With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, some may be preparing to spend the day eating chocolate, handing out candy, sending cards or watching movies under the covers. Speaking of movies, Valentine’s Day is the day of romantic comedies and dramas, but does that always have to be true? Well, in this list, we will cover the top five movies to watch during Valentine’s Day.
1. “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)
We’re starting this list with an iconic 90s movie that many know and love. “10 Things I Hate About You” is a romantic comedy set in Seattle and starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. The film tells the end of the 16 years of William Shakespeareandcentury-old comedy, “The Taming of the Shrew,” making this creepy cult classic a perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. If you like indie rock music, Shakespeare references, advanced vocabulary, and teen drama played out in a way that would probably never happen, then this is the movie for you.
2. “My Bloody Valentine” (1981)
Moving away from typical romantic comedies and dramas, this film celebrates Valentine’s Day with scares and screams. Set in the fictional town of Valentine Bluffs, locals fear that a madman who caused a massacre at a Valentine’s Day party years ago has returned. Starring Neil Affleck and Paul Kelman, “My Bloody Valentine” is your typical ’80s slasher flick, complete with blood, booze, and a few couples who fall prey to a deranged serial killer on St. -Valentine. If you don’t like flabby romance movies and want to watch something different this Valentine’s Day, “My Bloody Valentine” is a perfect choice.
3. “50 First Dates” (2004)
Required by popular vote in The Prospector’s social media poll, “50 First Dates” is included as the favorite Valentine’s Day movie. “50 First Dates” isn’t your typical rom-com, as it revolves around a woman with short-term memory loss and a vet who tries to get her to fall in love with him every day. Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, this lighthearted comedy will have you laughing with your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
4. “Pride and Prejudice” (2005)
Another movie voted as their favorite Valentine’s Day movie was “Pride and Prejudice.” Adapted from the novel of the same name by Jane Austen, this film explores the life of Elizabeth Bennet, an Englishwoman living in the countryside with her parents and sisters. Facing pressure to marry from her parents, Elizabeth is introduced to Mr. Darcy, a suave upper-class member of society. Starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfayden, this romantic novel adaptation will have you on the edge of your seat.
5. “Julie and Julia” (2009)
This film follows the lives of world-renowned chef Julia Child and former Lower Manhattan Development Corporation employee Julie Powell. Although these women grew up in very different ways and times, they had one thing in common: cooking. Childhood life in Paris, adventure through cooking and writing was brilliantly portrayed by Meryl Streep, alongside Amy Adams, who played food blogger sensation Julie Powell.
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