Who says Valentine’s Day has to be all flowers, chocolates and sappy romance? We get that not everybody wants to cry a river over that kissing in the rain scene in The Notebook. Or maybe you do… no judgment here! Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a Valentine Grumpy Guss, there are lots of options for you this Hallmark holiday. Here are 5 different flavors of movie you can watch this Valentine’s Day, no matter your mood – whether you’re single or not!
Girl Power Galentines
Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids has become a cult classic comedy at this point. The film follows Annie, played by Kristen Wiig, who finds out that her best friend Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph, is getting married. Lillian asks Annie, whose life is actually a bit of a mess, to be her maid of honor. We get to watch Annie navigate the world of wedding planning as she tries to make her best friend’s fairytale day special. But it doesn’t come without some hilarious moments and serious tests of their friendship.
Annie’s keep-it-real attitude is one of the most entertaining and relatable aspects of the movie. That’s really highlighted in this scene where she has to get on a flight. Only she’s got a serious fear of flying. So of course, one of the girls gives her some drugs to take with alcohol. And all hell and hilarity ensue.
Bromance With Some Laughs
Now that Bad Boys for Life is out, we have to pay homage to the original bromance film from 1995, Bad Boys. The chemistry between the actors is undeniable in this must-see for any action-comedy lover. The story follows detectives Mike and Marcus, played by Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. When millions of dollars’ worth of heroin they confiscated is stolen, the boys take a wild ride to get the stolen drugs back, or face their entire department shutting down.
Marcus and Mike have tons of memorable scenes together showcasing their contrasting personalities playing off each other. The movie also features the catchy song “Bad Boys” by the Inner Circle, made famous by the intro to the TV show Cops
It’s essentially the most “cops” thing ever. And good luck getting it out of your head once you hear it. Bad boys, bad boys, watcha gonna do? Get the Bad Boys Bundle collection, which includes Bad Boys, Bad Boys 2, and Bad Boys for Life.
Til Death Do Us Part
Ari Aster’s Midsommar shows us what happens when romance goes… a bit off. The film follows a couple, played by Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor, who takes a trip to beautiful, sunshiny Sweden to get away and enjoy their fabled midsummer festival. Over the course of the story, the bright idyllic vision of the place turns into an inescapable waking nightmare. But beware, this journey is not for the faint of heart.
This shot from the visionary mind of Ari Aster shows the very essence of the movie. With everything so bright, white and pure on the outside – how could there be something more sinister lying beneath? Welcome to the midsummer festival.
High School Sweethearts
10 Things I Hate About You
You can’t talk about teen rom-coms without 10 Things I Hate About You. What you might not know is that the movie’s screenplay is based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, so take that high school English class! Anyhow, the story follows Kat and Bianca, two very different sisters played by Julia Stiles and Larisa Oleynik. Bianca is dying to start dating but isn’t allowed to until her older sister does. That’s where an intricate set-up to get Kat a boyfriend begins, and many of us are introduced to the charms of Heath Ledger for the first time. The rest is movie history, and we’re all reminded of the awkwardness and hilarity that come with navigating young love.
Heath Ledger’s character, Patrick Verona, demonstrates his love for Kat in several melt-your-heart moments throughout the movie. The scene where he sings and does a dance number to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” is a total classic though. And it doesn’t hurt that Heath’s got some serious moves.
Happily Ever After for the Hopeless Romantic
Titanic is the absolute epitome of romance. But for those who aren’t all about that lovey-dovey life, James Cameron packed plenty of action in this masterpiece too. At the time of filming in 1997, it was the most expensive movie ever made, costing $200 million. The story follows the unlikely romance between a wealthy woman named Rose and a starving artist named Jack, who meet on the ship and instantly fall in love. The on-screen chemistry between Kate Winslet, playing the part of Rose, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Jack, is electrifying. But the intricate sets and special effects used to bring the ship’s tragic story to life are also nothing to scoff at. It’s a film worth seeing for anyone who appreciates impactful cinema and unforgettable acting. And of course, romance.
If you haven’t re-enacted this part of Titanic at least once in your life… you’re lying. In the most famous scene of the movie, Jack and Rose stand at the front of the ship and she’s understandably uneasy. Rose must decide how much she trusts Jack in this pivotal moment – both physically and emotionally. After hesitating for a bit, Rose finally exclaims, “I’m flying!” and they embrace and lean in for a kiss. Sigh, it’s so romantic it hurts.