10 Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies

While there is no shortage of rom-coms and romantic movies out there, it’s a tricky business finding exactly the right one for Valentine’s Day. It’s an occasion to celebrate love and this means a free pass for the clichéd love-at-first-sight, fireworks-as-you-kiss and happily-ever-after movie plots. So we’ve weeded out the romantic tearjerkers (Fault in Our Stars, we’re looking at you) because nobody wants puffy eyes on a date, and axed anything that might not exactly give you the warm fuzzies (case in point, Blue Valentine – shit got too real there). So grab a glass of wine and the box of heart-shaped chocolates and curl up with one of our picks of the 10 Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies made in this millennium.

Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies

10 Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies


Man Up (2015)

Starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg

The film begins with the single and cynical 34-year-old Tess Morris who is accidentally mistaken for a stranger’s blind date. She goes along with the ruse only to find herself unexpectedly falling in love. But will her duplicity prove too much when the truth is revealed or will the bond that develops between the two offbeat characters blossom into something more?

Why you should watch it:

On first glance, the film looks to have taken the stock plot of every uninspired rom-com ever made but Man Up works largely because Bell and Pegg both sparkle in their performance. Despite the unusual casting, the actors maintain a palpable chemistry that holds throughout the film. The comedy is deftly handled in a zesty and genuinely humorous script. One of the latest releases in this list of 10 Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies, Man Up looks good enough to be a favorite you can revisit in the years to come.

IMDB: 6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%

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Trainwreck (2015)

Starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader

Amy Schumer stars as a career-driven magazine writer who parties hard and does not believe in monogamy – a stance drilled into her as a child by her father after her parents’ divorce. She meets a sports doctor for an interview on the job and for the first time begins to wonder if she’s missing out on something.

Why you should watch it:

Written by Schumer, you can expect the trademark self-deprecating, no-holds-barred, raunchy humor that is her brand of hilarity. Coupled with her razor-sharp comedic timing, this film is a gem of a rom-com that manages to have you in stitches while carrying a compelling and ultimately endearing storyline. If nothing else, this one is a worth a watch just to see Tilda Swinton with a spray tan. Trainwreck is a definite shoo-in in our list of 10 Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies.

IMDB: 6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

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Warm Bodies (2013)

Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer

An unconventional take on the zombie film genre, Warm Bodies is told from the perspective of R, a zombie looking for a human emotional connection although he cannot help but devour humans. One day, in the midst of a zombie attack, he sees Julie, a human survivor and saves her. The two develop a relationship with surprising consequences.

Why you should watch it:

While a zombie apocalypse may not seem like the most conducive setting for a romance, Warm Bodies defies convention to produce a strikingly sweet tale of love in the face of all odds. Slightly off-kilter, occasionally gruesome, but mostly charming and tender, Warm Bodies is the modern undead version of Romeo and Juliet where love ultimately conquers all.

IMDB: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

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Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

Starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Steve Carell and Julianne Moore

Middle-aged straight-laced Cal Weaver is devastated to learn that his wife has cheated on him and wants a divorce. Dejected, he sits alone at a bar until he is taken under the wing of a newfound friend – a handsome player, Jacob Palmer, who teaches him the tricks to seducing women. The plot thickens when Jacob finds himself falling in love with none other than Cal’s daughter.

Why you should watch it:

Ryan Gosling. Shirtless. ‘Nuff said.

Okay but seriously, Crazy Stupid Love is a surprisingly sweet, thoughtful film of two generations of characters struggling to find their way to their one true love. Filled with laugh-out-loud scenes balanced nimbly amid heartfelt moments, it is an earnest piece that will fill you with the belief that love does triumph in the end. This one is our personal favorite in our list of 10 Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies.

IMDB: 7.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman

Set on a small island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-old pen pals who fall in love and make a secret pact to run away together. Armed with camping equipment, binoculars, six books, a kitten and a battery-powered record player, the two make for a secluded cove on the island.

Why you should watch it:

Directed by Wes Anderson, the film is an enchanting view of young love, first kisses and coming-of-age told from the choppy perspective of youth. Quietly beautiful cinematography underscores a powerful, moving script that treads the line between whimsy and substance. This one stole our hearts in our list of 10 Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies for a nostalgic reminder of the innocence of love.

IMDB: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

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Seeking A Friend for the End of the World (2012)

Starring Keira Knightly and Steve Carell

The film opens with a radio announcement that an asteroid will hit the planet in three weeks, obliterating earth and its inhabitants. While most people are spending their last days living with wild abandon and in pursuit of any and all hedonistic pleasures, middle-aged Dodge Peterson continues trudging on in his meaningless life, showing up for work as an insurance salesman. When his path crosses with his neighbor, Penny’s, the two decide to take a road trip to pursue the things that matter to them.

Why you should watch it:

The central premise is an interesting backdrop for the nuanced performances of Carell and Knightley – an unlikely but surprisingly enjoyable pairing. Like most rom-coms, this one is similarly built on a certain amount of clichés and coincidences but there is heart in the burgeoning romance between the two characters and some pretty cool music choices to boot.

IMDB: 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 55%

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Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth

A modern interpretation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the film centers around the life of Bridget Jones – a single, klutzy, heavy-drinking, chain-smoking 32-year-old who spends her time in equal parts worrying about her weight and fantasizing about her dashing boss, Daniel. Despite his reputation as a notorious womanizer, Bridget begins a giddy affair with Daniel until an unexpected meeting with a childhood acquaintance gives her pause.

Why you should watch it:

No serious list of 10 Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies should exist without featuring Hugh Grant, and Bridget Jones’s Diary offers everything we love about the roguishly charming Englishman. The film is pure fun and a bucket of giggles boosted by a stellar cast and a saucy script. While this first installment is undoubtedly the best in the Bridget Jones film franchise, there are two more movies in the series if you should feel inclined to a movie marathon.

IMDB: 6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%

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Love Actually (2003)

Starring Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman and Keira Knightley

More than a decade after its release, Love Actually is considered by many to be the ultimate modern classic rom-com. The star-studded project involves more than a dozen characters with storylines of love and heartache that intersect through the movie. A best man in love with his best friend’s new bride, a couple whose marriage has lost its spark, a recent widower looking for a way to connect with his stepson, are some of the complex threads explored in the film.

Why you should watch it:

Movies with a large ensemble cast can be tricky but Love Actually pulls it off with aplomb. While not every subplot in the story ends in a happily-ever-after, each hits the mark as a heart-warming tale and an exploration of love, skillfully delivered to elicit the warm fuzzies and rouse an irresistible desire to give someone a hug. This is one for the ages in our list of 10 Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies.

IMDB: 7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%

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Serendipity (2001)

Starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale

Two strangers, John and Sara, cross paths in a busy department store when they both reach for the same pair of gloves. After a magical evening together, the two part ways despite their mutual attraction. Sara insists on leaving the possibility that their chance encounter means something more, up to fate – she tells John that she will write her phone number in a book and sell the book to a used bookstore. If they are meant to be together, she believes they will find their way back to each other.

Why you should watch it:

There is little more romantic than the notion of two people who are just meant to be with each other, time, distance and logistics be damned. If you can get past the trite meet cute and improbable coincidences, Serendipity is a gleeful indulgence of fate, destiny and the search for The One. A must see for the true romantics at heart on our list of 10 Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies.

IMDB: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 59%

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)

Starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett

Thirty-something Greek-American Toula has been facing mounting pressure from her well-meaning but traditional parents to find herself a husband. When she finally falls in love, her parents are horrified to learn that her fiancé is not Greek. Worst yet, he’s vegetarian. The pair must navigate the waters of their relationship and wedding plans as they confront their heritage and cultural identity.

Why you should watch it:

The highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is delightful romp into the complexities of balancing the obligations of love and family. Written by Nia Vardalos, who also stars as the lead, the film features a cast of lovable characters and a clever script that will have you chuckling the whole way through. If you’re looking for a bit of fun, frothy entertainment, this is a great pick in our list of 10 Best Modern Romantic Valentine’s Day Movies

IMDB: 6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%

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