In the mood for some romance, of all varieties? (Picture: Getty/ Rex/Shutterstock)
Valentine’s Day 2022 is upon us!
While some may choose to mark the date with a swanky dinner, others prefer a cosy night in – and we are here to provide you with the best film fodder for your eyes.
We’ve avoided the most obvious suggestions such as When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Woman and Four Weddings and a Funeral (we assume you’re well versed on those if you clicked on this article).
Instead, below you’ll find a range of brand-new, quirky or old-school Hollywood classic rom-coms to enjoy, however (and with whoever) you’re celebrating February 14.
The Hating Game (2021)
A brand-new addition to Amazon Prime Video, The Hating Game is one of those classic ‘I hate you but I love you’ rom-coms, adapted from the book by Sally Thorne.
Based on a workplace rivalry, Lucy Hale stars as Lucy, who resolves to achieve professional success without compromising her ethics, embarking on a ruthless game of one-upmanship against cold and efficient professional nemesis Joshua (Austin Stowell).
Things then become complicated by her growing attraction to him, because of course they do because that’s exactly why you hit play on this film.
The Hating Game is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Book of Love (2022)
Another new offering, fresh to screens just this weekend, Book of Love sees two writers thrown together on a book tour.
Uptight English author Henry (Sam Claflin) discovers that his dull, failing novel has become a smash-hit in Mexico, where Spanish translator Maria (Verónica Echegui) may have got a tiny bit carried away with her version of the story, turning it into a spicy erotic read.
Obviously, opposites attract.
Book of Love is available to watch on Sky Cinema and to stream via Now.
There have been many adaptations of this Jane Austen classic over the years, and almost all excellent, but this is the deliciously pastel pink millenial version, directed by Autumn de Wilde.
A ravishing feast for the eyes (it often looks like a painting), and a game cast headed by Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn and Callum Turner, this Emma is a rollicking ride through matchmaking England in the early 1800s.
Truly, we are spoilt.
Emma is available to stream via Netflix.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
One of modern Hollywood’s best on-screen partnerships (Picture: Ben Glass/Rex/Shutterstock)
Okay, a slightly more mainstream choice, but just one to mop up those who may not have seen this modern classic yet, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in one of their delightful pairings.
As well as a top-tier Dirty Dancing lift scene, the screenplay deftly handles a knot of interweaving plots that also involves Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Kevin Bacon and Marisa Tomei.
It’s also pretty heavy on the geunine laughs for a rom-com.
Crazy, Stupid, Love is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Can you believe that 2022 marks 20 years since this gem of a movie blessed us with its release?
Starring Sex and the City’s John Corbett and Nia Vardalos, who wrote the screenplay, this is a classic fish-out-of-water, interfering family type comedy.
A young Greek woman (Vardalos) falls in love with a non-Greek (Corbett) and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.
It also features the classic reassuring line of ‘making lamb’ for a vegetarian, and its 2016 sequel is available to stream too.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Monroe is at her best (Picture: United Artists/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)
Coming in with a stonking classic here, and one of Marilyn Monroe’s finest performances as the innocent but sexy Sugar Kane Kowalczyk.
This Oscar-winning film sees two male musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) witness a mob hit and then choose to flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women.
Obviously complications (Sugar Kane) ensue, and this sweet but dated comedy boasts three cracking central performances.
Some Like It Hot is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Something a little more unusual (Picture: The Weinstein Company/JoJo Whilden/AP)
Now for something a little more quirky and rather more downbeat in Silver Linings Playbook.
Boasting a heavyweight cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro, the film follows former teacher Pat (Cooper), who moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife after a stint in a mental institution.
Things get more challenging when he meets the spirited Tiffany (Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
It also contains some of the most delightful scenes of slightly average dancing in cinema, punctuated by sheer joy.
Silver Linings Playbook is available to stream via Netflix.
Groundhog Day (1993)
Okay, so Groundhog Day has technically just passed, but why constrain this rom-com to just one viewing day per year?
A standout 90s offering, the film has Bill Murray as cynical weatherman Phil Connors, who finds himself trapped in a seemingly never-ending time loop in Punxsatawney on Groundhog Day, where he is forced to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.
To repeat: It’s a Billy Murray rom-com, and everything that promises. Need more be said?
Groundhog Day is available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.
Roman Holiday (1953)
An exquisite, old school rom-com (Picture: Paramount/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)
A gorgeous, romantic offering from the 1950s, this is the film that put Audrey Hepburn on the Hollywood map.
As the bored and sheltered Princess Ann, she escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman (Gregory Peck) in Rome.
Watch it for great chemistry, whimsy and a delightful tour around 1950s Rome, as well as one of the most famous improvised scenes in film history (it involves a hand).
Roman Holiday is available for rent on Amazon Prime Video.
The Duff (2015)
Something a little more youthful, The Duff is rather more clever than your standard high school rom-com transformation fare.
A high school senior (Mae Whitman) instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – by her prettier, more popular counterparts.
Not nearly as grim as it sounds, the film has something to say and is ably supported by actors including Allison Janney and Ken Jeong.
The Duff is available to stream via Netflix.
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