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This isn’t your typical, sappy V-Day movie list! These 40 (personal) favorites are full of clever romantic tales, heart pounding drama and bone chilling thrill. Whatever you’re in the mood for this Valentine’s—one or more of these classics will surely take your chill factor up a notch! Curl up with Netflix, Comcast On-Demand, or rent a few right on your computer via Amazon and don’t forget that box of chocolate. Check out some of these flicks to entertain yourself and any invited guests.

(Related: What Your Favorite Valentine’s Day Candy Says About You)


My favorite movie genre! Most of these classics delve in intrigue and desire, while others tell the tale of love gone psychotically wrong.

Gone Girl, 2014

An all-star cast in this thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s bestseller about a man suspected of wrongdoing when his wife goes missing. Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamond Pike

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The Gift, 2015

This chilling psychological thriller asks the question, “Are bygones ever really bygones?” Starring Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, 2011

The first film in Columbia Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster, The Millennium Trilogy. Starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara

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Speed, 1994

A young cop must save the passengers of a bus that has a bomb set to explode if the bus goes below 50 MPH. Starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock

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Fracture, 2007

An assistant D.A. becomes a crusader for justice when a man who tried to murder his wife—a woman who’s now in a coma—goes free on a series of technicalities. Starring Rosamund Pike, Ryan Gossling and Anthony Hopkins

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The Call, 2013

When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life. Starring Halley Berry and Abigail Breslin

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What Lies Beneath, 2000

The wife of a professor investigates the murder of a beautiful college student who has been appearing to her. Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford

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The Fugitive, 1993

Catch him if you can. The Fugitive is on the run! Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones race through the breathless manhunt movie based on the classic TV series. Starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones

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Random Hearts, 1999

In the aftermath of a deadly plane crash, a police sergeant attempts to unravel the relationship between his deceased wife and her travel companion, husband of a Republican Congresswoman. Starring Kristen Scott Thomas and Harrison Ford

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Dangerous Liasons, 1988

A powerful study of seduction, betrayal and sexual gamesmanship set among the French aristocracy prior to the French Revolution. Starring John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer

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Skyfall, 2012

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Starring Daniel Craig.

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Pacific Heights, 1990

A San Francisco couple whose dream of owning a Victorian house turns into a living nightmare when they become terrorized by their sadistic tenant. Starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modin

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Woman On A Mission

These two “must-sees” give an inside view on fashion and aren’t your typical, cheesy rom-com.

Devil Wears Prada, 2006

A young woman from the Midwest gets more than she bargained for when she moves to New York to become a writer and ends up as the assistant to the tyrannical, larger-than-life editor-in-chief of a major fashion magazine. Starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway

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The September Issue, 2009

A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.

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Tales of Lust, Love and Loss 

Tired of Pretty Woman? Give one of these standouts a try. Blending captivating drama, smart writing, mystery and wit—these movies are worth watching over and over.

500 Days of Summer, 2009

An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel

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Up In The Air, 2009

A corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and after he’s met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams. Starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga

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Like Water For Chocolate, 1993

In a forgotten Mexico Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Mama Elena sees Tita’s role as her caretaker for life—no youngest daughter has ever married and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita’s heart breaks when her mother instead offers to Pedro her other daughter, and he accepts.

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Titanic, 1997

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind, but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

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The Notebook, 2004

A poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences. Starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling

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Crazy, Stupid, Love, 2011

Fortysomething Cal Weaver has the perfect life…until his wife Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal has to navigate the single scene, but his heart keeps leading him back to where he began. Starring Steve Carrel and Ryan Gosling

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The Wedding Planner, 2001

A romantic comedy about love, destiny and other events you just can’t plan for. Mary Fiore is a wedding planner whose singular dedication to her work has kept her from finding the man of her dreams. When she finally meets “Mr. Right” he turns out to be the groom from one of her upcoming weddings. Starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey

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Something’s Gotta Give, 2003

A perennial playboy who has never dated a woman over thirty, finds that love is as serious as a heart attack when he falls for his girlfriend’s mother. Too bad she’s now dating his young doctor! There’s only one way they can all get what they want: Something’s Gotta Give. Starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton

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Under The Tuscan Sun, 2003

While on an Italian vacation, a woman buys a villa and decides to stay…romance ensues. Starring Diane Lane

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The Holiday, 2006

A romantic comedy about two women on opposite sides of the globe who swap houses only to discover that a change of address can really change their lives. Starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz

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While You Were Sleeping, 1995

A woman saves a man, in coma and wonders if he is really Mr. Right. Starring Sandra Bullock

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High Fidelity, 2000

Rob, a record store owner and compulsive list maker, recounts his top five breakups, including the one in progress. Starring John Cusack

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The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, 1992

A young live-in housekeeper finds the perfect family to work for. But when she becomes envious of her boss’s idyllic lifestyle, things take a chilling turn. Starring Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay

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Atonement, 2007

A mischievous girl accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit, only to find that her words have irrevocably and permanently changed the lives of all near to her. Starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

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Love and Laughter 

In the mood to laugh? These award-winning films will have you chuckling the night away.

The Princess Bride, 1987

Based on William Goldman’s novel of the same name, The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather, Peter Falk. Falk’s character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates. Starring Fred Savage and Peter Falk

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding, 2002

A girl who creates a stir within her traditional Greek family by falling for a guy with one flaw–he’s not Greek! Starring Nia Vardalos

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Hitch, 2005

New York “date doctor” Alex Hitchens tries to charm a gossip columnist at the same time he is coaching shy Albert on how to win the love of a beautiful heiress. Starring Will Smith, Kevin James and Eva Mendes

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Date Night, 2010

A typical suburban couple’s date night becomes much more than they expected when a case of mistaken identity hurtles them into non-stop adventure. Starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey

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Trainwreck, 2015

Amy enjoys a life free from stifling romantic commitment until she accidentally falls for the subject of a new article she’s writing. Starring Amy Schumer

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A Fish Called Wanda, 1988

A hilarious farce about a series of double-crosses by a gang of jewel thieves. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline

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The Wedding Singer, 1998

It’s 1985 and Adam Sandler is the ultimate master of ceremonies…until he is left at the altar at his own wedding. Starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore

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The Proposal, 2009

A high-powered book editor faces deportation and a fake proposal takes place. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock

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There’s Something About Mary, 1998

A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from high school, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster. Starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller

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Tear Jerkers

These two films will tug at your heart and forever live in your soul. Watch with a friend and keep a box of tissues at hand.

7 Pounds, 2008

Academy Award nominee Will Smith stars in this emotional story of a man who will change the lives of seven strangers. Starring Will Smith and Rosario Dawson

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Million Dollar Baby, 2004

“I DON’T TRAIN GIRLS”, trainer Frankie Dunn growls. But something’s different about the spirited boxing hopeful who shows up daily at Dunn’s gym. All she wants is a fighting chance. Starring Hillary Swank and Clint Eastwood

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