Who says singles can’t have fun on Valentine’s Day? Whether you choose to celebrate solo or grab your gal pals for a chick flick night, here are our top Valentine’s movies for singles:
Bridget Jones’ Diary: Bridget can’t seem to find the right guy until she realizes that he never left her side. But don’t get too caught up in the story — we advise waiting at least 12 hours before texting your best guy pal and spilling the contents of your diary.
My Best Friend’s Wedding: Another story about the love that’s right under our noses… or is it? We root for and cringe as Julia Roberts tackles falling in love with her best friend when they reconnect right before his wedding.
Practical Magic: Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock make the perfect girls’ night duo as these movie sisters reunite to destroy evil and find true love. Grab your girlfriends, make a few magic potions of your own (martinis!) and enjoy.
Sleepless in Seattle: Think online dating is awkward? Try falling in love over the radio! We’re suckers for Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in this romantic Valentine’s Day movie.
Classic love stories
Want a soaring epic romance for your Valentine’s Day movie night? We love our light, modern romantic comedies, but they’ve got nothing on the heartwrenching love stories in these classic films:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Audrey Hepburn is perfect as the ultra-chic Holly Golightly, who finds love right under her nose. Will this love withstand her past as it catches up with her new glamorous life?
Roman Holiday: We watch as Gregory Peck, an American journalist, and Audrey Hepburn, an Italian princess, fall in love in this classic love story.
The Philadelphia Story: Carey Grant, Jimmy Stewart and Katherine Hepburn make a great ensemble cast. Hepburn is about to get married until Grant and Stewart arrive and shake things up.
An Affair To Remember: Carey Grant and Deborah Kerr star in this classic love story that has us all wishing for true loves waiting at the top of the Empire State Building.
The Way We Were: Again, sometimes that thing we’ve been waiting for is right under our noses! Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford cross paths throughout their lives. Will love outlast their strong political and ideological differences?
Families with teens
Planning a Valentine’s Day movie night with your teens? Picking a romantic movie can be tricky when you factor in all the love scenes, romantic embraces and overall messages you may or may not want to share with your teen. Here are a few family-friendly picks for families with teens – they’re pretty PG in comparison to other Valentine’s Day movies out there.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet: Teenagers appreciate the modern setting of the movie while parents appreciate that Shakespeare’s dialogue remains untouched. It’s the classic tale of teen love – full of angst and passionate devotion.
16 Candles: Can life get any worse when you’re an awkward teenager with a crush on the most popular boy in school? Watch it all unfold in this coming-of-age film starring Molly Ringwald. Just don’t tell your teens it’s a cult classic from your era!
Bend It Like Beckham: The perfect Valentine’s Day movie for a sports family! This movie maintains the perfect balance of romance and everyday teenage issues.
Ever After: Teenagers will find a new appreciation for this grown-up retelling of Cinderella starring Drew Barrymore while they fall in love with her prince charming.
10 Things I Hate About You: Another Shakespeare story, but this modern adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew has no traces of stodgy Shakespearian language. The lesson of this movie is to not always judge a book by its cover; after all, the “bad boy” (in this case, played by Heath Ledger) may be the right guy!
Top Valentine’s Day movies for New Couples
Garden State: An original story line and great soundtrack make this movie an instant classic.
Chocolat: Who would think that a delectable chocolate store could cause such strife! Vianne must transform the views of angry villagers while she falls for a traveling gypsy.
Jerry Maguire: “You had me at hello.” Need we say more?
Titanic: Perhaps the most intense love story on film mixed with action-packed scenes make this the perfect romantic film for both men and women. Use caution if you’re uncomfortable with the nude drawing scene…
500 Days of Summer: Tom, who believes in destiny and love at first sight, falls in love with Summer — who does not believe in true love. Guys and girls alike will appreciate the twists that make this movie truly original.
Top Valent1. Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!: Hurray! It’s Valentine’s Day!
Featuring episodes from the science-based TV series for preschoolers The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, this DVD provides educational entertainment centered around a theme of friendship. Kids will learn about natural science as they embark on interesting adventures with the Cat, Nick and Sally, Fish, and Thing 1 and Thing 2.
2. Madly Madagascar
Our wild Madagascar friends are back in a direct-to-DVD Valentine’s special. Valentine’s Day is Alex’s favorite holiday, and he and the gang all have plans for the big day of love. And that crazy King Julien? Yeah, he’s got a love potion. Nothing dangerous about that! The DVD also includes 2 bonus features: “Hammy’s Boomerang Adventure” and “First Flight.”
3. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (DVD) (1975)
This classic and much-loved Peanuts story centers on the romantic yearnings of Charlie Brown. As Valentine’s Day approaches, Lucy tries to get Schroeder to give her a card, Sally chases after Linus, and poor Charlie Brown dreams of getting just one valentine. Also includes You’re in Love, Charlie Brown and It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown.
Another Charlie Brown Valentin’s Day special, A Charlie Brown Valentine, is also available on DVD (compare prices). This special aired in 2002, after the death of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, but it was based on one of his cartoon strips. A Charlie Brown Valentine focuses on Charlie’s desire to give the Little Red-Haired Girl a valentine and contains some truly memorable moments.
4.Winnie the Pooh – A Valentine for You: Special Edition
This special edition release contains two classic Winnie the Pooh stories: in “Un-Valentine’s Day,” Rabbit forces everyone to promise that they will not sent Valentines, causing secret Valentine sending chaos; and “A Valentine for You” tells the story of the time everyone got worried that Christopher Robin had been bitten by the love bug, the smitten. The movie also contains a bonus story, “My Hero.”
5.Clifford The Big Red Dog – King Clifford / Be My Big Red Valentine (2002)
Scholastic Entertainment brings you this DVD with two adventures with Clifford, the Big Red Dog, “King Clifford” and “Be My Big Red Valentine.” Clifford’s heart is as big as his body, and he never lets his best friends down. “Be My Bid Red Valentine” is often featured on PBS on or around Valentine’s Day, and is considered a classic.
Valentine’s Day Movies for Families
Lady and the Tramp
Lady is a well-bred cocker spaniel who falls for Tramp, a charming mutt from the opposite side of the tracks who shows her excitement and adventure. This timeless classic still delights families with its heartwarming love story and famous spaghetti scene more than 50 years after its release.
Run time: 76 Minutes
The Princess Bride
Buttercup thinks that she will never see her beloved Westley again after his ship is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts. When Westley returns, the couple must conquer an evil prince, a dangerous Fire Swamp and even death before they can finally be reunited.
Run time: 98 minutes
Beauty and the Beast
In the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture, a prince is cursed to be a hideous beast forever unless he finds true love before his 21st birthday. When he takes the unconventional Belle as a prisoner he begins to fall in love, but will she return his feelings before it is too late?
Run time: 84 minutes
Gnomeo & Juliet
In this animated rendition of Shakespeare’s classic, Gnomeo and Juliet are garden gnomes from feuding clans. The star-crossed duo will charm parents and kids alike with their over the top adventures as they fumble towards a happy ending.
Run time: 84 minutes
Princess Fiona is cursed to be a beauty by day and an ogress by night. When she falls in love with the ogre Shrek the curse is broken, but Fiona is surprised to find that her true form is not what she had expected. Kids will learn the power of real beauty from this comic parody of classic fairytales.
Run time: 93 minutes
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Giselle, a bubbly princess-to-be, is banished to New York City’s Times Square by a wicked queen. Fairytale romance gets a modern makeover when Giselle discovers that her true love is not a handsome prince but a jaded divorce lawyer.
Run time: 107 minutes
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Kids will love WALL·E, a curious robot who lives in a distant future when trash covers the globe and people have to live on a giant spaceship. When WALL·E falls for the sophisticated robot EVE, it will be up to the two of them to save the world and bring the human race back to Earth.
Run time: 98 minutes
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This animated musical tells the tale of Ted, a 12-year-old boy who sets out in search of a living tree to please his crush Audrey. When he meets the Once-ler, Ted learns why all the trees are gone and makes it his mission to plant the last remaining seed.
Run time: 86 minutes
Awesome Valentine’s Day movies for kids
Lady and the Tramp
This Disney classic stands the test of time. It’s the sweet story of opposites attracting: the prim and proper cocker spaniel Lady and the free-spirited mutt Tramp.
Beauty and the Beast
Another timeless tale of romantic love, Beauty and the Beast is the story of a young lady willing to look beyond appearances to find true love. You can’t judge a book by its cover, as the saying goes. Belle loves the tales of Prince Charming found in her books, but the Beast is far from perfect when she first meets him. This Disney classic is a beautifully done story of forgiveness and acceptance.
TangledAny Disney princess film is a great Valentine’s Day movie for kids pick, but the fiercely independent, creative, and a bit emotionally confused Rapunzel is one of Disney’s most interesting heroines. In another tale of opposites attracting, she falls for the somewhat mercenary loner Flynn, who learns to be a better man because of her. Vi
This charming comedy by Rob Reiner is a fun and hilarious tale of everlasting love that has become a “must-see” Valentine’s Day classic. Today’s moms grew up with this film, and can now share the fun with their kids. This is also a sweet slumber party movie for any occasion.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love. It is also about celebrating the love between parents and children and between friends. “Finding Nemo” is about a father, Marlin, and his relentless search for his child, Nemo, after they get separated when Nemo disobeys him. Love shows Marlin the way, but he can’t get by without the help of his friends, especially Dory, the little blue fish with a big heart, but no short-term memory
Wizard of Oz
What better way to celebrate friendship on Valentine’s Day than with the story of The Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and Dorothy, who help each other reach their hearts’ desires. What character rhapsodizes romantic love better than the Tin Man with his plaintive melody “If I Only Had a Heart…”? This is one of the greatest movies ever made for kids, and Valentine’s Day is a wonderful day to share it with them.
Toy Story 3
A gang of neglected toys shows each other the true meaning of friendship as they undertake a journey to reunite with their owner Andy, now all grown up. In Disney Pixar’s animated adventure, the friends show each other shows the importance of sticking together to discover where they really belong and who they really are. Why not sing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” on Valentine’s Day?
The sun will definitely come out on Valentine’s Day with a screening of this classic musical. “Annie” celebrates all kinds of love, from Annie’s friendship to the stray dog she adopts, Sandy. But most of all, Annie is about the love a curmudgeonly millionaire develops for the spunky redhead he adopts. for a review.
“Shrek” celebrates true friendship and true love in a fun and clever adventure of self-discovery and self-acceptance. It’s a sendup of classic fairy tales with the princess experiencing a very different kind of transformation as she takes on “love’s true form.” A sweet tale of unlikely romance.
The Secret World of Arrietty
This is a charming tale of friendship and first love between a tiny girl, called a Borrower, and a human boy. It’s a beautifully animated work of Japanese anime from Disney appropriate for all ages. It’s nothing less than a poetic work of art
Best Romantic Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day
– Love and Basketball
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Nobody watches the WNBA because they look like men, but play like women…
While many romance movies are difficult for men to watch, Love & Basketball goes a long way into drawing men into this “chick flick” genre by incorporating an underlying sports theme. Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan) meet on the basketball court as kids, and their love/hate relationship keeps their lives intersecting as they live their individual dreams of playing pro ball. If you’re young, enjoy sports, or crave passion, this movie’s for you.
Best Quote: Monica “It’s a trip, you know? When you’re a kid, you see the life you want, and it never crosses your mind that it’s not gonna turn out that way.”
19 – Cactus Flower
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Kate Hudson’s mom, Goldie Hawn, won an Oscar for her portrayal of Toni Simmons, a confused 21-year old woman in a relationship with an older man (Walter Matthau). Although it looks like an Austin Powers film, Hawn’s wit and charm allows you to still get into it. The intertwining love story about the various lies a dentist tells to keep a relationship was remade in 2011 by Adam Sandler in Just Go With It. So if you hate old movies, read about Cactus Flower and compare it to that one throughout so you look smart about pop culture.
Best Quote: Igor Sullivan (Rick Lenz) “You were going about it all wrong. I believe you’re supposed to put your head in the stove.”
Toni ” It’s a second hand stove. There were no directions
Lost in Translation (2003)
Although it’s one of those bleak comedies, Lost in Translation has a great romance at its heart. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) really capture what it feels like to be travelling somewhere foreign and wanting a connection. The brief moments of Anna Farris spoofing Cameron Diaz add just the right amount of laughs to tide you over until the moment when Bob whispers something in Charlotte’s ear, and they say goodbye. If V-Day makes you blah, you’ll most def wanna check this one out.
Best Quote: Bob “Can you keep a secret? I’m trying to organize a prison break. I’m looking for, like, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?”
When in Rome
When in Rome is an underrated film. She plays Beth, an ambitious New Yorker who steals some coins from a famous love fountain in Italy during her sister’s wedding. Because of her theft, she’s chased down by Danny DeVito, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, and Dax Shepard, who are under a love spell. The movie is lighthearted, funny, and a great way to create and celebrate a happy Valentine’s Day.
Best Quote: Beth “It’s like, I meet a guy, and I think it’s great, and anyone else would just be thinking about how much greater it’s going to get. And I’m constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop.”
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) always has problems—the media hates him, the police hate him, other superheroes hate him, and he’s constantly struggling with his love life because of it. Regardless of how you feel about the new Spider-Man series, they made the right move dropping Mary Jane for Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Their romance is one of the most memorable in comic book history (spoiler alert: she dies).
Best Quote: Peter Parker “We all have secrets: the ones we keep… and the ones that are kept from us.”
This Means War (2012)
Reese Witherspoon is a Valentine’s Day treat you won’t soon forget. All of her romantic comedies are great, but This Means War wins for mixing spy-vs-spy action into the mix. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy do a great job of keeping men distracted from Reese’s message that it’s OK to date multiple people. Adventurous couples will love this action-packed romp.
Best Quote: Trish (Chelsea Handler) “Don’t go with the better guy, go with the guy who makes you better.”
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Zooey Deschanel is that quirky girl everyone wants to be or be with. Basically the boy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) meets a girl (Deschanel), and falls in love, but she’s not into it. The movie highlights their relationship in a non-linear fashion, and is a great portrayal of modern love and relationships. If you’re the romantic type, (500) Days of Summer will make you believe true love exists.
Best Quote: Narrator “If Tom had learned anything… it was that you can’t ascribe great cosmic significance to a simple earthly event. Coincidence, that’s all anything ever is, nothing more than coincidence… Tom had finally learned—there are no miracles. There’s no such thing as fate, nothing is meant to be. He knew, he was sure of it now”
About a Boy (2002)
You wouldn’t think watching a man hang out with an unrelated boy would be weird. Knowing that man is Hugh Grant, who chose a ragged hooker over his knockout wife Elizabeth Hurley makes it a little more awkward on paper, but on film, it plays beautifully. This is a buddy flick and a romance rolled into one, and it teaches men that parenting isn’t scary. If you’re a slacker who still hasn’t grown up, About a Boy is for you.
Best Quote: Will “The thing is, a person’s life is like a TV show. I was the star of The Will Show. And The Will Show wasn’t an ensemble drama. Guests came and went, but I was the regular. It came down to me and me alone. If Marcus’ mum couldn’t manage her own show, if her ratings were falling, it was sad, but that was her problem. Ultimately, the whole single mum plotline was a bit complicated for me.”
Spoiler Alert: The ship sinks, and it takes like half the movie. Before it happens though, Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) steals Rose (Kate Winslett) from her rich husband-to-be. If you watch the film closely, you’ll notice Rose withholds the blue gem from the man looking for it (holding up an expensive expedition) so she can tell him the story of the man she left for a man she promised she’d never let go of (before disposing of his body in the waters, never to be found or identified), before throwing the damn gem into the ocean. What a bitch.
Best Quote: Jack “I’m the king of the world!!”Love, Actually (2003)
Love Actually follows the intertwining stories of eight British couples dealing with love in very different ways. It’s a romantic comedy and a Christmas film, but it is in no way sappy. It’s a touching comedy filled with amazing moments. It’s impossible to watch this movie without laughing, crying, and falling in love with at least one character. Love Actually is the best romantic comedy ever written.
Best Quote: Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) “Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!”
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Good idea: telling your wife and/or girlfriend you want to watch this Oscar-nominated Leonardo DiCaprio flick. It’ll make you sound like you’re genuinely interested in the financial crisis and things we can do to save the economy. You can even tell them you got the idea from this Lifehack from bona fide Bank whistleblower Brian Penny.
Bad idea: telling your wife and/or girlfriend you downloaded the DVD screener from The Pirate Bay before the release date, and it’s filled with naked women. When Leo snorts coke off a hooker’s bum in the first five minutes, act like you had no idea it would be like this—then sit back, relax, and watch your dream life acted out before your very eyes. This is the best shot you have at opening the conversation about watching porn with your girlfriend (here’s the facts before you even open your mouth to say you don’t: Porn Statistics).
Best Quote: Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) “I am not gonna die sober!”