The best romance movies for Valentine’s Day
Hi, my name is Kassi, and I’m a romance movie-aholic.
I’m not ashamed to say that if there’s a rom com, rom dram (is that a thing?), pretty much anything with romance … there’s a 99.99% chance I’ve seen it.
I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day (I’m more of a Feb. 15 kinda gal for the 50% off candy … who’s with me?!), but who says it has to be all about boyfriends and husbands and what have you? I’m all for a girl’s day of baking heart-shaped cookies, painting nails and allllll the rom coms. So in honor of ahem, Galentine’s Day, I’m sharing all the best romance movies for your Feb. 14 viewing needs. I’ve compiled my absolute favorites up top, but included a complete list of 116 romance-filled films below, too … all in alphabetical order because ranking them is downright cruel. Side note: I struggled separating chick flicks from romance movies. Don’t judge.
What’s your favorite romance movie? Drop it in the comments! Happy love day, lovelies!
Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Åkerman, Edward Burns, Judy Greer
Synopsis: Jane is always the bridesmaid, never the bride. When her friends need help wedding planning, she’s the one they go to. But when Jane’s younger sister Tess becomes engaged to the man of Jane’s dreams, Jane finds herself in over her head — and heart.
Cast: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode, Mark Harmon
Synopsis: Anna, the daughter of the president of the United States, decides she’s had enough of the Secret Service following her every move. So when she’s on a state visit to Prague with her father, she escapes and meets the handsome and British Ben Calder. The two travel across Europe, evading the Secret Service at every turn. But have they been on Anna’s heels the whole time?
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Rachel Weisz
Synopsis: When Will Hayes’ young daughter asks him about his love life before his marriage to her mother, Will recounts his romantic ventures with three women but changes their names so his daughter can guess which one is her mother.
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly
Synopsis: Centered on the lives of Baltimore friends and lovers, the film depicts their journeys of love in the modern age.
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Franco Nero, Gael García Bernal
Synopsis: When Sophie visits Italy with her fiancé, Victor, she comes across a wall where heartbroken women leave notes to Shakespeare’s fictional character, Juliet. When she finds a letter long forgotten, Sophie writes back to the author — the now elderly, Claire. Claire then travels to Italy with her grandson, Charlie, in hopes of finding her long-lost love, Lorenzo.
Cast: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke, Suki Waterhouse, Jaime Winstone
Synopsis: Rosie and Alex have been best friends for as long as they can remember. But when Alex moves to Boston from Dublin, their friendship is put to the test. While they stay in touch through the years, timing and life choices continue to conflict with the ever-present question in their intimate bond: what if?
Cast: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett, Cameron Diaz
Synopsis: When Julianne finds out her childhood friend Michael is getting married, she suddenly realizes that not only is she in love with him, but she has to stop the wedding from ever happening. But when Michael’s fiancé appoints Julianne as maid of honor, chaos ensues.
Cast: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jennifer Garner, Jaime King
Synopsis: “Pearl Harbor” depicts the life of childhood friends Rafe and Danny as they enter World War II as pilots. When Rafe leaves to fight in Europe, his girlfriend, Evelyn, is comforted by Danny. The trio reunites in Hawaii just before the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Cast: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Héctor Elizondo, Joan Cusack, Rita Wilson
Synopsis: Maggie Carpenter has left three guys at the alter, dubbing her “the runaway bride” by journalist Ike Graham. When Ike travels to Maggie’s hometown to prove his story true, he finds himself reporting on Maggie’s fourth trip down the aisle.
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Candice Bergen
Synopsis: When New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael becomes engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor, she must travel to her hometown in Alabama and urge her redneck husband to finally grant her a divorce after all these years.
Cast: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black
Synopsis: When English Iris finds herself unlucky in love, she decides to swap homes with Californian Amanda for the holiday. While cottage-living Iris finds herself in a Hollywood mansion, Amanda embraces life in a quaint English village. Through their vacations, both ladies meet love interests that make them believe in love again.
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden
Synopsis: Set in 1940s South Carolina, young mill worker Noah Calhoun and rich girl Allie Hamilton meet and fall in love — despite her parent’s approval. After life tears them apart, Noah sets off to serve in World War II and Allie finds herself engaged to another man. But is Noah and Allie’s love story truly over?
Cast: Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, Scott Speedman, Jessica Lange
Synopsis: Paige and Leo are happy newlyweds. But when Paige suffers severe memory loss from a car accident, Leo struggles to pick up the pieces of their life and remind her of the love they once shared.
Cast: Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Adams
Synopsis: When Kat’s younger sister’s wedding is on the horizon and her ex is the best man, she enlists a male escort to save face.
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet,
Synopsis: Uppercrust Rose DeWitt Bukater and third-class passenger Jack Dawson fall in love aboard the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic.
If you need some more love in your life, check out my full list of 116 romance movies below:
10 Things I Hate About You
13 Going on 30
500 Days of Summer
A Walk To Remember
An Officer and a Gentleman
Autumn in New York
Before We Go
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Failure to Launch
Forever My Girl
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
He’s Just Not That Into You
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
I Hate Valentine’s Day
If I Stay
It Could Happen to You
It Happened One Night
Just Like Heaven
Kate & Leopold
La La Land
Letters to Juliet
Life As We Know It
Love, Wedding, Marriage
Made of Honor
Maid in Manhattan
Me Before You
Message In A Bottle
Must Love Dogs
My Best Friend’s Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
Never Been Kissed
New Year’s Eve
Nights in Rodanthe
P.S. I Love You
Pretty in Pink
Pride & Prejudice
Romeo + Juliet
Save the Last Dance
Set It Up
She’s All That
She’s the Man
Silver Linings Playbook
Sleepless in Seattle
Someone Like You
Sweet Home Alabama
The Age of Adaline
The Back-up Plan
The Best of Me
The Family Stone
The Fault in Our Stars
The Lake House
The Last Ride
The Last Song
The Lucky One
The Perfect Man
The Philadelphia Story
The Prince and Me
The Spectacular Now
The Time Traveller’s Wife
The Twilight Saga
The Wedding Date
The Wedding Planner
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Under the Tuscan Sun
Water for Elephants
West Side Story
What Happens in Vegas
When Harry Met Sally
When in Rome
While You Were Sleeping
You’ve Got Mail