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11 Romantic Movies to Watch This Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches around the corner! Are you looking for a way to spend the love-filled holiday with your best friends or significant other? Try celebrating the day by stepping away from real life and watching a movie to take you to another world to live out a fictional love story. Whether you’re looking to laugh, cry, or dance, check out these romantic movies to help you enjoy this love holiday.

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

Have you ever met the right person at the wrong time? While visiting Hong Kong, a woman gets lost when trying to meet her friends. Luckily, a man listening to her frustration offers to walk with her to get to her destination. Through playful banter, they get to know each other as they walk but end up going their separate ways. A year later, she moves to Hong Kong and they bump into each other again. Will they fall in love this time or leave their night as a beautiful memory?  Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Peacock, YouTube, Pluto TV, Tubi, Crackle, Vudu, and The Roku Channel.

Always Be my maybe

In this San Francisco-based film, meet a pair of childhood besties who’ve always been there for each other and know each other more than anyone else does. After a spark of romance in their teenage years, a fight splits them up for fifteen years. They reunite when one returns to San Francisco for a business endeavor and learns how their lifestyles are completely different. As they get reacquainted, their old bond resurfaces, revealing parts of themselves they may have forgotten about—including their love for each other. Always Be My Maybe is available to watch on Netflix.

Anonymously yours

This movie will make you remember texting your first crush! A boy accidentally texts a girl when they give him the wrong number. They decide to continue texting each other and make a pact to get to know each other through messaging each other anonymously. Little do they know they’ve already met and paths cross every day at school. Tune in to see if they will choose to reveal their identities to each other or forever leave it to be a mystery. Anonymously Yours is available to watch on Netflix.

Girls just want to have fun

Travel back to the 80s with this cult classic full of dancing, music, and elaborate fashion styles! A teenage girl with a strict father risks it all to audition to become a dance regular on her favorite TV dance show. While she’s there, she gets assigned to a talented dance partner but there is one catch — their personalities are the complete opposite. Watch to see if they’ll be able to work together to achieve their goal of getting on the show and dancing their way into each other’s hearts. Girls Just Want To Have Fun is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, Pluto TV, and Tubi.

I Hate Luv Storys

This film proves opposites do attract. A movie production assistant can’t stand anything to do with love – relationships, romantic movies, and sweet gestures. When a designer obsessed with everything to do with romance comes to work with him on set, an attraction begins to grow between them although he tries to deny it. Check it out to see if she’ll be able to persuade him to see love more positively or if he’ll let his stubborn ways keep him away from the best love he could ever have. I Hate Luv Storys is available to watch on Netflix.

Love & Basketball

Your classic boy next door/girl next door love story — basketball style. Although they love to squabble, these two childhood friends form a special connection with each other over the years through the sport of basketball. Whether it’s helping each other build their skills in basketball or being there for each other as they navigate life’s ups and downs, they know they can always lean on one another. Watch them grow from children to adults as they pursue their basketball dreams and maybe even shoot their shots at each other. Love & Basketball is available to watch on HBO Max.

Save the last dance

Get ready to shake your groove thang with this one! A teenage dancer’s life gets interrupted after she moves in the middle of her senior year in high school to be with her father in Chicago after her mother passes away. It’s hard for her to adjust socially, but gets help from a cutie in school who offers to help her. They begin to form a deep connection when they discover they each love to dance when he introduces her to hip-hop and she introduces him to ballet. Watch to see their love develop through dance step by step. Save the Last Dance is available to watch on HBO Max.

Serendiptity

Explore the beauty of waiting for the right time fate declares for you and your lover to be together. When two strangers meet, sparks fly immediately. However, to make sure their love at first sight is true, they leave it in fate’s hands to decide for them. Years later after living separate lives, unknowingly to each other they both go on a journey to try to find each other to see if they were meant to be. P.S. You can visit one of the movie locations in New York, Serendipity3, for some sweet desserts and other tasty treats! Serendipity is available to watch on Paramount+, Pluto TV, and Crackle.

The Photograph

In this movie, two connected love stories are told, one set in the past and one in the present. In the present, after a woman’s mother passes away, she goes on a journey to try to understand her mother better. In the process, she meets a journalist who’s writing an article related to her mother and they slowly start to fall for each other. In the past, we get to go to the 80s to see her own mother’s love story and learn more about her life. Check this out for an emotional love story on healing, understanding, and learning to let love lead. The Photograph is available to watch on HBO Max.

The royal treatment

Learn how the ability to do a perfect hair-do can lead you to romance in this movie. After styling a prince’s hair, a hairstylist who has always wanted to travel finally gets the opportunity to when she and her best friends are offered to do hair for his royal wedding. As she starts to bond with the prince, she helps him learn how to discover who he is outside “royalty” and he teaches her to go after her goals. Watch to see if they’ll get a chance at a happily ever after or if the prince will continue to carry out his wedding plans. The Royal Treatment is available to watch on Netflix.

While You were sleeping

How far would you let a lie go? In this movie, a transit attendant’s life changes instantly when she saves a handsome man who fell on the train tracks. When his family mistakes her for his soon-to-be bride, her relationship status goes from single to fiancée. While he’s in a coma, she pretends to be to make the family happy but his annoyingly charming brother is on to her. Will she be able to keep up the lie or will she let her growing crush on his brother make things more complicated?  While You Were Sleeping is available to watch on Disney+.

Zookeeper

This comedy follows a devoted zookeeper who’s heartbroken after the love of his life rejects him after he proposed to her. Five years later, they reunite and she shows interest in him again. With the help from his zoo animals and co-worker who’s low-key crushing on him, he goes on a mission to win her back. Not only does he find his true love, but he learns that staying true to himself will lead him to the greatest love of all. Zookeeper is available to watch on HBO Max.

Let these swoon-worthy movies take care of your romantic needs while you’re in your own comfortable space. Add some Valentine’s Day candy, yummy food, and favorite blanket to complete the experience. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Zakiya Jones

Rutgers '23

Zakiya is a junior at Rutgers University with a major in Communications specializing in Strategic Public Communication and Public Relations. She is an assistant editor and contributing writer for Her Campus Rutgers. She is so happy to be a part of the Her Campus Rutgers team!
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