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The 10 Best Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies to Watch Right Now

Valentine’s Day is a great day to cuddle up and watch a movie about love. In fact, they actually made a movie called Valentine’s Day, but it was just a rip-off of Love, Actually. With so many sappy movies out there, it’s hard to sift out the good from just more of the same.

So we’ve done the work for you! Here are the best romantic movies ever made to watch on Valentine’s Day.

Titanic

Ever heard of it? Look, I don’t have to tell you about Titanic. You know Titanic, you love Titanic, you’ve cried to Titanic. Near, far, wherever you are, I believe Titanic will, at one point, come for us all. If you like to cap off Valentine’s Day with a good sob, well, here you go.

Where to Watch : Showtime

The Notebook

Often imitated, never duplicated, The Notebook is without a doubt the best Nicholas Sparks adaptation we will ever get. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams star as a couple who fall in love in the ’40s, are torn apart by circumstance, and at one point dramatically kiss during a rainstorm. In the present, an elderly man recounts their love story to a nursing home patient.

Where to Watch : HBO

Pretty Woman

Julia Roberts’ face is carved into the Mount Rushmore of rom-com queens for a reason. Pretty Woman is essentially that reason. Sure, she starred in some other greats, but only one centers on a corporate raider (Richard Gere) who accidentally falls for the sex worker (Roberts) he hires to be his girlfriend for a week. It has everything: the iconic shopping scene, the iconic necklace scene, and the iconic Roy Orbison song that’ll be stuck in your head for the rest of your life.

Where to Watch : Disney+

The Lucky One

This movie is based entirely around destiny and fate, and where it can lead you in life. After Marine Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) finds a photo of a girl dropped by a fallen soldier, he experiences a string of good luck and avoidance of many near-death encounters. Logan decides to find the mystery girl and thank her.

The two fall in love, unsurprisingly, but face some roadblocks along the way. Beth (Taylor Schilling) has a complicated relationship with her ex-husband, who is a police officer in town. He causes many issues for Beth and Logan, but their love prevails. There are some small shocking moments but for the most part, this is a film you can follow easily and guess what’s coming next.

Where to Watch : Netflix

Pride & Prejudice

Before he was TV’s saddest man, Matthew Macfadyen starred in the best Jane Austen film adaptation of all time. (Yeah, I said it! I’m not afraid!) Joe Wright directs this version of the classic story, where the headstrong Elizabeth Bennett (Keira Knightley) meets Mr. Darcy (Macfadyen), whose deep-set emotional repression complicates their fledgling connection. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Tom Wambsgans flex his hand.

Where to Watch : HBO

Seems Like Old Times

Ahhh, the classics. One of the best movies from the 80s, Seems Like Old Times is a Neil Simon film that still maintains its charm. Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn are a divorced couple, and, after being forced to take part in a bank robbery, Chase hides out at Hawn’s house. The only problem is Hawn’s husband (Charles Groden) is the district attorney, so a lot of hijinx ensue. If you pine for an old flame, Seems Like Old Times is the Valentine’s Day romantic comedy for you.

Where to Watch : Amazon

Casablanca

This classic drama is set during World War II and stars Humphrey Bogart as a nightclub owner in Casablanca, who’s forced to choose between his love for his former girlfriend (played by Ingrid Bergman) and helping her and her rebel husband escape to America. There are few better films to watch on the day of love.

Where to Watch : HBO

Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrmann is completely out of his mind in the best way, which makes this adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy work. In his usual big, bombastic style, Luhrmann reimagines Romeo and Juliet as a modern-day story where the Capulets and the Montagues are two rival gangs living in a fictional beach town. Romeo and Juliet are played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, respectively, but the real star is John Leguizamo as Tybalt.

Where to Watch : TUBI

Beauty and the Beast

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star in this billion-dollar remake of Disney’s animated classic. Beauty and the Beast tells the tale as old as time of the prince who was turned into a beast by an enchantress and has to learn to love and be loved before the curse becomes permanent and his domestic servants change from anthropomorphic household items into inanimate ones. Enter Belle (Watson), a young woman from the local village who dreams of having a less ordinary life and love. The remake is very faithful to the original, to the point of being somewhat redundant. But it is an interesting exercise in repurposing nostalgia for the original and combining it with echoes of Harry Potter and Frozen (in the casting of Emma Watson and Josh Gad, respectively) into a fantastical love story for a new generation of fairytale romantics. 

Where to Watch : DISNEY+

Call Me by Your Name

Director Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age romance film is a wise and emotionally resonant depiction of first love and first heartbreak. Call Me By Your Name turned Timothée Chalamet into Hollywood’s most delicate heartthrob and the third-youngest Best Actor Oscar nominee. He stars as Elio, an Italian teenager who falls in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer), an American graduate student who is staying with his family for the summer of 1983. Their romance is brief, but it’s powerful and formative for Elio. The film is beautiful thematically — Elio’s father’s (Michael Stuhlbarg) monologue advising Elio to allow himself to feel his feelings is unforgettable — and visually, as Guadagnino’s camera takes in the stunning Italian scenery. Screenwriter James Ivory won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his devastating script. It’s one of the best movies of the 2010s. 

Where to Watch : STARZ

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