Top 20 Romantic Movies To Watch On Netflix This Valentine’s Day

Best Romantic Movies To Watch On Netflix Valentine's Day
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Get prepped and ready for the most romantic day of the year.

Getting tired of the stress of Valentine’s Day? Want to plan a more relaxed and quiet Valentine's Day evening at home this year? It’s OK, you’re not alone. There's no shame in firing up some Netflix and watching some of your favorite romantic movies, right on the couch. 

Valentine’s day is a day to celebrate love. That doesn’t mean that it must be an elaborate spectacle.

Love is love regardless of how dressed up you get or how extensive this over-pressured annual date night is.

In any great relationship, it’s the little things that count. Remembering it’s Valentine’s day and bringing her a rose.


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Remembering it’s Valentine’s day and making it a priority to shave your legs that morning, especially in long-term relationships, are the little things that say, “I love you and want you to be happy”.

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to go out and have a good time. But, let’s get real, Valentine’s day falls in the middle of the week this year. (Yes, it’s Wednesday February 14th. You’re welcome.)

You and your Valentine may just be too tired for the hoopla of trying to go out on the town, not to mention, cooking at home is also very romantic.


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Sometimes it’s okay to not do anything super extravagant, as long as it’s still special. Just being together, getting some takeout and watching a romantic movie is all you need if you’re together.

Frankly, this is one of my favorite things to do, (and if you're single on Valentine's Day, who's better to love than yourself?).

My partner and I enjoy the movies we watch being themed based on the surrounding holiday. For example, Christmas movies in December, horror movies in October and romantic movies in February.

It’s a fun way to stay excited about the holidays as they come without making it feel forced. Plus, you get low-pressured date nights where you can pause the movie to pee or fool around whenever you want. Score! (Pun intended)

Whether you’re in a relationship looking for something to watch while you snuggle up on the couch to watch Netflix or you’re single and you just want something holiday themed to watch with your friends, you’ll find something great to watch below.


Drama Films


1.    Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50%

Audience Score: 74%

When Ronald Miller finally gets fed up with feeling like nothing more than a lawn mowing nerd, he pays a popular girl, Cindy, from school to pretend to be his girlfriend for a month.

Ronald’s diabolical plan for popularity succeeds, but he learns the downfalls of being in the “cool crowd”.

There is something extremely romantic about Ronald and Cindy riding off into the sunset on his lawnmower at the end. Gets me every time.


2. Must Love Dogs (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 35%,

Audience Score: 50%

When recently divorced, Sarah, and recently peer pressured into dating, Jake, meet on a dating website and then at a dog park, the connection is instant. But when one of Sarah’s student’s very attractive and single father comes after her, a love triangle ensues.

My favorite line from this movie is when Jake is talking about Sarah and he says, “She’s a mess, it’s fantastic.” I think we all just want someone to think this about us.


3. Holding the Man (2015)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%

Audience Score: 80%

In this true love story, high school sweethearts (from an all-boys school), Tim and John fight the many hurdles that stand in the way of their 15-year long relationship. A new problem will try to destroy them.

I adore a love story with so much standing in a couple’s way. There’s not a lot more romantic than when a couple is furiously torn apart, just to end up back together again.


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4. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

Audience Score: 81%

Thirty-two-year-old Bridget Jones is torn between two men. One, a man that should be perfect for her and one that she is in love with, but is only having an affair with (oh, and he’s her boss). Bridget Jones’s literal diary is soon to become the most sexy and exciting book in her house.

My favorite part of this movie (outside of the always enjoyable love triangle) is Bridget’s dedication to brutal honesty. You’ve got to love a female character that speaks her mind.


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5. Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%

Audience Score: 65%

Bridget Jones is still keeping a diary … and is still unable to pick a guy. This time, however, the stakes are a little higher as she has just found out she is pregnant … and isn’t sure which guy is the father of her unborn child. Will her long-time love affair from the fist movie, Mark Darcy, be the father of her baby? Or will it be her new guy, Jack?

I adore a pregnancy inspired love drama. It’s always so sweet … and so funny.


FAMILY FRIENDLY FILMS


​6. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%

Audience Score: 81%

In this, “tale as old as time”, young Belle goes in search of her father to find him locked up in an enchanted castle. The courageous Belle forces her way in and takes her father’s place as prisoner. This enchanted castle is under an evil spell that will last until the prince (the beast) running the castle learns to love (or until the last peddle on the enchanted rose falls). Will Belle learn to love him back before it’s too late?

I adored the animated version as a child in the 90’s and I re-fell in love with the live-action version as an adult. This movie is a new Disney-inspired treat for me.


7. Penelope (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 53%

Audience Score: 72%

Young Penelope was born with the curse of having the nose of a pig. The curse will only be broken if she finds someone to love her for who she is. Young James is hired to be a “suitor” to make her feel better, but soon begins to fall in love with her. Will Penelope be able to find true love in such a superficial world?

You got to appreciate a movie that questions the importance of female beauty standards and encourages self-acceptance.


8. Bee Movie (2007)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 51%

Audience Score: 53%

When young bee, Barry B. Bensen, finds himself in a quarter-life crisis not knowing what his calling is, he travels outside the hive exploring the option of “pollen jock”. After Barry is saved by the lovely florist Vanessa Bloom (the puns in this movie are fantastic), he begins to have feelings for her. Barry breaks a major “bee rule” and begins a friendship with Vanessa, who ends up helping him sue humans for stealing bee’s honey.

I may be biased because I’m a huge Jerry Seinfeld fan, but this is by far my favorite DreamWorks movie. The relationship between Barry and Vanessa is hilarious and sweet.


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9. A Cinderella Story (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 11%

Audience Score: 53%

When young Sam starts an email relationship with a guy (screenname: Nomad), she quickly begins to have feelings for him. They agree to meet up and Sam discovers that Nomad is really Austin Ames (one of the most popular and good-looking guys in school). Will Sam reveal to Austin that it was her under the masquerade mask?

I love how this movie keeps all the fairytale qualities of the original Cinderella story, but makes the Cinderella character into a Princeton-bound girl that’s independent and just spunky enough to barge into the boy’s locker room to tell a guy off.


COMEDY FILMS


10. Hitch (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 68%

Audience Score: 62%

Alex Hitchens is a dating coach who helps the seemingly hopeless Albert find love with Allegra. Meanwhile, he finds himself having trouble with his own love interest, Sara. Both relationships nearly fail when Sara discovers Alex’s identity as the “love doctor” and Allegra discovers she may have been “played”.

There wasn’t a lot more romantic than when Alex (Hitch) asked, “What if fine isn’t good enough? What if I want extraordinary?”


11. 13 Going on 30 (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64%

Audience Score: 70%

Jenna has an awful 13th birthday party and makes a hysterical wish … and wakes up 30 the next morning. She soon discovers that she doesn’t like where the path her 13-year-old-self was on would get her and that the man her childhood best friend, Matt, becomes is someone she could really fall in love with.

There is just something beautiful about childhood best friends ending up together after 15+ years and falling in love. Pass the tissues please.


12. Wedding Crashers (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

Audience Score: 70%

Divorce mediators and best friends, Jeremy and John, have found that there is no better way to sleep with vulnerable women (and drink for free) than at weddings. This time, however, John is falling head over heels for the bridesmaid, Claire.

Even as a feminist, anytime I hear the character, John, say, “Tattoo on the lower back, might as well be a bullseye.” I must laugh.


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13. License to Wed (2007)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7%

Audience Score: 53%

Sadie and Ben want to get married at St. Augustine’s Church, but reverend Frank won’t marry couples who don’t go through his intense couple’s course. Will Sadie and Ben’s love be able to withstand this “holy test”? What can I say? I love Robin Williams.


14. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 42%

Audience Rating: 77%

Advice columnist, Andie, is writing an article about getting a man to dump you within 10 days. Her experimental subject, however, thinks that he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days. All hell breaks loose, and they end up falling for each other.

I’m a big Kate Kudson fan and her paired with Matthew McConaughey is a hilarious combination.


MELODRAMA FILMS


​15. A Little Bit of Heaven (2012)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 4%

Audience Score: 52%

After being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, ad executive Marley is determined to not let it kill her free and fun spirit. Despite a long-time commitment to being single, free, and full of life; she finds herself falling in love with her doctor as her health steadily declines.

This movie is incredibly sweet and sad, but still manages to be humorous and inspiring at the same time.


16. Charlie St. Cloud (2010)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 27%

Audience Score: 60%

After Charlie loses his little brother, Sam, in a car accident, he begins to see him to play catch an hour before each sunset. But as he begins to fall for a pretty local girl that shares his interests, Sam begins to fade away. Charlie is forced to make the hardest decision of his life: love and the feature or being stuck in the past with the memory of his brother.

This is a great pick for those in the mood for a heart wrenching good movie.


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17. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%

Audience Score: 79%

Lonesome transit worker, Lucy, thinks she is in love with an observed long-time commuter, Peter. But when she saves Peter from being hit by a train and he slips into a comma; his family mistakenly thinks she is his fiancé. Things get out of hand and Lucy ends up bonding with Peter’s family and falling for his brother, Jack. The love triangle between the brothers and Lucy is amusing and adorable.


ROMANCE FILMS


​18. The Great Gatsby (1974)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 39%

Audience Score: 47%

The classic story of the mysterious Jay Gatsby, who throws extravagant parties secretly hoping to run into his long-lost love, Daisy, who lives across the water from him. Class struggles and the drama of the 1920’s make this film exciting, if not a little depressing.

In all honesty, I preferred the book (RIP: F. Scott Fitzgerald). But, I think we all wept at the irony in the movie when Daisy says, “Because rich girls don’t marry poor boys, Jay Gatsby.”


19. ​Barefoot in the Park (1967)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

Audience Score: 79%

This classic tale of the struggles of being newlyweds captures young Corie (the bride) and young Paul (the groom). She’s a happy-go-lucky, fun-loving woman and he’s a conventional and strict lawyer. Will their marriage be able to survive being such different people and Corie meddling in her mother’s love-life all while living in a sixth-story apartment in the village?

What can I say? I love a movie that portrays the man as the uptight one.


20. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%

Audience Score: 91%

Holly is captivated by luxury, which is highlighted by the fact that she frequently visits Tiffany’s (the high-end jewelry store) where she is convinced “nothing can go wrong”. Paul is a struggling writer being “kept” by a wealthy woman who happens to move next door to Holly. Soon Holly and Paul begin to fall for each other. Can their budding love overcome their mutual desire for luxury and money?

My favorite part is when Paul says, “I don’t want to put you in a cage, I want to love you!” Let’s be real, that’s like the ultimate thing a woman in the 60’s would want to hear.

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