Chocolates and roses may be optional when it comes to Valentine's Day, but one thing that's not is romantic films. So whether you're heading out or staying in, dining with your significant other or gathering the girls around it's time to get yourself ready with these classic tales of love.
1. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
When Cal’s wife asks him for a divorce, Jacob, an uncommitted ladies’ man, takes Cal under his wing and offers some unconventional advice about being a single man. You’ll definitely catch some feelings by the end of this film.
2. Top Gun (1985)
It’s a heart-warming romance full of drama and tons of action. While there are so many memorable moments, the scene where Maverick sings “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” to Charlotte Blackwood in a crowded room is one the grandest, most romantic gestures in cinema.
3. Kate & Leopold (2001)
It’s only fair that we include a Meg Ryan film on our list since she might be the queen of romantic comedies. In this film, her character becomes involved with an out-of-place Duke who accidentally transported into modern times.
4. Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
Nostalgically set in the 1980s, a young man tries to win over his high school crush after he runs into her years later. If you want to see the comedy that brought real-life couple Anna Faris and Chris Pratt together, then don’t miss out on this one.
5. The Notebook (2004)
An elderly man tells a woman with dementia the story of two star-crossed lovers in the 1940s and we can’t help that it’s a tear-jerker every time.
6. He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)
Based on a self-help book, the star-studded, network narratives in this film follow various singles and couples as they reevaluate their love lives. There are so many storylines, making this a hard film to get tired of.
7. Casablanca (1942)
The relationship between Rick Blain and Ilsa Lund is often considered the greatest love story of all time. Simply put, it’s the story of running into your ex and realising you still have feelings for each other, only it takes place during World War II. Fun fact: when production began, the iconic ending wasn’t even written yet.
8. Before Sunrise (1995)
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Two strangers meet on a train an no, it isn’t a Hitchcock film. In the course of three films that span between 18, Before Sunrise is the first one that introduced us to Jesse and Celine. Love happens fast in Hollywood pictures, but watching these characters explore Paris together for just one day makes us fall for them too.
9. Pretty in Pink (1986)
This John Hughes film stars his frequent leading lady, Molly Ringwald, as high-school outsider who gets the attention of the popular guy at school. To make things complicated, her best friend is also in love wither her and we can’t help but root for him too.
10. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
A man bets that a woman can fall in love with him in 10 days but the woman he tests his luck on already bet that she can lose a guy in that same amount of time. Not knowing each other’s true intentions leads to one hilarious push-and-pull relationship and a great moment with a fern.
11. Shrek (2001)
Set in a world alternate world where fairy tale characters co-exist, an ogre and his donkey companion becomes a tough princess’s unlikely rescuers. Filled with storybook characters and a loveable antihero, this animation tugged at our heartstrings and showed us the meaning of true love.
12. What Happens in Vegas (2008)
Jack and Joy, two complete opposites, meet in Vegas and get married after a regrettable night of partying. They want a divorce but they, thanks to an unforgiving judge, are legally bound to make their marriage work for six months. Check this one out if a light-hearted romantic comedy is just what you need.
13. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
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Based on a novella by Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s stars Audrey Hepburn as a socialite who meets her new neighbour. It’s a must-see for any classic movie lovers.
14. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Prodded by his 11-year-old daughter, Will Hayes tells her the story of his past relationships. It’s a well-acted, unconventional take on romantic movies that’s worth watching this month.