Valentine’s Day is approaching and everyone has different feelings about it, especially under these particularly strange circumstances.
Whether you’re single, with a partner, away from your partner, or just looking for a specific type of romance movie, there’s something for you on this list.
Enemies of lovers: “10 things I hate about you”
This’ 90s remake of Shakespeare’s “The Tame Shrew” follows two sisters, Kat and Bianca. Because Bianca can’t go out until Kat has a boyfriend, she plans an elaborate plot to find a boyfriend for her sister, and that’s where Patrick, played by the late Heath Ledger, comes in. The real beauty of the movie is watching Kat and Patrick pulling the layers off their tough characters to fall in love with each other. “10 things I hate about you” is arguably one of the best executions of the enemies to lovers trope.
Fall for a celebrity? “Notting Hill”
Considering the myriad of ’90s romantic comedies that Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts were each in, it’s no surprise that they ended up playing a couple in one of them. Grant plays a shy and goofy independent bookstore owner living in Notting Hill. When Anna Scott de Roberts, a famous Hollywood actress, walks into her store one day, it changes her life forever.
Roberts’ quiet confidence and Grant’s goofy demeanor form the perfect combination as we watch them navigate issues like dishonesty and being in the spotlight. You can’t help but pass out as Roberts recites his one-to-one quote: “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy asking him to love him.”
Healthy teen romance: “To all the boys I’ve loved before”
Has your little sister ever sent your secret stash of letters to your crushes, inevitably leading one of them to fall in love with you? Probably not, but “To all the boys I’ve loved before” illustrates some of the sweetest parts of teenage romance – to wonder if the feeling is mutual with that first kiss. Watching Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky’s fake love story come true is sure to be your satisfaction.
Escapist Romance: “Crazy Rich Asians”
An aesthetically pleasing film with an all-Asian cast, “Crazy Rich Asians” answers the question: what if you found out that your partner was secretly a millionaire? It follows the story of Rachel Chu and Nick Young, a seemingly ordinary couple living in New York City. Rachel agrees to escort Nick to her best friend’s wedding in Singapore where she discovers that her family is much richer than she had led them to believe. When she comes up against the disapproval of some of Nick’s friends and family, it causes a breakdown in their relationship and they must find each other again despite all obstacles in their way. It’s a touching story about the power of family and love.
Reconnect with your childhood: “Always be my maybe”
Childhood best friends Sasha and Marcus meet 16 years after sleeping together as a teenager, and they become friends again. The film follows them as they discover their feelings for each other despite the marked differences in their current life trajectories. It also features a hilarious cameo of Keanu Reeves playing an over the top version of himself. Many of us haven’t been able to meet many of the people we love in person over the past year or so, so it’s fun to watch a movie that shows the joy of reconnecting.
Workplace romance: “Proposal”
If you’re doing an internship right now, it’s most likely virtual, so you probably won’t meet anyone in the office. But you can remember a time when it was possible with “The Proposal”. Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) and Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) fall in love one weekend after years of hating each other? Sign me up! When Margaret, a nervous book editor, finds out that she is in danger of being deported from the United States, she quickly becomes engaged to her assistant, Andrew, and follows him on a trip to her hometown in Alaska, where she meet his fun. loving family. It’s endearing to follow Margaret as she slowly opens up to him and his family and realizes that Andrew is more than she previously thought. This movie has a lot of delicious and fun moments, and Betty White, who plays Reynolds’ eccentric grandmother, makes it ten times better.
A Christmas Rom-Com: “The happiest season”
Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis exude chemistry as love interests in this romcom. When Harper (Davis) invites his girlfriend Abby (Stewart) to spend Christmas with her family, she leaves out an important detail: her parents didn’t know she was gay. Fearing this information could affect her father’s mayoral campaign, Abby and Harper pretend they’re just roommates, but as expected, things don’t go exactly as planned. Home to a mix of sweet and sad moments, âHappiest Seasonâ demonstrates the power of found friendship and family, and it reminds us of the freedom that comes with being who you are meant to be.
A Tearjerker: “An unforgettable walk”
While not as well-known as âThe Notebook,â Nicholas Sparks’ âA Walk to Rememberâ is just as heart-wrenching, if not more so. When Landon Carter (Shane West) asks Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) for help rehearsing a play, she promises to help him as long as he doesn’t fall in love with her. When he inevitably does, he is devastated to find out that she has a terminal illness and will die soon. It’s a heartbreaking yet compelling story about dealing with loss as a teenager and finding the power to love through it all.
Bonnie and Clyde-Style Rom-Com: “The Lovebirds”
Right after breaking up, a couple, played by Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, are accidentally involved in a murder. Now, they have no choice but to find the murderer while navigating their current relationship status. Full of comedy, action and utter chaos, “The Lovebirds” sees Rae and Nanjiani are a distraught couple who try at all costs to avoid prison. Unlike many of the other movies on this list, this isn’t a couple getting together for the first time. Instead, it takes a couple stuck in their ways and a little frustrated with each other and rock their relationship with a murder.
A love story of time travel: “About the weather”
In this charming English romance, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he has inherited the ability to time travel and decides to first use it to make a girlfriend. Eventually, after a few mishaps along the way, he begins to see this power as more than a way to get what he wants. It becomes a story that is less about time travel and more about the intricacies of life and learning to appreciate those little moments, from the mundane to the extraordinary. You walk into this movie expecting a cheesy romantic flick and come out with a new take on life.
(Another) Rom-Com from the 90s high school: “Distraught”
As if you needed a reason to watch “Clueless!” Dear Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), who’s at the top of her food chain in high school, decides to give new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover with the help of her friend Dionne Davenport (Stacey Dash). But when Tai becomes more popular than Cherand becomes interested in the same guy she loves, she has new insights into her life and decides to do something about it. The real strengths of this movie – aside, of course, from young Paul Rudd – are the amazing female friendships, which also makes it a perfect Valentine’s Day movie.
Unusual British Rom-Com: “Bridget Jones Diary”
This early 2000s romantic comedy, loosely based on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” follows a 32-year-old woman caught between two men – one an arrogant English playboy played by Hugh Grant and the other a posh lawyer. played by Colin Firth. Despite a few non-PC jokes that might not hold up well today, it’s refreshing to see a woman in a romantic comedy who’s far from perfect but still deserves love. The sequels, âBridget Jones: The Edge of Reasonâ and âBridget Jones’ Baby,â are also fun.
Stuck in a time loop on her sister’s wedding day, Sarah (Cristin Milioti) forms a budding relationship with Nyles (Andy Samberg), a wedding guest. The film follows the couple as they fight, have fun, fall in love, and try to break out of the time loop. Living the same day over and over is a common trope, but âPalm Springsâ brings a unique take on the genre, showing off some of the darker frustrations that come with it while still managing to inject sweet romantic moments in between.
Recalling Past Relationships: “The Broken Hearts Gallery”
Lucy (Geraldine Viswanathan) has at least one memory of all of her failed relationships. When she meets Nick (Dacre Montgomery), he convinces her to hang up a tie from her most recent relationship in the hotel he’s building. Inspired by this, she creates a gallery of broken hearts, where people can leave their memories of past relationships with a note on what they mean to them.
The two quickly become friends as they build the hotel and gallery together. And as that friendship evolves into something more, they face complicated exes and even more heartache before they finally make their way into each other’s hearts. âThe Broken Hearts Galleryâ illustrates the importance of letting go of grief and opening up to new experiences.