies while traveling. However, when business picks up, Brooks will have to reconsider all of his prior convictions.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

(2018)

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For her own eyes only, Lara Jean Covey writes a letter to each of her previous loves. Until the day when her sister sends all of her former suitors the love letters. Her life quickly becomes chaotic as each of her past loves comes face to face with her.

Related: 16 Books Like To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Set It Up

(2018)

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In New York City, two young assistants figure out they can simplify their lives by arranging dates for their overworked bosses. The assistants come to the realization that they could be right for one another while trying to maintain this romantic farce with their nightmarish employers.

Related: The 25 Best Romantic Movies on Netflix

Purple Hearts

(2022)

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Luke Morrow and Cassie Salazar are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Cassie, a liberal and sharp-witted bartender from Oceanside, California, works nights to make ends meet while following her musical ambitions. Luke, a conservative Marine recruit who is preparing to report for duty, takes solace in the rigid discipline of the military. 

Though they don't make sense on paper, an accidental meeting at Cassie's pub alters both of their lives.