Valentine’s Day: Best Movies to Watch


Marci Peters

When you think about Valentine’s Day movies you probably think about movies with Valentine’s Day in the name of it or ones that take place around Valentine’s Day. But you would be surprised by how many movies you watched growing up are actually Valentine’s Day movies. To be a Valentine’s Day movie, I feel like you need romance and having the characters in the movie do something to show the strength of their love. Like how Fiona from the movie Shrek still fell in love with Shrek even though he was an ogre. So I decided to rate some of my favorite childhood movies that meet those criteria and rate them 1-10.

Lady and the Tramp (Animated)

Lady and the Tramp is a love story between two dogs. One is a dog raised with a home and one raised without a home. I would rate this a 9/10 because I think that they showed them falling in love perfectly. I also like how it didn’t really start with them liking each other, they didn’t start to like each other until they started to spend time together. I also like it because of how they show the one raised in a home and the love she has for her owners.

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is a love story between a princess and a pirate. The princess started as a simple girl who lived on a farm. She fell in love with the farmhand that worked on the farm. The farm boy left for a trip and was attacked by a pirate and was thought to be killed. Five years after hearing about his death the princess was engaged to the prince. She did not love the prince she was still in love with the farm boy. Later in the movie, after she is kidnapped, the pirate came to save the princess. Later she found out that the pirate was the farm boy she feels in love with. I would rate this a 10/10 because it showed that love can last over distance and time. And I find it truly romantic and amazing that he risks his lifetime and time again for her.

Cinderella (live-action)

Cinderella is the story of a prince and a farm girl falling in love. Cinderella was mistreated by her stepmother and two stepsisters after her father passed away. One night after being visited by her fairy godmother she went to the king’s ball and danced with the prince whom she fell in love with. I would rate this a 8/10 because even though they come from very different walks of life they still fell in love and end up living happily ever after. And I feel like it is a lesson worth learning.

Princess and the Frog

Princess and the Frog is a love story between a prince and a poor girl. The prince was turned into a frog by a voodoo man. The prince kisses the girl at a masquerade ball thinking that she’s a princess, but she was turned into a frog. They travel through the bayou so they can become human again and end up falling in love. I rate this movie a 9/10 because it shows them falling in love with each other because of their personalities, not their looks or wealth.

I learned a lot of great lessons from these movies growing up but I realized after watching them again that there are more lessons to learn from them than the ones we learn growing up. And now that I’m a teen, I realize that the romance in these stories is more than just fairy tales but that it can happen in real life. I also learned that love could be hiding anywhere and that all I have to do is wait.