It’s that time of year again! You’re either super excited for Valentine’s Day or you’re planning to buy a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and watch a movie about the relationship you wish you had. If your night looks like the latter, here are the best movies to watch while sobbing about your nonexistent love life.
- “Love, Rosie”
This is quite possibly the best movie to cry to. “Love, Rosie” follows the ever-complicated relationship between childhood best friends Rosie, played by Lily Collins, and Alex, played by Sam Clafflin. From unwanted children to toxic relationships and unnecessary marriages, there is always something in the way of Rosie and Alex realizing their true feelings for each other. However, viewers are left with the exact ending they spend the whole movie hoping for.
2. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You”
Fans of Jenny Han’s trilogy-turned-Netflix-movie-series “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” have waited over a year and a half for the second installment of what can only be described as an iconic love story. Lara Jean Covey, played by Lana Condor, and Peter Kavinsky, played by Noah Centineo, spend the whole first movie fake dating until their real feelings for each other become too serious not to act on. Now that they’re happy nothing could mess that up, right? Wrong. Things take a turn when Covey’s childhood boo John Ambrose McClaren, played by Jordan Fisher, comes back into the picture with the goal of winning Covey’s heart. Things get crazy.
3. “Someone Great”
If you’re looking for a movie that proves to you that having a valentine is not the most important thing in the world, this one’s for you. “Someone Great” follows the aftermath of a rough break up for the main character Jenny, played by Gina Rodriguez. Jenny spends the movie finding herself with help from friends, recreational drugs and a few scream-sing-alongs to Lizzo songs. After all, who really needs a significant other anyways?
4. “Always Be My Maybe”
The old saying “if two people love each other, they will find their way back” holds true in this Netflix Original. High school sweethearts Sasha, played by Ali Wong, and Marcus, played by Randall Park, run into each other years after a heart-wrenching break-up. With years of growing up and accomplishments in their professions between the last time they’ve seen each other, they spend the movie trying to figure out if the love is still there. With both leads played by comedians, this movie is sure to make you laugh.
5. “Falling Inn Love”
This is one of those terribly-scripted Hallmark-style movies. But it’s lovable. The movie follows main character Gabriela, played by Christina Milian as she moves to New Zealand to claim an inn that she won in a contest. After a rough breakup and a terrible flight Gabriela arrives to a disheveled, unlivable inn that needs more work than she’s capable of. And there’s only one person who can help; the gorgeous, model-status, fortunately-single town carpenter who she doesn’t get along with… until she does.
6. “No Strings Attached”
Talk about a wild ride. This movie follows main characters Emma, played by Natalie Portman, and Adam, played by Ashton Kutcher, as they attempt the inescapable disaster that is “friends with benefits.” Just like in every other situation, and don’t fight me on this, they end up catching feelings, and then, to make a long story short, things get messy. If you’re looking to cry at the end though, pick this one.
7. “Five Feet Apart”
This might actually be the saddest movie ever made. Looking to cry? Watch main characters Stella, played by Haley Lu Richardson, and Will, played by Cole Sprouse, fall in love and then have to come to terms that they can never be together. They meet as Cystic Fibrosis patients at a hospital, and fall in love, only to be met by the realization that they must always be over six feet away from each other in order to lower the risk of developing life-threatening bacteria in their lungs.
8. Love, Simon
Wholesome, coming-of-age, and realistic. This movie follows the life of a closeted high school student Simon, played by Nick Robinson, as he falls in love with another student who is gay. They email anonymously for the majority of the movie, while Simon questions and considers the possibility of their identity throughout the film. And, after searching and searching, Simon gives up until love finds him.