A time of year to celebrate with a loved one and what better way to celebrate than to sit down with a nice cosy blanket, a warm drink and some nibbles and watch a romantic flick with the one you love. We take a look at a selection of 10 romantic movies you can watch with your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Starring Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones this loveable British rom-com that revolves around Bridget and her rather complicated love life. Wooed by Hugh Grant as serial womanizer Daniel Cleaver and charmed by Colin Firth as the rather posh Mr Darcy. Bridger Jones’s Diary is a must watch for Valentine’s day. It’s cute, funny and incredibly charming with some hilarious scenes to boot.
London bookstore owner William Thatcher (Hugh Grant) has a chance encounter with famous actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts). What follows is a blossoming and unconventional romance. Equal parts funny and sentimental, Notting Hill is well worth a watch. Keep an eye out for Spike (Rhys Ifans) who plays William’s roommate. For me, he’s the comedic backbone that steadies the ship throughout.
With a stellar cast including Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Jude Law. The Holiday is about two women who swap homes with one another after a bad breakup. After swapping homes each woman finds romance with a local man. The Holiday is a film you can watch all year round, packed with love, heart and quirkiness the film oozes the makings of a perfect romantic movie.
Easily one of the best romantic comedies in this particular list. With so many famous faces it would take too long to mention. Love Actually is usually the first film that everyone thinks of when the term ‘romantic movie’ is mentioned. A movie that focuses on various characters from all walks of life and their search towards finding romance around the Christmas season. There are so many iconic scenes in this movie including Hugh Grant dancing around 10 Downing Street as the prime minister and Bill Nighy as a struggling recording artist playing the guitar naked for his latest hit single.
You’ve Got Mail
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in this romantic classic love film as a bookshop owner (Ryan) who loathes Joe Fox (Hanks) a corporate book chain store who has moved across the street. They happen to meet online and form an anonymous internet romance. A film about finding love in the most unlikely place this charming little number is a perfect film for a night in with your significant other.
PS. I Love You
Certainly, a film to bring out those tears, PS. I Love You is a beautiful story about Gerry (Gerard Butler) who sadly passes away but leaves his wife (Hilary Swank) letters after his passing each and every day to ease her grief and to help her move on. This heartwarming movie will surely bring tears to your eyes, a very touching and beautiful piece that I feel deserves a place on this list.
Starring John Cusack and Lone Skye this film revolves the popular high-school beauty and the straight-A student trying to win her older. Best known for the infamous juke-box scene noted as one of the most familiar romantic scenes of all time. A real classic!
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
It wouldn’t be a Back to the Movies list without a curveball thrown in for good measure. Starring Jason Segal as a man who has just recently split from his TV star girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) who goes on holiday to find out his ex is at the exact same resort he is at. A hilarious comedy also starring Mila Kunis and Russell Brand as famous rockstar Aldous Snow. A film about breakups, dealing with all of the emotions that come with it and finally moving on from someone you love. Keep an eye out for the hilarious vampire musical at the end and maybe grab a blindfold as Jason Segel goes fully nude in this one in one particular scene! My eyes… my eyes!!
When Harry Met Sally
Starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan this 1977 movie revolves around a chance encounter with one another who then meet up a good 10 years later and attempt to stay friends without sex becoming an issue for either of them. I don’t think I need to remind anyone that you NEED to see the diner scene. One of the most iconic scenes in cinema history!
A film about love, a chance encounter and destiny Serendipity is a romantic classic. Starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale who after meeting and sharing a wonderful date together, leave it to fate to bring them together once again. Funnily enough, my favourite bit about this film is Eugene Levy’s character who plays an employee working at the high-end Hermes’ store in New York.
There are many more romantic movies to list including some obvious classics that I have intentionally missed off. I find the more modern flicks resonate with today’s audience a little better so all of my choices are naturally open to interpretation. If I was to run a mini movie marathon from the choices above I would have to start with The Holiday, Love Actually then finish with the tear-jerking PS. I Love You. Building the laughter up with the first two movies before crying your eyes out together! If you don’t want to end your night in a box of tissues then throw in another comedy for good measure.
Happy Valentine’s Day all!