I imagine many of you out there already have plans for Valentine's Day -- dinner at a fancy restaurant with your significant other, showering your lovers with roses, sending them packages filled with Hershey's Kisses (hoping for real ones), and maybe going out to see a movie. But last I checked, there are not many movies that will finish off a romantic evening very well at a theater near you.
"The Vow" looks unforgivably cheesy, "Safe House" doesn't look the least bit romantic, and "We Need to Talk About Kevin" cannot be mistaken for a romantic comedy. But if you and the love of your life (or so you hope) plan instead to curl up on the sofa with a DVD, Blu-ray, or whatever happens to be streaming on Netflix, these are the perfect movies to finish off a superb Valentine's Day.
Seeing Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy spend a day together in Vienna engaging in conversation makes for the most genuine romantic movie you could ever hope to see. Cinematic selections for Valentine's Day don't get much better than this.
You will want to watch this ASAP after "Before Sunrise" just to see if Hawke's and Delpy's characters ever meet up together again.
Cameron Crowe always makes the best relationship movies, and the one between John Cusack and Ione Skye is so down to earth and filled with all the consequences that come with real life. Cusack holding up that ghetto blaster playing Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" always gets me.
A great combination of sizzling hot chemistry and fantastic dialogue written by Ron Shelton, you may find yourselves competing with Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon to see who the sexier couple on- or off- screen is!
When you put a romantic comedy together with a heist film, you get a brilliant movie written by John Cleese that will keep you guessing which suitor Jamie Lee Curtis ends up with.
You'll fall madly in love with Audrey Tautuo as Amelie, a shy waitress in a Paris cafe who embarks on a mission to help others find happiness in life. You also will watch with the hope that Amelie will find happiness in her own life, too.
Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin make the ultimate comedy duo in this 1984 movie as two people who start off hating one another but eventually are drawn together with a little mystical magic. Whether Tomlin's spirit is inside Martin's body or not, nothing can tear these two apart.
If you haven't seen Rob Reiner's classic starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan yet, then you have absolutely no excuse to not watch it this year. Romantic comedies don't get better than this!
Paul Thomas Anderson's utterly original comedy proves without a doubt that Adam Sandler can act. Seeing his painfully shy character find a soul mate in Emily Watson makes for an enthralling motion picture experience.
Watching James L. Brooks's great movie makes one thing very clear: If Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt can become a couple despite him being an appalling human being, then what makes you think you can't make a relationship work for yourself?
Woody Allen's Best Picture-winner features Diane Keaton in one of her most unforgettable roles. It still holds up well all these years later.
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