Valentine’s Day is a love-it-or-hate-it holiday, eliciting excitement from some and eye-rolls from others. But coupled-up or not, Valentine’s Day is also a great time to curl up on the couch, heat up some popcorn, and start streaming.
Both Netflix and Stan offer a serious selection of rom-coms and period pieces to keep even the soppiest of film fans satisfied. But with so many titles available, you might need a little extra help in narrowing down your night’s entertainment. Or maybe you’re looking for a twist on the standard Hollywood chick flick, like your romance on the dark side, or just want a new series to fall in love with.
Whether you’re a lover or a hater, we’ve compiled some of our favourite romances and no-mances for you to stream on Netflix and Stan this Valentine’s Day.
- The Lake House
- Four Weddings and a Funeral
- When Harry Met Sally
- Let The Right One In
- Pride and Prejudice
- Kurt & Courtney
Movies on Netflix
The Lake House
It’s hard to go past a movie that pairs Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, so The Lake House had to make an appearance here. Like the title suggests, it centres around a lake house, which was occupied in 2004 by Alex (Reeves) and then in 2006 by Kate (Bullock). Through some mysterious time loop, when Kate leaves a letter in the house’s mailbox it gets transported back in time to when Alex was living there. They exchange letters and because it’s a romance movie, they fall for each other. Like any movie that involves time travel, there can be some confusing parts to the plot line, but without spoiling anything, it’s definitely a bit of a tearjerker.
One of the most iconic movies of the 90’s, Clueless is a more modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma. Starring Alicia Silverstone as Cher and Paul Rudd as Josh, it’s a clever combination of the ‘struggles’ of wealthy 90’s teens and the ups and downs of teen matchmaking. It’s iconic, hilarious and showcases teen 90’s fashion in all its glory.
A few other romantic favourites on Netflix include: The Bodyguard, Coming to America, 27 Dresses, It’s Complicated, The Holiday
Movies on Stan
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Right up there with Notting Hill in the iconic British Rom Com list, Four Weddings and a Funeral is Hugh Grant in all his affable and permanently-befuddled best. It’s got that real British charm you come to expect of Grant’s earlier films, and like the title suggests, it follows a group of friends as they attend four weddings and one funeral. Throw in Rowan Atkinson as a bumbling vicar in-training, it’s a real treat and an absolute classic.
When Harry Met Sally
As far as rom-coms go, When Harry Met Sally is perhaps one of the most iconic in movie history. It follows the friendship between Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) over years of their various relationships and subsequent breakups, all centred around the theme that men and women can’t be friends. It also has one of the most iconic scenes in film history, which put Manhattan deli Katz’s Delicatessen on the map.
Let The Right One In
Technically, Let The Right One In is a horror film. But if you’ve got the stomach for the occasional splash of gore, the sweet relationship between the two leads is surprisingly touching. Oskar is a lonely, bullied 12-year-old who finds friendship with new neighbour Eli – who just so happens to be harbouring a seriously dark secret. Considered to be one of the best modern re-tellings of the vampire myth, this Swedish film isn’t your conventional date night fare, but it’s a solid choice for genre fans looking for a smarter, grittier alternative to Twilight.
A few other romantic favourites available on Stan include: My Best Friend’s Wedding, 10 Things I Hate About You, Miss Congeniality, Pretty Woman, Two Weeks Notice
Shows on Netflix
Ok, so if you’ve actually seen this or know what it’s about, you might be questioning the whole ‘romantic’ aspect of including this show on a list of what to watch for Valentine’s Day. However, Netflix categorizes this show in the ‘Romance’ genre, so that’s why it’s included. Recently voted as Australia’s favourite Netflix show, it’s a sort of anti-romantic dark comedy, but it takes the boy-meets-girl trope to a whole other, slightly psychotic, level.
Based on a book series of the same name, Outlander follows the adventures of British WWII nurse, Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) as she time travels back in time to 18th century Scotland. She meets the handsome young Highland warrior, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and the show follows their adventures, ups, downs, heartbreak and the ravages of war on Scotland and its people. Netflix currently has the first three seasons running, while season four has just wrapped up on Foxtel.
Shows on Stan
Pride and Prejudice
There’s been several big-budget adaptations of Jane Austen’s literary classic, but none have nailed the Lizzy Bennett-Fitzwilliam Darcy tension quite like the BBC’s 1995 production. Starring Colin Firth as the brooding Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice captures the spirit of the novel without watering down Firth’s heartthrob status – particularly in the so-called ‘lake scene’ in Episode 4. It also inspired the character of Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones’s Diary, another Valentine’s Day favourite with a dashing Colin Firth leading man performance.
Sure, it’s sleazy at first glance, but underneath the drugs, drink and decadence, Californication is a genuine love story. Bad-boy writer Hank Moody (David Duchovny) struggles to balance work, women and parenthood after a split with his long-time love Karen, leading to many wacky (and frequently pantsless) misadventures across Los Angeles. If you like your rom-com with a rock-and-roll edge and a less-than-perfect protagonist, Californication is your perfect Valentine’s binge; it’s smart, blackly funny, and a seven-season love-letter to the wild West Coast of America.
Kurt & Courtney
The Sid and Nancy of the 90s, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were the king and queen of grunge – that is, until Kurt’s 1994 suicide after years of drug abuse. Nick Broomfield’s 1998 controversial documentary explores the relationship between the Nirvana frontman and his infamous wife, raising questions about the pair’s marriage that remain largely unanswered more than two decades on. While the film is more ‘pop culture conspiracy theory’ than ‘romantic night in’, it’s a fascinating look at the co-dependency of two iconic musicians, exploring the thin line between love and loathing.
While this list is incredibly subjective, we hope it gives you some idea as to what to watch next time you’re in the mood to stream. If you’re looking to get the most from Stan or Netflix, pairing your binge watching with a new unmetered internet plan may be an ideal way to get more ‘bang for buck,’ and see your data go further.