You’d be surprised how few movies center around Valentine’s Day. According to Wikipedia, only a dozen movies are directly related to Valentine’s Day, and even among them, very few are romantic movies. Surprisingly, most Valentine’s Day movies are actually horror. We get it – the loving Valentine’s tone and theme contrasts well with the horror and gore.
Either way, there seem to be very few Valentine’s Day movies worth watching (as you’ll soon find out). Luckily, we’re here to determine the good and value of skippable.
These are the ten best Valentine’s Day movies of all time, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
ten I hate Valentine’s Day – 16%
i hate valentines day stars and was written and directed by Nia Vardalos, who is well known for My Fat Greek Wedding. Vardalos plays Geneviève Gernier, a florist who, you guessed it, hates Valentine’s Day.
She refuses to go on more than five dates with any given man, but that of course changes when she meets the hunky Greg Gatlin, played by John Corbett. It’s a clichéd story, and if the reviews speak volumes, it’s certainly not worth watching. Maybe skip this one…
9 Valentine’s Day – 18%
There are no more Valentine’s Day than Valentine’s day. Sadly, it’s another movie you can skip without feeling like you’re missing a thing. This one comes from Gary Marshall, and it features an admittedly fantastic cast.
However, this is just one of many poor love, in fact scams that plagued the 2000s. Valentine’s day suffers under a host of rom-com cliches that you obviously see a mile coming, and the cast is surprisingly flat. We expected a lot more.
8 My Fucking Valentine – 47%
My dear love is technically rotten, but it looks like a masterpiece next to i hate valentines day and Valentine’s day. This is a small horror slasher released in 1981 that caused considerable controversy. The level of blood and gore was highly questionable, and the MPAA forced the creators to cut nine minutes from the finished film.
It received lackluster reviews as a result, but has since garnered a substantial following. It’s low budget and a bit dated by today’s standards, but well worth watching if you want to see one of the oldest and most influential installments in the slasher genre.
seven My Bloody Valentine 3D – 60%
That said, if you want a more modern retelling of the story, you can’t go wrong with My Bloody Valentine 3D. It was a 3D remake of the original and was released in 2009 to generally positive reception. It was generally hailed for its unique blend of old-school thrills with modern technology and filmmaking techniques, and it grossed over $100 million at the worldwide box office.
It’s definitely not your traditional Valentine’s Day movie, but if you’re looking for something a little different, My Bloody Valentine 3D is your movie.
6 A case to remember – 62%
Maybe you don’t want to watch a movie called A case to remember on Valentine’s Day, and we get that. But if you don’t, you’re missing out on one of the most romantic movies ever made. The film is a remake of the 1939 film love affair and stars the irresistible Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.
Despite the lackluster score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is well-known among moviegoers, and it was rated the fifth most “passionate” film of all time by the American Film Institute.
5 Happy Death Day 2U – 70%
Happy Death Day 2U is another slasher movie, but it’s much funnier and more entertaining than My Bloody Valentine 3D. The movie, as you can probably guess, is a 2017 sequel happy day of the deadand it again stars Jessica Rothe as Tree Gelbman, a woman who is forced to relive the same day over and over again.
This sequel received generally positive reception, and many reviewers praised both Rothe’s performance and the sequel’s shift towards a more sci-fi-inspired direction. Maybe it’s your thing, maybe not. But if so, you should definitely look it up.
4 Happy Death Day – 71%
And here we come to the original happy day of the dead! Released two years before the sequel, happy day of the dead follows Rothe’s Tree Gelbman as she tracks down her killer while reliving the same day. She believes that stopping her killer from murdering her is the only way to stop the violent time loop she finds herself in.
It’s a wonderfully unique take on typical slasher conventions – and just when they said they weren’t making original movies anymore! It’s a simpler slasher than its sci-fi-inspired sequel, but it’s just as fun.
3 Insomnia in Seattle – 74%
You simply can’t go wrong with Insomnia in Seattle. It’s an undeniable classic. It stars the ever-brilliant Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, who share kinetic chemistry despite spending most of the film apart. Such is the magic of Nora Ephron’s writing and directing.
It’s amazing how romantic and warm she can make this seemingly impossible task, and she imbues the story with rich characterization, drama and unrelenting sweetness. It’s one of the greatest (and cutest) romantic comedies of all time.
2 Child Obvious – 91%
Obvious child collected many comparisons with Juno as soon as it comes out. As Junothe film follows a young woman who becomes unexpectedly pregnant and must grapple with the implications of keeping or aborting the baby.
Contrary to Juno, the protagonist decides to have an abortion, and the film handles this decision with maturity and intelligence. It garnered excellent reviews at Sundance and during its wide release, with many praising the film’s strength, strong voice, and humor.
1 Picnic at the hanging rock – 95%
We warn you now, Picnic at the hanging rock isn’t your typical Valentine’s Day movie. But it’s still a fascinating film. It is adapted from a novel written by Joan Lindsay and tells the story of an unsolved disappearance at Hanging Rock in Australia on Valentine’s Day.
The film is hauntingly beautiful and the cinematography is stunning. It’s also deeply unsettling, so we don’t expect you to have a blast with the roses and chocolates. But if you don’t like that traditional gooey stuff but still want to celebrate the holidays, give Picnic at the hanging rock from.
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