Whether it’s with your boo or your crew, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to act and feel mushy with the people you love. Maybe you want to put on those rose-colored glasses and feel like the world is full of love and rainbows. Or maybe you just want to cry alone into a pint of Häagen-Dazs that technically isn’t a single serving but will absolutely be finished in one sitting. Totally up to you.
Fortunately, Netflix has something for all your Valentine’s Day streaming needs...whatever those may be. We’ve compiled 25 of the sweetest, sappiest movies that’ll have you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. And maybe make you whip out that box (er, boxes) of tissues. You better strap on your seat belt because the emotional roller coaster is REAL.
1. Someone Great
This whirlwind of a love-story-turned-breakup film (and about finding yourself after a painful breakup) is best watched with a group of girlfriends. And wine. Lots of wine. Oh, and grab some tissues while you’re at it.
Okay, we know the premise is a little weird: An introvert finds himself falling in love with an artificial entity named Samantha (à la Amazon’s Alexa). But this movie will one hundred percent send you on an emotional roller coaster. Honestly, who knew you’d be shipping a human-robot romance at some point in your life?
3. The Spectacular Now
If you’re into indie vibes and a slow burn, this coming-of-age masterpiece focuses on the very realistic aspects of falling in love. Showing how different people can come in and out of your life and change it for the better (or worse) gives a whole new perspective and a lot more depth to the traditional rom-com.
4. Always Be My Maybe
There’s nothing better than a good, lighthearted reunion flick. Centered on two former flames who meet again 15 years later, it’s a great way to reflect on how people change over time and if you can deny an obvious connection. Spoiler: You can’t. Also, Keanu Reeves shows up, so you know it’ll be worth it.
5. About Time
Sprinkle some science fiction into your typical rom-com and you get this sweet gem about a destined love, many regrets, and, of course, time travel. Honestly, who wouldn’t want the opportunity to travel back in time and clean up your messes? Turns out, not everything can be fixed (cue the drama).
6. Ibiza: Love Drunk
You know when you watch a movie on a wine night with your friends but everyone’s talking over it and you’re sad that you’re missing what is probably a very good film? Well…Ibiza is the solution to that problem. It’s definitely funny, but it doesn’t require your full attention.
7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Do you feel like experiencing every single human emotion in the span of an hour and 39 minutes? Well, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the movie for you! But with your Noah Centineo obsession, you probably already fully knew that.
8. The Kissing Booth
If you’ve already seen TATBILB too many times to count but you still feel like crying over an adorable story about young love, watch The Kissing Booth IMMEDIATELY.
9. Silver Linings Playbook
Because you’ve already watched A Star Is Born too many times but you wanna proceed with your regularly scheduled “crying over Bradley Cooper” programming anyway.
10. Definitely, Maybe
Definitely, Maybe is a legendary rom-com, so you probably already know how it goes. If you don’t...DILF of all DILFs (Ryan Reynolds) tells his adorable daughter (Abigail Breslin) the story of how he met her mother but with a lil mystery twist.
11. Who Gets the Dog?
Alicia Silverstone and Jason Stackhouse, from True Blood, play a couple going through divorce while trying to agree on a custody plan for their doggo, Wesley. This film is low commitment enough that you can fold laundry (or, you know, do other romantic stuff with your loved one) and predictable enough so you’re not in a puddle of tears once the credits roll. There’s no guarantee you won’t browse animal adoption websites for the days to come.
12. Gerald’s Game
There’s nothing like a good thriller to get you in the mood (for cuddling, etc.). Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Gerald’s Game stars Bruce Greenwood and Carla Gugino as married folk who try to spruce things up in vacation boudoir—only to have things go wrong almost immediately. There’s a dog in this one too, but let’s just say this four-legged creature is not man’s best friend.
13. Set It Up
In 2018, the rom-com genre breathed new life thanks to films like Set It Up, starring Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell as two assistants who hatch a plan for their bosses to fall in love.
14. Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special
Those who are into both Christmas and Valentine’s Day should have no problem enjoying this star-studded Michael Bolton variety special about what happens when there’s a surplus of toys made by Santa’s elves. This is related to Valentine’s Day, promise.
Galentine’s Day should always include the following: a never-ending flow of bubbly, great friends, and films about great friends—like Bachelorette, starring Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fischer, and Rebel Wilson.
16. Love and Honor
If your Galentine’s Day has room for a double feature, this is your opportunity to gawk at a young Liam Hemsworth (who makes out with someone not named Miley Cyrus in this film).
17. Blue Valentine
Just having “Valentine” in the title should be a sign that this film will not make you jump with joy—at least, not the second half. But it’s healthy to be reminded that relationships require work, otherwise you might end up like a balding Ryan Gosling and a miserable Michelle Williams.
This sweet film is best enjoyed with your own box of chocolates (which don’t have to be from a small chocolate shop in France).
19. Love, Rosie
If you’re in the mood for a solid cry, Love, Rosie will certainly do the job. The classic story of love lost (and found again?) will put tears in your eyes...and Lily Collins and Sam Claflin aren’t too bad to look at either.
20. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
There’s nothing better than reliving your most awkward teenage years, right? Riiight. This movie is full of cringeworthy moments, but honestly, it’s delightful and cute and it will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy for young love. Plus, the accents!
21. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Choosing between two equally hot men isn’t exactly the worst problem to have, but you can still empathize with Lily James’s struggle. Will she choose the wealthy American man or the sweet British lad? You’ll have to watch till the end to find out.
22. Mamma Mia
Who needs an S.O. when you can dance and sing along to Mamma Mia?!?! Seriously, it’s scientifically impossible not to enjoy this movie.
A forbidden affair, heartbreak, and true love...what more could you ask for?
24. The Notebook
An entire box of tissues (maybe two or three) is REQUIRED for this movie. It takes you on a ride down memory lane for two lovebirds who lived the best love story to ever be told. It also shows the power of persistence in romance. Subtle reminder: If you want something, go and get it!!!
25. Take Me Home Tonight
The ultimate comedy that’ll have you crying from laughing instead and involves finding love in a hopeless place (RiRi said it best, y’all). Mixed with ’80s clothing, scenery, and, most important, some major throwback jams, this film follows the journey of an MIT grad who is trying to figure out what he’s doing with his life. Hmm, aren’t we all?
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