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5 Epic Valentine’s Day Movies

Submitted by on February 12, 2010 – 4:48 pm12 Comments

Today marks the release date of the somewhat anticipated Valentine’s Day movie. While the film features a star-studded cast (no really, it’s crazy: Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, Shirley MacLaine, the Jessicas Biel and Alba, plus more), it garnered mixed reviews, and isn’t expected to be a huge hit at the box office. 

Our suggestion? Watch something great at home instead. Since Valentine’s Day is a holiday that revolves around love, romantic movies are your best bet (duh). Cuddle up on the couch with your significant other (or by yourself, with your Snuggie and everything) after you get your hands on the flicks we’re about to hip you to.

Paper Heart [2009]

Charlyne Yi makes roadtrip across America in an attempt to understand what love really is. Michael Cera (of Superbad fame) plays a somewhat fictionalized version of himself, and ends up being the person to show Yi what love means.  The two play fictionalized versions of themselves, although their relationship seems real (and we feel like it just may be).

500 Days of Summer [2009]

Talk about a brutally honest movie. Depicts true love and tragic heartbreak from one point of view. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (one of the few child actors who made it to adulthood still very talented) and Zooey Deschanel (the same chick who played Jim Carrey‘s girl in Yes Man), it’ll definitely make you laugh, but will also make you think harder about the logistics of a relationship. The moral of the story? Well, you’ll have to watch it to find out. A top movie in ’09 in our eyes.

Love Actually [2003]

A british film that America ended up embracing and swearing by, it’s almost like Crash in the way that it tells various stories at once and everybody’s episodes are linked so cleverly. From young love to old, from blossoming romance to relationships on the rocks, the film touches various types of situations and is a definitely a cathartic experience.

High Fidelity [2000]

John Cusack plays a self-confessed audiophile whose flair for understanding women is less than on par. After getting dumped by his current girlfriend, he looks up some of his old flames in an attempt to figure out what he keeps doing wrong in his relationships. Awesome movie for music lovers.

Love and Basketball [2000]

There should be nobody who reads this who hasn’t seen this classic. The title says it all. Starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, who both happen to have pretty accurate jump shots. That scene where he climbs through the window?! Poetry in motion to say the least.

We aren’t telling you these are the only flicks that you need to grab from your local retailer or video store over this V-Day weekend. Throw your favorite lovey dovey movies in the comments section!

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