Whether you’ve been married for three decades or are in the process of shopping for unique wedding rings, you and your lover can never go wrong with watching a romantic film together. Often hilarious, tragic, and/or heartbreaking, the following films tend to leave you remembering just why you love your partner so, so much.
1. The Notebook
If you weren’t already shown this movie by a lover in high school or early college, now is the time. The Notebook has become the quintessential romance movie to watch with a partner.
Deeply emotional, the film plays out like a fairy tale, where a working-class guy falls head over heels for an heiress, but whose relationship is stifled due to discrimination for their class differences. Through letters and flashbacks, viewers watch this heartfelt love story unfold between Rachel McAdams’ and Ryan Gosling’s on-screen characters—who provide added eye candy for both partners.
2. 50 First Dates
Sometimes you need a good share of laughs to go along with your romance. This romantic comedy, taking place between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, revolves around a man attempting to capture the heart of a woman with amnesia—who happens to forget everything that happened the day before.
The silly nature of the plot makes this movie hilarious and heartwarming, showing that a commitment to love will eventually work out, even in the most unexpected ways.
3. When Harry Met Sally
Is your lover someone who bothers you from day to day, with little things picking away at you here and there? Yet do you love them despite all of this? Moreover, do you love them more because of these weird ticks?
If so, When Harry Met Sally might be the movie for you and your partner—two people who get on each other’s nerves but love each other more because of it. Best of all, the movie has more than enough laugh out loud moments to go with the heartfelt conversations between Billy Crystal’s and Meg Ryan’s characters.
4. You’ve Got Mail
Did you and your lover meet over Tinder, Bumble, or Hinge? Did you have a rough go of the dating apps before matching with one another and pulling at each other’s heartstrings? You’ve Got Mail, while dated for the modern age, still offers a great rom-com take on internet dating.
If anything, you and your lover can laugh at the experiences you’ve had thanks to internet dating while watching the experiences of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan onscreen.
5. Dirty Dancing
Another classic movie, Dirty Dancing is a love story that will stick with you—the preppy girl going against her parents’ wishes to be with the rebellious boy with a heart of gold. By the end, you and your partner are sure to want to take to the living room to dance together while Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze cut a rug in their dance finale.
6. Love & Basketball
Were you and your partner friends long before you became romantic with one another? Do you have your struggles yet come out on the other side stronger as a couple? Love & Basketball is a beautiful film that explores the relationship of Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps), who have long been bonded at the hip due to their love for basketball and one another.
While their relationship has its fair share of drama throughout the film, they’re only strengthened by each road bump, standing as a testament to how the two of these people are truly meant for one another.
Get ready to shed some tears at the start of this movie, but be prepared to laugh and feel enlivened as Up goes on. While both devastating and sweet, this animated feature is a testament to the power of love and how we will traverse to the ends of the earth to keep our promise to those we love most.
8. Mamma Mia!
If you’re looking to belt out some ABBA songs while dancing on the couch side by side, it might be the night to throw on Mamma Mia! The film is a fun jaunt as a bride attempts to find her real father, all while being backed up by excellent tunes.
9. Meet the Parents
If you or your partner had a rough time meeting the other’s parents, this might be a funny film to throw on together. While most parents aren’t as crazy as Meet the Parents’ Jack Byrnes, played by Robert De Niro, most people can relate to the anxiety felt by Greg (Ben Stiller).
Through a cacophony of laughter, you and your partner can break the tension and learn that you can truly make things work, even if the experience of meeting the other’s family is stressful.
10. Fifty Shades of Grey
Trying to spice up life in the bedroom? While the film might not be as graphic as some had hoped, Fifty Shades of Grey is still bound to leave couples with some lingering thoughts related to intimate adventures.
Evolving around a young woman being seduced by an older suave gentleman, the film delves into concepts such as power dynamics, sexual addiction, and BDSM. Beyond stirring conversation between you and your lover, you might end up with some new ideas of what to do once the movie is done.
When discussing romantic movies, it feels like it would be a crime to forgo mentioning Titanic. Based on true events related to the 1912 RMS Titanic disaster, the film follows the burgeoning love between on-screen stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Eventually falling in love despite their different social classes, the film plunges from romance into tragedy when depicting the crashing and sinking of the ship.
Beyond the tears you’ll be left with by the end of the film, it has many memorable parts to boot, such as the “King of the world!” sequence and Celine Dion’s breathtaking “My Heart Will Go On” single.
12. The Proposal
If you and your significant other have just gotten engaged, The Proposal might just be the perfect movie to put on. The silly plot follows Sandra Bullock’s character, Margaret, as she convinces her assistant, Andrew (played by Ryan Reynolds), to marry her so she can avoid deportation.
While the two eventually fall in love amid a number of outlandish jokes, the movie ends on an upbeat takeaway that will leave you loving your partner more than before. It might even leave you with a funny memory when shopping for wedding rings together.