Valentine’s Day movie recommendations to watch with a partner or friends

Written By Tia Bailey, Co-Features/A&E Editor

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to celebrate love – love for your partner, friends, family, anyone. A great way to stay in and celebrate is with movies. Here are some great movies to watch with your partner or friends this V-Day season.


“Set It Up”: “Set It Up” is a 2018 Netflix rom-com starring Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs. Deutch and Powell play the assistants of Liu and Diggs who are being worked to exhaustion by their bosses and decide to set them up together to make them happier and their own lives and jobs easier. This movie doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, and it’s an easy watch.

“10 Things I Hate About You”: This is an absolute classic. This 1999 movie stars Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles as the main characters. Stiles plays “abrasive” Kat, while Ledger plays bad boy Patrick. The two are set up by Kat’s younger sister Bianca so that she will be allowed to date. If your guilty pleasure is 90s teen movies, this is a great choice for you.

“Enchanted”: Another overlooked movie, “Enchanted” is one of the best live-action Disney films. The movie stars Amy Adams as Princess Giselle who gets transported from her fairy tale world to real-life New York City, where she meets non-romantic lawyer Robert, played by Patrick Dempsey. The movie is fun, self-aware and romantic.

Watch with friends

“The Twilight Saga”: These movies are bad. Like, very bad. But they’re so much fun to watch. Settle in for a movie night with your roommates and friends and fully enjoy the ridiculousness and nostalgia that these movies bring.

“Mamma Mia”: “Mamma Mia,” starring Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep, is the perfect sleepover movie. Seyfried’s Sophie is getting ready to get married, and she invites all three men that could possibly be her father to the wedding. The songs are catchy (who doesn’t love ABBA?), and it’s such a fun and entertaining watch. If you’re up for a double feature, “Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again” is also a great movie with even more ABBA songs.

“Mean Girls”: If you’re sensing a theme here, the early-late 2000s were a peak time for teen/romance movies. “Mean Girls” isn’t the most romantic movie out there, but it focuses on friendship and it’s a classic, making it so much fun to watch with a group of friends.

“Someone Great”: This movie is one of my favorites. If you’ve ever been through a breakup, this movie will hit you hard. The Netflix film follows music journalist Jenny as she navigates life after taking her dream job with Rolling Stone, which also caused her rocky relationship with her long-term boyfriend to come to an end. She decides to have one last hurrah with her friends before she moves out of the city and reminisces on her relationship while on their adventure. A major plus of the movie is the soundtrack, which features music from Lizzo, Phoebe Bridgers, Lorde, Vampire Weekend, Jessie Reyez and more.

Celebrate the season with some of these movies, and don’t forget to tell your friends you love them.