Movies for a Stay-at-Home Valentine’s Day

by February 10, 2011 at 6:30 am 1,436 0

Mary Burgan Borderstan Movie Fan

Mary Burgan is the Borderstan Movie Fan.

From Mary Burgan.

Dinner and a movie make a great Valentine’s Day date. But with no movie theaters in easy walking distance on a cold winter’s night in the Borderstan neighborhood, you may want to watch something at home.

Here are 16 movies that would make for good watching on Valentine’s Day. I’ve picked two films from each decade, starting in the 1930s. All can be obtained from Netflix, with four off them available to download.

Some of these love stories have made me laugh, some have made me cry. But despite the tears, all of them make love look like the most important thing that could ever happen to a body. It is… isn’t it?

Movies for Valentine’s Day

  • It Happened One Night (1934). Clark Gable.
  • Bringing Up Baby (1938). Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.
  • Now, Voyager (1942). Bette Davis and Paul Henreid, a true lover takes care of the cigarettes.
  • Adam’s Rib (1949). Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.
  • Roman Holiday (1953). Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
  • Some Like It Hot (1959). Marilyn Monroe, of course, but Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Joe E. Brown, too!
  • The Apartment (1960). Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. The timeframe? Think Mad Men.
  • Dr. Zhivago (1965). You can download this one at Netflix. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie.
  • The Way We Were (1973). Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand.
  • Annie Hall (1977). A very young Diane Keaton – and Woody Allen, naturally.
  • Out of Africa (1985). Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989). Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. You can download this one at Netflix. Need I remind you of the famous scene in the diner?
  • Philadelphia (1993). Tom Hanks and a young Antonio Banderas. You will cry.
  • Notting Hill (1999). Download from Netflix. Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
  • Punch-Drunk Love (2002). Download at Netflix. Adam Sandler and Emily Watson.
  • The Forty Year-Old Virgin (2005). Steve Carrell and Catherine Keener.


Subscribe to our mailing list