With Valentine’s Day drawing near, amidst the hustle and bustle of restaurant reservations and finding the perfect gift, we bring you our picks of the 10 best free movies you can watch while snuggling in with your special one this Valentine’s!
Starring: Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Year of Release: 2010
Aniston plays thirty-something Kassie who wants to have a baby despite being single. Bateman plays her long-time best friend, Wally, who has had feelings for her ever since they were 18. Wally offers to be her sperm donor but Kassie thinks he’s too neurotic, self-absorbed, and pessimistic. Kassie finds her perfect sperm donor – a handsome, charming, and married assistant professor – but at her “insemination party”, things go awry…
Wally Mars: “Look at us. Running around, always rushed, always late. I guess that’s why they call it the human race. What we crave most in this world is connection. For some people it happens at first sight. It’s when you know, you know. It’s fate working its magic. And that’s great for them. They get to live in a pop song; ride the express train. But that’s not the way it really works. For the rest of us it’s a bit less romantic. It’s complicated and it’s messy. It’s about horrible timing and fumbled opportunities. And not being able to say what you need to say when you need to say it. At least, that’s the way it was for me.”
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Mary Steenburgen, Johnny Flynn
Year of Release: 2014
Premiered at the 30th Sundance Film Festival, Hathaway plays anthropology student, Franny, who uses her anthropologist instincts to repair her relationship with her estranged brother, Henry (played by Ben Rosenfield), after he slips into a coma due to a car accident. In her attempts to wake her brother, she discovers his favourite musician, James Forrester (played by Johnny Flynn), goes to his concert, and convinces him to play for Henry in the hospital. The two develop a romantic relationship as they explore New York City through Henry’s journal.
James Forester: You know, the best thing about playing? You know when you have a feeling and you don’t want to fade away, but you don’t really know how to keep it? Well, that feeling comes back when I play, like I can keep it. No. . .No talking, no disappointing anyone for three to five whole minutes.
Franny: You should try playing longer songs.
James Forester: Yeah, I should.
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Year of Release: 1961
Considered one of the biggest and brightest stars in the film industry, Hepburn was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) for a single performance. Her portrayal of café society girl, Holly Golightly, in this film, is also considered one of her most iconic roles. Deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, this film is loosely based on the novella of the same name by Truman Capote. It follows the life of Holly and her romantic entanglements that are almost always motivated by money. It is only when she meets her new neighbour-tenant, Paul (played by George Peppard), that she begins to believe in true love. A must-watch for all nostalgics at heart, and all Hepburn fans.
Paul Varjak: You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You’re chicken, you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, “Okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.” You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.
[takes out the ring and throws it in Holly’s lap]
Paul Varjak: Here. I’ve been carrying this thing around for months. I don’t want it anymore.
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Year of Release: 2001
Set in the city of love, the film was a collaboration between French and German companies. Maintaining its top spot as the highest-grossing French-language film released in the United States, it tells the story of a bashful café waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who tries to better the lives of those around her, while struggling in isolation herself. But while she improvises acts of kindness for the people around her, will she be able to do the same for herself? Amélie will be a stirring companion to your Valentine night; a real visual treat with stunning cinematography.
Glass Man: So, my little Amélie, you don’t have bones of glass. You can take life’s knocks. If you let this chance pass, eventually, your heart will become as dry and brittle as my skeleton. So, go get him, for Pete’s sake!
Starring: Ivan Botha, DonnaLee Roberts
Genre: Romance, Adventure
Year of Release: 2014
Perfect for the adventurous and free-spirited, Road to Your Heart follows a couple’s journey throughout the exotic South African landscape. On their way, they encounter several wonderful characters that allow for them to discover more about themselves and each other. Everything is delightful until they meet a villain, and that experience brings them disappointment and heartache. As is with the journey called life, this film mirrors the road to love when two people come together to form a, hopefully, lasting union. How will they be able to overcome the hard knocks that life and love bring?
Starring: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Oliver Milburn
Genre: Drama, Romance
Year of Release: 2012
An adaptation of the literary classic by Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights follows the story of a pair of tragic star-crossed lovers – slave-boy Heathcliff and distinguished young mistress Cathy. It is the first time that Heathcliff, born as a slave, is portrayed as Afro-Caribbean and played by James Howson, across Kaya Scodelario who plays Cathy. A story fraught with a plethora of intense emotions, it appears to be an unlikely choice to watch with your Valentine. But this is one film that truly explores the deepest and darkest depths of where passion leads. This is one to watch for those interested in the re-creation of the original novel, as well as for those looking for something that weighs heavier on the mind and soul this Valentine’s.
Heathcliff: Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest so long as I live on! I killed you. Haunt me, then! Haunt your murderer! I know that ghosts have wandered on the Earth. Be with me always. Take any form, drive me mad, only do not leave me in this dark alone where I cannot find you. I cannot live without my life! I cannot die without my soul.
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Year of Release: 1984
What better time to reminisce than on Valentine’s Day with your special one? This is the perfect choice for all the rock and music lovers out there. Relive the old times, yet at the same time be refreshed by the vigour of city teenager Ren MacCormack, played by Kevin Bacon, as he falls in love with the preacher’s daughter, Ariel, played by Lori Singer. This movie will take you on a walk down memory lane with your beloved while recalling how far we’ve come since then.
Ariel: Do you wanna kiss me?
Ariel: [Gets in Ren’s car] What’s this “someday” shit?
Ren: Well, it’s just I get the feeling you’ve been kissed a lot, and I’m afraid I’d suffer by comparison.
Starring: Blythe Danner, Martin Starr
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Year of Release: 2015
Played by the incredibly talented Blythe Danner, this film epitomises that love knows no age and boundaries. I’ll See You In My Dreams tells the story of Carol, played by Blythe, a widow and former songstress rediscovers life and love amidst apparent solitude. Opting to live alone and after her dog died, disorder rears its head in the form of a black rat in the house. Carol seeks help from the new pool-cleaning guy, Lloyd, played by Martin Starr, and an uncanny relationship begins to blossom between the two of them. What’s best about this film is its message of respect to life and aging, and the beautiful notion that love transcends all.
Carol: Growing old was the furthest thing from my mind.
Katherine: You’ve had a great life, mom. You had a great husband, a career in music.
Carol: It’s all in the past tense. You’re the best of what I have, you and daddy.
Starring: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Year of Release: 2001
Jon and Sara (played by John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale) meet at Bloomingdale’s while Christmas shopping. Through a chance encounter, the pair unwittingly experience a dream date as they glided around Wollman Rink in Central Park and share a dessert at Serendipity. But because they are both involved with other people, they are hesitant about progressing in this relationship, despite their indisputable feelings for each other. Through a series of fortunate accidents though, as the title of the film suggests, Jon and Sara grow to love and miss each other more and more. What will happen to these soul-mates? Believers in the notion of soulmates must be sure not to miss this one.
Jonathan: This is the ultimate blend to drink. How’d you find this place?
Sara: I first came in because of the name: Serendipity. It’s one of my favorite words.
Jonathan: It is? Why?
Sara: It’s such a nice sounding word for what it means: a fortunate accident.
Starring: Dougray Scott, Claire Forlani, Katrine De Candole
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Year of Release: 2011
A must-watch for the food-lovers, Love’s Kitchen guest stars the (in)famous real life TV Chef Gordon Ramsay. The story follows the life of Rob Haley (played by Dougray Scott), an up-and-rising British chef and restaurateur in London, who is left grief-stricken when he loses his wife. But with the encouragement of Ramsay, Rob decides to embark on a new project to spice up his life. He turns a run-down country pub into a gourmet restaurant, and his food captures the attention of attractive American food critic Kate Templeton (played by Claire Forlani, Scott’s real-life wife). What better way to conclude your Valentine’s Night than with this movie which ties love and food together?
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Happy Valentine’s Day! :3