February 14th. Valentine’s Day. For many Good Millennials, it stirs up quite the debate.
Sure, it’s an antiquated holiday created by greeting card companies to sell chocolate and flowers. But isn’t it also a day to celebrate love and share that love with the world? But also why are significant others so hard to shop for? And like do we have to go to dinner or is indoor mini golf okay with everyone?
One thing is for sure: whether your significant other is cool with some Valentine couch-surfing or they are simply MIA, Netflix will always be your date come February 14. So here’s the 10 best streaming options to get you in the mood (whatever that mood may be) when cupid’s arrow strikes.
Best of Netflix: Valentine’s Day Edition
1. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
Mood: Best Friends Forever
Having a girl’s night in? Nothing’s better than some fun with another set of gal pals who couldn’t make being besties look more fun or more absurd. Break out the plastic jackets and animal print and get ready for some best friend fun.
2. An Affair to Remember and **BONUS** Sleepless in Seattle
Mood: Classic Romance & Classic Rom Com
Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr or Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? It doesn’t matter; either way, our hearts are melted all over the floor. Make it a double feature and see if you can spot all the connections Sleepless in Seattle director and co-writer Nora Ephron made to the 1957 classic!
Mood: If you’re stuck at home with your Dad
If you’re spending your Valentine’s Day with Dear Ol’ Dad, help him out by suggesting to watch one of the best television shows ever created– now on Netflix! Set during the Korean War, M*A*S*H follows the funny exploits of the doctors and nurses of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital stationed in South Korea while also examining the atrocities of war. Starring the lovable Alan Alda, this show is great for dads and twentysomethings alike.
4. Sense and Sensibility
Mood: If you’re stuck at home with your Mom
Nothing beats a Jane Austen movie sesh with your Mom. This one was adapted for the screen by Emma Thompson, (Hello, Professor Trelawney!), who also stars in the film along with Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman (Snape! Harry Potter 4EVER!). And kudos to Thompson for being the only person to win Academy Awards for both acting AND screenwriting. This is a renowned Austen classic you and your Ma will surely love.
5. Life Is Beautiful
Mood: If you wanna cry. Really hard.
I have never cried harder while watching a movie than watching Life is Beautiful. Well, maybe with I Am Sam. But this is pretty darn close. Yes, there are subtitles (it’s in Italian), but the gorgeous and heartbreaking portrayal of a father’s love for his son during the Holocaust is so incredibly worth it. If you want to commit to the tears and a heavy, non-rom com topic, this one is for you.
6. Four Weddings and a Funeral
Mood: Unconventional Romance
In the mood for a different sort of rom com? Four Weddings and a Funeral is the perfect mix of sweet, snark, and sorrow. A terrific British dramedy about a group of friends trying to keep the gang together through marriage and divorce, the film is helmed by (the obviously dashing and adorable) Hugh Grant and (the also adorable and mysterious) Andie MacDowell. It’s sure to please anglophiles and romantics alike. (Plus, I think it’s better than Notting Hill, though this is widely contested. Among my friends.)
7. Lars and the Real Girl
Mood: Really Unconventional Romance
So you’re looking for a romantic movie. Passionate, undying Love? Check. Ryan Gosling? Check. A Blow-Up Doll? … Check? Yes, the concept is odd, but it’s Ryan Gosling! He can do no wrong! The film is touching, funny, and perfect for all of those who like their romance with a sweet, tongue-in-cheek twist.
8. The Brothers Bloom
Mood: Adventure Romance
Starring the ever-enticing Adrian Brody and Mark Ruffalo (and the captivating Rachel Weisz) The Brothers Bloom is a madcap adventure comedy perfect for when you’re up for a little romance and a lot of action. Stylized camera work and intriguing plot twists make this an exciting post-dinner movie choice.
9. Annie Hall
Mood: Unorthodox Classic
If you liked 500 Days of Summer, you will love “the original” nerdy-neurotic-meets-ethereal-goddess love story. Annie Hall, one of my all-time favorite films, is a story of love between two unlikely people, examining issues of sexuality, Jewish heritage, gender, and modern relationships. It’s as hilarious and charming as it is serious and honest, and, as Roger Ebert said, it’s “just about everyone’s favorite Woody Allen movie.” I know it’s mine!
10. The Hours
Mood: Anti-Valentine’s Day
If you have no desire to watch a sappy girl meets boy/boy falls in love with a blow-up doll sort of movie, then spend your night watching a beautiful piece of cinema starring three powerful women. All connected by Virginia Woolf’s book Mrs. Dalloway, three women throughout the twentieth century (including Woolf herself unrecognizably played by Nicole Kidman in a very convincing prosthetic nose) deal with their lots in life. While it won’t leave you feeling swept away by romance, it will leave you quite moved for a long time to come.
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