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Valentine’s Day movie picks 💘

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It’s that time of year again where the world seems to be split into three categories:

  • those who celebrate Valentine’s Day with gusto and joy
  • those who move through the 14th February with indifference
  • those who shun any idea of Valentine’s and choose to spend time with friends or alone

Regardless of your stance on the day of lurve… here are a few movie suggestions to suit all tastes.  

For those embracing all things lovey-dovey

The romantics among us can’t go wrong with these more traditional romance films, involving a conventional boy-meets-girl storyline: they fall in love, there’s a dilemma and they make it work eventually. You know the drill 🥰.

Sleepless in Seattle

Widower, Sam Baldwin appears on a radio show to talk about missing his wife. Touched by what she hears, Annie Reed responds by writing a letter asking Sam to meet her at the top of the Empire State building.

Notting Hill

Movie superstar Anna Scott meets quirky bookseller William Thacker in Notting Hill and so begins a will-they-won’t-they? love affair.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

If you could erase a bad relationship from your memory, would you? Joel Barish and Clementine Kruczynski undertake this procedure and we see Joel’s memories in reverse in a beautiful story of second chances and fate.

True Romance

Ah, the classic love story of a call girl and an Elvis fan on the run after killing a pimp and accidentally taking his drugs.

Pretty Woman

Prostitute, Vivian Ward is hired to spend time with wealthy businessman, Edward Lewis while he’s in New York, but sparks fly when rules are broken.

Definitely Maybe

A newly-divorced dad tells his daughter the story of the three main women in his life so she can guess which one is her mother. But was her mother his true love?


Don’t appreciate a romantic ending?

Not all films about love give us the happy ending desired. Here is a list of films that contain a some romance, but don’t follow the more traditional route.  

The Way We Were

Two polar opposites meet, fall in love and marry – but can they make it work?

Me Before You

When desperate Lou Clark takes a job caring for paralysed Will Traynor, she finds more than she bargained for. Will is hiding a dark, heartbreaking secret…

Love Actually

Hugh Grant is back again. A mishmash of stories about love and how it doesn’t always go the direction we want it to.

Love Story

Rich boy meets poor girl at Harvard. They fall in love and marry – but life is never straight forward, is it?

Shakespeare in Love

Lady Viola pretends to be a boy so she can join the theatre where she meets and falls in love with William Shakespeare. But Viola is already promised to someone else.

Lost in Translation

Bob Harris is in Japan filming a commercial, Charlotte is travelling with her new husband and left to her own devices while he works. The lonely pair strike up a special friendship while experiencing Tokyo.

And if you’re avoiding Valentine’s…

Spending Valentine’s Day with your friends? These films will help you celebrate that special relationship only your best friends can provide.

Miss Congeniality 2

Gracie Hart is back and this time it’s all about celebrating sisterhood and friendships.

How to be Single

Newly-single Alice tries to find her way through the dating minefield in New York with the help of her free-spirited co-worker, Robin.


Cecilia Bloom and Hillary Essex meet on the beach as children and so begins a friendship spanning a lifetime.

Thelma and Louise

Two friends take a weekend break to escape their husbands but run into some trouble on the way that changes the course of their lives forever.  

The Hangover

A group of friends on a stag weekend in Vegas – what could possibly go wrong?

Stand By Me

Four young friends set out on a journey to find the body of a missing boy in this ultimate coming-of-age story of bonding and friendship.


Lillian is getting married and her best friend Annie is trying her best to be a good maid of honour but has some stiff competition from fellow bridesmaid Helen.

So, however you’re spending Valentine’s Day, you can guarantee there’s a movie out there to suit your mood.

And in case you missed it, WTF founder, Shannon is doing a #FebFilmChallenge on Twitter – it’s not too late to join in!

(6) Comments

  1. This is a well thought out list for most people giving them lots to think about watching on V.Day,but honestly, me and the OH remain super proud that we have never watched ‘Love Actually’ and it’s unlikely to change this year…how about an anti-VDay choice like ‘V for Vendetta’ or ‘Death becomes You’, ‘Lives and Loves of a She devil’ perhaps? We’re planning on watching as many of the Alien quadrilogy we can stay awake for, yum!

    1. Shannon Watson says:

      This is a great idea!!

  2. OMG this is a huge list! I am totally bookmarking this!!

    1. Shannon Watson says:

      Love it!

  3. Am I actually commenting on a Valentines post?? Well seems I am, anything for you❤️
    I’m a bit anti Valentine – to me it’s worse than Christmas and you know how much of a Grinch I am. (Sorry🙈)
    But that being said – you’ve done
    some serious homework for this piece and although I don’t know half of them I am pretty sure you have got it covered for those three mentioned groups. And I always love the tone of your writing. This is definitly a go to piece for Valentine prep inspiration. Love the work, dear❤️

    1. Shannon Watson says:

      Thanks for you comment Linda! Maybe this will inspire your movie choice this Valentine’s Day!

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