Valentine’s Day Movie Review

Here are 5 must-watch Valentines day films.

Geoffrey Chandler

Here are 5 must-watch Valentine’s day films.

With Valentine’s Day love in the air, I am sure everyone is waiting for a romance movie to watch. So gather around, pop some popcorn, grab a blanket, and get cozy because here are a few for you.


Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) playing at the beach is just one of many swoon-worthy moments from the movie. (Geoffrey Chandler)

The Notebook will forever have my heart. Released in 2004, The Notebook is narrated through a grandpa reading a story to a grandma in a nursing home with Dementia. It follows a couple throughout the years starting in the summer of 1946, with them meeting and falling madly in love, but they’re torn apart by the girl’s disapproving parents. The chemistry between the two main leads, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, is amazing and the scenery is beautiful showing the Northern Carolinian lakes with swans or them on the beach. The plot will fill your heart and is one of the most romantic movies I have ever seen.


Brokeback Mountain is still celebrated to this day for its impact on LBGT cinema. (Doug Shick)

For those who would prefer to spend this holiday with a box of tissues next to them on the couch, Brokeback Mountain is the movie for you. Released in 2005, it was directed by Ang Lee, whom you also might know from Life of Pi. During the summer of 1963, two cowboys took jobs on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming. It follows the two men’s love for each other over the next 20 years. The acting in the film, especially by the two main actors, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, was incredible. Their phenomenal performance mixed with the sensational script cooks up the most heart-wrenching relationship that overflows out of the screen. On top of all of that, it has beautiful shots of the countryside, mountains, and nature. The movie carries some very important messages about the LGBTQ+ community and shows the pain of the silence and shame they have to carry in a society that does not accept them.


10 Things I Hate About You is a classic American teen rom-com. (Wikimedia Commons)


Speaking of Heath Ledger, he also stars in the rom-com 10 Things I Hate About You. In contrast to Brokeback Mountain, this movie is very light-hearted and hilarious. Released in 1999, it is loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, “The Taming of the Shrew”, the movie’s main characters are two polar opposite sisters, portrayed by Julia Stiles and Larisa Oleynik, whose widowed father has forbidden Bianca to date until Kat does. Unfortunately for the new boy Cameron, he falls for Bianca on the first day at his new school. So, Cameron takes things into his own hands and tries to find someone in the school who will go out with Kat, which proves to be quite the task. The movie has a killer 90s soundtrack with the band “Letters to Cleo”, and my favorite singing performance in any movie ever. As someone who has seen the movie countless times, it never gets old—and is the embodiment of the teen rom-com era of the 90s going into the 2000s.



Roman Holiday depicts the unconventional love that a runaway princess (Audrey Hepburn) finds in Rome. (Wikimedia Commons)

Going back a few decades, Roman Holiday came out in 1953. Princess Ann, played by Audrey Hepburn, is so suffocated by her life as royalty that during her tour of Europe, she escapes into the night in Rome, not realizing the drugs her doctor gave her would leave her passed out on a bench. Fortunately, an American reporter brings her to safety back at his home. While out and about in the city, Ann discovers more about herself, society, and romance. Audrey Hepburn is sensational as always and captivates the audience with her beauty and charm. Don’t let the fact that it is shot in black and white discourage you from watching, because it only adds to the movie’s romantic aesthetic.


Pride and Prejudice depicts the love-hate relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. (Wikimedia Commons)

Finally, Pride and Prejudice (2005) is a period piece and the film adaptation of the novel by the critically acclaimed author Jane Austen. It stars one of my favorite actresses, Kiera Knightly, who plays Elizabeth, the eldest daughter, who is pressured into marriage by her family. She then meets Mr. Darcy, an extremely cold, rich, arrogant man, leading into a beautiful enemies-to-lovers trope. It is directed by Joe Wright, who directed Atonement, which stars Kiera Knightley as well. From the acting to the cinematography, the film is spectacular. It’s a truly beautiful period piece.





Give these five films a try and I guarantee you a lovely Valentine’s Day! Happy viewing!