Celebrated this Sunday, the 12th, Valentine’s Day always comes up with the same question: is it better to leave the house for a romantic dinner or stay under the covers and avoid crowded places and queues?
For those in the second group, one option is to play in the various romantic comedies available on streaming and enjoy the day to stay in that flirtatious mood under the duvet.
The selection below brings together ten titles of the genre that are available on streaming services. There are classic options, released mainly between the 1990s and 2000s, such as “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Suddenly 30”, but also more recent features, such as “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “A Crush for Christmas.”
In common, they all talk about relationships and singleness with humor, which can also help to lighten the day of those who are single and will have to put up with several photos and statements from the lovers on social networks.
Whatever your choice or your relationship status, take the opportunity to grab some popcorn and wine and play the list below.
One of the greatest classics of romantic comedy and one of the forerunners of the genre, the 1960s film follows a call girl, played by Audrey Hepburn, who is determined to marry a millionaire. Her plans, however, change when she becomes involved with a writer supported by his mistress. Recently, the film was one of the targets of social networks, being accused of racism. That’s because a white American actor used makeup and prosthetics to play a Japanese character, in a practice called “yellowface”.
USA, 1961. Directed by: Blake Edwards. Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Bill Neff and George Peppard. Free. In Globoplay, Oldflix and Telecine Play
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Dakota Johnson, from “Fifty Shades of Grey”, plays a young woman who has just become single and, with the help of her friends, takes advantage of her new status to enjoy the nights in New York. But, as in many plots of the genre, the character gets tired of being a spinster and decides to give herself to a new love.
USA, 2016. Direction: Christian Ditter. Starring: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann. 14 years. On Claro TV+ and Prime Video
It is one of the main titles when it comes to romantic comedy. In it, a teenager unexpectedly wakes up at the age of 30. She is reunited with her childhood best friend, whom she rejected, and decides to win back the boy’s friendship. Here, the romantic duo is played by Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo.
USA, 2004. Direction: Gary Winick. Starring: Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and Judy Greer. Free. On AppleTV+, Netflix, Star+ and Prime Video
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Another classic on the list. In it, one of the most famous singles in cinema, Bridget Jones, records in a diary her attempts to improve her life. She is looking for her Prince Charming as she tries to lose weight, stop smoking and drink less. After a few affairs, she is torn between two loves: her handsome, womanizing boss and a discreet childhood friend.
USA, France, England, 2001. Director: Sharon Maguire. Starring: Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. 12 years. Available for rent and purchase on YouTube
Men Are From Mars… And That’s Where I’m Going
Brazil also has a place on the list, of course. In the adaptation for the big screen of the homonymous play, Fernanda, a 39-year-old woman who works organizing weddings, is single and looking for her love of life. For this, she has the help of a friend, played by Paulo Gustavo, who died last year. Names like Marcos Palmeira, Eduardo Moscovis and Humberto Martins live some of her suitors.
Brazil, 2014. Direction: Marcus Baldini. With: Mônica Martelli, Paulo Gustavo and Marcos Palmeira. 14 years. on Globoplay
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Inspired by the book of the same name, the film has become one of the recent darlings of the genre. The protagonist, who is still in high school, writes secret love letters to all her old crushes. But one day, the messages are sent to the recipients, who start looking for the girl. She then needs to decide who she will be with.
USA, 2018. Director: Susan Johnson. Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo and Janel Parrish. 12 years. on Netflix
About last night
After a one-night stand, two couples try to get into a serious relationship. With a good dose of jokes, the film follows the difficulties and doubts that couples face in order to live together. The remake is inspired by the 1986 film of the same name.
USA, 2014. Direction: Steve Pink. With: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy and Regina Hall. 16 years. on Netflix
A Crush for Christmas
In this other recent production, Peter asks his best friend to pretend to be his boyfriend over Christmas to avoid his family’s jokes about still being single. But, as in a good romantic comedy, feelings start to mix and friendship can end up turning into a relationship. In the midst of this, Peter’s family tries to play Cupid.
Canada, 2021. Directed by: Michael Mayer. With: Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers and Luke Macfarlane. 10 years. on Netflix
A Second Chance to Love
This film also has a Christmas atmosphere and follows Kate, who works wearing an elf costume in a Christmas supply store. Frustrated with the direction her life is taking, things seem to change when she meets Tom, a guy who helps her put everything on track.
USA, UK. 2019. Directed by: Paul Feig. Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh. 12 years. on Netflix
10 Things I Hate About You
Another essential feature for fans of romantic comedies. In this plot, which takes place in high school, a bad boy with mysterious airs accepts, for money, the challenge of trying to convince the sullen Kat to go out with him. For this, he does everything to win the girl, which includes singing serenades accompanied by a marching band in the middle of the school – in one of the most famous scenes of the film. The heartthrob is played by Heath Ledger, who died in 2008.
USA, 1999. Direction: Gil Junger. Starring: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. 12 years. on Disney+