Best Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day

“Valentine’s Day”

Rated: PG-13
Released: February 12, 2010
Director: Garry Marshall
Streaming on: Hulu, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video
Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/1K45RdE2qlk 

Every year on February 14th, I always find myself re-watching “Valentine’s Day,” and it never fails to make me cry, as it reminds me that love comes in so many forms. 

Valentine’s Day is so different for each person, both in the film and in real life: some confess their love, some work hard making the day perfect for everyone else, some get the day off and travel alone, some fall for strangers, others appreciate the person they’ve been married to for years, and some people spend their Valentine’s Day alone, absolutely despising the day. 

Love is complicated. “Valentine’s Day” portrays the holiday through so many different perspectives, making it such a memorable film. The movie displays everything from young love in elementary school to elderly love and everything else in between. 

The movie has such a wide range of celebrities featured, and there is no way you won’t see a familiar face. 

Reed (Ashton Kutcher) is madly in love with his girlfriend, Morley (Jessica Alba). Reed proposes to Morley, only to regret it afterward. In the meantime, Kate, played by Julia Roberts, returns home from serving in the army for a quick visit to see the person she loves most. On the flight, she meets Holden (Bradley Cooper), and the two hit it off. 

The movie also showcases a long time couple, Edgar (Héctor Elizondo) and Estelle (Shirley MacLaine), suffering through challenges in their relationship. Jennifer Garner portrays Julia, who is with Dr. Harrison (Patrick Dempsey). Their relationship faces lots of bumps, as secrets are exposed, and a secret admirer intertwines.

 Valentine’s Day also takes a look into high school couples, Grace (Emma Roberts) and Alex (Carter Jenkins), and Willy (Taylor Lautner) and Felicia (Taylor Swift). 

The movie also stars Eric Dane, Jessica Biel Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Kathy Bates, Anne Hathaway, and George Lopez. 

Each character has a unique story, and in the end, we find out that each story intertwines with the others. 

Valentine’s Day is a movie you can’t miss out on. The plot is unique from any other, and it has a highly talented and skilled cast. By the end of the movie, you’re bound to be crying when you realize that certain characters are connected. 

If you’re bored on February 14th, grab some snacks and watch Valentine’s Day for some laughs, smiles, and tears. 

“10 Things I Hate About You”

Rated: PG-13
Released: March 31, 1999
Director: Gil Junger
Streaming on: Disney+, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video
Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/AWmjzCZr0Jw

“10 Things I Hate About You” is a classic, and if you have not seen it by now, you’re missing out. “10 Things I Hate About You” is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s a perfect love story for any occasion, not just specifically Valentine’s Day. 

Two sisters Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) and Kat (Julia Stiles) are complete opposites. Bianca is an outgoing and popular girl, while Kat, on the other hand, is reclusive and loves to start an argument. The only issue is, their father has a rule that Bianca can not date anyone until her sister dates someone. 

Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) moves to the same school as the sister’s, and he instantly falls in love with Bianca. But, he knows he needs to find a way around their father’s rule.

Cameron will do anything for Bianca. He learns French simply to tutor her and have a chance to talk to her. He then creates a plan, where he convinces Patrick (Heather Ledger) to date Kat, and he tricks Joey (Andrew Keegan) into paying Patrick to date Kat.

As the movie continues, viewers are left to find if the plan will work or if Kat will despise a relationship with Patrick. Cameron faces difficulty, as Bianca slowly falls for Joey on accident, and his plan loses control.  Watch “10 Things I Hate About You” to watch the two relationships unravel. This movie leaves you with a smile on your face. If you don’t have a chance to watch “10 Things I Hate About You” on Valentine’s Day, watch it at some other point, and I promise you will enjoy it.

“Shrek”

Rated: PG
Released: April 22, 2001
Director:  Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Streaming on: Hulu, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video
Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/CwXOrWvPBPk

“Shrek” is the type of movie that reminds me of my childhood, and it never fails to make me laugh and smile. Although “Shrek” isn’t traditionally a Valentine’s Day movie, there are some romantic components.

Shrek (Mike Meyers) hates everyone and would rather be secluded from society. But, Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) moves into fairytale land and sends them to Shrek’s swamp. Shrek and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) go to Duloc. Along the way, Lord Farquaad challenges people to save his future wife, Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz). Shrek and Donkey save Princess Fiona from a castle guarded by Dragon. 

While there, Donkey falls in love with Dragon, and Shrek saves Princess Fiona. While journeying to Duloc to see Lord Farquaad, Princess Fiona turns into an ogress at sunset. After a true love’s kiss, Princess Fiona turns into her true form. 

“Shrek” is a “can’t miss” movie. Although it’s a cartoon intended for children, it is engaging for people of all ages and has some great comedy, along with an interesting adventure and love story. 

If you’re looking for a non-traditional Valentine’s Day movie, “Shrek” is perfect for you!

“The Proposal”

Rated: PG-13
Released: June 19, 2009
Director:  Anne Fletcher
Streaming on: Hulu, YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video
Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/dbYST9QhCYY

“The Proposal” isn’t a traditional Valentine’s Day movie or love story, making it an exciting movie to watch. 

“The Proposal” features Sandra Bullock as Margaret Tate, Ryan Reynolds as Andrew Paxton, Betty White as “Gammie” Annie, and other big names from Hollywood.

Margaret Tate works as an editor for a publishing company in New York, and she learns that she will be deported for breaking the rules of her visa. Andrew Paxton works under her, and he is pressured to marry Margaret or lose his job, so she can continue to live in the United States. 

An immigration agent threatens the two by giving them a date for a quiz, and if they are lying about their marriage, then they will be fined and imprisoned. 

To prove their marriage, the two go to visit Andrew’s home town in Alaska, and Margaret finds out that Andrew’s family is rich. 

After feeling guilty at the wedding, Margaret confesses her lies and leaves to go home to Canada, and Andrew is left to decide if he should chase after her or not. 

The relationship between Margaret and Andrew is unexpected, which makes the movie exciting to watch. Although it is a cheesy love story, I highly recommend watching “The Proposal” to see what happens in their relationship. 

If you haven’t seen any of these movies before, I highly recommend watching them on Valentine’s Day. They’re great to watch alone in your room with a box of chocolates or alongside your significant other.