Valentine’s Day is a holiday all about celebrating and expressing love in all its different forms – platonic, romantic, and familial. Here are fourteen movies you might not have thought to watch this Valentine’s Day with your friends, family, and partners!
“10 Things I Hate About You” (1999)
This cult-classic, based on William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” is a quintessential high school rom-com; it has a love triangle, a morally ambiguous bet, polar-opposite siblings, and two hard-to-love teenagers falling in love in the middle of it all.
“50 First Dates” (2004)
Terminal bachelor Henry meets Lucy one year after a car crash that changed her life. Together with Lucy’s friends and family, Henry aims to make Lucy fall in love with him every day.
“Always Be My Maybe” (2019)
This Netflix original is about two childhood friends finding each other again in adulthood after a rough parting.
“Bend It Like Beckham” (2002)
Jess loves soccer, despite her Indian parents claiming that women should not play sports. With the help of her friend Jules, Jess is able to secretly join a soccer team and help lead them to the championship.
“Father of the Bride” (1991)
In this remake of the 1950 film of the same name, George Banks is reluctant to accept the fact that his daughter has grown up and is getting married.
“Girls Trip” (2017)
Four college friends reunite for a weekend in New Orleans. Despite the tension that has been building within the group for years, these women solidify their friendship over hilarious, unexpected ups and downs.
“Legally Blonde” (2001)
Elle Woods changes her post-graduation plans to include Harvard Law School to get back her long-time boyfriend, Warner, only to discover he had a new girlfriend. While this movie has the setup of a typical rom-com, complete with a love triangle, it turns into a movie about realizing the importance of friendship and improving yourself.
“Love, Simon” (2018)
Simon, a closeted high school senior, falls in love with an anonymous classmate through email. When another classmate finds his emails, Simon has to jump through hoops to keep his secret.
“Mamma Mia!” (2008)
Based on the 1999 Broadway hit musical, this movie is about a young girl trying to figure out which of her mother’s ex-lovers is her father.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” (2002)
Toula is from a very large Greek family and falls in love with a non-Greek man, Ian. After Ian proposes, Toula has to reconcile her over-the-top family with her wish for a normal life and wedding.
“Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” (1997)
Romy and Michele are two childhood best friends going to their tenth high school reunion to face old loves and former bullies.
“The Big Sick” (2017)
A young couple has to face the challenges that come with illness (Emily’s rare autoinflammatory disease) and cultural differences (Kumail’s family attempting to arrange a marriage for him) in their struggle to be together. This movie was co-written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon and is loosely based off of their real-life love story.
“The Parent Trap” (1998)
Two estranged twins, Hallie and Annie, meet accidentally at a summer camp, where they dream up a plot to reunite their parents.
“You’ve Got Mail” (1998)
Two book lovers from New York City meet in an online chatroom and fall in love through email, before realizing that they are business rivals.
Have a safe Valentine’s Day full of love!