Romantic Movies for Date Night at Home
Like many moms with young kids, I will spend Valentine’s Day at home with my husband. Between the fact that it falls on a weeknight and the likely impossible job of finding a babysitter, it’s just as well my husband and I are both perfectly happy with Valentine’s Day date night at home.
Now to keep Valentine’s Day from turning into just another night of watching TV, we’ve decided to pick a romantic movie to watch together. I don’t want to risk picking a new one and having it be a stinker. So, I went in search of some old favorites among the movies in our large DVD and VHS collection.
For those of you in need of ideas for a romantic movie to watch on Valentine’s Day, or at any other time, here is my list of top 11 romantic movies.
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Top Romantic Movie Picks for Date Night In
This one is number one for me because, well, nobody puts Baby in a corner. My heart sped up just typing that. After all these years, I’m still crazy for Swayze and this movie is the reason. It has it all, romance, opposites attract awkwardness, great music, and dancing. Oh, the dancing! I recommend rewinding the lift scene and watching it at least three times before you consider your movie viewing experience finished.
This movie makes me laugh! It’s light and fun, and watching Hugh Grant do the “pop hip” dance move will make you smile every time. I especially love the hilarious nod to “Pop-Up Video”. If you like your romantic comedies hilarious and fun, add this to your must-watch list.
As historical adventure movies go, this one tops my list. There is plenty of action and excitement to go along with the love story. And Alan Rickman brings some humor to his over-the-top villain role. Plus, it’s Robin Hood, one of the great love stories.
This may not seem like a traditional choice for a romantic movie, but when I think of romance, starting a family with someone is a beautiful part of many love stories. Even if pregnancy and parenthood can be a bit of a romantic buzzkill. I like these multiple inter-connected plot movies in general. And this one was funny and well done.
For a romance with a prostitute protagonist, many people jump right to Pretty Woman, but I prefer this one. A historical romance with a courtesan in Venice. Courtesan sounds so much classier than a hooker. Although, I do love Pretty Woman, never doubt it. Dangerous Beauty is gorgeous to look at and has a courageous heroine and a beautiful love story. Save it for after the kids go to bed, though. There are naked people in this one.
Like many of us, I love Lucy, Lucille Ball that is. And this is my favorite of the movies she starred in. As Henry Fonda so memorably points out in this classic film, “it isn’t going to a bed with a man that proves you’re in love with him; it’s getting up in the morning and facing the drab, miserable, wonderful everyday world with him that counts.” Aww, romance.
For all of you romance novel fans out there, this movie is essentially a spoof of that beloved genre. And it manages to include all of the best elements of a great romance novel. Adventure, humor, sex. And unlikely true love.
You don’t have to have read Steve Harvey’s dating guide with the same name to get a kick out of this movie. Watching this group of guys and girls engage in a battle of the sexes on their way to happy endings is hilarious fun.
9. Pure Country
Every time I watch this I can’t believe George Strait didn’t make any more movies. It’s so good! Even non-country music fans will enjoy this sweet love story. And maybe it will bring you around on the whole country music thing. You’re really missing out.
This is my favorite historical movie. Ever. I love the storyline, the characters, and of course the romance. This movie brings the heat when it comes to sexual tension even though the characters never do more than kiss. It also brings some action and adventure to go along with it.
I almost didn’t include this movie because it doesn’t have a typically romantic happy ending. At least not to the primary romance plot. But watching Harrison Ford dance Kelly McGillis around the barn is pure movie romance magic. And overall there is a satisfying ending.
Romantic Movies for Valentine’s Day at Home
As I was typing up this list I thought of about 592 more movies I would’ve loved to include. I love my romantic movies!
But I only have so much time. And my baby will be up from her nap soon.
So, you finish the list for me! What is your favorite romantic movie? Add it in the comments!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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