Warm and fuzzy flicks to stream with your lover this Valentine’s Day
Hubba hubba. Light a candle, fire up Menulog and start your streaming engines, things are about to get steamy this Valentine's Day.
It's that time of year when some of us snuggle up and spend some quality time with a significant other and some of us snuggle up with a family-sized margarita and a bottle of wine. Both options are just as romantic as the other. Whatever your plans, there's no better time to Netflix and chill.
Contrary to what we're led to believe, shared interests are not essential in a successful relationship. Whether it's opposites attracting or that you're just not going to watch The Notebook again, most people don't hook up and turn into a Nicholas Sparks fan overnight. This leads to a war for remote control command, monopolising the best television in the house before your significant other does.
However, on Valentine's Day, a peace treaty is signed and an amicable decision has to be made.
We've rounded up the most universally loved romance films available that anyone can enjoy.
I'm told it's some kind of crime against James Cameron to leave Titanic out of a list of romance movies, so here it is. Titanic is the luxury liner of the cinematic world, with something for everybody on board. The second-highest grossing movie of all time created the genre fusion nobody knew they wanted: tragic disaster meets hot, steamy car sex.
Leo and Kate starred as the young star-crossed lovers and really gave it their all, laying a solid foundation for both of their careers.
Titanic has gone down in history as one of the greatest love stories ever told and a movie that's only second to the totally canon 2010 sequel Titanic 2. Turns out lightning does strike twice.
Admittedly, 2016's stellar Moonlight isn't a straight-up romance flick. It's a coming-of-age story about a young boy named Chiron living in Miami told in three parts: as a young boy, a high-school teenager and an adult. Over three chapters, Chiron grapples with his identity and sexuality while also dealing with adverse living circumstances and bullies. At times, Moonlight is absolutely heart-wrenching but it's also one of the sweetest films ever made. Don't take my word for it, Moonlight won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in the Drama category and the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2017.
3. Four Weddings and a Funeral
Essentially the movie that kicked off Richard Curtis's career, Four Weddings and a Funeral follows Charles (Hugh Grant), a lovable but bumbling Englishman living in London (classic Grant). Across four weddings and one funeral, Charles develops a long and tempestuous relationship with an American friend of a friend. Thanks to a stellar cast, it's a fun, romantic and sometimes heartbreaking romp that everyone can enjoy.
4. To All The Boys I've Loved Before
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.
5. The Big Sick
Based on the story of real-life lovebirds Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick tells the incredibly sweet and heartbreaking story of when the couple first met. After cultural differences push the couple apart early in their romance, Emily falls sick and is placed in an induced coma.
Much of the movie is spent at Emily's bedside; with Kumail getting to know Emily's parents (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter), who are none too happy about the young couple's messy break-up.
The Big Sick is wonderful for many reasons but right up there is the fact that Ray Romano's stand-out performance almost absolves him for nine years of Everybody Loves Raymond.
6. The Princess Bride
If you're over the age of 20, it's highly likely this fantastical tale of romance and treachery was a big part of your childhood. Luckily, it still holds up today, making it a surefire hit for Valentine's Day. One of Rob Reiner's most notable films, The Princess Bride is the story of two lovers, Buttercup (Robin Wright) and Westley (Cary Elwes), who become separated for five years and must fight various pursuing forces to be together.
7. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Based on the novel of the same name by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist is a quirky comedy about two teens who barely know each other going on an exciting adventure. Nick is busy obsessing over his ex-girlfriend Tris until Tris's friend Norah asks him to be her fake boyfriend for five minutes. However, the two seem to have a real connection, so they go off to explore New York looking for a secret show and a drunken friend.
8. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Jason Segel stars as lovable oaf Peter Brenner, whose long-time girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristin Bell), leaves him for rockstar/self-proclaimed sex god, Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). After a series of failed dates and sexual encounters, Peter goes to Hawaii with the intent of clearing his head. He runs into Sarah and her lover and struggles to cope in their presence. Segel is endearing and hilarious as Peter Brenner and Russell Brand is at his best (he's essentially playing himself).
From the keyboard of legendary romance and comedy writer Nick Hornby, Brooklyn follows Irish immigrant Ellis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) to 1950s Brooklyn where she meets and falls for a strappin' young lad (The OA's Emory Cohen).
However, just as romance blooms, Ellis's home comes calling and she's torn between her two worlds.
10. Slumdog Millionaire
An 18-year-old "slumdog" participates as a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and is interrogated by the police when his success is mistaken for cheating. As the movie unfolds, each answer to the quiz questions reveals a chapter in Jamal's life that led him to this point and we begin to realise that there's a specific motive to his appearance on national television. Adapted for screen by Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire is a gritty and heartbreaking adventure that will put a smile on your face.
Looking for more romantic flicks to stream? Head over to our complete list of romance titles on Netflix.