TREASURE COAST - Valentine’s Day 2021 falls on a Sunday, with no football to watch and most of us still lacking the will to go out to dinner and a movie. So grab some take-out from your favorite local restaurant and settle in for one of these romantic films in the comfort of your home.
Casablanca: During World War II, nightclub owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) tries to rekindle the flame with his former love Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman). (HBO Max, Amazon Prime)
A Star is Born: The 2018 film, the fourth version of this musical romance, is the most accessible to today’s audience. Hard-drinking musician Jack Maine (Bradley Cooper) falls in love with new singer Ally (Lady Gaga). Great music and stellar performances. (HBO Max)
Grease: Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta) are in love, and they sing about it. Some of the songs will get stuck in your head for days, including "Grease" and "You're the One That I Want". (Hulu, Sling, Showtime, YouTube, MTV, CMT)
Rocky Horror Picture Show: The millions who have seen Rocky Horror multiple times understand that, at its heart, Rocky Horror Picture Show is a rock and roll romance. The film explores multiple loves, starting with the wedding of Brad and Janet, and the discovery of a weird house where everybody seems to be in love with everybody. The climactic ballad I’m Going Home, sung by Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) to the entire cast, is all about love and loss. Parental discretion advised. (YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu)
La La Land: Jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) falls in love with aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) in Los Angeles. Catchy songs accentuate beautiful photography and fun dance numbers. (Hulu, Cinemax, Amazon Prime)
Hairspray: the 2007 musical romantic comedy is based on John Waters’ 1988 comedy of the same name, and it shows, retaining much of Waters’ trademark oddball observations on life and love. Nikki Blonsky leads a cast that includes John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes, Christopher Walken, and Queen Latifa. (HBO Max)
Valentine's Day: On Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles, we watch Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, and Patrick Dempsey fall in and out of love. Recommended only to gawk at one of the best-looking casts in movie history; the story itself is just ok. (Free on E! all day Feb. 14; YouTube, Amazon Prime)
Other romantic recommendations on HBO Max: High Fidelity, You’ve Got Mail, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Dirty Dancing, Love Story, The English Patient, Dick Tracy, Logan’s Run, Singin’ in the Rain, When Harry Met Sally.
Netflix: Eat Pray Love, 50 First Dates, Runaway Bride, Mystic Pizza, Silver Linings Playbook, My Best Friend’s Wedding.
Hulu: Pretty in Pink, Ghost, Sleepless in Seattle, Titanic.
Amazon Prime: Sixteen Candles, Brokeback Mountain, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Notebook.
Disney Plus: The Princess Bride, Beauty and the Beast, 10 Things I Hate About You, Never Been Kissed.