Looking for a romantic movie to watch this Valentine’s Day? The Daily Campus team pulled together a list of the best movies to watch this year to keep you, your friends and you and your significant other in the spirit. So grab some festive candy, chocolate, popcorn, a blanket and enjoy![pullquote align=”full” cite=”RELATED: An SMU Valentine’s Day well-spent: 5 things to do this Sunday” link=”http://www.smudailycampus.com/ae/an-smu-valentines-day-well-spent-5-things-to-do-this-sunday” color=”#034174″ size=”14″][/pullquote]
“Crazy, Stupid, Love”
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” follows the lives of multiple characters and couples as they try to navigate the modern dating world. Cal Weaver, played by Steve Carell, is living what he believes is the perfect life until he learns that his wife Emily, played by Julianne Moore, is cheating on him and asks for a divorce. Cal later befriends Jacob Palmer, played by Ryan Gosling, who takes him under his wing. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” is a classic romantic comedy that even the boys will enjoy watching.
“10 Things I Hate About You”
The late-1990s favorite follows two sisters, Kat and Bianca Stratford played by Julia Stiles and Larisa Oleynik and their respective romances with Patrick Verona, played by Heath Ledger, and Cameron James, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. According to her father’s rules, Bianca cannot date until her older sister does. So strings are pulled to set Kat up, and naturally drama ensues.
The quintessential romantic movie, “The Notebook” follows two young lovers Noah Calhoun, played by Ryan Gosling, and Allie, played by Rachel McAdams, as they fight against the opinions of their parents and the longevity of summer love. The two inevitably become separated, but reunite later in life when Allie is about to be married to another man. Keep tissues nearby for this one, it’s a tearjerker.
“50 First Dates”
In “50 First Dates” Henry, played by Adam Sandler, quite literally takes Lucy, played by Drew Barrymore, on 50 first dates. What he doesn’t know is that Lucy suffers from short-term memory loss, so every morning Henry has to win her over again. With a protective family and group of friends, Henry must prove he truly loves Lucy and will stand by her.
“P.S. I Love You”
This emotional movie follows Holly Kennedy, played by Hilary Swank, after her husband Gerry, played by Gerard Butler, dies following an illness. Gerry plans ahead for Holly’s 30th birthday and takes her on a journey as she follows a series of letters. During her journey, she learns to process her grief, enjoy life and move on.
This ’80s movie is great for sports lovers and romance-movie lovers alike. Jerry Maguire, played by Tom Cruise, is a hot-shot sports agent in the middle of a battle with his conscience about the industry. When he leaves his company to start his own, single mother Dorothy Boyd, played by Renee Zellweger, is the only one to follow him. The story follows their tumultuous romance and struggle as they try to support their only client Rod Tidwell, played by Cuba Gooding Jr. Spoiler: The last line of the movie is a famous one.
Honorable mentions: “The Vow,” “Stuck in Love” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Pretty Woman,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Titanic.”
And for those who hate Valentine’s Day: Check out “Her,” “500 Days of Summer,” “He’s Just Not that Into You” and “How to be Single.”