Valentine’s Day guide: Movies for the in-love and lonely


Gracie Moore, Reporter

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m going to share my romantic comedy movie recommendations for the lovestruck, the cupid haters and those who fall in-between. 

Getting over a breakup can be tough, but “Someone Great” will make you cry, laugh and start to move on in less than two hours. This is one of my favorite movies in general. 

Gina Rodriguez’s acting paired with co-stars Brittany Snow and DeWanda Wise is friendship chemistry at its finest. But the lighting, the soundtrack and the cinematography make it outstanding. 

If you want something to watch for a “Galentine’s” party or a great comedy, this one’s for you. If you haven’t seen it already, you have to watch “Bridesmaids.” 

This one is great for so many reasons: the “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” trope and the importance of friendship mixed with an all-star cast and plenty of comedy make this a perfect feel-good watch. 

If you’re looking for a heartwarming film about a first love, “Love, Simon” is the perfect movie. 

“Love, Simon” follows a high school student coming to terms with his sexual identity and who he loves. It’s a sweet coming-of-age story with much needed representation that isn’t perfect but still a little better than past films. 

Not a relationship person? No problem. Try “The Devil Wears Prada” or “Legally Blonde” for great stories and great casts with just a little bit of romance. 

With not as much focus on the romantic relationships portrayed, these are great movies for the independent lovers out there or for those who feel they are more than enough without a significant other and don’t quite feel the need to have one yet. 

One of my top-five favorite movies is “10 Things I Hate About You” starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. 

Starting out as strangers and then practically hating each other, Ledger and Stiles’ characters have an insane amount of chemistry. Kat Stratford is an icon, and I admire her rebel attitude. I highly recommend this movie to anyone, especially if you want something a little less sentimental. 

For a classic 1980s highschool love story, “Pretty in Pink” is the perfect movie. 

The 80s produced so many great teenage movies like “Pretty in Pink” and “The Breakfast Club,” which are especially great because they both star Molly Ringwald. I might have a bias for older movies like this, but I think it’s a great casual watch. 

For my fellow musical lovers, “Mamma Mia!” is a must-watch. It’s less on the “rom-com” side compared to aforementioned films, but the love between the mom, the daughter and all their friends in the film is so sweet. And sometimes familial love is all you need.

The music of “Mamma Mia!” is outstanding since it’s a jukebox musical featuring the hits of “ABBA.”  And if all of that wasn’t convincing enough, the film’s leading ladies include Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Christine Baranski. 

Even better, you can make this a double-feature. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” came out in 2018 with even more music and, in my opinion, is just as good as the original. 

So whether you’re single, in a relationship or in-between, there are plenty of great movies out there to watch on the both dreaded and beloved holiday.