As we get closer and closer to Valentine's Day, it's time to start thinking about how you're going to spend the evening. Whether you're spending it with a loved one or going solo with a box of luxury chocolates (because you know how to take care of Number 1!), you need to plan what movies will set the scene.
Luckily, we're here to help! Listed below are our top five picks for Valentine's Day, no matter how you plan to spend it!
1. Pride & Prejudice
An outright classic, Pride and Prejudice stars Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfayden in the lead roles of Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy. The soundtrack of this film alone is enough to take the romance up to a hundred.
The timeless Jane Austin novel has been reimagined in film numerous times, but this remains our favorite adaptation. Don't count out this iconic movie, even if period dramas aren't your usual thing!
2. La La Land
If you have already seen this Oscar-sweeping movie, then you're probably questioning its place on a list of romantic movies. We hear you—but this story teaches us about love in a way that isn't cookie cutter.
There are ups and downs, and sometimes things don't work out exactly as expected. Just like love in the real world, it's unpredictable, and when all else is lost: just sing about it.
3. The Notebook
We promise we don't have a Ryan Gosling fixation (though could you blame us?), but this movie is the pinnacle of romance. If you are looking for the perfect blend of angst and downright mushy love, this is a perfect choice.
The chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling shines throughout, creating a genuinely believable narrative that viewers have fallen in love with again and again.
4. 10 Things I Hate About You
Who doesn't appreciate a 90s throwback? Though this movie came out towards the very end of the decade, it perfectly encapsulates the era's spirit. It also stars the fantastic Heath Ledger in one of his most charming roles, so what more could you possibly want?
You can also spot a very baby-faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt in one of his first major movie roles. Despite this movie being twenty-three years old (how did that happen?), it still stands the test of time.
5. When Harry Met Sally
Speaking of movies that have stood the test of time, we have our final addition. True, the film makes some pretty problematic assertions about the inability of men and women to only be friends. However, it is still a hilarious throwback with some genuinely sweet moments.
Plus, aren't we all secretly soft for the I'm in love with my best friend trope? No matter your stance, we'll have what she's having.
A Cosy Night in Is All You Need
No matter who you're spending the evening with, be it a partner, friends, or flying solo, a good movie is a must. The world of cinema is rich with sentimental romantic contributions. We're biased towards our top five picks, and if you decide to watch any—or all—of them yourself, you will see why!