What is your perfect Valentine’s Day date? Romantic candlelit dinners with a violist playing in the background? Or the traditional home bonding Netflix and chill with your partner? Whatever your plan is, we are here to help. We have curated 20 of the best movies for Valentine’s Day below.
Alrighty, listen up! No matter where you are at this Valentine, whether cozying up with your main chic, enjoying the company of a new flame, hanging with your besties, or just chilling solo, there’s a perfect movie out there for you! Feeling like you need some light, cheesy goodness or want to bust a gut laughing? We’ve got rom-coms just waiting for you to hit play! On the other hand, if you’re not feeling the whole valentine vibe and you need movies that will make your heart wrench and cry your eyes out (no shame – sometimes, you just have to feel your feelings). This movie list include a good portion of dramatic, emotional and heartbreak films too.
If you are inviting anyone over for Valentine, make sure you stock up with good snacks, wine and fire up Netflix, Amazon Prime, Showmax or Hulu.
Valentine’s Day (2010)
In a series of interconnected stories, various Los Angeles residents (Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper) wend their way through the highs and lows of love during a single day. As the holiday unfolds, they experience first dates, longtime commitments, youthful crushes and connections to old flames.
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don’t speak for 15 years, only reconnecting as adults when Sasha runs into Marcus in San Francisco. Although the old sparks are still there, the couple live in different worlds.
Love, Guaranteed (2020)
Earnest lawyer Susan accepts a high-profile case against a dating website that guarantees love, and winds up with a much bigger win.
Love Again (2023)
Coping with the loss of her fiance, Mira Ray sends a series of romantic texts to his old cellphone number, not realizing it was reassigned to journalist Rob Burns. Rob becomes captivated by the honesty of her words in the beautifully constructed texts. When he’s assigned to write a profile of superstar Celine Dion, he enlists her help to figure out how to meet Mira in person — and win her heart.
Love At First Sight (2023)
On their flight from New York to London, Hadley and Oliver fall in love with each other. However, they lose each other at customs and the possibility of ever meeting each other again seems improbable, but destiny may have a way of changing the odds.
Love Jones (1997)
Two urban African-Americans, Darius (Larenz Tate), an aspiring writer, and Nina (Nia Long), an aspiring photographer, share an instant connection after a chance meeting at a Chicago club. The two bond over music, photography and poetry, and eventually begin a torrid romance. However, when Nina decides to move to New York and mend her relationship with her ex-fiancé, Marvin (Khalil Kain), it leaves Darius heartbroken, and the couple’s future in jeopardy.
A Sunday Affair (2023)
Lifelong best friends Uche and Toyin fall for the same complicated man, which tests their loyalty to each other as they face a heartbreaking revelation.
Fifty Shades Trilogy (2015)
When college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for their campus paper, little does she realize the path her life will take. Christian, as enigmatic as he is rich and powerful, finds himself strangely drawn to Ana, and she to him. Though sexually inexperienced, Ana plunges headlong into an affair — and learns that Christian’s true sexual proclivities push the boundaries of pain and pleasure.
A Perfect Pairing (2023)
A Perfect Pairing introduces us to the fierce and ambitious Lola Alvarez (Justice) who works as an executive for Mythos Wines. After saving a distribution deal with famous restauranteur, Hamish King (Nicholas Brown), she sets her eyes on Vaughn Family Wines in Australia.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother.
Friends With Benefits (2011)
Jamie (Mila Kunis) is a New York-based executive recruiter who entices Dylan (Justin Timberlake), an art director from Los Angeles, to take a job at the New York office of GQ magazine. Finding that they have much in common, the two become fast friends. Feeling jaded by a number of broken romances, Dylan and Jamie decide that they are ready to quit looking for true love and focus on having fun. However, complications unfold when the two best pals add sex to their relationship.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved– five in all. When she writes she can pour her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
The story of Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez), a single mother born and bred in the boroughs of New York City, who works as a maid in a first-class Manhattan hotel. By a twist of fate and mistaken identity, Marisa meets Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes), heir to a political dynasty, who believes that she is a guest at the hotel. Fate steps in and throws the pair together for a magical night of romance. When Marisa’s true identity is revealed, the two find that they are worlds apart.
The Rebound (2009)
A 40-year-old divorcee tries to build a new life for her family in New York as she embarks on a relationship with a much younger man. Sparks fly between the couple, but Sandy finds herself questioning whether the relationship can last.
Pretty Woman (1990)
In this modern update on Cinderella, a prostitute and a wealthy businessman fall hard for one another, forming an unlikely pair. While on a business trip in L.A., Edward (Richard Gere), who makes a living buying and breaking up companies, picks up a hooker, Vivian (Julia Roberts), on a lark. After Edward hires Vivian to stay with him for the weekend, the two get closer, only to discover there are significant hurdles to overcome as they try to bridge the gap between their very different worlds.
Mr and Mrs Smith (2005)
John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie), a couple in a stagnating marriage, live a deceptively mundane existence. However, each has been hiding a secret from the other: they are assassins working for adversarial agencies. When they are both assigned to kill the same target, Benjamin Danz (Adam Brody), the truth comes to the surface. Finally free from their cover stories, they discover that they have been assigned to kill each other, sparking a series of explosive attacks.
The Notebook (2004)
In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don’t approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie’s marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.
Love and Leashes (2022)
Love and Leashes is a Korean rom-com that follows two co-workers who enter a purely contractual relationship but soon realize everything is not going according to plan.
Entergalactic is a love story about two artists, Jabari and Meadow, who become neighbors and then lovers at a speed neither of them is necessarily prepared for. The two are different — Bari is a street artist; Meadow’s a photographer — but very much alike in how devoted they are to self-expression, to New York City, and quickly to each other.