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Underrated Movies To Watch on Valentine's Day

10 movie choices to watch this Valentine's Day

By Devyn SharelPublished about a year ago 7 min read
Top Story - February 2023
Underrated Movies To Watch on Valentine's Day
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In a world filled with craziness these days, having a good laugh or even a joyful cry is worth more these days than anything else. So if you’re looking for films that will leave you feeling warm, fuzzy, and maybe even a bit emotional, take a look at the top ten list (in no particular order) of underrated romance films to watch below. Although each of these films may have mixed reviews, I encourage you to have an open mind and leave your film critic analysis on hold long enough to enjoy a 90-minute movie filled with awesome meet-cute moments this Valentine's Day.

1. Love Jones (1997)

Anyone that knows me, knows that Love Jones is by far my favorite movie! But without trying to be biased, I’ll say that even if it weren’t my favorite, I’d still highly recommend this sexy, chemistry-filled love story. After Darius and Nina meet at a nightclub, their relationship takes off in unpredictable and emotional directions that neither of them is quite ready for and feelings they’re unwilling to admit. Between the soundtrack, the oozing chemistry between Larenz Tate and Nia Long, and the modern-day Harlem renaissance of music, photography, and poetry, this one is 100% sure to pull at your heartstrings by the end and make anyone believe in love.

2. Spanglish (2004)

I discovered this hidden gem through my S.O. a few years ago. After watching it together, I was hooked and knew I needed to add it to my list of things to re-watch. Spanglish is a story about a Hispanic woman, Flor, who takes on a job as a full-time housekeeper to an upper-middle-class, suburban white family. As customs, cultures, personal and parental standards clash and contrast, a camaraderie between Flor (Paz Vega) and John (Adam Sandler) develops over time that keeps both of them afloat amidst the drama brewing in the Clasky household. This is about one of the sweetest films I’ve ever watched, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone open enough to see the chemistry between Paz Vega and Adam Sandler unfold.

3. Something New (2006)

Another hidden gem that many may not have heard of. Sanna Lathan stars in the sweet comedy-drama as Kenya, a successful woman who gets set up on a blind date by one of her friends. But when Kenya finds out that her date is White, she’ll have to redefine her expectations of Mr. Right. I love this movie, and it’s the perfect choice to watch for date night, with friends, or even solo.

4. The Duff (2011)

The Duff is one of those movies that, on the surface, might look like an average teen movie. And in a lot of ways, it is. It certainly uses the same tropes we’re used to. The popular air-head girl who bullies the nerds, the popular jock who’s oblivious to everything around him, and the unpopular girl/guy who desires said popular girl/boy. But The Duff offers some subtle nuances of sweet authenticity that will make you say “awwww.” If you’re open to enjoying a light-hearted, sweet romance/meet-cute (figuratively speaking) between two unlikely pairs, this one is for you.

5. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

This movie reminds me of The Notebook before The Notebook. My mom told me about this movie some years back, and I finally saw it on Amazon Prime. Needless to say, I didn’t regret it! Although this is a love story between an older couple, it doesn’t make the romance any less worthy of watching. Meryl Streep shines in this role as a housewife who meets a handsome photographer (Clint Eastwood) while her family is away at a town fair for the weekend. The two create a bond that is effortless, necessary, and intentional. If nothing else can’t convince you to watch this tear-jerker, rest in the fact that you can’t go wrong with anything starring the incomparable Meryl Streep.

6. Beyond the Lights (2014)

If you’re in the mood for a beautiful film that will surely make you cry, look no further. Beyond the Lights comes from the writer and director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, who also wrote and directed the equally beautiful film Love and Basketball. This emotional film explores love from multiple angles beyond romance. But that doesn’t stop this gorgeous love story from magnifying the screen. Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Noni, a sexy, sultry singer who seemingly has it all. But after Noni reaches her breaking point on the brink of suicide, police officer Kaz saves her from making a fatal mistake. After saving Noni’s life, Kaz recognizes that she’ll have to confront the demons that have haunted her for years for Noni to truly be saved. This film is definitely in my top favorites and highly recommended if you’re in the mood for a great romantic drama.

7. Phat Girlz (2006)

Now, I admit that this one will probably feel like a comedy with a subplot of romance, but make no mistake. Monique’s performance in Phat Girlz is entertaining, heartfelt, and inspiring for women who feel inadequate when it comes to finding unconditional love. Perhaps it’s that lesson in the movie that makes me come back to it every so often. Monique plays Jasmine, a sales associate at a clothing department store and an aspiring fashion designer. After winning a vacation trip, she meets a handsome African doctor who sweeps her off her feet. Despite the low-budget quality, the film is quite enjoyable and will have you rooting for Jasmine until the end.

8. Brown Sugar (2002)

Another worthy entry for Sanaa Lathan! Sanaa stars as Sidney Shaw, a successful magazine editor who inadvertently grows feelings for her childhood best friend, Dre (Taye Diggs), after becoming engaged to his girlfriend, Reese. As both approach their dirty thirties, Sidney and Dre question their life choices regarding their careers, relationships, and overall happiness. It’s a wonder that Sanaa and Taye teamed up for another love story following their roles in the 1997’s The Best Man because their on-screen chemistry is undeniably and equally sweet and sexy. Consider this romantic comedy if you’re in the mood for a great soundtrack, laughs, and moments that make you say “aww,” followed by several crying emojis.

9. Runaway Bride (1997)

I’m not sure why this movie isn’t as revered as Pretty Woman, but I find it just as heart-warming. I feel that whatever movie you place Julia Roberts or Richard Gere in, they’re sure to deliver an excellent performance. But together, they strike gold. Julia Roberts plays Maggie, a woman from a small town who has grown an infamous reputation for being known as a “runaway bride.” After successfully running away from three potential husbands, Maggie is sure that she’s found Mr. Right this time and will see her wedding ceremony through to the end. When journalist Ike comes to town to report a story on Maggie, he finds that the presumed woman that Maggie appears to be is more than what meets the eye. I may be biased because I’m a sucker for movies where the two protagonists realize their love brewing below the surface in the “ah-ha” moment. However, I’d still recommend this film when you’re in the mood for a simple (in a straightforward sense), sweet romantic comedy.

10. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

This final entry is without a doubt one of the best romance movies and one of my favorites. Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs star as Stella and Winston, two people who unexpectedly fall in love during Stella's vacation trip to Jamaica. Despite their 20 year age difference, Stella can't help but fall for Winston, who sweeps her off her feet, renewing her zest for life, fun, happiness, while both encourage the other to fight for their dreams. If you're looking for a mixture of fun, sexy and a flirty good time, this is the perfect movie to watch.

Do you have any other movies that you consider to be great yet overrated? Comment below!


About the Creator

Devyn Sharel

Devyn Sharel is a fiction writer, poet & Film enthusiast. She enjoys writing fiction romance, drama and other genres that challenge her creative comfort zone.

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  • HandsomelouiiThePoet (Lonzo ward)about a year ago

    This was great 💯🥰👍 FYI Love Jones is one of my favorites ❤️😉

  • JBazabout a year ago

    Well there are a few movies I never heard about. Thanks always great to know. Congratulations

  • Yogesh Dhanasekaranabout a year ago

    Excellent movies anytime favorite movie is spanglish.... Kindly check my article about Valentine's day --->

  • Loryne Andaweyabout a year ago

    Thank you for this list of gems. ❤'d and subscribed 🤗

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