- VALENTINE’S Day is a great day to cuddle up and watch a movie about love. With so many sappy movies out there, it’s hard to decide what to watch. Here are the best romantic movies to watch on Valentine’s Day.
While many romance movies are difficult for men to watch, Love and Basketball goes a long way into drawing men into this “chick flick” genre by incorporating an underlying sports theme. Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan) meet on the basketball court as children, and their love/hate relationship keeps their lives intersecting as they live their individual dreams of playing pro ball.
If you’re young, enjoy sports, or crave passion, this movie’s for you.
Lost in Translation (2003)
Although it’s one of those bleak comedies, Lost in Translation has a great romance at its heart. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) really capture what it feels like to be travelling somewhere foreign and wanting a connection.
The brief moments of Anna Farris spoofing Cameron Diaz add just the right amount of laughs to tide you over until the moment when Bob whispers something in Charlotte’s ear, and they say goodbye.
If V-Day makes you blah, you’ll most definitely wanna check this one out.
When in Rome (2010)
Although Forgetting Sarah Marshall is Kristen Bell’s most popular role, 2010’s When in Rome is an underrated film.
She plays Beth, an ambitious New Yorker who steals some coins from a famous love fountain in Italy during her sister’s wedding.
Because of her theft, she’s chased down by Danny DeVito, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, and Dax Shepard, who are under a love spell. The movie is lighthearted, funny, and a great way to celebrate a happy Valentine’s Day.
50 First Dates (2004)
You’d be hard pressed to come up with a more likeable couple of people than Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. In 50 First Dates, they’re in Hawaii, and after they meet, Henry Roth (Sandler) turns from a playboy to a devoted boyfriend—the only problem is the girl of his dreams has no short-term memory, so she relives the same day over and over.
This movie brings laughs, but it’s also a sappy romance movie as only Sandler can do. It’s a chick flick anyone can enjoy.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
A testament to just how far guys are forced to go to win over a woman, Slumdog Millionaire portrays a poor man being tortured by the police for being too good at *Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? *This is one of those intelligent and witty movies that won a lot of critical acclaim.
It’s great to watch with someone when you want to share an intelligent conversation.
Dev Patel plays one of the most lovable characters on film at his later age, and the mixture of love, violence, and socioeconomic messages makes for a great date night screening
- The Amazing Spider-Man
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) always has problems—the media hates him, the police hate him, other superheroes hate him, and he’s constantly struggling with his love life because of it.
Regardless of how you feel about the new Spider-Man series, they made the right move dropping Mary Jane for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Their romance is one of the most memorable in comic book history (spoiler alert: she dies).
- This Means War
Reese Witherspoon is a Valentine’s Day treat you won’t soon forget. All of her romantic comedies are great, but This Means War wins for mixing spy-vs-spy action into the mix.
Chris Pine and Tom Hardy do a great job of keeping men distracted from Reese’s message that it’s okay to date multiple people.
Adventurous couples will love this action-packed romp.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Zooey Deschanel is that quirky girl everyone wants to be or be with. Basically the boy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets a girl (Deschanel), and falls in love, but she’s not into it.
The movie highlights their relationship in a non-linear fashion, and is a great portrayal of modern love and relationships.
If you’re the romantic type, (500) Days of Summer will make you believe true love exists.
Spoiler Alert: The ship sinks, and it takes like half the movie. Before it happens though, Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) steals Rose (Kate Winslett) from her rich husband-to-be.
If you watch the film closely, you’ll notice Rose withholds the blue gem from the man looking for it (holding up an expensive expedition) so she can tell him the story of the man she left for a man she promised she’d never let go of (before disposing of his body in the waters, never to be found or identified), before throwing the damn gem into the ocean.
Bride and Prejudice (2004)
This Bollywood take on the classic Pride and Prejudice is a musical delight. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one of the most beautiful women to ever exist, and her acting, singing, and dancing expertise is on full display.
This movie is beautiful, tells a renowned story, and you’ll look worldly for suggesting it.
The colorful costumes and set designs are like taking an exotic vacation from your couch.
- The Wolf of Wall Street
Good idea: telling your wife and/or girlfriend you want to watch this Oscar-nominated Leonardo DiCaprio flick.
It’ll make you sound like you’re genuinely interested in the financial crisis and things we can do to save the economy.
You can even tell them you got the idea from this Lifehack from bona fide Bank whistleblower Brian Penny.
Bad idea: telling your wife and/or girlfriend you downloaded the DVD screener from The Pirate Bay before the release date, and it’s filled with naked women.
When Leo snorts coke off a hooker’s bum in the first five minutes, act like you had no idea it would be like this—then sit back, relax, and watch your dream life acted out before your very eyes.