Hallmark's favorite holiday has arrived, and that means couples everywhere will be scrambling for romantic date ideas this weekend. You don't have to deal with that drama though, because the tried and true option of heading to the theater or cuddling on the couch with new Valentine's Day movies is always a winner. Thankfully, Hollywood is feeling the love this year too, and the studios (and Netflix) have plenty of movies that are perfect for Valentine's date night — or for anyone looking to escape the real world as it dons hues of pink and red for Valentine's Day. Whatever floats your boat.
From Issa Rae's The Photograph, a story of processing grief and finding love, to the highly anticipated sequel to To All the Boys I Loved Before, there really is a romantic movie for everyone. This year's crop of Valentine's Day movies are all about celebrating love at every stage of life and celebrating every kind of love, in all of its myriad forms (including the love between girlfriends who mutually team up to fight crime).
Luckily for you, there are options that let you stay in or go out, just don't forget to stock up on heart-shaped candy and settle in for some cinematic goodness with your significant other (or your BFF, your pup, or just your fantabulous self and some delicious takeout).
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
On Netflix Feb. 12
Lana Condor and Noah Centineo return for a second round of high school romance in the long awaited sequel to To All the Boys
. In theory, things should be going great for Lara Jean and Peter, but when one of Lara Jean's other letter recipients shows up, she finds herself torn between Peter and the equally swoon-worthy John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher) in this emotionally complex follow-up that still serves up the cuteness of the original.
When her famous photographer mother dies, Mae (Issa Rae)
is left with nothing but questions about the woman she barely knew. Her search for answers leads to the discovery of a photograph that changes her life in unexpected ways. Namely, she meets a journalist (LaKeith Stanfield), and embarks on a steamy romance that she never expected when she set out on a journey to find answers about her mother's past.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
After a limited release in December, the French historical romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire
is finally going nationwide. The sensual film follows Marianne, a painter, who is asked to paint a wedding portrait of a woman named Héloïse. Héloïse has only recently left the convent, and she has no interest in marriage, which means Marianne must paint her in secret. Soon, the two women find themselves falling for each other in a time when their love could never be accepted. The film stars Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant.
Looking for some comedy with your romance? Then try Downhill
, starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis‑Dreyfus
as a married couple who are reevaluating their relationship after Ferrell's Pete runs away during an avalanche, leaving his wife and two sons to fend for themselves. Things only get more awkward from there, as the couple has to decide whether they're really meant to be together forever. (As an added bonus, the movie includes a mini-Veep
reunion between Louis-Dreyfus and Zach Woods.)
Oay, so there doesn't appear to be much romance in Fantasy Island
, but horror movies make for a great date night (or an anti-Valentine's Day night out). And this horror movie happens to star Lucy Hale
, Maggie Q, and Veronica Mars
' favorite Ryan Hansen. This dark spin on the classic '70s TV show finds a group of specially selected guests journeying to an island where their deepest dreams will come true — just not in the way that they expected. As their situation becomes more dire, the guests will have to work together to solve the mysteries of the island in order to escape with their lives.
Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)Premiere Date:
Technically Feb. 7, but shh
We snuck this one in because if you're single this Valentine's Day, there's no better way to celebrate that than by watching Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) get over her ex
, The Joker, with the help of her rough-and-tumble girl gang. And no, you do not need to see Suicide Squad
to follow BOP.
Isi & Ossi
Premiere date: Feb. 14 on Netflix
German rom-com fans, rejoice! Netflix is serving up an international treat with Isi & Ossi. The film follows Isi, the daughter of a billionaire who just wants to focus on becoming a chef, and Ossi, a down on his luck guy who needs cash to enter a boxing competition. Isi is in need of a fake boyfriend to get her parents off of her back, so the pair enter into a mutually beneficial fake relationship. However, it doesn't take long for the star-crossed couple to catch real feelings.