What to Watch on Netflix for Valentine’s Day

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Are you in the mood for love? From the serious to the silly, we’ve chosen some Netflix titles for you that are sure to make your Valentine’s evening special. 

Let’s be honest. Going out on Valentine’s Day is a HUGE hassle. The wait. The expense. The crowds. Is that really what you want to do with your night? Take our advice, stay in and snuggle with one of these films. (And you should probably make dinner for extra points. Just some friendly advice.)

Punch Drunk Love

This is the film that proves that Adam Sandler really can act. Sandler plays Barry Egan, an executive in a company with a product line of novelty toiletries. He’s a mild-mannered guy with a bit of rage bubbling up underneath. He has several sisters that constantly berate him, but one introduces him to a woman she thinks he’ll get along with. In the meanwhile, Barry is being extorted by a phone sex company. His life is being shaken up and love is what keeps him going. This is a film that great because you never know quite where it’s going to go next.

Mamma Mia

From the hit Broadway show comes this film about an independent hotelier in the Greek islands who is preparing for her daughter’s wedding. Meanwhile, the spirited bride has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day. It’s a heartfelt film about love and friendship.

Pretty In Pink

Where can you go wrong with this one? The outcast. The rich boy from another world. They fall in love and fight against all odds to make it happen. It’s bittersweet and wonderful with a phenomenal cast and an out-of-this-world soundtrack.


Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche star in this award-winning classic about a mysterious chocolatier who opens a shop in a tranquil French town. Her ability to perceive her customers’ desires and satisfy them with just the right confection, coaxes the villagers to abandon themselves to temptation.

Silver Linings Playbook

This Academy-Award winning movie has an all-star cast. After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat winds up living with his parents. He wants to rebuild his life and reunite with his wife, but his parents would be happy if he just shared their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany who offers to help him reconnect with his wife if he will do something very important for her in exchange. It’s a mismatched couple who find themselves through each other.

Big Mouth Valentine’s Day Special

In true Big Mouth style, be prepared for something gross and crazily endearing. Like other Big Mouth episodes, it’s funny, intelligent, and unique. Beneath its raunchy exterior, this really is a sweet show.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

This runaway hit is about a high school girl who writes five secret letters to the boys she has crushes on. When she finds out the letters go accidentally mailed her entire world is turned upside down. This film is so endearing and true. It really hits you in that mushy-gooey spot.

The English Patient

When I think of this film I immediately think of Elaine Benes.

But if you love sweeping, epic love stories then this romance is for you. This film won nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Cinematography. It really is beautiful. A badly burned man, Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes), is tended to by a nurse, Hana (Juliette Binoche), in an Italian monastery near the end of World War II. His past is revealed through flashbacks involving a married Englishwoman (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his work mapping the African landscape. Hana learns to heal her own scars as she helps the dying man.

Set It Up

This adorb Netflix Original focuses on two exhausted assistants thrown in each others path by work. They come up with a plan to make their overbearing bosses fall for each other as to ease the work burden on each of them. In the process they find they may have a thing or two in common themselves.

Definitely, Maybe

Ryan Reynolds stars in this super sweet comedy as a thirtysomething Manhattanite n the middle of divorce proceedings. When his young daughter asks him about his life before marriage, he flashes back to 1992 and recounts his romances with three women, changing their names so that his daughter must guess which one became his wife.

As Good As It Gets

Jack Nicholson stars as Melvin Udall, an obstinate, obsessive-compulsive writer of romantic fiction who’s rude to everyone he meets. His one soft spot is for a waitress at his favorite breakfast spot. When he’s put in the position of looking over his neighbor Simon’s dog he begins to see another side of himself. While still not over his problems, he begins to try to forge new relationships with these people…as toxic as he may be there may be a light at the end of the crazy tunnel. It’s an award-winning movie that will always be one of my favorites.


A different look at romance, Joaquin Phoenix stars as a sensitive and soulful man who earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after his marriage ends, he becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality. Though friends initially, the relationship soon deepens into love.


Are there any other movies you would have included in the list currently on Netflix? Let us know in the comments! Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Cheryl has written for What’s on Netflix for over three years. She’s a confessed streaming addict and also runs a Netflix based community on Facebook with over 10,000 users. Cheryl specializes in documentaries and covers weekly additions for the US in addition to breaking news stories. She is the Weekend Editor for What’s On Netflix. Cheryl resides in Virginia, USA.