Best Love Shows on HBO Max to Make You Get Butterflies

Love is it in the air? There is no shortage of romance to snuggle up to on streaming platforms, where it is undoubtedly everywhere. Here are the top romance movies and TV shows available to stream right now, ranging from passionate adventures to intimate dramas.

The Wrestler

In the renowned and controversial 2008 film by Darren Aronofsky, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) plays an aging professional wrestler past his prime who struggles to maintain a sense of individuality, goal, and dignity later in life. Rourke gave a once-in-a-lifetime performance, winning him a Golden Globe. Rourke continued to box professional manner into his 90s despite nearly retiring at the time the movie was being made like his protagonist. Everyone talked about this movie when it first came out! Marisa Tomei’s portrayal of the middle-aged pole dancer who Ram wants to get serious with was praised by the critics as well.

The Wrestler’s 16mm film photography, like its acting, has a very raw, personal, and realistic feeling. In essence, it’s about getting better, making amends, and getting older, and has gorgeous cinematography that will live long in the memory. One to remember!

  • Director: Daren Aronofsky
  • Cast:  Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis. Todd Barry, Wass Stevens, Judah Friedlander, Ernest Miller.
  • IMBD Rating: 7.9/10

In the Mood for Love

Safe to say that it is a work of exceptional beauty that has been hailed as a masterpiece and included on many best-of-the-21st-century lists. In this painstakingly and exquisitely created film about the unfulfilled love of two people renting adjacent rooms in 1960s Hong Kong, every frame is an artwork.

In spite of the fact that they both believe their spouses are engaging in extramarital affairs, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung’s characters struggle to uphold their moral principles rather than give in to their desires. In the Mood for Love’s faultless acting, breathtaking production values, and dreamlike beauty perfectly capture the melancholy of suppressed feelings and unfulfilled love. You’ll remember Shigeru Umebayashi’s main theme’s cello motif for a long time after you’ve finished watching.

  • Director: Wong Kar-wai
  • Cast: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai Ah Ping, Tung Cho ‘Joe’ Cheung – Man living in Mr. Koo’s .
  • IMBD Rating: 8.1/10

The Last Movie Stars

The Last Movie Stars is a documentary that follows the lives of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, two Hollywood legends and lifelong lovers. The six-part docuseries tells the story of Newman and Woodward as well as Hawke and his passion for movies. Some viewers may find it indulgent, but it gives the show more depth.

Hearing Hawke expresses his love for this couple is similar to listening to your close friend gush about his idols; the giddiness is simply contagious. Hawke assembles a stellar cast to read out-of-print interviews, and the result is a charming, sentimental ode to Hollywood’s most iconic couple.

  • Director: Ethan Hawke
  • Cast:
  • IMBD Rating: 4.3/10

Wings of Desire

While the vibrant world around them bustles, angels wander the sidewalks of a black-and-white Berlin. One of them experiences love, which makes him start to doubt his status and yearn to give up eternal life in order to become a member of the living.

The outstanding film by Wim Wender is a poetic examination of cinema, a road trip of a city in the throes of the Cold War, and a meditation on faith. The tender performances by all the actors highlight the poignant humanism and poetry in Wings of Desire, which is a beautiful love letter to a city yearning for change.

  • Director: Wim Wenders
  • Cast:  Wim Wenders, Richard Reitinger, Anatole Dauman, Solveig Dommartin, Curt Bois 
  • IMBD Rating: 8/10

The Crying Game

In order to arrange a trade for one of their own members who are in prison, IRA terrorists kidnap a British soldier. One of them is Fergus (Stephen Rea), whose conflicted feelings are heightened by his interactions with Jody, the hostage soldier (Forest Whitaker), whom he is tasked with protecting. After the terrorists’ plan goes awry, Fergus locates a woman Jody mentioned while he was being held captive, only to run into even more difficulties.

Numerous accolades and nominations were bestowed upon the movie, its cast, and its crew in 1993, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. This is a knockout. Each act forces Fergus to contend with an increasingly difficult psychological and emotional conflict; conflicts that force him to doubt his decisions and his convictions, even about himself. It’s gloomy but incredibly moving.

  • Director: Neil Jordan
  • Cast:  Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Rea,  Adrian Dunbar, Breffni McKenna, Joe Savino, Birdy Sweeney, Jaye Davidson.
  • IMBD Rating: 7.2/10


There are times when nothing compares to the carefree enjoyment of watching two attractive actors flirt and become lovers on screen or watching a group of friends in chaos together. HBO’s Insecure, which ran for five successful seasons, understood that it was possible to find relatable and moving storylines without going over the top or giving the romantic comedy a subversive twist. The majority of the series is set in South Los Angeles, California, and follows Issa (Issa Rae) as she attempts to navigate the contemporary dating scene, choose a profession, and handle her social connections as an ambitious and slightly awkward Black woman in her 30s. Even if you don’t share many interests with Issa, watching Insecure is incredibly reassuring. the complex, unwritten rules of interpersonal and romantic relationships. Although it still indulges in the warm and fuzzy feelings that come from meeting someone new or realizing that you have matured a little bit more, this show thrives on common, relatable problems.

  • Director:   Okey Ifeanyi, 
  • Cast: Seun Akindele, Leeland Allen, Frances Ben, Sarah Erhauyi
  • IMBD Rating: 8/10

The Wind Rises

Hayao Miyazaki is most lucid with The Wind Rises, which was initially intended to be his final movie. It smoothly transitions from a rooted, historical reality to an intuitive, imaginative dreamscape. It is fluid and luminous.

Here, Miyazaki considers the creative process and what it means to be an artist, drawing comparisons between his own meticulousness as a director and Horikoshi’s unwavering love of flight and effective design.

However, issues of accountability and duty come into play as Horikoshi and indirectly, Miyazaki must come to terms with the fact that even seemingly perfect things like airplanes can cause harm and that even violent dreams exist. This contemplative movie doesn’t have any simple solutions, but it offers consolation in its overarching message: The wind is picking up.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki 
  • Cast: Joseph Gordon, Honjo Nahoko Satomi, Emily Blunt, Martin, Short, Stanley Tucci 
  • IMBD Rating: 8.1/10

Only Lovers Left Alive 

The story of Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), two vampires who have been married for thousands of years but have spent their lives apart, is told in Jim Jarmusch’s most recent movie. When they are finally reunited in contemporary Detroit, Hiddleston is found to be depressed and in disrepair. When Mia Wasikowska, Swinton’s rebellious young vampire sister, suddenly appears, it upends their lives and causes turmoil.

Only Jarmusch could create a dramedy that was both evenly paced and wryly humorous. In addition to the numerous literary allusions and the moody, ominous soundtrack,  the atmosphere and social conscience of this movie are really enjoyable. This movie gets under your skin and is more of a modern-day vampire slice-of-life than a narrative.

  • Director: Jim Jarmuschch
  • Cast: · Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Anton Yelchin,  Mia Wasikowska, Jeffrey Wright, Slimane Dazi, John Hurt , Carter Logan
  • IMBD Rating: 7.2/10

Dating Amber

An openly gay youngster and his lesbian classmate pretend to be dating in this lovely Irish comedy romance in order to protect themselves from bullying at school.

Dating Amber is an original story in such a genre that those are getting harder to find because of its premise. This furthers the setting, which is rural Ireland in 1995, which is gorgeously executed in everything from the attire to the music. More of a coming-of-age story than a comedy romance, dating Amber turns out to be. A story about acceptance of oneself and friendship.

  • Director: David Ferign
  • Cast: Fionn O’Shea, Lola Petticrew, Sharon Horgan, Barry Ward, Simone Kirby · Evan O’Connor, O’Reilly, Emma Willis.
  • IMBD Rating: 3.7/10


A regular woman unknowingly spends the night with a movie star in this endearing series, which is directed, written, and starred by New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo. The intended one-night stand hilariously turns into something much more serious as the leads learn to negotiate the complicated nuances of contemporary love. 

This British romantic comedy series is a sweet and easy gulp, with only six episodes per season and each clocking in at less than 30 minutes; you’ll find yourself interchanging between tears and grins throughout the inevitable binge.

  • Director: Rose Matafeo
  • Cast: Olly Murs, Adam Lambert, Sheridan Smith, Beverley Knight, Jason Manford.
  • IMBD Rating: 6.1/10

Joanne Wells

Joanne Wells is a media journalist for ScreenNearYou. She reports on the inside conversations in Hollywood. Also, she loves pizza!

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