February 25, 2021

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15 Best Valentines Day Movies On Netflix

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During a holiday that favors the taken folk, romance movies are the great equalizer: You can cuddle up with your beau and get lost in a cliché romance, or gather your gals for a rom-com marathon; feel vindicated by a tale of heartbreak, or become empowered by a story that underscores “self love.”

The category of romance is decidedly vast—and often incredibly ambiguous—so with that comes an dizzying array of options to choose from. Before you find yourself twenty trailers deep on Netflix—and still with no decision in sight—let us guide you on your quest to make the most of V-day (or at the least, make it bearable). Below, find a selection of Valentine’s Day movies available on Netflix that are as unique and diverse as love itself.

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1

Silver Linings Playbook

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Sometimes love is found in darkness. When Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) returns home to live with his parents after spending time in a mental institution, he finds a kindred spirit in Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). At first, Tiffany offers to help him reconnect with his wife, but as they spend more time alone together, the misunderstood duo finds understanding in each other.

2

Mystic Pizza

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This small town rom-com, which propelled Julia Roberts to stardom, charts the love lives of three seemingly opposite waitresses in the waterfront town of Mystic, Connecticut. The film covers many of the bases of young love—from summer flings to marriage, and even a forbidden romance with a married man—as the three attempt to guide one another while struggling to find their way themselves.

3

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Inspired by the New York Times bestseller of the same name, the film follows a London writer (Lily James) as she visits Guernsey, a small island in the English Channel, to learn more about a book club they formed following German occupation during World War II.

4

About Time

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At just 21 years old, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is told he can travel back in time—but the hidden power proves to be more than an easy “reset” on past mistakes. When Lake finds himself falling for Mary (Rachel McAdams), he soon realizes he can’t fix everything with a little travel back in time.

5

Someone Great

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More of a breakup story than a love story, Someone Great takes place in the short period of time between Jenny Young’s (Gina Rodriguez) unexpected breakup with her longtime beau, and her move to San Francisco for a dream job at Rolling Stone. Gather your gals for this one—while it’s a story of heartbreak, it’s really a tale of one of the strongest bonds known to (wo)man: friendship.

6

She’s Gotta Have It

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Spike Lee’s first feature-length film (which launched the director’s career) follows the sexually liberated-yet-indecisive Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) as she balances dating three men at once. Her lack of commitment to any of the three ends up coming back to haunt her, when the suitors eventually meet.

7

50 First Dates

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50 First Dates takes the notion of falling in love with someone over and over again to it’s most literal endgame. When Henry Roth (Adam Sandler) sets his eyes on Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore), he’s determined to get to know her better. Only problem is, Lucy suffers a severe form of short-term memory loss, where she forgets everything that happened the day before—every single day.

8

A Walk to Remember

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A Walk To Remember checks all of the boxes of a classic romantic drama: the attractive bad boy (Shane West) falls for the quiet bookworm (Mandy Moore)—but tragic circumstances is what bring the two even closer together.

9

Stranger than Fiction

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In this rom-com-fantasy-drama, an obsessive IRS auditor named Harold (Will Ferrell) begins to hear a disembodied voice in his head (Emma Thompson) of someone attempting to narrate his life. After consulting with a professor (Dustin Hoffman) he begins to connect the dots, and soon realizes the story being told is one that ends in tragedy. In an attempt to change the story from the source, Harold stumbles upon love in the most unlikely way.

10

Set it Up

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How to get your boss of your back? Secretly conspire with another disgruntled coworker (in—you guessed it—the same predicament) to help both bosses fine love. In each other.

11

The Lovebirds

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Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star in this action-adventure comedy, which begins when the struggling couple gets tied up in a murder. The two spend the rest of the night attempted to salvage their innocence—and their relationship.

12

Marriage Story

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For those looking for something a bit more melancholic (or for that matter, realistic), this Valentine’s Day, look no further than Marriage Story, the Noah Baumbach-directed drama about a couple (Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver) who couldn’t make it work—but eventually realize that’s not all that love is about.

13

Easy A

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After making up a white lie about her sexual endeavors, Olive (Emma Stone) finds herself at the center of mean high school gossip. Instead of attempting to backtrack on her lie, she leans into the false narrative, branding herself with a red A (inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, ‘The Scarlet Letter’) while embracing a new, provocative persona.

14

Remember Me

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Have the tissue box handy for this one. Tyler (Robert Pattinson) is burdened by past trauma that’s put a strain on his relationship with his father—and everyone around him—until he meets a girl named Ally (Emilie de Ravin), who understands his pain.

15

Always Be My Maybe

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After a teenage fling went sour for Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park), the childhood sweethearts reconnect fifteen years later—and reignite an old spark—in this lighthearted rom-com.

16

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

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Based on the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a quirky romance about a musician (Michael Cera) who is sluggishly attempting to secure a record deal, while battling the seven evil exes of his new girlfriend, Ramona Flower (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

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