Best romance movies to stream this Valentine’s Day weekend

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Love is in the air! Valentine’s weekend is here and there’s nothing better than spending it with your loved one on the couch watching a romantic movie! Whether you spend your day with your partner or with yourself, here are the best romance movies to stream.

Best romance movies to stream this weekend

Palm Springs: Hulu

Palm Springs it might be the newest movie I have on my list, and it’s just one of my favorites. Growing up with Andy Samberg, he and the entire Lonely Island crew helped shape my comedy as a young teenager. Watching him continually produce great work has been one of the greatest joys of my movie watching life.

In Palm Springs, Samberg plays Nyles, a carefree “plus-one” at a wedding for his girlfriend’s best friend; Christin Milioti plays Sarah, an equally carefree sister to the bride. These two people are somewhere they don’t want to be, but for Nyles, he can’t leave.

In one of the newest and most innovative spins on the groundhog day, Nyles is stuck in a time loop, constantly reliving the current day. Nothing can break the loop, neither sleep nor distance nor even death will prevent the day from being reset the next morning. After Sarah accidentally follows Nyles into a cave, she too is stuck in the loop.

Meanwhile, Sarah and Nyles learn from each other – I mean they have all the time in the world, they might as well – and their romance explodes. What I love about this film is that it’s not just about the relationship between Nyles and Sarah, but about finding meaning to go on living. Nyles has been stuck in this time loop for so long he’s lost count, and the fact that he’s basically invincible has made him question the importance of life. Sarah not only shows him that there is more to life, but she shows him that there is a reason to live. It’s a very beautiful message that connects this wonderful film.

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If Beale Street Could Talk: Hulu

How far would you go to prove the innocence of the person you love? In Barry Jenkins, the beautiful adaptation of James Baldwin’s highly acclaimed novel seems to answer that question. After Fonny (Stephan James) goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit, his pregnant girlfriend Tish (KiKi Layne) and her parents try to prove his innocence.

Barry Jenkins tells this film with intertwined stories of past and present. You watch the love between Tish and Fonny blossom, which makes the fall even harder to deal with. Everything about this film is beautiful, which makes sense coming from Barry Jenkins, because this romantic drama will cause you as much pain as it likes.

About the weather: Netflix

About time is for romantics who just want a second chance. After turning 21, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns from his father (Bill Nighy) that he has the ability to time travel and change the events of his own life. Tim uses this trick when he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) and tries again and again to make her fall in love with him. This film is very charming, and even if the time travel aspect doesn’t make sense – it just goes into a closet and then appears in the past – the film is endearing enough that audiences won’t care.

That chemistry between Gleeson and McAdams was wonderful, and Nighy gives a great performance as well. It was also one of Margot Robbie’s first roles – who would also the wolf of Wall Street this year – and Vanessa Kirby. The first hour of this movie is one of the best the romance genre has to offer. Although it diminishes a bit in the second half, the ending remains emotional and very sweet.

Midnight in Paris: Netflix/Hulu

The second love movie from the early 2010s involving time travel starring Rachel McAdams and streaming on Netflix is Midnight in Paris. The only twist is that instead of Rachel McAdams being the one the protagonist, in this case Gil (Owen Wilson), falls in love with, she’s the one he falls in love with.

Gil, an envious writer from the past and unconnected to the present, is in Paris with his fiancee Inez (McAdams) and her family as they attempt to plan their wedding. Already feeling tense about the upcoming wedding, Gil decides to take a late walk around Paris only to meet at a 1920s bar every night at midnight.

Similar to About timetime travel itself is not much explained, and also similar to About time, it does not matter. When Gil travels back in time, he finds himself in the presence of some of the most famous authors of all time: Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates), Ernest Hemingway (Cory Stoll) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston). It’s here that Gil sparks a near-romance not just with Adriana (Marion Cotillard) but with time itself, one that delves into what it means to love a person and a place. Wilson’s performance is the best of his career, so far, and the film should do enough to help anyone understand love.

Adam Sandler, Paul Thomas Anderson, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman at a photocall for ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ during the 55th Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, May 19, 2002. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Punch Drunk Love: HBO Max

Paul Thomas Anderson is no stranger to romantic films – his most recent romantic film, Licorice Pizzajust landed 3 Oscar nominations – but love stuffed with punch was his real dive into the “genre”. love stuffed with punch stars Adam Sandler, yes… Adam Sandler from the early 2000s, as Barry Egan, a lonely, socially awkward and anxious business owner.

Egan’s loneliness gets him in trouble, but it’s his love that gets him out of it. This film follows Egan as he steps out of his comfort zone and falls in love with Lena (Emily Watson), and must confront the “Mattress Man” (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). It’s one of Anderson’s most comedic films, but it’s also his most romantic.

The symbolism of Barry and Lena’s love is all over the place, whether it’s in the clothes, the color tints on the lens, or a broken harmonium Barry finds on the street, PTA makes sense of it all. Adam Sandler delivers one of his best performances in a film that shows you the most… chaotic side of love.

When Harry Met Sally…: HBO Max

This wouldn’t be a complete list if I didn’t include When Harry met Sally…. This film shows you that the person you love can be in front of you all the time.

Meeting through a mutual friend, Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) both take a long trip to New York, and along the way, a friendship develops between the two, even they can sometimes repel each other. Time passes as Harry and Sally go through different jobs and relationships, frequently meeting in the big city. Each time they do, they get closer until they finally go.

It’s a truly romantic film of patience and love. Crystal and Ryan give great performances, and the writing of this film is completely engulfed in true love.

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 18: Actress Zooey Deschanel and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the film ‘500 Days Of Summer’ pose for a portrait at the Film Lounge Media Center during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images)

500 Days of Summer: Amazon Prime

Before Marc Webb did The Amazing Spider-Man movies, he did an amazing romantic comedy that has one of my all-time favorite scripts. Summer isn’t just a girl, played by Zooey Deschanel, but a state of being for Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). 500 days of summer works because it’s real. Instead of acting it out as a fantasy, it shows the fantasy and how it’s different from the real world.

Summer and Tom’s relationship was never going to last, she was upfront about it, but Tom was still trying to make something work. There were great moments, and lesser moments, and this movie does a wonderful job of showing how every day can “feel” like summer, even when it isn’t. It may not be the most promising rom-com, but it’s one of the best.

The sick man: Amazon Prime

The big sick is Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon – played by Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan respectively – a true romantic comedy. The duo wrote this film together, for which they were nominated for an Oscar, because it tells how they met, fell in love, broke up and how Kumail learned that it was her.

This movie is hilarious, which makes sense coming from the mind of Kumail Nanjiani, but it’s also heartbreaking. What happens in this film provides for some very dramatic and terrifying moments that Kumail and Emily’s parents have to go through. Watching Kumail realize that Emily means more to him than traditions. Also featuring Holly Hunter and Ray Romano in some of their best work.

Once: Amazon Prime

I couldn’t complete this list without a musical, what better choice than Once. Once is a love story about friendship that ultimately remains a friendship. Meeting on the street, Guy (Hansard) and Girl (Irglová) form a bond during a week in Dublin where the two write, perform and record music that tells of their love.

Both Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová are amazing in this film. It’s the kind of low-budget passion piece that you can’t help but be charmed by. The songs are amazing, all original to Hansard and Irglová, including the song “Falling Slowly” which won Hansard and Irglová the Oscar for Best Original Song.

If you like movies that charm you from start to finish, this is a great movie.

What films will you be showing this weekend?

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