One of the best things about special days such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day are the movies which represent the essence of those celebrations. I’m not sure exactly what drives us to watch certain movies on certain special days, but I do know that it’s comforting and something to look forward to. Perhaps the reason lies in the fact that movies are highly nostalgic, so we can revisit and recreate special memories every year when those holidays come rolling around. Valentine’s Day is the BEST day for sitting down and watching movies, as what’s better than a classic rom-com?! Whether you’re with a spouse, partner, group of pals or by yourself, settle in with some movies...and don't forget to grab your favorite candy...the sweeter the better.
Here is a list of the best Valentine’s Day movies for you to snuggle up with to laugh, cry and everything in between...
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Jessica Alba, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts...and so many more big screen stars. It’s super cheesy, full of multiple storylines and completely consumable. Oh, and it’s set in sunny LA which is always a comfort on a cold, Winter Valentine’s night.
● It Happened One Night
We’re going back in time to the 1930s with this black and white classic. Settle in with this golden oldie and soak in Clark Gable’s charm and marvel at the incredible 1930s makeup and fashion.
● Bonnie and Clyde
The 1967 ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ stars Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the infamous real-life couple. One of the sexiest, naughtiest couples on screen...watch it alone or with your one and only.
● Dirty Dancing
I’ll start by saying ‘Dirty Dancing’ has the very best soundtrack of any romantic movie. The dancing, the fashion, the hot Summer setting, the heartwarming story. Watch with your girlfriends, drink lots of wine, then play the soundtrack and dance all night.
● Say Anything
Classic late 1980’s, early 1990’s romcom goodness, complete with the compulsory young John Cusack. You know this movie from the absolutely iconic image of John Cusack’s character standing in a yard with a boombox above his head. Go on, put it on the list.
● When Harry Met Sally
Another total gem from 1989, ‘When Harry Met Sally’ is all about friendship, love, and if the two can remain separate. Amazing Meg Ryan fluffy hair and baggy clothes, cute-charming Billy Crystal and of course...a fake orgasm in a diner.
● Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts’ curly red hair is worth every second of this movie...which is already pretty fantastic. There’s an edge to this movie, but it has the sweetest, gooiest heart and some of the best one-liners ever. For true late 1980s glam and heartwarming endings...definitely choose ‘Pretty Woman’.
Tragedy, sex, and romance meet with this 1990 Patrick Swayze masterpiece. If you haven’t seen it, you absolutely must. If you’re into supernatural sizzle...you’ll love it.
The best Valentine’s movie for when you’re in the mood for going through a whole spectrum of emotions during one movie. Laugh, cry, swoon and dream as Kate and Leo ignite us with their crazy beauty and chemistry.
● The Notebook
Ryan Gosling? Yes, please. Rachel McAdams? Always. Incredible 1940s/1950s fashion and makeup? Yup. It’s no-brainer.
● Before Sunrise
Let’s go back to the mid-1990s and spend a night walking around Vienna with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The ultimate movie for daydreaming about romance and travel all in one hit.
● Friends With Benefits
Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake navigating the world of ‘friends with benefits’. It’s light, funny, cool, set in New York and just emotional enough to pull the heartstrings during an epic Valentine’s romcom movie marathon.
● Call Me By Your Name
A romance set in sunny Italy with recent heartthrob Timothy Chalamet and Armie Hammer figuring out love and desire together. Definitely put this one on your list, as it’s not only romance-filled but it’s a damn great movie.
● P.S. I Love You
Now here’s a movie to make you weep and hold your loved one close. Watch Hilary Swank’s character deal with the loss of her beloved (Gerard Butler) through notes he left behind...crying already? Same. This is another one to watch alone if you feel like having a cathartic, solo evening of movies and treats all to yourself.
● Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The ultimate New York cool girl Holly Golightly (the one and only Audrey Hepburn) is the sparkling protagonist in one of the very best movies ever. If you haven’t seen this classic, you must...if only for some of the best movie fashion moments ever to be seen.
● You’ve got mail
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, the late 1990’s and internet-fuelled romance? Yes please, thank you. One of the most classic, well-loved romcoms of the ’90s (aka the BEST decade for romantic comedies ever, in my opinion). Pop it on the list, go on.
● Bridget Jones diary
While it’s about romance (and the romantic partners are pretty great...Hugh and Colin, I approve), it’s really about the life of a modern woman. Bridget’s just trying to navigate work, love, family, and friends all with too much wine (and a body image issue most of us can relate to). I recommend snuggling up with this movie solo, with candy and hot tea on a cool February night.
Get yourself a cozy spot on the couch (or go all out and lie in bed), wear your coziest pajamas, stock-up on candy and popcorn and settle in for the long haul. No matter your relationship status, use Valentine’s Day as the perfect excuse to get lost in romantic movie heaven.