Be it past, present or future, be it harmonious, complex or tragic love: films about broken hearts are especially popular with many people on Valentine’s Day on February 14th. No matter how different tastes may be, the choice of ideal films for the day of love is just as varied. They range from proven classics to contenders for future cult status.

Annual list of must-sees for Valentine’s Day

A classic that, 24 years later, is still as beautiful as the first day. Rom-com icon Hugh grant (63) plays the shy and chaotic bookseller William Tucker in Notting Hill. Once upon a time, world star Anna Scott (Julia Roberts, 56) his bookstore and, thanks to several strange coincidences, soon ends up in his apartment. For William, it’s love at first sight. The three-time Golden Globe-nominated romantic comedy is one of the best movies to watch on Valentine’s Day.

The Bridget Jones series is perhaps one of the most popular romantic comedies of all time. Single people especially can find themselves in Bridget (Renee Zellweger, 54), who has been struggling with loneliness for many years and is suddenly forced to choose between two men. Thanks to her surprisingly honest character and strange habits, Bridget Jones made her way into the hearts of an audience of millions. In 2002, Zellweger was even nominated for an Oscar for her role in the first film.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1775–1817) is more than just an admirable classic. The 2005 film adaptation of the same name also makes hearts beat faster. The Bennett family has five daughters, and they are determined to marry them off to good men. Lizzie (Keira Knightley, 38) dreams of a love marriage, but is afraid that he will never find the right man. But then the mysterious Mr. Darcy (“Legacy”) appears. Matthew Macfadyen49) into her life.

If there’s one movie that pays homage to Valentine’s Day, it’s… Valentine’s Day! The romantic comedy, which stars Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel (41), Bradley Cooper (49), Ashton Kutcher (45) and many others, tells the stories of different people who are connected to each other in several ways. . The film’s concept is reminiscent of the Christmas classic Love Actually and lifts the spirits of the most romantic day of the year.

Shake your dancing feet

Another classic you can’t miss this Valentine’s Day is Dirty Dancing. The 1980s romantic dance film kept the world on its toes. Even today, the story of Johnny (Patrick Swayze, 1952–2009) and Baby (Jennifer Gray, 63) is not forgotten. When Johnny’s dance partner fails, clumsy Baby is forced to learn how to dance. Feelings blossom and they quickly develop into something more.

Even with the musical hit La La Land, nothing can go wrong on the day of love. The film chronicles the bittersweet romance of dreamer couple Mia (Emma Stone35) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling, 43), both trying to gain a foothold on the rough streets of Hollywood. This nostalgic film has wit, lightness, great direction, and a jazzy soundtrack that stays in your head.

Heartbreak meets humor

The wounds are still very fresh, but on Valentine’s Day you feel lonely and vulnerable? Then Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 42) from 500 Days of Summer is that man! Summer (Zooey Deschanel, 44) has just left the adorably anguished protagonist as she tries to overcome her great love over the course of a charming 95 minutes, set to a stunning soundtrack. A feeling of hope after an indie romance is guaranteed!

Meanwhile, in “Crazy, Stupid, Love”, the Weavers’ marriage has fallen apart. Emily (Julianne Moore, 63) wants to divorce Cal (Steve Carell, 61). An honest family man tries to drink away his frustrations at a local bar and meets the tough guy in town: Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Despite their different lifestyles, they become friends, and Jacob helps Cal become a whole new person, giving flirting tips and giving him a makeover. What he doesn’t know, however, is that the womanizer is also dating Cal’s daughter Hannah (Emma Stone) at the same time—and he’s okay with that? Crazy Stupid Love is a twisted but fun romantic comedy that has become a true classic since 2011.

New Fatigue Feed and Tissue Alert

Anyone who would rather watch a movie they can’t talk about yet instead of watching it dozens of times will have fresh food for their angst just in time for Valentine’s Day. For example, in the form of the drama “We Are All Strangers,” which opened in this country on February 8. Starring Fleabag and Sherlock fan favorite Andrew Scott (47) and After the Sun mime Paul Mescal (28), the film follows a love between two men that seems to defy the laws of space and time. Screenwriter Adam (Scott) finds himself in his childhood home, where his parents, played by Claire Foy (39) and Jamie Bell (37), seem to still be living as they did the day they died 30 years ago. What role does Adam’s mysterious neighbor Harry (Mezcal) play in all this?

Anyone who prefers to shed tears in the home theater will also find a new addition of heart(ache) from the respective streaming providers: Netflix, for example, is launching a brand new rom-com called The Lovers on February 14th. The film is based on the advice book Goodbye Heartache and follows a journalist (Lawrence Rapp) who wants to expose the founder (Rosalie Thomass, 36) of a lovesick agency as a fake. However, he is just as quick to question his ability to love.

That opposites can magically attract is demonstrated by the film Best Witness, which has been available on video on demand (for example, through Prime Video) since the beginning of February. Jakob (Edin Hasanovic, 31 years old) is a divorce lawyer, Marie (Almila Bagriacik, 33 years old) is a family therapist. Together, the unlikely duo suddenly find themselves faced with a seemingly hopeless task: as best man and maid of honor, saving the wedding of their best friends Ruth (Christina do Rego, 37) and Toby (László Branko Brading, 30). (pcs/piece)
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