Be Mine: What to Watch this Valentine’s Day on Netflix

Is your Valentine’s Day 2014 looking more like Doomsday 2014? Did you wait ’til the last minute to make a reservation at her favorite restaurant to find there aren’t any left? Or did you completely forget about the preeminent day of love and now have no idea what to get him? Are you fearing the verbal lashing that will certainly ensue if you’re stuck in either or a similar situation?

Have no fear! Why not cook up your sweetie’s favorite dish at home and snuggle up with one of these Netflix romantic classics! (That is, if you’re not already planning on binge-watching the much-anticipated second season of House of Cards). Your hunny will love the home-cooked meal only slightly less than the movie you picked from this stellar list.

Disclaimer: romantic favorites like Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Woman, and The Notebook were not purposely left off this list- they are NOT on Netflix. Come on Netflix people get with the program!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Blake Edwards, 1961)

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This is the beloved, quirky tale of Holly Golightly, an eccentric New York socialite who is desperately trying to marry rich- something her smitten, struggling-writer neighbor Paul is most certainly not. Holly’s penchant for wild parties and luxury is only, as Paul discovers, what’s on the surface; beneath Holly’s witticisms and glitz is a big, vulnerable heart.

“You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels.”

Love Story (Arthur Hiller, 1970)

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Who doesn’t love a good tear-jerker? Set and filmed in renowned Cambridge, Massachusetts, Oliver Barrett IV is a Harvard Law student who falls in love with quick-witted, middle class Jennifer Cavilleri. This is one of those classic stories about two kids from very different sides of the tracks who, despite constant adversity, stick together through the thick and very thin.

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry”.

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Ghost (Jerry Zucker, 1990)

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This movie, besides making a pottery wheel look super sexy, gives us a glimpse at the eternal nature of love, even after death. Sam Wheat and Molly Jensen are a happy, very sexually active New York couple whose lives are torn apart by a tragic crime. Their love, however, lives on. Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore are at their best, and Whoopi Goldberg is an obvious added bonus.

“Ditto”

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Dances with Wolves  (Kevin Costner, 1990)

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Oh Kevin Costner. Set during the Civil War, Union Army Lieutenant John Dunbar is transferred to an outpost on the Western frontier, only to find the fort completely abandoned upon his arrival.  After some time utterly alone in the middle of unchartered territory, he befriends both wolves and his Sioux neighbors and falls for more than just their Native customs.

“My place is with you. I go where you go”

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Shakespeare in Love (John Madden, 1998)

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My favorite on the list, hands down. Ever wonder where Shakespeare got the idea for Romeo and Juliet? This movie imagines the romantic life and the greatest muse of the English bard. Poetry between the sheets and smart allusions abound in this sexy and witty classic. Great for any lover of literature!

“You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die”

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Runaway Bride (Garry Marshall, 1999)

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Can anything go wrong when Julia Roberts and Richard Gere make a movie together? The answer is obviously no. Ike Graham is a woman-hating USA Today reporter who, in an effort to fill a last-minute deadline, publishes a drunk’s story of a woman who habitually stands grooms up at the altar. When Maggie Carpenter, the infamous groom-ditcher, writes the newspaper back citing numerous fallacies, Ike loses his job. In an effort to regain his livelihood, Ike goes to the small town to investigate the life and many loves of the runaway bride.

“I know, in my heart, you’re the only one for me”

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Lost In Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)

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Who knew Bill Murray could do romance so well? Bob Harris is a washed up American actor shooting a commercial in Tokyo when he meets Charlotte, a married sort-of-photographer half his age whose husband has dragged her along on a work trip and forgotten she existed. Bob and Charlotte start traveling together in a country that is very foreign to them both, and sparks begin to fly. This unlikely couple shares more than what meets the eye.

“Stay here with me. We’ll start a jazz band”

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Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)

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Handsome cowboys, tight jeans, and mid-western drawl proliferate this provocative love story. Ennis Del Mar and Jake Twist are two good-looking cowboys who find work sheep herding on Brokeback mountain. Working together is the only way to get the onerous, often toilsome job done, and their platonic relationship soon becomes romantic. Their love evolves through the years, waxing and often waning in the very homophobic environments they live in, but is nevertheless true to the end.

“I wish I knew how to quit you!”

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Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, 2010)

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I could just say, “This movie stars Ryan Gosling – nuff’ said!” But to be more specific, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of marriage: Resentment! Jealousy! Frustration! All of these complex emotions abound in this tale of a married couple who most sincerely get together under the most strange of circumstances. Cindy meets Dean while she’s in a relationship with Bobby, the all-American wrestling asshole. Cindy and Dean fall for each other, and decide to build a life together, despite Cindy’s being pregnant with Bobby’s child. How much can one relationship take? Blue Valentine explores this question.

“She just seems different, you know? I don’t know, I just got a feeling about her. You know when a song comes on and you just gotta dance?”

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Like Crazy (Drake Doremus, 2011)

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Anybody who’s ever been in a long-distance relationship can tell you how much they suck; or you can watch this movie to see how much they suck. Jacob and British transplant Anna meet at college in L.A. and fall for one another during their senior  year. As graduation approaches, Anna makes the poor split-decision to overstay her student-visa to have more time with Jacob, a colossal mistake that has unforeseeable consequences. Will their love last as the pond continuously divides them?

“It doesn’t feel like this… this thing is gonna go away, it’s always there. I can’t… I can’t get on with my life.”

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