Valentines Day: The best films to watch


Forget expensive dates and romantic getaways, everyone knows the only way to really celebrate Valentine’s Day is with a good movie.

Whether you’re cuddling up indoors, or stepping out to the pictures, nothing beats the simple joy of relaxing with a film on February 14. Plus, there’s popcorn.

Here are some cinematic classics to enjoy on Valentine’s Day.

Notting Hill

1999’s Notting Hill is one of the classic British romcoms and is well worth revisiting this Valentine’s. Richard Curtis’s screenplay is sparky and soppy in equal measure and Hugh Grant delivers one of his most watchable screen performances.

13 Going on 30

Jennifer Garner delivers a bright performance alongside a pre-Hulk Mark Ruffalo in this 2004 favourite. It’s a classic body-swap comedy setup, with the pair playing childhood sweethearts who reconnect after Garner’s character is transported into the body of a 30-year-old woman. It’s fun, sweet and a little silly, making for perfect viewing this February.

Romeo & Juliet

Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the titular star-crossed lovers in Baz Luhrmann’s stunning Shakespeare adaptation. It’s an unforgettable tale, and even if (spoiler alert) the ending isn’t exactly cheery, its story of young love is as powerful and enduring as ever.


If in doubt, stick with DiCaprio this February 14. The actor’s second appearance on the list comes in the form of Titanic, one of the most romantic films of all time. Yes, you’ve probably seen it a bunch of times, but the touching romance between Kate Winslet’s Rose and DiCaprio’s Jack is always worth revisiting.

50 Shades of Grey/Fifty Shades Darker

Grab your ice water because things are about to get hot! The books had everyone buzzing, and fans were excited about Christian Grey and Anastasia coming to life in the “50 Shades of Grey” trilogy. The third book, however, is yet to make it to the big screen.

Dirty Dancing

The late, great Patrick Swayze stars as charismatic dance instructor Johnny Castle in the unforgettable Dirty Dancing. Jennifer Grey also delivers a top performance as 17-year-old dancer Baby, who falls head over heels against all the odds in this 1987 classic. So, get your comfy clothes on, get the ice cream out the freezer and settle in for one of the best romcoms of all time.

Love Actually

Yes, it’s set at Christmas time, and yes you’ve seen it a thousand times, but Love Actually is still a great watch and ideal for a cosy film binge this Valentine’s Day. It’s worth watching for the incredible Emma Thompson/Alan Rickman storyline alone.

The Big Sick

The Big Sick went a little under the radar when it came out in 2017, but was one of the funniest comedies released last year. Zoe Kazan and Kumail Nanjiani’s two leads fall in love before suffering a shattering medical diagnosis in the film, which makes for a romantic and life affirming watch.

The Notebook

Get the tissues out for this one. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams’ The Notebook is a weepy yet uplifting romcom, which has been one of the go-to romantic films for couples everywhere since its release in 2004. The film tugs firmly at the viewers’ heartstrings at times but this remains one of the most epic cinematic love stories of recent times.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Julia Roberts proved herself as queen of the 90s romcom with My Best Friend’s Wedding. The film, also starring Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett and Michael O’Neal, also features an excellent soundtrack, and is worth streaming on Netflix for the nostalgia factor alone.

When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally has been winning over new generations of fans ever since being released back in 1989, and its appeal is still irresistible nearly thirty years on. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal have unmistakable chemistry, and the film deserves to be regarded as one of the greatest romcoms of all time.

Love and Basketball

While many romance movies are difficult for men to watch, Love & Basketball helps draw male viewers into this “chick flick” genre because of its underlying sports theme. Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan) meet on the basketball court as kids. Their love/hate relationship develops as their lives continually intersect – they’re both pursuing their individual dreams of playing pro ball. If you’re young, enjoy sports, or crave passion, this movie’s for you.

Sleepless in Seattle

Is there anything more romantic than meeting someone on top of the Empire State building on Valentine’s Day? In “Sleepless in Seattle,” Sam, played by Tom Hanks, and Annie, played by Meg Ryan, are both missing something from their life -- and with the help of Sam’s son Jonah, the two realise that thing they were missing was each other!

The ‘Twilight’ franchise

Sometimes love makes you do crazy things, even if it means turning into a Vampire! The love story of Bella and Edward continues to make girls jealous of the undeniable chemistry between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in the Twilight series.

Never Been Kissed

“Never Been Kissed” is peak 90s Drew Barrymore cuteness. Even if you’ve been kissed, it’s hard not to feel for Josie Geller.

Pretty Woman

If you haven’t seen the 1990 flick “Pretty Woman,” then you’ve made a big mistake ... HUGE! Julia Roberts stole the big screen as Vivian, a troubled prostitute trying to make ends meet and winds up in the lap of successful businessman Richard Gere, who played Edward Lewis.