12 of the Most Beautiful Romance Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day

There's a common misconception that the "perfect" Valentine's Day is spent being wined and dined by your partner at a fancy restaurant. While that sounds like a wonderful experience, there are a myriad of less-expensive ways to spend the day with your partner, best friend or even by yourself (yes, self-love is just as important) that are equally as amazing - if not better.

Exhibit A: order home delivery or whip up a meal, grab the wine and make yourself comfortable on the couch as you watch these heartfelt romantic movies.

12 best romantic movies to watch on Valentine's Day

1. Romeo + Juliet

It's not Valentine's Day without a dose of 90s Leo. This tragic romance is the perfect movie to watch with a glass of red.

Written by Baz Luhrmann and featuring another favourite Claire Danes, we're big fans of this twist on a Shakespeare classic.

Where to watch in Australia: Apple TV

2. Brokeback Mountain

This iconic romantic drama film is breathtakingly beautiful albeit heartbreaking, and is a film everyone needs to see at least once. With themes of loss and regret it might seem like a bit of a downer for Valentine's Day, but it's ultimately a film about love and just how strong it can be.

Where to watch in Australia: Netflix

3. P.S I Love You

After Holly (Hilary Swank)'s husband passes away (Gerard Butler), she's expectedly grief-stricken. The plot twist is that he's actually left her secret messages all over the house to discover, which send her on a series of adventures. Have your tissues handy for this one.

Where to watch in Australia: Stan

4. 500 Days of Summer

Name us a better cute romantic duo than Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. We'll wait.

Travel back to the simpler times of 2009 in this romantic comedy that's as quirky and melancholy as you'd expect from the pair.

Where to watch in Australia: Apple TV

5. 10 Things I Hate About You

Speaking of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he's featured again in this cult classic. He stars beside legend of the screen Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles in this hilarious take on high-school dating and drama.

It's worth a watch just for the hair and outfit inspo.

Where to watch in Australia: Apple TV

6. Pretty Woman

We couldn't have a Valentine's Day movie list without including Pretty Woman. After Richard Gere's character hires Vivian (Julia Roberts) as an escort for a week, the pair begin to catch real feelings for each other. It'd be a big mistake to miss this one. Huge. 

Where to watch in Australia: Apple TV

7. Never Been Kissed

Another iconic movie on the cusp of the twenty-first century, Never Been Kissed stars Drew Barrymore in her prime as an undercover high school student for a project at the newspaper she works at. She's instantly triggered by her previous school experience and struggles to fit in amongst her new classmates. As well as that, she's falling in love with her teacher who doesn't realise she's actually twenty-five.

Where to watch in Australia: Apple TV

8. Notting Hill

If you've been to London and not wandered the streets of Notting Hill looking for Hugh Grant's bookshop, you're doing it wrong.

When a famous American actress played by Julia Roberts, arrives in town and stumbles across his bookshop, William (Grant) immediately falls in love and they exchange a few awkward dates before living happily ever after, of course.

Where to watch in Australia: Stan

9. The Notebook

Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams—what a pair. It was a box office hit fifteen years ago and is just as relevant today as it was then.

It might even inspire you to recreate that iconic kiss in the rain on Valentine's Day.

Where to watch in Australia: Netflix

10. Titanic

Featuring another appearance by Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic is synonymous with romance, love, and unfortunately, loss. The real question is: could that have fit both of them after the Titanic hit the iceberg? The jury's still out. 

Where to watch in Australia: Apple TV

11. To All the Boys I've Loved Before

There are three in this series now, so you know what that means: movie marathon! The To All The Boys trilogy is a lovely, big-hearted teen romantic comedy, about Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo), who start off in a fake relationship that grows into something more. It’s adorable and very, very sweet, but these are also well-written and directed films.  

Where to watch in Australia: Netflix

12. If Beale Street Could Talk

An adaptation of a James Baldwin novel, this powerful film is focuses on young lovers who are forced to overcome struggles in 1970s Harlem. It centres around a protagonist who has been jailed for a crime he did not commit and his girlfriend works to get him freed before their baby is born. It's a poignant love story set against the backdrop of institutional racism, injustice, and incarceration.

Where to watch in Australia: Apple TV

After you've finished these, make your way through the 10 shows that are just like Netflix's hot series Bridgerton.

 

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