Romantic Classics

Movies to watch this Valentine’s Day

Staying in this Valentine’s Day? Here are some movies I recommend you watch to celebrate the holiday of love.

The Photograph (2020): A romantic drama, The Photograph stars LaKeith Stanfield and Issa Rae. Two people are brought together after a photograph torn in two helps them to trace the truth about their family’s past. Available on Amazon Prime Video, Youtube, Apple Tv, Vudu, and Redbox.

La La Land (2016): Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, this Oscar-winning musical is a modern-day love story set in Los Angeles. With memorable songs and stunning visuals, La La Land is the perfect romance for a Valentine’s Day movie. Available on Netflix, Youtube, Apple Tv, Vudu, Redbox, and Amazon Prime Video.

Beyond the Lights (2014): A romantic drama-musical, Beyond the Lights, stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker. A marketing assistant for a singer’s career falls for the fame-seeking rapper, and the film explores their relationship’s battle between ambition and love. Available on Youtube, Netflix, Apple TV, Vudu, Redbox, and Amazon Prime Video.

Baggage Claim (2013): A romantic comedy, Baggage Claim stars Paula Patton, Derek Luke, and Taye Diggs. A determined flight attendant takes on a 30-day cross-country journey to find a suitable marriage prospect before her sister’s wedding. Available on Tubi, Youtube, Hulu, Redbox, Vudu, and Apple TV.

500 Days of Summer (2009): A romantic comedy-drama focusing on the romantic relationship between Tom and Summer, this movie is a perfect Valentine’s Day pick. It navigates the ups and downs of a modern romance in an honest, raw, and funny way. Available on HBO Max, Hulu, Sling TV, TBS, Youtube, Apple TV, Vudu, Redbox, and Amazon Prime Video.

Stardust (2007): This romantic fantasy starring Claire Danes and Robert De Niro follows a young man as he braves a dangerous journey to fulfill a promise to the love of his life. Its sweeping visuals and beautiful performances make Stardust a real Valentine’s Day treat. Available on HBO Max, Hulu, Youtube, Redbox, Vudu, Apple Tv, The Roku Channel, and Amazon Prime Video.

The Notebook (2004): A romantic drama set in 1940’s South Carolina, this Nicholas Sparks adaptation will tug at your heartstrings and make for a perfect Valentine’s Day movie. Its complex story of first love and its lasting impact make it a tear-jerking classic. Available on HBO Max, Hulu, Sling TV, TBS, Youtube, Apple TV, Redbox, and Amazon Prime Video.

Love Actually (2003): A British romantic comedy with an ensemble cast, Love Actually follows the lives of several intertwined couples as they journey through their forms of love. Its charm and wit make it an excellent Valentine’s Day movie. Available on Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Youtube, Redbox, and Apple TV.

Brown Sugar (2002): A romantic comedy, Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Brown Sugar follows the lives of two friends, Sidney (Sanaa Lathan) and Dre (Taye Diggs), who have known each other since childhood and share a passion for hip-hop. When Sidney is offered the chance to head a new imprint at her father’s music label, it sets off an unexpected chain of events in their relationship. Available on Tubi, Peacock, Hulu, Redbox, Vudu, Apple TV, and Youtube.

Serendipity (2001): A romantic comedy set in the streets of New York City, Serendipity is an enjoyable look at fate and the power of connections. It follows two people who are separate but ultimately brought together by fate. Available on Pluto TV, Youtube, Paramount+, The Roku Channel, Vudu, Redbox, and Apple TV.

The Wood (1999): Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, this romantic coming-of-age drama follows three childhood friends—Robbie (Taye Diggs), Mike (Omar Epps), and Slim (Richard T. Jones) as they prepare for Robbie’s wedding day. As the trio reflects on the memories that have shaped their lives, they must answer the question; what truly defines a man? Available on HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Redbox, Apple TV, and Youtube.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999): Kat and Bianca are two sisters with totally different personalities. Much like in Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew, Kat must find a way to get her sister a date in time for the school’s Valentine’s Day dance. It stars an up-and-coming Heath Ledger and has some truly memorable moments. Available on Disney+, Redbox, Youtube, Apple TV, Vudu, and Amazon Prime Video. 

Love Jones (1997): A romantic, coming-of-age drama, directed by Theodore Witcher, this soulful romantic dramedy follows the tumultuous courtship of two African-American poets. Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) and Nina Mosley (Nia Long) must face their insecurities and the demands of their growing careers as the couple struggles to stay together. Available on HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, Youtube, and Google Play Movie.

When Harry Met Sally (1989): This romantic comedy follows two opposite-sex friends as they take a long road trip together. Sparks start to fly as they debate the merits of relationships and navigate the complicated terrain of men and women as friends. Available on HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Redbox, Sling TV, TNT, TBS, and Youtube.

The Princess Bride (1987): This classic fairy tale from the 1980s is a romantic comedy set in a fantasy world. It follows a young couple, Buttercup and Westley, as their story unfolds. With its witty dialogue, endearing characters, and plenty of romance, The Princess Bride sets a high bar when it comes to Valentine’s Day movies. Available on Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Redbox, and Youtube.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961): Audrey Hepburn stars as Holly Golightly in this classic romantic comedy. While Holly is all about the high life, she eventually finds true love when she meets the wealthy but down-to-earth Paul. This classic is available on Youtube, The Roku Channel, Vudu, and Apple TV.

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