With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we started to think…what movies can couples watch together and not hate? You’d probably opt for a root canal than to sit through three hours of Titanic, while she swoons over a pre-Revenant Leo, right? And forget about watching any war gore or robotics and expect her to be talking to you the next day. Here are our top 10 middle-of-the-road cinematic picks that both genders will enjoy.
HE SAID…Guy’s Movies Even She’ll Like
Not just another Tom Hanks rom-com, it’s a tour through the decades that takes (what first seems like) a dim-witted Southern boy across the country, with a stop in Vietnam and China along the way, on a quest to find the meaning of life. He does it wearing everything from leg braces to combat boots to Nike running sneakers.
Why you’ll like it: Because it’s not just another Tom Hanks rom-com, it’s got Gary Sinise, Robin Wright and Sally Field. And the music is pretty good, too.
Why she’ll like it: It proves there’s nothing like your first love to make a lasting impression.
Can a group of good-looking, charismatic career criminals pull off the ultimate Las Vegas casino heist? Choose either the 1960 version starring the Rat Pack, or the 2001 remake featuring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, Bernie Mac and Julia Roberts. Both are a win-win.
Why you’ll like it: A group of guy’s guys gather together in Vegas to use their talents for a big payout. A classic film, with a touch of The Hangover.
Why she’ll like it: She’ll think the ultimate payoff is getting the girl, not the dough.
DEAD POET’S SOCIETY
Can an uptight private boys’ school teach English literature to a group of teenage boys, and make it fun? It can when the anti-establishment professor is Robin Williams. In one of his more dramatic roles, yet still filled with antics, Williams is an unorthodox instructor who teaches his young students to “Carpe Diem”.
Why you’ll like it: You’ll reminisce about school-day camaraderie, from adolescent pranks to athletic conquests and admire even more the pure talent of Robin Williams, if that’s possible.
Why she’ll like it: For the romantic literature, the hints at first love’s pangs and the tear-jerking moments sure to ensue.
Sure, it’s a Mob Movie, but trust us, she’ll like it, too. A group of wise guys adopts wannabe gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) into the “family” and we follow his adventures over 30 years.
Why you’ll like it: The deals, the hits, the gambling and the amazing cast of characters including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino and more, directed by Martin Scorsese.
Why she’ll like it: Ultimately, it’s a love story. Henry’s wife becomes married to the mob, and while his “job” may upset her, she does love him.
FIELD OF DREAMS
Facing financial ruin and the loss of the family farm in America’s heartland, Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a voice in the cornfield one night, telling him “If you build it, he will come.” He later has a vision of a baseball diamond and dreams of re-creating a game where deceased members of the 1919 Black Sox Scandal are reunited and allowed to play ball together one last time.
Why you’ll like it: It’ll take you back to Little League, your first Major League game with your dad, stories you heard your grandpa tell you about his first game with his dad. It’ll restore your hope in the American dream and the opportunity of building something, somewhere, where anything can happen.
Why she’ll like it: The trust and belief Annie (Amy Madigan) has in her husband’s dreams and ambition, as well as the hopeful future they both have for their daughter.
SHE SAID…Tolerable Chick Flicks
Tom Cruise (pre-couch jumping days) plays a Sports Agent who pens an epic memo and gets fired, starts his own agency with his last remaining client and a single mom assistant (Renee Zellweger).
Why you’ll like it: It’s centered around the world of sports and more specifically football…plus, there are great cameos!
Why she’ll like it: Sandwiched between football is a love story. You had me at hello
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
It’s a fairy-tale love story—filled with princes, princesses, a giant (Andre the Giant, that is), warlocks and even a Sicilian boss! Trust me, you’ll enjoy this, even if it is the 15th time you’re watching it. Farmhand falls in love with soon-to-be Princess Buttercup and then she is kidnapped. He must rescue her before she’s forced to marry the evil Prince Humperdinck. What ensues is a comedic love story with memorable quotes and plenty of heart.
Why you’ll like it: The sword fighting is pretty impressive—the actors did their own stunts and learned to fence both left and right handed. Plus, Andre the Giant is just awesome. I challenge you not to quote Inigo Montoya when it’s over!
Why she’ll like it: What girl doesn’t like a fairy tale, even if she’s seen it 15 times
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
Meg Ryan was queen of the ‘80/’90s chick flick (Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail could also be included here…but this is the original). Billy Crystal is his typical wise-guy/geeky persona, but it works here. Together they ponder the age-old question, “Can men and women really be friends?”
Why you’ll like it: We’ve all been there…it’ll hit home. You’ll also worry about the infamous Meg Ryan deli scene.
Why she’ll like it: The same reason, we’ve all been there…and she’ll probably secretly wish to be the recipient of a speech like Harry makes at the end.
Simply put…Bridesmaids is the female version of The Hangover. Ultimately, it’s a story about friendship and adulthood.
Why you’ll like it: In the vein of The Hangover, Bridesmaids is genuinely funny. At times, a bit gross…but always, funny.
Why she’ll like it: If she hasn’t been a bridesmaid, she’s known one and has seen some of the over-the-top things bridesmaids go through.
It’s a classic—Billy and Meg even argue about this film in When Harry Met Sally. Humphrey Bogart is the guy with all the moves, the answers and the connections. Ingrid Bergman is the one who got away and she needs his help to escape to America during WW II.
Why you’ll like it: Bogart is the quintessential man’s man and the definition of cool, but even tough guys have hearts.
Why she’ll like it: Because even tough guys have hearts.