February 14 is the day of love – and friendship -, an occasion that implies a celebration. And while many will go out to the streets to find activities to do as a couple – or in groups of friends – a completely valid and even preferable alternative is to stay at home watching movies on Netflix, in this case about love.
Below our selection of romantic movies for the occasion. There are comedies, tragedies, dramas and everything in between
“La La Land” (2018)
Nominated for 13 Academy Awards and winner of six, “Lala Land” by director Damien Chazelle tells the love story of aspiring actress Mia Dolan (Emma Stone) and pianist Sebastian Wilder (Ryan Gosling) while trying to balance their relationship with his careers in the competitive entertainment world of Los Angeles.
“Your Name” (2016)
Two teenagers, one from the city and one from the countryside, share a strange relationship when they discover that on certain days they wake up in the other’s body. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, the film broke box office records in his native Japan.
“50 First Dates” (2004)
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore stole our hearts in this romantic comedy of a man who falls hopelessly in love with a woman who suffers from memory problems so that he can never remember meeting him.
“Remains of the Day” (1993)
Based on a Nobel Prize for Literature Kazuo Ishiguro, “Remains of the Day” is a story of what happens after a romance that never began and the regrets left between those who were involved. With masterful performances by Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, the film was nominated for eight Academy Awards in 1994.
A classic of romantic films, this film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore tells a love story that goes beyond the barrier of life and death. Whoopi Goldberg’s participation earned the actress an Oscar.
“Shakespeare in Love” (1998)
William Shakespeare, the author of some of the most remembered romantic stories of all time, becomes one more character in this historically unsuccessful John Madden film. In the movie, the ‘Bard’ – played by Joseph Fiennes – falls hopelessly enamored with Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow), the daughter of a powerful merchant.
But his love story will be complicated by Viola’s upcoming nuptials with the aristocrat Lord Wessex, inspiring the playwright to create his famous play “Romeo and Juliet.”
The film swept the Academy Awards in 1999, winning seven statuettes including the coveted Best Film, as well as awards for Gwyneth Paltrow and Judi Dench.
“Elisa & Marcela” (2019)
The biographical film directed by Isabel Coixet and based on the real cause of Elisa Sánchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas, two women who went through a heterosexual couple to marry in the conservative Spain of the early twentieth century.
“Let It Snow” (2019)
Christmas and romantic at the same time, this film tells the story of a group of teenagers trapped in a small town in Illinois and the love stories that are born in a short period. It features the performance of Isabela Merced (“Dora the Explorer”), Matthew Noszka, Kiernan Shipka (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) and Liv Hewson (“Dramaworld”).
“Always Be My Maybe” (2019)
Ali Wong and Randall Park star in and write this romantic comedy about two childhood friends who are reunited in adulthood to begin a relationship. Keanu Reeves makes a brief, but shocking, the appearance of Keanu Reeves.
“To All the Boys PS I Still Love You” (2020)
Sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” continues the love story of Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) now that they are officially a couple.