Our Favorite Movies and TV Shows for Valentine's Day

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 4 months ago

If you're looking for something to enjoy for Valentine's Day, check out our list of picks, ranging from horror and sci-fi to musicals and period dramas. How many have you seen?

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Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Though it's not a traditional romance, this is one of my favorite love stories on film of all time. Every year on Feb. 14, I think of its opening lines: "Random thoughts for Valentine's Day, 2004. Today is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel like crap." — Michelle

Tony Lo Bianco and Shirley Stoler in The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

The Honeymoon Killers (1970)

Let's just say it was late one night in Manhattan years ago when a recently made acquaintance popped in this VHS tape from Kim's Video (RIP) after we had spent some time .... liaising. It takes a confident lover to screen a tale of obsessive romance (which is based on the notorious "lonely hearts killers" Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck) so soon after a meet-cute. — Arno

Tony Chiu-Wai Leung and Wei Tang in Lust, Caution (2007)

Lust, Caution (2007)

First cinema dates are important for movie maniacs like myself. So, when I was taken to see Ang Lee's erotic espionage thriller, I knew this was someone I wanted to see again. A decade later, they remain the best movie tickets I ever bought. — Michael R.

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation (2003)

Lost in Translation (2003)

This intimate tone poem about ennui and loneliness explores how frustrating it can be to connect amid all the noise, personal and otherwise, of the modern world. So much depends, it turns out, on what is unspoken or, in this case, unheard. We can only imagine what Bob whispers in Charlotte's ear at movie's end. — Bret

Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

If you're looking for an incredible series of fight scenes interspersed within your love story, then spin this baby up on Valentine's Day for the best of both worlds. Will two best friends, separated by 70+ years and Hydra brainwashing find a way to get back together again? As one of them is Captain America, you know he's going do his best to make it happen. The movie includes one of the best quotes of all time: "I'm with you 'til the end of the line." Gets me every time. — Vanessa

Doug Jones and Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water (2017)

You don't have to be a fan of Creature From the Black Lagoon to be swept away by this re-imagining of the 1954 classic horror movie by the incomparable Guillermo del Toro. From the sets to the cinematography to the performances, this movie is a feast for the hearts of movie lovers everywhere. — Pam

Sheila Vand and Arash Marandi in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

As if Jim Jarmusch remade Only Lovers Left Alive but feminist and in Persian. Within an absurdly small budget, Ana Lily Amirpour created something finely cinematic and transporting. — Harry

Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern in Wild at Heart (1990)

Wild at Heart (1990)

Rockin' good news, gang. David Lynch's cross-country, speed-metal romance classic is here to make your Valentine's Day hotter than Georgia asphalt. Featuring the rage of Nicolas Cage feeling the yearn for Laura Dern, this is a Wizard of Oz reimagining only Lynch could pull off. So, put on your snakeskin jacket and cuddle up with your peanut. This is one one wild ride you don't want to miss. — Matt

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Sunset (2004)

Before Sunset (2004)

Here's a rare sequel that is stronger than its predecessor. Nine years after their memorable night in Vienna, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Céline (Julie Delpy) reunite for a day together in Paris. This dialogue-driven film completely captivates with both its witty realism and romanticism. By the end, we're left wondering if "meant to be" can overcome all the messy complications of adulthood. As Céline sways her hips to Nina Simone's "Just in Time," we desperately hope that Jesse misses that plane home. — Alicia

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, and Jonah Hill in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2004)

"Why Dracula? Because he's a man like anyone else. He just wants to be loved. And every time he gets close to a human woman, he ends up smothering and killing her, which is a feeling I am familiar with." After the near impossible task of narrowing down movies to watch on Valentine's Day, I have no question in my mind that Forgetting Sarah Marshall is my all-time favorite with its incredible cast (don't forget the cameos!), timeless one-liners, and Dracula musical. I also like to pretend this is the prequel to Bad Moms. — Tori

Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale (2001)

A Knight's Tale (2001)

Heath Ledger stars in the classic story of "boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl" ... except that the boy is actually a peasant impersonating a knight and the girl is a princess who is also the love interest of a rival knight. This film is an underrated (can I say that?) romantic comedy full of pop culture references, an awesome soundtrack and jousting: the perfect combo for a great Valentine's Day pick! — Ian

Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore in Hannibal (2001)

Hannibal (2001)

Set to the sounds of a soaring aria, Hannibal Lecter chops off his hand for Clarice Starling. Does it get any more romantic than that? Ultimately a love story, albeit twisted and demented. — T

Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

No one does romance like the French, especially with this devastating musical. Those cheese-eating surrender monkeys of the New Wave made a film that will absolutely gut the most stoic of stone-faced viewers (and they did it entirely in song). — Alex

Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater in True Romance (1993)

True Romance (1993)

This is a pure people-pleaser. Who could turn down an offer like, "Hey, sweetheart, want to watch a movie called, True Romance with Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, and the guy who plays Sirius Black?" — Michael M.

Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

This movie might inspire a new way to clear the dinner table after your romantic Valentine's Day home-cooked meal. Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange have great chemistry in this noir remake. — Julie

Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs in Love (2016)

"Love" (2016 to present)

Season 1 is dark, hilarious and cringe-worthy. But it's also genuine, honest, and intimate, thanks to great writing and lead actors. The under-the-radar rom-com from Judd Apatow is the perfect show for those looking for the antidote to formulaic Hollywood romances. — Kyle

Kate Winslet and Jack Black in The Holiday (2006)

The Holiday (2006)

This is my favorite romantic comedy. Not only did it make the vacation property-swapping industry cool, but you really fall in love with all of the characters in the movie, too. The music is a mix of holiday spirit and old Hollywood plus the Killers and Frou Frou. And, I bet the scene where Arthur receives the WGA Lifetime Achievement Award made you cry happy tears. Bravo, Nancy Meyers! — Katie