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Top 10 movies for Valentine's Day

11th February 2013

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Ok so Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and maybe you have plans involving diamonds, romantic holidays and declarations of love so big you’ll have to rob a bank. A night in can be just as romantic, if you pick the right entertainment.

Checkout TNS’s top 10 films for a romantic night in…

The Notebook

Boys, if you pull this one out on Valentine’s Day then expect a very impressed girl, even though she may spend large parts of the film sobbing and lusting after Ryan Gosling. The Notebook is the ultimate love story; a poor boy falls in love with a rich girl (Rachel McAdams) and spends seven years trying to win her love.

A weepy, romantic film that has the best ever kiss in the rain moment.

Love Actually

Although set at Christmas this film focuses on ten different love stories, so it won’t feel like you have forgot what season it is. Hugh Grant is the Prime Minister, there are a fair few clutch-your-heart moments throughout and if Emma Thompson doesn't make you cry, what is wrong with you?

It's worth watching Love Actually to see the hilarious Bill Nighy as a desperate rocker trying to get to number one with ‘Love is all around’.

The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This film doesn’t make love look pretty, but that’s what makes it so good. It tells the tale of Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet), a couple who once had it all and lost it. After their break up they go through drastic measures to forget each other but the heart has other ideas. You will forget Jim Carrey was in Dumb and Dumber after watching this; he is fantastic.

One the guys will probably enjoy too.

Romeo + Juliet

No season of love would be complete without mentioning the most famous love story of all time. Baz Luhrmann brings a modern interpretation to one of Shakespeare's most celebrated plays, while still retaining the Bard's classic language. Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes are perfectly cast as the leads and although we all know what happens in the end, it is the perfect blend of romance, action and a brilliant soundtrack.

With action and romance this should appeal to most.

Lady and the Tramp

A classic tale of opposites attract.

OK, so Disney isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and it won’t necessarily have you proclaiming love by the end of it but let’s face it, you’ve always wanted to try that spaghetti scene, right?

Valentine’s Day

This can’t be left out of the top ten simply because it is named after the day itself. The story follows the same format at Love Actually by covering lots of different couples during the most romantic day of the year.

With a cast made up of a rom-com dream including Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Garner and Taylor Lautner there should be something for everyone in this one.

Bridget Jones' Diary

You have to decide whether you can stand listening to Renee Zellweger's attempt at a British accent but if you can it's a great film. Funny and easily relatable with a stand out scene is Bridget, drunk and singing 'All By Myself' alone in her flat. She has sexy Hugh Grant and Mr Darcy himself, Colin Firth, fighting over her. Who wouldn't want to see that?

Knocked Up

This is not a typical girly rom-com and guys will love it (hopefully). After a one night stand Ben (Seth Rogen) and Alison (Katherine Heigl) find themselves facing the reality of becoming parents. Complete opposites, Ben spends most of his time smoking weed and making a website that tells the precise moment in a movie where a celebrity gets naked and Alison is an up and coming reporter for E! television. As the nine months go on the couple have to get to know each other and decide whether to stay together for the sake of their baby.


Over 70 years after it was released, Casablanca remains one of the most romantic films ever made. Humphrey Bogart (Rick) and Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa) star in the war-time love story of lost love and second chances. Rick and Ilsa are ex-lovers reunited during war torn Casablanca. It is one of the most quoted movies ever made, with 'Here's looking at you, kid' and 'We'll always have Paris' ranked as two of the most memorable lines of all time.

When Harry Met Sally

Released in 1989, before the 90s could claim the rom-com as its own, When Harry Met Sally is one of the classic romantic stories. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are Harry and Sally, two lifelong friends searching for love who, realise they might just have found it in each another. The most romantic moment occurs on New Year's Eve when Harry utters one of rom-coms most beautiful line: "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."

There are so many more romantic films that could have easily made the list, it was difficult to narrow it down to just ten. Movies such as Titanic, Moulin Rouge (or pretty much every musical), Pretty Woman and many others would easily work for a romantic night in on February 14th.

Do you agree with our list? If not, what did we miss?

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