Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny that Valentine’s Day is, once again, just around the corner. We’re still spending all out time indoors so there’s no better time than Valentine’s Day 2021 to snuggle up with a heart-warming rom-com or two.
Whether you’re loved up, happily single or you couldn’t care less, there’s a romantic movie to suit. Light a few candles, grab a glass of wine (Sauvignon Blanc for me) and take your pick of these must-watch romantic comedy films for Valentine’s Day.
Featuring an all-star ensemble cast, including queen of dropping-surprise-albums-in-lockdown Taylor Swift, who made her film debut, is 2010’s Valentine’s Day. Featuring a series of interconnected stories, Valentine’s Day follows a group of Los Angeles residents who are navigating the highs and lows of love throughout a single day. Rent on Amazon Prime Video.
Over 20 years ago, Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant gave us their meet-cute in Notting Hill, which is perhaps one of the most iconic moments from 90’s cinema. A chance encounter involving spilt orange juice thrusts divorced bookshop owner William Thacker (Grant) and Hollywood movie star Anna Scott (Roberts) into a blossoming romance, but there are, of course, a few whoops-a-daisy moments thrown in there. Stream on Netflix.
When Harry Met Sally
Billy Crystal (Harry) and Meg Ryan (Sally) share a car ride from Chicago to New York. Years later, they meet again and are forced to deal with how they feel about each other. Rent on Amazon Prime Video.
The Notebook is the ultimate emotional rollercoaster as it follows the story of Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling), a young couple who fall in love during the 1940s. Stream on Netflix.
How To Be Single
Alice (Dakota Johnson) decides she wants a break from her long-term boyfriend. Newly single, Alice moves to New York, where she meets carefree Robin (Rebel Wilson), who shows her how to live her best single life through parties, drinks and one night stands. Rent on Amazon Prime Video.
(500) Days of Summer
Greeting card writer Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) reflects on the 500 days he spent with ex-girlfriend Summer (Zooey Deschanel) as he tries to figure out where everything went wrong. Rent on Amazon Prime Video.
After being dumped by her long-term boyfriend, music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) has one last hurrah in New York City with best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) before she heads to San Francisco for her dream job. Stream on Netflix.
Sandra Bullock plays Canadian book editor Margaret, who’s about to be deported from the US. In a moment of panic, she blackmails her assistant Andrew into faking an engagement. Stream on Netflix.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
At the start of a new year, single and lovely thirty-something Bridget Jones decides she wants to overhaul life, starting by writing a diary. It’s a classic filled with lots of laughs, especially that famously unscripted fight scene between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Stream on Netflix.
It’s a film that’s loosely based on Channing Tatum’s experiences of being an 18-year-old stripper in Florida. There’s not much else to say. Stream on Netflix.
More Valentine’s rom-coms to watch
- 50 First Dates
- Love, Simon
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- About Time
- Crazy, Stupid, Love
- Never Been Kissed
- Pretty Woman
- Magic Mike
- A Star Is Born
- Silver Linings Playbook
- How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
- Isn’t It Romantic
- Friends With Benefits