Classic films for classy evenings

The Princess Bride is one of many romantic comedies that spruce up date night. 

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When it comes to date nights, sometimes staying in and cuddling up in front of the TV is better than going out. And what better way to spend the night than with rom-coms?

Here are some of our favorite romantic movies—from classics to contemporaries.

1. Love Actually (2003)

Chronicling the lives of several people’s romantic endeavors, “Love Actually” is a heart-warming movie about the human condition. Set in England during the winter holidays, some find love in unexpected places, while others struggle to balance their love lives with their work. Featuring Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly and many other British actors, what’s not to love about “Love Actually?”

2. Sixteen Candles (1984)

One of John Hughes’ infamous ‘80s classics featuring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, “Sixteen Candles” follows the life of a teenage girl whose own family forgets her birthday because her sister’s wedding overshadows her. She contends with grandparents staying in her room, an odd foreign exchange student, the pressures of high school and the incessant romantic advances from a “geek.” And all she really wants is a date with her crush and brunette dreamboat Jake Ryan.

3. The Princess Bride (1987)

This is a tale of a princess forced to marry against her will, and her one true love conquering all odds to save her. From pirates to fire swamps to terrifyingly large rodents, this movie has surprises around every corner. There might not be a better romantic adventure comedy; “The Princes Bride” is a classic that should be on your date-night list. 

4. Grease (1978)

A classic tale of lovers caught up in different social groups; Sandy the good girl and Danny the greaser fight for their love in this playful ‘50s musical. “Grease” will undoubtedly have you singing along to “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightning” and “You’re the One That I Want,” while John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John steal your hearts.

5. The Notebook (2004)

Viewers beware: “The Notebook” will leave you in tears with its passionate story of star-crossed lovers. Starring Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie, the two meet over the summer and quickly grow close. Torn apart by Noah’s enlistment in the army during World War II, Allie struggles to move on with her life, while Noah never stops fighting for her.

6. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

A new-aged love story, based on the novel by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” follows two strangers’ adventures across New York City to find their favorite band. The two meet at Nick’s band’s show in a bar and soon end up on the date of a lifetime. From bar hopping to running into psycho ex-girlfriends to taking care of drunken friends, Nick and Norah’s night is one to remember.