The Perfect Date Night (Or Netflix & Chill) Movies

We all want to spend every Friday date night traipsing around the city in search of a new adventure. We want to wine, dine, and swashbuckle our way into someone's heart. Yet sometimes, amidst the chaos of adulthood, there's not enough time in the day to prepare for a world-class date night. When you have places to go, people to see, and worlds to save, it's easy to let Friday nights sneak up on you.
Save the coq au vin and ambitious intentions for when you have more energy. While elaborate acts of wooing are all fine and good, sometimes, the best way to connect with someone is cuddled on the couch. Movies are a perfectly fine way to unwind and start conversations.
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So, submit to the temptation of Netflix and Chill. For a date night on demand, stream these movies or seek them out in theaters.
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For the couple who thinks love is one great adventure:

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

It's the year 1965, and on an isolated island off the coast of New England, two twelve-year-olds have decided to run away together. After Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) disappear, a group of strange and quirky islanders — including Bill Murray, because this is a Wes Anderson movie — mobilize to find the runaways before a storm hits.

Stream it on Netflix.
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For the adrenaline seeking couple:

Baby Driver (2017)
Out June 28

Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway car driver with a secret weapon. By listening to music, he can achieve a freakish level of concentration, and drive better than anyone else in Doc's (Kevin Spacey) criminal rolodex. But Baby wants out of the crime industry, now that he's met the girl of his dreams and paid off his debts to Doc. Getting out won't be as easy as he'd hoped.

Directed by comedic genius Edgar Wright, Baby Driver is an original, exciting, rock opera of an action movie. You'll leave the theater happy you went.
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For the couple who leaves the news running in the background:

The Big Short (2016)

A comedy about the 2008 financial crisis? Sounds about as impossible as a musical about Alexander Hamilton, am I right? The Big Short, starring Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale, is the story of the financiers who saw the crash coming — and made money off it. Part comedy, part drama, and part Economics 101, you'll walk away from The Big Short understanding what actually happened in 2008, and why it might happen again.

Stream it on Netflix.
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For the foodie couple:

Chef (2014)

After chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) quits his high-paying, high-prestige position at an L.A. restaurant, he's completely unmoored. Carl finds purpose when he moves back home to Miami, and starts a food truck with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), friend (John Leguizamo), and son (Emjay Anthony).

Stream it on Netflix.
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For the double daters:

Drinking Buddies (2013)

Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are best friends, coworkers at a Chicago craft brewery, and, of course, drinking buddies. Despite their flirtation, Kate and Luke decide to go on a cabin vacation together with their significant others in tow. Complications ensue.

Stream it on Netflix.
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For the couple with rom-com level banter:

The Big Sick (2017)
Out June 23

The Big Sick begins like all romantic comedies: Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) meets Emily (Zoe Kazan), both are smitten, and they begin dating. Their budding relationship runs into the twin difficulties of Kumail's conservative Pakistani parents, who expect him to marry within their culture, and Emily's sudden illness. After she falls into a coma, Kumail bonds with Emily's parents as he struggles with his own.
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For the couple who live together:

What We Do in the Shadows (2015)

Sharing a flat in Wellington, New Zealand, Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav can sympathize with the difficulties of cohabitation. The only difference between them and us? They're ancient vampires trying to keep up with a world that has changed faster than they have. In this hilarious mockumentary, the four vampire roommates struggle with your usual roommate woes: Cleaning the dishwasher (overflowing with blood), and going out to nightclubs (to find their next victim).

Stream it on Amazon Prime.
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For the couple who likes to stroll:

Southside With You (2016)

In 2016, two movies about former President Obama came out. This one, Southside With You, memorializes the first date between a young summer associate, Barack Obama, and his boss, Michelle Robinson.

Stream it on Netflix.
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For the couple who needs an excuse to cuddle:

The Shining (1980)

I only regret a few things in life. One is that I watched The Shining alone. First of all, this Stanley Kubrick psychological thriller about a family who moves into a Colorado hotel for the duration of winter, is downright terrifying. Then, The Shining also brings up way more questions than it can answer, making it a fantastic conversation-starter as well. Do yourself a favor and watch it with another person.

Stream it on Netflix.
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For the couple going to Paris on their honeymoon:

Amelie (2001)

Amelie (Audrey Tatou) is a waitress who's made it her mission to brighten other people's lives through anonymous acts of kindness. By helping those around her, the shy and naive Amelie discovers a world of possibility – and love.
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