Nothing is better than cuddling up with your significant other and watching a great movie. The only problem is, how do you know you will both enjoy it? Well, we are here to help. Here are some great movies to watch on your next date night that both of you will enjoy.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 romantic drama starring everyone’s favorite funnyman Jim Carry. Carry takes a much more serious role in this film than what we are used to. There are some comedic parts in the movie, but it is much more of a melancholy drama than a comedy. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of the films that helped establish Carry as a serious actor. The film does a great job of mixing genres together making it a very unique experience.
The movie tells the story of a heartbroken man named Joel Barish who has recently broken up with his girlfriend. He later finds out his ex-girlfriend underwent a new medical procedure that completely erased him from her memory. Joel decides to have the same procedure done but quickly realizes it’s a mistake halfway through. He tries to hide the happy memories of his ex-girlfriend in deep parts of his mind in order to preserve them.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind does an amazing job mixing romance, sci-fi, drama, and a bit of comedy together. The film will pull every emotion out of you ranging from complete sadness to absolute joy. The film was highly praised upon released and even won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It is a film unlike any other and is perfect to watch on your next date night.
Lost in Translation
This 2003 romantic comedy-drama starring Bill Murry and Scarlett Johansson. The film is also directed by Sofia Coppola, the daughter of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. Lost in Translation captures the feeling of being alone in a foreign country brilliantly. The audience can easily relate to the characters as they explore the busy streets of Japan together for the first time.
Lost in Translation is about an American movie star named Bob Harris traveling to Tokyo to do a commercial for Suntory whiskey. At the same time, a young woman named Charlotte companies her photographer boyfriend to Tokyo for a business trip. Both Bob and Charlotte loath the trip and escape by going to the hotel bar every night. The two eventually meet and become friends. Charlotte and Bob decide to explore the city together to break up the monotony of staying in a hotel room all day. They become very close and cherish the short time they have with each other before returning to the United States.
The movie might be labeled a romantic comedy, but it doesn’t overdo the romance, making it enjoyable for people who don’t enjoy the genre. There is still a fair share of romance in the film, but it is accompanied by lots of drama and comedic scenes. Lost in Translation was nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. It won Best Original Screenplay that year as well. Lost in translation is a fun film that puts a bit of a different spin of the rom-com genre. Next time you can’t decide on what to watch on your weekly date night, Give Lost in Translation a try.
Garden State is another wonderful romantic comedy-drama from the early 2000s. It was written, directed, and starred Zach Braff. The film took Braff from a small-time Television actor to a critically acclaimed Hollywood star. The film also stars Natalie Portman in one of her most adorable roles ever. Much like Lost in Translation, Garden State can be appreciated by anyone regardless of their biases.
The film follows a young man named Andrew Largeman as he goes back to his hometown to attend his mother’s funeral. Andrew left home to become an actor many years ago and has not visited his hometown since. He has been highly medicated ever since his mother was paralyzed many years ago which he blamed himself for. He decides to stop taking the medication while visiting to see if he can still feel emotion. Shortly after his arrival, Andrew meets a bubbly young woman named Sam who he becomes infatuated with. Sam helps Andrew feel again as they both wander around the small town where Andrew grew up.
Garden State might not have been as successful as the other films previously mentioned but has since gathered a large cult following. The movie is full of interesting characters and has a very original storyline. The dry humor throughout the film isn’t for everyone but the movie is still worth checking out if you enjoy well-written dramas. If you are a fan of independent films that have a bit of an artsy vibe to them, Garden State is a must-watch.
The Princess Bride
If you grew up in the early 90s, there is a good chance you have seen or at least know about The Princess Bride. The film is now labeled as a classic among many movie fans. The Princess Bride is a 1987 romantic adventure comedy starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright. It is a very amusing film that people of any age can enjoy.
The Princess Bride begins with a grandfather reading a story to his sick grandson. At first, the boy doesn’t want to hear it since romance is a key factor but quickly finds out it is full of action and adventure as well. The fable follows a young man named Westley as he sets out to rescue the love of his life from an arranged marriage she does not want to take part in. Westley must travel far and wide while overcoming many obstacles if he wishes to save his love.
The title might trick you into thinking the film is a chick flick, but I assure you it is far from it. It has tons of action and adventure with lots of comedy thrown in as well. The chemistry between the characters is also astounding. Every character is loveable in their own way, especially Westley. The Princess Bride truly has something for everybody and is perfect for date night or family movie night.
The Wedding Singer
While The Wedding Singer isn’t as critically acclaimed as the other movies on this list, but it is still a solid film to watch on your next date night. If you are in the mood to just veg out in front of the television with our partner, then The Wedding Singer is for you. It is a lighthearted rom-com starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The film has a few flaws, but they are all easily overlooked due to the movie’s charm.
The Wedding Singer is about a struggling 1980s wedding singer named Robbie who has recently found out his fiancée has been cheating on him. He becomes depressed but must still perform at weddings to make an income. During one of his less than stellar performances, he meets a waitress named Julia working the wedding he is singing at. He finds out she is engaged but to a complete jerk. Ronnie starts to have feelings toward Julia and tries to persuade her to not go through with marrying her trashy boyfriend. Ronnie must win Julia’s heart before she makes the biggest mistake of her life.
The Wedding Singer isn’t going to win any awards or anything but is still worth a watch. It has many funny moments with plenty of romance to level it out. It has the same vibe that many of the 1990s Adam Sandler films do but with a romantic twist. The 1980s aesthetic is both refreshing and hilarious. There are many 1980s stereotypes in the film which can cause a good number of laughs. If you like early Adam Sandler movies but want a gentle love story thrown in, then The Wedding Singer might be exactly what the doctor ordered.