Top Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day

Top Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day

Looking for a romantic movie to watch this Valentine’s Day? We love romantic movies here at meetville.com, so we’re sharing our absolute favorites — from can’t-miss classics to newer releases — plus a few of your suggestions. These flicks are all worthy of watching on Valentine’s Day, or any other time you feel like a romantic date night with your loved one.

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

  • Starring: Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
  • Run Time: 96 minutes.
  • What It’s About: Harry (Crystal) meets Sally (Ryan) when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. They part ways, deciding that a man and woman can’t simply be friends without romantic feelings getting in the way. They run into each other several times over the years, always facing the same question: Are they just friends, or is their relationship something more?

Pride and Prejudice (1995)

  • Starring: Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.
  • Run Time: 300 minutes (TV mini series).
  • What It’s About: In this adaptation of Jane Austen’s classical romance, when Elizabeth Bennet (Ehle), from a middle-class family, meets young and wealthy Mr. Darcy (Firth) at a local ball, it is hatred at first sight. Though Mr. Darcy is proud and reserved, his fondness for Elizabeth — and her attraction to him — is slowly revealed, despite the prejudice between 19th century classes.

Love Story (1970)

  • Starring: Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal.
  • Run Time: 99 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A wealthy Harvard Law student (O’Neal) falls in love with a music student (MacGraw), despite their opposite backgrounds. His family disowns him when they marry, and they continue to build their life together, only being able to rely on each other.

Pretty Woman (1990)

  • Starring: Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
  • Run Time: 119 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A successful and wealthy lawyer (Gere) travels to Los Angeles for a business trip and hires a female escort (Roberts) to accompany him for a week of swanky parties and business dinners.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

  • Starring: Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.
  • Run Time: 115 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A struggling writer (Peppard) moves into an apartment building on Manhattan’s swanky East Side and becomes intrigued by his pretty and quirky socialite neighbor (Hepburn).

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

  • Starring: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
  • Run Time: 105 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A recent widower (Hanks) and his son move from Chicago to Seattle to escape the grief of his wife’s death. On Christmas Eve, he calls in to a national radio show and pours his heart out about how much he still misses his wife. This catches the attention of a Baltimore-based newspaper writer (Ryan), who falls in love with him immediately, despite being engaged to be married.

An Affair to Remember (1957)

  • Starring: Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.
  • Run Time: 119 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A handsome playboy (Grant) and a beautiful nightclub singer (Kerr) have a whirlwind romance on a cruise from Europe to New York — despite both being engaged to other people. They agree to reunite six months later at the top of Empire State Building, but fate deals them a complicated hand.

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

  • Starring: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Julianne Moore.
  • Run Time: 118 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A middle-aged husband’s (Carell) world is turned upside down when his wife (Moore) unexpectedly asks him for a divorce. He meets a young bachelor (Gosling) at a bar, who teaches him how to rediscover himself by picking up girls at bars.

The Notebook (2004)

  • Starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands, and James Garner.
  • Run Time: 123 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A poor and passionate man (Gosling) meets a wealthy and adventurous young woman (McAdams) at a carnival one night. They fall in love, but are soon separated against their will by social differences. Fate brings them back together years later, and they try to make their summer love transition into lifelong commitment.

Love Actually (2003)

  • Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and Keira Knightley.
  • Run Time: 135 minutes.
  • What It’s About: During the frantic month before Christmas in London, Love Actually follows eight couples — all loosely interconnected with each other — as they fall in and out of love, some finding themselves with the wrong people and others still searching for the right people.

Casablanca (1942)

  • Starring: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
  • Run Time: 102 minutes.
  • What It’s About: Rick Blaine (Bogart), a cynical American expatriate, runs a nightclub in the Moroccan city of Casablanca during the early days of World War II. Ex-love Ilsa Lund (Bergman) unexpectedly comes back into his life, but she’s now married to a renowned Czech Resistance leader. Eventually Rick discovers he’s not so cynical after all, giving up all hope of reuniting with Ilsa by making it possible for her and her husband to safely leave the country.

Ghost (1990)

  • Starring: Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
  • Run Time: 127 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A bank executive (Swayze) is murdered during a botched mugging after a date with his girlfriend (Moore). He then finds himself walking Earth as a ghost, and seeks out help from a spiritualist to communicate to his girlfriend the danger that she is in.

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

  • Starring: Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman.
  • Run Time: 103 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A lonely young train ticket collector (Bullock) rescues an unconscious commuter (Pullman) from certain death after he falls onto the rails. While visiting him at the hospital, a nurse tells his family that she’s his fiancee and she doesn’t have the courage to correct them — will she be able to keep up the charade?

Say Anything (1989)

  • Starring: John Cusack and Ione Skye.
  • Run Time: 100 minutes.
  • What It’s About: An improbable couple — the class valedictorian with an overprotective father (Skye) and a well-meaning underachiever (Cusack) — fall in love after their high school graduation, and have to go against the opinions of their families and friends to be together, in addition to having to make a big decision at summer’s end.

Dirty Dancing (1987)

  • Starring: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
  • Run Time: 105 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A privileged doctor’s daughter (Grey) falls for a dance instructor (Swayze) while vacationing with her family at a resort in the Catskills. She fills in as his dance partner and they fall in love as he teaches her the routine, a love that is tested by a complicated turn of events and pressures from her family.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

  • Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes.
  • Run Time: 123 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A young Shakespeare (Fiennes) is struggling with his latest work and is in search of a muse. A wealthy woman who is about to be married (Paltrow) auditions for his latest play disguised as a man, but he soon sees through it and they wind up caught in a forbidden romance.

Notting Hill (1999)

  • Starring: Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
  • Run Time: 124 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A travel bookstore owner in Notting Hill (Grant) falls for an extremely popular American actress (Roberts) when she enters his shop. They eventually become friends, with the possibility of romance on the horizon, until her very public life starts to get in the way.

A Room with a View (1985)

  • Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, and Julian Sands.
  • Run Time: 117 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A young Englishwoman (Carter) travels to Florence, Italy in the early 1900s with her chaperone (Smith). There, she meets a quiet and eccentric man (Sands). Upon her return to England, she must decide whether to follow through with her marriage to her stoic fiancé, or follow her heart and her growing attraction for the man she met in Italy.

Return to Me (2000)

  • Starring: David Duchovny and Minnie Driver.
  • Run Time: 115 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A happily married man’s (Duchovny) life changes when his wife dies from complications after a car accident. A young woman (Driver) is given a second chance at life with a heart transplant, and helps her grandfather run an Irish-theme restaurant. The two meet at the restaurant and fall in love, but complications ensue when the woman learns her heart transplant came from his wife.

Out of Africa (1985)

  • Starring: Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
  • Run Time: 161 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A Danish woman (Streep) marries a friend for the title of Baroness and moves with him to an English colony in Africa to start a coffee plantation. There, her husband becomes unfaithful and she becomes taken with a big-game hunter (Redford) who doesn’t want to settle down.

The Sound of Music (1965)

  • Starring: Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
  • Run Time: 174 minutes.
  • What It’s About: In 1930’s Austria, a young woman (Andrews) leaves her convent to care for the seven mischievous children of a retired naval captain (Plummer). The two eventually find themselves falling in love, even though he is engaged and she is still a postulant.

Emma (1996)

  • Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, and Greta Scacchi.
  • Run Time: 121 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A young woman (Paltrow) in rural 19th century England plays her town’s matchmaker in an adaption of Jane Austen’s classic novel. Her rather unsuccessful attempts at matchmaking on her unsuspecting friends lead to complications, especially as she finally realizes the person she truly loves.

Bull Durham (1988)

  • Starring: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins.
  • Run Time: 108 minutes.
  • What It’s About: An aging minor-league baseball player (Costner) is brought to the Class A Durham Bulls to mature the team’s pitcher, a wild rookie (Robbins). The team groupie (Sarandon) romances them both, creating a comic love triangle.

Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

  • Starring: Patrick Dempsey and Amanda Peterson.
  • Run Time: 94 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A nerdy high schooler (Dempsey) makes a pricey deal with one of the popular girls (Peterson) to be his girlfriend for a month and help him get noticed by the cool crowd. As the month passes, she slowly starts to fall for him, but he is so consumed with his newfound popularity that he doesn’t notice.

Somewhere in Time (1980)

  • Starring: Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.
  • Run Time: 103 minutes.
  • What It’s About: A young writer (Reeve) uses self-hypnosis to will himself to 1912 after seeing a photograph of a beautiful young woman (Seymour) and deciding he must meet her.

French Kiss (1995)

  • Starring: Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline.
  • Run Time: 111 minutes.
  • What It’s About: Fear of flying keeps a young woman (Ryan) from following her fiance to Paris for a medical convention. While there, he becomes smitten with a French woman and calls off their wedding, so she boards a plane to get him back. A petty French thief (Kline), who sits next to her en route, hides a few things in her bag to get it through customs. An interesting turn of events finds the two traveling together to Cannes — each with a different motive — which changes the course of both of their lives.
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