10 Family-Friendly Movies About Love
So start scrolling through Netflix or scouting out a DVD sale at your favorite big box store for an uplifting blend of live action and animated tales, chronicling everything from falling in love, to restoring fractured relationships, to simply finding friendship within the context of this special day.
Get started with our top 10 list by clicking the blue button below and be sure to share your favorite romantic movies.
The Town That Came A Courtin’
The Princess Bride
With every year that passes, this 1987 treasure continues to influence younger generations while still stirring the souls of the young at heart. That’s because it tells the timeless tale of a humble stable boy falling in love with a well off beauty, who is of course pledged to marry royalty, even if that match isn’t exactly made in heaven.
Nonetheless, there’s plenty of chivalry across the whimsical adventure story that also includes its fair share of abductions and swordplay, rounded out by an all-star cast including Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin and “The Eighth Wonder Of The World” Andre The Giant.
Sleepless in Seattle
For those needing a quick refresher, it follows a widowed father who gets coaxed by his son to call a radio show, only to become the constant object of encouragement by female listeners who send letters of condolences by the thousands.
Naturally, there’s one note writing lady in particular who just knows they’re meant to be together, but first she’ll have to shake off her fiancé and find a way to meet her better match face to face.
Be My Valentine Charlie Brown
First off, how can anyone resist cuddly characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and Lucy, as created by the incomparable ?
And second, even if the main character doesn’t get the girl of his dreams (not a spoiler since he never seems to have much luck), what’s not to love about an eternal optimist hoping that next year will at least be a little bit better?
But leave it to former Growing Pains heartthrob Kirk Cameron (circa 2008) to lead a lesson in the movie Fireproof — no matter how many grievances a couple has with one another, there’s always hope for full-fledged redemption thanks to the power of prayer and forgiveness.
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Father of the Bride
Technically speaking, Father Of The Bride first hit the silver screen in 1950, but the definitive version is unequivocally the 1991 edition starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams and Martin Short.
Not only does it paint a heartwarming picture of a daddy planning to give away his little girl (loaded with hysterical trials and tantrums), but it’s sure fire cure to shatter the pre-nuptial jitters, especially as so many plan to tie the knot this Valentine’s Day.
Pride & Prejudice
Sure, the two might get off to a rocky start, but thanks to some unpredictable intertwining of their seemingly divergent classes and circumstances, there’s a charming love story that unfolds to redefine the age old adage of “never say never.”
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
The classic couple combination of Sidney Poitier and Katharine Houghton sure did have their work cut out for them when meeting up with the leading lady’s parents (played by Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) and vice-versa, though in the end, a message of unconditional love wins out against unjustified prejudices.
The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That! Hurray! It’s Valentine’s Day!
Rather then revolving specifically around romance, The Cat In The Hat makes a case that friendship is just important on this special day, especially when you’ve got a list that includes the equally engaging Nick, Sally and Fish (to name a few), along with some superb voice work from the unmistakable Martin Short (who just can’t ever seem to get enough of the heart-centered celebration).
One of the most star-studded casts in motion picture history (Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx, Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Alba, Queen Latifah, George Lopez, Taylor Lautner and tons more), cycles through every triumph and blunder imaginable as they attempt to impress the loves of their life.
Somehow, this fast-paced flick (directed by Happy Days/The Odd Couple creator Garry Marshall) manages to strike a chord with everyone from newlyweds to veteran couples and even singles looking for plenty of laughs revolving around love.