Valentine’s Day is approaching, and one of our favorite ways to commemorate the occasion is to curl up at home and watch romantic movies. There are numerous ways to make a home date night (or a Valentine’s Day celebration with friends) feel as memorable as a lavish evening out.
To begin, prepare a delectable meal for two (don’t forget the Valentine’s Day desserts). Then exchange gifts with your sweetheart, including a heartfelt Valentine’s Day greeting. After that, relax with one of these romantic movies available on Netflix and other streaming platforms that will appeal to a wide range of audiences.
Valentine’s Day Movies for kids
Here are our top selections for the best children’s Valentine’s Day movies.
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975)
Oh, my goodness! You’ll have a broken heart if you don’t spend Valentine’s Day with the Peanuts clan. Charles Schulz’s crew has a practice of ringing in holidays with him, and February 14 is no exception. Follow Charlie Brown and his friends as they try to make sense of love.
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
What could be more romantic than two cute puppies slurping the same spaghetti noodle till their noses meet? Despite their differences, Tramp, who comes from a dog-eat-dog world, and Lady, who is used to being pampered by her family (until a kid comes along), can’t help but adore each other.
Despite a rocky start for Shrek and Fiona, it appears that the ogre and princess aren’t so unlike after all. Shrek sets out on a journey to bring Princess Fiona to Lord Farquaad in exchange for the grouchy king removing his fairy tale pals from Shrek’s swamp (with the help of his “noble steed” Donkey).
Princess Bride (1987)
Kingdom Florin’s nefarious schemes are no match for a separated couple determined to reunite. The 14th of February is the best day to see one of the most cherished fairy tales come to life.
Ever After (1998)
Danielle has a difficult life. She’s forced to fend for herself after her father’s death, avoiding the abuse of her stepmother and stepsisters. When the oh-so-charming Prince Henry appears in this Cinderella adaptation, she has the final laugh.
Princess Diaries (2001)
When Mia’s estranged grandmother arrives to inform her that she is a princess, she is taken aback. Mia learns what it takes to be a royal in Genovia in the Meg Cabot bestseller turned silver picture adolescent blockbuster. She learns a thing or two about her Prince Charming and happily-ever-after along the road.
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
The massive YA triumph of John Green is an emotional roller coaster that spans all media—print, and movies. Hazel and Gus’ romance has kids swooning, sobbing, and everything in between in every scene (and chapter). Curiosity piques when the two young cancer sufferers meet at a support group, and before long, they’re inseparable.
The Addams Family (1991)
Forget about the gruesome scenes in which Pugsley and Wednesday attempt to self-immolate. Forget about Uncle Fester’s enigmatic past. Even the renowned finger-snapping motif is a thing of the past. Because beneath all the charming mayhem, The Addams Family is really just a sweet love story between Gomez and his mysterious enchantress of a wife, Morticia. Of sure, the dark laughter would delight children, but who wouldn’t adore that love story?
My Girl (1991)
The students at school enjoy teasing Vada. The tween is not only best friends with a boy, but her father also owns a funeral home, so she’s an obvious target for bullies. When the 11-year-old develops a crush on her English teacher, things become more problematic.
The Little Rascals (1994)
At the soapbox car rally, Spanky and the He-Man-Woman-Haters Club intend to win. When the fellas, notably Spanky, are distracted by their pal Alfalfa and his developing affair with Darla, tensions rise.
Best Valentine’s Day Movies
Are you looking for Valentine’s Day ideas? There are few better ways to spend Cupid’s holiday, in our opinion, than with a romantic film: There’s a film for everyone, whether you’re single or in a relationship, pro or anti-Day. Valentine’s
The Princess Bride
If your significant other asks to watch this romantic adventure for all ages again, you just have one response. “As you desire!” says the narrator.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
In this critically praised French drama, Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel share obvious chemistry, telling the story of a romance between a painter and her subject set in the late 18th century on the windswept island of Brittany.
The Big Sick
The Big Sick is based on screenwriters Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani’s real-life romance and follows a man who stays by his girlfriend’s side as she fights a strange disease.
Crazy Rich Asians
Rachel Chu, a New Yorker, travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family in this modern rom-com. There’s a lot of laughter, as well as lessons on the significance of family.
If Beale Street Could Talk
After he is incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, a young couple struggles for their future. This Oscar-winning picture is one you won’t want to miss!
Pride & Prejudice
Every fan of Jane Austen’s famed novel has a favorite adaptation, but ours has to be the 2005 film, in which Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy steps across a dappled field to tell Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Bennet, “You have charmed me body and soul.”
Nick Robinson plays a gay boy grappling with coming out to his family and peers in this coming-of-age story based on Becky Albertalli’s renowned YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
Lily James portrays a writer who travels to the island of Guernsey to report on a story after WWII and develops an unexpected bond with the locals.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
In 2018, this Netflix original starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo was a hit. If you haven’t seen the adorable—and cringe-worthy—story yet, do it now, and then watch the sequel!
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget Jones keeps a notebook to help her plan out the route to love and job success in this classic romantic comedy based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Valentine’s Day Movies on Netflix
Below, you’ll find a list of Netflix Valentine’s Day movies that are as distinctive and diverse as love itself.
This rom-com classic reunites Julia Roberts and Richard Gere for a lighthearted romp about a woman who compulsively runs away on the day of her (many) weddings and the journalist determined to make a fantastic story out of her circumstance.
Silver Linings Playbook
Love can sometimes be found in the dark. After spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) comes home to live with his parents and finds a kindred spirit in Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). Tiffany initially tries to assist him in reconnecting with his wife, but as they spend more time alone together, the misunderstood couple comes to understand each other.
Open a box of Valentine’s chocolates and enjoy this lovely romance about a free-spirited, nomadic chocolatier (Juliette Binoche) who, during Lent, transforms a peaceful French village by opening a sweets shop full of temptations.
Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is told he can travel back in time when he is just 21 years old, but the secret power proves to be more than a simple “reset” on past sins. When Lake falls for Mary (Rachel McAdams), he quickly discovers that a little time travel won’t be enough to solve everything.
Someone Great is more of a breakup narrative than a love story, taking place between Jenny Young’s (Gina Rodriguez) abrupt separation with her longtime beau and her move to San Francisco for a dream job at Rolling Stone.
She’s Gotta Have It
Spike Lee’s debut feature-length picture (which established the director’s career) follows Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns), who is sexually liberated but uncertain, as she juggles three guys at the same time.
Set it Up
How do you catch your boss’s attention? Conspire behind the scenes with another disgruntled coworker (who is in the same boat as you) to help both bosses find love. We believe in each other.
As Good as It Gets
Love isn’t always straightforward. Such is the case for grumpy author Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson, who won an Academy Award for his performance), whose orderly life is thrown into disarray by a budding romance with his favorite waitress (Helen Hunt, who also won an Oscar for her performance) and an unwilling friendship with his injured neighbor (Greg Kinnear), both of whom force him to reconsider his priorities.
This action-adventure comedy stars Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, and it begins when the struggling couple becomes involved in a murder. The remainder of the night was spent trying to save their innocence—and their romance.
Valentine’s Day Movies 2022
Check out this collection of current Netflix, Hulu, HBOMax, and Amazon Prime Valentine’s Day movies. They’ll make for an ideal date (which might just be the name of one of the movies on the list, too). So grab your S.O. and gather your Galentines for a virtual watch party.
The Last Letter From Your Lover
An ambitious young journalist uncovers a love letter from the 1960s while working on a story. It tells the story of a married woman (Shailene Woodley) having an affair with a journalist (Callum Turner).
Fans of Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Notebook will fall in love with this new Nicholas Sparks-inspired romance. The film, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, is about a long-distance relationship between John, a US Army soldier, and Savannah, a college student.
The Half Of It
When straight-A student Ellie is hired to write love letters to the girl he likes, Aster, who needs help winning over a popular girl, she forms an odd connection with well-intentioned but inarticulate jock Paul.
In this funny, action-packed romantic comedy, Tina Fey and Steve Carell play a married couple whose date night spirals out of hand. If you’ve been coupled up for a while, you’ll definitely be able to relate to, well, the first 15 minutes of the movie.
The Princess Bride
What else can be said about The Princess Bride except that it’s flawlessly written, cast, and directed, making it the ideal choice for Valentine’s Day (and every day, to be honest)?
Never Been Kissed
When Josie (Drew Barrymore), a newspaper reporter, goes undercover as a high school student for a story, she gets a second shot to be one of the cool kids and possibly even have her first kiss. This classic rom-com from the 1990s continues to be a fan favorite.
This award-winning film, starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, follows two friends, Jack and Ennis, who must keep their love a secret. The cowboy and ranch hand marry, have children, and still can’t get enough of each other. They find time to be together throughout the next 20 years, knowing that it will never be enough.
All The Bright Places
Finch (played by Justice Smith) and Violet (played by Elle Fanning) fall in love after meeting in the middle of a busy small-town high school. They form a friendship as a result of their past traumas, and they aim to heal each other as their lives progress. When tragedy strikes, Violet is forced to make a decision about how she will continue to live in a world where she feels extremely unlucky.
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The Ugly Truth
If you’re looking for something a little more raunchy on Valentine’s Day, look no further than this 2009 rom-com. It has the usual opposites attract plotline, with two coworkers (Kathryn Heigl and Gerard Butler) butting heads over almost everything until falling in love.
The Silver Linings Playbook
Two mentally ill adults become entangled in this film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Pat moves in with his parents after losing his wife, career, and social life. They introduce him to Tiffany, who has also recently lost a loved one, and the two begin a fascinating (and at times tense) friendship.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I watch on Valentines?
Here are some of the best Valentine’s Day movies ever made.
- Always Be My Maybe.
- If Beale Street Could Talk.
- The Half of It.
- Sylvie’s Love.
- Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
- She’s Gotta Have It.
- Palm Springs.
What's your favorite Valentines movie?
- Pride & Prejudice (2005).
- Before Sunrise (1995).
- La La Land (2016).
- The Notebook.
- The Thin Man (1934).
- Romeo + Juliet (1996).
- Breathless (1961).
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).