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Best Romance Movies To Get You In The Valentine’s Day Mood

“I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” ~ Pride & Prejudice

Romance Is In the Air

Darling, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and love is in the air!

I know that I love a great night in snuggled up with my Ultimate Concierge, my pooch America, and a great film. What better way to celebrate love than to experience love in all ways possible.

A great romance movie can make your toes tingle and your heartbeat a little faster. If you enter a film’s world where two characters are falling in love and life together, nothing is better.

I’ve curated a list of both classic films, one beloved mini-series, and a few more current features to get you in the mood for LOVE! I do hope you enjoy my picks.

Now grab some popcorn, your favorite wine, and press play!

Sleepless In Seattle

“Sleepless In Seattle” is a classic that may even have you shedding a tear. This early Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie will hit you in all your romantic feelings or ‘feels’ as the younger generation says these days! Can we talk about that ending, Darlings?

“After the death of his wife, Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) moves to Seattle with his son, Jonah (Ross Mallinger). When Jonah calls into a talk-radio program to find a new wife for his father, Sam grudgingly gets on the line to discuss his feelings. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan), a reporter in Baltimore, hears Sam speak and falls for him, even though she is engaged. Unsure where it will lead, she writes Sam a letter asking him to meet her at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day.” – Google 

The Notebook

“The Notebook” quickly became a romantic classic the moment it hit theaters. The scene in the rain and the one following sure set young (and mature) audiences on fire. With Southern charm and tear-jerk moments, this is a great movie to watch with your partner or your grands.

“In 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl Allie (Rachel McAdams) are desperately in love. But her parents don’t approve. When Noah goes off to serve in World War II, it seems to mark the end of their love affair. In the interim, Allie becomes involved with another man (James Marsden). But when Noah returns to their small town years later, on the cusp of Allie’s marriage, it soon becomes clear that their romance is anything but over.” – Google


You can’t get a much more classic love story than “Casablanca”. Not only is the story that of romance and heartbreak, but the setting of the film creates an all-around environment of romance and love. This is a must-watch!

“The story of Rick Blaine, a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick’s cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that will help them escape to America. But when Ilsa, a former lover of Rick’s, and her husband, show up at his cafe one day, Rick faces a tough challenge which will bring up unforeseen complications, heartbreak and ultimately an excruciating decision to make.” — Kyle Perez, IMDB

Gone With The Wind

We all know the famous line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,” but “Gone With The Wind” is so much more than a few quotable lines. Not only is it a classic romance, but is a classic film every person should watch. Don’t you agree?

“In the face of the imminent U.S. Civil War, the pampered socialite and petulant Southern Belle, Scarlett O’Hara, basks in the limelight, enjoying a lavish lifestyle. Knowing that the rich and red-hued soil of Tara–the ancestral cotton plantation in Georgia–is the only thing worth fighting for, the resilient woman will do everything in her power to control her destiny; including marrying the wrong men to maintain her enviable social status. However, death seems to follow Scarlett–and as she swears never to be poor again, standing on the sparkling ashes of her beloved but burned-to-the-ground home–the cynical playboy, Rhett Butler, offers a way out, and a new lease of life. Headstrong, passionate, and, above all, resolute, not even war–or death–can stand in Scarlett’s way; nevertheless, love is delicate and elusive, and, somehow, it is always one step ahead of her. Has Scarlett’s noble aspiration for a better future gone with the wind?” —Nick Riganas, IMDB

Pride & Prejudice (Mini-Series)

There have been many iterations of the Jane Austen classic “Pride & Prejudice” but one of my favorites is the BBC miniseries with Colin Firth. This wonderful tale is full of beautiful costumes, gorgeous settings, and of course, a fabulous love story.

“Elizabeth Bennett is a strong-willed yet sensible young woman whose father is a gentleman with a quite modest estate and whose uncle suffers in status from being a businessman in Cheapside. She has four sisters, a long-suffering but loving father, and a mother anxious to marry them to wealthy young gentlemen. At a local ball, she encounters one such wealthy young man, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy — and as Mr. Darcy is arrogant, cold, and rude, it is hatred at first sight. As her older sister Jane falls in love with Mr. Darcy’s best friend Mr. Bingley, and her youngest sister Lydia flirts with anyone in a military uniform, Lizzie finds herself fighting off the attentions of the unctuous Mr. Collins and quite taken by the charming Mr. Wickham – who also happens to be an enemy of Mr. Darcy. However, as the characters succumb in many ways to pride and prejudice, Lizzie learns that not all is quite as it seems…and that Mr. Darcy might not be so disagreeable after all.” —Scott, IMDB


Patrick Swazy has the ability to make almost any woman swoon, and his role in Ghost is no exception. This classic paranormal romance is definitely one to watch when you’re in a romantic mood. But remember to bring the tissues! You might shed a tear or two.

“Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) is a banker, Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) is an artist, and the two are madly in love. However, when Sam is murdered by friend and corrupt business partner Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn) over a shady business deal, he is left to roam the earth as a powerless spirit. When he learns of Carl’s betrayal, Sam must seek the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to set things right and protect Molly from Carl and his goons.” – Google 

It Happened One Night

When you look up classic romance films, “It Happened One Night” is always at the top of the list and for all the right reasons. A Clark Gable classic, this movie will have you swooning and sitting on the edge of your seat. What a beautiful old film this is!

“In Frank Capra’s acclaimed romantic comedy, spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) impetuously marries the scheming King Westley, leading her tycoon father (Walter Connolly) to spirit her away on his yacht. After jumping ship, Ellie falls in with cynical newspaper reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who offers to help her reunite with her new husband in exchange for an exclusive story. But during their travels, the reporter finds himself falling for the feisty young heiress.” – Google

The Philadelphia Story

If you’re looking for a classic film that will make you smile, look no further than “The Philadelphia Story”. This wonderful film with the darling Katherine Hepburn, handsome Cary Grant, and charming James Stewart will have you smiling from ear to ear. It’s just a delightful film to enjoy on a winter evening.

“This classic romantic comedy focuses on Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), a Philadelphia socialite who has split from her husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), due both to his drinking and to her overly demanding nature. As Tracy prepares to wed the wealthy George Kittredge (John Howard), she crosses paths with both Dexter and prying reporter Macaulay Connor (James Stewart). Unclear about her feelings for all three men, Tracy must decide whom she truly loves.” – Google 

What are some of your favorite romantic films? Let me know in the comments below. I want to hear from you! 

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  2. Debra Rusher says:

    Honey, my husband and I just watched, It Happened One Night. What a good movie! Thanks for the suggestion.

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