January 23rd, 2020 | Updated on February 16th, 2022
Valentine’s day is coming up and one of our favorite things to do is to stay home and watch a romantic movie. There are lots of different ways to make your at-home date night feel special. You can cook a delicious dinner for two, give each other presents, and then watch one of these romantic movies on Netflix or another streaming service.
When it comes to Valentine’s Day movies, there are a few classics that always come to mind. “Love Actually,” “The Notebook” and “Sweet Home Alabama” are all fan favorites, but there are plenty of other great options out there as well. If you’re looking for something a little bit different this year, why not check out one of these lesser-known gems?
Best Valentine’s Day Movies
1. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Give a brief description of the above film.The story follows the life of Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley), a young woman living in early 19th-century England. She lives with her family at Longbourn Hall on the outskirts of London. Her mother is a proud and somewhat overbearing woman while her father has little to say about anything; both are generally unsympathetic towards their five daughters.
The first suitors to visit are Mr Bingley, an amiable but penniless bachelor who intends to take up residence nearby; and his close friend Mr Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), a rich but very proud man. The second suitor is wealthy middle-aged Mr Collins (Tom Hollander) who wishes to marry one of the girls from what he perceives as “a valuable connection”. He does not care which one it is, as long as she can bring a healthy dowry to his family.
At the local ball that the single men attend, Mr Darcy shows preference for Elizabeth’s sister Jane (Rosamund Pike), but is disdained for his manners by Mr Bingley’s sisters Caroline and Louisa. They snub him so thoroughly that he forms a grudge against the family and is not happy when Bingley falls for Jane.
2. Before Sunrise (1995)
In this romantic drama, two strangers meet on a train and spend the night talking and getting to know each other. They part ways in the morning, but both are changed by their encounter.
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) is a young American who wants to spend his last night in Europe sightseeing with a “free spirit” he meets on a train. The two are immediately drawn to each other, though they have only one day together before they must say goodbye.
3. La La Land (2016)
La La Land is a musical about love that takes place in Hollywood.
Mia, an aspiring actress played by Emma Stone, falls for Sebastian-a jazz pianist played by Ryan Gosling. As their careers take off they are faced with the challenges of maintaining their relationship while pursuing their dreams.
Together they struggle to find balance and fulfillment in their lives.
The most apparent theme is that of love-specifically how it deals with loss, heartache and sacrifice. The film deals with the idea of getting lost in a dream and not pursuing the things that make you truly happy.
4. The Notebook (2004)
The Notebook is a film that tells the story of Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams). It’s an old-fashioned love story, told in flashbacks and flash forwards to emphasize the romantic qualities of their relationship.
It is left ambiguous what kind of morality The Notebook endorses. On one hand, there are many little subtle instances in which the movie makes it clear that true love does actually exist and that it can be incredibly powerful during times of war or when people might otherwise lose faith in humanity.
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On the other hand, there are also many blatant instances in which the movie tells the audience that love is more important than anything else and that one should do whatever it takes to be with his or her soul mate.
5. The Thin Man (1934)
An alcoholic detective and his son investigate a murder case in a wealthy family.
Who is in it? William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O’Sullivan, Nat Pendleton.
The Thin Man was the first of six films to feature the characters Nick and Nora Charles (the other five being After the Thin Man (1936), Another Thin Man (1939), Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), The Thin Man Goes Home (1944) and Song of the Thin Man).
6. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Romeo and Juliet is a classic love story about two young lovers who are forced to fight against all odds to be together. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, this film is sure to touch your heart.
7. Breathless (1961)
Breathless (1961) is a film about a young man who is on the run from the law. He meets a girl, and they fall in love. Together, they must find a way to escape from the authorities. This film is full of action and suspense, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
8. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
A man, Joel Barish (Jim Carrey), heartbroken that his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her disappear – along with those of the two friends they shared – he realizes that it’s too late for him.
9. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
10 Things I Hate About You” is a 1999 American romantic comedy-drama film based on William Shakespeare’s play “The Taming of the Shrew”.
It starred Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles as two high school students who embark on a forbidden romance. The movie was directed by Gil Junger, who also directed the classic 1980s TV series “The Facts of Life”.
10. It Happened One Night (1934)
This is the story of two people who meet one night and then spend a lot of time together. They are both in love with someone else, but they fall for each other. And by the end of this movie, you’re going to be rooting for them to get together.
It is a romantic comedy about a spoiled young heiress (Claudette Colbert), who is traveling to New York, and finds herself sharing a ride with an unsuccessful and fast-talking reporter (Clark Gable).
11. Weekend (2011)
In this film, two people who are down on their luck find out that they can buy a house for the weekend if they can come up with $5000. They take the opportunity and have a great time, but eventually have to give the house back.
12. Magic Mike (2012)
Welcome to the world of Magic Mike, where you can see Channing Tatum dance and strip like you’ve never seen before! This film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a break from his construction job to join the cast of an all-male revue. Along the way, he meets some interesting characters and learns a lot about himself. If you’re looking for a steamy movie full of hot guys, Magic Mike is definitely for you!
13. Harold And Maude (1971)
Harold and Maude is a 1971 American romantic dark comedy drama film written by Colin Higgins and directed by Hal Ashby. It stars Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort, with Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Harry Dean Stanton, and Scatman Crothers.
The film follows the title characters: Harold (Bud Cort), a 20-year-old man obsessed with death, and Maude (Ruth Gordon), an 80-year-old woman who encourages Harold to live life to the fullest.
14. Beginners (2010)
This heartwarming film explores the challenges and joys of being in a relationship, both with others and with oneself. It is an honest and insightful look at what it means to come out late in life and how family relationships can change in surprising ways. With powerful performances from Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent, and understated direction from Mike Mills, Beginners is a uniquely beautiful love story that bridges generations.
15. Love And Basketball (2000)
“Love and Basketball” is a 2000 American romantic drama film written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. It stars Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan as two young athletes, who fall in love while playing basketball together. “Love and Basketball” was generally well-received by movie critics, with praise focused on the writing, direction, and acting.
16. True Romance (1993)
True Romance (1993) is a film about two lovers, Clarence (Christian Slater) and Alabama (Patricia Arquette), who must find a way to be together despite their crazy families. Clarence’s mother doesn’t want him to be with the prostitute he loves, so she sends her black pimp to take care of it.
Meanwhile, Alabama’s father is out of prison and wants to get back into the drug trade, where his former partner doesn’t want him to succeed. This makes them enemies. They fight over who will get Alabama and while they are doing that she is kidnapped by some mobsters, who then try to kill her one at a time.
Eventually, everything works out in their favor, especially when Clarence’s mom gets really upset over losing him and then shoots him, but he lives. His mom becomes so distraught she sets herself on fire and dies, which kills Alabama’s dad too because his house is right next to hers. Which makes Clarence and Alabama happy they can be together now.
17. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) meet in the early 1980s when both are in relationships with other people. A chance meeting leads to dinner, which turns into yet another meeting at Harry’s birthday party. They begin dating but break up when they realize they want different things out of life. After many years, fate brings them together again when Harry is diagnosed with a curable cancer and they rekindle their friendship.
18. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
In a magical land of talking creatures, witches and castles, Sophie encounters the handsome and mysterious wizard Howl. Though she initially resists his charm, she soon finds herself under his bewitching spell—much to the dismay of her childhood friend Prince Lír.
With one wicked curse from this foul-tempered old woman called Madame Suliman, Sophie is transformed into an old crone! As the only person who can break this spell lies in a deep sleep for 100 years, it looks like there’s no hope for poor Sophie.
19. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Moonrise Kingdom is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, and starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in 1965, the film follows a young boy and girl who fall in love and run away together into the wilderness. They are pursued by a scout troop in their search for the children.
20. Valentine’s Day (2010)
This is a short film about a man who is struggling to find the right gift for his wife on Valentine’s Day. He eventually decides to give her a gift certificate for a day of lovemaking.