The 50 Best Valentine's Day Movies To Watch At Home

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Getting tired of the stress of Valentine’s Day? Want to plan a more relaxed and quiet evening at home this year? If so, you’re not alone. There's no shame in queuing up Valentine’s Day movies and watching them from your couch.

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. But that doesn’t mean it must be an elaborate spectacle. Love is love, regardless of how dressed up you get or how extensive this pressure-filled annual date night is.

It’s perfectly fine to not do anything extravagant, as long as it’s still special. Just being together, getting takeout and watching romantic movies is all you need! It’s a fun way to stay excited, and as a plus, you get a low-pressure date night where you can pause the movie if you have the urge to kiss your partner a whole bunch.

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Whether you’re in a relationship looking for something to watch while you snuggle up on the couch, or you’re single and you just want some romance, there’s something for everyone.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies

1. "A Little Bit of Heaven" (2012)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 4%

Audience score: 52%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

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.

2. "Charlie St. Cloud" (2010)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 28%

Audience score: 60%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

After Charlie loses his little brother, Sam, in a car accident, he begins to see him play catch an hour before each sunset. But as he starts to fall for a pretty local girl that shares his interests, Sam fades away.

Charlie is forced to make the hardest decision of his life: love and the future, 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.

3. "While You Were Sleeping" (1995)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 80%

Audience score: 79%

Where to watch: Disney+, Amazon Prime, YouTube

Lonesome transit worker, Lucy, thinks she’s 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 coma, his family mistakenly thinks she’s 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.

4. "The Great Gatsby" (1974)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 39%

Audience score: 47%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

This is 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 1920s make this film exciting, if not a little depressing. Plus, you’ll weep at the irony in the movie when Daisy says, “Because rich girls don’t marry poor boys, Jay Gatsby.”

5. ​"Barefoot in the Park" (1967)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 84%

Audience score: 79%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

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?

6. "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" (1961)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%

Audience score: 91%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

Holly is captivated by luxury, which is highlighted by the fact that she frequently visits Tiffany’s (the high-end jewelry store) where she’s 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?

7. "Must Love Dogs" (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 36%

Audience score: 50%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

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.

The best line from the movie? When Jake is talking about Sarah and says, "She’s a mess, it’s fantastic."

8. "Holding the Man" (2015)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 79%

Audience score: 80%

Where to watch: Netflix, YouTube

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.

There’s not a lot more romantic than when a couple is furiously torn apart, just to end up back together again.

9. "Definitely, Maybe" (2008)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 70%

Audience score: 72%

Where to watch: Peacock, YouTube

"Definitely, Maybe" is about a sweet take on life after divorce and focuses on the daughter of a divorced father begging her dad for information about why he got a divorce in the first place.

This movie is perfect for a more subtle approach to Valentine's Day, and is packed full of characters and a storyline that has enough romance to satisfy your Hallmark holiday needs.

10. "P.S. I Love You" (2007)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 25%

Audience score: 80%

Where to watch: HBO Max, Amazon Prime

For a real tearjerker, "P.S. I Love You" is perfect for anyone ready to sink into those lovey-feels. After her husband dies, Holly (Hilary Swank) begins receiving letters from him, encouraging her to get out into the world and live her life.

This movie is the icing on your Valentine's Day cake, so eat the whole thing by yourself and get ready to be reminded of why we never give up on finding that special someone.

11. "The Choice" (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 11%

Audience score: 62%

Where to watch: Hulu

We all face choices in our relationships, and this film about a young doctor’s fight for love, showing just how hairy those relationships can get.

A romantic drama, "The Choice" keeps you on your toes as Gabby Holland, a medical professional girl-next-door, and Travis Shaw, the handsome veterinarian, navigate their complicated budding relationship in North Carolina.

12. "The Big Sick" (2017)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

Audience score: 88%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

A breath of fresh air in the romantic comedy genre, this movie is full of surprises and is actually based on Kumail Nanjiani’s real-life relationship with Emily V. Gordon.

Comedian Kumail falls in love with Emily, a heckler at one of his small time comedy gigs. Their relationship is strained due to Kumail's Pakistani family and their expectations for him, but love has a way of surviving even the most challenging situations.

13. "Me Before You" (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 54%

Audience score: 73%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

Quirky small town girl Louisa Clark starts to fall for the recently paralyzed Will Traynor, a cynical former banker. Will and Louisa don't get along at first, making their ultimate attraction even more thrilling to watch. Adapted from a book, this is also a great story to read.

14. "Across the Universe" (2007)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 53%

Audience score: 82%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

Inspired by the music of The Beatles and the hardships of the Vietnam War, this love story takes viewers to New York City, where people from all walks of life have a chance at love, success, and peace. Following the story of Lucy and Jude, let yourself be swept away into the 1960s.

15. "Dirty Dancing" (1987)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 68%

Audience score: 90%

Where to watch: Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime

Forbidden love at summer camp? What could be more romantic? The story of Frances (Baby) and Johnny Castle unfolds as Frances develops a crush on the hunky camp dance teacher. Full of dancing, smouldering Patrick Swayze, and strict parents, this is a great movie for singles or couples.

16. "Up in the Air" (2009)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%

Audience score: 79%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

Ryan Bingham is the ultimate jet setter, free of relationships and burdens. His job allows him to move across the country, making sure that he doesn't ever get attached. Everything changes when he meets his dream woman, but love isn't so easy 20,000 feet in the air.

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Funny Valentine’s Day Movies

17. "Can’t Buy Me Love" (1987)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 48%

Audience score: 74%

Where to watch: Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime

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.”

18. "Bridget Jones’s Diary" (2001)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 80%

Audience score: 81%

Where to watch: Hulu, Starz, Amazon Prime

Thirty-two-year-old Bridget Jones is torn between two men: One 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. And you’ve got to love a female character that speaks her mind.

19. "Bridget Jones’s Baby" (2016)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 78%

Audience score: 65%

Where to watch: Pluto TV, Amazon Prime

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’s 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?

20. "Hitch" (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 69%

Audience score: 62%

Where to watch: Hulu, Showtime

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.”

21. "13 Going on 30" (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 65%

Audience score: 70%

Where to watch: HBO Max, YouTube

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’s something beautiful about childhood best friends falling in love, right? Pass the tissues please.​

22. "Wedding Crashers" (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 76%

Audience score: 70%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

Divorce mediators and best friends, Jeremy and John, have found that there’s 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.

Will John find love with this woman he’s never met, or will it all blow up in his face?

23. "License to Wed" (2007)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 7%

Audience score: 53%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

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”? It might not be your conventional romance movie, but you’ve got to love Robin Williams.

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

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 42%

Audience score: 77%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

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 things don’t go quite as planned. Plus, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are a hilarious combination.

25. "Sierra Burgess Is A Loser" (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 61%

Audience score: 30%

Where to watch: Netflix

This one is a legendary Netflix original. It will teach you to love yourself first and remind you that who you are is what matters most. An unexpected romance forms after a mistaken identity in a high school, causing Burgess (Shannon Purser) to try and get her crush.

With elements of romance, friendship, catfishing, and so much more, you'll find traces of yourself in Sierra Burgess and love every second of it.

26. "Moonstruck" (1987)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 94%

Audience score: 81%

Where to watch: YouTube, Pluto TV

A widowed bookkeeper (played by Cher) must choose between her fiance and his brother. A complicated and beautiful movie, Cher shines like the moon and Nicholas Cage lends his classic drama to this romantic comedy.

And who could ever forget that classic face-slap followed by “Snap out of it!”?

27. "Something’s Gotta Give" (2003)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 72%

Audience score: 69%

Where to watch: Hulu, Starz, Amazon Prime

"Something’s Gotta Give" is about two older people falling in love, even though their lives have already been set in stone.

Nicholson plays Harry, who works in the music industry and just so happens to have the hots for younger women; Keaton plays Harry’s girlfriend’s mother (so messy) who is dating a doctor. After Harry suffers a heart attack and is hospitalized, the two begin to fall in love, which is both heartwarming and hilarious.

28. "50 First Dates" (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 45%

Audience score: 65%

Where to watch: Netflix, Hulu

Henry (Adam Sandler) works at a zoo in Hawaii and tries to win the heart of a girl named Lucy (Drew Barrymore), despite learning that she has memory loss after a car accident, where each day is unknowingly the same for her.

In an effort to form a relationship with her, Henry stops at nothing to make sure Lucy remembers who he is every single day.

29. "The Proposal" (2009)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 44%

Audience score: 67%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, and Betty White... what could be better than that? This movie revolves around a lady-boss stickler named Margaret (Bullock) who forces her employee Andrew (Reynolds) to marry her to avoid deportation to Canada.

Soon after the pair fly to Alaska to meet Andrew’s family, they quickly realize they might have feelings for one another.

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Classic Valentine’s Day Movies

30. "Singin’ In The Rain" (1952)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%

Audience score: 95%

Where to watch: HBO Max, YouTube

After watching this movie for the first time, it will quickly become one of your favorites. The film follows the big move of a silent film production company transitioning from silent films to making movies that are more of age.

It stars Gene Kelly as Don Lockwood, and Debbie Reynolds as Kathy Seldon, whose romance blossoms through their vigorous tap dancing and heartfelt duets.

31. "The Notebook" (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 53%

Audience score: 85%

Where to watch: Hulu, HBO Max

This list wouldn’t be complete without this classic movie that defines a generation. Yes, it's a total chick flick, but it’s one of those movies that everyone loves to re-watch.

After falling in love as teenagers, Allie (Rachel McAdams) is forbidden to see Noah. It’s intertwined with a man named Duke reading Allie and Noah’s story to a woman at a nursing home.

32. "Annie Hall" (1977)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 98%

Audience score: 92%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

This beautiful masterpiece is about a neurotic man trying to understand why his relationship with the movie's namesake, Annie Hall, ended. With its witty dialogues, it touches every topic under the sun, from love and sexuality to psychoanalysis and modernism.

Mostly, it's a romantic comedy that’s also a tribute to the ever-exciting New York City.

33. "Before Sunrise" (1995)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100%

Audience score: 93%

Where to watch: HBO Max, Hulu

This movie has everything a romantic movie demands: sizzling chemistry between the leads, a foreign city, and an adventure. Two strangers meet on a train and decide to wander the city of Vienna together. But before morning comes, they’ll have to decide what to do next.

Seeing the two love interests fall in love might make you and your partner remember the early days of your relationship, when you were just getting to know each other.

34. "Serendipity" (2001)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 58%

Audience score: 79%

Where to watch: Pluto TV, YouTube

"Serendipity" is a beautiful, sweet, and funny film that makes you eternally optimistic about love. If you and your man believe in fate, you must watch this film. Actually, you should watch it even if you don't.

You might just start believing in it after you watch how John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale look at each other.

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35. "You’ve Got Mail" (1998)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 70%

Audience score: 73%

Where to watch: Tubi, HBO Max

What's a chick-flick movie without Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks? We love a little romantic angst, and this movie has plenty.

A book tycoon unknowingly falls for a woman online whose enchanting little shop just went out of business — because of him. Watch Meg and Tom try to resist each other's charms as real-life archenemies and online soulmates.

36. "When Harry Met Sally..." (1989)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 91%

Audience score: 89%

Where to watch: HBO Max, Amazon Prime

The movie is hilarious, the dialogue is witty, and the chemistry between Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal is spot on. Plus, that last scene where Harry goes to the New Year's Eve party to declare his love for Sally always melts our hearts into puddles of lovey goo.

Many probably think it's cliché and sappy, but you certainly won’t.

37. "Casablanca" (1942)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 99%

Audience score: 95%

Where to watch: HBO Max, Amazon Prime

If classics are your thing, this is the all-time ode to romanticism, as Humphrey Bogart's character has to choose between his love for a woman and doing what's right. It's one of those movies that everyone should see once.

So, cozy up with your sweetheart and watch the film in which the signature lines like, "Here's looking at you, kid," and, "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship," were born.

38. "Pride & Prejudice" (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%

Audience score: 89%

Where to watch: Peacock, Hulu

Based on the novel by Jane Austen, this is one of the love stories you won’t regret getting invested in.

Guys will understand the fascination with a rich, handsome, misunderstood hottie like Mr. Darcy, and the fact that he's willing to toss family expectations out the window to be with Elizabeth. That's totally swoon-worthy, and women love it.

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Anti-Valentine’s Day Movies

39. "The Thing" (1982)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85%

Audience score: 92%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

Take a chilly trip to the arctic for John Carpenter's "The Thing," where an all-male scientific outpost is infiltrated by a shape-shifting alien that takes the form of anything it kills.

As paranoia runs high and anyone could be the monster, it's up to Kurt Russell to keep this vicious creature from surviving and destroying the world. By the end, your knuckles will be as white as the snow from suspense.

40. "After Hours" (1985)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%

Audience score: 87%

Where to watch: Hulu, HBO Max

New York has never driven anyone more stir-crazy than it does to Griffin Dunne in Martin Scorsese's surreal comic nightmare "After Hours."

Dunne plays a mild-mannered word processor who meets a cute girl in a café, but a series of small disasters add up to one catastrophic night as the date really sours and he desperately attempts to make it back across town. He’s thwarted by a love-starved waitress, an angry mob, and, no joke, Cheech and Chong!

41. "Delicatessen" (1991)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 89%

Audience score: 91%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

Think going through life alone is bad enough? Add the threat of imminent death into the mix and see what you get.

This satire takes place in post-apocalyptic France where tenants of a bombed-out apartment only eat whoever the resident butcher manages to kill for them. A series of astounding off-kilter moments are blended wildly with flashes of violence and grace, most of which defy description.

Amid all the craziness, an awkward romance manages to bloom.

42. "Romancing the Stone" (1984)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85%

Audience score: 69%

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Cinemax

In the 80s, the unlikely trio of Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito managed to turn out a movie revolving around the perils of love.

"Romancing the Stone" was a surprise blockbuster about a lonely, cooped-up romance novelist (Turner) who gets swept up in an actual adventure involving her kidnapped sister, a coveted diamond, and an uncouth, sleazy Indiana Jones-type (Douglas) who turns out to be the man of her dreams after all.

43. "The War of the Roses" (1989)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 85%

Audience score: 71%

Where to watch: Hulu, Amazon Prime

Starring the aforementioned actors, DeVito directed this different, black comedy film.

This movie tells the sordid story of a wealthy married couple (Douglas and Turner) whose bitter divorce turns into an ugly all-out battle of who-gets-what. DeVito also narrates what has to be the most unabashedly misanthropic major studio comedy of all-time.

44. "Hard Candy" (2005)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 67%

Audience score: 78%

Where to watch: Tubi, YouTube

"Hard Candy" stars Elliot Page in his breakthrough role as Hayley Stark, a 14-year-old girl lured from the internet by a 32-year-old named Jeff (Patrick Wilson). At first we think Hayley is going to be molested by Jeff, but she brilliantly turns the tables on the man and begins torturing him in his own house.

David Slade's debut film is an ultra-intense psychological dance between the two capable leads, which climaxes in the infamous "castration scene."

45. "Joe Versus the Volcano" (1990)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 61%

Audience score: 54%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

Despite being the first onscreen pairing of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, this is not your typical romantic comedy.

Looking like a cross between a fairy tale and an off-Broadway play, it chronicles sad sack corporate slug Joe Banks as he learns to embrace life again after being diagnosed with a terminal disease. How? By falling in love three times, and then traveling to a mythic island and jumping into a volcano.

Best Valentine’s Day Movies for Kids

46. "Beauty and the Beast" (2017)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 71%

Audience score: 81%

Where to watch: Disney+, YouTube

In this “tale as old as time,” young Belle goes in search of her father only to find him locked up in an enchanted castle. Courageous Belle forces her way in and takes her father’s place as prisoner.

The enchanted castle is under an evil spell that will last until the prince (the Beast) 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?

47. "Penelope" (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 53%

Audience score: 73%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

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?

48. "Bee Movie" (2007)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 51%

Audience score: 53%

Where to watch: Netflix, YouTube

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 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.

49. "A Cinderella Story" (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 12%

Audience score: 53%

Where to watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime

When young Sam starts an email relationship with a guy (screen name: 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?

50. "The Princess Bride" (1987)

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 97%

Audience score: 94%

Where to watch: Disney+, Hulu

Robin Wright boasts her first major movie role ever, playing Princess Buttercup to Cary Elwes' farm boy Westley.

Not only is this laugh-out-loud funny (could any film with things like Rodents of Unusual Size, Andre the Giant and a six-fingered man not be seriously quirky?), but it’s also pretty heavy on the light-hearted romance. Guys will even chuckle at this one.

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Nicole Bradley-Bernard is a freelance writer whose work has been published in FINE Magazine, New York Gal Magazine, Momentum Magazine, and more.