Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, and what better way to spend the day of love with your family than curling up on the couch and watching a movie? However, finding one well-suited for the entire family can be difficult with so many romantic and rom-com flicks available on streaming services.
We have rounded up a few movies (animated and non-animated) that are perfect for family time this Valentine’s Day. There’s something for everyone, from toddlers to teens, all celebrating love.
You must have read this story to your little ones umpteen times. However, why not watch it with your family this Valentine’s Day? When Cinderella’s cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from the lovable mice Gus and Jaq, and her Fairy Godmother. Does Cindrellas make it to the ball? Does she find her prince charming? Do they have a happy ending? Get all the answers in this movie.
You can even watch Camila Cabello’s “Cinderella,” released in 2021, a modern musical with a bold take on the classic fairy tale. In this movie, instead of waiting for her prince charming, Cinderella has big dreams, and with the help of her fabulous Godmother (played by Billy Porter), she perseveres to make them come true.
2. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown
The gang celebrates Valentine’s Day, while Charlie Brown hopes for at least one Valentine for a change. Linus struggles to get the biggest card for his teacher as Lucy tries to declare her love for Schroeder. This would be especially great to watch with your teen, as it revolves around Charlie Brown stewing over not having a Valentine. This is a concern many teenagers face during their school years, so they will find it quite relatable.
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of humankind. Wall-E lives a life of solitude until he meets another robot, EVE, who is sent to detect life on Earth. When EVE becomes unresponsive, Wall-E’s protection of his new friend shows the true meaning of love.
4. The Princess Diaries
Mia Thermopolis has just discovered that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her sixteenth year and her love life without being a disappointment to others.
5. Lady and the Tramp
The movie tells the romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel, Lady, and a streetwise downtown mutt, Tramp. When Lady’s owners have a baby, she feels neglected and runs away, accidentally meeting Tramp. How they both end up together forms the rest of the story. You can also watch the 2019 movie for Valentine’s Day, which re-tells the timeless tale of the 1955 animation.
6. High School Musical
Another movie your kids will enjoy watching (and even dancing to) this Valentine’s Day is “High School Musical.” The franchise tells the story of a popular high school athlete and an academically gifted girl who get roles in the school musical and develop a friendship that threatens East High’s social order. Will their friendship survive the odds or succumb to societal pressure? Find out with your teenage kids.
7. The Princess Bride
Keep your tissues handy because your family might shed a few tears while watching this movie on Valentine’s Day. While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of a farm boy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies, and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.
8. You’ve Got Mail
Book superstore magnate Joe Fox and independent book shop owner Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the internet. The twist is that both are blissfully unaware that he’s trying to put her out of business. Will they forget their enmity and stay together forever? Or will they part ways when they learn the complete truth?
This is a must-watch Valentine’s Day movie. It shows the true meaning of love. Carl, an old widower, goes off on an adventure with the help of Russell, a boy scout, in his flying house to search for Paradise Falls to fulfill his late wife’s dream. Carl and Ellie’s love story will have the adults bawling (because their love is exactly what we wish for), and the little ones get to enjoy the shenanigans of adorable Russell.
10. Little Rascals
The “He-Man-Woman-Hating” Club fears losing a member when Alfalfa falls in love with the sweet Darla. You will love watching this movie with your family this Valentine’s Day. It will have you laughing till the end of the film.
Which movie will you watch with your family this Valentine’s Day? Do let us know in the comment section below. We suggest having a movie marathon with your munchkins and watching them all!