Seven romantic films for Valentine's Day

Couple watching a film
John and Lisa had no idea that the Notebook was such a rib-tickler...
"Noah and Allie make up and break up so many times it's hard to keep count, but a sexual tension-fuelled geese-feeding session may just turn things around"
  • | by Abbie Laughton-Coles

Whether you're so obnoxiously in love that you frequently walk into objects because you can't stop staring into your betrothed's eyes, or you're following in Jason Derulo's fancy footsteps and 'ridin' solo', there's nothing quite like a romantic film.

And with such a plethora to choose from this Valentine's Day, where to begin?

Well look no further, as we've found the films that make us want to listen to the Walrus of Love on repeat and write sonnets comparing our other halves to changes in the season...

Pretty Woman

Let's start off with a classic. This story of a lady-of-the-night-done-good is an epic romance that has stood the test of time. Mad props to Julia Roberts for being able to walk in the kinky boots she sports before they let her buy garms in the posh shops, too.


We're aware that this isn't one of your more traditional romantic films, but if you didn't find this film about a rubbish-compacting robot's adventure for the one he loves (and to save mankind...) heart-warming, you're dead inside.

The Notebook

We blame this film for a lot of people's unrealistic expectations of love. Noah and Allie make up and break up so many times it's hard to keep count, but a sexual tension-fuelled goose-feeding session may just turn things around.

Definitely not one to watch on a first date if you tend to have a Kim Kardashian ugly crying face...

Kim Kardashian crying

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10 Things I Hate About You

This cult film from the 1990s tells the story of a hostile teenage girl whose popular younger sister isn't allowed to date until she does, so a plan is hatched for a new arrival on campus to try to woo the contrary older sister. With a witty script based on Shakespeare's the Taming of the Shrew and a big musical number to boot, what's not to love?

Dirty Dancing

The whole film can be summarised in just two words: the lift. That's all you need to know about Dirty Dancing – the rest of it is just preamble to this moment. There's some dancing on a log, watermelon carrying and Patrick Swayze saying "nobody puts Baby in the corner", but mostly it's just about the lift.

Coincidentally, this iconic lift is also used to great effect by Ryan Gosling (him again) to woo potential mates in the 2011 film Crazy, Stupid, Love. Personally we think he doesn't really need a gimmick to be a hit with the ladies. Warning: contains shirtless Ryan Gosling.

500 Days of Summer

Showing more of a realistic image of modern love, this story is about the euphoria of a new romance and the sinking pit of despair when it goes wrong, which is all too familiar to those of us who have fallen foul of that crazy little thing called love.

It also has the most celebratory post-bonking dance number you're likely to see.

Bridget Jones's Diary

Starring Renee Zellweger when she still looked like Renee Zellweger, the film adaption of the Helen Fielding book is so popular that they still show it almost every night on ITV2. It features Hugh Grant as a sex-obsessed scumbag and the most middle-class fight in history.

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