Watching a romance flick is a Valentine's Day staple, like a bouquet of roses or a dinner reservation for two. And, thanks to NVIDIA SHIELD TV, cuddling up for a cute movie night is a whole lot easier than braving the crowds and price-gouging it takes to score one of those other cliché gifts.
Your Google Assistant can help get the evening started. Simply say, "Ok Google," and set the mood with "dim the lights." Or ask for a hand finding the right film, "Ok Google, show me the best romantic movies," or "what romcoms are on Netflix?"
Too much to choose from? Here are a few of our favorites you can stream with SHIELD.
Across the Universe sets its love story in the late 1960s, when the United States and the whole Western World felt as turbulent as a teenager's heart. Every song in this musical romance is superb, which shouldn't be surprising given its little structural advantage: the movie is built around songs by The Beatles. Each track is re-recorded by the cast, and modern production manages to put a spin on the classic melodies without ruining them. Well-reviewed and well-loved, Across the Universe is for The Beatles fans and the people who love them.
Neither Humphrey Bogart nor Katherine Hepburn play the titular African Queen – that honor goes to the boat – but both are excellent in this romance about a rough-and-tumble boat captain and a refined British missionary. On the run from Germans in World War I Africa, the unlikely pair is forced together. John Huston directs this technicolor classic.
Charming without being too saccharine, Amélie is the prototypical quirky rom-com. It comes to us from France (where else?) and stars Audrey Tautou as the title character, whose sheltered childhood leaves her with a sense of wonder as she explores Paris and cleverly engineers ways to help the unique characters she meets. Amélie's influence on a host of quirky 2000s love interests is obvious, but the depth of her character and the completeness of the movie's style make her more interesting – and far less annoying – than her many imitators.
For those who can't agree on whether to watch one of the 800 Pride and Prejudice adaptations on Valentine's Day, I respectfully submit Bridget Jones's Diary. It's a charming modern-day update to the story that stars Renée Zellweger as Jones, a 30-something Brit determined to fix up her life and find love – but not with her boss (you get one guess as to who she falls for anyway).
Humphrey Bogart appears for the second time on our list with Casablanca, one of the greatest movies ever made and easily one of the best romances ever to hit the silver screen. The Germans are after poor Bogey again, but this time it's World War II. In Vichy-controlled Morocco, Bogart's character encounters an ex-lover – with her husband in tow.
Dirty Dancing was a low-budget film that turned out to be a smash hit and an instant classic. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey star in this resort-town romance flick about a vacationing girl who learns to dance "dirty." The movie is cute and romantic, but has moments raw and real enough to stand out to this day.
There are many romantic comedies, but Jerry Maguire is the best one. The film blends a romance with a professional story about a sports agent in a way that should feel pandering but, somehow, never does. Never trust anyone who doesn't love Jerry Maguire, which continues to stand the test of time as one of the best romance movies ever made.
Maid and Manhattan marks the high point in Jennifer Lopez' movie career. The pop star and celebrity became a bonafide movie star after this film about a hotel maid and a high-profile politician who fall inconveniently in love. Just a year later, in 2003, Lopez released a rom-com that was as bad as Maid in Manhattan was good: Gigli, which promptly torpedoed her movie career. But the first chapter of the rise and fall of movie-star J.Lo still holds up. Just try not to think about Gigli.
Moonstruck stars Cher as a widow about to get remarried. But things get complicated when she falls for her fiancé's estranged brother, played by Nicolas Cage. A critical and commercial hit, Moonstruck is a top-shelf romantic comedy, and it's available on a couple of different streaming services.
Based on the most famous maritime disaster of all time (spoilers, sorry), Titanic was a monster hit. James Cameron's epic romance stars Leonardo DiCaprio at the height of his heartthrob powers, and its revolutionary special and practical effects still hold up. The character-driven plot and action-packed sequences keep things moving, but the romance at the center of it all never loses the spotlight.
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