Valentine’s Day brings crowds of couples out for fine dining, dancing, and entertainment. But if you’re looking for a quiet night with your special someone, or can’t find a babysitter within a hundred miles, consider staying in! You’ll have to look elsewhere for a recommendation on Chinese takeout and a bottle of wine, but right here you’ll find a list of great date movies for your Valentine’s Day at home.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams star in movie famous for its belief in life-long love, kissing in the rain, and a tear-jerker ending that will leave boyfriends and husbands pretending they have something in their eye.
If your relationship is a bit too young for the heavy romance of “The Notebook,” check out Will Smith’s best Romantic Comedy role, “Hitch.” A professional date doctor falls for a gossip columnist trying to expose him, and hilarity ensues. As a bonus, you can pick up a few hilariously terrible dance moves from Kevin James.
“When Harry Met Sally”
The irreverent but ultimately golden-hearted romantic comedy deals with high maintenance women, the friend zone, and “faking it” from the guy perspective, but will please the ladies with it’s affirmation of true love.
“The Princess Bride”
This classic delivers a hilarious and whimsical tale of the power of true love in a fantastical setting. Westley, disguised as the Dread Pirate Roberts, returns from many years at sea to rescue his one true love from the clutches of evil Prince Humperdink. If you love “When Harry Met Sally” consider turning this one and that one into a Rob Reiner-directed double feature.
“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet star in the quirky tale of former lovers Joel and Clementine, determined to erase each other from their minds through a mysterious medical procedure. Of course, things change as Carrey’s character slowly realizes he isn’t ready to give up on Clem. But with the procedure already underway, the race is on inside Joel’s mind to save some shred the relationship.
A PIXAR movie might seem like an outside-the-box choice for a grown-up date night. But WALL-E is the story of a lonely man’s quest for the love of a beautiful, mysterious woman from a distant land– classic Romanic-Comedy fare– it’s just disguised as a glossy animated movie. You’ll be surprised how deeply this supposed children’s film examines the complexities of loneliness and unrequited love.
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