14 romantic film picks perfect for a Valentine's night in

14 romantic film picks perfect for a Valentine's night in

Malcolm & Marie

Be it heart-breakers, heart-warmers or something light-hearted, we've got the love stories you need for lockdown

Since it's going to be a Valentine's night in for almost all of us, great movie options are a must. Whether you're loved-up, single and looking for love, or just fancy dabbling in something sweet, and whether you want a bona fide classic or something box-fresh, this Sun 14 Feb we've got you.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

Our pick of this week's brand-new Valentine's movies (out Fri 12 Feb on Amazon Prime Video) is perfect for both romantics and cynics. Ian Samuels' sprightly teen take on Groundhog Day is a blast from start to finish and boasts two charismatic young leads in Kathryn Newton and Kyle Allen.
Watch on Amazon Prime Video from Fri 12 Feb.

The To All the Boys trilogy

The trials of Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) come to a close this month with the final instalment, Always and Forever (out Fri 12 Feb on Netflix). This fresh, funny and unashamedly romantic series reinvigorated the rom-com for a new generation. Will the couple end up together? You'll have to wait and see.
Watch on Netflix from Fri 12 Feb.

The Before trilogy

Of course, the mother of all love trilogies is Richard Linklater's Before series, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. It began back in 1995 with the pair as young backpackers in Before Sunrise, gave us their romantic reunion in 2004 in Before Sunset and wrapped it up with them coupled-up with kids in 2013's Before Midnight.
Watch now on demand.

Malcolm & Marie

Recent Netflix hit Malcolm & Marie gives us the flip side of love as a couple use their intimate knowledge of one another to score points during an all-night barney. Gorgeously shot and hypnotically performed, it's a wonderful showcase for its talented stars, John David Washington and Zendaya.
Watch now on Netflix.

A Woman Under the Influence

Or why not try one of the films that inspired it. Examining the knottiness of love and complexity of mental illness, over two and a half hours John Cassavetes elevates a domestic drama to the status of an epic. Gena Rowlands struts her dramatic stuff, in what is arguably one of cinema's greatest-ever performances, with Peter Falk in superb support.
Watch now on BFI Player.

14 romantic film picks perfect for a Valentine's night in

Weekend

Weekend

A one-night stand tentatively evolves into something more special in this beautiful queer drama from British director Andrew Haigh. Tom Cullen and Chris New are utterly heart-rending playing a pair who hook up just before one of them is due to move away, as Haigh captures all the fear and wonder of opening up your heart.
Watch now on BFI Player.

A Star is Born

Writer-director-star Bradley Cooper blew us away with his multi Oscar-nominated twist on a much-told story. His chemistry with a superb Lady Gaga is sparkling in a music industry-set love story that will put you through the wringer, but has moments of spectacular romance and emotion, and some incredible songs.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

The Wedding Singer

On the other hand, if you're looking for something feather-light and funny that won't smash your heart to smithereens then look no further than The Wedding Singer. This 80s nostalgia fest starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore manages to be as sweet as it is stupendously silly.
Watch now on demand.

His Girl Friday

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, Cary Grant was king of the rom-com and Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story or any number of others will satisfy your appetite for snappy banter and even snappier suits. But His Girl Friday, in which he stars alongside Rosalind Russell, is our pick – its modern spirit, smarts and total absence of sentiment make this the love story of choice for those who don't give a fig about romantic bells and whistles.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

The List's favourite film of 2020 is set on an isolated Brittany island at the end of the 18th century and yet it feels like a breath of fresh air, as director Céline Sciamma casts out convention. Noémie Merlant is Marianne, a portrait painter surreptitiously trying to capture a likeness of the moody Héloïse (Adèle Haenel) and falling for her hard in the process.
Watch now on MUBI.

14 romantic film picks perfect for a Valentine's night in

Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

If you fancy a break from gorgeous young couples, then Hal Ashby's 1971 story of an affluent twentysomething (Bud Cort) who falls for a spirited septuagenarian (Ruth Gordon) is the alternative love story for you. Hilarious and heart-warming, it's full of black comedy, mischief and great, life-affirming songs by Cat Stevens.
Watch now on demand.

In the Mood for Love

A must on any list of Valentine's movies, this 2000 drama set in 60s Hong Kong is one of the most stunning and affecting films ever made. Wong Kar-wai brings together Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung as neighbours who begin to suspect their spouses are having an affair and who find themselves wanting to do the same.
Watch now on BFI Player.

Queen & Slim

US director Melina Matsoukas brought as much swagger to her 2019 debut as you'd expect from the director of Beyoncé's 'Formation' video, while Brits Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith are fantastic as the young Black couple in question, whose crappy first date culminates in a disastrous traffic stop. It's powerfully political, strikingly beautiful, funny and ultimately very romantic.
Watch now on Amazon Prime Video.

A Matter of Life and Death

Let's end on another that simply had to feature. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger made movies that will outlast us all, and this one isn't just about the romance between Kim Hunter's radio operator and David Niven's RAF pilot, who cheats death and has to argue his case in a celestial court, but it's brimming with love for life itself.
Watch now on Britbox.

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