Updated: Oct 4, 2022
Written by Justin Rubalcava
Valentine’s Day is a day many have come to love or hate. So whether you’re spending it cuddled up with someone or by yourself you should find some movies that’ll make your Valentine’s Day undeniably entertaining. Lucky for you, you have me and that means I have tons of suggestions for what you need to be watching this Valentine’s Day.
Movie recommendation number one has to be Valentine’s Day! It's almost like the film was made for Valentine’s Day with its being on and about the holiday! It's extremely hilarious starring an A-list cast, which includes Taylor Swift? Sure it has an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the highlights of the 2010 rom-com renaissance. This movie makes it easy to laugh with yourself, a friend, or a significant other while keeping you wildly entertained which makes it almost essential for the true Valentine’s Day experience.
Movie recommendation number two would have to be Ready or Not. A horror comedy about a woman who gets roped into her spouse’s familial deathly tradition shortly after getting married. This movie is largely for those who are single that need to be reminded of how horrible relationships can be but it's also a wonderful genre-bending comedy that is sure to make anyone laugh and be entertained. It's not what someone would typically recommend which is what makes it the best recommendation on this list.
Movie recommendation number three is two movies. These movies are Portrait of a Lady on Fire and The Half of It. These movies unlike the rest I’ve talked about are both lesbian films, one being set in the modern-day amongst two teen girls and another being set in 1770 between two adult women. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t include an LGBTQIA+ film amongst these Valentine’s movies and I think these are both such good movies. Especially Portrait of a Lady on Fire which has a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and is one of the best, if not the best lesbian film I have ever watched. The Half of It is a somewhat lighter watch that I find myself giggling at sometimes. Both are amazing, especially for Valentine’s Day watches.
Finally, I would have to recommend Love and Basketball. This movie is more for couples as it could probably make you sad for being single. Following two childhood friends throughout their lives who eventually fall in love, it follows the childhood friends to lovers trope and is sure to remind anyone of how painfully single they are. But it's still such a good movie that is worth the reminder. As a couple, I can’t imagine this movie not reminding you of how in love with each other you both are.
In the end, Valentine’s Day can be an amazing day to drown yourself in chocolate while watching these amazing films, or an amazing discography to have in the background while you cuddle and kiss your significant other. I hope you find this list helpful and I’m looking forward to seeing the Letterboxd reviews.