Are you looking for a Valentine’s Day movie to snuggle up and watch with your friends/family/significant other this Valentine’s Day? Well, look no further! For this Valentine’s Day special, the staff of The Oredigger has compiled a list of our favorite romantic themed movies for a perfect Valentine’s Day movie night. Here is our top ten:
About Time (2013): After discovering that he has the ability to time travel and change the events of his own life, Tim decides to dedicate his newfound powers to finding a girlfriend. He quickly learns that his chosen endeavor is much more complicated than he originally anticipated. General time-traveling shenanigans ensue as Tim learns that even time travel has its limits.
Always be My Maybe (2019): A Netflix original, Always Be My Maybe tells the story of two close friends who reconnect after a falling out separates them for fifteen years. After Sasha moves back into town she runs into Marcus and old feelings ignite. The pair begins to reconnect and discover that they still like each other after all these years. Can Sasha and Marcus overcome their past differences and learn to be together again? Check out this romantic comedy to find out!
Career Opportunities (1991): Jim, a young man with no career direction, suddenly finds himself locked all night in a Target with Josie, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy businessman. The pair spend the night sharing stories and discover that the two of them actually have a lot in common. Sprinkle in a little bit of action and some Ferris Buller’s Day Off vibes, and you’ve got yourself a perfect 90s rom-com!
Good Will Hunting (1997): Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT with a surprising gift for mathematics and memorization, is noticed by an MIT professor and given a chance to reform given one condition: he must begin to see a psychologist to help him find direction in his life. While Good Will Hunting does have traditional romance aspects, it also touches on themes of parental love and self-worth, making it a unique, but worthy, inclusion on our list.
La La Land (2016): La La Land follows the story of an up and coming actress, Mia, and aspiring jazz pianist, Sebastian, as they fall in love and struggle to fulfill their personal career aspirations. Romantic drama and Hollywood themed shenanigans follow. Did we mention that it’s a musical too? La La Land is a great movie for any time of year, but it’s definitely worth considering this Valentine’s Day.
Leap Year (2010): Amy Adams, an ancient Irish tradition, a trip to Ireland that ends with a diversion to Wales and starts a cross-country romantic journey, what’s not to love? Leap Year shares the story of Anna who follows her boyfriend to Ireland in the hopes of securing a marriage proposal. After her plan goes awry, she receives help from a man named Declan and sets out on an unplanned journey, but will she still feel the same when she arrives?
Pride and Prejudice (2005): Do you love period dramas? The regency era? Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen? Then this is the movie for you! Set to the backdrop of regency era England, Elizabeth Bennet swears that she could never love the prideful Mr. Darcy, but what is she to do when he begins to change his ways to appease her and her family? Can Elizabeth examine her own prejudices and learn that she has room
to change too?
The Princess Bride (1987): “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles,” this Hollywood classic has it all! The Princess Bride follows the story of Westley and Buttercup, a pair of lovers entwined by true love who struggle to be reunited after they are wrongly separated. Their quest to be together takes them on a journey through unforgiving lands and places them at the hands of a cruel prince, all while they deal with cunning enemies and make some memorable allies. The Princess Bride has something for everyone! Want me to stop gushing about it and move onto the next film? “As you wish!”
Overboard (1987 & 2018): The only difference between the 1987 and 2018 remake of Overboard is that the gender roles are reversed, which is why both versions have made our list. Overboard is a fun, romantic comedy that’s guaranteed to get a few giggles. After a billionaire turns up in a hospital with amnesia, one of their mistreated employees decides to exact revenge by pretending that the billionaire is their working-class spouse. General chaos ensues as the charade is played out and both parties grow to love each other.
Sleepless in Seattle (1993): Arguably one of the most notable romantic dramas to date, Sleepless in Seattle, follows the events that take place after a recently widowed man’s son calls into a radio talk show in the hopes of finding his father a new partner. As luck would have it, a woman questioning her own love life listens in and then sets off on a journey to find the boy and his father. Filled with romance and laughs, Sleepless in Seattle will have your heart fluttering in no time!