Although some romance films can have good messages for couples, not all of them are a “keeper” when it comes to movies to watch as a couple. For example, Revolutionary Road is a good movie but not to watch on date night. Some movies may be more enjoyable for women and others may be more enjoyable for men. There is an art to choosing a date night movie that is sure to please everyone and is satisfying to watch. In this blog post, we go through the best 15 movies for couples to watch on date night. The list is in no particular order.
Hitch is about an anonymous “date doctor” who helps men land dates with the women of their dreams. The doctor’s business and his life turn upside down when he falls hard for a gossip columnist dedicated to exposing him. The movie stars Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, and Amber Valletta. Hitch is a romantic comedy classic full of iconic moments such as Will Smith teaching Kevin James dancing. With many hilarious scenes and great performances, Hitch is a movie you will surely enjoy watching with your partner and it’s one of the best movies for couples.
Jennifer Lawrence received her first Oscar for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. The movie was directed by David O. Russel, and it’s a romantic drama based on Matthew Quick’s novel with the same name. The movie is about a man with bipolar disorder who moves home with his parents and makes a connection with a peculiar widow, which helps both of them heal in unique ways. The film had large critical acclaim on its initial release but what was praised the most were the performances. Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver star in this unique romantic comedy which also was nominated for Best Picture. The movie also had an accurate portrayal of bipolar disorder which is something not a lot of movies do.
A romance? Assassins? Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt? It doesn’t get much better than this. Mr. and Mrs. Smith is about a bored married couple who are surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other. There’s something for everyone in this movie. There’s action, comedy, romance, twists, and an electric chemistry between the two leads. It’s a must watch for any couple looking to put on a dumb-fun movie that everyone can enjoy.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is the most stylish movie on our list of best movies for date night. The movie follows a bass player named Scott Pilgrim who falls for a roller-skating delivery girl named Ramona Flowers. Scott must defeat an army of her seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to win her heart and get the ultimate power of love. The movie is full of action, drama, and a whole lot of comedy. Edgar Wright, the director, was heavily inspired by the comic book style when creating the movie. Things like the editing, the animation, and the overall aesthetic were all meant to be comic-like to pay homage to the Scott Pilgrim comics.
One of the best night’s gone terribly wrong movies, Game Night is funny enough for anyone on a date to like. Starring Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman, the movie is about a group of friends who meet regularly for game nights and find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery when one of them is seemingly kidnapped by dangerous gangsters. The ensemble cast of comedic actors including Lamorne Morris and Jesse Plemons along with hilarious situations the characters are put into, are at least sure to put a smile on your face.
Adam Sandler has built a reputation for slapstick, gross-out comedies that are sure to be popular among a certain male audience. Although with 50 First Dates, Sandler finds his stride as the sensitive romantic lead that audiences can fall in love with. 50 First Dates follows a man named Henry Roth who is afraid of commitment until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry thinks he’s finally found the girl of his dreams until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and she forgets him the very next day. 50 First Dates is a classic romantic comedy and a great option for date night.
You’ve probably heard of this movie before. If you hadn’t, it’s one of the most well known movies of all time. To put it in perspective, Titanic was the first movie to hit 1 billion dollars at the box office and it did it in only 74 days. The movie is about a seventeen-year-old aristocrat who falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. James Cameron directed, wrote, and produced this movie which propelled the acting careers of Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet. Although the ending of the movie may have divided audiences more over time, Titanic is still one of the best movies for couples to watch on date night.
One of the few musicals to make this list, Grease has catchy tunes and a light-hearted story that appeals to viewers of all ages. The music from Grease has become popular enough over the years to be well-known in mainstream audiences. Grease follows good girl Sandy Olsson and troublemaker Danny Zuko as they fall in love over the summer but when they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, they have to decide between the high school status quo or rekindling their romance. Grease is one of the most recognizable movies of all time and even though it was released in 1978, children today still know the songs by heart.
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Even if you haven’t seen Forrest Gump, you probably at least heard of it. This is one of the most famous movies of all time – for good reason. It’s a classic. This 1994 movie follows Forrest Gump who is not the most intelligent but has a heart of gold. He has lived through many dark and historic moments, but his only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart. The movie has a whole lot of heart and continues to inspire viewers with its purity and innocence.
Casablanca is one of the most famous old Hollywood movies out there and contains many iconic lines like, “Louie I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” Set in World War II, a cynical American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco. The movie has complex characters, an engaging love story, and memorable dialogue. Casablanca is one of the best movies for couples to watch on date night.
Can’t go wrong with another classic. When Harry Met Sally is a romantic and funny movie that debates whether men and women can ever truly be friends. Led by Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, the movie centers around Harry and Sally who have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin their friendship. This is a great movie for couples to watch as they can join in on the debate that the main two leads have. The chemistry between the main actors and relatable story make When Harry Met Sally one of the best movies for couples on date night.
Guess Who is a modern recount of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, released in 1967, which centered around a young White American woman who becomes engaged to an African American man without her parents approval. The movie Guess Who flips that premise on its head by instead making the movie about an African American woman who brings her fiancee, a white American man, home to meet her parents. The movie stars Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana, and Judith Scott. The witty retelling is full of hilarious moments sparked by the cast and is a subtle study on race relations in modern-day America.
Crazy Rich Asians, the most recent release on our list of date night movies, made history with cultural representation in mainstream Hollywood by having an all Asian cast. The movie stars Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding. Crazy Rich Asians is based on the book of the same name, written by Kevin Kwan. It follows a Chinese-American native New Yorker who travels to meet her boyfriend’s family in Singapore and discovers that they are among Asia’s richest and most powerful families. The movie gives you a glimpse into the complications of Asian-American immigrants, while tackling issues like status, wealth and love.
The ensemble cast of Crazy Stupid Love would be enough to convince anyone to watch but on top of that, it’s a good heartfelt story about our experiences with love at all ages. The movie is about a middle-aged husband who’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, who teaches him how to pick up girls at bars. The movie stars Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Marisa Tomei. It’s one of the best movies about enduring love and makes a great date night movie.
Poetic Justice has an amazing soundtrack, along with a standout performance from Tupac Shakur. The movie was directed and written by the late John Singleton who made classics such as Boyz N The Hood and Shaft. Poetic Justice is about a grieving hairdresser who goes on a road trip from South Central Los Angeles to Oakland on a mail truck alongside her friend and a postal worker which she cannot stand. The movie is a romance drama that is a must-see for fans of 90s Hip-Hop culture.
The best date night movies are the ones that have a variety of elements. There needs to be some drama, comedy, action, or tragedy, but the most important element will always be love. Romance movies remind us about our relationships and about the way we feel about our partners, making them perfect date night movies. Movies for couples can also be nice if you’re single and are in the romantic mood. No matter who or where you are, everyone needs their romantic story fix eventually and these 15 movies are some of the best.
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