Valentine’s Day is a great time to watch romanic movies. No matter if you are watching them alone or with someone special, here are five romance movies I recommend to watch on Valentine’s Day.
The Princess Bride (1989)
The Princess Bride is a movie that regularly makes it onto all time romantic movie lists. The movie’s premise, which is that love can conquer all, has been a favorite romantic movie since its release in the late 1980’s. In addition to the romantic theme, it also gives audiences plenty of humor, showing a romance story can be both moving and light hearted. It’s setting in a fairy tale-like land where pirates and princess, giants and magic exist together makes anyone who ever loved Disney Princess movies, fairy tales, and happily ever after stories exactly what they enjoy seeing in a movie. Finally, the movie is family friendly. Adults can watch it with their children and everyone will enjoy the movie.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Although I favorite the 1990’s BBC mini series, the 2005 movie version of Jane Austen’s book Pride and Prejudice is a beloved romanic movie. The story, which revolves around the romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, is a condensed version of the book and the BBC’s series. Even though it is will not take someone as long to watch the movie as it would to read the book or watch the mini series, the movie does give more than enough information to tell the story accurately. Fans of Jane Austen’s book may debate about if the movie is worth a watch or not, but I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a regency period romanic drama without sitting and watching the TV for more than three hours. Also, if someone is fan of Bridgerton and wants to watch more Regency period romances, Pride and Prejudice great movie to watch.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet is a story that nearly everyone knows. It started as a play, but over time the story has been used in operas, ballets, and even musicals. (West Side Story is inspired by Romeo and Juliet.) Movies (And even anime TV series) have been made based off the story. Since there are so many versions of the play, including recordings of faithful productions of Shakespeare’s original manuscript) to choose from, it’s hard to know what to pick to watch. If it’s your first time seeing anything inspired by the play, I recommend starting with the 1996 movie, Romeo + Juliet. It was directed by Baz Luhrmann and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo and Clare Danes as Juliet. The movie is a modern retelling of the play but uses Shakespearean language in the dialogue. It is a great cross between the modern retellings with keeping more faithful to the original play.
Moulin Rogue! (2001)
Moulin Rogue is another dramatic love movie that has death in it, but, unlike Romeo + Juliette, it is a musical! The movie was directed by Baz Luhrmann, the same director of Romeo + Juliet. The movie takes place in Paris the late 1800’s. The story follows a man who falls in love with a performer at the Moulin Rogue. Its visuals are beautiful and lush, the music is amazing, and the acting is well done. Highly recommend watching it for Valentine’s Day.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
The 1995 movie version of Jane Austen’s book Sense and Sensibility is one of the classic and beloved version of the story. It follows two sisters, played by Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, who are descendant from a wealthy family who no longer have their wealth. Instead, they must seek financial security through marriage. The movie also stars Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. This movie is highly acclaimed, beloved, and is considered one of the best adaptations of Austen’s work. It is also credited for reviving popularity of Jane Austen’s work.