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5 Movie Date Ideas for a Romantic Night In

Updated on June 20, 2013

There's something so fun and unique about having a romantic date night in with your partner.

You don't need to book any tables or stand in any queues, you don't have to worry about sitting next to someone eating cheese popcorn at the movies, and you don't need to worry about sitting next to a loud couple at a posh restaurant - ruining your idea of a romantic night out.

It's a lot more special and intimate having a private movie night in with the one you love.

Movie nights are one of the most popular date night choices - especially for couples looking to save money and who would prefer being at home for the evening. Movie date nights are inexpensive and lots of fun, plus you have the opportunity to cuddle up with your partner on the couch.

What could be better?

Except, there are times when this might get a little boring and predictable - choosing once again from the limited selection of the latest DVD's available to rent.

Maybe you're looking at spicing up your romantic night in with your partner or adding a twist to the run-of-the-mill movie date night.

Here are five fun movie date night ideas that you can really play around with. Surprise your partner with a home movie night to remember!

The Notebook
The Notebook

Romantic Movie Night

A romantic movie night theme can be ever so whimsical, elegant and tasteful, sexy or completely over the top - it's up to you.

This is your opportunity to shower your partner with love and show them your romantic side.

Set the Scene:

  • Light candles around the living room. You can use whatever candles you have available - the trick is to keep the room dark and intimate.
  • Add a touch of magic by filling the air with one or two incense sticks that you've lit. There are so many scents to choose from - everything from strawberry, chocolate, sandalwood, ocean breeze, etc.
  • Sprinkle rose petals on the floor and on the couches, or place single stemmed roses across the coffee table.

Five Romantic Movies

  1. The Notebook
  2. Ghost
  3. Serendipity
  4. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  5. The Lake House

Romantic Food Ideas

  • Strawberries dipped in chocolate
  • Chocolate fondue with marshmallows and cookies
  • Champagne or wine
  • Chocolate brownies
  • A platter of different cheeses and pickles
  • Prawn and avocado cocktails

The Fourth Kind
The Fourth Kind

Scary Movie Night

A scary movie night is the perfect opportunity to snuggle up close to your partner for those spooky, terrifying or gruesome scary movie scenes.

Your theme can be based on the edge-of-your-seat thriller movies, or on gut-wrenching horror movies, or you can mix in both to keep it really interesting!

Set the Scene:

  • Keep all lights off, you could light one or two candles for light around the room, or even put on a side table lamp with a dark piece of material draped across the top.
  • You'll want to make sure that you have plenty of blankets or pillows around in easy reach for those squeamish scenes.
  • If you really feel like being sneaky and you're 100% sure your partner won't have a heart attack - buy a cheap mask or use what you have at home in the form of a mask, wait for a really spine-chilling part of the movie and have some fun! (Only do this if you know your partner can take it in good fun - there's no reason to ruin a perfectly fun date night!)

Five Scary Movies

  1. Scream
  2. Rosemary's Baby
  3. The Ring
  4. Jeepers Creepers
  5. The Fourth Kind

Scary Food Ideas:

  • Candy
  • Caramel popcorn
  • Pizza
  • Hot dogs
  • Licorice sticks
  • Toffee apples
  • Fruit punch
  • Candyfloss

The Fast and the Furious

Action Movie Night

An exciting date night in with your partner begins with a couple of fast-paced action movies that are sure to leave your adrenaline pumping.

Between rooting for the hero, shouting at the bad guy and watching those breathtaking and death defying stunts, this action movie night theme will be anything but boring!

Set the Scene:

  • Move the couches and other furniture in the room around so that you'll have plenty of space to jump around and high five each other when the good guy saves the day.
  • Make sure your speakers and sound system is placed in prime positions to get the maximum effect for those explosive action scenes.

Five Action Movies

  1. Die Hard
  2. Con Air
  3. Taken
  4. The Fast and the Furious
  5. Wanted

Action Food Ideas

  • Hamburgers
  • Sodas or beer
  • Nachos with salsa and guacamole
  • Sloppy Joes
  • Steak and fries
  • Potato crisps
  • Spicy nuts
  • Parmesan popcorn

The Hangover
The Hangover

Comedy Movie Night

Doubling over in laughter until you're crying or get a stitch in your side are exactly what comedy movie nights are made of.

There's nothing serious about this night - it's all about letting go and giving in to the slapstick or adult humour in these hysterical feel-good movies.

Set the Scene:

  • Keep some tissues handy to wipe away those uncontrollable tears of laughter.
  • Create even more hysterics by playing a game of tag / tickle during one of the really funny scenes.
  • Make sure you have a few bottles of water on hand - laughing can be quite exhausting!

Five Comedy Movies

  1. Dumb and Dumber
  2. Meet the Parents
  3. The Hangover
  4. There's Something About Mary
  5. I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry

Comedy Food Ideas

  • Cereal
  • Cupcakes
  • Pancakes
  • Honey roasted nuts
  • Milkshakes
  • Cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Meat on a stick

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games

Fantasy Movie Night

Of all the movie themes, this is the theme that you can play around the most with.

Whatever your fantasy or the fantasy movie theme you've picked - you can turn your living room into an enchanting and secret destination for the two of you, for one night only!

Set the Scene:

  • Dress up - pick out costumes, fancy clothes or any dress theme. These can be related to the movie, it can be pajamas or whatever else you can imagine.
  • Decorate the living room with little gimmicky items related to the movie theme. For example, if you're watching Harry Potter movies, sprinkle some star confetti on the coffee table or pile books around the floor in large heaps.
  • Move the furniture around into completely different positions to create more of an illusion, and a mini escape from reality.

Five Fantasy Movies

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Star Wars
  3. The Lord of the Rings
  4. Harry Potter
  5. The Dark Knight Rises

Fantasy Food Ideas

  • Cocktails
  • Peanut butter or chocolate popcorn
  • Sour worms
  • Misissippi Mud Pie
  • Jello
  • Gummiberry Juice
  • Blue Fried Potatoes (food colouring)
  • Cheese spray and crackers

Which Movie Night theme out of the five is your favourite to try?

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The Author

Melanie Chisnall is a freelance writer from Cape Town, South Africa.

She is a snack food junkie, and counts suspense/thriller, romantic comedy and action as her favourite movie genres.


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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi ishwaryaa22 - I'm glad you like the movie ideas! Thank you so much for dropping in to read and comment, and for sharing :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub with wonderful suggestions! Your smart ideas surely turn a movie-date into a big hit! I chose romantic as my favorite genre. Also romantic-comedy is my another favorite genre. The list of snack ideas related to each film-genre sound ideal! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Shared

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Lady_E - I also couldn't understand all the hype about The Notebook - until I watched it. It is a beautiful, heart-stopping love story. You need to keep a box of tissues on hand!

      Thanks for checking in and commenting! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks Linda! I'm a fan of the action movies as well - and all the food ideas next to them! :)

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Great Selection - I would love to see the Notebook. I've heard so much about it. Thanks for the variety of movie lists you shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Awesome ideas! I selected the action movies. I like every one of those flicks. Well done Melanie. I like your selection of snackss also. They made me hungry! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi teaches12345 - It's always inspiring to come across other couples who have date nights each week. I think it's so important - it's a way of getting creative and keeping the spark. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this hub, and that you can incorporate some of these ideas into your date nights. Thank you for reading and for your comment! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This will certainly make for a great date! We do have a date night once a week and I have some new ideas now to add to our list. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Julie - we're also comedy movie fans, laughing together is one of the greatest feelings ever!

      Thanks for your comment and taking part in the poll! :)

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Mel, I see from the votes so far that comedy is in the lead - I voted comedy too :o) I still like a night in with hubby watching a good movie though our tasted are quite different but we both love laughing :o)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Mama Kim - Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed the different movie themes for a date night in. We can really go all out or keep it simple - the idea is to just have fun. Thanks so much for stopping in to read and comment! :)

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Lovely Hub!! I just love how you broke it down by genre and all added all the little details of the date night that could easily be overlooked ^_^ voted up and shared.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks Shruti - I'm glad that you enjoyed reading this hub and the list of movies!

      Have a super day :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan - That's a really good memory for a scary movie!

      Thanks for stopping in to comment!

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      shruti sheshadri 5 years ago from Bangalore, India

      great stuff melchi! Every movie that you have listed is an absolute classic! Will bear it in mind.

      voted up :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      Good ideas. My first date with my husband was a scary movie so I'm all for scary movies on date nights!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Mhatter99 - I've only ever been to a movie with my husband once where we were the only people in the cinema. It was so much fun. But, that was about 10 years ago. That doesn't happen today...unless you take off the day and go see a 9am movie when all the kids are at school.

      Thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. Have a super weekend :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thanks Julie! I actually had a lot of fun coming up with these ideas...I've never tried a different theme, it's always been the same "latest" movies or some really cheesy horror movies for a "fright night". Looking forward to Halloween - it's going to be a movie night unlike any other!

      Have a brilliant weekend :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Phil - I know, we normally get so confined with the likes of sodas and popcorn for movies, but there really is so much food that we can throw together - different combinations for any type of movie. These were just a few off the top of my head, but shows like "Unique Sweets" or "Guys Big Bite" or "Unique Foods" really take the food that we know of to a whole new level!

      Thanks for your comment :) Have a terrific day!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Rema - Thank you so much! I wasn't sure how it was going to come out when I started it but am quite happy with the final result.

      I'm glad you enjoyed reading it! Enjoy the rest of your day :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Alecia - It's true, the same themes every weekend or every time it's movie night gets a bit boring.

      I think the scary one for Halloween night will be fun!

      Thanks for your comment, have a super day :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank you Jackie - glad you enjoyed the hub!

      Have a brilliant weekend!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing these great ideas. Arlene and I loved the last showing of a really bad movie in those big theaters of old. I think, once we had the theater for ourselves.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      This was fantastic. I am going to share it...neat ideas and I love the combination of food and movies matching the theme.

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Great tips for all of the different types of movies. I really like the food ideas you've provided also; it is uncommon for someone to tie food together with movies. Great hub voted up and interesting!

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      Rema T V 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi MelChi,

      Very innovative hub. I like everything that you have said in here. The way you have formatted your hub is excellent-neat and well laid out. On the whole a very enjoyable read. Sharing it all across the community and pinning it too. Cheers, Rema.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I like the ideas you have- it usually seems people only think of one genre of film to focus on. And having different kinds of food also helps to set a different scene. Nice hub!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Many great ideas you have here, should be something to choose from for quite awhile. Nice work.