After dinner this Valentine’s Day, a romantic movie can be the perfect pairing.
For 2016, here is an eclectic list with 16 suggestions of films to stream, rent or otherwise view at home. They were culled from multiple published “Best” lists and are listed chronologically according to the year they were released.
If none of these tickles your fancy, hit the Web, where you’ll find dozens of curated lists for other suggestions.
“It Happened One Night” (1934), starring Clark Gable as a newspaperman and Claudette Colbert as a spoiled heiress on the run.
“Casablanca” (1942), starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, same story … for love and glory.
“Romeo and Juliet” (1968) starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey or “Romeo + Juliet” (1996), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Classic or modern, Shakespeare’s lovers are beautiful but star-crossed.
The Princess Bride” (1987), starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright, whose romance is at the core of the fairy tale with lots of action.
“Moonstruck” (1987), starring Cher and Nicolas Cage. You, too, will want to howl at “Cosmo’s moon” after seeing this cross-generational love story.
“Say Anything” (1989), starring John Cusack and Ione Skye. Fandango, among others, rates Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler as its No. 1 romcom underdog hero.
“Beauty and the Beast” (1991), the unabashedly romantic Disney fairy tale was the first animated feature film to be nominated for a best picture Oscar.
“Four Weddings and a Funeral” (1994), starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell. A group of friends who only think they’re unlucky in love.
“Shakespeare in Love,” (1998), starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, the plot twists, costumes and language pay homage to the Bard.
“Love Actually” (2003), starring a cast of more than a dozen actors portraying eight couples with somewhat interrelated lives.
“The Notebook” (2004), starring Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands and James Garner. Romantic? Yes. Comedy? Not by a mile. This film makes several “best romantic films” lists.
“Hitch” (2005), starring Will Smith as a professional “date doctor” whose methods fail when he tries to employ them for his own benefit.
“Silver Linings Playbook” (2012), starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Love – both romantic and familial – in the midst of mental problems.
“Moonrise Kingdom” (2012), starring Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward. This quirky tale of young love shows up on several “best romance movies” lists.
“About Time” (2013), starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams. Besides a sweet romance and time travel, there’s a solid father-son relationship.
“Blue is the Warmest Color” (2013), starring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos, a French import that tells a story of young passionate love and loss.