12 Romantic Movies On Netflix That Are Better Than Going Out For Valentine’s Day
Each year, love is in the air on Feb. 14 — perhaps too much love. While everyone else spends an exorbitant amount of dough on their holiday meal, make Valentine's Day a perfect night in with the most romantic movies on Netflix. Whether you're flying solo, inviting over your friends for a Galentine's marathon, or just want to curl up in front of the screen with your sweetie, there are plenty of movies to choose from. While most people's date night movie of choice might be a romantic-comedy, the selection offered by the streaming giant goes way beyond your favorite meet-cutes (though, don't worry there's plenty of those as well).
Netflix's selection for February includes classic films that are on many people's absolute must-watch list: flicks that made your mom swoon when she was a teenager; new indie picks featuring buzz-worthy actors; and even some international hits that are worth reading subtitles for. There are dozens upon dozens to choose from so there's likely something to fit everybody's taste — and maybe even so many choices that you'll end having to extend this marathon way past the holiday of love and into that last snow day of the year.
So, grab some popcorn and candy hearts. You'll need them.
1. Breakfast at Tiffany's
Long before there was Meg Ryan or Julia Roberts, Audrey Hepburn was the reigning queen of romantic movies. Decked out in jewels, with a black gown and sunglasses, Breakfast at Tiffany's gave us one of her most iconic looks in possibly her most iconic roles.
It's the 1950s in New York, and Carol (Cate Blanchett) is a wealthy woman in the midst of a messy divorce when she meets Therese (Rooney Mara). Carol risks custody of her daughter and bucks America's rigid society to be with Therese, the woman that she loves.
3. Bridget Jones' Diary
A rom-com that likely needs no introduction, Bridget Jones (Renée Zellweger) is like a modern day Elizabeth from Pride & Prejudice if Lizzy was obsessed with weight loss and had some embarrassing underwear moments. Note that Bridget Jone's Baby is also available if the original leaves you wanting more.
4. She's Gotta Have It
Spike Lee's classic indie romance centers around Nola (Tracy Camilla Johns), a woman who is dating three different guys and can't decide which she wants to be in a relationship with.
5. Moonrise Kingdom
On a wholesome island off the coast of New England, two tweens decide that they are in love and want to runaway together. Unfortunately, they chose to plan their escape just as a big storm comes to hit the island. The cast includes many of Wes Anderson's favorite players, and the movie is filled with the director's signature quirks.
6. The Young Victoria
If you've got royal fever right now (we don't blame you), experience the steamy 19th century romance of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) and Prince Albert (Rupert Friend). They were pretty into each other — they had eight children.
7. The Incredible Jessica James
Jessica (Jessica Williams) can't seem to get over her ex while the guy she's on a date with (Chris O'Dowd) is still thinking about his ex-wife. They decide to stop following their own exes and follow each other's instead.
8. Blue Is the Warmest Color
This critical darling from France unanimously won the Cannes Film Festival's highest prize Palme d'Or in 2013. A young woman discovers her sexuality in a raw romance with another woman.
9. Barefoot in the Park
Jane Fonda plays a free spirit newly married to an uptight lawyer (Robert Redford). Not only are their personalities at odds, but they've also got to deal with all the crazy stuff living in New York City in 1967 throws their way. If you're celebrating Valentine's Day with your mom or grandma, this is a solid pick.
10. Sleeping with Other People
Since neither of them are good at remaining faithful to their partners, two people who had a one night stand years before (Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis) decide to try to be just friends. Guess how well that works out?
11. How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days
She (Kate Hudson) wants to write an article about losing a guy in just 10 days. He (Matthew McConaughey) wants to prove he can make a woman fall in love with him in the same amount of time. Shenanigans ensue.
12. Leap Year
A woman heads to Dublin with the intention of proposing to her longtime boyfriend, but ends up meeting a dreamy Irish guy. Surprise, surprise.
So, yeah, sure, you can go out for Valentine's Day and make all kinds of date plans. But are those dates going to compare to any of these movies? Yeah, probably not.