5 movies to watch this Valentine’s Day if you hate romcoms
Staying in on Valentine’s Day…? Can’t say we blame you. It’s almost impossible to get a reservation, and if do miraculously beat the odds, chances are you’ll be squeezed in shoulder-to-shoulder (no doubt wearing your off-the-shoulder top), until you practically haven’t even the elbow room to cut your steak.
Instead, get yourself a family-sized hamper of snacks, throw on your favourite Always Late Sweat, and watch one of the films below, which though romantic – and therefor, by default, Valentine’s Day worthy – are in absolutely no way, shape or form a romcom!
The Indie Addict – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2003)
Jim Carrie might not be the first person you think of when it comes to Valentine’s Day movies, but opposite a blue, green and orange haired Kate Winslet, as lovers who have erased each other from their memory, this is quite possibly the most heart-rendering role of his career.
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The Vintage Cinema Lover – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
From beginning to end, Audrey Hepburn is utterly charming in this 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel by the same name. She plays Holly Golightly, a New York socialite/fashionista who’s named her cat Cat, uses half a bathtub as a sofa, and has a wardrobe every self-proclaimed fashion instagrammer would kill to own. But it’s the ‘will-she/won’t-she’ relationship with new neighbour, Paul, that will tug at your heartstrings.
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The Tarantino Fan – True Romance (1993)
It might be written by Tarantino, so yes, you can expect blood, gun fights and irresistibly quotable one-liners (i.e. 100% not a rom-com), but as the title suggests, this film is 100% a romance, and therefore a Valentine’s Day movie must-see!
Christian Bale and Patricia Arquette’s onscreen chemistry ensures the film never takes itself too seriously. Plus, what with its early nineties release date, we’re talking serious Crop Top goals.
The Disney Diva – Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Before the big Hollywood reimagining comes out next year, it’s time to revisit this 1991 Disney classic. Darker than The Hunchback of Notre Dame, more harrowing than the Lion King, and hairier than 101 Dalmatians, Beauty and the Beast is basically about two people who champion love over all else. Expect #couplegoals that would blow the likes of Kimye and Brangelina clean out of the water.
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The Burton Fanatic – Edward Scissor Hands (1990)
The film that launched Johnny Depp’s pre-pirate career, back when his cheekbones were as sharp as those scissorhands themselves, this 1990 tragi-romance is the ultimate gothic fairytale. It was made all the more poignant by the fact that Depp was actually dating Winona Ryder off-screen at the time.
What are YOU doing for Valentine’s Day? If you’re staying in, let us know which non-romcom movie you’ll be watching over on Twitter using #NobodysChild. But if you’re going out, then make sure you check out our selection of going-out dresses immediately and tag us in a shot using #NCpose over on Instagram!
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