Have you ever settled in for a date night at home with your spouse, only to spend the entire time searching for a movie to watch instead of actually watching and finishing it? In the world of streaming services and smart TVs, sometimes a romantic movie night can get delayed by an overwhelming amount of choices.
And we all know what not all movies are created equally. We watch movies to be entertained, and great movies can inspire conversation and deepen the connection you have with your partner. And sometimes, the difference in interest and tastes can make choosing a movie to watch a challenge. The key is to find films that can be meaningful for both of you.
To help you streamline your date-night choices, here are some of the best movie ideas for a romantic evening at home:
1. About Time (2013)
When Tim’s dad reveals he can travel back in time, he vows to find a girlfriend. Time travel comes with its own set of complications, but in spite of all this, Tim must learn to use his special powers to make the most of his time with the woman he loves.
This film is a feel-good rom-com with an endearing, non-stereotypical male lead that is hilarious. As you watch it together with your S.O., you can wonder together what you both will do if you could travel back in time.
2. Juno (2007)
When a social misfit teen Juno becomes pregnant, she decides to give her baby up for adoption. She finds prospective parents for her baby and gets to know them before the baby is born. However, she ends up getting more involved in the lives of her baby’s adoptive parents than she expected.
This movie follows a married couple and a pair of teenagers as they learn what true love and dedication are about. Everybody has an idealized concept of how a relationship must be, but they are usually more complicated.
3. 50 First Dates (2004)
Henry Roth, a veterinarian who lives and works in Hawaii, falls in love with Lucy Whitmore, a beautiful woman who suffers from short-term memory loss. Lucy forgets everything from the previous day, including Henry, so he is dedicated to finding ways to introduce himself to her every single day, hoping that she will love him too.
The film comes with all the humor and quirks that you’d expect from an Adam Sandler movie, but it has a powerful message for couples. Henry’s willingness to go through extreme lengths and efforts to help Lucy remember him is an expression of true love. When you watch this touching film, you and your spouse can reflect on what you would be willing to do to help one another in a difficult situation like this.
4. The Holiday (2006)
Iris Simpkins, a columnist from London suffering from unrequited love, switched homes over Christmas with Amanda Woods, a producer from Los Angeles who recently broke up with her boyfriend. Both of them wanted to get away for a short break, so they blindly swapped their houses. Very soon, both of them had a perfect opportunity to find love .
Watching this movie will help you and your S.O. think about the happiness you’ve found with one another despite previous heartaches.
5. One Day (2011)
Dexter and Emma spent time together on their graduation night, and the movie revisits each of them on the anniversary of that event for several years. They have an on-again-off-again friendship and have been in a relationship with other people, but after many years, they realize that they have been searching for one another all this time.
This film shows how relationships can be complicated and how people can grow together and then apart. Reminisce what brought you two together as you and your partner watch this movie together.
6. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
Tom is a hopeless romantic who falls for Summer, a woman who doesn’t believe in love or relationships, but the pair dated for 500 days. When Summer calls off their relationship, Tom is forced to reflect on their time together and his views about love.
This is a thought-provoking movie about what love looks like. It looks at relationships in a genuine way while telling the story from the guy’s point of view. Watch this movie to think about what love means for both of you.
7. Date Night (2010)
Bored by routine and dragged down by the daily grind, suburban couple Phil and Claire Foster try to invigorate their marriage by dressing up and going on a romantic date. When they are unable to get a table at a fancy New York restaurant, Phil decides to be spontaneous and takes another couple’s reservation. A case of mistaken identity leads the couple on the wildest night of their life.
This movie can keep you laughing and keep you in suspense as the couple work to outsmart their pursuers. When a relationship gets boring, it often means that the couple hasn’t worked yet to overcome their relationship challenges together. This film will add some humor and adventure to your evening.
8. Mamma Mia (2008)
Sophie, a bride-to-be, finds her mother’s diary where she mentions dating three men at a certain period of time. She realizes that one of these men is her father and decides to invite all three to the wedding to find out who her birth father is.
All the upbeat singing and dancing may be fun for you if you like ABBA, and it can serve as a litmus test with a boyfriend or significant other. If they can’t fully appreciate ABBA sing-a-longs with you, you’re probably too different from each other. But if you’re already married, it can charge you both up with energy and emotions so you can both enjoy each other’s company.
9. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Jack and Ennis are two shepherds who develop an emotional and sexual relationship. However, it becomes complicated when both of them get married to their respective girlfriends.
Whether you’re gay or straight, this story about a secret and forbidden relationship can show you the tragedy of denying who you truly are and who you truly love. It can strike up a conversation between you and your partner about how love came around you when you least expect it.
10. Couples Retreat (2009)
When Jason and Cynthia Smith realize that their marriage is on the rocks , they seek marriage counseling . They decide to go on a couple’s retreat in paradise, but since the retreat is available for a special group rate, they roped in three couple friends for a holiday in a therapy resort. The three couples traveling with them assume that they will be having a relaxing vacation, but the retreat center made therapy compulsory, making the couples find flaws in their marriage. This movie follows the four couples as they are placed in awkward and hilarious situations.
Though this movie is a comedy, it reinforces that no relationship is perfect or easy, encouraging viewers to examine their own relationships and make an extra effort to make their relationships stronger.
11. Begin Again (2013)
Dave and his girlfriend, Greta, move to New York to write songs together and pursue music careers. But when he lands a record deal, he gets entangled in the life of a musician and ditches his girl, who was left behind to sort out her life. Greta encounters her purpose when Dan, a record label executive, notices her talent.
Watching this movie will give you and your partner a chance to talk about your past and how it doesn’t have to define you. You can get swept up in the romance of helping one another grow.
12. Lost in Translation (2013)
In the midst of a midlife crisis, aging actor Bob Harris travels to Tokyo for an ad film. He meets Charlotte, who her celebrity photographer husband leaves behind. Gradually, the two discover a friend within one another.
The main characters in this film find out what’s important to them when they’re placed in an unfamiliar environment. Thoughtful and endearing, this film can let couples think about what they value about one another. Your bond with your partner may not always be what others expect, but it works for you.
13. The Break-Up (2006)
Brooke, an art dealer, feels neglected and unappreciated by her boyfriend, Gary. The couple decided to split up, but neither was willing to move out of the luxurious condo they bought together. Since they both refuse to live, they grudgingly continue living together as roommates, leading to endless squabbles and attempts to annoy each other.
While this movie is an anti-romance comedy, it can help you understand how you work together and think about how you can communicate with each other.
14. That Thing You Do! (1996)
In the 60s, a pop-rock band recruits Guy Patterson, whose refreshing beats catapult them to stardom. But they are also one of the many bands that try to follow The Beatles’ footsteps. And their fame takes its toll on the band’s relationships.
This movie shows people struggling to stay connected when they reach a level of fame. Though you and your significant other may not grapple with the same pressures, life will challenge you to grow together. This film can remind you to stay strong together and remain loyal no matter what life throws your way.
15. Hitch (2005)
Alex “Hitch” Hitchens, a professional relationship guru, helps men get the girl of their dreams. However, when a timid accountant Albert asks for his help to catch the attention of a celebrity Allegra Cole, Hitch unexpectedly meets his perfect match: gossip columnist Sara Melas. Trouble ensues as Hitch finds his own romantic methods don’t work on her.
This film is a well-written romantic comedy that’s perfect for a date night, as both guys and girls can have a fun time watching it. It can also help you appreciate each other’s quirks that made you perfect for one another.
16. Love and Other Drugs (2010)
Jamie, a womanizing pharmaceutical rep, meets his match when he meets Maggie, a woman who refuses to be tied down with a boyfriend. Despite their attitudes regarding relationships, they end up being together.
You and your spouse will enjoy this film because it triggers you to think about what matters most in your life.
17. The Big Sick (2017)
Kumail, a Pakistani comic, meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. While his parents continually set him up with Pakistani women for an arranged marriage, he is disinterested and starts an unexpected relationship with Emily. As their relationship blossoms, he becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily gets ill that leaves her in a coma, Kumail develops a bond with her mother and father.
The story cuts right to the core of real-life issues for couples, albeit in an extraordinary situation, especially how romantic relationships tend to be different from what our parents built for us.
18. The Princess Bride (1987)
The Princess Bride is a fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her true love. The man must find her after a long separation and save her. They both must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with one another. It’s based on the William Goldman novel of the same title. Plus, it also got everything else: fighting, fencing, torture, revenge, monsters, giants, escapes, chases, true love, and miracles.
For a good reason, this fantasy adventure film is beloved, and it has remained on film fans’ “favorites” lists for decades. It can also be a crowd-pleaser for you and your partner.
19. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
This is a classic rom-com wherein two college graduates Harry Burns, and Sally Albright, share a car ride, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever be simply platonic friends. Ten years later, they meet again at a bookstore in the company of their respective best friends, and they attempt to stay friends without making sex an issue between them.
This essential rom-com explores whether men and women can ever be friends. It offers hysterical insights into how men and women relate to each other, which has stood the test of time. It can lead to fun discussions after watching.
20. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Will Hayes, a political consultant, goes through a divorce when his 10-year-old daughter begins asking him questions about why her parents decided to separate and how they met. But the kid wants the whole story, not just a fairytale. So, Will tells her about three important women in his life with who he had romances, asking her to guess who became her mom.
This sweet romantic story can lift up your mood. It’s an honest and authentic film that recognizes that love is more complicated than simple choices, and yet, maybe it can still work out in the end.