Romance movies aren’t the most popular genre out there, but if you love… love, then romantic movies are for you.
In 2019, the romantic drama After hit our screens and has had viewers hooked as they watch the love story evolve. But the problem is, once you’ve finished the movie, you’re left wondering what to watch next.
Finishing a good movie can feel like a breakup; you have so much invested, and then it suddenly stops… Urgh.
Luckily, I can save you from the heartbreak.
By the end of this article, you’ll have 15 movies you can binge-watch to fill the hole in your heart left now that you’ve finished After.
Ready for some similar films to After? Let’s dive right in.
After We Collided
The most obvious movie to watch now that you’ve finished After is After We Collided. It’s the sequel to the movie and carries on the love story.
Tessa is chasing an internship at Vance Publishing so she can leave school. However, she receives a letter from Hardin, who confesses his love for her. This leads Tessa to their “special place”, where the pair meet again.
Do they end up back together? You’ll have to watch it to find out.
The movie stars Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Josephine Langford, Inanna Sarkis, and Dylan Sprouse.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Crazy, Stupid, Love is a fantastic rom-com that has flown under many people’s radars. You probably missed it too; it’s the perfect film to watch following After.
Middle-aged Cal Weaver struggles to find happiness when his wife tells him she wants a divorce. However, when he meets Jacob Palmer, a young, well-dressed man who gets all the women, the pair strike an unlikely friendship.
Cal reinvents himself and embarks on a journey with many twists, turns, and unlikely situations.
The movie stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, and Julianne Moore. It’s not short of stars.
This movie follows high school student Alex who’s struggling with his sexuality.
Alex tries to lose his virginity to his current girlfriend, Claire. However, he meets another boy called Elliot, which confuses an already confused Alex. His sexual journey takes many twists and turns, leaving you wondering where it will conclude.
While the movie has been a massive hit with the LGBTQ community, it’s received mixed reviews across the board. Den Of Geek said it’s a “thoughtful movie about the modern LGBTQ experience for teens. Except it isn’t thoughtful or very modern”.
It stars Daniel Doheny, Antonio Marziale, Madeline Weinstein, and Nik Dodani.
How To Be Single
This rom-com has a much lighter feeling than After but still revolves around finding love. It’s a great movie to watch once you’ve finished After.
The movie follows two characters with extremely different wants and needs. Alice wants to find love, settle down and have a great career. While Robin is wild, sleeps with random men, stays up all night, and is always late for work.
However, the pair work incredibly well together and start to rub off on each other.
This movie has an all-star cast with Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson leading, with Damon Wayans Jr, Anders Holm, Alison Brie, and Leslie Mann supporting.
Everything, Everything is based on Nicola Yoon’s 2015 novel of the same name. It follows the story of Maddy Whittier, a young woman who’s housebound due to a medical condition.
Maddy’s neighbour, Olly Bright, helps her experience the outside world; naturally, the two fall in love.
The movie has a similar romantic feel to it that After has, but with far less brooding drama that comes with teenagers.
It stars Amandla Stenberg, known for her roles in The Darkest Minds, The Hunger Games, and The Hate U Give. She’s joined by Nick Robinson, who’s starred in Boardwalk Empire, The Kings Of Summer, and Jurassic World.
Love, Simon is an excellent movie to watch if you enjoyed After. In fact, the film has been so popular it’s got a spin-off TV show.
This movie follows a gay teenager who’s still in the closet. He struggles to balance his relationships with high school and family life, adding to the drama.
To make matters worse, somebody is threatening to expose his secret before he’s willing to tell the world, and he seeks to find who it is before they leak his sexuality.
Love, Simon stars Nick Robinson, Keiynan Lonsdale, Katherine Langford, Jennifer Garner, and Josh Duhamel.
If you’re looking for a romantic movie to fill the void After has left, then you don’t get more romantic than The Notebook. But be warned, you’ll need a box of tissues as it’s quite the tear-jerker.
Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel, this movie sees Noah and Allie, two lovers who are from completely different backgrounds. She is rich, while he is working class. However, his easygoing attitude gives her a sense of freedom she’s craved.
However, the pair are separated when fate gets in the way. I won’t say any more (wipes tears away), but you’ll love this story.
It stars Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands, and James Garner.
We Are Your Friends
We Are Your Friends is kind of like After as it follows a boy with big dreams who falls for someone he probably shouldn’t… you know, the usual base story for most romance movies.
Struggling DJ Cole Carter is set on following his dreams of becoming a record producer; however, his life quickly changes when he meets James Reed and his attractive assistant Sophie.
Cole and Sophie hit it off, which threatens to get in the way of his career as a DJ.
Will Cole make his dreams come true? Watch the movie and find out.
The film stars Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, and Emily Ratajkowski.
When We First Met
When Noah Ashby spends one night with Avery Martin, he completely falls for her. However, she “friend-zones” him, forcing him to keep his true feelings to himself.
However, when he discovers a way to travel back in time, he relives the moment they first met over and over again in a bid to change the outcome of their “friendship”. But as you know from many other time travel movies, you shouldn’t mess with the future… it can have disastrous consequences.
This movie has plenty of romance and a lot of laughs; you’ll love it. Even if it does take a slightly lighter tone compared to After.
The movie stars Adam Devine, Alexandra Daddario, Robbie Amell, and Shelley Hennig.
The Kissing Booth
The Kissing Booth is an excellent movie series to help you get past After. The movie has been a huge hit for Netflix and has been so popular that the franchise has released 3 movies so far.
The movie follows Shelly ‘Elle’ Evans, who starts to fall for her best friend’s older brother. However, as her crush deepens, she finds it impossible to keep it to herself. She eventually lets out her secret at a local kissing booth, which makes her best friend furious.
There’s plenty of teenage romance and drama in this movie series; you’ll love it.
It stars Joey King, known for The Conjuring, Bullet Train, and The Act. She is joined by Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney, and Chloe Williams.
Ah yes, I couldn’t make a list of teen romance movies without including the film that set the standard for all movies of that genre.
Twilight follows Bella Swan, who moves to a new town to live with her father. However, while she’s there, she falls for her mysterious classmate Edward who turns out to be a 108-year-old vampire.
To make matters worse, she finds herself the target of other vampires looking to get revenge on Edward and his vampire family.
The movie has the same tone and darkness as After, and it feels like it could be set in the exact location.
Starring in Twilight is Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Anna Kendrick, Kellan Lutz, and Ashley Greene.
Me Before You
Based on Jojo Moyes’ 2012 hit novel of the same name, this movie is a great film to watch if you love the romance aspect of After.
It tells the story of a young woman, Louisa, who accepts the job of being the caretaker for a wealthy young man who’s paralysed.
At first, he is callous, rude, and uninterested, but she eventually breaks down his walls, and the two develop an unexpected bond. The bond quickly turns into romance, leaving the two facing the reality of their new relationship.
This movie stars Khaleesi herself… Emilia Clarke, she’s known for her roles in Game Of Thrones, Terminator: Genisys, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Last Christmas, Thunderbirds Are Go, Robot Chicken, and Futurama.
The Best Of Me
Dawson left his hometown to make a better life for himself, as his family are known troublemakers. However, he is forced to return to the town when his surrogate father (who looked after him while his birth parents were up to no good) passes away.
While he’s in town, he reunites with his former girlfriend from high school, and the pair experience a confusing whirlwind romance.
However, things aren’t straightforward, and trouble starts to head their way.
The movie is based on another Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, and if you’ve seen his other work, e.g. The Notebook, you know you’ll need tissues for this one.
The Lucky One
The Lucky One is a brilliant film to watch if you enjoyed After. It’s easygoing and won’t have you crying your eyes out (I’m looking at you, The Notebook).
The movie follows an ex-marine who returns to the USA after serving three tours in Iraq. He seeks to track down a woman in a photo who he believes has been his lucky charm during the war and saved his life on numerous occasions.
It’s a heartwarming tale that’ll leave you feeling content.
It stars Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Jay R Ferguson, and Robert Hayes.
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Time Traveller’s Wife is a weird combination of romance, comedy, and sci-fi, yet it works incredibly well and is one of the best romance movies I’ve watched in years.
It tells the story of a Chicago librarian who has a mysterious gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel at numerous stages of his life. This causes some complications in his marriage, creating an infinite loop where he doesn’t know where or when he will turn up next.
This movie gets you thinking, and if you enjoyed After, you’ll love the romantic aspect of it.