It can be really exciting meeting someone new on a dating site like this, especially if you find you strike up a rapport easily. What can be stressful is deciding where to invite your prospective new partner for a date night. One of the best suggestions doesn’t necessarily involve going out at all. Snuggling together on a couch, surrounded by refreshments, enjoying movies being streamed on TV, is a fabulous way to spend an evening together. Here are a top six of the most recommended date night movies.
The Notebook (2004)
Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allison (Rachel McAdams) are lovers in 1940s South Carolina, separated by social class; her disapproving mother hides letters from Noah. The narrative fast-forwards to the present when Allison is suffering from dementia, and Old Noah (James Garner) is trying to rekindle their feelings by reading her journals to her. Underlining the power of love to transcend barriers, this is ideal for your date night. Just make sure you have tissues handy.
Love Actually (2003)
Richard Curtis assembled a glittering cast of comedic talent for this tale of interweaving stories. Unashamedly sentimental, the storylines include a writer (Colin Firth) and his hilarious attempts to woo a Portuguese home-help (Lúcia Moniz), and a rock n’roll legend (Bill Nighy) reluctantly dealing with the unexpected popularity of his Christmas single. In amongst this, there are Prime Ministers falling for secretaries, friends falling for best friend’s fiancees, unfaithful husbands, and numerous other enthralling plots.
No date night should be complete without a slice of US comic genius Will Ferrell. Here he plays Ron Burgundy, a man who epitomizes less progressive times when newsreaders were propelled by a combination of egos, chauvinism, stylish clothes and were drenched in masculine aftershave. With a supporting cast including Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carrell, this is hilarious.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Mel Brooks affectionate satire of 50s B-movies is a comedy classic, one which will have you and your partner laughing heartily throughout your date night. Gene Wilder has never been better as the descendant of the Dr. Frankenstein who first harnessed the power of electrical storms to re-animate corpses. He is ably abetted by performances from Terri Garr as his love interest, Marty Feldman as Igor, his manservant, Peter Boyle as the Monster, Kenneth Mars as a one-eyed, one-armed and hammy-accented police inspector and Madeline Kahn as his fiancee, Elizabeth.
The Wedding Singer (1998)
US comic actor Adam Sandler has become something of a polarising figure, his crass low-brow humor repulsing critics while regularly drawing multi-millions at the box office. But in this charming rom-com, he reels in his trademark mugging and plays Robbie, a sympathetic, self-deprecating guy who seems destined to remain single while being paid to entertain couples on their big day. Drew Barrymore plays Julia, a waitress who is due to marry an incompatible chauvinist, Glenn (Matthew Glave). As the film charts the ups and downs of Robbie and Julia’s relationship, there are excellent comedic moments, including a scene-stealing cameo by English punk rock star, Billy Idol.
The Graduate (1967)
An iconic 60s movie featuring the original cougar, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) setting her sights on her friends’ recently graduated son, Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman), the note-perfect comedy-drama is enhanced by the Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack. There is genuine pathos, especially the scene where the disaffected Benjamin lurks at the bottom of a swimming pool in his birthday scuba gear, as well as ironic comedy, as he struggles to come to terms with being seduced by the mother of the girl he is truly in love with.