This feature was originally published on March 22, 2013.
It's not possible to get through life without watching a few date movies. As much as we all want to avoid that tired old cliché, it's going to happen. And if you think you’re going to get through Valentine’s Day without it happening, you’re wrong. Thankfully, due to the absurd amount of movies available to us via any number of streaming sites (or DVDs if you’re old school), watching a date move doesn't have to be a bad thing. Think about it: you pretty much know what you’re in for, since all of these love stories follow the standard roller coaster ride:
Boy meets girl. They fall in love. Girl has an old boyfriend who's still in the picture. Boy's dad dies of cancer. Girl joins the army. Boy starts dating Girl's best friend. Girl gets cancer. Boy visits her in the hospital. They kiss. They get back together. They get engaged. Girl's cancer goes away. Boy gets cancer... you get it.
No matter what combination of passion and tragedy the filmmakers choose to whip up, every single one of these movies delivers the same spectrum of agony and ecstasy that comes with a passionate relationship. By the end, when the lovers kiss and the credits roll, the person beside you on the couch has been put through the wringer. She's been up, she's been down, she's laughed, she's cried, and she believes that true love is possible. She believes in the power of romance and chivalry and all that jazz. She believes in the power of making love. And really, besides February-15-discounted-chocolate, isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is all about?
Take your pick from these classic romantic flicks, and get ready to dry some tears—your girl’s and maybe even your own. Shh, it’s okay, we won’t tell anyone.