Ah, Valentine’s Day. Love it or hate it, it’s here and it’s here to stay. Whether you’re single and ready to mingle, in a steady relationship, or a long-term commitment, it’s hard to escape the pink and red hearts and boxes of chocolate that seem to be everywhere. It’s even more difficult to dodge the barrage of romantic comedies out there.
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Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
Sleepless In Seattle is a classic romantic comedy directed by Nora Ephron. Released in 1993, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed. Sam is newly widowed and moves to Seattle with his son Jonah to start anew following the death of his wife. Annie, a young journalist living in Baltimore, finds herself drawn to Sam despite never having met him. After a series of coincidental events, the two eventually meet and fall in love. In addition to being a romcom classic, the film is also known for its use of Seattle as the backdrop for its story, highlighting the city’s beauty and charm.
Check out the Sleepless In Seattle trailer.
Say Anything (1989)
Directed by Cameron Crowe, Say Anything is an iconic romantic comedy from 1989 — with an iconic scene featuring an iconic grand gesture. The romcom movie stars John Cusack as a recent high school graduate Lloyd Dobler and Ione Skye as Diane Court. The two are an odd pairing but their relationship is unique and endearing. They fall in love despite coming from completely different backgrounds. The scenes between the two are sweet and touching — but there’s also plenty of humor to lighten the mood. There’s also an incredibly memorable soundtrack that features artists like Peter Gabriel and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Check out the Say Anything trailer.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
When Harry Met Sally is one of the most rewatchable romcoms movies ever and should be considered for your Valentine’s Day movie binge. Also released in 1989, the flick directed by Rob Reiner stars Billy Crystal as Harry Burns and Meg Ryan as Sally Albright. The two meet on a road trip from Chicago to New York and become fast friends. As they get to know each other better, they realize that their friendship could be something more — but is it? This romantic comedy classic features hilarious dialogue and poignant moments that will make you laugh and cry.
Check out the When Harry Met Sally trailer.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
This modern classic from 1999 stars Julia Stiles as Kat Stratford and the late Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona. The movie is a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, with some distinct 90s flair. It follows Kat and Patrick as they try to navigate high school life, as well as their blossoming relationship. Along the way, they learn more about themselves and each other — and have a lot of fun in the process. This romantic comedy will make you laugh and root for Kat and Patrick to find their happily ever after.
Check out the 10 Things I Hate About You trailer.
Notting Hill (1999)
Another one of the best romantic comedies from the 90s is Notting Hill, a romcom directed by Roger Michell. It stars Hugh Grant as William Thacker and Julia Roberts as Anna Scott. William is a simple bookstore owner living in Notting Hill, London. Anna is a famous actress who accidentally enters his store one day. The two form an unlikely connection and soon fall for each other — but they have to fight the odds if they want their budding romance to survive. With plenty of laughs and heart-warming moments, this movie is a must-watch for any Valentine’s Day movie marathon.
Check out the Notting Hill trailer.
The Notebook (2004)
It was inevitable that we would get to one of the most beloved Valentine’s Day movies to watch in your V-Day movie marathon lineup. While this one is more romantic than comedy (but still has its light moments), The Notebook is an absolute must-watch. Adapted from the novel by Nicholas Sparks, the 2004 film stars Ryan Gosling as Noah Calhoun and Rachel McAdams as Allie Hamilton. This iconic love story follows the two as they fall in love during their teenage years and how their relationship changes over time — despite all the odds. With plenty of tears, laughs, and heart-warming moments, The Notebook will stay with you long after you watch it.
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Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
One of the highest-grossing movies of 2011, Crazy, Stupid, Love is one of the most highly recommended movies to watch on Valentine’s day for a number of reasons. Also featuring Ryan Gosling, this classic romcom also stars Steve Carell as Cal Weaver and Emma Stone as Hannah. The film follows Cal and his recently separated wife (Julianne Moore) and their children, as well as a group of friends who are trying to help Cal find true love again. With plenty of laughs and some beautiful moments, Crazy, Stupid, Love is the perfect movie for a night in with your significant other.
Watch the Crazy, Stupid, Love trailer.
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
This cult classic romcom movie stars Tom Hanks as Joe Banks and Meg Ryan as DeDe (in one of three roles played by Ryan), a mysterious woman who changes Joe’s life forever. After learning that he is dying from a rare brain disorder, Joe decides to take the advice of an eccentric doctor (Lloyd Bridges) and embark on a journey to an island in the Pacific to jump into a volcanic crater. Along the way, Joe meets DeDe, and sparks fly as they travel together — and Joe discovers what it means to truly live life. With plenty of funny moments and an unforgettable ending, Joe Versus the Volcano is an explosive romantic comedy you won’t want to pass up on!
Check out the Joe Versus the Volcano trailer.
500 Days of Summer (2009)
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, 500 Days of Summer is a unique romantic comedy movie that follows Tom Hansen (Gordon-Levitt) as he falls in love with the seemingly perfect Summer Finn (Deschanel). The movie is told out of chronological order, as Tom reflects on his 500 days with Summer and all of their ups and downs. The film uses plenty of wit and humor to tell a beautiful story about love that will stay with you long after you watch it. Ultimately, there is a nice balance of light romance and heartbreak, making this another one of the best romcoms to binge for Valentine’s Day.
Check out the 500 Days of Summer trailer.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
If you’re looking for a movie that can make you laugh, cry, and think, then Silver Linings Playbook is the perfect Valentine’s Day romcom to watch. Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as Pat Solatano Jr. and Tiffany Maxwell respectively, this romantic comedy follows Pat on his journey to rebuild his life after being released from a mental health facility. Along the way, he meets Tiffany, and together they attempt to win a dance competition as part of Pat’s quest for self-improvement. With plenty of laughs, heart-warming moments, and emotionally charged scenes, Silver Linings Playbook is definitely one to add to your must-watch list this Valentine’s Day.
Check out the Silver Linings Playbook trailer.
There’s Something About Mary (1998)
A hilariously offbeat romantic comedy about the power of love, There’s Something About Mary is a must-see for anyone who loves a good laugh. Featuring a wildly eccentric cast of characters, this is a movie that will have you laughing until you cry, and rooting for the unlikely couple as they overcome the unexpected obstacles in their path. With its mix of both the absurd and the heartfelt, There’s Something About Mary proves that sometimes, the unlikeliest of relationships can end up being the most fulfilling.
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This classic romantic comedy stars Cher and Nicholas Cage as Loretta Castorini and Ronny Cammareri, a couple brought together by an unlikely set of circumstances. While Loretta is engaged to another man, she falls in love with the passionate yet reserved Ronny — who also happens to be her fiancé’s estranged brother. With plenty of witty one-liners and charming moments, Moonstruck proves that no matter how bumpy the road to love may be, it can always end up being worth the journey.
Watch the Moonstruck trailer.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding follows the story of Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos), a Greek-American woman who falls in love with a non-Greek man named Ian Miller (John Corbett). As they try to make their relationship work despite their cultural differences, they must also face the disapproval of Toula’s overly traditional family. With a lighthearted, optimistic attitude and plenty of memorable funny moments, My Big Fat Greek Wedding proves that love is stronger than any obstacle it may encounter.
Watch the My Big Fat Greek Wedding trailer.
Snuggle Into Classic RomComs this Valentine’s Day
Whether you’re laughing along to the antics of There’s Something About Mary, empathizing with Lloyd Dobbler as he holds up his boombox, or feeling all warm and fuzzy as Toula and Ian finally say “I Do” in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, these classic romcoms will make your Valentine’s Day even better. So grab some popcorn, cuddle up with your special someone and enjoy a night of romance, comedy, and good vibes with these timeless movies.
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