If you didn’t already know, I’m a HUGE fan of films. I love movies of any genre, but as a young woman, there is a special place in my heart of hearts for romance films, or chick flicks. I love them ’til death do us part, but I’m kind of picky when it comes to romance films because a lot of them ( let’s be honest ) are freaking horrible. I don’t mind predictability, but some of them are just plain bad. There certainly is a Hollywood formula when it comes to girly films and that’s fine, but there are 429058498409 mediocre ones and only a couple of really great ones.
Here are the Great Ones to Check Out With or Without Someone Special Because They’re Just That Awesome!
The Notebook. This one is a serious classic. Set in 1940’s, Ally & Noah are just 2 fools in love, but Ally is the daughter of a wealthy southern family who want more for her than the life they think she’ll have with Noah. It’s a tear jerker. Even my tough-as-nails step dad teared up!
Pride & Prejudice. I love the 2005 version with Keira Knightley, but the story itself is pretty timeless. Although it is a period film and has very wordy dialogue, it’s a great one because in love, we all battle our pride and we are all guilty of misjudging people at some point or another . Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy are just extremely guilty of both when it comes to each other.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This is a bit of an offbeat romantic film about a couple who break up only Clementine decides to get a procedure done which will erase Joel ( her ex) from her memory forever. Enraged once he discovers that Clementine has erased him, Joel decides to get the same procedure.
Gone With the Wind. A serious American classic in terms of film, Gone With the Wind takes place during the Civil War era and explores the crazy love affair of Rhett and Scarlett. It’s adapted from an old novel, but the characters are brilliant and hilarious.
A Walk To Remember. Jamie is considered the prude daughter of a pastor at her high school, but seems unaffected by the constant harassment and bullying of her classmates. Landon is the cool popular kid constantly getting into trouble. When their worlds collide, they find they have a lot more in common than they initially thought.
Crazy Stupid Love. This film follows several couples, but mostly centers on Cal & Emily, a middle aged couple who have drifted apart over the years. When Emily asks Cal for a divorce and announces she cheated on him, Cal must re-evaluate his entire life. Everyone is crazy and stupid in love in this film. It’s really hilarious and brilliantly written.
A Good Year. I really love the rapport of the 2 characters in this romantic comedy. Max is a brilliant English banker who only cares about money while Fanny Chanel is a French restaurant owner living in Provence. When Max’s closest uncle dies, he must travel to Provence to deal with his uncle’s estate and plans on selling it all until he meets Fanny who, of course, loathes him at first sight.
The Holiday. 2 women on opposite ends of the world experience ugly break ups and need to get away so they do what anyone else would do in their place – they switch houses for a much needed vacation from their respective lives. Hilarious and easy to relate to the characters.
Elizabethtown. After losing his company billions of dollars, shoe designer Drew goes back to his father’s hometown for his father’s memorial. On his way there, he meets an overly friendly flight attendant, Claire.
Brokeback Mountain. While not your typical love story, I definitely think it’s one that needs and deserves to be told. The love story of 2 cowboys who live in the midwest, an area not that friendly to homosexual relationships, and have trouble coming to terms with their feelings for each other. Super sad. Don’t watch it if you don’t feel like being depressed.
Atonement. Another tear jerker, this story is about a wealthy girl who falls in love with a poor boy, only so does her younger sister. Her younger sister tells a lie that will change all of their lives forever and then spends the rest of her life “atoning” for it.
Once. This is a really great film to watch if you like indie or folk music. It deals with 2 musicians who meet by chance and lead entirely different lives. They make beautiful music together, but will they end up together?
P.S. I Love You. This is the love story as remembered by Holly. After her husband Gerry passes, she is super depressed and decides to take the vacation to Ireland she had planned to take with her husband with her close girl friends instead in an attempt to move on with life.
The Last Song. Although I typically hate all films with Miley Cyrus ( sorry Miley, it’s not your fault you’ve been type casted ), this one is great. The acting isn’t that amazing, but Greg Kinnear is awesome in it and the story is a good one. After Ronnie’s parents divorce, she is so angry at her father, she quits the one thing they both loved and shared – playing piano. She and her younger brother and forced to spend the summer with their father and Ronnie makes it very obvious it’s the least place she’d like to be.
Ever After. Words can’t really explain how much I love this film! It might just be nostalgia or my fairy tale obsession coming on again, but this one is awesome. It’s the story of Cinderella basically, only more period film and less cheese. Or something. It’s a fun flick and Anjelica Houston is great in a villainess sort of way!
Slumdog Millionaire. Jamal knows all the answers to India’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” and is arrested under suspicion of cheating. During his interrogation, Jamal takes us back through life events which explain how he knows all the answers.
Titanic. If you haven’t seen this one by now, you really ought to! It’s loosely based on the real events of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, but involves a fictional love story between Rose and Jack. Rose is a rich girl, despondent but resigned to her fate of marrying a shallow, cruel man for money and social standing while Jack is a poor artist, happily living without much.
Pretty In Pink. A cult classic 1980’s film, Pretty in Pink tells the story of a less than popular girl who is crushing on the most popular guy in her high school, but feels she has no chance. After passing a note to a friend in class, she mistakenly drops it and the guy picks it up instead of her friend. ‘Lo and behold, he likes her too and they decide to go on a date, but find out all too quickly that they’re living very different lives.
The Adjustment Bureau. Adapted from the novel, this is the story of a politician who meets a woman in the men’s restroom where she’s hiding from security after crashing a wedding for fun, they are immediately attracted. Soon after, the politician, David, is told by the “Adjustment Bureau” that he is never to see her again because it’s not part of his plan. It’s one story of defying predetermined fate in order to be with the one you love.
Romeo + Juliet. I really love the version with Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. It’s set in modern day (at that time) Venice, but they’ve kept the language the same. I think it’s a great way to tell the tragic Shakespeare tale that’s more relevant than traditional plays. I sort of hate the play, Romeo + Juliet, because I just think it’s really stupid for people to kill themselves over love, but I do love the writing and that’s incredible. The film also has great cinematography.
TV Shows That Are Also Fun for V-Day:
Once Upon A Time
Hi, My Sweetheart ( Taiwan drama)
Boys Over Flowers ( Korean drama)
Fated to Love You ( Taiwan drama )
Personal Taste ( K drama )
So, that’s all I’ve got for now!
If you want more film and TV recommendations, check out this post I did on my favorites – here.
What are your favorite films or shows to watch on Valentine’s Day?
I haven’t really mentioned it much, but I LOVE movies.
Any genre, whatever, if there’s a good story involved, I will watch it.
I tried to make the list pretty varied so there’s something for everyone as I know not everyone like every genre of movie. Just a heads up, I also included some Asian dramas (Korean and Taiwanese), but you can watch them online for free for the most part. I’ve put the links below! I hope you enjoy!
(The list is from Top to to Bottom, Left to Right.)
In Time With You – This is a Taiwanese drama about a woman who turns 30 and dreads the inevitable old age to come, especially everyone’s judgments about her single life, her career, etc. and seeks someone to share her life with. With her high school best friend, she faces life’s ups and downs. Don’t want to ruin the story too much so you can read the synopsis and watch the entire drama online for free – here!
The Adjustment Bureau – What if your entire life was predetermined? Everything is going according to plan for one man until he meets the love of his life…but being with her is not in the plan according to the Adjustment Bureau. Check out the trailer – here!
Shaolin – This is a really incredible martial arts film based on the warlords of China and its history. Warlords cruelly oppress Chinese villagers while peaceful monks attempt to make their life and the life of their people more comfortable under warlord rule. Among that, this story follows one warlord’s life after his is destroyed by his own selfish desire for power. Check out the trailer – here!
The Millennium Series / Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Films – The books and movies are both awesome. Whether you read the books, watch the original Swedish films or see the new American version, all of them are awesome. If you are a woman, you will enjoy it purely for it’s message of women empowerment. You can watch the whole series of the Swedish version (in Swedish with subs) on Netflix otherwise check out the American version of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – here!
Autumn’s Concerto – This is one of my favorite Taiwanese dramas. It centers on a girl who loses her father as a young child and then lives her life with her stepmother, working at a local university. There she meets the university president’s son, an arrogant boy obsessed with proving to the world how superficial women are and that they only care for money until he has a change of heart. Read the synopsis and watch it online for free – here!
Dark Knight Rises (Batman series) – The last in the Batman series reboot by Christopher Nolan. If you haven’t seen the series, definitely check it out. It’s the best of the Batman movies, in my opinion. Check out the Dark Knight Rises trailer – here!
Hi, My Sweetheart – This is a really cheesy romantic comedy Taiwan drama. It focuses on a girl with a bad reputation and a geeky boy attending college, posing as a poor student to protect his identity when in fact he’s a billionaire heir. They date all years of their college careers and he decides to propose to her and tell her his true identity on the night of their graduation. He waits for her, but she gets into an accident and is put in the hospital. Thinking he’s been snubbed and dumped, he holds a grudge and vows to take revenge on her and all women by becoming and attractive player of women. Read the synopsis and watch this one online for free – here!
Mirrormask – An animated family film, it tells the story of a girl living life on the road as her parents run a circus, but she hates it and wants to join real life. One night she dreams of two world ruled by light and dark queens. Difficult to explain this one! Check out the trailer – here!
Personal Taste – A famed architect’s daughter lives in his masterpiece of a house. She gets a guy roommate after needing to pay off debts, but what she doesn’t know is he is also an architect trying to figure out the secret brilliance of the house she lives in so he can use the ideas on his current project. Also, she thinks he’s gay, but he’s not. Confusing, hilarious drama. Check out the synopsis and drama online – here!
Pan’s Labyrinth – Real life fairy tales are not all sunshine and daisies. Set in 1940’s fascist Spain, one little girl’s wishes for fairy tales to be real come true when her mother gets sick and a faun visits her in her room, informing her she is a princess, but she must first prove herself through a series of trials. See the trailer – here!
Boys Over Flowers – One of my favorite Korean dramas, this one is about average girl Jan Di, a girl who is afraid of no one and who saves the life of one private schoolboy trying to commit suicide after being bullied by the F4 (four richest boy students in the school). As thanks, the private school offers her a scholarship to the school, but she soon finds herself being bullied by the cruel F4 as well, but refuses to let them see her affected and continues to stand up to them no matter what. It’s a long story, but I really enjoy it! Read the better than I can summarize synopsis and watch it free – here!
The Painted Veil – Based in 1920’s-1930’s London and China, Kittie is becoming an old maid and a burden to her parents so she marries scientist, Walter, who is obviously in love with her to get away from them. Not satisfied with their marriage, she cheats on him, but they end up staying together and venturing to China to help with a cholera epidemic while also trying to repair their relationship and start fresh. See the trailer – here!
Year Of the Rain – Based on the typhoon Morakot that devastated Taiwan in 2009 and left millions homeless overnight, this short drama tells the tale of one girl orphaned by the typhoon who goes to live with her aunt and uncle in order to start her life over. Check out the synopsis and watch it free – here!
Eulogy – This is a dark comedy staring Zooey Deschanel and many others. A family with many brothers and sisters, their father has just passed away. They come together after many years apart to deal with the awkward funeral and his estate. Check out the funny trailer – here!
The Stoning Of Soraya M. – If you’re a woman, you should watch this. It’s based on the true story of Soraya, a woman falsely accused of adultery in Iran, the punishment of which is death by stoning. Check out the trailer – here!
Anti-Trust – Prodigal programmer best friends, Teddy and Milo, are both offered high paying jobs at NURV ( think Microsoft), but only Milo takes the offer while Teddy stays in their hometown to start up his own business. After the strange murder of Teddy, Milo starts to get suspicious that his death is not what it seems. Check out the trailer – here!
A Good Year – British investment banker cares only for money, but after his uncle passes away he must travel to France to settle his estate. There, he meets Fani, a hard-to-get woman and a different kind of life that has nothing to do with money. Check out the trailer – here!
Forgetting Sarah Marshall – A really hilarious comedy! Peter and Sarah break up. A devastated Peter ventures to Hawaii to forget about her and pick up the pieces, but discovers she’s also there vacationing with her new British popstar boyfriend, Aldous Snow. See the trailer – here!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – What would happen if you could erase unpleasant memories of past relationships? Clementine and Joel have broken up and Clementine decides to get her memory of their relationship erased. Joel finds out she’s had this procedure done and decides to get it done as well, but during the procedure, he changes his mind. Check out the trailer – here!
R-Point – Seriously one of the scariest movies! Current day soldiers receive a distress call from R-Point, but when they get there, no one is to be found. They start seeing old fashioned looking soldiers and their soldiers disappear and then turn up dead. Don’t watch this movie at night; it seriously freaked me out LOL. Check out the trailer – here!
The Lookout – Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a guy affected by brain damage who works at a bank as a local janitor. Everything changes when he is propositioned to be the lookout and help criminals rob the bank he works at. Check out the trailer – here!
10th Kingdom – If you enjoy the show Once Upon A Time, you may like this mini series! It originally aired on NBC, but it’s now available on DVD. It’s a little cheesy and a little dated , but the creative costume and set design is awesome and the ultimate story is fantastic. Virginia is a waitress who lives with her janitor father in NYC. Everything changes when they are forced to travel to another dimension where fairy tales are real and they must help a prince (who has been turned into a dog) find and defeat the evil queen before she takes over the 9 kingdoms. Check out the trailer for that – here!
Love Me If You Dare – A very quirky French film, two best friends grow up together and continuously dare each other to do ridiculously crazy things. As they grow older, they grow apart, but manage to come together to do even more insane dares as time passes and realize they have been in love all along..or something. It’s a really crazy story so just watch the trailer LOL. Check it out – here!
Brick – Brendan ventures into a ring of underground crime after his ex-girlfriend goes missing in order to find out what happened to her. Check out the trailer – here!
Donnie Darko – Donnie seems like a typical high school student, but he’s anything but. Mentally troubled, prescribed many pills by his psychiatrist and often sleep walking and waking up in random places in his town, he begins to see a man dressed in a creepy rabbit suit who tells him what to do, some of which is not always pleasant. It gets complicated, but it deals a lot with time, space and you can’t always tell whether Donnie’s dreaming, hallucinating or what. It’s really good, really creepy and makes you think about life. Check out the trailer – here!
I hope you check out some of these films and enjoy them!
If you have any questions about anything in particular, feel free to comment, otherwise let me know if you watch any of these and what you thought!