Have you ever settled in for an at-home date night only to spend the entire time searching for a movie instead of watching it? In the world of Netflix, Hulu, Smart TVs, and more, sometimes movie night gets delayed by the sheer amount of choices. Hello, overwhelmed. Do you go with a romance to reflect your feelings? A comedy because you need to laugh? A serious drama that you can dissect together afterward? Or something completely fantastical to take you away from real life? And then, how do you both agree on something? Seriously, there are just too many choices.
Not to worry, though. We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of date-night movies for you, by sharing some of our own favorites. From rom-coms that got it right to comedies, animated films, classics, and more, these are some solid answers to that “What should we watch?” dilemma, especially on Valentine’s Day. So curl up on the couch, grab a cozy blanket, and settle in with your S.O. to watch one of these couples’ movie picks.
Oh, and just in case you needed a bit more more reassurance, the Huffington Post reported in 2016 that a U.K. study showed that watching movies is good for relationships, so there’s no need to feel guilty when you plan your next movie date night around one of these films. Okay, it’s officially time to get cozy AF.
The best date night movies, according to our editors:
1About Time (2013)
“This underrated rom-com is a date-night winner for many reasons,” says our Assistant Editor, Claire Harmeyer.
“Firstly, the actors: Rachel McAdams is basically this generation’s rom-com queen (due to her charisma and natural beauty), and Domhnall Gleeson is an endearing, non-stereotypical male lead. Secondly, it’s actually hilarious. Many movies that label themselves as ‘rom-coms’ aren’t comedic at all, but the minor characters in this one will have you laughing with your S.O. Lastly, it’s emotional, but not in the typical, predictable, romantic film way.”
Basically, this movie will have you in your feels because of the family dynamics and general life lessons it offers, instead of just a schmaltzy romance (though, of course, that’s sprinkled in there too, because date night—duh).
2The Big Sick (2017)
Our News Editor, Caitlin White, loves this one for its cleverness and relatability. “It’s based on the true love story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Peppered with Nanjiani’s stand-up comedy, of course, it’s funny, but it’s also moving,” she says of her personal favorite.
“It cuts right to the core of real-life concerns for couples, albeit in an extraordinary circumstance—especially how romantic relationships fit into (or don’t fit into) the boxes our parents build for us.”
“I will never not suggest a Will Smith flick as a date night movie,” says Mackenzie Dunn, our SEO Writer. “This one, where Smith plays a smooth operator and relationship guru who lends a hand to an awkward but well-intentioned man (Kevin James) at finding love, has something for everyone. Both guys and gals alike will appreciate the mix of endearing and funny moments. Plus, that dancing scene of Kevin James breaking it down is absolutely iconic in my eyes—I laugh just thinking about it.”
4Forgetting Sarah Marshall(2008)
“I think my favorite rom-com is probably Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” says our Senior Lifestyle Editor, Raven Ishak. “It’s hilarious, romantic, and bold. And it’s always a good film to have in the background when you’re doing chores with your S.O. I know, so romantic.”
5Mamma Mia! (2008)
Forget what you think you know about Mamma Mia!, because according to our Social Media Manager, Danielle Fox, all the upbeat singing and dancing, makes for a great date night movie.
“I consider watching Mamma Mia! with a significant other to be a litmus test,” she says. “If they can’t fully appreciate ABBA sing-a-longs and Meryl Streep in overhauls, I’m not taking a chance on them.”
You’ll be feeling the amore after you watch this rom-com that earned insane Oscar accolades including Cher’s Best Actress Academy Award and Best Picture. It follows Loretta Castorini, a widow living with her big Italian family in Brooklyn. After agreeing to marry one man, Castorini falls in love with his hot-headed, jaded younger brother, and well, we’ll let you watch the rest. It’s dramatic, juicy, and a little bit retro, making it a fabulous pick for a date night in.
“There’s so much I can say about this movie,” reports one of our writers. “In my opinion, it’s honestly one of the most romantic movies ever. There’s something extra special about it being a low-budget Indie film, too. It’s kind of gritty and more realistic. Not to mention, the songs are incredible (and you and your S.O. will want to listen to them again and again after you see the film). Take it from me: This low-key romantic musical will have you ‘Falling Slowly’ in love.”
8The Princess Bride (1987)
9Love & Basketball
This Pixar film will remind you of the simple joy of just holding your significant other’s hand.
11Field of Dreams
13When Harry Met Sally…
14The Lord of the Rings triology
15Grosse Pointe Blank
16Kissing Jessica Stein
This romance stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini as two divorced people testing out the dating waters again.
20Bonnie & Clyde
Next time you need inspiration for a movie night, let these films transport you and your loved one.