Top 14 Valentine’s Day Movie Picks
05 Feb, 2014
In need of a little date-night inspiration for Valentine’s Day? Plan a romantic movie night for your after-dinner plans! We have handpicked some of the best flicks to snuggle up to and complete your Valentine’s Day celebrations. From old (“An Affair to Remember”) to new (“Labor Day”), our top 14 movies for Valentine’s Day – listed from newest to oldest – should include something for everyone. Read on to see which picks you’ll want to add to your Netflix queue.
1. “Labor Day” (2013)
You’ll need to take a trip to the movie theater for this one, but Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in this drama about a single mother who takes in (and falls in love with) a convict who has escaped from jail.
2. “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (2011)
Watch (and giggle) as Steve Carell, who plays a middle-aged man whose wife asks for a divorce, receives lessons in the art of picking up women from his new smooth-talking companion, played by Ryan Gosling. Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon are also part of this entertaining cast.
3. “27 Dresses” (2008)
Katherine Heigl plays a single woman who has been a bridesmaid 27 times, and her world is turned upside down when her sister gets engaged to her boss, the man she is (secretly) in love with.
4. “Hitch” (2005)
In this hilarious romantic-comedy, Will Smith is Hitch, a man who calls himself a date doctor and helps his clients find love. Unfortunately, his professional dating tricks don’t work as well on the gossip reporter he falls for (played by Eva Mendes).
5. “The Notebook” (2004)
Have tissues – preferably an entire box – at the ready. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams’ characters fall in love as teenagers but find their extreme differences in social class tear them apart.
6. “50 First Dates” (2004)
Get ready to laugh in Adam Sandler’s flick about a commitment-phobic man who finally finds his dream girl (played by Drew Barrymore), but things get complicated when he
discovers she loses her short-term memory – including the memory of the time they met – every day.
7. “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003)
Let Kate Hudson’s character show you everything not to do in a new relationship as she tries to drive new boyfriend (played by Matthew McConaughey) away in precisely 10 days to write a how-to article about dating. All while McConaughey’s character has a bet that he can make her fall in love with him – in 10 days.
8. “The Wedding Planner” (2001)
Jennifer Lopez plays a hardworking, successful wedding planner. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a bit of a difficult (and comical) situation when she falls for the groom-to-be of one of her clients.
9. “You’ve Got Mail” (1998)
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks play rival business owners who can’t stand each other offline, but fall in love while chatting anonymously online. You’ll also love seeing the very outdated version of instant messaging from the 90s in this touching flick.
10. “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993)
Tom Hanks’ character is a single father whose son calls into a radio program in search of a new mother. His father ends up telling the radio show listeners about his loneliness and sadness since losing his wife. Meg Ryan’s character is on the other side of the country, but hears Hanks speak on the radio program and falls in love with him instantly.
11. “When Harry Met Sally…” (1989)
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan play two college graduates who move to New York City. Over the course of 12 years, they start off disliking each other, then later become friends, and then…you’ll have to watch to find out!
12. “Dirty Dancing” (1987)
While spending the summer away at a resort with her family, Jennifer Grey’s character meets the resort’s dance instructor, played by Patrick Swayze. Grey’s character begins to secretly take dancing lessons with him, and they fall in love.
13. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961)
In this iconic movie, Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly, a country girl turned relationship-phobic Manhattan socialite who falls for a writer (played by George Peppard) living in her apartment building. Let’s just say things get complicated.
14. “An Affair to Remember” (1957)
When Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr’s characters meet on a transatlantic ocean liner going to New York, they are both in relationships with other people. After eventually falling in love, they agree to meet at the top of the Empire State Building in six months to start a relationship.
Did you favorite Valentine’s Day movie make the list? Share any other movie ideas in the comments below!
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