10 Modern Romantic Movies You Can Watch On Valentine’s Day

10. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

Bridget Jones’ Diary is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen's famous novel Pride & Prejudice. Many adaptations were made in the 2000s, but it was not as successful as this movie. Bridget Jones’s Diary stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget, a woman caught in a love triangle between the dashing Daniel, played by Hugh Grant, and the seemingly disinterested Mr. Darcy, played by Colin Firth (who played Mr. Darcy in a straightforward Pride and Prejudice adaptation six years prior).

Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

9. Before Sunset (2004)

A follow-up to 1995’s Before Sunrise, it catches up with Ethan Hawke’s Jesse and Julie Delpy’s Celine nine years later for more walking, talking, and romance. Written by the cast with their director, it feels like it emerged organically instead of being forced into existence. And it’s warm, witty, and real when dealing with affairs of the heart, for good and ill. In 2013, another episode of the Before franchise, Before Midnight, also premiered.

Before Sunset (2004)
Before Sunset (2004)

8. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Set in Italy in the summer of 1983, the film focuses on the relationship between the 17-year-old Elio played by Timothée Chalemet and the 24-year-old American graduate student Oliver played by Armie Hammer, who came to Italy to do research alongside his father, a university professor. During their summer together, Elio discovers his feelings for Oliver while getting to know himself.

Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Call Me by Your Name (2017)

7. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Jon M. Chu’s charming and funny adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s novel stars Constance Wu as Rachel, a Chinese-American professor who travels to meet her boyfriend’s family in Singapore, only to discover they’re astonishingly wealthy. And so, begins a familiar tale of class conflict, as a young woman from a working-class upbringing suddenly gets immersed in fabulous privilege and glorious excess. Not to mention the constant leers of disapproval.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

6. What If?(2014)

Wallace, played by Daniel Radcliffe, is in a mess with both his love and personal life. He broke up with his girlfriend and dropped out of medical school. Just when he decides to put his love life on hold, he meets Chantry, played by Zoe Kazan. The two have an instant spark, but unfortunately for Wallace, Chantry already has a boyfriend.

What If?(2014)
What If?(2014)

5. Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool stars Ryan Reynolds as a mercenary who finds the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), a hilarious, sensitive, intelligent, and sensual partner who makes his life worth living. But when he finds out he’s dying of cancer, he flees to spare her the horror of watching him die, and he runs headlong into a secret government program that tortures him ruthlessly, in the hopes it will cure him and restore his life.  Yes, we know it’s a superhero movie with lots of action and violence but we want to mention that it’s also the story of a man whose insecurity nearly robs him of the relationship he wants.

Deadpool (2016)
Deadpool (2016)

4. Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Netflix is seriously investing in romantic comedies, and it seems that it works. Always Be My Maybe starring Ali Wong and Randall Park, also written by Park with a little help, is a more traditional romantic comedy. It’s also really funny, tying together two childhood friends who end up growing apart as teenagers only to reconnect as adults. And the story begins and Keanu Reeves’ cameo made it a bit funnier.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Always Be My Maybe (2019)

3. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

99% of romance films would be better off with a few kung fu fights and bass guitar battles, and Edgar Wright’s hyper-stylized graphic novel adaptation is packed with them. The titular Canadian slacker literally fights off the past lovers of new sweetheart Ramona Flowers, facing her seven evil exes in Street Fighter-inspired brawls.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

2. The Notebook (2004)

The high-water mark of Nicholas Sparks adaptations, this sweeping weepie aims firmly for the tear-ducts. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are the young lovers separated through the years by prejudice, World War II, and eventually dementia in a film meticulously designed to leave viewers drowning in a pool of their own tears.

The Notebook (2004)
The Notebook (2004)

1. Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love may forever be a part of pop culture history thanks to Ryan Gosling’s shirtless scene and “Hey Girl” meme, but it’s also a good romantic movie. This particular rom-com has an all-star ensemble cast: Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei, and Julianne Moore. It also has one of the most unexpected and refreshing climaxes in a movie in the last decade.

Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

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