Feel the Love: Movies to Watch on V-Day
10. The Big Sick
The Big Sick was written by comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, writer Emily V. Gordon, and chronicles the real-life story of their relationship, which was affected by not only their vastly different backgrounds, but also by a chronic illness that Emily was diagnosed with only a few months after they met.
While much of the movie takes place in a hospital waiting room, as Nanjiani (who plays himself), and Emily’s parents wait day after day, the movie is uplifting, and tells a story of love that persists through trauma and heartache. Even though the movie deals with difficult topics, it remains lighthearted and hysterically funny.
11. 10 Things I Hate About You
If you ever had to read Shakespeare’s troubling play The Taming of the Shrew in high school, chances are teachers attempted to win you over by first showing you 10 Things I Hate About You, a comedic adaptation released in 1999.
The movie version is amazing, and actually solves a lot of the problems that people still find troubling about the play. 10 Things features breakout performances by Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as a rockin’ early-90s soundtrack with tracks by artists like Letters to Cleo, Sister Hazel, and Semisonic.
12. Shakespeare in Love
Another Shakespeare-inspired movie that remains hugely popular to this day is Shakespeare in Love, which features Joseph Fiennes as a frustrated and uninspired William Shakespeare, and Gwyneth Paltrow as the woman who eventually cures him of his writer’s block, and inspires many of his romantic plays. The movie is goofy and funny (look for Ben Affleck as dramatic actor Ned Alleyn) while also being poignantly romantic.