Whether you’re single or have a special someone in your life, watching a movie can be a fun activity to do with a special someone – or your best single friend – this Valentine’s Day. Of course, you can’t just watch any typical movie for this special day! So here is a list of love movies that aren’t the average, cheesy boy-meets-girl love story:
1. Moulin Rouge
What could be a better way to spend your Valentines Day than watching the charismatic couple Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman serenading each other? A forbidden love, beautiful songs sung by the talented cast, and a villain who holds the deeds to the Moulin Rouge as collateral, why wouldn’t you want to watch this movie?
Meet Christian, a young, naïve writer who is swept away by the Bohemian Revolution. He meets Satine, the stunning and popular prostitute of the Moulin Rouge. Christian tries to persuade Satine to convince Zidler, her employer, to hold a play at the Moulin Rouge. At this meeting Christian falls in love with Satine but she doesn’t believe she’s allowed to reciprocate his feelings what with her profession.
A dark, passionate love story, viewers can’t help but fall in love with the music and the romance between Christian and Satine.
2. Notting Hill
“Notting Hill” is one of the best British romantic comedies. Hugh Grant stars as William Thacker, a young bookshop keeper, who meets an American actress and falls in love with her. Julia Roberts plays the beautiful actress, Anna Scott, who at first uses William to hide from the paparazzi. William gives up on Anna after he realizes she doesn’t feel the same way. Will she realize she might be giving up on a potential romance?
Hugh Grant is always the best choice to play the lead male character in a romantic comedy. He’s got the goofy grin, the wavy hair, and the twinkling eyes that can make a girl sigh when she looks at him. He’s also got an English accent, which can make (most) girls feel like they’ve fallen in love. “Notting Hill” is a fun, humorous romantic comedy perfect for Valentines Day.
3. The Vow
Just released in theaters, what girl can resist a chick-flick with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum? “The Vow” is a cute romance about a newly married couple totally in love with each other. Then one day, Paige (McAdams) becomes the victim of a car accident and falls into a coma. When she wakes up, she has no memory of her husband, Leo (Tatum). Leo is devastated but is determined to find a way to make her fall in love with him all over again.
If you are a fan of “The Notebook” or “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, then you’ll find “The Vow” to be just as good. Who can resist Rachel McAdams, who seems to be born to play the female lead in these romance movies, and hunky Channing Tatum who is really just the perfect man for these roles?
4. Paris, Je T’aime/New York, I Love You
A little different from the rest of romances on the list but still completely all about falling in love, “Paris Je T’aime” is an ensemble film. Think “Valentine’s Day” but totally not as cheesy. “Paris Je T’aime” takes place in Paris, France, and shows clips of couple’s in love, falling in love, and just love. Don’t feel intimated by this foreign film. Some actors you might know are Elijah Wood, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Natalie Portman.
“New York, I Love You” is the sequel to “Paris, Je T’aime” with fresh faces (more commonly known actors), and a fresh setting in New York City. Commonly known actors performing in this film are Orlando Bloom, Bradley Cooper, Christina Ricci, and Natalie Portman.
What is great about these movies is that they make you feel like there is hope for finding love.
5. Pride & Prejudice (2005 version)
What girl doesn’t swoon when thinking of Mr. Darcy? “Pride & Prejudice” is a movie that most girls wish could be real life. Where guys actually court girls, instead of girls having to be the bold one and start the conversation. The time period seems like such a lovely time to be in. Jane Austen’s characters come to life in this movie and it’s hard not to fall in love with the romance of it all.
When Mr. Darcy comes in town with his friend Mr. Bingley, all the ladies quickly agree they are handsome men. Mr. Darcy, however, gives off the impression right away that he is arrogant and prejudiced against the poorer people. Elizabeth is put off by this but as she spends more time around him, she sees that he is not as arrogant as he seems.
“Pride & Prejudice” is a movie well worth seeing with a group of friends who enjoy this just as much as the book!