Valentine’s Day is perfect for binging on Richard Curtis films or anything featuring Hugh Grant. Some of these films are my all-time favourites and what better time to watch them than leading up to Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day, here is a list of must-watch films for Valentine’s Day 2017.
This is the first film on my list that was directed by Richard Curtis. About Time is a romantic-comedy released in 2013 about a man (Domhnall Gleeson) with the ability to time travel who tries to change his past in order to improve his future. About Time also stars Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy.
Bridget Jones’ Diary
This is a rom-com classic that is loved by many, including myself. Bridget Jones’ Diary was released in 2001 and there have since been two more films. Bridget Jones’ Baby being the most recent and I would totally recommend if you haven’t seen it already. For those that don’t know, Bridget Jones’ Diary is based on Helen Fielding’s novel of the same name, which is also a reinterpretation of Pride and Prejudice.
Submarine is a 2010 coming-of-age comedy-drama adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne. Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) has two objectives: to lose his virginity before his birthday and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover. In this film, romance is shown in a very blunt and satirical manner. Submarine is Richard Ayoade’s directorial debut and it a wonderful piece of work, also featuring a soundtrack by Arctic Monkey’s frontman – Alex Turner.
This is another Richard Curtis film that was released in 1999. I could include all of Hugh Grant’s films in this list but I decided to include this film as I feel that it’s not talked about as much as the others when it should be. Notting Hill is a story about the life of a bookshop owner (Hugh Grant) and how he changes when he meets one of the most famous film stars in the world (Julia Roberts).
(500) Days of Summer
This is a 2009 rom-com directed by Marc Webb and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. (500) Days of Summer follows a woman who doesn’t believe that true love exists and the man who falls in love with her. I adore this film and the soundtrack makes this even more amazing.
What are your favourite films to watch around Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments below.