Top 20 Romantic Films { That Don’t Suck! } to Watch This Valentine’s Day

{ The Notebook }

If you didn’t already know, I’m a HUGE fan of films. I love movies of any genre, but as a young woman, there is a special place in my heart of hearts for romance films, or chick flicks. I love them ’til death do us part, but I’m kind of picky when it comes to romance films because a lot of them ( let’s be honest ) are freaking horrible. I don’t mind predictability, but some of them are just plain bad. There certainly is a Hollywood formula when it comes to girly films and that’s fine, but there are 429058498409 mediocre ones and only a couple of really great ones.

Here are the Great Ones to Check Out With or Without Someone Special Because They’re Just That Awesome!

  1. The Notebook. This one is a serious classic. Set in 1940’s, Ally & Noah are just 2 fools in love, but Ally is the daughter of a wealthy southern family who want more for her than the life they think she’ll have with Noah. It’s a tear jerker. Even my tough-as-nails step dad teared up! 
  2. Pride & Prejudice. I love the 2005 version with Keira Knightley, but the story itself is pretty timeless. Although it is a period film and has very wordy dialogue, it’s a great one because in love, we all battle our pride and we are all guilty of misjudging people at some point or another . Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy are just extremely guilty of both when it comes to each other. 
  3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This is a bit of an offbeat romantic film about a couple who break up only Clementine decides to get a procedure done which will erase Joel ( her ex) from her memory forever. Enraged once he discovers that Clementine has erased him, Joel decides to get the same procedure. 
  4. Gone With the Wind. A serious American classic in terms of film, Gone With the Wind takes place during the Civil War era and explores the crazy love affair of Rhett and Scarlett. It’s adapted from an old novel, but the characters are brilliant and hilarious.
  5. A Walk To Remember. Jamie is considered the prude daughter of a pastor at her high school, but seems unaffected by the constant harassment and bullying of her classmates. Landon is the cool popular kid constantly getting into trouble. When their worlds collide, they find they have a lot more in common than they initially thought. 
  6. Crazy Stupid Love. This film follows several couples, but mostly centers on Cal & Emily, a middle aged couple who have drifted apart over the years. When Emily asks Cal for a divorce and announces she cheated on him, Cal must re-evaluate his entire life. Everyone is crazy and stupid in love in this film. It’s really hilarious and brilliantly written. 
  7. A Good Year. I really love the rapport of the 2 characters in this romantic comedy. Max is a brilliant English banker who only cares about money while Fanny Chanel is a French restaurant owner living in Provence. When Max’s closest uncle dies, he must travel to Provence to deal with his uncle’s estate and plans on selling it all until he meets Fanny who, of course, loathes him at first sight. 
  8. The Holiday. 2 women on opposite ends of the world experience ugly break ups and need to get away so they do what anyone else would do in their place – they switch houses for a much needed vacation from their respective lives. Hilarious and easy to relate to the characters.
  9. Elizabethtown. After losing his company billions of dollars, shoe designer Drew goes back to his father’s hometown for his father’s memorial. On his way there, he meets an overly friendly flight attendant, Claire.
  10. Brokeback Mountain. While not your typical love story, I definitely think it’s one that needs and deserves to be told. The love story of 2 cowboys who live in the midwest, an area not that friendly to homosexual relationships, and have trouble coming to terms with their feelings for each other. Super sad. Don’t watch it if you don’t feel like being depressed. 
  11. Atonement. Another tear jerker, this story is about a wealthy girl who falls in love with a poor boy, only so does her younger sister. Her younger sister tells a lie that will change all of their lives forever and then spends the rest of her life “atoning” for it. 
  12. Once. This is a really great film to watch if you like indie or folk music. It deals with 2 musicians who meet by chance and lead entirely different lives. They make beautiful music together, but will they end up together? 
  13. P.S. I Love You. This is the love story as remembered by Holly. After her husband Gerry passes, she is super depressed and decides to take the vacation to Ireland she had planned to take with her husband with her close girl friends instead in an attempt to move on with life.
  14. The Last Song. Although I typically hate all films with Miley Cyrus ( sorry Miley, it’s not your fault you’ve been type casted ), this one is great. The acting isn’t that amazing, but Greg Kinnear is awesome in it and the story is a good one. After Ronnie’s parents divorce, she is so angry at her father, she quits the one thing they both loved and shared – playing piano. She and her younger brother and forced to spend the summer with their father and Ronnie makes it very obvious it’s the least place she’d like to be. 
  15. Ever After. Words can’t really explain how much I love this film! It might just be nostalgia or my fairy tale obsession coming on again, but this one is awesome. It’s the story of Cinderella basically, only more period film and less cheese. Or something. It’s a fun flick and Anjelica Houston is great in a villainess sort of way! 
  16. Slumdog Millionaire. Jamal knows all the answers to India’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” and is arrested under suspicion of cheating. During his interrogation, Jamal takes us back through life events which explain how he knows all the answers.
  17. Titanic. If you haven’t seen this one by now, you really ought to! It’s loosely based on the real events of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, but involves a fictional love story between Rose and Jack. Rose is a rich girl, despondent but resigned to her fate of marrying a shallow, cruel man for money and social standing while Jack is a poor artist, happily living without much.
  18. Pretty In Pink. A cult classic 1980’s film, Pretty in Pink tells the story of a less than popular girl who is crushing on the most popular guy in her high school, but feels she has no chance. After passing a note to a friend in class, she mistakenly drops it and the guy picks it up instead of her friend. ‘Lo and behold, he likes her too and they decide to go on a date, but find out all too quickly that they’re living very different lives.
  19. The Adjustment Bureau. Adapted from the novel, this is the story of a politician who meets a woman in the men’s restroom where she’s hiding from security after crashing a wedding for fun, they are immediately attracted. Soon after, the politician, David, is told by the “Adjustment Bureau” that he is never to see her again because it’s not part of his plan. It’s one story of defying predetermined fate in order to be with the one you love. 
  20. Romeo + Juliet. I really love the version with Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. It’s set in modern day (at that time) Venice, but they’ve kept the language the same. I think it’s a great way to tell the tragic Shakespeare tale that’s more relevant than traditional plays. I sort of hate the play, Romeo + Juliet, because I just think it’s really stupid for people to kill themselves over love, but I do love the writing and that’s incredible. The film also has great cinematography. 

TV Shows That Are Also Fun for V-Day:

  • Once Upon A Time 
  • Hi, My Sweetheart ( Taiwan drama)
  • Boys Over Flowers ( Korean drama)
  • Fated to Love You ( Taiwan drama )
  • Personal Taste ( K drama )

So, that’s all I’ve got for now!

If you want more film and TV recommendations, check out this post I did on my favorites – here.

What are your favorite films or shows to watch on Valentine’s Day?

I’d love to know in the comments!


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8 thoughts on “Top 20 Romantic Films { That Don’t Suck! } to Watch This Valentine’s Day

  1. February 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I love Titanic! Always wanted to watch The Adjustment Bureau!

    1. February 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Me too! Yeah it’s totally worth a watch. It’s really underrated film in my opinion. xx

  2. February 14, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I’m not a huge fan of romantic comedies, while I do appreciate films like Romeo & Juliet. I don’t have the time to watch a film tonight, since I have to work.

    1. February 14, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Yeah me either, but there are a select few that I really love. Mostly I like dramas haha but that might be too depressing of a post to recommend them. Sorry you dont have time – same here! Ill be at work all day then the gym <3

      1. February 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        Well, it not like I’m a huge Valentine’s Day type of person. I hope you had fun at the gym 😉

        1. February 15, 2013 at 3:06 AM

          Yeah me either but its fun to see all the hearts and colors and do things

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