Valentine’s Day is here, and lovebirds are already making their plans. While some couples will celebrate their love by going out for a candlelight dinner, others opt to stay in and watch romantic movies. If you fall into the latter category, here are the 10 best romantic movies to watch with your spouse, or significant other on Valentine’s Day 2017.
Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year. Valentine’s Day holds different meanings for different couples, who celebrate the special day by exchanging flowers, chocolates, gifts, and greeting cards. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, there’s no denying that February 14 signifies the celebration of joy, love, and togetherness. Most couples spend Valentine’s Day together by dressing up in their finest clothes and going to an expensive restaurant for a romantic dinner. However, there are lovebirds who prefer a delicious home-cooked meal to eat while watching their favorite romantic comedies. Scroll down to see 10 of the most romantic movies to watch together on Valentine’s Day:
#10. Love and Other Drugs (2010)
An achingly romantic story about true love beating all odds. A free-spirited young woman (Anne Hathaway) who has Parkinson’s disease befriends a drug rep (Jake Gyllenhaal) working for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. Set in 1990s Pittsburgh, this moving comedy-drama is sure to tug at the strings of your heart. If for no other reason, you should watch the movie for the killer chemistry between the leading couple.
#9. When in Rome (2010)
This quirky comedy starring Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘s Kristen Bell showcases an ambitious New Yorker’s life getting disrupted after an unexpected turn of events. Unlucky in love, Beth (Kristen Bell) steals some coins from Rome’s iconic Trevi Fountain, and finds herself being chased by Danny DeVito, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, and Dax Shepard, who have been cast under a love spell. This funny and light-hearted rom-com is a fantastic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
#8. 50 First Dates (2004)
Watch this one for the millennium’s most-loved leading couple Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. The rom-com showcases an adorable love story set against the breathtaking backdrop of tropical Hawaii. A tragic accident leaves Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore) with short-term memory loss, and commitment-phobe Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) falls head over heels in love with her. While the movie elicits more than a few laughs, be prepared to keep a box of tissues handy!
#7. No Strings Attached (2011)
Childhood friends cross paths again after a chance encounter, and begin a no-strings-attached relationship. Afraid of taking chances and ruining their easy breezy friendship, Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) make a pact to keep things strictly physical, but find out that love is not a rational emotion that can be controlled.
#6. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
Boy meets girl and falls in love. Girl doesn’t feel the same way. 500 Days of Summer is a coming-of-age film depicting unrequited feelings. Tom (Joseph Gordon Levitt) falls in love with his beautiful colleague Summer, played by the ethereal Zooey Deschanel, and the two begin dating. Unfortunately, she dumps him soon after and our heart-broken hero’s life spirals into a frenzy of figuring out where things went wrong. This Valentine’s Day, tune into a touching tale about finding what you truly want in life.
#5. The Ugly Truth (2009)
This rib-tickling romantic comedy is sure to appeal to everyone as it explores the deeper realms of love, and what makes men and women tick. A beautiful but hopelessly single TV producer Abby (Katherine Heigl) meets the rough around the edges talk-show host Mike (Gerard Butler), and it’s hate at first sight for both. Watch their mutual disgust turn into love with plenty of laughs along the way. Don’t miss this one!
#4. Love Actually (2003)
This Christmas-themed classic is not just for the holiday season. Follow the stories of eight drastically different couples at various stages in their life, as they search for love and happiness. The ensemble cast features acting bigwigs with intertwined loosely-connected stories that explore the complexities of human relationships. Guaranteed to leave you grinning, this all-time favorite is a perfect for Valentine’s Day. Starring Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, and Laura Linney.
#3. Dirty Dancing (1987)
“Nobody puts Baby in the corner!” This iconic musical romance had everyone swooning at the gorgeous Patrick Swayze’s dance moves in the late ‘80s, as he romanced the young and naive Jennifer Grey. This movie has all the makings of a blockbuster hit: foot-tapping music, heartfelt emotion, and seductive dancing. What’s not to love in this perfect Valentine’s Day treat?
#2. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Meg Ryan was the reigning queen of romantic comedies in the ’90s. This movie about the changing relationship dynamics between Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan), set the box-office registers ringing with the lead pair’s electric chemistry. The underlying argument of whether men and women can truly be friends remains, as the duo struggles to keep their relationship purely platonic without complicating it with sex.
#1. The Notebook (2001)
Hands down, the most romantic movie of all time! Based on Nicholas Sparks’ book of the same title, this gem catapulted Ryan Gosling to heartthrob status overnight. Amidst the backdrop of World War II, the newly-engaged Allie (Rachel McAdams) returns to a small town in South Carolina, and rekindles a heated and passionate affair with her teenage sweetheart Noah (Gosling). Keep a box of tissues handy for this tear-jerker that is sure to warm even the coldest of hearts on Valentine’s Day.