50 Best Valentine’s Day Movies To Watch In 2021 - Romantic Films

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50 Best Valentine’s Day Movies You Can Watch Online In 2020

Yes, that includes multiple films starring Noah Centineo.

For most people these days, the mention of Valentine's Day carries with it some complicated feelings. If you're in a relationship, there's the pressure to make the day ridiculously special, even though the traditional fancy dinner date isn't exactly an option this year. If you're as single as a Pringle, there's the pressure to, well, get in a relationship. Even if you're normally happy riding solo, there's something about V Day that just stirs up those unwanted feelings of loneliness, especially this year, when the responsible thing to do is stay home by yourself.

But you don't have to let COVID-19 or stupid Cupid get you down, there's a viable solution to your Valentine's Day woes—and it's right at your fingertips. What is it, you ask? Well, instead of the red balloons, overpriced roses, and boxes of chocolate, settle in for a Valentine's Day movie marathon instead. (But maybe keep the chocolate, too! Because why not?)

Whether you're looking for a cheesy rom-com, a slightly sad drama, or something that will show you your perfect Valentine may have been closer than you think all along (it's yourself, obvs), check out this list of the 50 best Valentine's Day movies currently on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Amazon Prime. They'll make for the perfect date (which might just be the name of one of the movies on the list, too). So grab your S.O., have a virtual watch party with your Galentines, or just grab that aforementioned box of chocolates, and get to watching.

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1 All The Bright Places

After meeting in the midst of a crowded small town high school, Finch (played by Justice Smith) and Violet (played by Elle Fanning) fall deeply in love. They bond over their past traumas and hope to heal each other as their lives go on. But, when tragedy strikes, Violet is left to choose how she'll continue to live in a world where she feels exceedingly unlucky.

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2 Silver Linings Playbook

Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, two mentally ill adults find themselves intertwined. After losing his wife, job, and social life, Pat moves in with his parents. They introduce him to Tiffany, who also just lost a loved one, and together the two of them form an interesting and—at times—straining relationship.

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3 Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

This movie is so aesthetically pleasing and calming, you'll be obsessed with both the story and scenery. In it, a woman comes to paint a wedding portrait, but ends up falling in love with the subject. The only problem? The subject rarely lets people so close to her. The unconventional solution: The painter must observe the subject by day, and then paint her at night when she can't see.

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4 Definitely, Maybe

Definitely, Maybe stars Ryan Reynolds as Will Hayes, a father who is soon to be divorced from his wife. In an attempt to learn more about her parent's marriage, Will's daughter (Abigail Breslin) asks him to tell her the story of how the couple met. Instead, Will tells her about his romances with three women, and the daughter has to guess which one is her mother.

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5 How Do You Know

How Do You Know stars all of your Hollywood favs: Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, and Paul Rudd. The film tells the story of pro softball player Lisa, who is suddenly cut from her team for being too old. Soon after, she meets two men she likes and finds herself in a love triangle while attempting to create a new life for herself.

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6 Isn't It Romantic

In Isn't It Romantic, Rebel Wilson plays Natalie, a down-on-her-luck New York architect, who thinks she'll never find love. But one day, she hits her head and is transported into a different reality where everything plays out (and looks exactly like) a rom-com—and she's the star of the movie.

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7 After

Based on the novel with the same name, After is for those who love all things steamy. The story follows two college students: Tessa, who is naive and inexperienced ~sexually~, and Hardin, who is dark and mysterious. Here's the catch: Hardin doesn't normally date people, and his personal life is a bit chaotic. Can he and Tessa make their young love last?

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8 Carol

If you love a prestige drama, then this is the romantic movie for you. An aspiring photographer, Therese (Rooney Mara) falls in love with an older woman, Carol (Cate Blanchett) in 1950s New York. The film explores how their immediate connection deepens into an intimate relationship that is threatened by heteronormative expectations.

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9 The Notebook

Some might argue that The Notebook is the most romantic movie, like, ever. If you really want to be in your feels this Valentine's Day, check out this classic film featuring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as Noah and Allie, two lovestruck teens who break up due to circumstances beyond their control, but later find each other as adults—only their lives look much different now.

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10 Valentine's Day

You can't think about Valentine's Day without the official Valentine's Day movie, starring all your favorite celebs like Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, and more. The film chronicles a day in the life of a group of Los Angeles locals, all of whom are having different experiences with love. Somehow, though, all of their stories are interconnected...

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11 50 First Dates

Starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, this movie is a true rom-com fav. After Henry falls in love with Lucy, her family discloses that she has short-term memory loss due to a car accident. She can't remember what happened the day before, so Henry has to make her swoon all over again every. single. day. Hence, the title: 50 First Dates.

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12 A Walk To Remember

Yep, A Walk To Remember is now available on Netflix. Starring Mandy Moore and Shane West, this story follows the lives of a super religious outcast and the high school's star jock. Soon, the two of them fall in love despite their high school's strict social boundaries. However, when one of them becomes terminally ill, the two find a way to make their love last forever.

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13 The Wedding Planner

If you haven't seen this rom-com classic, then it's time for you to do so ASAP. (It stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez, so you know it's a win.) When a lonely wedding planner starts to fall in love with one of her dreamy AF clients, things get a little bit messy—in kinda the best way possible.

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14 Holidate

When two friends decide that they'll be each other's platonic date to every holiday event, they feel they've finally hacked the pressure to bring a plus one to any and every special event. That said, they're really thrown for a loop when they start to catch feelings for each other...

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15 Love, Guaranteed

When a man who's been on hundreds of dates still fails to find love, he decides to sue the dating app company he feels is "responsible" for his single lifestyle. But when he meets with the successful, shy lawyer that he wants handling his case, the pair realize that they might have more in common than just the lawsuit.

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16 Let It Snow

PSA: If you're still in all your holiday feels, you're gonna love this snow-themed story about teenage romance, friendship, and the happiness that comes with small town charm. When a snowstorm hits on Christmas Eve, a group of high schoolers find their lives becoming unexpectedly intertwined. And, of course, it wouldn't be a high school rom-com without an epic party.

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17 To All The Boys I've Loved Before

When first released in 2018, To All The Boys I've Loved Before quickly had fans falling in love with the adorable rom-com—and not just because the movie introduced the world to Noah Centineo. What starts out as the worst day of Lara Jean Covey's life when a batch of her love letters accidentally make it into the hands of their subjects, ends up pretty okay for the teenager (played earnestly and adorably by Lana Condor), thanks to a secret agreement, a duo of supportive sisters, and some good old dad advice from John Corbett.

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18 To All The Boys 2: P.S. I Still Love You

Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) have just realized their very real feelings for each other after carrying on a fake relationship for the past couple of months when another recipient of one of LJ's infamous love letters suddenly reappears in her life. Will LJ and Kavinsky live happily ever after? Will Kitty continue to be the sassiest (in the best way) of little sisters? Will there be more love letters to write after this?

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19 Set It Up

When two over-worked assistants decided to set up their demanding bosses on a date, sparks fly—and not just between their managers. Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Taye Diggs, and Lucy Liu star in this Netflix original rom-com.

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20 The Big Sick

Based on Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani's real-life romance, The Big Sick explores how two people can fall in love even when major obstacles–like differing cultural traditions and medically-induced comas—get in the way. With odds like these, the Academy Award-nominated film will certainly put your own dating life into perspective.

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21 Return to Me

Bob (David Duchovny) is just starting to date again after the death of his wife when he meets Grace (Minnie Driver), an artist who just so happens to also have been the recipient of his late-wife's heart via a transplant. Now, obviously, Grace has kept this connection a secret from Bob, and obviously, their budding romance would be threatened if this secret were to come out, which, obviously, it does.

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22 My Best Friend's Wedding

Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett! Cameron Diaz and Dermot Mulroney! A "Say A Little Prayer For You" sing-a-long that includes the whole family! Every moment of this rom-com about a woman who realizes that she just might be in love with her best friend a couple days before his wedding is a classic.

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23 Her

In Her, Spike Jonze takes the joke that everyone made about Siri when the program first came out and turns it into a thought-provoking and moving film. With Joaquin Phoenix in one of his most endearing roles—ever—the Academy Award-winning film might just make you think differently the next time you say, "Hey, Siri."

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24 Someone Great

If you find yourself unexpectedly not in a relationship this Valentine's Day, Someone Great is the movie for you. Gina Rodriguez stars as Jenny, a music journalist who, after getting dumped by her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield), embarks on one-last epic night in New York City with her best friends (Brittany Snow and DeWanda Wise) before she moves across the country for a new job.

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25 Always Be My Maybe

Let's be honest, the Keanu Reeves cameo itself makes watching Always Be My Maybe worth it. But when you get Keanu Reeves stealing scenes and Randall Park rapping about punching Keanu Reeves, and Ali Wong being as infectiously charming as usual, why would you be doing anything else besides watching Always Be My Maybe on Valentine's Day? You wouldn't, duh.

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26 Hitch

For all those guys who claim they don't understand women, there's Alex Hitch, a.k.a. the Date Doctor (a.k.a. Will Smith). But when he meets Sarah (Eva Mendes), he's so completely knocked off his game that it must be true love.

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27 P.S. I Love You

If anyone can make it through P.S. I Love You without crying, do they even have a heart? The tearjerker features Hilary Swank as the grieving wife and Gerard Butler as the deceased husband who made sure to leave her a healing way forward after his death.

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28 Frances Ha

Forget Valentine's Day—grab your gal pals and make sure your Galentine's Day festivities include a screening of Frances Ha. Greta Gerwig stars as the title character in this Noah Baumbach-helmed film about a woman who has to figure out what's next when her best friend announces she's moving from their apartment in Brooklyn to Tribeca.

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29 Eat Pray Love

Even if you're in a relationship, that doesn't mean loving yourself isn't important (it IS). So, order some pasta—and some pizza and some gelato and watch Julia Roberts—as real-life Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert—take herself on a trip of self-discovery that might just inspire you to find your own best self.

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30 Sleeping With Other People

Jake and Lainey (Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie) are two people who both have the same problem: They are unable to stop cheating on their current S.O.s and have self-sabotaged every relationship they've ever been in. So, they vow that they will remain friends—and not sleep with each other—which, obviously, they both want to do from the moment they start hanging out.

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31 Sierra Burgess Is A Loser

Stranger Things' Barb finally gets her Netflix due in this sweet high school rom-com. Shannon Purser stars as the title character who accidentally becomes involved in a text-ual relationship with Jamey (Noah Centineo) when he thinks he's actually chatting up Veronica, the hottest girl in school. One of the things that's so great about Sierra Burgess is that, instead of ending up at each other's throats, Veronica and Sierra find a way to build a supportive friendship with each other—although, it is while they slightly scam Jamey.

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32 Holding The Man

Set in Australia, Tim and John meet during high school and fall in love at a time when it wasn't acceptable for boys to date, much less fall in love with, other boys. The two face unsupportive families and the imminent AIDS crisis, but through it all, they have each other. Based on the memoir by Timothy Conigrave, be prepared to shed a few tears during this one.

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33 About Time

Okay, so there's some questionable time-travel science at play here, but there's also some pretty adorable moments between leads Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson. The Harry Potter alum stars as a young man who comes from a long line of men with this extraordinary skill and who uses this ability to improve his previously ordinary love life.

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34 Obvious Child

After Donna Stern finds herself dumped and pregnant after a rebound one-night stand, the comedian must deal with a truly adult situation and choice for the first time in her life.
Starring the always earnest and incredibly talented Jenny Slate, Obvious Child earned praise from women's rights groups and critics alike for its humor and the realistic way it discussed abortion.

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35 What Men Want

Ever wish you could know exactly what that guy at the bar is really thinking? Well, be careful what you wish for. When sports agent Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) finds herself suddenly being able to hear the inner thoughts of the men around her, she's able to use her new power to advance her career. But she's also subjected to many, many thoughts that she could have just as soon gone her whole life without having to hear.

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36 The Incredible Jessica James

2 Dope Queens' Jessica Williams is the charming, witty title character in this rom-com from Netflix that also stars Chris O'Dowd and Lakeith Stanfield. Jessica is so good in the role that you'll be thinking there's no way anyone else was every considered. And you would be right. Writer-director Jim Strouse reportedly wrote the role with her in mind.

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37 The Perfect Date

What high school student hasn't tried to impress the most popular girl in school by creating an app where girls can hire him as a chaperone for any sort of social situation? This Netflix rom-com is no To All The Boys, but The Perfect Date is a perfectly acceptable way to cap off your Noah Centineo movie marathon.

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38 If Beale Street Could Talk

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk is an incredibly moving love story from the talented director Barry Jenkins. Nominated for three Oscars (with Regina King taking home the award for Best Supporting Actress), the film tells the story of a couple, Tish and Ronny, whose plans for the future get derailed when Ronny is accused and convicted of a crime he didn't commit.

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39 Moonstruck

When you accept a proposal from a man you don't love, but do end up falling in love with your new fiance's brother, what else is there to blame but the full moon? Cher, Nicholas Cage, and Olympia Dukakis star in this classic rom-com.

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40 No Strings Attached

Start taking bets on how soon they'll fall in love as soon as close friends Emma and Adam (Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher) decide they want to have a no-strings-attached relationship.

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41 The Second Time Around

Widow Katherine Mitchell wasn't looking for love when she moved into an assisted residence after breaking her hip. Nor did she expect to find it with the grumpy Isaac. But, you know what they say about love and second chances...

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42 Strictly Ballroom

Sparks (and sequins) fly when an award-winning dancer from a family of ballroom dancers refuses to follow the traditional steps and picks a newbie to the competitive ballroom dancing circuit as his next partner. Baz Luhrmann's directorial debut, Strictly Ballroom, is offbeat and laugh-out-loud funny.

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43 A Cinderella Story

Okay, so, yes, there's absolutely no way Chad Michael Murray wouldn't have recognized Hilary Duff was his Cinderella, considering her mask only covered her eyes. But, with Jennifer Coolidge as the wicked stepmother and Regina King as the fairy godmother, A Cinderella Story is worth a watch if only to remind yourself what it was like to be a teenager in the early 2000s.

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44 Mansfield Park

It's not a romantic holiday without some Jane Austen (I don't make the rules). Frances O'Connor, James Purefoy, and Hugh Bonneville star in this adaption of her third novel about Fanny Price, a poor woman who goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas.

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45 Alex Strangelove

On the surface, Alex Truelove has everything: He's student body president, has a 4.0 GPA, and is dating a great girlfriend. But things get complicated when he goes to a party and meets Elliot, a boy from the other side of town. The teen is forced to realize that he might not have everything figured out quite yet.

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46 One Day

On the night of their college graduation Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) start a friendship that neither expect will end up being one of the most meaningful connections of their lives. One Day checks in on them, and their relationship, on one day over the next 20 years.

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47 Kate and Leopold

The original "medieval knight accidentally finds his way to the present day" rom-com (no offense, Vanessa Hudgens), Kate and Leopold stars rom-com legend Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman. Hilarity (and love) ensues as Leopold tries to maneuver his way around the modern world, and Kate questions whether 1876 might just be the place for her after all.

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48 The First Wives Club

If you've ever been jilted by an ex, you could do worse than teaming up with Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Bette Midler. When the three friends' husbands all leave them for younger women, the trio form "The First Wives Club" and plot how to give their former men a taste of their own medicine.

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49 Ibiza: Love Drunk

Fueled by drugs and the antics of her two best friends (Phoebe Robinson and Vanessa Bayer), Harper (Gillian Jacobs) ditches the work part of her work trip to Barcelona to try to get with a famous DJ she meets at a club. But, the DJ, Leo, is played by Bodyguard's Richard Madden, so... same, girl, same.

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50 Something's Gotta Give

Perennial bachelor Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson), who has a penchant for younger women, finds his lifestyle catching up with him when he develops chest pains while on vacation with his current girlfriend, Marin (Amanda Peet). But it's his girlfriend's mom, Erica (Diane Keaton), who ends up nursing him back to health and possibly changing his dating philosophy entirely.

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