So, you finally asked out the person you were desperately trying to woo, and they accepted. Or you are just an old couple, on a lazy Sunday, sitting on the couch. Or you two have just been on a few dates and it has been great all along. Or you just want to chill with your SO, after the grueling hours at work.
What do you do? You plan a date. It doesn’t need to be all fancy and grand every time.
Significant other? Check.
Setting the mood? Check.
Movie? Well, worry not. We got you covered.
Like Sia says, we all love Cheap Thrills, and who doesn’t like movies?
Instead of shelling out big bucks, you can just rent a movie or the better version: Netflix and chill! Though how much chill you can have, depends on the duration of your courtship and your personal choices. (Not judging at all :D)
Add a little dinner and you have got the perfect date.
Nothing can be better than a movie date. The sly glances, the awkward laughter when something unexpected pops up on the screen, the first beginnings of love or the secret joke which only you both know pertaining to a scene.
All this sounds great, but now comes the extremely difficult part: choosing a movie. We all know how gruesome and nasty this little detail can get. So, let’s make that a tad simpler.
Here are 10 perfect date-night movies which will surely make you the “Connoisseur of Movie-Choosing”:
1. Casablanca (1942)
This 1942 movie revolves around war, refugees, secret letters and a whole lot of love. A man is torn between love and doing the right thing, and a woman with a terrible secret. What happens next?
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It has everything: patriotism, romance, singing and a great story.
Touted as the best romantic movie of all times, it surely lives up to its name. Be prepared to cry your eyes out though.
• The scorching chemistry between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman
• The background score and the classic “As Time Goes By”.
2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
The movie that made New York a symbol of love and hope, and gave us the iconic image of Audrey Hepburn looking through the display window of Tiffany’s in her now revered black Givenchy dress. Follow Holly Golightly, the upscale call girl, as she befriends her new neighbor, Paul Varjack, author and sad soul, and goes on a wild ride through the streets of New York in the 1960’s. Get ready to melt at that intense library scene.
Fall in love; along with Paul, played by the distinguished looking George Peppard as he confesses his love to Holly.
The vulnerability of the characters will surely touch your souls. You are sure to get brownie points for suggesting this one.
• Audrey Hepburn singing the soulful love ballad “Moon River”.
• The totally heart-warming climax
3. Notting Hill (1999)
A famous actress falls for a not well-to-do, clueless, heartsick commoner. Is love possible? Another tear-jerker which is bound to make you ugly-cry.
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Hugh Grant, at his trademark “Grumpy British Guy” best, and Julia Roberts, playing an actress who just courts disaster wherever she goes. This is romantic gold: complete with cheesy dialogues and a mesmerising song for slow dancing, “She”. Amp up your date, by surprising your SO with an impromptu waltz sequence to the song.
• The iconic dialogue “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy… asking him to love her… Good-bye. ”
4. Forrest Gump (1994)
The inimitable Tom Hanks is Forrest Gump, the role which cemented his Oscar win that year. Not your typical romance, it’s a story of perseverance, trust and the indomitable spirit of human willpower.
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It is a visual example of how love and heartbreak can make a person stronger, so strong that they can achieve goals they had never thought were possible. It is the story of the love between Forrest and Jenny (Robin Wright) and how it shapes Forrest as a person. Sit back and enjoy with your Jenny/Forrest close by.
• “Run, Forrest, Run!”
5. Annie Hall (1977)
The ultimate date-night movie. An eccentric, neurotic comedian Alvy (Woody Allen) trying to understand his pattern of failed relationships with the help of the effervescent, sultry Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). What follows is a turbulent tornado of emotions and a passionate affair.
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Saying that the acting was great would be an understatement. Woody Allen’s direction at its zenith. It is a study in human psychology and relationships. A great movie if you are into that sort of genre. 😛
Just kidding, but it sure will make you understand your partner better.
• Woody Allen’s neurosis
• Diane Keaton’s bold fashion choices.
6. Titanic (1997)
How can a “date night movie” list be complete without this gem of a movie? The doomed love story of Jack and Rose, with the old adage of “rich girl-poor guy”, it will have you crying for Jack and Rose. ‘Titanic’ is one of the best movies ever made, no doubt about that.
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The characters are so well-developed; they have remained etched in our brains for all these years. Leonardo Di-Caprio and Kate Winslet are the epitome of true love in this epic story of love and loss. Romance doesn’t get better than this. Snuggle up with your partner and enjoy. Bring out the tissues, just in case.
USP: Not required. The movie is a masterpiece.
7. The Holiday (2006)
One of the most underrated movies of the 21st century, according to me. The movie is an eye-opener about how much we all suffer and are ready to demean ourselves when we fall in love with the wrong person.
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With an ensemble cast of Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black, the movie is a dreamy rom-com with some over-the-top instances (every romantic comedy needs that), it is a cute movie which you just need to watch. A ditzy Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, in her trademark tough girl persona, will surely make you laugh with delight.
• The chemistry between Jude Law and Cameron Diaz is a treat to watch.
8. The Way We Were (1973)
Starring Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand, the movie revolves around two people who are completely opposite in all respects, but fall for each other. Eventually, their desire to succeed and push the other one to be their best starts cracking up their relationship. What happens next? Find out by watching the movie. 😀
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• Barbara Streisand’s rendition of “The Way We Were” is honey to the ears.
• The dialogue “Your girl is lovely, Hubbell.”
9. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
The poignant love saga of two men confused with their sexuality and then coming to terms with it, when they least expect it, under tragic circumstances. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal at their acting best.
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• All the scenes between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger are precious.
10. Sense and Sensibilty (1995)
A Jane Austen classic novel turned into a movie with an Oscar-winning screenplay by the delightful Emma Thompson (who stars in the movie; making her the only person to have Oscars for Screenplay and Acting: an interesting trivia to impress your date) is a romantic tale as beautiful as they come.
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A great movie to watch, with a hilarious ending scene; the movie does justice to the characters in the novel. An ensemble cast of Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Kate Winslet will transport you to the countryside of England in the 1800’s. A time when romance was cherished and elegance could be seen in every action.
• Alan Rickman in a role where he is not Professor Snape. 😛
Hoping the date goes well! Don’t forget to thank us. 😀