Reel Dialogue’s Valentine’s gift to you

Rom-coms your man will not be embarrassed to watch + best married couples in film 

It is Valentine’s Day weekend. Before picking a film, think of the one you love. Here are a few tips:

Ladies:

  1. Boyfriend or girlfriend? Don’t choose a film that you would normally only take your girlfriends to see on a girls night out. Men should not have to sacrifice their masculinity for the sake of a night out with the woman they love. Ladies you need to decide something: For a movie night, is it with the girls or your special guy?
  2. Do not pull out The Notebook, a Jane Austin inspired film (Psstt… this classic author never got married) or Love Actually and think that your boyfriend or husband will enjoy the evening. 

Gents:

  1. Bruce Willis is not romantic… I know this is hard to imagine.  He may be in person, but not on the big screen. Don’t choose the latest action adventure and think it is going to make for a romantic night.
  2. Maybe read up a bit on the film before taking her out: Fury, Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Remnant are great films, but not great choices for a romantic night out on the town.
  3. Splash a little cash beforehand: Take her out to a nice meal and then the film, most films become even more romantic when proceeded by a nice meal. (McDonalds and KFC do not count)

Enter into the infamous rom-com considerations in this modern era. The choices for rom-coms tend to be more saucy romance than engaging comedy. Most rom-coms are written for a generation who do not know what real romance means, yet.

How about finding a film that meets couples in the middle? 

Romance + Comedy = Great Valentine’s Day

Here is a short list of films you can both enjoy. The list is not in any real order, just a list for consideration. 

Due to the date night theme, many of these films are for mature audiences. 
  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  2. La La Land
  3. Hitch 
  4. As Good As It Gets
  5. Ladies in Black (Only in Australia currently, but when you get a chance to watch it.)
  6. Sweet Home Alabama
  7. Groundhog Day (I know, Rom-Com? Get over it, Bill Murray made the list)
  8. When Harry Met Sally (Classic lines, adult themes)
  9. Roman Holiday (We needed a classic, Hepburn/Peck… perfect)
  10. The Age of Adaline 
  11. Roxanne (The lines are brilliant, even though the film is a bit dated)
  12. Notting Hill (Some blokes might groan, but it is good – The only Julia Roberts nod)
  13. Kate & Leopold (Rarely seen, but good stuff)
  14. Midnight in Paris (Surprise to make the list, but it is good)
  15. Amelie (Yes, it is French and there are sub-titles, but this film is excellent)
  16. Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail (The Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan choices)
  17. The Princess Bride (It is hard not adding this to the list… As you wish)
  18. The Big Sick (Fascinating story, even though the material is very mature)
  19. The Proposal
  20. Jerry Maguire (Is it a rom-com? Borderline… You had me at hello)
A subcategory: Great movies that depict great married couples
  1. The Family Man
  2. Julie & Julia
  3. About Time (A bit saucy for this list, but a good film none-the-less)
  4. Date Night
  5. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (The original only)
  6. Shadowlands 
  7. Up! (The first five minutes of this film make this one of the best depictions of marriage in a film)

Happy Valentine’s Day, thank us later!

Do you have a film you would like to add? Go for it, send us your recommendations.