You got your bachelor’s pad all set up, with a nice big 50 inch TV up on the wall, a comfy couch to snuggle in, the latest dimmable mood lights and most important of all, a Netflix subscription. All ready for some serious action and all you now need is a date to go along with all these big boy toys. We can’t exactly help you with a date (Tinder can) but what we can help you with, is a list of the top 5 movies that will help ease you and your date into the mood for love when you do find one willing to jump into the couch to help test drive your new 50 inch TV.
The curated list below range from the cerebral romantic types to the ones with enough steamy scenes to suggest you do the same right there and then. To top it off, we included some tips on the types of situations each movie is best suited for. Click on the trailers to have a sneak preview of what’s to come for you and your date! 🙂
5. Ghost (1990)
Best situations to watch: When your date is born in the 1980s and prior, and you want to bring back some Bananarama nostalgia. Ok, I’m kidding about the Bananarama part but if you know Bananarama, you’re probably old enough to have watched this film and dying (pun intended) to reminisce watching it again.
Cast: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg
What the movie is about: IMDB – After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
Why it rocks: From the movie that brought us the hauntingly (pun intended again) nostalgic song, Unchained Melody, this is a classic love story that blends romance, comedy, drama and some horror (after all, the movie title is Ghost). It oozes so much charm and romance of how love transcends death that you and your date would want to get it on like the old days, before weepy films like The Notebook (no, it did not make the cut) crept into Hollywood. For the record, Ghost secured 5 Oscars nomination. Not bad for a romance film.
Most memorable line: “I love you. I really love you… Ditto”
Most memorable scene: When Patrick Swayze, the ghost, possess Whoopi Goldberg’s body so that Swayze and Demi Moore can share a loving dance with Unchained Melody playing in the background.
4. Love Actually (2003)
Best situations to watch: When it’s the Christmas season and you need a good excuse to watch a jolly good movie that sets the jingle bell mood with your date.
Cast: So star-studded I don’t even know where to start – Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Rowan Atkinson, Alan Rickman
What the movie is about: IMDB – Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
Why it rocks: A very relatable film with intertwined stories for the holiday season. Alot of love, feel-good, British humour-induced laughter, and a little bit of nudity to keep you and your date feeling it in your fingers and toes.
Most memorable line: “To me you are perfect”
Most memorable scene: Using the placard to confess his love to the girl. If that is not the most ingenious romantic gesture, I don’t know what is.
3. Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013)
Best situations to watch: When you need to get laid really badly and require a helping hand with as much explicit scenes to make it obvious (Warning: It’s all lesbian scenes but the steamy scenes are second to none, even to a heterosexual person who is straight as an arrow)
Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos
What the movie is about: IMDB – Adèle’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
Why it rocks: It’s a French film, which makes it all the more better since if you do get bored while watching, you could easily make an excuse to make out with your date. Ok ok, in all seriousness, there aren’t too many movies that explore full-blown lesbianism in its entirety the way the movie did, and boy did they explore lesbianism in a mindblowingly explicit manner. Here’s a good excuse to watch it: Ever wondered what other films the latest 007 Bond Girl in Spectre (2015) made? Blue Is The Warmest Color was her most famous film prior to Spectre.
Most memorable line: “I wanted to know, when was the first time you tasted a girl” (if the subtitles are to be trusted – the film is in french)
Most memorable scene: When the actresses, in all their glory of nudity, scissored. If you don’t know what scissoring is, nothing beats watching the film to get the education you and your date deserve.
2. Closer (2004)
Best situations to watch: When you have been out on several dates and it’s time to take it to the next level.
Cast: Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, Julia Roberts
What the movie is about: IMDB – The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.
Why it rocks: This is one movie that has the elements of love at first sight, falling in love, marriage, cheating, lies and much much more all rolled up within 1.5 hours. The intellectual attraction of this movie is that it explores the issues you would never want to talk with your partner about, such as cheating. The part of this movie that gets you in the mood for lovemaking is without a doubt, the most memorable scene as described below.
Most memorable line: “Hello, stranger.”
Most memorable scene: Natalie Portman as a stripper, spreading her legs right open in front of Clive Owen. It did actually happen on set and his reaction was unrehearsed and real. If you play your cards correctly, with the right words and mood, you could get the scene re-enacted in your living room after the movie. Even without the spreading of legs, the pure striptease is enough to knock get your rocks off right there and then.
1. Before Sunrise (1995)
Best situations to watch: When your date is super cerebral, has a long attention span, loves talking about life, fate and coincidences, and if both of you lap up whatever comes out from each others’ mouths (to be specific, I mean words coming out from mouths).
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
What the movie is about: IMDB – A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
Why it rocks: There probably isn’t another film with as much pure dialogue as this without almost zero action whatsoever. In spite of, or rather because of this, Before Sunrise is also likely the most unique and romantic of all films ever made. The dialogue is so cerebral and sexy it will turn viewers’ on and be on their minds for a very long time to come.
Most memorable line: “So listen, so here’s the deal. This is what we should do. You should get off the train with me here in Vienna, and come check out the capital… Think of it like this: jump ahead, ten, twenty years, okay, and you’re married. Only your marriage doesn’t have that same energy that it used to have, y’know. You start to blame your husband. You start to think about all those guys you’ve met in your life and what might have happened if you’d picked up with one of them, right? Well, I’m one of those guys. That’s me y’know, so think of this as time travel, from then, to now, to find out what you’re missing out on. See, what this really could be is a gigantic favor to both you and your future husband to find out that you’re not missing out on anything. I’m just as big a loser as he is, totally unmotivated, totally boring, and, uh, you made the right choice, and you’re really happy.”
Most memorable scene: The scene is none other than from where the most memorable line above came from. It is the perfect but long long pickup line to get a semi-reluctant person to go along with you for a date. Try repeating it when the movie’s credits roll and wait for the magic to happen.
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