Valentines Day Rom Coms

Riya Kapoor and Claire Ireland

Valentine’s day is one of the most stressful holidays. Since it is full of expectations, it is probably filled with letdowns as well. Whether you are looking for a movie to watch with your partner or one to watch by yourself after being stood up on a date, here are five romcoms to give a chance this Valentine’s day: 

  • Love Hard (2021) 

Unlucky Natalie Bauer falls in love with a man from the East Coast on a dating app. She decides to fly from Los Angeles to the East Coast to surprise him for the holidays, only to find out she’s been catfished. What is predicted to be a severe letdown turns into a heartwarming, charming comedy about finding love where it is least expected. 

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Darren Barnet, Mikaela Hoover, Harry Shum Jr., Rebecca Stabb, Heather McMahan and James Saito 

Where to watch: Netflix 

Rating: TV-MA language and content 

  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) 

Lara Jean (Lana Condor) keeps a hat box her mother gave her and puts all the letters she has written to every boy she has ever liked in them. Since she is a shy, quiet, quirky girl, she could never dream of ever mailing these letters- until one day, her sister mailed them for her. Lara poured her heart and soul into these letters- assuming she was the only one who would see them. When these letters get exposed, Lara Jean’s love life wreaks chaos. 

Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jenny Han, Jordan Fisher, Janel Parish, Maddie Ziegler, and Israel Broussard 

Where to watch: Netflix 

Rating: TV-14

  • The Proposal

In an effort to avoid deportation to Canada, Margaret Tate, a successful and intense book editor in New York “forces” her assistant Andrew Paxton to marry her. For fear of losing his job in the case that Margaret gets fired, Andrew agrees but necessitates that they visit his family in Alaska for his grandmother’s birthday. As this weekend adventure ensues, the two grow closer under the scrutiny of a quirky immigration official and Andrews family members who suspect foul play is afoot. 

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White, Oscar Nunez, Mary Steenburg, Craig T. Nelson

Where to watch: Hulu, Apple TV 

Rating: PG-13 Language and content

  • You’ve Got Mail 

If you’re looking for a movie that will make your sentimental heart swoon,  look no further than You’ve Got Mail. Made especially for book lovers, this New York-centric movie features the story of Joe Fox, owner of a Barnes and Noble akin mega bookstore chain, and Kathleen Kelly, the owner of a small children’s bookstore. These individuals are instantly at odds due to the competing nature of their businesses. The only catch is that they have been anonymously communicating with one another on an internet chat room where they have an intense connection with each other, despite not knowing each other’s identity. As Joe and Kathleen’s interactions, both online and in-person, steadily increase, feelings of love and hate bubble to the surface. 

Stars: Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Greg Kinnear, Heather Burns, Parker Posey, Dave Chappelle, Steve Zahn, Jean Stapleton

Where to watch: HBO Max

Rating: PG

  • Notting Hill 

William Thacker, a bookstore owner in the Notting Hill neighborhood of London, continually runs into famed American actress Anna Scott. One thing leads to another, and the two start an intense relationship. As they grow closer, the schism between their realities seems to grow larger, as their statuses could not be more different, and yet they still seem to keep coming back together. With heart-wrenching dialogue and brilliant acting, Notting Hill is a satiating and beautiful love story with the power to bring a couple of tears to your eye. 

Stars: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant, Rhys Ifans, Hugh Bonneville, Gina McKee, Emma Chambers, Tim McInnerny

Where to watch: Netflix

Rating: PG-13 Language and Content