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Our Top Romantic Movies to Screen on Date Night

BY: GROUPON EDITORS | 2.11.2015 |
Our Top Romantic Movies to Screen on Date Night

Between sharing a romantic dinner and drifting off to sleep in your separate twin beds, there’s a lot of time to kill on your next date night. Just enough time, in fact, to settle in with a romantic movie. Below, we’ve selected 12 of offbeat options that explore love in all of its many guises.

Adam's Rib (1949)

Why We Love It: Amid pratfalls, courtroom histrionics, and a literal smoking gun or two, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy's pair of married lawyers are the most realistic and relatable onscreen couple I've ever seen. – Amelia Buzzell

Roman Holiday (1953)

Why We Love It: This is really two love stories. In one, a runaway princess (Audrey Hepburn) falls in love with a reporter (Gregory Peck) looking for a scoop. In the other, the princess becomes smitten with Rome itself. – Sarah Hatheway

All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Why We Love It: Bursting with color and full of over-the-top emotion, Sirk's strangely progressive story about a May-December romance made me sob no less than three times the first time I saw it. – Sarah Gorr

The Fly (1986)

Why We Love It: Like Jeff Goldblum’s character, the romance in this film transforms from cheesy to grotesque, but it never loses its poignancy. Horror movies seldom take the time to dabble in realistic love, but The Fly is all the more tragic because it does. – Mel Kassel

Die Hard (1988)

Why We Love It: Fresh off Moonlighting, Bruce Willis sparkles like the broken glass he walks on. Die Hard might be synonymous with Christmas, but really, what's more romantic than trying to win back the love of your life by defeating the terrorists holding her hostage? – Kelly MacDowell

True Romance (1993)

Why We Love It: Love conquers everything in this story involving Elvis, kung-fu movies, apple pie, and a drug deal gone bad. – Aimee Alker

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What Happened Was… (1994)

Why We Love It: Starting out with awkward small talk before gradually descending into a dark exploration of human loneliness, What Happened Was… is a film about a first date so terrible, it’ll actually make you feel good about your own disappointing love life. – Andrew Nawrocki

Ghost World (2001)

Why We Love It: The love/lust story between Enid and Seymour makes me ache. It's bungling, it's awkward, it's ultimately left unsettled. It shows that you can conjure a lifetime of romance and heartbreak in the most unlikely places. – Lisa Farver

A Walk to Remember (2002)

Why We Love It: This was the first romantic drama I ever saw, and so I believed that it invented romance. Technically speaking, it didn't, but it's legitimately good. Shane West is excellent at slow-burn crying and the soundtrack features a bells-heavy cover of "Dancin' in the Moonlight.” – Mae Rice

The Cooler (2003)

Why We Love It: Plenty of movies marry romance with brutal gangster violence, but The Cooler often gets swept under the rug. It's a shame, too, because the relationship between unlucky Bernie Lootz (William H. Macy) and Vegas waitress Natalie Belasario (Maria Bello) is dynamic to its core, filled with deceit and genuine passion. – Dan Caffrey

Let the Right One In (2008)

Why We Love It: This violent Swedish horror flick about a teenage vampire is probably the best youthful love story I've ever seen. – Randall Colburn

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Why We Love It: Sure, it’s essentially Groundhog Day with robots, but this sci-fi dramedy is no copycat. Sparks fly between Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, and their rinse-wash-repeat romance is an even bigger draw than the aliens. Which is saying something, because the aliens are pretty sweet. – Collin Brennan

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Photo: Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck on Vespa in Roman Holiday trailer, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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