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Whether it’s toward your boo or crew, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to act overly mushy toward the people you love. Maybe you want to spend 24 hours feeling like the world is full of happiness and rainbows by sending modern-day love letters via text. Maybe you want to spend quality time with your S.O., pet, and/or a very large bottle of wine. 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 some of the sweetest, sappiest movies that’ll make you feel all the feels. Warning: You might want to keep a box (er, boxes) of tissues nearby. The emotional roller coaster is REAL.
50 First Dates
Alright, anyone in need of a solid laugh-cry sesh needs to watch this flick in which a veterinarian (Adam Sandler) falls for a woman who has short-term memory loss (Drew Barrymore). It’ll take you through a heap of emotions all while offering tropical paradise vibes.
Two single strangers who have a mutual dislike for holidays decide to be each other’s plus-one for every major occasion throughout the year. Of course, this includes Valentine’s Day. If you, too, hate being single around the holidays and stuck at the kids' table, you’ll appreciate this one.
This 2009 masterpiece has relatively the same concept as It’s A Wonderful Life but is centered on high school and basketball. The delightful cast—that includes Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Gossip Girl’s Michelle Trachtenberg, Sterling Knight, Melora Hardin, and more—is reason alone to watch it.
Hotel for Dogs
All of the pet owners out there can honor their fur babies on V-Day by playing this heart-warming comedy. I mean, who wouldn’t want to run a luxe hotel for dogs in need? Grab a snack for you and your pet, and enjoy the tale.
A Walk to Remember
It’s a classic trope: A cool boy and nerdy girl fall for each other. This causes a rift between the guy and his “friends” that leads to trouble in the unlikely couple’s relationship. The element this movie has that others don’t? A bangin’ soundtrack with songs from Mandy Moore.
When We First Met
If the friend zone is a category you fall into far too often, you’ll feel this movie deep in your soul. But, TBH, it’ll probably make you feel better about being friend-zoned by your desired lover in the end, so there’s that!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
And after you watch the first one, the best use of your time is CLEARLY to then immediately watch the second, to find out what happens next with Lara Jean and Peter's whirlwind ~romance~.
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.
The Kissing Booth 2
Do Elle and Noah survive his first year at Harvard? Will she be able to resist the temptation of hooking up with the new snack at her school? You're gonna have to watch to find out, obviously!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A forbidden affair, heartbreak, and true love...what more could you ask for?
What a Girl Wants
Yes, this is the movie where Amanda Bynes goes to meet her dad in the U.K. and he's the prime minister or something, and it is very, very sweet.
If you want to watch something fun and funny on Valentine's Day and also want to refresh your memory on "The Scarlet Letter" (which you definitely didn't read in A.P. Lit like you were supposed to).
The Half of It
This is one of those classic "girl tries to help cute guy friend get the girl" movies, but the twist is that the girl... actually has a crush on the other girl, too. Cute!
The Prince & Me
Who would have thought Julia Styles would have completely predicted Meghan Markle's entire life? Not me!
Watch this movie if you wanna feel really, really good about spending your Valentine's Day alone as a single person.
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