Valentine’s Day movies don’t necessarily need to be a repetition of the most famous romantic flicks that lovers already watched for countless times. This roster provides a diverse list of underrated films that can serve as couples’ ideal movie companions for the holiday. Some are oldies but goodies starring legendary stars, but they are not as popularly watched as the classics like “Casablanca” or “Gone with the Wind.” Others are adaptations, original works, foreign releases, and other acclaimed offerings that showcase esteemed filmmaking talents from different eras and places.
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958)
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor sizzles in this screen adaptation of the award-winning Tennessee Williams play of the same title. A well-acted story about a couple’s marriage hitting a rocky point, this film is a thought-provoking piece that can best serve married couples. It makes a touching Valentine’s Day movie that rightfully examines the different facets of love, sacrifice, and devotion.
“Last Tango in Paris” (1972)
“Last Tango in Paris” features Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider in a passionate affair between a man struggling from his wife’s recent suicide and a woman who is about to marry her fiance. Instantly drawn to each other without revealing their names, their relationship start seriously affecting their lives. This is a film that many couples in very deep relationships can relate to.
The operatic comedy “Moonstruck” presents Cher and Nicholas Cage in a romantic tale of a woman who is about to marry her late husband’s best friend until she realizes she is actually falling for her fiance’s brother. This picture revolves around the complications of love and destiny. Its theme focuses on an issue typically raised during earnest discussions of relationships.
“Wings of Desire” (1987)
The unique romantic foreign-language film “Wings of Desire” is the inspiration for the movie “City of Angels.” This German opus tells the heart-rending story of an angel who falls in love with a mortal woman. Its romantic treatment compellingly blends fantasy and reality, which convinces viewers of the magic of true love.
“Don Juan DeMarco” (1994)
“Don Juan DeMarco” is an offbeat romantic comedy starring Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, and Faye Dunaway. It explores the relationship between a psychiatrist attempting to help a troubled man whose expertise is seducing women. Apparently, this sensual man helps spark the sex life of the said middle-aged doctor and his wife. This film captures the sensibilities of the characters and the philosophical ideas about love and sex.
“My Sassy Girl” (2001)
Based on a true story, the Korean romantic comedy “My Sassy Girl” is another foreign piece that inspired a Hollywood remake. This film follows the tale of an awkward and shy guy as he falls in love with a free-spirited girl whose crazy antics start fueling their unlikely romance. It serves as a charismatic picture that can leave both male and female viewers enthralled even after many hours of viewing it.
“My Blueberry Nights” (2007)
“My Blueberry Nights” is about soul-searching after a bad breakup. Working as a story of healing and recovery, this film starring Norah Jones and Jude Law features two broken-hearted souls developing a deep friendship, while spending several nights eating blueberry cake at a restaurant. After which, the narrative takes off with the woman’s journey across America and the platonic relationship she continues to share with her fellow lonely soul many years after.