I Heart Movies

A scene from "The Notebook"

Whether you’re playing the field or not, attached or not, in love or not, staying in with a flick is an option that you should consider for Valentine’s. You’d be saving yourself from a whole lot of stress from traffic jams and dark, overcrowded restaurants. Plus it’s intimate and comfortable, and — with the right movie — as fun or romantic as you want it to be.

So if you’re considering staying in for Valentine’s, have I got some movie picks for you!

Will You be My Valentine?
The Date Movies

Couple watching a movie
So you’ve got a date for Valentine’s! Atta girl!

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet
    (Easily my favorite)
  • When Harry Met Sally – Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
  • Pillow Talk – Doris Day, Rock Hudson
  • An Affair to Remember – Carey Grant, Deborah Kerr
  • Casablanca – Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
  • Definitely, Maybe – Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher
  • Pretty in Pink – Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald
  • Elizabethtown – Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst
  • 50 First Dates – Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore
  • A Lot Like Love – Ashton Kutcher, Amanda Peet

It goes without saying that happy endings are an absolute requirement. Some tears may be nice. The key is finding one that produces the right amount of tears. Nothing super heavy, please. That means no Nicholas Sparks — sorry. You don’t want your nose runny and your eye makeup ruined. Or worse yet, you don’t want to get so depressed afterwards that you’d need therapy. Even if you’ve been together for 5 years now, and are so comfortable and open with each other, this is Valentine’s day after all. Your S.O. (significant other) doesn’t need to see you dissolve in a puddle of tears, snot, and half-chewed oysters — that’s gross.

Wine and Whine:
The Girlfriend Party

Wine and whine with a movie and the girls

So you don’t have a date. No biggie. Being dateless on Valentine’s day holds immense potential for fun, especially if you’re spending it with people you love — your girlfriends! After all, these are relationships that you’ve probably had for most of your life! You can just wine and skip the the whine.
For your girls’ night in, bond over these fabulous girl power movies and revel in the warmth of friendship.

  • Whip It – Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore
  • Aliens – Sigourney Weaver
  • Mulan – Ming-Na Wen
  • Chicago – Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellwegger

Or if you must indulge a bit in a little bittersweet pain, dip your toes in these films with themes of lost, unrequited or unconsummated loves. Again, you don’t want fall apart totally. Remember, this is supposed to be still fun.

  • Spanglish
  • Lost in Translation – Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
  • In the Mood for Love – Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung
  • Yentl – Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin
  • (500) Days of Summer – Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Flirt – Martin Donovan
  • Roman Holiday – Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in "Roman Holiday"

If you just want to forget it’s Valentine’s — that’s an option too — here’s are some ideas:

  • Any Die Hard movie
  • The Hangover
  • La Femme Nikita
  • The Exorcist

Don’t forget the wine! And throw in some apple pie — and layer on lots of the ala mode.

The Wallow:
The Solo Party

Some Valentine’s days are just meant for marinating in pain and tears and licking your wounds. Letting it all out can be cathartic. If you feel like a good cry is what the doctor ordered, here are some movies that will really scrape the pain raw.

  • The End of the Affair – Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore
  • Shadowlands – Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger
  • The Notebook – Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams
  • Far from Heaven – Julianne Moore, Dennis Haysbert
  • Marley and Me – Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
  • City of Angels – Nicholas Cage, Meg Ryan

Note: Be prepared. Stock up on ice cream, chocolate eclairs, and whatever comfort food you can get your hands on.

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