On Valentine’s Day, couples all around the world are spending a romantic evening together. For those not going out for a slap-up meal, a night in with a romantic film is the next best thing.
To help with your plans here’s the Groundbreak Productions somewhat tongue-in-cheek guide to the best Valentine’s day movies, without a mention of the Fifty Shades series…
Top Romantic Films
- Casablanca (1942) Every Mum’s favourite film – the tale of a cynical nightclub owner (Humphrey Bogart) who protects an old flame from Nazis in Morocco.
- Titanic (1997) What’s more romantic than a sinking ship?! James Cameron directed this epic action-packed, against all odds romance set on the maiden voyage of the ill-fated R.M.S Titanic. We’re still debating whether Jack could have, in fact, fit onto that piece of wood in the sea.
- Crazy Stupid Love (2011) We could have a whole subsection of Ryan Gosling romance movies; Blue Valentine, The Notebook, La La Land etc. but this comedy makes our list for the comedy value of Gosling’s character teaching a middle-aged guy (Steve Carrell) how to flirt with girls in bars.
- Paris, Je T’aime (2007) 18 short romantic stories, each set in a different part of Paris. The city of love is showcased by multiple filmmakers. A real treat.
- Romeo & Juliet (1996) The ultimate story (except maybe for Titanic) of romantic tragedy. In this modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale of Capulets and Montagues, we see Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes attempt to stay together despite being in rival gangs.
- Before Sunrise Trilogy (1995, 2004, 2013) A love story spanning 3 decades – follow Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and the incredible Julie Delphy) on the ultimate ‘will they, won’t they’ adventure.
- Two Days in Paris (2007) The anti-love film we all hoped for. A couple tries to rekindle their relationship with a short trip to Paris, only to find that her parents and several ex-boyfriends are also along for the ride.
- Love Actually (2003) Is it a Valentine’s day movie or a Christmas movie? Well, it’s both! And once again we could devote a whole section to Richard Curtis Rom Coms, mainly involving Hugh Grant stuttering his way to a relationship with American girls.
- 500 Days Of Summer (2009) Spoiler alert – not all romantic films have happy endings. This is a quirky whirlwind romance flashback, as Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) tries to figure out why his girlfriend, Summer (Zooey Deschanel) dumps him.
- The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Okay so not everyone wants to watch a rose-tinted, sloppy, romantic movie on Valentine’s day so we Googled ‘non-romantic films’ and this one tops the list. Despite sexual overtones, there’s no romance to be found when the prospect of being murdered or psychologically tortured is on the cards.
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