In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share some of my favorite relationship movies. I thought it would be extra fun to include a few movie suggestions from my friends, too! Listed below are all our top picks for what to watch this week, even if you aren’t in a relationship.
Top Picks from my brother, Josh:
Overboard – My wife and I watched this on our first date. Funny, heart warming, Kurt Russell. This movie has it all.
Note from HGF: This also happens to be one of my all time favorite movies. Josh and I share a deep and unwavering love of old movies, especially when they include his favorite (Kurt Russell) and my favorite (Goldie Hawn).
Rocky 4 – None of the rocky movies are about boxing. Rocky 4 is a classic David and Goliath story, it shows how important a mans family is too him and how the support of them can strengthen your life.
Top picks from my friend, Cait:
McClintock – My FAVORITE John Wayne movie. Its my life in western form. A fiery red head who thinks she knows what she wants and a patient steadfast man shows her what she really wants. Sooo good.
Note from HGF: I love this movie so much. I grew up on John Wayne films and this is such a fun one.
Pride and Prejudice – with Keira Knightley. Enough said.
North and South – Don’t we all wish we could transport ourselves back to when dating wasn’t dating? The idea of reading body language and gauging ones place in society is what determined a proposal. They keep missing each other and fighting feelings based on their different culture. So interesting.
Lawless – Besides the gore I could watch this movie everyday. Tom hardy portrays a strong, silent but emotionally deep character who, among other things, saves a broken woman. The cool thing is she doesn’t need saving but she lets him anyway and she saves him too.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 days – I won’t deny this one. I watch this one a quarterly basis throughout the year. Always makes me laugh. I love Matthew McConaghey in it because it was before he got creepy. Kate Hudson is relatable and so truly funny. Good, original story line.
Top picks from my friend, Whitney:
The Holiday – While this is a Christmas movie, it’s still a great romantic one! What’s better than the story of one couple overcoming heartache to fall in love? TWO couples overcoming heartache to fall in love!
Something Borrowed – Without giving any spoilers, this movie is full of the agony of love. It reminds me that true love is worth waiting and worth fighting for! Also it has John Krasinski who speaks to my Office-loving heart. 🙂
How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days – I loved this movie during the dating years between college and marriage. It just perfectly sums up the struggles and the comedy in dating!
When Harry Met Sally – This movie has so many funny quotes about relationships! “Somewhere out there is the man you’re supposed to marry. And if you don’t get him first, somebody else will, and you’ll have to spend the rest of your life knowing that somebody else is married to your husband.” It also has some heart-felt lines, like “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” I love the interviews between older married couples, especially the lady that says, “When I saw him, I knew. I knew the way you know about a good melon.”
(SPOILER) I most identify with the line quoted after Harry and Sally both call Jess and Marie the morning they find their relationship in “what do we do now?” crisis. Marie says to Jess, “Promise me I’ll never have to be out there again!” I often relish the peace and security of knowing I’m with the right one now and forever!
Note from HGF: This is an all time favorite movie of mine. Whitney sums it up perfectly. The only thing I would add is the additional allure of Meg Ryan at her most Meg Ryan-ness. This movie is funny, sweet, and has some of my favorite Meg Ryan outfits, ever.
Top picks from my friend, Sheila:
The Sound of Music – Though I’m not a super fan of musicals I do enjoy the slow and unlikely romance between main character Maria and Captain Von Trapp. They both don’t realize until after other characters point it out that they have fallen in love. Both must make huge sacrifices in their current life to be together. AND it’s based on a true story.
While you were Sleeping – How many times have you heard the story of someone liking someone and then ending up with one of their siblings instead? I just love that Lucy had this ideal image of the perfect guy but through some unlikely circumstances ends up falling for his brother who is completely different but also completely right for her. Throw in the fact that a lonely young lady also gets a super quirky family with the relationship hits me right in the feels.
Note from HGF: This movie is just the best. I adore Sandra Bullock’s character in this film. And the supporting cast creates one of the funniest, most heart warming on-screen family ever. Also, I think this film ends with the sweetest line in movie history.
Ever After – If the classic Cinderella story isn’t good enough….then add a brave, strong, and smart Cinderella in the form of Drew Barrymore and you have perfection. I pretty much love everything about this movie. The clothes…the setting…the humor. As for the relationship, I love how Prince Henry comes alive and inspired when he experiences love. You know it’s love when the relationship makes each person better. I could go on and on…but just go watch it.
A Walk to Remember – The classic bad boy falling for the good girl. But seriously, his devoted love for her and choosing to walk through a really difficult situation with her. I cry every time. Who doesn’t want to be loved and cherished like that?
Top picks from my friend, Majda:
Blue Valentine – Ok, so Majda and I had an interesting conversation about this film. I found this movie to be way too dark and way too close to how troubled relationships look (and I don’t like to watch movies about “real life” bad things), but she included it as one of her favorites for a really thought provoking reason. Here is what Majda says about the film: I love it because of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. I love the style in which it was filmed. I love how realistic it is. Ryan and Michelle actually lived together for a month and were given only enough money that the characters they portrayed earned. I love that it shows how in love you can be in the beginning. How much you pay attention to and admire everything that the person does. How they make you feel so alive. It ignites feelings of the past as we look at each other and realize – we are still those people. We are still this in love, even more now. We can show that to each other like we used to. This movie pushed us to be how we used to be. So that what happens to the characters in the film doesn’t happen to us. Love is real. Love is alive. But if we keep it silent for long enough, it will die. This movie reminds me to make a conscious effort to keep that love alive the same way that we brought it to life when we were first falling in love.
Top picks from my friend, Jana:
Father of the Bride – Because a girl can always count on her daddy.
Note from HGF: I highly recommend both the original (Spencer Tracery! Elizabeth Taylor! and the remake (Steve Martin is just wonderful in it).
Cool Runnings – A great movie to watch anytime because we all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves and push ourselves to greatness, whatever that might look like.
The Parent Trap (original) – Because sibling relationships are so hard to navigate but they are the only people who know our past AND our present and will theoretically be around for our life – and it has a couple of good subtle love stories
Fiddler on the Roof – Because it shows that as parents we will do anything for our family, even if it means changing our preconceived notions
Save the Last Dance – In case you need some good nineties flavor – Ballet. Hip hop. Racial tension. Classic 90’s slang. What more could you want?
Gone With the Wind – A classic. It causes you to think about where you would draw the line in desperate times and how important it is to be able to rely on family and friends to pull through the most challenging of times. (Plus it makes me feel like at least I don’t suck as bad as Scarlett even on my bad days.)
Note from HGF: That last line explains a lot about why Jana and I are such good friends.
Apollo 13 – One of my all time faves too. Space. Exploration. Kevin Bacon. Duh. Kevin for eye candy and Tom Hanks for the classic dependable good egg.
Note from HGF: Ummm, Jana. What about Footloose? What about YOUNG Kevin Bacon? What about young, DANCING Kevin Bacon? We need to talk about this choice later…
Top picks from me! His Girl Friday!:
Ok, this was admittedly harder to do than anticipated, because I LOVE movies. I’ll do my best to show restraint.
Cactus Flower – This is probably one of my favorite movies of all time. I love it so stinkin much. The cast includes Goldie Hawn (it’s her first ever movie), Walter Matthau, and Ingrid Bergman. It’s hilarious, sweet, and full of sixties style magic.
Dan In Real Life – I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this movie. Steve Carell plays such a moving role in this film about love, loss, family, and new beginnings. It is heart warming without slipping into corniness, and portrays love and life in a way that is both honest, and hopeful. Watch. This. Movie. (PS this is the one movie I could watch over and over and do, anytime I just need a pick me up.)
It Happened One Night – As the oldest movie on my list (1934), I doubt that too many people have seen this. But I’ve watched it countless times and it never gets old. It’s a classic black and white film full of humor, great dialogue, fabulous clothes, and a great ending. Please don’t be annoying and say, “I don’t watch black and white movies” because that is just dumb and not a good reason for anything. This movie is wonderful and you should watch it.
Away We Go – I just really love this movie. In it, newly pregnant Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski (The Office! Jim!) set off on a journey to figure out where they want to settle down and begin this next chapter of their life together. Their journey is sweet, the people they meet along the way are funny and interesting, and their ultimate destination just makes me feel happy every time I watch it.
Casablanca – Because, it’s not cliche, it’s just wonderful. You’ve got Bogie. You’ve got Bergman. You’ve got an exotic setting. You’ve got good guys outsmarting Nazis. And, oh yea, you’ve got some of the best, most quotable one liners of all time.
The Philadelphia Story – Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn are two of my all time favorite actors. This classic film from 1940 has witty dialogue, fabulous clothes, and the kind of ending that just makes you feel so dang happy. Oh, and the cast ALSO includes James Stewart. The remake, High Society, was made in 1956 and stars Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra and is also wonderful. But I prefer the orig.
Léon: The Professional – And for a top pick for those of you looking for a great film full of action but not romance, I bring you this amazing movie from 1994. I love the way the two main characters’ relationships develop through the course of this film. And yes, that is a young Natalie Portman.
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion – This movie makes me laugh. It makes me think of my girlfriends and how having friends in your life who you love is just as important as anything else. The outfits alone will make you chuckle. It’s got Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino in it, and the classic line, “We can go to the reunion and just pretend to be successful.” I die. 🙂
Anchorman – I can’t help it. I love. this. movie. If you are looking for a relationship movie to make you laugh, I would suggest this film. I love Christina Applegate and Will Ferrell sooo much. I laughed just re-watching the movie trailer when I found it on IMDb. Sometimes I find myself quoting Applegate when I need a boost of female solidarity: “Power. Power. Power.” I own this movie. I love this movie. I rest my case.
Ok, I’ll stop there. I could go on and on! But I think we brought you a pretty solid list of great movie choices to get you through the month of February, whether you are into celebrating Valentine’s Day, or not!
What about you? What movies do you think we left off the list? I’d love to hear your suggestions. 🙂