One activity which will always bring couples together is enjoying a good movie. Enjoyable stories draw you into a different world, filling your heart with joy as you share in the drama. The twisting plot-lines, the comedic moments and, most of all, the intensity of the love between the lead characters.
There are several options when it comes to the ideal venue. You can opt for a trip to your multiplex movie theatre, settle in plush seats with a selection of snacks to hand, then allow yourself to become absorbed by the story unfolding on the massive screen. Art-house cinemas generally have smaller seating, which is more ideal for snuggling up to your partner.
Best of all, with the availability of home entertainment, you could invite your date round for a night of netflix.com. When it comes to streaming films, you can choose from an incredible selection of titles, from romantic comedies to put you in an amorous frame of mind, to tense thrillers which will prompt you to get ever closer on the coach as the drama unfolds.
Once you’ve connected with an interesting and exciting new partner on your favorite date service, one thing you’ll be considering is which potential date location will make a particularly romantic impression. There are so many possibilities when it comes to arranging this get-together, the final decision about where to invite someone special can be quite difficult.
10. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
This feature, starring and co-written by Steve Carell as the eponymous middle-aged guy who has yet to discover the joys of intimacy, is most definitely a laugh-a-minute romp, making it perfect for your romantic date. Amidst the bawdy comedy is one scene where Carell attends a waxing salon. That this was improvised is plain to see by his co-stars’ reaction to his genuine screams of agony.
9. When Harry Met Sally (1998)
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are close friends, wrestling with the eternal question, what happens when physical attraction gets in the way of platonic friendship? The chemistry between the two leads is palpable, which makes one particular scene, Ryan demonstrating the fine art of faking an orgasm in a packed diner, especially memorable.
8. Sleepless in Seattle (1992)
In this hopelessly romantic film, widower Tom Hanks is the subject of a spot of matchmaking when his son persuades him to describe his lonely existence on a radio show. Meg Ryan, living on the other side of America, is drawn to meet this stranger. The setting of their first blind date, the observation deck of the Empire State Building, pays homage to the 1957 feature An Affair to Remember, an equally poignant love story starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.
7. Love Actually (2003)
Comedy writer Richard Curtis amassed a cast of star performers to create his perennial Christmas classic. Ten plotlines gradually intertwine, from Hugh Grant‘s Prime Minister falling for a young assistant, Martine McCutcheon, to Bill Nighy‘s jaded rock star. Each story captivates in its own way, some covering deeper aspects than people feeling romantic around the festive season. Colin Firth struggles with the Portuguese language barrier, Emma Thompson discovers husband Alan Rickman‘s infidelity, Laura Linney copes with her brother’s mental health issues.
6. Pretty Woman (1990)
In the movie which launched Julia Roberts career, she plays a Hollywood sex worker hired by rich businessman Richard Gere as his escort to various functions. As he proceeds to pamper her, their relationship steadily moves beyond a professional transaction and the chemistry between them sparkles.
5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Then the highest grossing rom-com of all time, this is a charming tale featuring the age-old dilemma of opposites attracting. In this case a girl from a traditional Greek family, Nia Vardalos, who falls for an upper middle-class American, John Corbett.
4. There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Cameron Diaz (Mary) steals the show in this fast-moving romantic comedy. As various men vying for her attention – Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Lee Evans, and Chris Elliott – get themselves in increasingly wacky predicaments.
3. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Starring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as cross-dressing musicians fleeing Chicago mobsters, the latter falling for showgirl Marilyn Monroe. This comedy may be approaching its 60th anniversary but it remains riveting entertainment.
2. Grease (1978)
Set in a 1950s high school (where many of the students are approaching 30!) this is a fabulous date night film. It celebrates the trials and tribulations of teenage romance. With a perfect cast headed by John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and Stockard Channing, rousing songs, captivating dance routines, and a flying car!
1. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
One of the most poignant twists on the love story is unrequited love. Here a stellar cast, featuring the beautiful Emma Watson and the beastly Dan Stevens, enact the live action version of the animated classic. With it being the most recently released movie on this list, Beauty and the Beast is already a classic and every couple should watch it together!