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10 Quintessential Romantic Movies to Watch For Valentine’s Day

Whether you believe in love or are waiting to believe, Valentine’s is right around the corner and can’t be ignored. The occasion doesn’t have to be painful for singles or too sappy for couples. Here are some of the films that should make it to your Valentine’s Day sofa marathon.


What If

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Mackenzie Davis, Adam Driver 
Plot: About a guy who’s been burned too many times and is getting tired of it so he takes a sabbatical from this sorrowful chapter. Lo and behold, he meets a girl and forms an instant connection. Their friendship turns special. Which leads them to question: what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?

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Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson 
Plot: The age of AI and robots doesn’t seem too far away and this extraordinary tale of love between Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a writer, and Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), an operating system, seems like an actual possibility. In the wake of a broken heart, Theodore finds comfort and friendship in Samantha, and soon enough the relationship develops into something deeper. But can an operating system really give Theodore the intimacy he longs for?

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That Awkward Moment

Cast: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller 
Plot: Boys will be boys in this film about best friends and girlfriends. Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) are happy and content about singlehood and the strings that don’t come with it. Meanwhile, their other friend Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) is wallowing over his failed marriage. The three of them make a promise to live in their own little world of unattachment, until they find themselves falling for the girls they’re dating. To save face with their bros, they keep their relationships secret. 

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Love Rosie

Cast: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Tamsin Egerton 
Plot: This one’s about BFFs Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) who find themselves in love, in the process putting everything at stake to keep what they have alive across the miles. It’s a story that answers the question, “What would you do for someone you love?” and realizing just what the answer to that entails.

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When Harry Met Sally

Cast: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby 
Plot: This classic is about Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) who take a character-building, friendship-forming road trip from Chicago to New York, in which they tackle the age-old question “Can men and women really be just friends?” After a few years, they meet again and attempt to test their theories about men and women staying friends without the sexual tension.

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50 First Dates

Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin
Plot: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore play Henry and Lucy in this film about love conquering all. Lucy suffers from short-term memory loss from an accident she had a few years back. Henry refuses to give up on true love just because she can’t remember who he is every day. So what does he do? He finds a way. 

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A Walk to Remember

Cast: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Lauren German
Plot: A Walk To Remember is a cryfest based on the Nicholas Spark’s novel. Bad boy senior Landon (Shane West) is the popular guy everyone wants to be. Jamie (Mandy Moore), on the other hand, is the high school outcast that everyone wants to avoid. But fate steps in and they develop an unlikely friendship and an even unlikelier relationship that teaches them things about love that even adults take years to realize, if at all.

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Never Been Kissed

Cast: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly 
Plot: Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), a junior copywriter, was tasked to go undercover as a high school student to research contemporary teenage culture. With the help of her brother, Rob (David Arquette), Josie was able to get into the circle of the popular kids in school. But she runs into a moral dilemma when she meets and falls in love with her English professor, Sam (Michael Vartan). 

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Time Traveler’s Wife

Cast: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, Michelle Nolden
Plot: Based on Audrey Niffenegger’s fantastic novel, this movie is the epitome of love knowing no boundaries. Librarian Henry De Tamble (Eric Bana) suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to time travel at any given moment. On one of his ‘trips’, he meets Claire (Rachel McAdams), the love of his life, and being perpetually out of sync makes their life beyond complicated, but also unimaginably extraordinary. 

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About Time

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
Plot: Rachel McAdams seems to be typecast as the ‘time traveler’s wife’, but she plays it so well. Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) was given a gift like no other on his 21st birthday. He discovers he can travel through time and change the past. Tim uses his ability to get himself a girlfriend, and soon realizes that not everything can be fixed by his gift.

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Catch a few of the movies on the list on the Lifestyle Channel:

FEB. 12, 7 PM: ‘Her’: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson

FEB. 13, 5 AM : (replay of ‘Her’)
FEB. 13, 7 PM: ‘That Awkward Moment’: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller
FEB. 14, 5 AM: (replay of ‘That Awkward Moment’)
FEB. 14, 7 PM: ‘I Hate Valentine’s Day’: Nia Vardalos
FEB. 15, 5 AM: (replay of ‘I Hate Valentine’s Day’)
FEB. 15, 7 PM: ‘Love Rosie’: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Tamsin Egerton
FEB. 16, 5 AM:
(replay of ‘Love Rosie’)
FEB. 16, 7 PM: ‘What If’: Daniel Radcliffe, Mackenzie Davis, Adam Driver