By Ilana Kisilinsky
Exhausted – it’s how we all feel 😫. At the end of the day, the last thing you want to do is put on a dress that’s too tight👗 and heels 👠 that are too high and go out for a date.🙅 All you want to do is curl up on your couch with your bae and put on a movie. You don’t have to get up or get dressed – all you have to do is pop some popcorn, light some candles, and you’ve got yourself a great date.🕯+🍿=💗 The best movies for these date nights are obviously romantic comedies. 💁Throw in any one of these classics and you won’t be disappointed.
- Jerry Maguire
While this 1996 film is a romantic comedy, there is a large sports component. This is the first of the romantic comedy movies to watch with your boyfriend. If you start with any of the other ones, he’ll have to pretend that he’s too macho and cool for these mushy movies. This movie, directed by Cameron Crowe, stars Tom Cruise as a fast-talking sports agent who is fired for his outlandish ideas. He starts his own company, bringing along one secretary played by Renee Zellweger. The two become partners in more ways than one and it is beautiful to watch their love develop on screen. Jerry Maguire movie was nominated for five Academy Awards,🏆😲 including Best Picture and Best Actor, so don’t worry – it’s definitely more than just a sports-love story.👍
- You’ve Got Mail
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were made for each other in this movie.💑 She plays a small book shop owner fighting for the fate of her store as she struggles to compete with a big chain store that moved in across the street. Set in the late ‘90s with the dawn of the internet and email, the two main characters start an anonymous email correspondence — using only their pen names. 😍Little do they know they’re in love with their worst enemy. Directed by Nora Ephron, the queen of romantic comedies, this movie, released in 1998, will make you nostalgic for the days of instant messaging and will hit you right in the feels. 🖥️ 😁 Not only that, but it creates the idyllic and romanticized view of New York that everyone wants to see.🗽
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
A true classic.🎥It doesn’t get better than Audrey Hepburn dressed to the nines eating a danish and drinking coffee outside of Tiffany’s. ☕Loosely based off the novel by Truman Capote of the same name, Hepburn plays a New York socialite trying to catch a man to support her extravagant lifestyle. But as everyone knows, love doesn’t follow a plan and very often sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Directed by Blake Edwards and released in 1961, this movie is a national treasure, and yes the huge Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue is the same Tiffany’s!
- Notting Hill
This is the story you’ll want to happen to you. Julia Roberts plays a superstar actress who falls in love with a bumbling travel book shop owner Brit played by Hugh Grant.💋This movie will have you on the floor laughing one second,🤣 then reaching for the tissues the next.🤧 It brought the world the iconic line, “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her.” Released in 1999, the screenplay was written by Richard Curtis (who also wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral- another classic), and was directed by Roger Michell.
- Sleepless in Seattle
This 1993 film directed by our favorite Nora Ephron stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan — again.💑 They are two such amazing actors that you believe that they are two totally different people who fall in love again. 💕 Hanks plays a widower living in Seattle whose son believes he needs a new wife. His son, played by the adorable Ross Malinger, calls a national radio talk show that Ryan tunes in to.🎙️She falls in love with him over the radio and the rest is history. 🤗This movie will have you crying for days about the power of love and “magic.”✨✨✨
- Pretty Woman👸
Directed by the late great Garry Marshall (the one who brought you The Princess Diaries, Valentine’s Day, and Runaway Bride), this re-imagined Cinderella story with a prostitute and a billionaire will make your heart sing.🎶💖 Released in 1990, this movie starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts will make you believe that no matter how down you are, love will always be there to bring you up. It will get you everytime you watch it. The chemistry between Gere and Roberts is perfection. 🤤You’ll walk away wishing their story was true.📜
- While You Were Sleeping
This may be a holiday movie, but it is perfect all year round.💪The plot centers around Sandra Bullock, who plays a train ticket collector who falls in love with a daily commuter, to whom she’s never spoken. She saves him when he falls onto the tracks and then pretends to be his fiancé so she can visit him in the hospital and check on his condition. She gets trapped in her story and ends up fooling his family, praying that when he wakes up he’ll feel the same way about her — too bad she falls in love with his brother while he was sleeping.😳 Released in 1995 and directed by Jon Turteltaub, who also directed National Treasure. Definitely a director of many talents.👌
- When Harry Met Sally
This may be the last on the list, but it is certainly not the least. The movie stars Meg Ryan (we just can’t get enough🤣😘) as a neurotic woman who meets and drives to New York with Billy Crystal after college. On the way, they get into a heated discussion about whether men and women can ever be platonic friends. They leave the drive hating each other. 🙅♂️🙅♀️They bump into each other a few times as the film progresses until they meet again when they are older and decide to be friends. 🤷 Can men and women really be friends? 🤷♂️ I guess you’ll have to watch it to find out. Directed by Rob Reiner, written by Nora Ephron (would we want anybody else?), and released in 1989, this film powerfully shows that although you may have differences love can truly bring two people together.
While these may be great date movies, they are also perfect for a girls night in or just a night to cozy up by yourself. Let these movies take all of your troubles away, get lost in the romance and fall asleep dreaming of what it would be like to call Tom Hanks your bae (don’t worry it was only While You Were Sleeping 😉). So, call up your boo, your gals, or just have some me time, pop some popcorn, get out your Snuggie and start watching.💻😌