Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this means a lot of cheesy gifts, romantic escapes, and talk about love. It is the time to buy your girlfriend that sexy costume that you were always fantasizing about and have her wear it for you, or simply to cuddle in bed while watching a romantic movie. If your choice for the year is the second one mentioned, you should know that there are a lot of boring movies out there, like Valentine’s Day, which is basically a rip-off of Love, Actually (and not a great one at that). To spare you from the hassle of having to watch a sappy movie, we have compiled a list with 7 movies that you should definitely watch on Valentine’s Day, even if you are forever alone.
7. When in Rome (2010)
When in Rome is a seriously underrated movie, and there is something about it that makes it an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day. In a nutshell, the protagonist, Beth, is an ambitious New Yorker who steals some coins from a love fountain in Italy. As a result, four guys fall under a love spell, and chase her desperately.
6. Love and Basketball (2000)
Here’s a movie that you might not have heard of: Love and Basketball. Out of consideration for your boy, you might want to at lest choose something that isn’t dripping with romance. Love and Basketball has gone to great lengths to attract men to it (especially considering that it is basically a chick-flick, with an underlying sports theme). The protagonists basically have a love-hate relationship, which is related to their individual dreams of playing pro ball. The rest is for you to discover.
5. 50 First Dates
Not only is the Adam Sandler – Drew Barrymore couple completely adorable, but the movie is also extremely funny. In 50 First Dates the couple meets in Hawaii, and Henry transforms from a playboy to a devoted boyfriend. It is probably the ultimate definition of chick-flick, with a hint of comedy in it. A definite must-see.
4. Lost in Translation (2003)
Lost in Translation may be one of those typical bleak comedies, but it has a great love-story in it. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) manage to perfectly portray the feeling of traveling somewhere unknown, and creating a connection. Anna Farris’s and Cameron Diaz’s interventions create the perfect balance between comedy and romance, until the moment when Bob whispers something in Charlotte’s ear and dissapears completely. If Valentine’s Day makes you sick, you should definitely check this movie out.
3. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Slumdog Millionaire is a testament to just how far people are willing to go to win over their women. The story is about a poor buy who is tortured by the police for being too good at Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Chances are that you have already seen it since it has won a lot of critical acclaim. It’s not your run-of-the-mill chick flick, because it contains a mixture of violence, socioeconomic messages, and love.
2. The Tourist (2010)
The Tourist definitely has what it takes to make you jump for joy on Valentine’s Day (even if you hate the celebration). As if screening the stunning Angelina Jolie and incredibly hot Johnny Depp was not enough, the locations are also breath-taking. This tale of cat-and-mouse will keep you at the edge of your seats, satisfy your intellectual needs and also entertain you. If there were ever a guy who could steal Angelina from Brad, it is Depp.
1. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
Our number one in the Best Valentine’s Day Movie list is 500 Days of Summer. Yes, it is romantic, but not the type of romanticism that you were used to. The story is about the quirky girl that everyone wants to be, or be with, and a guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who falls desperately in love with her. The story between the two is displayed in a non-linear fashion, and it is undoubtedly the most interesting portrayal of modern love and relationships. Even if you’re not a cheese-ball, you will love it.