Valentine’s Movie Watchlist


Emily Mangione

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it is always fun to have a romantic movie marathon to get into the holiday spirit. Keep reading for a list of some of the best romantic films.

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, it is time to start binging romantic movies late at night with snacks ready. The movie industry would not be the same without these iconic rom-com/ tear-jerker movies that people cannot help but watch repeatedly. I have put together some of the best romantic films to help prepare you for Feb.14.  

#1- “The Notebook” 

Arguably one of the most classic romantic movies of all time is “The Notebook” starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams which came out in 2004. This movie is about a couple forbidden in love by Allie Hamilton’s wealthy parents when she starts a summer relationship with mill worker Noah Calhoun. Throughout the summer, Allie and Noah grow intensely attached but, unfortunately are forced to go their separate ways when Noah goes off to serve in World War II, and Allie gets sent off to college. After seven years apart, they reunite and spend the rest of their lives together in happiness and raising a family. The movie ends with Allie getting Alzheimer’s (a disease that induces memory loss) and Noah reading her a book he wrote about their love story to try and help her remember. This movie opened viewers’ eyes to what real love looks like and its power on the people involved. 

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#2- “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” 

This movie is a classic early 2000s rom-com starring Kate Hudson (Andie Anderson) and Matthew McConaughey (Benjamin Barry) in New York City. Andie is an advice columnist for a magazine that was challenged to write an article about how to lose a guy in 10 days. But at the same time, Ben is tasked by his boss to find a girl and make her fall in love with him in 10 days. Once they meet, they both fail their assignments and fall deeply in love. 

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#3- “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” 

Based on the popular book series written by Jenny Han, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” became a Netflix movie series consisting of three movies in total. The movie stars Lara Jean, a shy and intelligent girl who wrote love letters to all her crushes. When her sister sends them out, without her knowing, to help her find a boyfriend, Lara Jean’s life suddenly changes for the better. She fakes a relationship with the most popular boy in school so he can make his ex-girlfriend jealous, and Lara Jean can get over her crush. Their plans backfire, and they become each other’s high school sweethearts. 

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#4- “She’s All That” 

Nothing is better than a romantic 90s movie during the holiday of celebrating love. “She’s All That” is about the most popular boy in school (Zach Siler) making a bet with his friends that he can turn any girl into a prom queen after his girlfriend dumps him for a Hollywood movie star. His assignment is proved difficult when shy and nerdy Laney Boggs is chosen to become his new girlfriend. Throughout the movie, Zach and Laney go on dates, perform on stage, hang out at the beach, and attend parties as each other’s plus ones. Once Laney discovers he is only dating her for a bet, she breaks up with him, and they go their separate ways. Toward the movie’s end, Zach wins her love back, and they realize how much they want to be together after everything they have been through.   

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#5- Titanic 

Released in 1997, arguably the most famous romantic movie of all time is a perfect film to watch on Valentine’s Day. Starring Kate Winslet as Rose Dewitt Bukater and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson, the film takes place aboard the ship Titanic, which has the ultimate fate of crashing into an iceberg and sinking, resulting in over a thousand passenger deaths. While on the journey across the seas, Jack, a poor artist, falls in love with a wealthy upper-class passenger, Rose. Throughout their little time together, Jack and Rose realize that even though they come from different backgrounds and their love is looked down upon by many, nothing matters except how they feel toward each other. However, once the vessel strikes the iceberg, everything goes south. The movie has the unfortunate ending of Rose surviving and living a long life following the ship’s sinking, while Jack sacrifices himself to keep Rose afloat on a door they found while swimming in the freezing ocean. This movie is an example of true love and how love cannot save your life, but it will stay in your heart until your final moments. 

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