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39 Fun to Funny Long Distance Relationship Movies to Watch

Lolo & Nate | Updated: October 6, 2023

Watching movies is a great way to bond with your long distance partner, mostly because it makes you feel like you’re in the same room instead of hundreds or thousands of miles apart.

If you’re stuck on what to watch, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

The list below has everything including actual long distance relationship movies, along with other romantic, action and comedy flicks.

Choose whatever you and your partner are in the mood for, and get ready for an amazing date night!

We’ve also included some not so flattering ratings!​

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Movies Nights are Perfect for LDR Couples

You may think it’s just a fun activity to do with your partner, but it can be so much more.

You can start to learn more about your partner by what their favorite movies are. If you’re from different backgrounds it can be a fun way to expose each other to different parts of your cultures.

For us it was a chance to show each other some local classics!

Nate’s Pick: The Castle

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Lolo’s Pick: Bon Cop, Bad Cop

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Watching Movies in Sync

Before you decide on a movie, you should probably figure out how you’re going to watch it together. Luckily some cool tech has been built around doing all the hard work for you.

Gone are the days of:

“Hey are you ready!? Ok on three… one, two CLICK”

No doubt we watched 100s of movies the ‘old-fashioned way’. Luckily, now we can watch our favourite flick together, perfectly in sync, with apps like Kast.

This awesome app allows you to share your screen with your partner, which means it’s not only great for video, you can also surf the web together. We’ve also put together a list of other options.

Alright, let’s get stuck in!

Long Distance Relationship Themed Movies

Going the Distance

Genre: Romantic Comedy

A glimpse into the reality of long-distance relationships, Going the Distance features Drew Barrymore and Justin Long as two singles who meet during the summer and expect their fun to simply be a fling. Once they realize they’ve developed feelings deeper than just a fling, they try their best to make their relationship work from opposite coasts.

The Five Year Engagement

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Justin Segal and Emily Blunt star as engaged lovers whose lives keep getting in the way of their union. The movie follows their relationship through different life stages, including a period where one person moves across the country for the other to avoid a long distance relationship.

This sweet, occasionally erratic film helmed by two charismatic stars is a great example of how circumstances can affect a relationship. Although the five years are not long distance in this film, it will appeal to long distance couples because they’ll recognize the changes and conversations the couple goes through as they make decisions about where and how to bring their lives together. It’s a particularly interesting example of what can happen when one person moves for love to a place where they don’t seem to have a purpose.


Genre: Drama / Romance

Wartime movies regularly feature long distance relationships. Atonement follows a couple constantly kept apart by the changes in their world. Keira Knightly and James McAvoy’s romance is barely getting started when disaster strikes. They face wartime dangers, both on the front and in London during the Battle of Britain, and they must stay in touch primarily through letters.

This one might make you cry, but long distance relationship veterans will be able to relate to the struggle of being apart from someone you love when you must savor your rare moments together. The bittersweet ending provides a new twist on the intersection of love and tragedy in fiction.

Sleepless in Seattle

Genre: Romantic Comedy

When a radio talk show host asks her listeners what they want for Christmas, a young boy calls in saying that he wants a new wife for his dad. The boy and his father, Sam, receive tons of attention and letters from women across the country, but there’s one in particular who believes she is made for Sam.

You’ve Got Mail

Genre: Romantic Comedy

If Sleepless in Seattle doesn’t fill your need for Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, You’ve Got Mail is another great choice. It tells the story of a man and woman who begin an online relationship after meeting in a chatroom. The two correspond online, unaware that they are business rivals.

Dear John

Genre: Drama, Romance

Who hasn’t heard of Dear John?! It’s an iconic love story. When John Tyree leaves to serve his country, Savannah, the girl he loves, is left behind throughout seven years of deployments. They must deal with the reality of the distance and being able to correspond only through love letters.

Like Crazy

Genre: Romance, Drama

Like Crazy gives a glimpse into the craziness and reality of long-distance relationships. A British exchange student falls for an American student in one of her college courses, but the strength of their relationship is tested when she goes home and is denied re-entry into America.

The Other End of the Line

Genre: Romantic Comedy

For those in a relationship that spans continents, this movie may serve as reassurance. A young woman works at a call center in India, posing as an American girl from San Francisco. She meets a man over the phone who captures her interest, and she risks it all for a chance at love.

The Notebook

Genre: Romance, Drama

An old man regularly visits a woman at a nursing home and decides one day to start reading her a story from an old notebook. It is the story of a young couple whose love is tested throughout a separation during World War II. The two are reunited years later and must decide whether or not to give their love another chance.

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Genre: Romance, Drama, Sci-Fi

The Time Traveler’s Wife puts a unique twist on a long-distance relationship. Henry is a librarian who suffers from a genetic disorder that sends him through time, which makes it difficult to live a normal life. However, he tries to have a normal relationship with the woman he loves, Clare, despite the “distance”.

Before Sunrise

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Jesse is an American traveling through Europe by train, returning home shortly. Celine is starting classes at the Sorbonne in Paris. When they meet on a train, they feel an immediate connection. These two strangers spend the night together exploring Vienna, knowing Jesse’s flight is soon to take him back to America. If you enjoy Before Sunrise, you’ll love the sequels, Before Sunset and Before Midnight.

Action Movies


Genre: Action, Science-Fiction

Interstellar is the perfect date night movie for you and your sci-fi loving boyfriend or girlfriend. The film takes place in a dystopian future, with a crew of astronauts traveling through a wormhole in search of a new place for humanity. There’s a reason Interstellar was nominated for tons of awards and made almost every year-end top 10 list.

The Princess Bride

Genre: Action, Romance, Comedy

“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Surely, you’ve heard those iconic words from The Princess Bride, but you must watch the incredible adventure of a farmhand named Westley, who must rescue Princess Buttercup from Prince Humperdinck. There’s a reason this film has a cult following.


10 Things I Hate About You

Genre: Comedy

A must-see (or must re-watch) for anyone who grew up in the ‘90s, 10 Things I Hate About You focuses on the Stratford sisters and a school dance. Bianca Stratford is pretty and popular, while Kat, her older sister, is rebellious and marches to the beat of her own drum. Kat has never had an interest in finding the right guy… until now.



Genre: Comedy

If you and your significant other aren’t in the mood for a heavy movie or a romantic comedy, Adventureland is the perfect choice. James Brennan has recently graduated college, and he thought his next move was spending the summer traveling through Europe. His dreams are dashed when his parents won’t pay for the trip, so he is left to work at an amusement park for the summer.

Begin Again

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Gretta had moved to New York with her longtime boyfriend, who was her songwriting partner until he made it big in music and cheated on her. A chance meeting between Gretta and a former, high-level record label executive opens the door to new opportunities for both of them. You don’t want to miss this star-studded flick, with Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, and Mark Ruffalo.

Blazing Saddles

Genre: Comedy, Western

Blazing Saddles is an iconic Western satire that is always worth a watch. It takes place in 1874, with a new railroad being built on the side of a small town. The town is rocked when a black sheriff is appointed in the predominantly white town. With a star-studded cast, including Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, this movie is a true classic.



Genre: Comedy

If you and your partner want to take a break from the rom-coms, enjoy a nice movie about everyone’s favorite thing: food! Carl Casper quits his job as a chef at an elegant Los Angeles restaurant and decides to launch a food truck with his ex-wife, son, and friend.


Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical

For the musical-loving couple, you can’t go wrong with the film adaptation of this classic Broadway musical. Roxie Hart finds out her husband is having an affair and murders him in a fit of rage. While in jail, Roxie meets some unique characters, and she schemes to figure out how famous her crime can make her.

How to Steal a Million

Genre: Comedy, Drama

You can’t go wrong with an Audrey Hepburn film, especially one with such great reviews. Hepburn plays a daughter of wealthy man, who decides to rob a museum to hide the fact that her dad created a replica of a famous sculpture. She hires a burglar to help with the job, but she doesn’t know that he is really a detective.

Moonrise Kingdom

Genre: Comedy

Is there anything sweeter than young love?! Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of Sam, a 12-year-old orphan, and Suzy, a 12-year-old who lives with her parents and three brothers. The two of them met during a church performance the summer before, and they have remained pen pals. Throughout their correspondence, Sam and Suzy have made a pact to run away together, and they hold true to their pact.

Silver Linings Playbook

Genre: Comedy

Pat had it all—a nice house, a family, and a wife. Now, he’s living back with his parents after spending time in a state institution. Pat meets Tiffany, a girl who has her own problems but is willing to help Pat with his. The two form a unique bond and help each other see the silver linings in their lives.

What About Bob?

Genre: Comedy

Maybe rom-coms aren’t you and your significant other’s thing. What About Bob? is the answer for your date night. This comedy stars Bill Murray as Bob Wiley, a psychiatry patient who follows his psychiatrist on vacation. Dr. Marvin must deal with Bob’s antics as he prepares for an important interview and tries to keep neurotic Bob away from his family.

While You Were Sleeping

Genre: Comedy, Drama

While You Were Sleeping stars Sandra Bullock as Lucy, a lonely toll-taker. When she sees the man she’s been pining after be pushed onto train tracks and knocked unconscious, she jumps onto the tracks and saves his life. As a result of some confusion, a hospital nurse tells the man’s family that Lucy is the man’s fiancé. The twist of fate? The man remains in a coma, and the family starts to fall in love with Lucy.

Romantic Comedies


Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama

Amelie tells the story of a shy waitress who copes with her own problems while trying to help those around her. Amelie was homeschooled, so she struggles with loneliness and has a wild imagination, but that doesn’t stop her from organizing complex schemes to help others, including her co-worker and her neighbor.

Annie Hall

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Annie Hall is an iconic film that focuses on the ups-and-downs of a relationship between a TV writer, Alvy Singer, and his girlfriend, Annie Hall, as he tries to figure out why they broke up a year earlier. Alvy looks back on their relationship while also trying to move forward in his own dating life.

Before We Go


Genre: Romantic Comedy

In this fun-filled rom-com, Nick meets a woman named Brooke in Grand Central Terminal, soon finding out she has been robbed. Brooke needs to get home to Boston, but her purse was taken, Nick’s credit card is declined, and she’s in the city alone. The two go on an adventure throughout the city and learn more about each other than they ever expected to learn.

Can’t Buy Me Love

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Tired of being an outcast, Ronald Miller decides to make a deal with one of the most popular girls in school. He offers her $1,000 to pretend to be his girlfriend so he can break into the popular crowd. She needs the money to replace an outfit she took from her mother, so she agrees.

Midnight in Paris

Genre: Romantic Comedy

You and your significant other will love this one. Owen Wilson plays Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to deal with the differences between himself and his fiancée, played by Rachel McAdams. They both meet some people who change their perspectives on life and their relationship, as Gil is sent back in time to the 1920s to work on his novel and find adventures in love.


Genre: Romantic Comedy

Sabrina is a true classic, as popular as it was when it came out in the 1950s. Audrey Hepburn plays Sabrina Fairchild, the daughter of a chauffeur to a rich family. She has been in love with David, the rich family’s playboy son, for years, but she never does anything about it. After spending two years away in Paris, Sabrina comes back and finds herself in a love triangle with David and his brother, Linus.

Say Anything

Genre: Romantic Comedy

For nearly thirty years, this movie has remained a rom-com favorite. A popular valedictorian, Diane, begins a romance with an underachieving student, Lloyd, the summer after their graduation. Listed as one of the greatest modern romance movies by Entertainment Weekly, this isn’t one to miss.


Genre: Romantic Comedy

In the midst of New York City chaos during the winter shopping days, two strangers’ paths collide. They spend an amazing evening together, and, despite being in other relationships, realize that they have something special. Jonathon and Sara decide to leave their future up to fate.

Shakespeare in Love

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Take it back a few hundred years for this date night. It’s 1593, and William Shakespeare is suffering from writer’s block. As he begins casting his next play, he meets Viola de Lesseps, who disguises herself as a man to audition for the play. Their relationship serves as an inspiration for Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s biggest successes.

Take Me Home

Genre: Romantic Comedy

When Claire Barrow finds out that her husband has been making eyes at his secretary and her estranged father has had a heart attack, she hails a cab to take her across the country from New York to California. The cab turns out to be an illegal taxicab owned by Thom, who was turned recently down for a job and lost his housing. The two travel across the country together and discover new possibilities.

The Switch

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Kassie, played by Jennifer Aniston, is a single woman who decides that she wants to have a baby. She relies on a sperm donor, much to the dismay of her best friend Wally, who has had feelings for her for years. Wally becomes jealous of the sperm donor, a handsome professor, and replaces the sperm with his own after accidentally knocking it over. Kassie only finds out seven years after her son is born.

The Wedding Planner

Genre: Romantic Comedy

When Mary, a successful wedding planner, is saved from a car accident by a handsome doctor, Eddie, she hopes it is fate sending this man her way. Imagine her surprise when Eddie is revealed to be the fiancé of Fran, a controlling woman whose wedding Mary is planning. This movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez, reason enough to give it a chance!

When Harry Met Sally

Genre: Romantic Comedy

If you have yet to see this movie, then you’ve undoubtedly heard of it. Harry and Sally meet in college, then reconnect ten years later after various chance encounters along the way. The question throughout the film remains whether or not men and women can really be friends. You’ll have to watch the rest to find out the answer!

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Hi, we are Lolo (Canada) & Nate (Australia) a couple that had to go through all that a long distance relationship has to offer, just like you. With our experience and lessons learned we want to help you keep your long distance relationship as strong as ever and ultimately last the distance!
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