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.1 of 24
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For the couple who love John Hughes-esque love stories:
To All The Boys I Loved Before (2018)Based on Jenny Han's best-selling novel
of the same name, this Netflix teen rom-com
follows Lara Jean (Lana Condor), who writes love letters to her former crushes without intending to send them. But when they get mysteriously sent out, Lara Jean must deal with the good — and not-so-good —consequences. And if you can't get enough after this movie, watch the sequel
and make your evening a double feature. Out on Netflix
For the couple who loves a good cry:3 of 24
Five Feet Apart
Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) is a cystic fibrosis patient determined to stay healthy and live a full life. Will (Cole Sprouse), also lives with CF, and is far more cynical about his illness — and Stella becomes determined to change his attitude. There's only one problem with this budding romance: Stella and Will must stay six feet apart at all times, lest they risk catching a cross-infection that could threaten their lives.
For the couple keeping it casual:
Raw, raunchy, and hilarious, don't watch The Favourite unless you're with someone who can laugh along with you about bunnies, gout, and Nicholas Hoult in a wig.4 of 24
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For the couple looking for a movie soundtrack for their next roadtrip:
A Star Is Born
In Bradley Cooper's update on the classic Hollywood tale, Lady Gaga plays Ally,
a struggling songwriter whose life is changed when when meets famous rockstar Jackson (Cooper). A grand romance unfolds, but also a harrowing tale of addiction, fading fame, and ultimately loss. You'll snuggle up at the sad parts, then belt out "Shallow"
on the drive home from the theater.
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For the couple with a good meet cute story:
Set It Up
With this sweet, funny movie about two millennial New York assistants
working together to set their bosses up, Netflix has singlehandedly revived the rom-com
. Set It Up
is everything you could expect in a classic rom-com: It's hilarious, it has memorable pre-kiss speeches, and doesn't exceed an hour and a half.
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For the couple watching the Winter Olympics:
In this Oscar-nominated documentary, a journalist plunges into the Russian doping scandal. What he finds is far more shocking (and dangerous) than he ever could've anticipated. Given what we know about the Russian Olympic team's use of steroids.
movie aligns so well with the current games.Out on Netflix
For the couple with a partnership:
The Phantom Thread
You'll be fascinated by the relationship between a couture dress designer (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his muse (Vicky Krieps) in this movie.
Out December 25, 20178 of 24
For the couple with really different tastes in movies:
You don't have to know anything about Thor, the Avengers, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe to enjoy Thor: Ragnarok. In a gist, the film follows Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as he tries to save his home planet, Asgard, from the prophesied end of days called Ragnarok. The movie is a two hour-long romp through space, time, and sibling rivalry. It's nothing but fun.9 of 24
For the couple that binge-watched Sherlock:
Murder on the Orient Express
This film adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel is star-studded, lavish, and poised to be lovely escapist fare. Both of you are bound to have a favorite actor amid the movie's star-studded cast.10 of 24
For the couple dressing up together for Halloween:
Curl up under the covers with a pile of chocolate, and indulge in some good, gory Halloween fun. The Babysitter combines horror comedy with the ethos of an '80s slasher film. 12-year-old Cole (Judah Lewis) is thrilled when his parents leave him with his glamorous babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving), till he stays up past his bedtime and sees that she's part of a Satanic cult. They just sacrificed their first virgin, and they're coming for Cole next.11 of 24
For the couple that agrees that Ocean's 11 is a masterpiece:
Stephen Soderbergh, director of the Ocean's series, came out of retirement to direct another — equally fun — heist movie. Unlike Ocean's, which takes place in dimly lit casinos, Logan Lucky is set in West Virginia and North Carolina. Though the Logan siblings are "cursed" with bad luck, Jimmy (Channing Tatum) convinces his siblings Clyde (Adam Driver) and Mellie (Rylie Keough) to embark on an ambitious scheme: Robbing a NASCAR race track. No one thinks the Logans will be able to pull it off. Do you?12 of 24
For the couple not scared off by a little raunchiness:
The Little Hours
Alessandra (Alison Brie), Genevra (Kate Micucci), and Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza) are three nuns living in a quiet convent in the 14th Century. But while the landscape is tranquil, the nuns are raging. When a handsome young servant (Dave Franco) takes refuge in the convent, they all have the same reaction: To pounce.13 of 24
For the couple that thinks love is one great adventure:
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.
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For the adrenaline seeking couple:
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.15 of 24
For the couple that leaves the news running in the background:
The Big Short
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.
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For the foodie couple:
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).
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For the double daters:
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.
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For the couple with rom-com level banter:
The Big Sick
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.19 of 24
For the couple that lives together:
What We Do in the Shadows
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).
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For the couple that likes to stroll:
Southside With You
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.
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For the couple that needs an excuse to cuddle:
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.
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For the couple going to Paris for a honeymoon:
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.23 of 24
For the couple that was friends first:
Always Be My Maybe
Sasha (Allie Wong) is a celebrity chef with a bad boyfriend. Marcus (Randall Park) is her childhood friend and maybe the guy she should be with. If it took you and your S.O. a little while to figure out you're great together, this movie is for you!
Stream it on Netflix.