8th February 2018
10 Romantic Films For Every Kind Of Valentine’s Viewer
Lights, camera, romance! Here are ten romance flicks to binge through this Valentine’s Day, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
If You’re In Love With Someone From The Wrong Side Of The Tracks
The Notebook (2005)
Despite being opposites in many ways, Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) managed to make it work. Also, this movie is one of the most quotable romance movies of all time. If you’re a bird, I’m a bird!
Alternative Option: Grease (1978)
If 90s Leonardo Di Caprio Is Still The Ultimate Bae
In 1997, Leonardo Di Caprio was the most beautiful man on earth and we all knew it. Relive the glory days by watching Titanic, the sad but swooningly romantic tale of Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater, and don’t forget to yell at Rose for not making room on the door. (There totally was room.)
Alternative Option: Romeo + Juliet (1996)
If You Had A Bad Attitude In School
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Have you ever been described by classmates as a ‘heinous bitch’? Were you just generally smarter and better than everyone else? Did you ever wish a chain-smoking bad boy who looked exactly like Heath Ledger would stop being intimidated by your sassy mouth and serenade you at school while being chased by security? This is the film for you.
Alternative Option: Sing Street (2016)
If You’re Falling For Your Best Friend
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Harry (Billy Crystal) is incredibly obnoxious you first meet him but the chemistry between him and Sally (Meg Ryan) is electric. When they finally get together (this isn’t a spoiler, folks…this is an article about romance films) you too will start pounding on the table and yelling “Yes! Yes! YES!!!”
Alternative Option: Moonlight (2016)
If You Like The Strong But Sensitive Type
Dirty Dancing (1987)
There are few things we love more than a seemingly stone-cold dude who gradually melts to reveal a heart of gold and Johnny (Patrick Swayze) as Baby’s (Jennifer Grey) moody dance instructor is it. Nobody puts this movie in a corner.
Alternative Option: Beauty And The Beast (2017)
If You’re Painfully Shy, But You Wish Someone Special Would Notice You
This movie about a kooky French girl who derives pleasure from putting her hands in sacks of beans and carrying out random acts of kindness around Paris is a) one of the best films you will ever watch b) so romantic you will cry tears of pure happiness.
Alternative Option: Carol (2015)
If Your Ideal Date Involves Driving Around Rome On A Vespa
Roman Holiday (1953)
Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) gets fed up of her regimented life and goes for a jaunt around Rome with Joe (Gregory Peck), a handsome reporter who is torn between getting an exclusive scoop and his budding feelings for the princess. The ending is bittersweet, but you’ll remember it forever. Also a great choice for fans of The Crown whose favourite character is Margaret.
Alternative Option: The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
If You’re A Single Man In Possession Of A Good Fortune
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
There are people who will argue that nobody can touch Colin Firth as the OG Mr Darcy in the 1995 BBC mini-series, but it’s nearly five and a half hours long, and we have lots of films to get through. Matthew McFayden does a great job as the frosty Mr Darcy (I warned you we had a type) who falls head over heels for the sparky and witty Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley), even though her family is poor and embarrassing.
Alternative Option: Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
If ‘In Sickness And In Health’ Means The World To You
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
In no movie is coughing up blood ever good news, especially if you’re a high-end sex worker in turn-of-the-century France, so you know Satine (Nicole Kidman) and Christian (Ewan McGregor) aren’t going to get a happy ending. But it hurts so good, and the soundtrack is ridiculously amazing.
Alternative Option: Me Before You (2016)
If You Like Romance, But Also Explosions
Baby Driver (2017)
Our second film on this list with a lead named Baby (Ansel Elgort)! Baby, a super capable driver who works for a crime ring, falls for a friendly waitress named Debbie (Lily James), but his connection to the shadowy underworld ends up nearly killing them both. The only flaw this film has is the presence of the execrable pervert Kevin Spacey, but you can just fast-forward through his scenes.
Alternative Option: Wonder Woman (2017)