Valentine's Day is a good time to pop in a good movie and snuggle up to the one you love. Sometimes, though, pure romance doesn't cut it. So here are some dramas, thrillers, historical epics and documentaries to mix up the traditional love story, plus one anti-love story for all those happily single.
The perfect blend of superhero action adventure with a romantic twist. Even if your S.O. prefers the MCU, they’ll still love watching Gal Gadot kick butt in WWI!
Action / 2017
Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.
Looking for something more animated? Look no further than Pixar's sweet robotic love story, which finds its roots in old Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin romps, and features a sweet, sentimental live action clip from the 1969 musical rom-com "Hello Dolly!"
Animated / 2008
WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE (Elissa Knight), a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy.
Meet the Patels
In the mood for something more realistic? Ravi Patel ("Master of None") portrays himself in this real life romantic comedy, as his sister, Greeta, documents his journey to find a wife and make his family happy.
Meet the Patels
Documentary / 2014
Filmmaker Geeta V. Patel follows her brother, Indian-American actor Ravi V. Patel, as he embarks on a quest to find a wife and make his family happy.
If you're too caught up in the drama, round up the usual suspect, and let this wartime classic be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Drama / 1942
Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.
If you and your S.O. are into history, then there's no love story that compares to James Cameron's colossal, over-budget historical romance.
Drama / 1997
James Cameron's "Titanic" is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era -- the "ship of dreams" -- which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.
Let the Right One In
Want to change things up with some chills? Tomas Alfredson's teen vampire romance should be your pick. It's the movie "Twilight" wishes it was. We also recommend Matt Reeves' American remake, "Let Me In."
Let the Right One In
Horror / 2008
When Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a sensitive, bullied 12-year-old boy living with his mother in suburban Sweden, meets his new neighbor, the mysterious and moody Eli (Lina Leandersson), they strike up a friendship. Initially reserved with each other, Oskar and Eli slowly form a close bond, but it soon becomes apparent that she is no ordinary young girl. Eventually, Eli shares her dark, macabre secret with Oskar, revealing her connection to a string of bloody local murders.
La La Land
If you have music in your heart, then turn to Damien Chazelle's contemporary yet classic, almost Best Picture from 2016.
La La Land
Musical / 2016
Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.
Falling in love with your operating system? This robo-romance seems more prescient now than when it came out in 2013. Now, if we could only get Alexa to talk like Scarlett Johansson.
Science Fiction / 2013
A sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after his marriage ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets "Samantha" (Scarlett Johansson), whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality. Though "friends" initially, the relationship soon deepens into love.
Any lover of thrillers should take this opportunity to revisit the classic from the thrill-master himself, Alfred Hitchcock. Here, you can fall just as hard as James Stewart does for Kim Novak.
Thriller / 1958
Hitchcock's romantic story of obsession, manipulation and fear. A detective is forced to retire after his fear of heights causes the death of a fellow officer and the girl he was hired to follow. He sees a double of the girl, causing him to transform her image onto the dead girl's body. This leads into a cycle of madness and lies.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Now, are you just looking to throw an axe at all the mushiness and Valentine's Day hoopla? Then take revenge on the holiday and all your exes, along with Uma Thurman's blood-scorned bride.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Action / 2003
A former assassin, known simply as The Bride (Uma Thurman), wakes from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover Bill (David Carradine) attempts to murder her on her wedding day. Fueled by an insatiable desire for revenge, she vows to get even with every person who contributed to the loss of her unborn child, her entire wedding party, and four years of her life. After devising a hit list, The Bride sets off on her quest, enduring unspeakable injury and unscrupulous enemies.