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5 Classic Films to Watch for Date Night

Updated on February 5, 2023
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Valentine’s or not, every couple will definitely have a date night. This activity is a suitable activity for couples as it helps cultivate feelings. Couples can cuddle on the sofa while watching a tearjerker or even throw popcorns when they are frustrated with a character. Sometimes, the film can also generate a topic for the couple to talk about.

When you’ve set up a date night with your lover, it is imperative to pick out a great movie. It can be a moving one or an adrenaline-filled one. If you are running short of ideas on what to watch, here are five recommended classic films you can rent or stream online:

Pride & Prejudice


This 2005 film, 'Pride and Prejudice', has made many girls swoon. The screenplay was adapted from Jane Austen’s book of the same title. For the film, Keira Knightley plays the role of the sassy second daughter of the house of Bennett, Jane. Matthew Macfadyen, a relatively unknown British actor back then, was signed to play the role of the cynical yet rich lord, Mr. Darcy.

What draws you in the most with the film is not only the poetic lines used but also the charm of the cold-faced Mr. Darcy. Many fans were left silently screaming with their arrow-pierced heart when Mr. Darcy confessed that he loves Jane “most ardently". Jane, one of the most iconic characters on film nowadays, after many twists and turns, eventually agrees to be with Mr. Darcy.

Before Sunrise


Starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, 'Before Sunrise', is a 1995 film of a love story that happened on a train. Jesse, played by Hawke, is an American tourist who spends time with the French student Celine. Feeling a connection with each other, the two spends the day until the next morning together.

Will Jesse and Celine, two perfect strangers, really fall intimately in love with each other in just one day? Is there really a bond that can be formed at such a short period of time? Just what will happen to their love when they are bound to different destinations at the end?

The Notebook


Nicholas Sparks has written quite a few bestsellers in the romance genre, one of which was adapted to film. 'The Notebook', a 2004 adaptation of his book of the same name, starts with an elderly man narrating a story from his notebook to fellow patient at a nursing home. He tells of the love between a poor quarry worker, Noah (played by Ryan Gosling), and a rich heiress, Allie (played by Rachel McAdams). Despite having strong feelings for each other, the two broke up after Allie’s parents took her away.

Years later, the two were already leading different lives. Allie worked as a volunteer where she met and got engaged with a person her parents approved. On the other hand, Noah enlisted in the army. Upon Noah’s return, he tried to get Allie back, which he was able to do so successfully.

It was later revealed in the film that the elderly man was Noah. Moreover, the fellow patient was Allie living with dementia. Even at the end, the two were in each other’s embrace.

Romeo + Juliet


Adapted from Shakespeare’s play, the movie adaptation ‘Romeo + Juliet’ is an American romantic crime film released way back in 1996. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of Romeo and Claire Danes for Juliet. The two met and fell in love with each other when Romeo gatecrashed a party where Juliet was attending. As with Shakespeare’s play, the two are from feuding families.

The film almost follows the original work closely. Of course, there are some changes but they are quite trivial. The positive review generated by ‘Romeo + Juliet’ earned a box office of 147.5 million USD over its 14.5 million USD budget.

10 Things I Hate About You


Shakespeare can really make some amazing classics. Another film adapted from his work is ‘10 Things I Hate About You’. This film is loosely based on the comedy ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. Unlike ‘Romeo + Juliet’ though, ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ is a modernized adaptation, with the story set in an American high school.

New student Cameron falls in love with campus beauty Bianca Stratford. However, with Bianca’s overprotective father, she is forbidden to date - unless her sister Kat dates too! Thus, Cameron asks the help of the bad boy Patrick. A bittersweet romance awaits Patrick and Kat in ‘10 Things I Hate About You’.


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