I know Valentine’s Day was this week on Tuesday but so many people I know are celebrating this coming weekend. A common way to spend the holiday is watching movies with your spouse, partner, or just some gal pals. So, for that reason, I’ve got some great movie suggestions.
I mean, how many times can we watch Love Actually? It’s a great film, I admit, but each holiday-themed movie list you come across mentions Love Actually. There’s also film named after the holiday, Valentine’s Day. That is a fun movie (and Taylor Swift comes out!) but there are many other movies that I think deserve to be mentioned.
I’m not going rogue here and suggesting horror films, though go for it if that’s your thing. Romantic movies are the obvious (and my favorite!) go-to choice for Valentine’s Day, of course. I’m shaking it up from the conventional and suggesting some romantic films that you may have forgotten about. Without further ado, here are some films you should check in celebration of Valentine’s Day or just whenever you need a good romantic movie to watch:
1. Music & Lyrics (2007)
Hugh Grant is a successful, but past his prime, lyricist. When a hot, young artist wants him to write her next song, he has a difficult time coming up with a hit. That is, until he meets Drew Barrymore—her fresh phrases are exactly what they need to write a winning song.
2. He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)
What are the rules for dating in the modern times? Couples juggle the messy world of dating with a multitude of avenues for communication. It introduces a fun perspective on the idea that sometimes we need to trust our gut instincts in a relationship and stop over-thinking it all.
3. 27 Dresses (2008)
James Marsden is a newspaper writer doing an article on Katherine Heigl, the woman who has been to 27 weddings and has been a bridesmaid each time. As they spend time together for the article, romantic interests blossom between the two.
4. That Awkward Moment (2014)
While this movie is more of a bro-comedy than a romantic comedy, it has a creative look at a dating amongst 20-something adults. A backdrop of NYC and Zac Efron make this a film worth seeing.
5. Funny Face (1957)
The oldest movie on this list is not only a musical but a classic. Audrey Hepburn models fabulous clothes and gets to dance around with Fred Astaire. Enough said.
6. Notting Hill (1999)
Julia Roberts is a movie star who enters the shop of a charming bookstore owner, played by High Grant. Another encounter throws them together and a relationship blooms. Roberts has to decide if she wants to go back to her life in Hollywood or take a chance on the love she found in Notting Hill.
7. If I Stay (2014)
A car accident put a talented young girl in a coma and she gets to decide her fate. She had the perfect life but after losing what is most important to her, she wonders if life is still worth sticking around for.
8. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
She has lung cancer and he had cancer but now dons a prosthetic leg and a revived confidence in life. The two meet in a cancer support group and become fast friends. They connect over a book they both read and decide to take a trip to Amsterdam meet the author. Romance, adventure, and unexpected circumstances make this teen romance a fun and heart-wrenching film.
Indie Romance Films
9. Stuck In Love (2012)
A writer finds himself in a funk after his wife leaves him. The effects have rolled over to his children and their relationships. The film shows how love can be messy but that does not mean it isn’t worthwhile.
10. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
The unique nature of this film has the course of a relationship between two people split up into 500 Days. From the beginning we have an idea of where the film is going but the intrigue is in seeing how Tom and Summer’s relationship plays out.
11. The Art of Getting By (2011)
A boy in his last year of high school has breezed through his life nonchalant and without purpose. He meets a girl who makes him realize he wants to care about his life and maybe even her.
12. Love Rosie ( 2014)
A pair of best friends, Rosie and Alex, have a crush on each other during high school but they don’t tell one another. Their relationship never is able to progress after Rosie gets pregnant and hides it from Alex before he goes away to school. Over the course of time, the two run into each other and keep up with each other while living different lives. Their connection is still as strong as it was back in high school though so they could still have a chance at love.
13. One Day (2011)
A one night stand between two people ends up being a meaningful but tumultuous friendship over the years.
14. Comet (2014)
A couple meets at an LA event to watch a meteor shower and we watch as a tumultuous, bizarre, and romantic relationship unfolds between the two.
Do you have some favorite romance films that I didn’t mention? Let me know what they are down in the comments. I’m always looking for new movies to watch!