Love is in the air, but it doesn’t have to be a strain on your wallet! If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can take advantage of a few FREE Valentine’s Day movies available on Amazon Instant Video!
These aren’t particularly Valentine’s Day-themed, but they are popular picks in the “Romance” category. Leave a comment if you’ve seen any of these and let us all know what you thought!
Dirty Dancing (PG-13)
4.7 stars from 2800+ customer reviews
Did Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.’s Super Bowl commercial make you want to watch “Dirty Dancing” again? Well, now you can watch it for free if you’re a Prime member. Just don’t hurt yourself working on the end dance sequence.
Description from Amazon: “Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances (‘Baby’) falls in love with the camp’s dancing teacher.”
Across the Universe (PG-13)
4.7 stars from 1700+ customer reviews
I’m not sure if this is strictly a romance, but there are definitely romantic elements to it (from what I’ve heard…it’s been on my “to-see” list for ages!).
Description from Amazon: “When young dockworker Jude leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are reshaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy, a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York’s Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad.”
4.7 stars from 1500+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “An unlucky in love Italian widow finds romance through the intervention of the Manhattan moon. With her wedding to a close friend just weeks away, she meets and falls hopelessly in love with his younger brother! Her dilemma and her equally passionate and hilariously eccentric family make for an unforgettable film.”
Legends of the Fall (R)
4.7 stars from 1200+ customer reviews
I feel like I’ve seen bits and pieces of this movie but never the whole thing. Hey, Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins in the same movie is a winning combination in my book.
Description from Amazon: “This is an epic story of three brothers bound by loyalty, tested by war, and torn apart by love. Brad Pitt stars as Tristan, the wildest of the Ludlow sons, whose failure to protect his brother puts his entire family on a path of betrayal and self-destruction. From the battlefields of Europe to the farthest reaches of civilization, LEGENDS OF THE FALL follows Tristan’s turbulent journey from boyhood to manhood to legend.”
Sabrina (1995) (PG)
4.7 stars from 900+ customer reviews
ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME (for reals!). It’s a slower story but still very romantic. Harrison Ford and Greg Kinnear. Beautiful settings. Very low key and lovely. Recommend, recommend.
Description from Amazon: “Linus Larrabee is a busy tycoon who has no room for love in his appointment book. But when a romance between his playboy brother and Sabrina, daughter of the family chauffeur, threatens one of Linus’ business deals, the CEO clears his schedule for some ruthlessness.”
Cold Mountain (R)
4.6 stars from 1200+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “At the dawn of the civil war, the men of Cold Mountain, North Carolina, rush to join the confederate army. Ada has vowed to wait for Inman, but as the war drags on and letters go unanswered, she must find the will to survive. At war’s end, hearts will be dashed, dreams fulfilled and the strength of human spirit tested…but not broken!”
50 First Dates (PG-13)
4.6 stars from 600+ customer reviews
This one’s cute and a fun pairing of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. It reminds me of “Groundhog Day” in that he has to win the girl over from scratch every day.
Description from Amazon: “A Hawaiian island playboy has to use his imagination to win over the girl of his dreams when he discovers she has no short-term memory. Every night he is erased from her memory so he has to make her fall in love with him all over again the next day…and the next…and the next!”
Still Mine (PG-13)
4.5 stars from 4300+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “Based on true events and laced with wry humor, STILL MINE tells the heartfelt tale of Craig Morrison, who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife Irene. Although Morrison uses the same methods his father, an accomplished shipbuilder, taught him, times have changed. He quickly gets blindsided by local building codes and bureaucratic officials. As Irene becomes increasingly ill – and amidst a series of stop-work orders – Craig races to finish the house. Hauled into court and facing jail, Craig takes a final stance against all odds in a truly inspirational story.”
Love Story (PG)
4.5 stars from 500+ customer reviews
I’ve seen this and wasn’t terribly impressed, but I’m also not a big fan of tearjerkers just for the sake of wanting to cry. But that’s just me.
Description from Amazon: “Harvard Law student/hockey jock meets Radcliffe music wonk, and the couple soon enter into a relationship.”
Me Before You (PG-13)
4.4 stars from 4900+ customer reviews
I read the book and mostly enjoyed it, but for some reason I haven’t seen the movie yet. Maybe that’s just because I know how it ends.
Description from Amazon: “Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.”
Ladies in Lavender (PG-13)
4.4 stars from 700+ customer reviews
Judi Dench and Maggie Smith in the same movie!
Description from Amazon: “This heartwarming film stars Academy Award-winners Judi Dench and Maggie Smith as two sisters whose quiet lives dramatically change when they discover Andrea, a badly-injured young foreigner washed ashore near their coastal home in pre-war England. Nursing Andrea back to health appeals to Janet’s more maternal instincts, but for Ursula, the young man’s presence evokes an indefinable longing for a life not lived.”
The Choice (PG-13)
4.3 stars from 3500+ customer reviews
It’s a Nicholas Sparks movie, which means someone probably dies or has died. And it’s probably super sappy. But hey, there’s a reason he’s a best-selling author. (I have not seen this movie myself so those are not necessarily spoilers.)
Description from Amazon: “From Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author of The Notebook and Safe Haven, comes this heart-lifting romance about how far we go to keep the hope of love alive.”
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13)
4.3 stars from 2500+ customer reviews
I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this one before! It’s from the director of Chocolat and the screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire (and I really enjoyed the latter). I think my husband might actually watch this one with me (he’s big into fishing).
Description from Amazon: “A visionary Sheikh believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain’s leading fisheries expert, who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary latches onto it as a ‘good will’ story. Now, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible.”
4.3 stars from 800+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “Colin Briggs is a man who has given up on life. Nearing the end of a long sentence for murder, Colin is transferred to Edgefield, a minimum-security prison in the Cotswolds. Once there, Colin meets Fergus Wilks, an eccentric “lifer” who gives Colin an unwanted packet of seeds as a Christmas present. He begrudgingly plants the seeds in Edgefield’s hard, infertile soil and, much to both men’s surprise; the seeds flourish along with the two men’s friendship. Impressed by the sight of the blooming flowers, the prison Governor commissions Colin, Fergus and three other inmates to cultivate Edgefield’s first garden. When the prison garden attracts the attention of flamboyant gardening expert, Georgina Woodhouse, she offers to sponsor the inmates in their first garden show. As a result of gardening, Colin gains a renewed lease on life, a newly found love for Georgina’s daughter and a chance to compete at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show–the largest outdoor garden event in the world.”
Two Weeks Notice (PG-13)
4.3 stars from 500+ customer reviews
I saw this one a while ago and remember it as being OK. I’d watch it again as I do like both Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock in romantic comedies.
Description from Amazon: “Opposites don’t just attract – they hilariously banter, fuss, feud and collide when SANDRA BULLOCK plays an activist lawyer and HUGH GRANT is the eccentric tycoon who hires her in this romantic-comedy romp from the writer of Miss Congeniality.”
4.2 stars from 700+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “All the world knows about Einstein the scientific genius. But what about Einstein the matchmaker? I.Q. puts this fanciful notion to the test and comes up with winning results.”
Words and Pictures (PG-13)
4.1 stars from 3000+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus laments his students’ obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Jack has not published in years filling his spare time with drink versus the art of language. He meets his match in Dina Delsanto — an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. From the start, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. With a performance review looming and his teaching job on the line, Jack hatches an inspired plan for galvanizing student interest in their studies: he declares a war between Words and Pictures, confident that the former can convey greater meaning than the latter. Dina and her art students accept the challenge between Jack and his English students, and the battle lines are drawn.”
The Song (PG-13)
4.1 stars from 2600+ customer reviews
Looks like this one has a Christian bent (based on the life of Solomon).
Description from Amazon: “Aspiring singer/songwriter Jed King is struggling to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his famous father when he reluctantly agrees to a gig at a local vineyard festival. Jed meets the owner’s daughter, Rose, and an instant connection quickly turns to love. Soon after their wedding, Jed writes Rose “The Song,” which becomes a breakout hit. Suddenly thrust into a life of stardom and a world of temptation, his life and marriage begin to fall apart.”
The War Bride (NR)
4.1 stars from 1200+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “Anna Friel heads a distinguished cast in this award-winning World War II drama about a high-spirited English war bride who struggles to adjust to her new life on her soldier husband Charlie’s remote family farm in Canada. Charlies mother and polio-stricken sister are hostile to the “big city” newcomer, but Lily is determined not to let them break her spirit. Their tentative bond is threatened when Charlie returns from the war, haunted by the horrors he experienced.”
Road to Your Heart (NR)
4.1 stars from 700+ customer reviews
This one looks super cheesy.
Description from Amazon: “Young businessman has to get to Cape Town in 5 days for his father’s funeral. He also has to complete certain tasks his father assigned to him in his will – for that he needs help of the free-spirited young woman.”
What If (PG-13)
4.1 stars from 700+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “WHAT IF is the story of medical school dropout Wallace, who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben. Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?”
Take Me Home (NR)
4 stars from 3400+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “Little does NYC cab driver Thom Colvin know that when an attractive lady hops into his cab and says take me to California, that their journey winding across America will become the adventure, and mis-adventure, of their lifetimes.”
Lovely, Still (PG)
4 stars from 1800+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “With the approach of Christmas causing him to feel lonely in life and love, Robert Malone braves the wintry snow to arrive home from his job at the grocery store only to find a stranger standing in his home. What begins as an odd and awkward encounter quickly blossoms into what appears to be a romantic late life love affair that takes us on a heartfelt and wonderful journey which takes an unexpected turn.”
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