Best Valentine's Day movies
We've rounded up the most universally loved romance films available that anyone can enjoy.
Best Valentine's Day movies
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Netflix's original movie To All the Boys I've Loved Before was the talk of the Internet when it came out. After its August 2018 release, the teen rom-com spawned its very own meme and boosted yoghurt sales.
The movie is based on the first book in the Lara Jean YA trilogy by author Jenny Han, so Netflix decided it has enough source material to kick off a franchise. Stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo turned into overnight sensations and reprised their roles in 2 sequels – To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You and To All the Boys: Always and Forever.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before centres on Lara Jean, a quiet girl who finds her high school existence turned upside down when a bunch of secret love letters she's written to her crushes are mysteriously sent out. One of them was meant for her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. When Josh confronts her, Lara Jean starts fake-dating one of the school’s popular kids, Peter, to avoid a lengthy conversation about her feelings. The rest is now history.
To cure your thirst for even more cute rom-coms, we thought it would be nice to suggest a few similar titles. All these movies feature delightful young adults falling in love and such, so they're perfect if you fancy the To All the Boys trilogy. Even better, they're all available to stream in Australia.
Mark is stuck in a time loop, living the same day over and over again. He is content with his situation, especially when he discovers that a mysterious girl, Margaret, is also stuck in the loop. The 2 are naturally drawn to each other as they look for a way to escape this weird reality.
A fun romance with a fantasy twist, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is clever and engaging. Plus, leads Kathryn Newton and Kyle Allen have amazing chemistry.
Starring Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse, Five Feet Apart was inspired by a real-life couple. The story follows Stella, a teenager who spends most of her time in the hospital as she suffers from cystic fibrosis. Consequently, her life is governed by routines and boundaries. All of that changes when she meets Will, a boy who suffers from the same illness. Restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them, but the 2 become more and more tempted to break the rules.
The movie has plenty of emotional moments, so we advise you to keep a box of tissues handy. Both leads are charming and deliver great performances, making Five Feet Apart the perfect tear-jerker to keep you company when you want to feel all the feels.
Netflix has been releasing a lot of feel-good rom-coms in recent years and this one is no exception. The Kissing Booth centres on Elle, a high school student who ends up unexpectedly locking lips with her secret crush, Noah, at the Spring Carnival. The problem? Noah, the ultimate bad boy, also happens to be her best friend's brother and is totally off-limits. As the 2 realise they're falling in love, Elle needs to figure out how to handle the tricky situation.
The Kissing Booth is no masterpiece – it's clumsy and predictable, but that doesn't make it any less watchable. Quite the contrary. It's the perfect title to relax with when you're looking for something light. The appealing cast is just a welcome bonus. Two sequels are available.
Based on the novel of the same name by Krystal Sutherland, Chemical Hearts stars Austin Abrams as a romantic who works on the school newspaper and wants to become a successful writer. When he meets a transfer student played by Lili Reinhart, he is immediately drawn to her. As they spend more time together, they embark on a remarkable journey of self-discovery.
The movie successfully captures the excitement and agony of being a teenager while also tackling heavier subjects such as grief and heartbreak. It's the kind of touching story that will stay with you for a while.
This one might make you cry, so proceed with caution. Based on the popular John Green novel of the same name, The Fault in Our Stars stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as 2 teens diagnosed with cancer who fall for each other and try to make the most of their time together. This includes a trip to Amsterdam that will end up being the experience of a lifetime for them both.
The movie is sweet and well-acted, with both Woodley and Elgort inhabiting their characters perfectly. It's also a successful blend of melodrama and shenanigans, which will act as a useful reminder that life is short.
If you're a teen rom-com fan, you're probably already familiar with this classic title. If not, now's the perfect time to fall in love with Cher, the popular high school girl with a heart of gold. A modern update of Jane Austen's Emma, Clueless takes place in Beverly Hills and pokes fun at both the teen rom-com genre and the lives of ultra-rich teenagers.
The movie follows Cher as she discovers that she likes to do good deeds and decides to take a geek girl under her wing to help her become more popular. At the same time, she's looking for the perfect boyfriend, whom she ends up finding in the most unexpected place. Clueless is very quotable and endlessly charming. Don't think you'll be able to resist.
The Princess Diaries follows shy teenager Mia, who learns that she's a real-life princess. As she is the heir apparent to the crown of Genovia, she's now supposed to learn what her new role entails. Consequently, her grandmother, Queen Clarisse Renaldi, starts to give her "princess lessons". The movie is just as silly and engrossing as the premise suggests, with a loveable Anne Hathaway in the lead role and boasting a great supporting performance from Julie Andrews.
At its core a makeover movie, The Princess Diaries is terrific for viewers of all ages, from idealistic tweens obsessed with Meghan Markle to adults looking to unwind for a little bit. The sequel is also a winner, just in case you're looking for a double-feature kind of night.
A bewitching movie about young love, Stargirl is based on the novel of the same name by Jerry Spinelli. The story revolves around a high school boy who falls for the new girl, the free-spirited Stargirl. As the 2 grow closer, Stargirl teaches him and the entire town a memorable lesson about how important it is to stay true to who you really are.
If you like teen rom-coms with a side of music, this one should go on your watchlist ASAP. A heartfelt movie that touches on acceptance, it's like chicken soup for the soul. Sequel Hollywood Stargirl is also available on Disney Plus.
We've rounded up the most universally loved romance films available that anyone can enjoy.
Best Valentine's Day movies
A delectable entry in the growing Netflix catalogue of rom-coms, The Half of It revolves around a shy girl who agrees to help a jock win over a girl. Too bad she's harbouring feelings for the girl herself.
The Half of It is heartwarming and witty, with an intriguing premise and likeable characters you will root for in no time. The movie isn't solely about romance – it's about friendship, acceptance, growing up and so much more.
The movie that sparked a trilogy and gave us the wonder that is Zac Efron, High School Musical is basically a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. It follows 2 rival high school students, Troy and Gabriella, who shock the school when they team up to try out for the lead parts in the high school musical.
High School Musical might be cheesy, but it's also fun, mainly thanks to lively performances by Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. The musical numbers are delightful and the light tone of the flick ensures a highly enjoyable watching experience, especially if you set your expectations accordingly. You won't be swept off your feet, but your mood will improve dramatically.
Another loveable Netflix Original, Alex Strangelove centres on a high school student who plans to lose his virginity to his long-time girlfriend. However, things get complicated when Alex is attracted to a gay kid from the other side of town and starts to question his sexuality. Thus begins a rollercoaster adventure of love and sex, as Alex tries to navigate his newfound feelings.
The movie hits a lot of familiar beats but never fails to entertain, delivering an absorbing story with a powerful message. It also features some funny scenes and has a lot of heart, so it's perfect if you're suffering from To All the Boys I've Loved Before withdrawal.
Everyone deserves a great love story. For Simon, things are a bit more complicated: no one knows that he's gay. He also falls for a classmate online but has no idea who he is. When a blackmailer threatens to out him to the entire school, Simon has some tough choices to make.
With a fresh take on a familiar premise, Love, Simon is a marvel of a teen rom-com. Witty and sentimental, it will make you fall in love at first sight. It also stands up to repeat viewings.
The Sun Is Also a Star features Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton as 2 teens who fall in love, while one of their families faces deportation. Their instant love story sparks over one magical day amid the fervour and flurry of New York City.
Does this movie require viewers to suspend disbelief? Sure. Does that make it any less charming? We vote no. While the plot may strain credulity, The Sun Is Also a Star is a relaxing watch for anyone craving a timely rom-com.
Looking for an extra dose of Noah Centineo in your life? You can't go wrong with The Perfect Date, a Netflix original revolving around a high school student who creates an app to offer his services as a fake date to make money for college. When he develops feelings for someone, his plans take a turn. The movie also stars Laura Marano and Camila Mendes.
Incurable romantics will immediately fall for the cute story, while everyone else will enjoy the chemistry between Centineo and pretty much any girl he shares the screen with. All in all, the movie is a good time.
A beloved high school rom-com that perfectly stands the test of time, 10 Things I Hate about You benefits from a clever script that makes the story feel fresh – even all these years later.
Meet Kat, a smart but abrasive high school student who doesn't attract a lot of boys due to her attitude. The same can't be said about her younger sister Bianca, who is eager to start dating. Unfortunately for her, their father decides Bianca can't date until Kat does. So when a boy at school falls for Bianca, he pays bad boy Patrick to woo Kat. Will he pull it off? Tune in to find out.
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