What better way to celebrate the Day of Love, Valentine's Day (Feb. 14), than by binge-watching a few of our favorite romantic films? Whether you enjoy historical romance, a potluck of individual stories, or a rom-com, we've provided a hand-picked selection to guide you.
Whether you're single and snuggling with your pets, have a significant other, or spend the day with friends on Valentine's Day, movies are one way to get closer. It also helps to have tissues nearby in case the tears start flowing.
The 10 best romantic movies to stream on Valentine's Day
The Twilight Saga 2008-2012
Do you know a better supernatural love story than The Twilight Saga? In the sci-fi/fantasy franchise based on the books by Stephenie Meyer, a teenage mortal girl named Bella (Kristen Stewart) falls for a vampire (Robert Pattinson) in the small town of Forks, Washington. Through their romance, the couple faces challenges such as being hunted by another vampire coven and your typical teenage dilemmas. After defeating other vampires, a vampire/werewolf love triangle, and Bella's own vampire transformation, Edward and Bella have their happily after.
Where to stream: Hulu currently has all five movies available to stream.
Return to the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic and its star-crossed lovers, Jack Dawson (Leonardo Dicaprio) and Rose Dewitt Bukater (Kate Winslet). Societal division in the early 20th century threatened to keep Jack and Rose apart, but like any couple so madly in love, they fought hard to make it theirs. Like the Titanic's historical legacy, Jack and Rose's romance existed for eternity, and there'll be no other like it.
The film swept the Oscars in 1998, winning eleven of the fourteen nominations, including Best Picture and Best Song.
Where to stream: Find the movie streaming on Paramount+.
Casablanca is probably one of the best films ever to exist, due to its World War II depiction in a foreign land, sweeping romance between Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilse Lund (Ingrid Bergman), cinematic storytelling, and masterful artistry. In Casablanca, Blaine owns a nightclub in the city of Casablanca in the northwest African country of Morocco, and he's reunited with Ilse. Though he's angry at her for leaving him in Paris several years earlier, he agrees to help her and her husband get to America, where many Europeans are heading to escape the war.
Where to stream: Yes, the movie IS available on streaming -- watch it on Max!
Drive Me Crazy (1999)
After getting dumped by their former partners, high school seniors Nicole (Melissa Joan Hart) and Chase (Adrien Grenier) scheme by pretending to be a couple to get back at their exes. In the process, the two fall for each other and don't care what anyone thinks of them. The film has pure 90s aesthetics (early Britney Spears) and nostalgia for us living in the era.
Where to stream: Stream the movie Max
Maid In Manhattan (2002)
In this Cinderella-inspired rom-com, single mom Marisa (Jennifer meets the man of her dreams while working as a maid at a luxury Manhattan hotel. The problem is that Marisa's dream man is the wealthy State Senator Christopher "Chris" Marshall (Ralph Fiennes), and she's just trying to make ends meet. When Marisa tries on the clothes of a visiting socialite guest, Chris mistakes her for the latter and instantly falls in love with her.
And who could forget the moment when Jennifer blew us away in her pink gown and Tiffany diamonds? A true classic!
Even after finding the truth about Marisa and her getting fired because of it, Chris is still very much in love with her and wants to be her partner, as well as a father to her son, Ty (Tyler Posey). All three received their wish to be a family and change the statistics of the Working Class.
Where to stream: Want to stream the movie this Valentine's Day? Find it on the Paramount+ platform
A Walk To Remember (2002)
Try not to cry as you witness the story of Landon (Shane West) and Jamie (Mandy Moore) in Nicolas Sparks' A Walk To Remember. Set in a small town in North Carolina, "bad boy" Landon's life is turned upside-down when Jamie rehearses with him for their high school play, and he learns a new world. Despite her pleas to him not to fall in love with her, he does so anyway, and a romance blooms between them. After finding out that Jamie has terminal leukemia, Landon goes to his estranged father for help, who provides additional funding, extending Jamie's life.
Landon realizes Jamie's dream of being married, and soon after their vows, she passes away from the illness, but she gives Landon a miraculous gift of hope and a life purpose. Mandy Moore is a wonderful addition to the film's soundtrack, giving it a special touch.
Where to stream: Take your pick! The movie is streaming on Netflix, Peacock, and Prime Video.
Valentine's Day (2010)
Of course, no Valentine's Day movie list isn't complete without 2010's Valentine's Day. In this rom-com, we follow the love lives of diverse people, from a mom in the Army to an older couple and high school sweethearts. Each one is as unique as the last because love is multi-dimensional and holds no judgment. Valentine's Day has an ensemble of Hollywood's sought-after actors (at the time), including Shirley Maclaine, Taylor Swift, Julia Roberts, and Patrick Dempsey, just to name a few.
Where to stream: The popular movie is available to stream on Disney+, Hulu, and Prime Video.
Beauty And The Beast (2017)
It's a story as old as time. In Disney's 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, Belle (Emma Watson) lives in the isolated castle of the Beast (Dan Stevens), who was a handsome prince in his earlier years. The more time Belle spends with the Beast, the more she sees the real him under the rough exterior. With the help of the household objects, who were, too, affected by the spell, Belle falls for the Prince, reversing the spell, which transforms them back into the humans they once were.
But Beauty and the Beast is more than an 18th-century fairy tale; it's a story of acceptance, redemption, and discovering inner beauty. If you want more of this classic, be sure to check out the 1991 animated version.
Where to stream: Disney+ has the movie, of course!
It Only Take A Night (2023)
If you're spending Valentine's Day with your friends, then It Only Takes A Night is your go-to rom-com. Starring The 100's and Quantum Leap's Eliza Taylor as Ruby, the film circles around the latter, who just got dumped by her boyfriend. Hurt by his deception, Ruby and her friends have a night out in London Town, where she's met by an unexpected fate, changing her life for the better. Taylor was the executive producer of It Only Takes A Night, adding writing credentials to her talents.
Where to stream: Currently, the movie is streaming on Prime Video and Starz
Lady and the Tramp (2019)
Romance is just not for people. It can be for dogs, too, such as the 2019 remake or retelling of Lady and the Tramp. Set in a New England town in 1910, Lady (Tessa Thompson), a pampered and well-off cocker spaniel, has a romantic adventure with a scruffy stray named Tramp (Justin Theroux). He shows Lady the "outside" world, offering her another perspective on life.
Many of the 1955's Lady and the Tramp's original elements were removed or altered to fit today's updated societal values. For instance, the "Siamese Cat Song"'s lyrics removed its Asian stereotyping, and no puppies were born at the end. As a fun and essential fact, many animal performers in the movie were rescued and gained forever homes before filming was wrapped up.
Where to stream: Disney+, of course!
Which of these movies will you be watching on Valentine's Day? Did we miss one you believe should be on the list?