Valentine’s Day Movies To Sweep You Off Your Feet

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As the clouds roll in over our San Diego skies and the romanticism of Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, the couch suddenly becomes the most popular seat in the house. It’s time to bust out your favorite cozy blanket, make some pink salt popcorn, and enjoy the most dramatic, unrealistic love stories of our time. Oops. What I meant to say was, enjoy the most romantic movies to model your relationship after…

Here are a few of our favorites:

Chocolat (2000) 

What says romance better than chocolate? Although this movie isn’t your typical romantic movie, it’s about a chocolate shop, so of course it had to be included. This complicated story of a lady moving into a town and opening a chocolate shop during Lent brings up more than just a story of love, but a story of faith, ideology, and religion as well.  If you’re looking for something with romantic music, but a little more depth, this is definitely a great choice.

Valentine’s Day (2010) 

The most obvious choice, but definitely a Vday favorite, Valentine’s Day is filled with amazing cameos from a wide variety of actors, humor, overlapping storylines, and of course a little bit of drama. Whether you are young and in love like the Taylor duo (Swift and Lautner), confused and rejected like Ashton Kutcher’s character, lied to and cheated with like Jennifer Garner’s character, or experience the love of a stranger like Jessica Biel with Bradley Cooper–this movie has got you covered. 

The Proposal (2009) 

Get ready to laugh with this strange foreign boss forced engagement flick. Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock star in this hilarious romantic comedy where the strong-headed boss lady over time starts to fall for the employee she forced to propose to her so she didn’t have to move back to Canada. Throughout the film you see the transformation of their interactions, as Bullock dances in the woods with Reynold’s grandma, feels guilty for forcing Reynold into love, and eventually Reynolds sees Bullock as less of a monster. 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) 

If you’ve never taken the time to watch Audrey Hepburn’s classic, this might be your perfect opportunity. Set in New York, watch the process of a strong Hepburn who wants to keep love at bay as she has the walls up firm around her heart. When the male lead, George Peppard, announces his love for her, she doesn’t want to respond to it. Conflicted feelings of wanting to be independent, afraid of getting hurt, and not wanting to “belong” to someone are all wrapped in this classic love story. Come prepared with tissues for this one, it’s a tearjerker. 

500 Days of Summer (2009)

Another atypical choice for Valentine’s Day, but love comes in all shapes and sizes. Follow the confusion of the story of the characters portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zoe Deschanel from start to finish. Feel the unmatched joy of starting to fall in love with someone, the pain of realizing your differences for the first time, the grief of losing love, and the cycle of it all during this hour and a half drama. Some say girls love this movie and guys hate it, so you might want to gear up for a conversation with your partner after watching it. 

Do you have other Valentine’s Day favorites? Let us know about them!

Katrina is an OBcean that spends her time drinking quality coffee and engaging in the community that she lives in.


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