Are you looking for some heart-touching romantic movies to watch this Valentine’s Day? We hear you! Find below our recommendations for the most popular romantic movies of all time and get ready to lose control of your emotions with these intense and iconic movie love stories!
Compiling a list of the most gripping romantic movies to watch was not an easy task. We have painstakingly curated our suggestions so that you can enjoy a quiet Valentine’s Day with your significant other or enjoy some “me time” with a cup of hot chocolate in your hand.
So, here are our recommendations for the best romantic movies to watch this Valentine’s Day cuddled up in a blanket.
25 Romantic Movies To Watch This Valentine’s Day
1. The Notebook (2004)
A list of romantic movies for Valentine’s Day and The Notebook won’t be there? Come on, who would dare do that? Ryan Gosling and Rachel Mcadams play Noah and Allie respectively. They fall head over heels in love with each other, but their love story is not without some trials and tribulations. The heartbreaking but perfect ending never fails to bring you to tears. No wonder this movie has such a cult following.
Favorite Quote: “So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, every day.” – Noah Calhoun
2. Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset/ Before Midnight (1995/2004/2013)
The Before Sunrise trilogy is one of the most iconic movies to be made in the history of Hollywood, with Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) becoming the poster children of romantic movies. The first movie focuses on the protagonists just walking around Vienna all night talking their hearts out and slowly falling in love. The second installment takes place nine years later in Paris where they meet again, and the final part in Greece, where they live happily ever after. With an incredibly minimalistic plot, the movie perfectly captures the true essence of romance and what it actually stands for.
Favorite Quote: “You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful specific details.” — Celine, Before Sunset
3. Love, Simon (2018)
High school student, Simon Spier has one major secret that he has not told anyone to date, including his friends, family, and classmates: he is gay. But when this secret of his threatens to come tumbling out in front of everyone, he has to come to terms with the possible repercussions, and most importantly, has to come to grips with his identity. How he handles his own feelings, accepts himself, and finally finds love is enough to melt your heart.
Favorite Quote: “The way I feel about him is like a heartbeat — soft and persistent, underlying everything.” – Simon Spier
4. Notting Hill (1999)
This movie does not need any introduction and has been hailed time and again, as the best romantic movie of all time. Set in London, the story revolves around an endearing English bookstore owner (Hugh Grant) and a famous American actress (Julia Roberts), and how they slowly, but surely fall in love with each other. “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”- Who can ever forget this iconic line from the movie? Answer: No one.
Favorite Quote: “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” – Anna Scott
5. Casablanca (1942)
There have been tons of war-time romances, but nothing tops Casablanca. Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart gave their career-best performances and made sure that the characters of Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund stayed in the audience’s hearts and minds forever. Such is the perfection of the movie that it has been termed as the “best Hollywood movie of all time” by noted critic Leonard Maltin.
Favorite Quote: “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…” – Rick Blaine
6. About Time (2013)
One of the best romantic movies for Valentine’s Day is the Richard Curtis directed, About Time. It is the perfect movie to watch with your partner while you are cozied up together at home. Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel Mcadams are perfectly cast, and they pour their heart and soul into this movie. Their Tim and Mary effortlessly etch their love story in our hearts, with the one-of-a-kind music taking things to another level.
Favorite Quote: “She was then, and still is to me, the most beautiful thing in the world.” – Tim Lake
7. The Big Sick (2017)
This movie isn’t your typical and run of the mill romantic comedy, but trust me, and give this a watch. Based on Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon’s true love story, this movie deserves a lot of appreciation. Different and refreshing, it shows the story of Kumail Nanjiani (who plays himself) who falls in love with Emily Gardner (Zoe Kazan). Things take a turn when she falls into a coma due to an unexplainable illness, and he has to come to terms with his actual feelings and confront his and her family, all at the same time.
Favorite Quote: “I am overwhelmed by you.”- Emily Gardner
8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Lana Condor plays Lara Jean and Noah Centineo plays Peter Kavinsky in this cute high school love story. Lara is the quintessential shy, girl-next-door, and Peter, a handsome jock and the school heartthrob. When Lara was younger, she used to write secret letters to the boys she had a crush on, but never mailed them, and kept them in a box in her closet. When the love letters get exposed accidentally, needless to say, it wreaks havoc on her love life.
Enjoy this movie with your SO this Valentine’s day with a mug of hot chocolate and some cuddles.
Favorite Quote: “It’s not like in the movies. It’s better, because it’s real.” – Lara Jean
9. Me Before You (2016)
This movie will make you laugh one moment and cry the very next. This beautiful love story of a paralyzed man and his companion is emotional enough to melt even the hardest of hearts. Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin’s heart-tugging performances make this movie one of the best romantic movies ever. The way their love story blossom and the heartbreaking ending will leave you grabbing for tissues every minute.
Favorite Quote: “You make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine.” – Will Traynor
10. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Loosely based on Shakespeare’s, The Taming Of The Shrew, this movie is one of the most memorable romantic comedies from the 90s. Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) comes across Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), and they gradually fall in love with each other. The twist in the tale is that Patrick was asked to approach Kat by Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is trying to date Kat’s younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) because Kat and Bianca’s strict father wanted Kat to have a boyfriend first. The chemistry between Stiles and Ledger’s characters is electrifying and hilarious at the same time.
Favorite Quote: “But mostly, I hate the way I don’t hate you. Not even close. Not even a little bit. Not even at all.” – Kat Stratford
11. Love Actually (2003)
Love Actually has always met with conflicting views, with some loving the cheesy movie for what it is, and some absolutely hating the regressive and problematic elements in it. An ensemble romantic comedy with romance and it’s complications at the heart of it, Love Actually is one of the most well-known and cult romantic movies of all time. Watch it with your partner on Valentine’s Day, and decide for yourself what you think about this movie.
Favorite Quote: “If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.” – David
12. Titanic (1997)
Duh. This movie not making it on ANY romantic movies list is unfathomable. James Cameron’s disaster movie gave us the celebrated and popular romantic pairing of all time. Titanic might have released in 1997, but it still has the ability to drive you to tears every time you watch it. Add to that Celine Dion’s ”My Heart Will Go On”, and you will find yourself in a pool of your tears. Despite it being so tragic, Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose’s (Kate Winslet) love story is timeless and no movie has got so much love as this one.
Favorite Quote: “Now you know there was a man named Jack Dawson, and that he saved me in every way that a person can be saved. I don’t even have a picture of him. He exists now only in my memory.” – Rose Dawson
13. The Age Of Adaline (2015)
Blake Lively plays Adaline Bowman, a woman born in the 20th century who has become ageless after an accident in this time-traveling, romantic love story. After spending many years alone and in solitude, she meets Michiel Huisman’s Ellis Jones who she falls in love with, but who complicates the everlasting life she has gotten used to. Full of memorable dialogues and beautiful music, this movie is going to stay with you, even after you are done watching it.
Favorite Quote: “Because nothing makes sense without her.” – Ellis Jones
14. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
No Valentine’s Day movie list is complete without this classic romantic comedy in it. One of the most popular and notable performances of Renee Zellweger, this is a classic for a reason. She plays Bridget Jones who keeps a personal diary, writes in it every day, and treats it like her best friend. All she wants to do is work on herself and find the love of her life within a year. Add to this, dreamboats like Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, and you have got a winning recipe for Valentine’s Day!
Favorite Quote: “I just wanted to know if you were available for bar mitzvahs and christenings, as well as ruby weddings. Excellent speech.” – Mark Darcy
15. Crazy, Stupid Love (2011)
Cal Weaver’s (Steve Carrell) life comes crashing down when his wife who is the love of his life, discloses that she is having an affair with her colleague and wants a divorce from him. He bumps into Jacob (Ryan Gosling), an extremely handsome man who knows how to pick up women like the back of his hand. They become friends quickly and Jacob helps Cal rediscover his manhood, and also gives him a sexy makeover.
Hilarious and romantic at the same time, this is one movie that never gets old. Snuggle up with your partner, grab some popcorn and your Valentine’s night is all set.
Favorite Quote: “I was trying to move on, but I don’t want to. You’ve always been the only one.” – Cal Weaver.
16. Dirty Dancing (1987)
Now, is this a classic, or is this is a classic? And moreover, is there anyone at all who hasn’t watched this cult romantic movie, and not tried to replicate that famous dance move at least once? When Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) spends a summer at the Catskills resort with her parents, she irrevocably falls in love with Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), the camp’s dance instructor. What follows is a love that goes against all odds, and emerges triumphant.
Favorite Quote: “Most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feel the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” – Baby Houseman
17. A Star Is Born (2018)
Dreamboat Bradley Cooper plays Jack and the multi-talented Lady Gaga plays Ally in this tragic love story. When Jack fortuitously discovers Ally, a struggling singer, and helps her realize her true potential, it sets the course for one of the most romantic and heartbreaking love stories of all time. This movie fills up your heart with love, only to shatter it into a million pieces in the next second.
Favorite Quote: “I just wanted to take another look at you.” —Jackson Maine
18. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Harry and Sally meet each other when she agrees to drop him off in New York, after graduating from the University of Chicago. They keep on bumping into each other again and again, and slowly become close friends, as they both like having a best friend of the opposite sex. How this friendship turns into a deep love is what this beautiful movie is all about. It is after all a cult classic for a reason.
Favorite Quote: “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – Harry Burns
19. Pretty Woman (1990)
Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) is a very successful and wealthy businessman who needs to have a beautiful woman on his arm at all times, especially when he attends corporate dinners and parties. That is how he meets Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts), an escort who he hires for the week and to be with him 24/7. They start spending a lot of time together and slowly fall in love, and the rest as they say is history.
Favorite Quote: “So, what happened after he climbed up the tower and rescued her?
Vivian Ward: She rescues him right back.” – Edward Lewis
20. Serendipity (2001)
When a couple (John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale) bump into each other, fall deeply in love, and get separated, years later, they try to look for each other, because deep down inside they believe that they are meant to together. This movie revolutionized the meaning of the word ‘serendipity’, and gave hope to all the lovebirds around the world that people who are meant to be together will always find their way back to each other.
Favorite Quote: “Maybe the absence of signs is a sign.” – Jonathan Trager
21. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Melanie Carmichael (Reese Witherspoon) has the perfect life in New York as a successful and upcoming fashion designer. When her handsome and wealthy fiancee, Andrew (Patrick Dempsey) proposes to her, she is happy but nervous at the same time. The reason? She was married once before to her childhood sweetheart, Jake (Josh Lucas) but he never signed the divorce papers she sent to him, seven years back. So she has to go back to Alabama to set things right.
What follows is the realization that her life down south, in Alabama was always more perfect and happier than her life in New York City. One of the best romantic movies to watch on Valentine’s Day, this one is nothing short of timeless.
Favorite Quote: “Jake Perry: Whatcha wanna be married to me for?
Melanie Carmichael: So I can kiss you anytime I want.”
22. The Proposal (2009)
When Andrew’s (Ryan Reynolds) boss, Margaret (Sandra Bullock) is threatened to be deported to Canada, she begs and bribes him to marry her to avoid deportation. He agrees and takes her to his hometown and childhood home, where his family lives. What follows is a lot of getting to know each other, and of course, falling in love. Bullock and Reynolds are absolute fire in this rom-com, so make sure that you don’t miss this on V-day!
Favorite Quote: “Marry me.. Because I’d like to date you..” – Andrew Paxton
23. Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) keeps on visiting her favorite and famous jewelry store, Tiffany’s time and time again. After one such visit, she sees her handsome and charming neighbor Paul Varjak (George Peppard) and quickly becomes infatuated with him. Even though both of them slowly fall in love with each other, they don’t disclose their disturbing pasts. To call this movie a classic is an understatement, because it is something even more than that, and that is legendary.
Favorite Quote: “Suddenly you are afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?” – Holly Golightly
24. A Walk To Remember (2002)
When Landon (Shane West) meets Jamie (Mandy Moore), little did he know that his life is going to change. Even though they are drastically opposite to each other, love blossoms and they fall for each other. However, his world comes crashing down when Jamie is diagnosed with leukemia and only has a short time left in the world. This one is an absolute tearjerker and will make you bawl your eyes out, but will also give you hope that love is indeed the strongest emotion there is.
Favorite Quote: “Jamie saved my life. She taught me everything. About life, hope, and the long journey ahead. I’ll always miss her. But our love is like the wind. I can’t see it, but I can feel it.” – Landon Carter
25. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
An extremely sweet rom-com, it’s the story of Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan). Joe owns a bookstore chain and falls for Kathleen online. However, the twist in the tale comes when her bookstore is threatened to shut down, but both are unaware of the fact that it’s Joe’s company who is responsible for that. Exciting and romantic enough? Then watch this timeless rom-com this V-day!
Favorite Quote: “I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You’ve got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you.” – Kathleen Kelly
Do You Have Your Own List Of Top Romantic Movies To Watch?
So, settle down on the couch and enjoy these romantic movies on Valentine’s Day, and as always let us know what did you think about our recommendation. Which other movie love stories would you like to add to the list?