Valentine’s Day Ideas: Are You Sure You’re Planning the Right Movie?

February 14, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Romantic films are like boxes of chocolates— you never know what other mood you might get! So if you’re looking to rent one this Valentine’s, here are 10 flicks to watch… or avoid. Check out our recommendations to watch, approach with caution, and avoid.




Up (2009) 

Give Me a Reason: The poignant, four-minute-long montage of Carl and Ellie’s married life packs more romance than most romantic movies.

Mood Meter: Light-hearted, mildly tear-jerking goodness.

Recommended for: New relationships, Golden Anniversary folks.


The Notebook (2004)

Give Me a Reason: Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie’s (Rachel McAdams) 2012 MTV Awards Best Kiss-winning smooch. 

Mood Meter: Star-crossed-tragedy-turns-touching-life long-devotion with heady, heart-pulling passion.

Recommended for: New relationships, reignite relationship-ers.


Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Give Me a Reason: Anthony Dod Mantle’s breathtaking, vibrant cinematography super-charges this seemingly conventional rags-to-riches romance.

Mood Meter: Feel-good, uplifting, euphoria.  

Recommended for: Just about anyone.