Movies to get you through post-V Day sadness

February 12, 2019 — by Amanda Zhu and Angelina Chen

Reporters list the eight best movies to watch after a Valentine’s Day spent alone.

Who isn’t guilty of watching cheesy romance films one after another, wishing that they too could experience that kind of love? These eight movies we’ve selected are perfect for a night spent at home in bed, where your only company is your dog and those study guides for the four tests you have tomorrow.

Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, “The Notebook” is a beloved classic that never fails to draw a few tears. Released in 2004, the movie follows a lower-class boy, Noah, and a rich girl, Allie, who fall in love. But after Allie’s parents disapprove and she moves away, and Noah serves in World War II, they face difficult obstacles that test their love for each other. Whether you are rewatching it for the fifth time or just discovering it, “The Notebook” is a great movie describing how no matter the challenges, love will always prevail.

Another good but lesser-known movie, starring Blake Lively, is “Age Of Adaline,” a love story surrounding a woman who suddenly stops aging for an unknown reason. This film, released in 2015, will make you think about what in life really matters and what isn’t as important. As compared to other movies, the mood of this film is more serious and related to the topic of missed opportunities. If you’re looking for a tragic love story that has a surprising twist, this movie is for you.

“Paper Towns” came out in 2015 but still has us wishing the two main characters figured it out in the end. Based on the young adult novel by John Green, this beautiful but tragic story follows a mysterious girl trying to find her identity and the childhood friend who is secretly in love with her. He follows her across the country to profess his love, but is met with countless challenges along the way.

If you are looking for a movie that can make you simultaneously laugh and cry in a span of 20 minutes, “Me Before You,” released in 2016, is the movie you need to watch. This film is on the serious side and touches on themes like death and depression that people often avoid. It follows the story of a young woman, Lou Clark (Emilia Clarke), who becomes a caregiver for a paralyzed man (Sam Claflin) and tries to show him that life is worth living.

In August 2018, the lighthearted Netflix original “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” aired to great acclaim. Based on the popular YA novel of the same name, it tells the story of a teenage girl, Lara Jean, who writes letters to her crushes that she never plans to send out. But after somebody sends out the letters, Lara Jean’s life is turned upside down. But due to a series of unexpected events, she ends up faking a relationship with a popular boy in her school, Peter Kavinsky. But will Lara Jean work up the courage to tell him her true feelings? Also, watch out for the sequel coming out soon!

If you want a consistently watchable romantic comedy, “P.S. I Love You,” released in 2007, follows a woman who loses her husband to an illness, but discovers on her 30th birthday the first letter out of 10 that he wrote for her before he passed away. It’s a classic that surpasses most other cheesy romantic movies and will definitely give you a good cry.

Perhaps the most well-known romantic movie of all time, “Titanic,” released in 1997, is one of the best blockbuster movies ever created. The movie follows a rich woman, Rose, played by Kate Winslet, who is set to marry a wealthy man named Cal but ends up falling in love with a poor man, Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, aboard the Titanic. You will definitely be in for a ride with the iconic scenes and heart-wrenching moments in this movie.

You might not have heard of the movie “Love, Rosie,” released in 2014, but it is a must-watch. Starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, this movie will frustrate you while you watch two best friends miss their chance at love, time after time. The chemistry between the leads and the hilarious jokes only make the film better. The characters have their ups and downs, but the ending is worth sticking around for.

Who needs a date to spend the afternoon with when you have these eight romantic movies and a bucket of popcorn to keep you company?

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