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18 Movies To Watch This Valentines Day

As a girl, there is nothing I like better than to wrap myself up in my duvet surrounded by Cadbury’s chocolate. Pop on a movie with the cliché romantic moments, where boy meets girl and something is stopping them from being together. These movies make you believe in love, you will be so invested in their lives that it will make you want to cry. Here are 18 romantic movies to watch this Valentine's Day.

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1. Pretty in Pink (1986)

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This “Brat Pack” movie revolves around the life of Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald), an outcast high school senior who has a part time job and is looking after her father (Harry Dean Stanton) who is depressed from his wife leaving him. Her best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) has been completely in love with her since childhood and struggles to tell Andie how he truly feels about her, causing disturbance on Andie’s love life. Rich kid Blaine McDonough (Andrew McCarthy) begins to show affection to Andie and asks her out much to Duckie’s dismay.

For anyone that enjoys the 80's decade, this movie is perfect. Jon Cryer’s character is so loveable and hilarious, his only goal being to entertain Andie and Ringwald’s character is something that the audience is not used to when compared to her snobby character in ‘The Breakfast Club’. The main touches of this film are the wild costume designs and the hairdo’s that really bring the 80's atmosphere alive.

Quote: “You said you couldn't be with someone who didn't believe in you. Well I believed in you. I just didn't believe in me. I love you... always."

2. Dirty Dancing (1987)

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Set in the 1960's, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) travels to a holiday resort with her family in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Baby’s parents have planned her whole life for her: college, joining the Peace Corps before marrying a doctor. Baby begins to develop feelings for the resort’s dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), whose background is different to Baby’s. Johnny’s dancing partner falls ill allowing Baby to fill in as Johnny’s dance partner and slowly the duo start to fall in love.

This film is more than just dancing; it firstly portrays the message that everyone should receive fair and equal treatment. Secondly, the lift is one of the most recognisable and iconic movie moments in cinematic history. The song that won the Oscar for ‘Best Song’ “I’ve Had The Time of My Life” is so identifiable that it makes it an instant classic.

Quote: “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”

3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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An elderly woman is telling her granddaughter a story of an inventor (Vincent Price) who had created a human boy named Edward (Johnny Depp), sadly the inventor died before Edward could be finished leaving him with scissors for hands. Years later Peg Boggs (Dianne Wiest), a kind woman discovers Edward and brings him home to her family where he is instantly smitten with her teenage daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder). Edward struggles to adapt to his new environment and the community is initially weary of him but begins to accept Edward gradually.

This movie is the cliché boy meets girl but with the classic Tim Burton gothic feeling. The sympathy that the audience feels towards Edward is so strong due to him being alone and unfinished after the inventor died. When Peg brings Edward home, we begin to feel that Edward finally has a chance of living a normal life and being involved in a loving family, however when Kim comes home and shows distaste to our protagonist his unfair treatment is heartbreaking to watch. We also see Anthony Michael Hall play a nastier side as opposed to the nerd that he portrayed in ‘The Breakfast Club’.

Quote: “Kim: Hold me.
Edward: I can't.”

4. Ghost (1990)

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Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) and Molly Jensen (Demi Moore), a banker and potter are both madly in love with each other but one night after a trip to the theatre, Sam is shot and killed by a thief. Sam discovers that he is trapped as a ghost and realises that Molly is in terrible danger with someone he thought he could trust. Sam seeks the help of Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to try communicating with Molly to see sense.

This classic movie has it all, the laughs and the tears. However, Swayze’s acting effectively portrays how regretful he is in death that he never let Moore know his true feelings towards her. Both performances could be better but with a strong supporting cast and well written script it does not matter. This film is also a way of helping to deal with the heartbreak of losing a loved one.

Have the tissues at the ready.

Quote: “It's amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you. See ya.”

5. The Wedding Singer (1998)

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Set in the 80's, Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is an incredibly talented wedding singer who has been ironically stood up at his own wedding. He meets Julia (Drew Barrymore) and a friendship begins. Julia asks Robbie if he could help plan her wedding, as her partner has no interest. However, both Robbie and Julia begin to fall for one another and Julia realises that she has chosen the wrong partner.

In their first of many films together, Barrymore and Sandler help create a genuine love story and make a realistic pair due to the fact that they are the most unlikely people to be put together. The song “I Wanna Grow Old With You” although only created for the movie has now become noticeably romantic. You begin to actually see Sandler as a romantic character and not someone who is there just for comedic purposes.

Quote: “I wanna grow old with you.”

6. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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New kid Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) starts to develop feelings for popular Bianca Stratford, which creates a problem; she is not allowed to date unless her sister Kat does. Cameron tricks popular hot guy Joey into thinking he will taking out Bianca by paying Patrick (Heath Ledger) to take out Kat.

The film that was a modern tale of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew was a breakout success for Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Heath Ledger singing to Julia Stiles makes this film a must see if you haven’t already making him charming and irresistible. The audience will also feel a genuine connection with Patrick and Kat with the paint balloon fight they have, it’s when we discover that they are actually perfect for each other.

Quote: “But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.”

7. Coyote Ugly (2000)

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Aspiring songwriter Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) decides to leave her hometown of New Jersey and her father (John Goodman) to go to New York City. Her failed efforts of getting producers to listen to her tape and being robbed leaves Violet at her wit’s end until she stumbles upon Coyote Ugly. She manages to get a job there and learns the way of living in New York whilst meeting Kevin who will help her overcome her stage fright.

The perfect guilty pleasure film. If you’re looking for a film that just has dancing women then this is NOT the film for you, there are only a few scenes of the girls dancing on top of the bar. The film did not perform so well with the critics but if you’re just looking for a film that is about chasing your dreams and finding love along the way, then this film is a perfect choice.

Quote: “No, it's not okay. I'm not going to make the same mistake twice. I don't care how many bars you have to stand on.”

8. Bridget Jones (2001)

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Spinster Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) who drinks too much, smokes too much cannot seem to find the right man. She has an attraction to her boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) is a barrister who has known Bridget since they were children, Bridget finds him attractive but infuriating.

There are so many moments that will make you laugh hard and cringe at the same time. You can definitely see that Zellweger becomes Bridget and that no one else could play the iconic character. The fight sequence in this movie for me is one of the best moments in cinematic history. What makes this scene hilarious is that this not like the cliché two men fighting over the girl. These two men have probably never been in physical fight and fail at confronting each other to gain the affection of Bridget.

Quote: “But the thing is, um, what I'm trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you, very much. Just as you are.”

9. Love Actually (2003)

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Although generally a Christmas movie, this movie follows the lives of eight different people who are falling in and out of love. It is five weeks before Christmas and we see that the characters are following their hearts and showing you that “Love Actually is all around”.

The directorial debut of Richard Curtis who had wrote “Bridget Jones,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Notting Hill”. The cast is huge and are all British regulars such as Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. This film is unlike any normal Christmas movie that are mostly family friendly; Love Actually is the opposite and is mainly based around adult relationships. The soundtrack of this movie is phenomenal and the score called “PM’s Love Song” is one of the best movie scores around.

Quote: “Let's go get the shit kicked out of us by love.”

10. 50 First Dates (2004)

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Womaniser Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) is a veterinarian in Hawaii and shows no interest of being in a committed relationship. That is until he meets Lucy Whitemore (Drew Barrymore). They both enjoy each other’s company, however the next day Lucy fails to recognise Henry and he soon discovers that she suffers from short term memory loss. Henry doesn’t let this stop him from being with her and is determined to make Lucy fall in love with him all over again.

The chemistry between Sandler and Barrymore is amazing and feels so real that we forget about Sandler’s previous comedy films like ‘Happy Gilmore’ and ‘The Waterboy’, it shows his range as an actor and that he isn't exclusively a comic actor. Saying that, having Rob Schneider in this movie does give the movie a perfect balance with his comedic acting.

Quote: “So every day you help her to realize what happened and you wait patiently for her to be okay with it... then you get her to fall in love with you again?”

11. The Notebook (2004)

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In a nursing home, Duke is telling a story to an old woman whose memory is fading, about two young lovers named Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) and Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling). Allie and Noah had both met at a carnival and they spend the whole summer together until Allie is forced to move away and go to college. Noah writes to Allie every day for a year, however they are intercepted by Allie's mother and she never lays eyes on them. Several years pass and Allie has fell in love with someone else until she realises that she still has feelings for Noah after seeing his picture in the paper and decides to visit him. Allie has to make the heart wrenching decision of picking between her fiancé and Noah.

The movie that describes chick flicks, McAdams shows so much beauty and clarity compared to her character in Mean Girls that we are used to. The scenes we are shown of the elderly couple (James Garner and Gena Rowlands) are so nice and sweet, they convey so well that as a girl this is what we dream of.

Quote: “So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday”

12. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) are sent to work together herding sheep on Brokeback Mountain. The two become close and after a night of drinking, they develop into a sexual and passionate relationship until they need to part ways at the end of Summer. Years later and both men have settled down with their wives (Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway). Still pining for each other, they decide to meet for “fishing trips” as they both try to hide their love from the people around them.

This movie can be considered controversial as people relate this to two gay cowboys having sex on a mountain and although the movie does not shy away from this, it deserves attention as it is just as romantic as any other movie, perhaps more so for focusing on such a controversial topic. The scenery in this movie is fantastic and amazing to look at.

Quote: “I wish I knew how to quit you.”

13. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

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Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) tells his friends a secret that he has been keeping for a long time: Andy is still a virgin so his friends take it upon themselves to help Andy lose his virginity. Andy meets Trish (Catherine Kenner) a mother of three and the two become close and start a relationship. However, the couple decide not to have sex until their 20th date. Andy has to decide if he is going to share his secret with Trish.

If you don’t want to watch a really romantic movie with really soppy cliché moments then film is perfect, the gags in this are hilarious and the cast work so well with each other, in particular Paul Rudd and Seth Rogan. The film manages to be raunchy but not too much that it is cringy. By the end of this film, you will be clutching your stomach due to laughing.

Quote: “'Cause I watched this movie called "Liar Liar" and the message was, "*Don't* lie." And that was a smart movie.”

14. PS. I Love You (2007)

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Holly (Hilary Swank) and Gerry (Gerard Butler) are a happily married couple. However when Gerry dies from a brain tumour, Holly is deeply distraught and feels that the only person that can help her is no longer with her. Unbeknownst to Holly, Gerry had wrote her 10 letters that were intended to help reduce her pain and to rediscover herself. She notices that all the letters are finished off the same way; P.S I Love You.

Within the first 10 minutes, this film is going to make you cry and it’s going to make you laugh and although Butler’s average Irish accent may make you cringe, you can't help but notice the amazing chemistry that he has on screen, this makes you want to see more of him. The movie is kind of reminiscing the old-fashioned sad movies that make you depressed and melancholic for days.

Quote: “You made me a man, by loving me Holly. And for that, I am eternally grateful... literally. If you can promise me anything, promise me that whenever you're sad, or unsure, or you lose complete faith, that you'll try to see yourself through my eyes.”

15. WALL-E (2008)

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In the dystopian future where humans have abandoned Earth due to it being overrun with rubbish. WALL-E, a robot designed to clean up the mess, has been alone for 700 years and is now the last robot on Earth. WALL-E has a tendency to pick up items that are interesting to him whilst finding friendship with his pet cockroach. WALL-E has developed a personality and become lonely until one day a spaceship arrives on Earth and a sleek robot called EVE arrives to find that there is life on Earth once again. When the spaceship comes back for EVE, a smitten WALL-E follows her across the galaxy.

Although generally aimed at children, with hardly any dialogue, this movie is nothing like any other children’s movie. We feel so much sympathy for the robot especially in the first half of the movie when the viewers discover that he is all alone on Earth. WALL-E brings the art of storytelling to a whole new level expressing emotions especially within the character himself.

Quote: “Waaaaaaaall-E”

16. The Proposal (2009)

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Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) is an editor in chief for a book publishing company that is severely loathed, even by her executive assistant and aspiring editor Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds). When Margaret is threatened with deportation, she persuades Andrew to marry her and in return, he would be promoted to editor. The couple will be questioned about their relationship after the weekend, however Andrew had plans to visit his family in Sitka for his grandmother’s 90th birthday, so Margaret decides to travel with him.

The supporting actors help make this movie and one specific scene consisting of supporting actress, Betty White, dressed in Native American clothing, chanting with a gay Cuban stripper. This scene alone makes the film worth watching.

Quote: “will you marry me? Because I'd like to date you.”

17. What's Your Number? (2011)

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After being fired from her job, Ally Darling (Anna Faris) is reading an article about how women who sleep with more than twenty people are highly unlikely to be married. Ali has been with 20 partners and has concluded that one of those partners is destined to be with her. She seeks the help from Colin Shea (Chris Evans), her next-door neighbour. She believes that one of her exes is her “Prince Charming”

Although negatively criticised, this film is great if you even just want to spend the evening alone and if you have a thing for Chris Evans like most. The film’s plot, of course, is silly and unimaginable however it is easy to be connected with Faris’ character and is the perfect ‘tweener’ movie.

Quote: “I’m happiest when I’m being myself, and myself when I’m with you.”

18. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) has returned to his mother and fathers house after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spending eight months in a mental health facility. His goal is to reconcile with his estranged wife who Pat had caught cheating. Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a depressed widow who struggles with relationship problems who helps him to reconnect with his wife if he agreed to be her dancing partner for a competition.

Adapted from Matthew Quick’s novel Silver Linings Playbook, the movie shows the audience that medicated or not, people are all just as crazy as each other. The acting from the cast in this movie is so fantastic and well scripted that the audience begin to feel part of the movie, cheering Cooper on.

Quote: “The only way you can beat my crazy was by doing something crazy yourself. Thank you. I love you. I knew it the minute I met you. I'm sorry it took so long for me to catch up. I just got stuck.”

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