Love is in the air, and it’s streaming on Netflix. Valentine’s Day is almost here, and that means you can unabashedly watch the all those romantic movies that make your heart swell. From the all-time classic love stories like Sense and Sensibility to modern romps like Silver Linings Playbook, we’ve picked the 14 best romantic movies to watch on February 14. The best part? Whether you’re happily single, blissfully in love, or somewhere in between, all of these movies will strike a chord in one way or another. Oh, and there’s a good chance a few of them will star Hugh Grant.
Silver Linings Playbook
If you love off-kilter romantic comedies about off-kilter lovers, you’re in luck. If you love off-kilter romantic comedies about off-kilter lovers, and Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, football fanaticism, wacky dance contests, and Chris Tucker as the funny sidekick, well then you’ve hit the mother lode.
Lars and the Real Girl
Ryan Gosling plays a loner named Lars, who falls in love with a life-size doll named Bianca that he bought over the Internet. Yes, the preemies seems as unsettling as Gosling’s mustache, but the quirky, thoughtful dramedy actually strikes a very real nerve. A movie about love, acceptance, and letting go, Lars and the Real Girl may be an unconventional romance, but a romance nonetheless.
“When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.” This Oscar-winning Norman Jewison classic starring Cher and Nicolas Cage as a spirited widower and a baker with one hand, respectively, is still as hilarious now as it was utterly sexy and romantic when it came out in 1987. If there was any movie that perfectly captures how utterly inconvenient and messy true love can be, it’s Moonstruck.
Oh, you know, just the classic famous girl (Julia Roberts) meets humble travel bookshop owner boy (Hugh Grant), famous girl falls in love with humble travel bookshop owner boy, famous girl almost ruins things with humble travel bookshop owner boy, famous girl stands in front of humble travel bookshop owner boy just asking him to love her.
Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel gets its umpteenth adaptation, but director Cary Fukanaga’s (True Detective) especially tugs at the heartstrings thanks to moving performances by leads Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.
Sense and Sensibility
Keep the romantic period dramas going with Emma Thompson‘s spot-on adaptation of Jane Austen’s iconic novel. Thompson, who also plays one of the Dashwood sisters, won the Oscar for Best Actress and Best Screenplay, which makes us love her even more.