Valentine's Day is coming up and even if you are not sharing it with someone else, everyone is a little bit of a hopeless romantic and will likely be watching romance movies through February (and beyond). I have never been a huge romance mushy gushy red and pink hearts everywhere type of girl growing up. In fact, Valentine's Day is one of my least favorite holidays. However, I have found I do have a huge soft side for romantic movies as cheesy as they are to me.
So... I created a list of the movies I think are the best to watch around Valentine's Day even for those who hate the holiday like I do. These movies are perfect to watch with your girls or even with a significant other if you're lucky enough to have one. Either way, they will make you laugh, cry, put you in your feels, and even happy on Valentine's Day.
1. "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You"
"To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You" is the sequel of "To All the Boys I Loved Before," and it comes out on Netflix two days before Valentine's Day. If you have not yet seen "To All the Boys I Loved Before," I recommend watching it so you are caught up for when the new movie comes out. Both movies are a look into Lara Jean's romantic life and how her life plays out when personal letters she wrote to her crushes get sent out. The first movie is funny and romantic so the second movie is bound to not disappoint.
2. "Someone Great"
Someone Great on Netflix is a feel-good nontraditional romantic movie. This movie is great and shows the hardships of relationships and breakups as well as the friends who get you through the rough times. I recommend this movie for anyone struggling with coming to terms with a breakup or for anyone looking for a girl-power-filled movie.
"After" is about a girl as she begins her college experience innocent and how her time in college makes her blossom into a new person. The romance in the movie is sweet and innocent while still being super electric. This movie is great for those who are still in college and figuring out who they want to be.
4. "The Kissing Booth"
"The Kissing Booth" is a movie about a girl who is in love with her best friend's brother. The movie shows how Elle manages her feelings for Noah while maintaining her friendship. This movie is so cute, and they are even making a "The Kissing Booth 2" so be sure to watch the first time so you re ready for the second on possibly this upcoming summer.
5. "The Notebook"
New Line Cinema
"The Notebook" is an older classic. Allie and Noah's romance is one I remember growing up wanting. Such a classic movie I recommend especially if you have not seen it yet. The ending could shock you.
6. "Me Before You"
New Line Cinema
"Me Before You" is about a caregiver who falls in love with the man she is caring for. It is a beautiful showcase of romance and illness. Such a beautiful movie. But, you may cry, so bring the tissues.
7. "No Strings Attached"
"No Strings Attached" is about a guy and a girl who decide to not complicate their lives and decide to be friends with benefits. The movie shows how their romantic friendship plays out and how they both begin to catch feelings despite not wanting to complicate their lives. Such a feel good romance movie that also has plenty of laughs.
8. "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" is a classic. If you have not seen this one drop what you are doing and go watch it. This movie is the perfect definition of a romantic comedy. Even if they are both faking, you are can't deny the main characters' chemistry. Watch it and you will know what I mean.
9. "A Star Is Born"
This movie truly destroyed me emotionally the first time I watched it. Both actors portrayed their characters so well I felt like I was living in their romance. This movie is not for the faint of heart I can guarantee there will be tears but its so one of the best movies and best sound tracks.
10. "The Fault in Our Stars"
20th Century Fox
"The Fault in Our Stars" is originally a novel by John Green. Hazel and Augustus both fighting through cancer take you through their emotional lives and how they still find happiness amongst their illness.
11. "The Best of Me"
Another movie that was originally a novel by John Green. The novel was truly emotional and heartbreaking but so good. The movie did not disappoint if you've read the book. Both are everything you need in a romantic comedy.
12. "The Last Song"
"The Last Song" is one of the best movies, and Miley Cyrus nailed her role as "Roni." This movie is perfectly romantic and also a tear jerker. You can't beat the great music in it as well. 10/10 recommend.
13. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is not exactly a romance movie but Charlie does share his emotions throughout this movie. This movie is a classic and even if it's not full of romance it still is a great movie.
14. "If I Stay"
New Line Cinema
Saying this movie is an emotional rollercoaster is an understatement. "If I Stay" will leave you on the edge of your seat. Overall, this movie is a great romance, especially if you need it and want to cry.
15. "10 Things I Hate About You"
"10 Things I Hate About You" is a true classic. The story line is still great even in 2020 although it was made in 1999. I recommend for those who are not the lovey romance movie type.
Even if Valentine's Day is not your favorite holiday, these movies can still brighten up even the lonely ones this February 14th. Grab some popcorn and share some chocolate with a friend. Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all bad.
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