Will You Watch My Valentine?

Updated: Jul 19, 2019

By Derek May:

The sweet scent of roses permeates your local grocer. Entire cities are awash in pink and red hues. And dieters steel themselves against the upcoming onslaught of delicious chocolate confectionery.


That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day again!


Love it or hate it, there’s really no escaping it. But whether you’re at home snuggled with the one you love or contentedly embracing your freedom yet still willing to indulge, there’s nothing like a great romantic movie to tug those heart strings on le nuit de l’amore.


But why settle for the same ole stalwarts year after year when there is a myriad of non-traditional romantic flicks that anyone can enjoy.


The list below includes ten (in no particular order) of my personal favorites that are guaranteed to make your heart ache, weep, or soar.


Ladyhawke


A cult classic for good reason, as it embodies some of the most beautiful and tragic extremes two lovers can endure. Cheesy swordfights and synth music aside, it’s a got all the comedy, fantasy, and of course, heart, that you could ever ask for.



The Baxter


Ever wondered what happens to the nice guys who don’t get the girl? Michael Showalter and his perennial team from The State and Wet, Hot American Summer explores the unheralded “Baxter,” a nice guy who just can’t compete with the cool, the suave, and the beautiful. A sort of anti-romance that still manages to hit all right notes. If you’re looking for something a little different, this is it.



Forgetting Sarah Marshall


Love is complicated, especially when we don’t really know what we want. This 2008 comedy dives headfirst into the mire of love, loss, and being true to yourself. A sweet romance that spices things up with plenty of raunchy humor and male nudity. Who can say no to that?



The Princess Bride


“Love is like, a storybook story” . . . and if you like your romances epic, there’s no better film in existence than this four-quadrant crowd-pleaser. Still one of the most perfect all-around films in existence, and no better time to revisit than on the day celebrating “true wuv.”