Bring on the cuddles, sapsters. Whether it’s toward your boo or crew, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to act mushy to 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 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. Sometimes the greatest love stories don’t have happy endings. The emotional roller coaster is REAL.
A man goes on a quest to win the heart of the girl he’s crushing on by bringing her a falling star…but ends up falling in love with the star instead. (The star is a girl played by Claire Danes. Trust me, it makes sense.) It’s the magical enemies-t0-lovers fantasy you need to be watching on Valentine’s Day.
History buff couples, look alive! This film about an interracial marriage that went all the way to the Supreme Court is quietly romantic with two killer performances from Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton.
Single All the Way
The streaming service has become obsessed with making Christmas romantic movies recently. Like…I’m talking Hallmark Channel levels of devotion here. But outside of the Princess Cinematic Universe they are building on Netflix, this is the movie to look forward to. Michael Urie in a friends-to-lovers gay romantic comedy? GIMME IT!
If you’ve exhausted all the Jane Austen adaptations this Valentine’s Day, may I suggest E. M. Forster’s Edwardian romance? The hair is big and so is the longing.
This coming-of-age movie is about more than just romance—mothers and daughters, beauty pageants, and Dolly Parton, to start—but I haven’t stopped thinking about the love story since I watched this movie two years ago. Two years!
Honestly? Of all the 2010s teen romantic comedies, this one is lowkey underrated. It’s a little bit My Fair Lady and a little bit Easy A.
Christmas wasn’t that long ago…and there’s something so romantic about the idea that all you need to do is shake up your routine and start over in a new place to find a perfect romantic fit. There are two love stories in The Holiday. It’s a bargain.
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 being 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—including Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Michelle Trachtenberg, Sterling Knight, and Melora Hardin—is reason alone to watch it.
Hotel for Dogs
All the pet owners out there can honor their furbabies on V-Day by playing this heartwarming 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
A Walk to Remember
It’s a classic trope: A cool boy and a nerdy girl fall for each other. This causes a rift between the guy and his “friends,” which leads to trouble in the 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 also 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 their 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 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 immediately watch the second in order to find out what happens next with Lara Jean and Peter’s whirlwind ~romance~.
To All the Boys: Always and Forever
Of course, you have to top off your marathon with the swoonworthy conclusion.
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!
The Kissing Booth 3
Netflix loves a teen love trilogy! It’s only right to wrap up the first two with the final film in the series.
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 folks who try to spruce things up in their 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 and see!
What a Girl Wants
Yes, this is the movie where Amanda Bynes goes to meet her dad in the UK 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 AP 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! This melancholy take on Cyrano de Bergerac is the perfect thing for a cozy, rainy Valentine’s Day with a lot of blankets and tea. Or wine. Wine is always a possibility.
The Prince & Me
Who would have thought Julia Stiles would have completely predicted Meghan Markle’s entire life? Not me!
Malcolm and Marie
Zendaya and John David Washington? Say less. This romantic drama takes you into the depths of an all-too-real couple fight and how the partners choose to work through it.
Think Like a Man
Come for the A-list stars and lots of laughs in this rom-com, stay for the worthwhile lessons that originated from Steve Harvey’s titular book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.
When I tell you that you are going to be c-a-c-k-l-i-n-g throughout this entire movie, it is not a lie! Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani play a longtime couple stumbling through their fizzled-out romance until…they become murder suspects and ofc chaos hilariously ensues. If you wanna laugh to keep from crying about being alone on Valentine’s Day, Watch! This!
A young Black woman who’s a law student and a young Black painter serendipitously fall for each other in the midst of their own professional quests. A true soft and gentle love story that’ll make you feel all the feels.
A-listers Nia Long and Omar Epps star in this thriller about an unhappily married woman falling for an old friend who turns out to be just a bit obsessed with her. Guess the grass really isn’t greener on the other side!
“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger. May I take your order?” Need I say more?! The nostalgia will come flooding back with this ’90s classic from comedy legends that has the perfect pinch of teen love drizzled throughout.
Resort to Love
Valentine’s Day just so happens to occur in the dead of winter, so escape the frigidness of outside (and possibly your heart?) with this lovely rom-com set on a warm, tropical island—much like Erica does, who is played by the one and only Christina Milian. Things definitely get complicated in this Alicia Keys–produced movie when Erica just so happens to wind up on the same island as her ex-fiancé. Welp!
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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