Top 10 movies to watch on Valentine’s Day


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The featured couples for some of the top movies; “While You Were Sleeping,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days.”

Zoe Viterbo, Staff Writer

February 14, Valentine’s day, a day to be shared with loved ones and what better way to spend it than watching a movie. Here are some of my top picks for the best Valentine’s movies:

  1. My Best Friend’s Wedding

An unexpected cliché movie that tells the story of two best friends, Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) and Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney), promising to marry each other if they were still single by the age of 28. But, just 4 days before Julianne’s 28th birthday, Michael announces that he is engaged to Kimberly (Cameron Diaz). After this statement, she is appointed maid of honor but Julianne realizes that she is actually in love with Michael, vowing to stop the wedding. Will she get her man?

  1. Ever After: A Cinderella Story

The best, in my opinion, adaptation of the classic Cinderella story. This tells the story of Danielle (Drew Barrymore) after her father comes back from France with his new wife Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston) and her two daughters. He then finds out that he must leave again, though before he can go, he dies from a heart attack. As the usual story goes, Danielle is then treated like a servant by the trio, though unlike the original fairy tale, Danielle is able to take things into her own hands without a Prince Charming. This, however, does not mean one isn’t present in the film.

  1. Serendipity

A sweet love at first sight. Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) was looking for gloves, but happens to find his true love, Sara Thomas (Kate Beckins). Jonathan wants to take things further with Sara, but in her hesitancy, suggests to test fate by splitting up. Many years later, they are now engaged to others, but still have hope they will one day reunite. So, both go out their way to find each other. No matter how hard they try, they just can’t seem to take matters into their own hands, meaning it is up to fate to bring them together.

  1. How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days

Maybe a cliche movie, but one worth seeing. Advice columnist Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) wants to test her own advice on how to lose a guy in 10 days. So she goes on to seek a bachelor, and stumbles upon Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey), an advertising executive who is currently competing against his coworkers for a major campaign. So he makes a deal like no other; he gets the campaign if he can get a girl to fall in love with him in the next 10 days. This movie drags you along to see who will complete their task.

  1. The Proposal

A must-watch comical romance. Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) claims to be engaged to her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to avoid being deported. Andrew, surprised by this claim, plays along with her proposal, but he sets a few conditions,including a promotion and a trip to Alaska to meet his family. An agent gets suspicious of this relationship and goes to Alaska to investigate, eventually finding out that the engagement was a lie. After this mishap, Andrew realizes that he has fallen in love with his boss, and now has to convince not only Margaret, but the nosy agent, that this time it’s for real.

  1. You’ve Got Mail

This movie is all about finding love online. Small boutique bookseller Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) hates the owner of Foxbooks, Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) for putting her out of business. All while they fall for via the Internet. Completely oblivious of each other’s identity, Joe Fox continues to put her out of business until he finds out her real identity. He now has to decide whether he follows his hate for the bookstore owner, or his love for the cyber personality.

  1. 50 First Dates

An incredible story where love surpasses medical and mental barriers. Vet Henry (Adam Sandler) falls in love with Lucy (Drew Barrymore), but she has short-term memory loss, meaning she is unable to remember anything from the day before. Henry has to connect with her over and over again while convincing her family that he’s doing it for all the right reasons.

  1. Sleepless in Seattle

Another romantic film with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, this movie features a sweet connection between two people from across the country. After the death of Sam Baldwin’s (Tom Hanks) wife, he and his son move to Seattle. This is where his son, Jonah, calls a talk-radio program to find his father a new partner. Sam gets on the line and shares his feelings about the situation where Anne (Meg Ryan), living in Baltimore, hears this and falls for Sam. Though she is engaged, she writes a letter to Sam to meet him at the Empire State building on Valentine’s Day. This movie conveys that, even if you may think you have found the one, there may still be another you can connect with on a deeper level. 

  1. Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama perfectly depicts growth and change in people. New York fashion designer Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) who gets engaged to the “most eligible bachelor.” But before New York, she had a secret past in Alabama; she must then return to her past and fix “mistakes” that were made, only to find that they weren’t mistakes at all.

  1. While You Were Sleeping

”While You Were Sleeping” is the perfect movie to feed the hopeless romantic fire. This movie features Sandra Bullock playing a transit worker that saves her crush from getting hit by a train after falling off the platform. When they get to the hospital, doctors report that he is in a coma, and she is then mistaken as his fiancée. She enjoys this misunderstanding, but is unable to tell the truth when the family believes her story because of how welcoming they were to her. However, the comatose patient’s brother, Jack (Bill Pullman) is suspicious of Lucy. It doesn’t just stop there, situations get more complicated when Lucy starts to fall for Jack.