Somehow, Valentine’s Day has already snuck upon us! This time of year is full of reds and pinks, heart-shaped things everywhere, and all of the love in the world. If you’re happily in a relationship, it doesn’t get better than a whole day where you can be completely obnoxiously in love and make gestures that maybe you normally wouldn’t. However, if you’re single, you’re either happy in that and are thriving or are ready to cry in bed with some chocolate you bought yourself. Either way, this day impacts everyone and invokes an emotion, positive or negative, so we compiled the perfect ten movies to watch, by yourself, with a partner, or even with friends.
We couldn’t make this list without including the most on-theme movie, the star-studded love fest that is Valentine’s Day. This movie is a real who’s who of Hollywood! You have Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner, Emma Roberts, and Anne Hathaway, just to name a few heavy hitters! But for us, the crowning jewel of this movie is our girl Taylor Swift, playing opposite her at-the-time boyfriend, Taylor Lautner. Moment of silence for Taylor squared.
Valentine’s Day has something for everyone – there’s the genius concept of an “I Hate Valentine’s Day” party for the cynics and an outpouring of love for the hopeless romantics. Plus, ‘Today Was A Fairytale’ is one of the greatest songs made for a movie of all time.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Now we know we’re not Jenny Han, and this isn’t our place to say, but no one could have played Lara-Jean Covey except for Lana Condor. Part of what made this movie feel like it lept right off the pages of the book it dawned on was how good both Lana and Noah Centineo are in their roles. The entire To All The Boys series is *chef’s kiss*, but something about the first installment just hits different. It’s the perfect watch on Valentine’s Day since you get a happy ending and such a killer soundtrack. Plus, you might just fall in love with Peter Kavinsky.
The Kissing Booth
Much like with To All The Boys, we love the entire series of The Kissing Booth, but nothing can top that first movie. There was so much excitement from all the emotions and complications that come with the unique circumstances Elle has found herself in. The Kissing Booth introduced us to Jacob Eldori, and thank God for that! It’s a modern rom-com that never takes itself too seriously, while it does have moments that aren’t laugh-out-loud funny.
Basically, The Kissing Booth is what would happen if ‘Best Friend’s Brother’ from Victorious was made into a movie.
Isn’t It Romantic
As you’ll see later when we discuss yet another one of his movies, Adam Devine is our newfound king of the rom-com. You completely fall for his character and root for him to end up with Natalie from the moment they first appear on screen together. While we want them together, we will never complain about Priyanka Chopra and Chris Hemsworth, who catch their wandering eyes. This movie is just a genuinely good time – you’ll laugh, you’ll be moved, and you might even sing at the end.
We could go on and on all day about how much we love Love, Simon, and how we think it’s one of the greatest love stories put to film in years. But today, we will keep it short and sweet. Everything about this movie makes it the perfect watch for a day all about celebrating love. From the casting to the unreal soundtrack largely done by Bleachers, to making people everywhere see that everyone deserves a great love story, regardless of sexual orientation.
The scene between Simon and his mom (played by Jennifer Garner, who will blow you away in this movie) makes us cry every single time, especially when it gets to “you get to exhale now, Simon.”
Five Feet Apart
Haley Lu Richardson is destined to be a superstar. Everything she’s in just blows us away. And, of course, when you pair her brilliance with the brilliance of Cole Sprouse, it’s a recipe for success. This movie is a bit of a heavier one, but we still think the love stories between Stella and Will and just between the friends and the hospital workers make for a perfect watch.
The Sun Is Also A Star
Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton together on screen is pure magic. They both are on the top of their game with their craft and brought such raw emotion to this movie that is quite heavy and deals with the most serious of topics. It’s an interesting concept, exploring the question of “can you fall in love in one day?” We weren’t sure before watching this movie, but it’s crystal clear now.
Okay, yes, Happiest Season is a Christmas movie, but come on! It’s is one of the best rom-coms to come out in the last few years, and being a holiday film just adds to the movie’s warmth. When you cast Kristen Stewart, Dakota Johnson, and the gem that is Aubrey Plaza, you’re going to get perfection. We love how real this movie is and how it presents the real struggles of being with someone who is struggling with coming out to their family. It’s hard on everyone involved, and that often isn’t discussed. If you want to leave a film with all the good feelings in the world, watch Happiest Season.
When We First Met
Like we said earlier, Adam Devine is our newfound king of the rom-com! He’s the most likable, adorable, funny guy, and he brings that to every character, especially Noah in When We First Met. If you’re looking for a movie that is heavy on the comedy aspect of a rom-com, this is the movie for you! You’ll be laughing the whole time and rooting for Noah’s happiness the whole film.
Crazy Rich Asians
We saw this movie a solid ten times the month it came out – yes, it’s that good. The cast is A-tier, the setting is breathtaking, and we live for the humor, the drama, and most of all, the romance, baby!! Something about romance movies that hail from books just hit different since the characters have a different depth. And that is certainly the case with Rachel and Nick.
If you just want to cuddle up with your loved one and watch a movie together, this is the one we’d recommend. It’s a perfect date night movie!
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