The Best Valentine’s Day Movies
It’s getting close to February 14, which means it’s time to get ready for the onslaught of red hearts, chocolates, and teddy bears. This year, whether you’re partnered or single, why not change the usual plan up and try something new? Instead of making a reservation way in advance for an uninspired, prix-fixe meal, why not cook something yourself? Single homies, why not throw a single party with all your friends? And whatever you do, we think you should pick a movie from this list and remind yourself some of the best things about love.
We’ve put together a list of 25 of the best movies to watch this February 14, from dramas, comedies, satires, and more! So grab your favorite person, pet, or blanket, and get ready to have the coziest, sweetest Valentines Day ever!
1. About Love
First on the list of utterly heartwarming, sweet, feel-good movies is 2014’s About Time. This tale is about a man who can time-travel, and who uses that superpower for a seemingly mundane reason – to get a girlfriend. However, the way he goes about it and the choices he makes, and his subsequent love story, will leave you feeling happy, uplifted, and with renewed faith in humanity.
1990’s Ghost is an iconic film for many reasons – the cast, the plot, that pottery scene…but it is a great film to watch on Valentine’s Day if you want to be reminded how love transcends everything, including time and space.
3. Annie Hall
Annie Hall, possibly Woody Allen’s most famous film, is a classic romantic film, except not really. It tells the tale of a couple, and explores the mundane, the everyday, the conversations, the ups and the downs of love. There’s no classic romantic happy ending, but the ride is quite enjoyable.
4. Across The Universe
If you’re a music lover, Across The Universe is the perfect film to re-watch this V-Day. It’s a love story, tribute to The Beatles, musical romp through the best of The Beatles, and a colorful, dazzling cinematographic delight.
Featuring a talented cast of attractive young people, this movie will make you wish you could travel back in time and join them as they dance, sing, fall in love, and protest the Vietnam War.
5. He’s Just Not That Into You
If you’re more practical with your approach to love and romance, but secretly want to fall in love too, check out He’s Just Not That Into You. This movie follows a large group of semi-connected young Baltimorons as they navigate relationships, try to interpret the signals being sent by others, and fall in and out of love.
6. Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire won many awards for its dazzling, intense, ultimately heartwarming story. The plot follows a young boys journey from the slums to a winner on India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. As he explains how he knew all the answers to the questions posed on the game show, we begin to understand his motives – winning the girl of his dreams back. Plus, the soundtrack can’t be beat.
Want to go old school and kitsch? Look no further than Grease! This movie is getting a lot of attention recently due to its arrival on Broadway, but why not check out the original and get reminded of why it is so fun.
8. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a classic for many reasons, but Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of the quirky, charming, if a bit flighty Holly Golightly, who works as a high-paid “companion” is one of the best parts of this film. It’s sweet, funny, and also has one of the best lines of any romantic comedy – “Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.” True words.
9. The Notebook
The Notebook is a romantic movie night staple. While men may roll their eyes at the mention of this movie, the plot, which follows the gorgeous Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as they navigate an intense love affair that spans fifty years, is deeply emotional tale that’s sure to elicit at least a few tears from everyone who watches it.
Casablanca, the beautiful, classic 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman tells the tale of an American expatriate in Morocco who must choose between love and doing the right thing. The movie explores the depths of love, commitment, and honor, and will leave you feeling moved – and perhaps wistful for a time when people dressed beautifully and hung out at piano bars.
11. Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing. The cast! The music! The dancing! Aside from being a sweet tale of star-crossed lovers who must fight to get their families approval, this movie is simply fun to watch. While it can certainly dip its toes into overly schmaltzy waters, it’s a great way to spend a romantic evening without getting too intese. Sing along to the great 80’s soundtrack, and maybe practice those dance moves with your sweetheart.
Juno might be a bit unexpected for a Valentine’s Day film – unplanned teen pregnancies generally being viewed as less than ideal – but we say give this film a chance. Featuring the highly talented Ellen Page as accidentally pregnant 16-year-old Juno, Michael Cera as her sweet boyfriend Paul, this movie follows the two quirky, sarcastic, relatable teens as they navigate pregnancy and the challenges it brings into their lives.
13. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind follows the unhappy ending of a relationship that leads to the couple deciding to erase each other’s memories from their minds. This visually arresting movie explores just how we love, the deep connections that are formed over the course of a relationship, and the pain of loss. We’re sure you’ll be thrilled by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet’s acting, the trippy cinematography, and moving plot.
Trainwreck, Amy Schumer’s hilarious big-screen debut, follows none of the classic romantic comedy rules. The main character is a foul-mouthed party girl who falls for a shockingly normal doctor. The movie explores their struggles as she comes to terms with commitment. Featuring a cast full of comedy giants and a surprisingly sweet plot, this movie is a great watch for those who want a laugh as well as a happy ending.
15. (500) Days Of Summer
(500) Days of Summer might just be the quirkiest, cutest romantic movie ever. Featuring the classic combination of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt, this non-linear tale is not a love story, rather an exploration of love and the things we do to attain it. Still, even though it’s not a typical romantic movie, the ending will leave you refreshed and believing in love.
16. Moonrise Kingdom
Moonrise Kingdom is great on many levels. First, it’s directed by Wes Anderson, so you know that it’s going to be a cinematographic delight, full of amazing oddball characters, and with an implausible but relatable plot. This one follows two youngsters who decide to run off together in the name of love. If great scenery, precocious children, and Tilda Swinton are what you’re into, this movie is for you.
Everyone knows the French do love better, so watch Amelie while sipping on some French wine. Amelie is the tale of an adorable, introverted waitress with an active imagination and a heart of gold. Watch her world as she plays mischievous pranks on those around her to make their lives better, and as she falls in love. Bonus: the soundtrack is amazing.
18. Me and You and Everyone We Know
Me and You and Everyone We Know is a delicately quirky romantic tale that follows none of the rules of classic rom-coms. This movie, rather, explores the tenacity and fragility of human relationships as it follows the lives of recently separated shoe salesman Richard, his romantic interest Christine, and Richard’s children, Peter and Robby. None of the love stories are typical, but they are all wonderfully relatable.
19. Notting Hill
In Notting Hill, Julia Roberts plays a famous actress who falls for a disheveled, frumpy bookstore owner, played by romantic comedy staple Hugh Grant. The movie explores the difficulties of dating someone famous and how this couple deal with it.
20. Say Anything
Say Anything, the movie that inspired legions of high school boys to stand with boom boxes outside their lovers bedroom windows, is one of the best high school romance movies out there. Starring John Cusack and Ione Skye as an underachiever and valedictorian, it tells the story of this young couple who fall in love despite objections from parents.
21. Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain was nominated for award after award and changed the way we view gay men on the big screen. With a hugely talented cast – Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger – and a fierce depiction of forbidden love, this movie is here to remind you that love is love and knows no boundaries. Plus, the amazing acting, gorgeous cinematography, and emotional plot is not to be missed.
22. Walk The Line
Walk The Line tells the true story of the love affair between Johnny Cash and June Carter. Both famous country singers, their love story is a testament to change, growth, and the power of a deep commitment to one another. It features amazing performances by Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix, and the music – all sung by the actors – is incredible.
Titanic is such a classic it almost feels silly to suggest it, but we wanted to remind you about it, anyway. With a beautiful love story between two beautiful actors, and a heart wrenching ending, it will remind you of the eternity of love. Want more? Check out this list of the best stories about Titanic, here!
You might not think of Shrek as a romantic movie, but if you’ve got kids, it’s a great movie to make both you and them happy. Plus, the movie sends a positive message to young kids – it’s what’s inside that counts – has a great cast, and the plot is genuinely sweet and funny. So get ready to fall in love with Shrek, Princess Fiona, and Donkey in this adorable animated movie!
24. Almost Famous
Almost Famous is another great choice for music lovers. This is a wild romp around the best of the 70s music scene and tells the story of a 15-year old who gets the chance to write a feature about up-and-coming band Stillwater. In the process, he falls for Penny Lane (not her real name) played with a huge amount of charm by Kate Hudson. The best part of the movie? It’s (very loosely) semi-autobiographal – director Cameron Crowe was a teenage writer for Rolling Stone. This is based on some of the experiences he had on tour.
Finally, celebrate Valentines Day with a re-watch of Zoolander. While not really a romance as much as a hilarious satire of, well, everything, Zoolander 2 is coming out on V-Day, so we figured a refresher is due. Besides, seeing Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson play the dimwitted, bumbling male models in charge of stopping a global conspiracy is nothing short of glorious.
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