For couples who enjoy staying at home with popcorn and blankets: my top 5 suggestions for movies to watch this Valentine’s Day.
5. The Princess Bride (1987 )
You have either never heard of The Princess Bride or are a diehard fan. The Princess Bride features a great cast including Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Andre the Giant, and the adorable Fred Savage. I love The Princess Bride in all its campy glory and sweet fairy talery. Admittedly, this movie is not for everyone. I talked this up to a girlfriend once, but she wasn’t impressed. We ended up watching The Skeleton Key instead. The film may not have seemed as hokey if it didn’t have bedtime story cut scenes, but that’s what the 1980s were all about.
4. Valentine’s Day (2010)
This is a sweet movie that packs in as many big names as possible. The cast is a celeb fest of names on imdb. Not the strongest love story ever, but still entertaining enough for an annual viewing. Valentine’s Day has a storyline for everyone: teenagers, hopeless romantics, wanton lovers, alone forevers, and all.
3. Something About Mary (1998)
This is my rom-com pick. Ben Stiller is one of America’s most treasured comedy gods and Cameron Diaz is one of the silver screen’s goddesses. Diaz is a bombshell in this movie. Stiller hilariously fights all odds to be with the woman of his dreams. Something About Mary is one of my all time favorites.
2. The Notebook (2004)
My pride is pained to include this (yes, because I’m a man and The Notebook makes me cry). Honestly, despite being one of the biggest chic flicks of all time, The Notebook is really good. James Garner and Rachel McAdams are excellent in their roles, and Ryan Gossling is simply fantastic. Surprisingly, The Notebook is one of the few movies where the cut scenes moving from present to past actually makes sense and adds power to the plot rather than a distracting, campy way to introduce a story. If you’re all Notebooked out and can’t bear to watch it again then try Atonement, a love story of lost redemption set in the United Kingdom circa World War II.
1. The Diary of a Nymphomaniac (2008)
This French foreign film follows the exploits of a young middle class woman. It is a very provocative story of fantasy, fall, and redemption. Full disclosure, I haven’t actually seen more than thirty minutes. With that revelation, setting this film at number 1 may seem odd. However, keep in mind the topic is movies to watch on Valentine’s Day after the sun is gone! In this case, not making it through the whole movie is a very good thing.
If you have a date who likes to think of herself as being open minded and cultured then stream this foreign film.
What movie(s) would you watch this Valentine’s Day? Let us know by posting a comment below.