5 Perfect Romantic Comedies to Watch for Valentine’s Day

 

Inspiration for love seems to be everywhere, but nowhere is it more prevalent than in the movies. What better way to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day than popping a little bubbly and giggling on the couch with a great movie and your favorite guy or gal. 

Here’s our top 5 picks (plus one last minute bonus) for hilarious movies that almost hit a little too close to home when it comes to love and friendship.   

 

1. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Is it possible for men and women to truly just be friends? It’s a complicated question answered with an equally complicated journey between two well-written characters who first meet straight out of college on a road trip to Manhattan. 

Join Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) as they navigate life, romantic relationships, and their own friendship with insights from real married couples reflecting on their own true loves.  

With everything could you ask from a movie—terrific chemistry on set, NYC backdrop, a smartly written and hilarious script, topped off with a pitch perfect jazzy soundtrack—you can’t go wrong.

 

2. Hitch (2005)

Treat yourselves to a movie that’s equally about a budding bromance as it is romance.

Covert dating coach Alex Hitchens (Will Smith) is somewhat of an urban myth around Manhattan. He’s rumored to help romantically challenged men cultivate the valiant confidence and style it takes to get one shot to win the heart the woman of their dreams. 

His hush-hush style of work has flawlessly lead to countless happy marriages until he takes on his greatest challenge yet: a seemingly hopeless accountant (Kevin James) who’s in love with his celebrity boss (Amber Valletta). 

At the same time Hitch finds himself confronted with a surprising twist of his own when he finds himself falling for a gossip columnist (Ava Mendez)—an encounter that experiences one epic fail after another.

A story that’s as sweet as it is hilarious, you’ll find yourself falling in love with Manhattan as much as with the charmingly flawed characters and rooting for all of them to get everything they ever wanted in life.

 

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3. The Five Year Engagement (2012)

This charming movie sort of flew under the radar when it was released but it’s worth seeking out. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt play engaged couple, Tom and Violet, who even though they’re are perfect together can’t quite seem to get married. 

An almost painfully funny reminder of how sometimes life can get in the way of some of the biggest planned moments, this movie will steal your hearts as it moves the lead characters from sunny San Fransisco to frozen Ann Arbor Michigan as Violet charges ahead with her psychology thesis based the connection of people’s job instability on and their willingness to eat stale donuts. 

Years pass as Tom increasingly becomes unhinged from working in Michigan’s most famous deli and the relationship can no longer handle the strain of Violet’s success and Tom’s depression-focused hobbies. 

The film is smart, beautifully shot, funny and utterly charming. And features an amazing cast of surrounding characters, including Chris Pratt (did I mention Chris Pratt, because… Chris Pratt), Alison Brie, Dakota Johnson (before her Fifty Shades days), Mindy Kaling and Kevin Hart!  

 

4. Music and Lyrics (2007)

What’s a top 5 rom-com list without Hugh Grant, amiright? This is my personal favorite of his many great romantic comedies. 

Grant plays an 80s mega music star has-been Alex Fletcher, who is given the golden opportunity he desperately needs to reinvigorate his career by writing a song for the famous young pop diva Cora Coleman (Haley Bennett). 

The only catch is they need the lyrics in 24 hours and he’s not a lyricist. Panic ensues until he’s inspired by his exceedingly neurotic plant-sitter stand-in, Sophie (Drew Barrymore), who happens to be a natural and unwitting lyricist who’s still healing from a disastrous relationship with her Literature professor.

Alex’s desperation combined with Sophie’s intrepid honesty will have you doubled over in laughter as you watch each scene unfold to eventually reveal the film’s tender romantic chemistry and and explores the important roles both music and lyrics play in our lives in a way you never thought of before. 

 

5. I Love You, Man

Romantic loves plays second fiddle to hardcore bromance between Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. 

Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is a Los Angels real estate agent who’s recently proposed to his girlfriend Zooey (Rashida Jones). 

He’s on cloud nine until he’s confronted by his friendless reality and begins to stress out due to his lack of real guy friends to have as groomsmen. 

To make matters worse, his brother, who inherited all the natural friend-making skills, gives him a pity offer to be his best man. 

Peter is determined to make new guy friends before his wedding and finds out exactly how awkward it is to make new friends as an adult until he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) an effortlessly cool investor at an open house. 

They become fast friends bonding over fish tacos and Rush. Back on cloud nine Peter has found his best man until things go hilariously wrong ending in a broken friendship and an engagement put on hold. 

An insanely funny, big hearted movie that understands the plight of modern men navigating friendship in adulthood, it’s a guaranteed hit that’s endlessly quotable. 

 

BONUS: When We First Met

100% Guilty Pleasure Alert!

Netflix just released "When We First Met" a movie that's a cross between Groundhog Day and any number of movies like BIG or 13 Going on 30 where a magic item makes you older, younger, or switch bodies... and it's ADORABLE. You just can't help but love it despite it's obvious plot mash-up. 

We meet Noah (Adam Devine), a perfectly adorable guy who you'd definitely want to date. But, when he meets the girl of his dreams, Avery (Alexandra Daddario), he ends up relegated to the friend zone even after their perfect first night together.

Hopelessly in love, he spends the next three years wondering what he could have done that night to have made them the perfect couple instead of perfect friends. 

Until, as fate would have it, a magical time warping photo booth whisks him back in time to the very day he met her 3 years ago—doomed to relive this time loop until he can break the spell and finally get it right. 

It's a surprisingly fresh take on a tale that we've all heard before. You really cannot go wrong when Adam Devine and Robbie Amell are in a movie.