What are the best movies for Valentine's Day?


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The lights are out, you're sitting close together, the movie is the right mix of emotional and uplifting. I'd have to say that sticking with the tried, tested and true: the romantic comedy is the best way to spend the evening with your loved one. Maybe it's cliche, but why fix what ain't broke?

I'm not too big of a fan of romantic comedies however, so the best are the ones that appeal to both genders, instead of making one of the two want to stab their eyes out.

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I don't know if the first two movies have been released on DVD yet, but Playing By Heart has been available for almost a decade now, and it's really good. It's also pretty unknown so it'll make a nice surprise for your girl.

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I haven't seen the first 2 movies you mentioned, Omar, but I don't think they're available on DVD yet. I would say the best romantic movie that's just plain good and isn't over-the-top is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If you want something you haven't seen before, I recommend Happy Accidents. It's a pretty unknown movie but I remember liking it and it is definitely a romance. Both my choices have a bit of a sci-fi spin to them, I don't know what that means. If you want just all out romance, you can't go wrong with The Notebook.
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If you like a bit of ultra-violence to make your Valentine's heart melt....check out TRUE ROMANCE.  This is one of my favourite movies.  Screenplay is written by Quentin Tarantino, stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, and features some other big name actors as well (Val Kilmer as Elvis, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Chris Penn, and lest we forget...BALKI BARTAKOMOUS aka Bronson Pinchot.
This post was edited by dakalvia on 2/02/2007 12:53 PM
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I also think The Princess and the Warrior is a great movie that you may not have seen but is a nice story without being cheesy or annoying.
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I concur with Amanie. I would add Run Lola Run to the mix. I don't think I have a typical sense of romance though. None of that "Play it again, Sam" stuff.

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Erik, have you ever seen Casablanca? Because, please don't compare "Play it again, Sam" stuff with the trite (which I think you're actually alluding to) like The Wedding Date.
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Point taken. Crap like Failure to Launch, Maid in Manhattan, Gigli, The Wedding Planner shouldn't be grouped with Casablanca. I agree. Buuuuuuutttt, I don't like either. I respect the classics, and loathe Gigli.

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I would agree with Omar that Stranger than Fiction is a great valentines movie. If your part of the younger crowd I would vote for Little Manhatten, I hated this movie but I guess younger lovebirds may like it.
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I'd have to say for me it's Fight Club, because I am single and just totally love that movie.  I don't want to be reminded of how truly lonely I am on the most "romantic" day of the year... (Movie spoiler warning!) I'd rather see a crazy split personality dude attempt to destroy society as we know it.  If I wasn't single however, I'd probably be watching Scent of a Woman, or Terminator 2.  Have you seen this boy??  HOOOWAAAA!!! I'll be back.
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I've seen T2: Judgement Day about 30 times now. At one point I had pretty much memorized the entire script. Not that there's a lot of talking in it or anything.

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