Editors' Picks: Top Romantic Movies for Valentine's Day
Set It Up (2018)
Starring: Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell
Run Time: 105 minutes
What It's About: In this Netflix original, two corporate executive assistants are tired of being overworked by their grumpy bosses, so they come up with a plan to set their bosses up. While attempting to plan staged run-ins and make sure their bosses’ dating lives run smoothly, the two assistants find themselves looking at their own relationship in a new way. You can stream the movie on Netflix. Find out which streaming services are worth your money!
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "I think I've seen the Lindsay Lohan classic enough times to know that we're full on 'Parent Trapping.' Hard."
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Starring: Lara Condor and Noah Centineo
Run Time: 99 minutes
What It's About: High school student Lara Jean (Condor) writes letters to all the boys she’s ever loved and stashes them away in the back of her closet. When the letters mysteriously find their way to each of the boys, she finds herself in an awkward situation when each boy comes to confront her. This sweet story of young love will have you cheering for Lara Jean as she finds herself in an unexpected romance. Stream this movie on Netflix.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "I'd always fantasized about falling in love in a field, but I just never thought it'd be the kind where you played lacrosse."
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Julianne Moore
Run Time: 118 minutes
What It's About: A middle-aged husband's (Carell) world is turned upside down when his wife (Moore) unexpectedly asks him for a divorce. He meets a young bachelor (Gosling) at a bar, who teaches him how to rediscover himself by picking up girls at bars. Enjoy this comedic romance with a delicious white Russian cocktail.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "I will never stop trying. Because when you find the one ... you never give up."
Valentine’s Day (2010)
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Jessica Alba, Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, and Julia Roberts
Run Time: 125 minutes
What It's About: This is one of our favorite date night movies! This movie is totally the Love, Actually of Valentine’s Day. The film follows intertwining couples and singles of Los Angeles as they all experience the pressure of the upcoming romantic holiday. The movie starts with individual story lines for each of the characters and it’s slowly revealed how they’re all connected.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: “When you love someone, you love all of them. You gotta love everything about them, not just the good things but the bad things too. The things that you find lovable and the things you don't.”
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Starring: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
Run Time: 105 minutes
What It's About: A recent widower (Hanks) and his son move from Chicago to Seattle to escape the grief of his wife's death. On Christmas Eve, he calls in to a national radio show and pours his heart out about how much he still misses his wife. This catches the attention of a Baltimore-based newspaper writer (Ryan), who falls in love with him immediately, despite being engaged to be married.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental."
Forever My Girl (2018)
Starring: Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe
Run Time: 108 minutes
What It's About: In the most recent Nicholas Sparks book-to-movie, Josie (Rothe) is standing at the altar waiting for Liam (Roe) when it becomes apparent he isn’t coming. Flash forward 8 years later, Josie and her 7-year-old daughter are still living in their small Southern town when Liam—now a hotshot country star—shows up back in town for a funeral. He attempts to make things right with Josie, and learns the truth about her daughter. This movie is available to stream on Netflix.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: “Hey Josie. It’s me. It’s taken me eight years to return this message.”
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Starring: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan
Run Time: 96 minutes
What It's About: Harry (Crystal) meets Sally (Ryan) when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. They part ways, deciding that a man and woman can't simply be friends without romantic feelings getting in the way. They run into each other several times over the years, always facing the same question: Are they just friends, or is their relationship something more? If you don't watch this on Valentine's Day, you can catch it when it returns to theaters as part of Turner Classic Movies' program this year.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
The Big Sick (2017)
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan
Run Time: 120 minutes
What It's About: This movie tells the real-life story of how Pakistani comedian Kumail Nanjiani and American writer and producer Emily Gordon fell in love. The storyline follows Kumail (played by himself) as he enters a relationship with Emily (played by Zoe Kazan). When Emily ends up in the hospital with a mysterious illness, Kumail finds that there may be too many cultural barriers between himself and Emily’s parents. Stream the movie on Amazon Prime Video to find out how this love story ends—and enjoy our favorite chocolate caramel popcorn while you watch!
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: “Love isn't easy. That's why they call it love.”
Because I Said So (2007)
Starring: Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore
Run Time: 102 minutes
What It's About: Daphne Wilder (Keaton) places a personal ad looking for a nice man and conducts interviews with each of them in an attempt to set her daughter up with someone. Meanwhile her daughter (played my Moore) completely falls for the man her mother has chosen. But when she finds out about her meddling ways, she threatens to call the whole thing off. This movie is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: “Even before I met you I had an instinct about you. Once I saw you were a woman with profound static cling I wanted to be that force around you.”
Say Anything (1989)
Starring: John Cusack and Ione Skye
Run Time: 100 minutes
What It's About: An improbable couple -- the class valedictorian with an overprotective father (Skye) and a well-meaning underachiever (Cusack) -- fall in love after their high school graduation, and have to go against the opinions of their families and friends to be together, in addition to having to make a big decision at summer's end.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "What I really want to do with my life—what I want to do for a living—is I want to be with your daughter. I'm good at it."
Love Story (1970)
Starring: Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal
Run Time: 99 minutes
What It's About: A wealthy Harvard Law student (O'Neal) falls in love with a music student (MacGraw), despite their opposite backgrounds. His family disowns him when they marry, and they continue to build their life together, only being able to rely on each other. Whip up a batch of ooey-gooey popcorn hearts during this classic film.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
Pretty Woman (1990)
Starring: Richard Gere and Julia Roberts
Run Time: 119 minutes
What It's About: A successful and wealthy lawyer (Gere) travels to Los Angeles for a business trip and hires a female escort (Roberts) to accompany him for a week of swanky parties and business dinners. For an extra romantic evening, serve your Valentine a few of these dark chocolate dessert recipes.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "But never in all the time that I had this dream did the knight say to me, 'Come on, baby, I'll put you up in a great condo.'"
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Starring: Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle
Run Time: 300 minutes (TV mini series)
What It's About: In this adaptation of Jane Austen's classical romance, when Elizabeth Bennet (Ehle), from a middle-class family, meets young and wealthy Mr. Darcy (Firth) at a local ball, it is hatred at first sight. Though Mr. Darcy is proud and reserved, his fondness for Elizabeth—and her attraction to him—is slowly revealed, despite the prejudice between 19th century classes.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "Perhaps I didn't always love him as well as I do now, but in such cases as these, a good memory is unpardonable."
The Notebook (2004)
Starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands, and James Garner
Run Time: 123 minutes
What It's About: A poor and passionate man (Gosling) meets a wealthy and adventurous young woman (McAdams) at a carnival one night. They fall in love, but are soon separated against their will by social differences. Fate brings them back together years later, and they try to make their summer love transition into lifelong commitment.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me ... everyday."
Love Actually (2003)
Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and Keira Knightley
Run Time: 135 minutes
What It's About: During the frantic month before Christmas in London, Love Actually follows eight couples—all loosely interconnected with each other—as they fall in and out of love.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere."
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Starring: Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard
Run Time: 115 minutes
What It's About: A struggling writer (Peppard) moves into an apartment building on Manhattan's swanky East Side and becomes intrigued by his pretty and quirky socialite neighbor (Hepburn). Pretend you're having date night at Tiffany's with our favorite tea and breakfast bread recipes.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "You know what's wrong with you, Miss Whoever-You-Are? You're chicken, you've got no guts. You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness."
An Affair to Remember (1957)
Starring: Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
Run Time: 119 minutes
What It's About: A handsome playboy (Grant) and a beautiful nightclub singer (Kerr) have a whirlwind romance on a cruise from Europe to New York—despite both being engaged to other people. They agree to reunite six months later at the top of Empire State Building, but fate deals them a complicated hand. Enjoy this date night movie with individual New-York style cheesecakes!
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "There must be something between us, even if it's only an ocean."
Starring: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman
Run Time: 102 minutes
What It's About: Rick Blaine (Bogart), a cynical American expatriate, runs a nightclub in the Moroccan city of Casablanca during the early days of World War II. Ex-love Ilsa Lund (Bergman) unexpectedly comes back into his life, but she's now married to a renowned Czech Resistance leader. Eventually Rick discovers he's not so cynical after all, giving up all hope of reuniting with Ilsa by making it possible for her and her husband to safely leave the country. Mix up a classic cocktail for your date while you watch the movie.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote:
"Here's looking at you, kid."
Starring: Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore
Run Time: 127 minutes
What It's About: A bank executive (Swayze) is murdered during a botched mugging after a date with his girlfriend (Moore). He then finds himself walking Earth as a ghost, and seeks out help from a spiritualist to communicate to his girlfriend the danger that she is in.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: Sam: "I love you, Molly. I've always loved you."
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Starring: Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman
Run Time: 103 minutes
What It's About: A lonely young train ticket collector (Bullock) rescues an unconscious commuter (Pullman) from certain death after he falls onto the rails. While visiting him at the hospital, a nurse tells his family that she's his fiancee and she doesn't have the courage to correct them—will she be able to keep up the charade?
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "Have you ever fallen in love with someone you haven't even talked to? Have you ever been so alone you spend the night confusing a man in a coma?"
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Starring: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey
Run Time: 105 minutes
What It's About: A privileged doctor's daughter (Grey) falls for a dance instructor (Swayze) while vacationing with her family at a resort in the Catskills. She fills in as his dance partner and they fall in love as he teaches her the routine, a love that is tested by a complicated turn of events and pressures from her family.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "Me? I'm scared of everything. I'm scared of what I saw, I'm scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you."
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes
Run Time: 123 minutes
What It's About: A young Shakespeare (Fiennes) is struggling with his latest work and is in search of a muse. A wealthy woman who is about to be married (Paltrow) auditions for his latest play disguised as a man, but he soon sees through it and they wind up caught in a forbidden romance.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "Love knows nothing of rank or riverbank! It will spark between a queen and the poor vagabond who plays the king, and their love should be minded by each, for love denied blights the soul we owe to God!"
Notting Hill (1999)
Starring: Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts
Run Time: 124 minutes
What It's About: A travel bookstore owner in Notting Hill (Grant) falls for an extremely popular American actress (Roberts) when she enters his shop. They eventually become friends, with the possibility of romance on the horizon, until her very public life starts to get in the way.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: William: "I live in Notting Hill. You live in Beverly Hills. Everyone in the world knows who you are, my mother has trouble remembering my name."
Anna: "I'm also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her."
A Room with a View (1985)
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, and Julian Sands
Run Time: 117 minutes
What It's About: A young Englishwoman (Carter) travels to Florence, Italy in the early 1900s with her chaperone (Smith). There, she meets a quiet and eccentric man (Sands). Upon her return to England, she must decide whether to follow through with her marriage to her stoic fiance, or follow her heart and her growing attraction for the man she met in Italy.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "He doesn't love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms."
Return to Me (2000)
Starring: David Duchovny and Minnie Driver
Run Time: 115 minutes
What It's About: A happily married man's (Duchovny) life changes when his wife dies from complications after a car accident. A young woman (Driver) is given a second chance at life with a heart transplant, and helps her grandfather run an Irish-theme restaurant. The two meet at the restaurant and fall in love, but complications ensue when the woman learns her heart transplant came from his wife.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "When she met you, her heart beat truly for the first time. Perhaps it was meant to be with you always."
Out of Africa (1985)
Starring: Meryl Streep and Robert Redford
Run Time: 161 minutes
What It's About: A Danish woman (Streep) marries a friend for the title of Baroness and moves with him to an English colony in Africa to start a coffee plantation. There, her husband becomes unfaithful and she becomes taken with a big-game hunter (Redford) who doesn't want to settle down.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "I'm with you because I choose to be with you. I don't want to live someone else's idea of how to live. Don't ask me to do that. I don't want to find out one day that I'm at the end of someone else's life."
The Sound of Music (1965)
Starring: Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer
Run Time: 174 minutes
What It's About: In 1930's Austria, a young woman (Andrews) leaves her convent to care for the seven mischievous children of a retired naval captain (Plummer). The two eventually find themselves falling in love, even though he is engaged and she is still a postulant.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "You brought music back into the house. I had forgotten."
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, and Greta Scacchi
Run Time: 121 minutes
What It's About: A young woman (Paltrow) in rural 19th century England plays her town's matchmaker in an adaption of Jane Austen's classic novel. Her rather unsuccessful attempts at matchmaking on her unsuspecting friends lead to complications, especially as she finally realizes the person she truly loves.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "I rode through the rain! I'd ride through worse than that if I could just hear your voice telling me that I might, at least, have some chance to win you."
Bull Durham (1988)
Starring: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins
Run Time: 108 minutes
What It's About: An aging minor-league baseball player (Costner) is brought to the Class A Durham Bulls to mature the team's pitcher, a wild rookie (Robbins). The team groupie (Sarandon) romances them both, creating a comic love triangle. Treat your Valentine to a batch of our favorite chocolate cupcakes during the movie.
Our Favorite Romantic Quote: "Well, actually, nobody on this planet ever really chooses each other. I mean, it's all a question of quantum physics, molecular attraction, and timing. Why, there are laws we don't understand that bring us together and tear us apart."