Valentine’s Day has been a day for romance for hundreds of years. But in the middle of February, when the snow is piling up and it’s too cold to go outside, it’s hard to get in the mood for love. If you need a little inspiration for the big day, Hollywood has something to motivate you to make this a fabulous Valentine’s Day. Here are some of our favorite Valentine’s Day movies.
The Notebook Based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook tells the story of a young couple in 1940 torn apart by family disapproval and war. But even with everything working against them, their love doesn’t die.
Dirty Dancing Set in 1963, Dirty Dancing is coming-of-age drama follows a privileged teenage girl’s relationship with a dance instructor she meets during her family’s summer vacation. With different backgrounds, they find common ground and love through dancing.
Somewhere in Time Somewhere in Time is just short of being a sci-fi romance. Christopher Reeve plays a young playwright who, plagued with writer’s block, travels back in time through self-hypnosis to meet an actress he crossed paths with as an elderly woman at his first play. What he didn’t expect is that he would fall in love with the elderly woman sixty years earlier.
An Affair to Remember Fate is a complicated thing in this 1957 film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. A playboy and a singer meet on a cruise ship and fall in love—despite the fact they both are engaged to other people. They agree to meet in six months at the top of the Empire State Building to see if their feelings for each other have changed. An Affair to Remember is a reminder that while true love’s road is never smooth, it is worth the effort to travel it.
Sleepless in Seattle With only good intentions, a boy calls into a radio talk show to help his recently widowed father find a new love. Reluctantly, the father tells his story — touching the hearts of everyone listening. One of the listeners is so moved by it, she writes a letter in an attempt to meet him. With An Affair to Remember as inspiration, they meet, through dubious circumstances, at the top of the Empire State Building.
The Princess Bride The Princess Bride is a combination of romance, comedy, fantasy, and adventure. It’s the story of a young woman and poor a farm boy who fall in love. After he sets sail to seek his fortune, the young woman is informed he was killed by a pirate. Numb from her loss, she accepts a marriage proposal from an evil prince. But, with the twists and turns of a classic fairy tale, the farm boy returns having assumed the identity of the man the young woman thought killed him… but he must win back her hand from the Prince — which is where the adventure begins.
Better Off Dead If pure romance movies sound a little mushy to you, try Better Off Dead from 1985. It stars a young John Cusack as Lane Meyer, a teenager whose girlfriend just dumped him for an arrogant bully. While he deals with his feelings and tries to get her back, Lane must manage his weird family, wacky friends, and an obsessed paperboy. Through a mix of imaginative dark comedy, attitude and a hint of romance, the movie reminds us we are better off moving on rather than dwelling on a love gone wrong.
Casablanca A classic from 1942,Casablanca is, perhaps, the ultimate romance movie. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid set up a crackling love triangle in a desert outpost on the edge of a world at war. As the forces of Nazi Germany close in, difficult choices and sacrifices must be made in order to keep love and hope alive.