I love a good romance movie. Whether it be a tears and laughter-filled romantic comedy, a predictable high-school boy-meets-girl tale, or a cringe-worthy sappy love story. They’re all titles that when pulled together, create a perfect list of valentines movies.
Generally speaking, we tend to watch valentines movies as an “easy watch” type of film. Something that requires minimal effort, and is feel-good. Particularly at the end of the week, when you just want to recline on your sofas and relax with a drink and movie.
So I’ve been thinking about my favourite valentines movies. Which movies make me laugh, as well as go ahhh. Also, which make me feel all warm and soppy inside. Some of the valentines movies in my list will probably be high on the obvious list. But there maybe a few in here that you may not have thought of. Have a look through, and see what you think!
1. Leap Year (2010)
Starting out with the perfect rom-com valentines movie. Leap Year is about a woman’s quest to marry her perfect guy. Since she failed to get a marriage proposal on her forth year anniversary. Anna travels to Ireland after her boyfriend, with the aim of fulfilling the Irish tradition of a woman being able to propose to men on February 29th (i.e. Leap Year). However fate has other plans. As a result, Anna finds herself stranded on the other side of Ireland, with only handsome, surly local Declan to help her find her way… Whatever shall she do?
This is by far one of my favourite valentines movies! I love the sarcastic, but comical element that Matthew Goode brings to the table. And one of my favourite parts of the film is the “Louis the Suitcase” scene. Google it.
2. The Proposal (2009)
Ergomaniac business executive Margaret Tate is on the brink of deportation when she’s suddenly struck with an idea. Marry her loyal and hard-working young assistant Andrew in order to gain a green card to stay in the US. They both get to keep their jobs, and can get a quickie divorce in a few months… Simple right? Of course not. Throw in a trip to meet Andrew’s devoted family in Alaska. Where they meet an old flame, a suspicious father, a crazy grandmother, and a cunning deportation officer to name a few. And you have a must see, fun and entertaining valentines movie!
3. 50 First Dates (2004)
Afraid of commitment, Henry’s relationships tend to be more like endless one-night-stands. That is until he meets the charming and witty Lucy Whitmore. After spending the day together, Henry starts to feel like she’s the person he could finally have a serious relationship with. That is until the next day, when he finds out that Lucy has short-term memory loss, and can’t remember the previous day. Henry then sets himself a challenge to make Lucy fall in love with him all over again. Each and every day.
A delightfully charming and lovable movie, with some fun thrown in too.
4. This Means War (2012)
Do I need to say anymore than Chris Pine and Tom Hardy? OK, well this is definitely one that should tick all the boxes for your perfect valentines movie night with the other half… Hot guys – Check. Rom Com – Check. Hot woman – Check. Action and explosive storyline in the form of hot guys being secret agents – Check.
If you need a synopsis. Then here’s a quick one-liner for you. Two best-friend secret agents fall for the same woman, and use high-tech gadgets to and surveillance skills to win her heart. Done!
5. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
A 90’s high school remake of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. New starter Cameron falls for beautiful and popular sophomore Bianca. When he finds out that Bianca isn’t allowed to date unless her older, feminist sister Katarina dates too – he sets out on a roundabout mission, tricking the high school pretty-boy along the way, to find Katarina a date. Katarina’s [paid] date comes in the form of bad-boy Patrick – who goes out of his way to win her over in order to get his money. Though he doesn’t expect to fall along the way…
Heath Ledger is fun, energetic and lovable in this coming of age teen rom com!
6. 27 Dresses (2008)
Jane is a hopeless romantic, who is not only in love with her boss, but can never say no to the people she cares about. After planning 27 of her friends weddings, Jane dreams of planning her own wedding – hopefully to her boss George. But when her beautiful model younger sister comes to town, and George falls for her; Jane is left planning her sister’s wedding to the man she loves. Along the way, she means cynical wedding writer Kevin. Who’s after the story of his career, and thinks he can get it in Jane. Will Jane get her happily ever after?
This is another of my favourite valentines movies. In fact, I think we tend to watch it a couple of times a year! A delightfully funny and engaging movie that you can watch over and over!
Disney meets modern day Manhattan. Princess Giselle finds herself banished from her perfect and magical animated land, and falls into modern day Manhattan. After wandering around aimlessly, scared and bewildered by this strange land. She’s rescued by a straight-laced divorce lawyer who doesn’t believe in true love. And sets out to prove to him that you can have a storybook happily-ever-after no matter where you are.
This a fun and musical film, so if you’re not a sing-song type of person, then it’s not for you. But having said that. My husband actually really enjoyed watching this, as it’s well-written and pretty darn comical.
8. Notting Hill (1998)
Every person’s dream come true romance story. The most famous film star in the world falls in love with the ordinary guy next door. This is what happens to William Thacker – owner of a small and unsuccessful Notting Hill bookstore. Who’s life changes when beautiful movie star Anna Scott walks into his store one day.
A traditional love story starring two of the most iconic romance film actors we have today. Hugh Grant’s lovable character, and Julia Roberts classical charm make them the perfect pairing for this quintessentially English movie.
9. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
There’s a whole host of amazing Tom Hanks films out there, and this is certainly one that ranks highly in my list of favourites. Furthermore, being a classic 90’s film, with a classic 90’s storyline ensures it makes an appearance in my valentines movies list! Romance, fun, and charm in the form of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Who could want more?
Two book-loving business rivals hate each other in real life, but unknowingly fall for each other over the internet. Complete with the iconic melody to go with the movies namesake “You’ve got Mail” – This film is sure to offer you laughs and love on valentines day!
10. Letters to Juliet (2010)
Whilst on vacation with her fiance in romantic Verona, Sophie befriends the secretaries of Juliet – a group who diligently answer romantic letters left in the Juliet Capulet Courtyard every day. Whilst there, she discovers a decades old unanswered letter, and goes on a romantic quest to find the author and her long-lost love. Finding herself swept up in the adventure along the way. Another heart-warming tale of finding true love in the most unlikely of places.
11. Pretty Woman (1990)
Rich and powerful Edward could have any woman he wants. But the women in his life always end up leaving him when they come second to his work. So in order to maintain the charade of having a committed significant other on his arm at his big charity events, Edward hires a professional hooker for the week. Someone to be 100% faithful, and look good on his arm. But also, who won’t feel neglected when the week is over and he leaves. What he didn’t expect though, was to fall for her.
An all-time classic romance film – And a perfectly sappy valentines movie for all the traditional romantics out there!
12. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
A 30-something father in the middle of a divorce, tells his 10 year old daughter about his life before he was married. Set in a flashback style; he tells the story of the three loves of his life – changing their names so that his daughter has to guess which one he ended up marrying. Is her mother his college sweetheart, long-time best friend, or maybe the free-spirited journalist he met?
A witty and comical storyline, with just the perfect amount of romance to get it into our valentines movie list.
13. Hitch (2005)
This has got to be the funniest valentines movie on this list. Professional “Date Doctor” Alex helps hopeless men to get dates with the women of their dreams. Alex meets Sara, an outgoing gossip columnist for a big New York City tabloid. Things start to hit off well between them, until Alex finds out that Sara’s latest scoop is one of his clients.
Will Smith plays the perfect dating consultant. As a result, we get to see the witty and comical side of him we all know and love.
14. Valentines Day (2010)
How could we have a valentines movie list without mentioning Valentine’s Day?
This star-studded film shows the lives of various couples and singles in Los Angeles go about their own valentine’s days. Some propose, some break-up, some make-up – and others face a miserable and lonely 24hrs of “I hate Valentines’s” themed events. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, what do you think cupid has in store for each of these people? Find out by watching this intertwining combination of Valentine’s magic!
THAT’S OUR TOP 14 VERY VALENTINES MOVIES!
So, do any of these make your favourites too? Maybe I missed a perfect valentines movie? Let me know in the comments below!
The best part, is that all of these movies are available for under £5* each on Amazon right now! Perfect for a budget-friendly Valentine’s night at home!
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