It’s February, which means that one of my least favorite holidays is coming up… Valentine’s Day. I just don’t believe we need a day to celebrate loved ones — we should be doing that every day. But I digress.
I know that there are plenty of people who love Valentine’s Day and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I think one of the only reasons I like this month and the holiday is because it gives me another reason to cozy up and watch some movies. And I’m a sucker for romantic comedies. I was organizing my movies a few weeks ago and realized that I have more romance/romantic comedies than any other genre. But isn’t that pretty typical of a girl?
I also have the privilege of being able to access Netflix and Hulu, if any of the movies I do have don’t intrigue me. I’ve been browsing around lately and figured I’d share some of my favorites with you. I put together a list of seven movies from each website (just in case you only have one — don’t wanna leave anyone out!) that — hopefully — you’ll love as much as I do.
Keep in mind, you guys… I don’t review movies for a living…
This star-packed movie has a little bit of everything. Alan Rickman as a not-so-lovable (but still lovable) married man tempted by a younger woman. Bill Nighy as a musician who thinks he loves no one and has no one who loves him. Andrew Lincoln as a man who loves his best friend’s wife (no, zombies in this movie, though). The perfect movie for those who can cuddle up while it’s snowing outside.
Can’t Buy Me Love
Would it really be a list of romantic comedies if it didn’t include one about high schoolers? I mean, high school is the epitome of a comedy. Patrick Dempsey adds to the “romantic” part of this one. A boy saving a girl from the punishment of her parents, just asking for a fake relationship in return. What could go wrong?
Tom Hanks stars as a middle-aged man going back to college. Julia Roberts stars as a professor who is no longer passionate about her career or her marriage. Will the two get together? Grab a loved one and find out! 😜
13 Going on 30
The story of a 13 year old girl who just wants to be a grown up. Be careful what you wish for.
This one is for the girls who like to take things into their own hands. A woman travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, getting help from a friendly gentleman along the way.
This one’s a bit different from the others in that it’s quite raunchy. It’ll appeal to those who don’t want a really romantic night.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Kate Hudson stars as an advice columnist who takes on the task of getting rid of a guy in ten days. While the guy she’s chosen for the assignment, Matthew McConaughey, thinks he can make a woman fall in love with him in ten days.
Sweet Home Alabama
Two words: Reese. Witherspoon. Isn’t that reason enough to watch this movie? No? Okay. Two more words: Patrick. Dempsey. For all of my Grey’s Anatomy fans out there — see him in a role that doesn’t get him killed.
Hitch (also available on Netflix)
If you’ve seen this movie and say you don’t like it… you’re lying, mmkay, pumpkin? 😉 One of the few Will Smith movies I enjoy (maybe, dare I say… the only one?), this one is for the love skeptics out there. It certainly isn’t the best movie of all time, but it’s an enjoyable romantic comedy. And Kevin James just makes everything better, doesn’t he?
50 First Dates
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler have such good chemistry that it’s hard to understand why they don’t just keep doing movies together (over and over and over, please). Watching him try to win her over everyday just warms my little heart 😍
She’s All That
Yes, the plot to this movie is predictable. And normally I’d hate that. But this has always been one of my favorite movies. It’ll give you a chance to reminisce over Paul Walker and get a glimpse of Usher DJ’ing a high school prom (leading to one of my favorite dance scenes in a movie). And if you’re into only the comedy aspect of this, I’d recommend Not Another Teen Movie.
Vogue has shared a list (here) of the best romantic comedies and Moonstruck made the list. Which was kind of a shock to me, because it stars Nicolas Cage. But I mean, if you like him (or wanna see Cher slap him), then why not cuddle up for this one?!
Miss You Already
This one is a bit different from the rest of the movies on this list. It does deal with the topic of breast cancer. Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore are a strong duo. It’s for those who will be celebrating Galentine’s Day. Grab your dearest girl friend (and maybe some tissues) and celebrate your friendship.
I Give It a Year
Actually not entirely in the “romance” genre, Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall give a great performance of a couple not into each other. This one paints a picture of what could happen if you rush into things too quickly. I root for an entirely different couple, altogether, in this one 😉 *Beware of some (unexpected) nudity in this one.