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All the New Swoon-Worthy Romantic Movies Coming in 2020

Fill your year with love.

Who doesn’t love a little romance? Whether you’re riding high on the thrill of new love, reigniting old sparks, or slogging through a dry spell, marathoning some on-screen passion is the best kind of catharsis. We all love classic romance movies—in fact, we've made a list of 100 that everyone should watch—but what if you’re in the mood for something new? Well, there are fantastic new romance flicks coming out in theaters and across streaming platforms all year long!

The line up of romantic movies coming out this year has everything: light-hearted teen romance, devastating romantic dramas, hilarious rom-coms, queer love stories, and plenty of musicals to keep your heart singing. So let’s make this the year of love! Here’s a list of all of the new romantic movies coming out in 2020.

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

Release Date: February 12th

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The highly anticipated sequel to the 2018 teen romance film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before hits Netflix in mid-February! Based off of the novel of the same name by Jenny Han, this movie picks up where the first movie left off—after Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) turn their fake relationship into something real, their romance gets shaken up as a second recipient of one of Lara Jean’s love letters shows up. John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Fisher) was a big part of their past, but what impact will he have on their future?

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The Photograph

Release Date: February 14th

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The Photograph is a romantic drama starring Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield, Chelsea Peretti, Lil Rel Howery, and Courtney B. Vance. Mae Morton is the estranged daughter of a prominent photographer. After her mother’s death, Mae begins to fall in love with the journalist assigned to covering the artist’s story. As the story goes on, the film explores a series of interconnected romances which span across the past and present.

Ordinary Love

Release Date: February 14th

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A middle-aged couple—Tom (Liam Neeson) and Joan (Lesley Manville)—have cultivated a marriage of soft humor and tender affection. However, when Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the morbid reality of her disease puts a strain on their love. As she fights through treatments and other challenges of illness, the couple has to consider what might happen if Joan doesn’t pull through. Ordinary People explores the physical and emotional survival of a mundane couple put through the hardest of life’s obstacles.

Emma.

Release Date: February 21st

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For die hard Jane Austen fans or a generation of girls who grew up loving Clueless, this recent adaptation of the novel of the same name is sure to strike a romantic chord. Emma Woodhouse is a young social butterfly charming the locals of her quiet English town. In her fumbling attempts to play matchmaker, Emma finds herself frustrated with the obstacles of growing up and the lack of her own romantic entanglements. But is love closer than she thought?

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Premature

Release Date: February 21st

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Seventeen-year-old Ayanna (Zora Howard) meets the handsomely enigmatic music producer Isaiah (Joshua Boone) the summer before she sets off for college. As she struggles to solidify her identity amidst the Harlem scenery, the lure of a romance with the older man starts to take her life down unexpected paths. Young love may be fresh, but it never stays simple for long, and with adulthood on the horizon Ayanna must navigate some dark emotions with real complications.

All the Bright Places

Release Date: February 28th

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Based on a young adult novel by Jennifer Niven, this Netflix film stars Elle Fanning and Justice Smith. Theodore Finch is a morbid boy who has to search daily for reasons to stay alive. Violet Markey is a girl filled with grief just waiting for her life to start. But when they meet, the pains of the past lessen as they build meaningful moments together, leaving each other forever changed.

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Stargirl

Release Date: March 13th

This Disney+ adaptation is based off of Jerry Spinelli’s novel of the same name. The teen film explores the struggles of self-expression and the thrills of first love. Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere) is a wallflower tenth grader at Mica High School whose life is turned upside down by the bizarre and free-spirited new girl, Susan “Stargirl” Caraway (Grace VanderWaal).

I Still Believe

Release Date: March 13th

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This emotional Christian biographical drama is based on the Jeremy Camp memoir of the same title. The film tracks the loves and losses of the Christian music star (as portrayed by KJ Appa) through his romance with Melissa Henning (Britt Robertson). When Melissa is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Jeremy stays by her side with a vigil of hope, faith, and undying devotion. Through Camp’s young rise to fame, he learns life’s hardest lessons.

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The Lovebirds

Release Date: April 3rd

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In this romantic comedy meets crime drama, a couple—Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae)—find themselves entangled in a dangerous murder mystery. With their lives and their good names on the line, their relationship is put to the test as they bounce from one humor-ridden disaster to the next in their investigation. But even if they manage to survive through the night, can their relationship?

In the Heights

Release Date: June 26th

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This feature film is an adaptation of the popular Broadway musical with lyrics and music by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The story focuses on multiple characters, but centers mainly around Usnavi de la Vega (Anthony Ramos), a bodega owner who yearns in equal turns to return to his home in the Domincian Republic and to develop a relationship with a girl in his neighborhood, Vanessa (Melissa Barrera). 

Nina Rosario (Leslie Grace) is considered “the girl who got out” after going off to Stanford, but when she returns to Washington Heights with some shocking news, she also has the chance to explore her feelings with Benny (Corey Hawkins). But as Usnavi discovers a winning lottery ticket was sold from his bodega, the residents of his block start to imagine what would happen if their wildest dreams came true.

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Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Release Date: July 31st

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This film co-written, co-produced, and co-starring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo is sure to be a hilarious romp when it hits theatres in July. Also featuring the handsome Jamie Dornan and Damon Wayans Jr., the film follows two friends—Barb (Mumolo) and Star (Wiig)—as they venture out of their Midwestern small town for the first time to vacation in Florida. As they embark on a crazy adventure beyond imagination, the friends come face to face with new love and a villain’s nefarious plot to murder the whole town.

What About Love

Release Date: September 25th

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In this romantic drama, Tanner Tarlton (Marielle Jaffe) and Christian Santiago (Miguel Ángel Muñoz) spend a European summer making a movie about love, unwittingly creating a film about their own burgeoning romance. But in the midst of a tragedy, Tanner’s parents—Linda (Sharon Stone) and Peter (Andy Garcia)—see the young lovers’ beautiful story as a chance to rediscover their own passion.

Happiest Season

Release Date: November 25th

Co-written and directed by Clea DuVall, Happiest Season is a romantic comedy which follows the drama that unfolds after a woman plans to propose to her girlfriend at her family’s holiday party—though her girlfriend hasn’t told her conservative family that she’s gay. Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis headline as the couple in the center of it all, with additional casting including Alison Brie, Dan Levy, Aubrey Plaza, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, and Ana Gasteyer.

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West Side Story

Release Date: December 18th

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Adapted from the 1957 musical by Laurents, Bernstein, and Sondheim, this film is allegedly a closer match to the original Broadway script than the 1961 film. In the classic riff on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, teenagers Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) meet and quickly fall in love, despite coming from rival gang territories. New York City is tense under the war between the Sharks and the Jets, and the young lovers stand in the middle—and pay the price.

After We Collided

Release Date: TBA

The film adaptation to the novel of the same name (which had its start as Harry Styles fanficton) and sequel to After doesn’t have a release date yet, but the film is expected to hit theaters sometime later this year. 

After a tumultuous beginning to their romance, things might be thrown right back up in the air as Tessa (Josephine Langford) learns shocking revelations about Hardin’s (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) past—and the truth behind the origins of their relationship. Has Hardin been a stranger this whole time? And if there’s a part of the boy Tessa thought she knew in there, can he change for the better?

Ammonite

Release Date: TBA

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Set in England in the 1840s, Mary Anning (Kate Winslet)—a once-acclaimed fossil hunter who has resorted to scavenging common finds to sell to tourists—works along the Southern coastline to support her mother. When a wealthy man hires Mary to watch after his wife, Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan), it’s an offer that the desperate woman can’t refuse. However, while the two women initially clash, a deeply passionate and intimate bond forms between them, shaping their relationship in unexpected ways.

Chemical Hearts

Release Date: TBA

Set to premiere on Amazon Prime at an undisclosed time later this year, the film is an adaptation of Krystal Sutherland’s book Our Chemical Hearts.

Henry Page (Austin Abrams) is waiting for that moment when he finally falls in love—though he might as well focus on school if he has nothing else to do while he waits. But when Grace Town (Lili Reinhart) walks into his class senior year, everything changes. With her cane, baggy boy’s clothes, and shabby hygiene, she’s far from what Henry pictured when he imagined his dream girl. Yet when they're both assigned to edit the school paper, a beautiful, bittersweet romance begins to bloom.

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Marry Me

Release Date: TBA

This upcoming romantic comedy is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Bobby Crosby. Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) is a famous pop star moments away from marrying her equally famous fiancé, Bastian (Maluma). But when Kat is spurned right before their Madison Square Garden nuptials, she marries a random stranger (Owen Wilson) from the crowd instead. With Sarah Silverman and Michelle Buteau also in the cast, this flick is sure to be full of laughs.

Monday

Release Date: TBA

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Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough star opposite each other in the romantic drama Monday, which is expected to premiere sometime later this year. Mickey and Chloe are two troubled Americans living in Athens. When they meet one summer weekend as Chloe’s time in Greece is coming to an end, they throw everything they have into a quick, whirlwind romance. But with all of their baggage, can the passion last when Monday comes?

Radioactive

Release Date: TBA

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This biographical romantic drama stars Rosamund Pike as Marie Sklodowska-Curie, the Polish scientist who studied radioactivity from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. The film follows her scientific triumphs and romantic passions with Pierre Curie (Sam Riley). The graphic novel Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss acts as the movie’s source material.

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Reminisce

Release Date: TBA

Not a lot of information has been released yet for this romantic science fiction thriller, but it’s expected to be released sometime this year. The film stars Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson, and centers around a scientist who has found a way for people to relive their pasts. The scientists uses this incredible technology to set out on a search for his long lost love.

The Prom

Release Date: TBA

Based on the Broadway musical of the same name by Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin, and Bob Martin, this 2020 film was directed by Ryan Murphy. After theater performers Dee Dee Allen (Meryl Streep) and Barry Glickman (James Corden) make a career-crippling misstep, they try to get their livelihoods back on track by rallying behind a charity. 

Pairing up with chorus girl Angie Dickinson (Nicole Kidman) and down on his luck actor Trent Oliver (Andrew Rannells), the self-obsessed performers take up the cause of Emma Nolan (Jo Ellen Pellman)—a senior in high school who was told she wasn’t allowed to take her girlfriend to prom. The four of them descend upon the small Indiana town, determined to help the oppressed teenagers.

Viena and the Fantomes

Release Date: TBA

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Viena (Dakota Fanning) is a young roadie on tour in the 1980s with a post punk band: the Fantomes. As they travel across the American west and climb towards success, Viena finds herself in the middle of a complicated love triangle. Fanning’s fantastic supporting cast includes Caleb Landry Jones, Jeremy Allen White, Zoë Kravitz, Evan Rachel Wood, and Jon Bernthal.

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Featured photo of "I Still Believe" via Kevin Downes Productions.

Published on 14 Feb 2020

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