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!
4.7 stars from 1600+ 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.”
Sabrina (1995) (PG)
4.7 stars from 1000+ 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.”
Legends of the Fall (R)
4.6 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.”
Return to Me (PG)
4.6 stars from 1100+ customer reviews
I’m a sucker for underrated romantic comedies, and this is definitely one of them (and one of my favorites). It’s a very sweet story…and yes, a little far fetched, of course.
Description from Amazon: “Bob Rueland, a Chicago building contractor, cherishes life with his veterinarian wife until she is tragically killed in an automobile accident. Meanwhile the family and friends of Grace Briggs, a waitress at a local Italian restaurant, are overjoyed when they learn that Grace will finally get a replacement heart (the heart of Bob’s wife). Both Bob and Grace struggle to maintain normal lives after these traumatic events, until fate intervenes and brings them together.”
Benny & Joon (PG)
4.6 stars from 900+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson star in this quirky romantic drama about two misfits who come together as a result of an unusual poker game. Aidan Quinn and Julianne Moore co-star.”
4.6 stars from 500+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Academy Award nominee Andrew Garfield, Golden Globe winner Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of devastating odds. When Robin is given only a few months to live, Diana plots a daring escape from the hospital and they seek a full and passionate life together — raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping others. Breathe is a heartwarming celebration of love and human possibility.”
The Big Sick (R)
4.5 stars from 2400+ customer reviews
I do want to see this one! Adding this one to my Watchlist now. 🙂
Description from Amazon: “This acclaimed comedy is based on the real-life relationship and culture clash between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his future wife, Emily Gordon. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail has to force himself to face her feisty parents, temper his family’s expectations, and follow his heart.”
Life Itself (R)
4.5 stars from 1500+ customer reviews
I’m torn on this one (haven’t seen it yet). On the one hand, I’ve loved pretty much everything Dan Fogelman (creator of This Is Us) has put together. On the other hand, this movie got TERRIBLE reviews by critics. I suggest you check out the comments before trying this one.
Description from Amazon: “Life Itself centers on a couple (Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde) that lead a multi-generational love story spanning both decades and continents, from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside, and are all connected by a single event.”
Beyond the Lights (PG-13)
4.5 stars from 800+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “BEYOND THE LIGHTS is the story of Noni Jean, a hot new award-winning artist who is primed for superstardom. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures cause Noni to nearly fall apart – until she meets Kaz Nicol, a promising young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But can Kaz’s love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be?”
Forever My Girl (PG)
4.5 stars from 600+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “FOREVER MY GIRL tells the story of country music superstar Liam Page (Alex Roe), who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar, choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown, Liam is torn between his two worlds.”
Ghost Town (PG-13)
4.5 stars from 600+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “A spirited romantic comedy, Ghost Town is the story of Bertram Pincus, a cranky Manhattan dentist who develops the unwelcome ability to see dead people.”
4.4 stars from 900+ 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.”
Ladies in Lavender (PG-13)
4.4 stars from 800+ 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.”
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13)
4.3 stars from 2600+ 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.”
Jane Eyre (PG-13)
4.3 stars from 900+ customer reviews
I love this movie SO SO much. I am a sucker for all things Jane Eyre, and this one is especially awesome because…Michael Fassbender (duh).
Description from Amazon: “When orphaned governess Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) arrives at imposing Thornfield Hall, she’s intrigued by her brooding wealthy employer, Rochester (Michael Fassbender). His dark moods and the strange occurrences in the house lead her to discover a terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever.'”
The Time Traveler’s Wife (PG-13)
4.3 stars from 800+ customer reviews
Funny…I just picked up this book from the library to read again. I liked the book and the movie and will probably watch the movie again once I’m finished with the book.
Description from Amazon: “Romantic fantasy drama based on the bestselling novel by Audrey Niffenegger. Eric Bana stars as Chicago librarian Henry DeTamble, who is born with a genetic disorder that causes him involuntarily to time travel when he becomes stressed. This means that he often drops out of the present for long periods of time, causing his ongoing and deeply passionate romance with the love of his life, artist Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams), to run into all kinds of difficult complexities.”
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.”
What If (PG-13)
4.1 stars from 800+ 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?”
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.”
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.”
Not Cinderella’s Type
4 stars from 800+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “Indy lives with her aunt and uncle and believes her life is fine until an accident brings a new guy into her life. Bryant Bailey is not Indy’s type – she’s never been into guys like him. But then again, she’s never really known anyone so stubborn and caring that can also help her discover who she is and what she’s worth. A modern telling of Cinderella, based on the novel by Jenni James.”
Play the Game
4 stars from 800+ customer reviews
Description from Amazon: “A young ladies’ man teaches all his dating tricks to his lonely, widowed grandfather and plays his best mind games to win the woman of his dreams.”
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