Valentine’s Night In

Love is in the air this week!

But what if you just can’t get out for the night?

Copyright: Paramount Pictures

Valentine’s Day is a different affair when you have a young baby / family in the picture. It might not be possible to go out on a date night but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with love.

Here are my suggestions for the top romantic films you and your partner can snuggle on the sofa to. So, get the kids to bed, open that bottle of wine, grab a comfy throw and enjoy any of these corkers tonight.

1. Ghost

Directed by: Jerry Zucker
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures (1990)
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
Rated: 12A

After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his girlfriend of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.

Why it’s Swoon Worthy:

Yes, Ghost is mushy and it’s tragically sad – but it’s also funny, spiritual and feel good – one of the finest love stories of the big screen!

“You don’t think that I am going to give this money to a bunch of nuns! They can’t even buy underwear!”

Oda Mae Brown

2. The Notebook

Directed by: Nick Cassevettes
Distributed by: New Line Cinema (2004)
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams
Rated: 12A

A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences.

Why it’s Swoon Worthy:

This is a beautiful and sensitive romance story that is not shallow and highlights how fast time goes by. The screenplay and lines are wonderful and takes you through a whole range of different emotions, from heartwarming to heartbreaking. The cast is fab and the cinematography is beautiful. A must watch!

“She was my dream. She made me who I am, and holding her in my arms was more natural to me than my own heartbeat. I think about her all the time. Even now, when I’m sitting here, I think about her. There could never have been another”


3. Sleepless in Seattle

Directed by: Norah Ephron
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures (1993)
Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman
Rated: PG

A recently widowed man’s son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

Why it’s Swoon Worthy:

This movie balances romance and realism by giving its central characters two different but equally pragmatic philosophies on love. For nearly two hours, Ephron keeps her marvellous stars apart, a potentially dangerous tactic that works superbly.

“I’m gonna get out of bed every morning … breathe in and out all day long. Then after a while, I won’t have to remind myself to get out of bed every morning and breathe in and out. And then after a while, I won’t have to think about how I had it great and perfect for a while.”

Sam Baldwin

4. La La Land

Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Distributed by: Lionsgate (2016)
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Rated: 12A

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Why it’s Swoon Worthy:

This is a love story as pure as anything since the great dramas of the 1940s. If the film had been in B&W, you would almost have expected to see Bette Davis in a 3-hankie tear jerker. In addition, the musical interludes are pitch perfect and totally wonderful.

She captured a feeling, sky with no ceiling, the sunset inside of a frame.


5. A Star is Born

Directed by: Bradley Cooper
Distributed by: Warner Brothers Pictures
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga (2018)
Rated: 15

A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Why it’s Swoon Worthy:

There are 3 (THREE) versions of this film so you can find one that suits your personal preference but I do like this modern version (not just because Mr Cooper is pretty!). The songs are vey catchy and you will find yourself singing them all day!

Look, talent comes everywhere, but having something to say and a way to say it to have people listen to it, that’s a whole other bag. And unless you get out and you try to do it, you’ll never know. That’s just the truth.

Jackson Maine

6. Pride & Prejudice

Directed by: Joe Wright
Distributed by: United International Pictures (2005)
Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen
Rated: U

Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome his or her own pride and prejudice?

Why it’s Swoon-Worthy:

There are a slew of adaptations of Jane Austen’s classic. I chose this one for it’s earthy sensibility that still maintains the humour, wit, and (yes) sexual tension between Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy.

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”

Mr Darcy

7. Notting Hill

Directed by: Roger Michell
Distributed by: Universal Pictures (1999)
Stars: Julia Roberts, Hugh Grant
Rated: 15

The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.

Why it’s Swoon Worthy:

As a romantic comedy, this stomps all over some of the more anaemic efforts. Grant has matured from a bumbling, pompous buffoon into the kind of leading man you actually end up rooting for. Roberts, meanwhile, is so radiant as the film star trying desperately to convince her new beau she’s “just a girl standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her” that it’s as if this was the role she was born to play.

“I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”

Anna Scott

8. Romeo + Juliet

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox (1996)
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes
Rated: 12A

Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Why it’s Swoon Worthy:

The classic story of Romeo and Juliet, set in a modern-day city of Verona Beach. The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children meet and fall in love. But although it is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the “star crossed lovers”.

“Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night..”

Romeo Montegue

9. Gone With the Wind

Directed by: Victor Flemming
Distributed by: Loew’s Inc (1939)
Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh
Rated: PG

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Why it’s Swoon Worthy:

Holding its own against stiff competition (many consider 1939 to be the greatest year of the classical Hollywood studios), Gone With the Wind won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Vivien Leigh), and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar). 

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Rhett Butler

10. When Harry Met Sally

Directed by: Rob Reiner
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures (1989)
Stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher
Rated: 15

Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Why it’s Swoon Worthy:

While it may be packed with whip-smart, endlessly quotable dialogue and laugh-out-loud moments, its enduring popularity undoubtedly stems from the fact that it has genuine heart. Ephron’s tart, grown-up script examines the inevitability of love finding a way despite the fight put up by this pair of snappy New Yorkers.

“I’ll have what she’s having!”

Restaurant Guest (Rob Reiner’s mother!)

Other noteworthy romantic films:

  • Bridesmaids
  • Casablanca
  • Serendipity
  • Green Card
  • 50 First Dates
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Titanic
  • Pretty Woman
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Jerry Maguire

So there you have it. The cinematic ingredient for a great Valentine’s night in.

Do you agree with my choices and the order? Are there other films that should be on this list? What are you planning to watch? Comment below and let me know!

Love Sally


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