This article contains opinion.
One of the most popular Valentine’s Day activities for both couples and singles is to watch a good romance or rom-com movie.
It can be a lot of fun to stay home and watch your favorite movies. Below, I list some of the best Valentine’s Day movies as well as some not as well-known (but still good) ones.
“10 Things I Hate About You”
This 1999 film with stars Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles is one of the most watched movies on Valentine’s Day. The movie focuses on two sisters: one who wants to go to the prom and date boys and one who does not. Their father forbids the one sister to date until her unwilling sister starts dating. A boy who is very interested in the sister who wants to date propositions a troublemaker at school to start dating the other sister. The movie is full of humor and an excellent soundtrack.
“Leap Year” has been a personal favorite of mine since I was a child. The movie stars Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. Adams decides that, after her boyfriend doesn’t propose to her and goes on a business trip to Ireland, she will travel to Ireland and propose to him on a leap year. According to an Irish tradition, a man who is proposed to during a leap year must accept the proposal. Along her horrible journey, she meets a man who shows her that maybe what she thinks she wants isn’t everything she hoped.
“The Longest Ride”
Based on a Nicolas Sparks novel, this film is definitely one of the most underrated adaptations of a Sparks book. It stars Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood who have a meet-cute at a bull-riding competition. The couple’s romance story intertwines with the story of an old man and his wife. This movie has many ups and downs that are expected of a Sparks screenplay.
“Lady and the Tramp” (2019)
While this film doesn’t have the best ratings, and most people prefer the original version, it can be fun to watch a new adaptation of a romantic Disney classic. The voice actors in this film are all very popular actors like Sam Elliot, Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. While the film is exactly like the original version, with the exception of a few changes, it still has all the fun romantic feelings that come with “Lady and the Tramp.”
“The Big Sick”
This 2017 film is a non-traditional rom-com in which a Pakastan-born comedian, Kumail, and a grad student fall in love. When the grad student, Emily, falls ill from an unknown illness, Kumail has to deal with Emily’s difficult family, different cultures and his feelings for Emily. You can stream this movie for free if you have access to an Amazon Prime account.
“The Age of Adaline”
This movie continues to hit me “in the feels” every time I watch it. The film has a stellar cast including Blake Lively and Harrison Ford. The visuals, costumes and story line all come together to create an amazing movie. The story revolves around Adaline Bowman (Lively), who after experiencing a near-death accident, has stopped aging. Adaline hides away from society and avoids contact with anyone except her daughter, her dog and a blind friend. When a man comes into her life and refuses to leave, she must face the fact that maybe it is time for her to reveal her secret.
This is one of the newest films on the list and one many may not have heard of. This film from last year focuses on a girl who goes to college and learns how to step out of her comfort zone. She meets bad boy Hardin Scott who has a deep secret. This film is one I would definitely recommend for college students because it has many themes that college students can relate with. This film is available to stream on Netflix.
“Always Be My Maybe”
This new Netflix rom-com stars actress Ali Wong and actor Randall Park. Keanu Reeves also had a hilarious role in this movie. The story revolves around a successful chef, Sasha, and not-so-famous musician, Marcus. After not seeing each other in 15 years, Sasha moves back to their hometown to open a new restaurant and sparks their old connection.
“Isn’t It Romantic”
Rebel Wilson stars in this rom-com of a woman who finds herself trapped inside of a rom-com. The movie also stars Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra and Adam Devine. This movie is hilarious and relatable at times to many who struggle to find love.
While this one isn’t always classified as a Valentine’s Day film, this is a classic and a wonderful romance story. Starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, a 16-year-old girl’s birthday is full of lots of embarrassments, and everything that could possibly go wrong goes wrong.