Valentine’s Day is this Monday, and it’s a great time to catch up on romantic films. Here are our ten favorite Romance Movies Based on Literature from Netflix. These films are sure to get you feeling all warm and cuddly. Some of them are streamable on Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” platform.
Did we miss one? Add your favorites romance movies based on books in the comments section below.
Rebecca: Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Gothic classic, stars Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in the brooding tale of a second marriage doomed by the shadows of the first
Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Blake Edwards’s adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel starring Audrey Hepburn is timeless
Gone With the Wind: Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh star in this 1939 adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel about love on a cotton plantation during the Civil War
A Streetcar Named Desire: Elia Kazan’s 1951 adaptation on Tennessee William’s classic tale of love, passion and violence stars Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in classic roles
Wuthering Heights: Emily Bronte’s classic tale about Cathy and Heathcliff’s passionate love affair set on the Yorkshire moors. Netflix has various adaptations of the novel, including the 1992 adaptation starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes and the 2009 “Masterpiece Classic” version (streamable)
Vanity Fair: Reese Witherspoon in this 2004 adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic novel of social climbing and romance (streamable)
The Importance of Being Earnest: A 2002 adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play about mistaken identities, and falling in love starring Reese Witherspoon (streamable)
Romeo + Juliet: Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes star in Baz Luhrman’s modern take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy (streamable)
Howard’s End: Based on the E. M. Forster novel, this James Ivory film, stars Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Redgrave in the story of a family’s struggle with death, inheritance, and love affairs (streamable)
Desk Set: Ok, this is not based on a book, but it is an awesome romantic comedy about librarians starring Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn. It’s even got a social club of NYC librarians named after it today.
If romances aren’t your thing, check out our other literary movies lists including: Top 10 Horror Movies Based On Literature; Best Netflix Instant Movies for Readers: Films Based on Plays; and Best Netflix Streaming Movies for Readers: Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature.