Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day by yourself, with a friend or a significant other, here is a list of 10 films you should watch on that special day. From romantic comedies to epic dramas, there’s no better way to spend the day than to curl up on your couch with a bag of popcorn (or chocolate) and get carried away into a fantasy world for two hours.
1) Titanic (1997) – We all know this film and the love story of Jack and Rose is a timeless romance. The way they meet as strangers and become lovers is beautifully written. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet shared great chemistry on-screen and their characters connected very well. From the music to the costume design, this movie is sure to take your breath away and leave you crying afterwards. Have your tissues ready for this one!
2) Moulin Rouge (2001) – If you like musicals and romance rolled into one, then this film is made for you! The story of Christian and Satine is bittersweet and heartfelt. Whenever they sing with one another, you can just feel the emotions in their voices. The set design and costumes in this film are extraordinary. It captures the beauty of love and takes it to a whole new level.
3) Pretty Woman (1990) – Who can say no to Richard Gere? This is one of the most popular romance films of all time and it’s no wonder because which girl doesn’t want to be swept off her feet by a man who adores her and showers her with luxurious goods? After Julia Roberts’ character is transformed into a sophisticated woman, she carries herself with class and style. Even if you’re not into romance, you should at least watch this film for the clothes.
4) Sweet November (2001) – This is such a touching love story. When two strangers spend a month living together, who knows what can happen? They fall in love. At least Sara and Nelson did. This movie teaches you about the value of time and the gift of love. It takes you on a journey towards self-discovery and helps you understand that sometimes you have to learn to enjoy life.
5) A Walk to Remember (2002) – Here’s a story for all the girls who think that they can’t find a guy if they’re not Miss Popular. This film shows you that you just have to be yourself and you don’t always have to worry about fitting in. Landon and Jamie came from two very different backgrounds and yet they still managed to fall so deeply in love. That’s because they loved each other on the inside and not only on the outside. It was Jamie’s quiet beauty that drew Landon to her. Be sure to watch this film if you like to read books by Nicholas Sparks.
6) Leap Year (2010) – This romantic comedy will sure to make you giggle. It is mostly set in Ireland and it follows the journey of a girl who is trying to fly to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on a leap day. Sounds crazy, right? Who knew that she would meet a tall, handsome stranger along the way and they would fall in love? Talk about drama. Sometimes the right person is just in front of you and you don’t even know it!
7) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) – When a woman has a story idea for a magazine, she tests it out by finding a man she can try to “lose” in 10 days. On the flip side, the man she meets is also trying to find a woman he can make fall in love with him in 10 days. What will happen when their plan backfires? Watch this movie to find out!
8) Serendipity (2001) – What happens when you meet a stranger, fall in love and then go separate ways? Will fate bring you two back together? This film really touches on how if you are meant to be with someone, there’s always a way you’ll end up with that person somehow. Is there such a thing as true love? Go and see this movie right now!
9) She’s All That (1999) – This is probably on many people’s “To Watch” list for Valentine’s Day. It has a girl next door (Rachel Leigh Cook) and a popular guy in high school (Freddie Prinze Jr.) who fall for each other in the most unexpected way. This has all the elements of a romantic comedy and how can one forget that song, “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer during the stairs scene?
10) Phantom of the Opera (2004) – If you like period films, then this one is for you! Set in the 19th century, this movie is filled with operatic songs and follows the love triangle of Christine, Raoul and The Phantom. The musical score and art direction in this film are quite good. Emmy Rossum had her breakout role in this film and she sings incredibly well in it.