The best romance movies for Valentine’s Day

Hi, my name is Kassi, and I’m a romance movie-aholic.

I’m not ashamed to say that if there’s a rom com, rom dram (is that a thing?), pretty much anything with romance … there’s a 99.99% chance I’ve seen it.

I’ve never been big on Valentine’s Day (I’m more of a Feb. 15 kinda gal for the 50% off candy … who’s with me?!), but who says it has to be all about boyfriends and husbands and what have you? I’m all for a girl’s day of baking heart-shaped cookies, painting nails and allllll the rom coms. So in honor of ahem, Galentine’s Day, I’m sharing all the best romance movies for your Feb. 14 viewing needs. I’ve compiled my absolute favorites up top, but included a complete list of 116 romance-filled films below, too … all in alphabetical order because ranking them is downright cruel. Side note: I struggled separating chick flicks from romance movies. Don’t judge.

What’s your favorite romance movie? Drop it in the comments! Happy love day, lovelies!

27 Dresses

Year: 2008
Cast: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Åkerman, Edward Burns, Judy Greer
Synopsis: Jane is always the bridesmaid, never the bride. When her friends need help wedding planning, she’s the one they go to. But when Jane’s younger sister Tess becomes engaged to the man of Jane’s dreams, Jane finds herself in over her head — and heart.

 
 

Chasing Liberty

Year: 2004
Cast: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode, Mark Harmon
Synopsis: Anna, the daughter of the president of the United States, decides she’s had enough of the Secret Service following her every move. So when she’s on a state visit to Prague with her father, she escapes and meets the handsome and British Ben Calder. The two travel across Europe, evading the Secret Service at every turn. But have they been on Anna’s heels the whole time?

 
 

Definitely, Maybe

Year: 2008
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Rachel Weisz
Synopsis: When Will Hayes’ young daughter asks him about his love life before his marriage to her mother, Will recounts his romantic ventures with three women but changes their names so his daughter can guess which one is her mother.

 
 

He’s Just Not That Into You

Year: 2009
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Justin Long, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly
Synopsis: Centered on the lives of Baltimore friends and lovers, the film depicts their journeys of love in the modern age.

 
 

Letters to Juliet

Year: 2010
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Franco Nero, Gael García Bernal
Synopsis: When Sophie visits Italy with her fiancé, Victor, she comes across a wall where heartbroken women leave notes to Shakespeare’s fictional character, Juliet. When she finds a letter long forgotten, Sophie writes back to the author — the now elderly, Claire. Claire then travels to Italy with her grandson, Charlie, in hopes of finding her long-lost love, Lorenzo.

 
 

Love, Rosie

Year: 2014
Cast: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke, Suki Waterhouse, Jaime Winstone
Synopsis: Rosie and Alex have been best friends for as long as they can remember. But when Alex moves to Boston from Dublin, their friendship is put to the test. While they stay in touch through the years, timing and life choices continue to conflict with the ever-present question in their intimate bond: what if?

 
 

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Year: 1997
Cast: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett, Cameron Diaz
Synopsis: When Julianne finds out her childhood friend Michael is getting married, she suddenly realizes that not only is she in love with him, but she has to stop the wedding from ever happening. But when Michael’s fiancé appoints Julianne as maid of honor, chaos ensues.

 
 

Pearl Harbor

Year: 2001
Cast: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jennifer Garner, Jaime King
Synopsis: “Pearl Harbor” depicts the life of childhood friends Rafe and Danny as they enter World War II as pilots. When Rafe leaves to fight in Europe, his girlfriend, Evelyn, is comforted by Danny. The trio reunites in Hawaii just before the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

 
 

Runaway Bride

Year: 1999
Cast: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Héctor Elizondo, Joan Cusack, Rita Wilson
Synopsis: Maggie Carpenter has left three guys at the alter, dubbing her “the runaway bride” by journalist Ike Graham. When Ike travels to Maggie’s hometown to prove his story true, he finds himself reporting on Maggie’s fourth trip down the aisle.

 
 

Sweet Home Alabama

Year: 2002
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Candice Bergen
Synopsis: When New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael becomes engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor, she must travel to her hometown in Alabama and urge her redneck husband to finally grant her a divorce after all these years.

 
 

The Holiday

Year: 2006
Cast: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black
Synopsis: When English Iris finds herself unlucky in love, she decides to swap homes with Californian Amanda for the holiday. While cottage-living Iris finds herself in a Hollywood mansion, Amanda embraces life in a quaint English village. Through their vacations, both ladies meet love interests that make them believe in love again.

 
 

The Notebook

Year: 2004
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Garner, Gena Rowlands, James Marsden
Synopsis: Set in 1940s South Carolina, young mill worker Noah Calhoun and rich girl Allie Hamilton meet and fall in love — despite her parent’s approval. After life tears them apart, Noah sets off to serve in World War II and Allie finds herself engaged to another man. But is Noah and Allie’s love story truly over?

 
 

The Vow

Year: 2012
Cast: Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, Scott Speedman, Jessica Lange
Synopsis: Paige and Leo are happy newlyweds. But when Paige suffers severe memory loss from a car accident, Leo struggles to pick up the pieces of their life and remind her of the love they once shared.

 
 

The Wedding Date

Year: 2005
Cast: Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Adams
Synopsis: When Kat’s younger sister’s wedding is on the horizon and her ex is the best man, she enlists a male escort to save face.

 
 

Titanic

Year: 1997
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet,
Synopsis: Uppercrust Rose DeWitt Bukater and third-class passenger Jack Dawson fall in love aboard the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic.

 
 

If you need some more love in your life, check out my full list of 116 romance movies below:

  1. 10 Things I Hate About You

  2. 13 Going on 30

  3. 27 Dresses

  4. 500 Days of Summer

  5. A Walk To Remember

  6. About Time

  7. An Officer and a Gentleman

  8. Autumn in New York

  9. Before We Go

  10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  11. Bride Wars

  12. Chasing Liberty

  13. Crazy Rich Asians

  14. Crazy, Stupid, Love

  15. Dear John

  16. Definitely, Maybe

  17. Endless Love

  18. Failure to Launch

  19. First Daughter

  20. Forever My Girl

  21. Ghost

  22. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

  23. Grease

  24. He’s Just Not That Into You

  25. Hitch

  26. Hope Floats

  27. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

  28. I Hate Valentine’s Day

  29. If I Stay

  30. It Could Happen to You

  31. It Happened One Night

  32. Jerry Maguire

  33. Just Like Heaven

  34. Kate & Leopold

  35. La La Land

  36. Leap Year

  37. Letters to Juliet

  38. Life As We Know It

  39. Love Actually

  40. Love, Rosie

  41. Love, Wedding, Marriage

  42. Made of Honor

  43. Maid in Manhattan

  44. Me Before You

  45. Message In A Bottle

  46. Monster-in-Law

  47. Must Love Dogs

  48. My Best Friend’s Wedding

  49. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

  50. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

  51. Never Been Kissed

  52. New Year’s Eve

  53. Nights in Rodanthe

  54. Notting Hill

  55. One Day

  56. P.S. I Love You

  57. Pearl Harbor

  58. Picture Perfect

  59. Pretty Woman

  60. Pretty in Pink

  61. Pride & Prejudice

  62. Remember Me

  63. Roman Holiday

  64. Romeo + Juliet

  65. Runaway Bride

  66. Sabrina

  67. Safe Haven

  68. Save the Last Dance

  69. Say Anything

  70. Serendipity

  71. Set It Up

  72. She’s All That

  73. She’s the Man

  74. Silver Linings Playbook

  75. Sixteen Candles

  76. Sleepless in Seattle

  77. Someone Like You

  78. Something Borrowed

  79. Step Up

  80. Sweet Home Alabama

  81. The Age of Adaline

  82. The Bachelor

  83. The Back-up Plan

  84. The Best of Me

  85. The Bodyguard

  86. The Duff

  87. The Family Stone

  88. The Fault in Our Stars

  89. The Holiday

  90. The Lake House

  91. The Last Ride

  92. The Last Song

  93. The Lucky One

  94. The Notebook

  95. The Perfect Man

  96. The Philadelphia Story

  97. The Prince and Me

  98. The Proposal

  99. The Romantics

  100. The Spectacular Now

  101. The Time Traveller’s Wife

  102. The Twilight Saga

  103. The Vow

  104. The Wedding Date

  105. The Wedding Planner

  106. Titanic

  107. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

  108. Under the Tuscan Sun

  109. Valentine’s Day

  110. Water for Elephants

  111. West Side Story

  112. What Happens in Vegas

  113. When Harry Met Sally

  114. When in Rome

  115. While You Were Sleeping

  116. You’ve Got Mail

All the best holiday movies (or so, I think)

The Christmas season is nowhere near complete without rewatching your favorite holiday films. As a kid, I had my go-tos — “Miracle On 34th Street,” “The Santa Clause” — but as time went on (and more movies came out), my list grew and grew and then grew some more. I’ve been watching a lot of Hallmark and Lifetime lately and I’m pretty sure I’ve watched every holiday movie they’ve released in the past 5+ years … they’re so incredibly cheesy, but what can I say, I like cheese! (This list is Hallmark and Lifetime-free, by the way. Also, no “Love Actually,” “Diehard,” or “Home Alone 2” … sorry, folks).

Grab some hot cocoa, a warm blanket and snuggle up on the couch with one of these holiday classics. And let me know your favorites in the comments below!

1. “Miracle On 34th Street” (1994)

When I think of my favorite holiday flick, this classic (ahem, remake) is the first to come to mind. I grew up watching it with my mom and it’s my favorite to come back to every December. As a kid, I saw myself in six-year-old Susan Walker’s life and character (apart from the whole not believing in Santa thing). I think that’s one of the reasons I loved it so much.

Plot: Young Susan Walker and her mother, Dorey, don’t believe in Santa Claus. Dorey hires a man named Kris Kringle to play Santa for Cole’s department store … and he just so happens to believe he’s the real-life Mr. Claus. When Kris Kringle is set up and arrested, Dorey’s boyfriend, Bryan Bedford, rallies support for the white-bearded, self-proclaimed St. Nick.

Starring: Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, Richard Attenborough

 
 

2. “The Santa Clause” (1994)

If you’re a ‘90s kid, there’s no way you haven’t seen this Tim Allen-classic. Every year, I’d slide the VHS tape out of the white box and press play on the VCR. (Did I just age myself?) The movie had 2 sequels, but none compare to the original. Twenty-four years later and I still wonder how good that hot chocolate was that little elf Judy handed Scott — didn’t it look incredible!?

Plot: Divorced dad and businessman Scott Calvin has custody of his son, Charlie, on Christmas Eve. When they find a man dressed as Santa on their roof and he’s accidentally killed, the father and son duo are transported to the North Pole. Upon arrival, the head elf informs Scott that he must take on the role of Santa in time for Christmas. Say what!?

Starring: Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd, Wendy Crewson, Judge Reinhold

 
 

3. “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)

I first watched this movie just a few years ago (I know, I know, where have I been?), but the minute I did, it jumped way up on my list. Starring the iconic James Stewart as George Bailey, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ is considered one of the best films ever created. If you haven’t watched it, it’s a must!

Plot: When George Bailey is about to jump from a bridge on Christmas, his guardian angel, Clarence, intercedes and shows him what his town would’ve been like if it hadn’t have been for George’s help through the years. With the help of Clarence, George soon realizes all he has to be grateful for … and that it’s a wonderful life, after all.

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Henry Travers

 
 

4. “The Holiday” (2006)

Can you believe this movie is 12 years old already? I’m usually not a fan of movies with an all-star lineup, but this one is pretty dang incredible (also, ‘He’s Just Not That Into You,’ but that’s not Christmas-y so … ok, back to ‘The Holiday.’) But seriously: Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz and the incredibly attractive Jude Law (I think it’s the glasses. No offense, Jude.) … what more could you ask for! Every time I listen to “Mr. Brightside,” I see Cameron Diaz dancing around frantically in my head thanks to this movie. Grab some hot chocolate, your Mr. Napkin Head and snuggle up for this holiday flick.

Plot: When English Iris finds herself unlucky in love, she decides to swap homes with Californian Amanda for the holiday. While cottage-living Iris finds herself in a Hollywood mansion, Amanda embraces life in a quaint English village. Through their vacations, both ladies meet love interests that make them believe in love again.

Starring: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

 
 

5. “Elf” (2003)

How could this not make this list? Will Ferrell’s Buddy the elf has become an iconic Christmas character. I’m not usually a comedy person, but ‘Elf’ does it tastefully. Literally. Did you see just how much sugar he doused his spaghetti with? I feel like I consumed 2,000 calories just watching the movie.

Plot: Will Ferrell plays Buddy, an elf who was raised by Santa’s elves after being sent to the North Pole by accident in infancy. When he learns of his true origins, Buddy travels to New York in search of his father — a disgruntled businessman who is the polar opposite of jolly. His father reluctantly welcomes Buddy into his life and Christmas chaos ensues.

Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel

 
 

6. “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

I know a new version is in theaters, but I can’t help putting the live-adaptation I grew up with on my list. When I think of the Grinch, Jim Carrey’s face comes to mind. (Not like his normal face … his green, Grinchy face … ). Also, how did I not have nightmares after watching this as a kid? Looking for Grinch gifs at 12:20 a.m. was a bad idea.

Plot: In this retelling of Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic, Jim Carrey stars as the Grinch whose sole mission is to ruin Christmas for everyone in Whoville. When the green grouch meets charming six-year-old Cindy Lou Who, his view of the holiday begins to change.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen

 
 

7. “Christmas with the Kranks” (2004)

Put Tim Allen in a Christmas movie and BAM, it’s a hoot. Jamie Lee Curtis and Allen make the perfect holiday pair in this festive comedy about two empty-nesters who decide to forgo the holiday festivities for a cruise … until they hear their daughter will be home for Christmas after all. Check this one out for your dose of Christmas chuckles.

Plot: When their daughter announces she won’t be home for the holidays, Luther and Nora Krank ditch their Christmas traditions for a Caribbean cruise. Their Christmas-obsessed neighbors are less than thrilled with the Krank’s boycott, but once their daughter decides to come home after all, they all must rally together to give her a Christmas to remember.

Starring: Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh

 
 

8. “Jack Frost” (1998)

This one is definitely underrated. I haven’t watched it in years, but it’s a winter classic that shouldn’t be missed. Also, Michael Keaton! Kelly Preston! Grab a box of tissues — you’re going to need it. (My eyes are weeping just writing all of this).

Plot: Michael Keaton plays Jack Frost, an aging musician who never had much time for his wife, Gabby, and son, Charlie. When Jack tries to make it back for Christmas one night, he tragically passes away in a car accident. A year later, his spirit is brought to life as snowman on his family’s lawn.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Kelly Preston, Joseph Cross

We interrupt your regularly scheduled gif-viewing for the “Jack Frost” trailer because
no gifs from the 1998 movie have been found in the deep, deep depths of the world wide web.