Happy Valentine’s Day to all the wonderful couples out there! This is the perfect night to decorate your living room with candles, roses, break out the wine and popcorn, and cuddle up close to your sweetheart under a blanket with one of these great flicks.
10. William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
Baz Luhrman’s film is the best on screen adaptation of the iconic Shakespeare play we have to date. It is the only film adaptation to truly capture the essence of the story on film despite taking place in a 1990s fictional California beach town. You get to see a young Leonardo DiCaprio and an eccentric Claire Danes share one of the most passionate on screen kisses of all time. And while we all know how the story ends tragically no list could not have this romantic thriller on it.
9. Dirty Dancing
The 80s were primed with movies about good girls falling in love with bad boys. A discussion could truly be made about the validity of these concepts, but the movies still work. Beautiful, intimate dance choreography will make that wine and that cuddling seem so much more intimate.
8. Say Anything
The first of two Cameron Crowe movies on this list, Say Anything isn’t just a movie about teen angst and young love. It’s got some of the romantic moments in film history. And John Cusack is every guy and girl’s true heartthrob.
7. 10 Things I Hate About You
Another Shakespeare adaptation, this comedy of errors starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger was a massive hit in the late 90s. It’s aged incredibly well and can still appeal to couples young and old.
6. Sleepless In Seattle
Something for the older crowd, this Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan vehicle is filled with so many sweet, romantic images you almost forget that it’s really a movie about an affair and moving on after your wife dies. It’s heavy subject matter, but it’s dealt with honestly and emotionally. The chemistry between Hanks and Ryan is unprecedented and it will rejuvenate that romance between our audience couples.
5. My Sassy Girl
This Korean romantic drama is one of the most honest portrayals of the hardships of love ever put on film. It isn’t the happiest of movies, but for some reason, it has the power to tell its audience that if they truly love someone, they will do virtually anything for them, selflessly and honestly.
4. Jerry Maguire
“Stop. You had me at hello.” Say what you want about Tom Cruise or Cameron Crowe’s dwindling career, this romantic drama was such a huge hit it was even nominated for best picture. This is an absolutely stunning and re-watchable romance filled with iconic lines and moments that it still has the power to bring you to happy tears.
3. Love and Basketball
Gina Prince-Blythewood’s basketball romance focused on the whole concept of love vs ambition long before La La Land did it. This beautiful urban drama is worth visiting for the first, second, or twentieth time. Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps are wonderful and like Jerry Maguire, the sports element will make the men feel like they’re not really watching a romance.
2. The Fault In Our Stars
Here’s another sad, sad movie. But the quirkiness of the couples, the honesty about life, and the memorable lines make this film an absolute must see at any time of year. But at Valentine’s Day, it has that extra special element because no one knows what the future will bring. The important thing is the moment, and the romantic connection that you share now.
1. Before Sunrise
Richard Linklater’s indie drama about two strangers who meet in Vienna and share one perfect evening together is the greatest movie romance of all time. It shows the deep connection between two people sharing about their lives, wondering about their pasts, present, and future. All while trying to figure out whether this is the first time the two of them have truly ever fallen in love. It is an almost perfect romance, and it will allow its viewers to be transported to one of the most beautiful nights of their lives. Hopefully it will make them want to create a special night like this for themselves.