Top 10 Films To Watch With Your Date

You’ve got your bucket of popcorn and extra large coke. You’ve got your date cuddled up next to you on the sofa. Now it’s time to pick the film…what will it be?

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Most people agree there is nothing quite like cuddling up with someone special, a bowl of popcorn and a great movie. Now, hopefully your choice of company and popcorn flavour are already obvious to you (toffee – always!) but when it comes to choosing a film for you and your date, don’t be tempted to go for the clichéd, tissue-grabbing mush.

Instead, take into account your date’s interests and personality and maybe pick something a bit more unusual (though it’s probably best to steer clear of anything overly political or controversial). Check out these top 10 movies below for date-savvy inspiration…

10. About a Boy


This is a sure-fire hit on many levels. It stars Hugh Grant as a carefree bachelor who sets out looking for a no-strings relationship with a hot single mum but gets a lot more than he bargained for. A different kind of love story to your traditional romcom, the characters portrayals are honest, endearing and sometimes downright hilarious!

9. The Spiderman Trilogy

Okay, so maybe not all three, but these movies are a great choice. With tons of action and familiar characters, men can relive their childhood superhero dreams while women can swoon over ‘that’ kiss and spend the rest of the evening talking about Kirsten Dunst’s gorgeous red hair.

8. Avatar

Again, you may need to start this one mid-afternoon to get it all in, but this is a must on any top 10 movies list. Stunning visuals and CGI along with a dramatic storyline and a huge budget make this film popular with both men and women.

7. Toy Story

For the sheer nostalgia and cuteness factor. Dressing up as Buzz and Woody optional!

6. Dirty Dancing


This is definitely more for the ladies. But men you should get brownie points if you sit through it. Though be warned, she may enrol you both in dance classes and insist you refer to her as ‘Baby’ from then on.

5. Pirates of the Caribbean


This four-part swashbuckling adventure stars a string of familiar faces and a stand-out performance from Johnny Depp as Captain Sparrow. It’s both funny and entertaining and definitely makes the top 10.

4. Into the Wild


The story of a young, middle-class college graduate who leaves home with a dream of going to Alaska on foot. Films like this are great if you are still getting to know each other, as they provide an interesting talking point afterwards. And if you haven’t yet found someone to share your movie with, then the Jazzed free dating site is a great place to start your search.

3. Juno

One of my personal favourites. Take a teenager, an unplanned pregnancy and a fantastic soundtrack and you get a surprisingly warming and funny movie.

2. The Time Traveller’s Wife


Okay, it may be a romance but at least it’s not The Notebook. Eric Bana is always a hit with the ladies and the storyline is actually really interesting. Just make sure there are enough tissues around and girls – wear waterproof mascara!

1. Top Gun

Let’s finish our list with a real classic. Fast planes, action, romance and Tom Cruise. You really can’t go wrong in picking this for a movie date night.

Written and compiled by Laura Alfonsin.

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    le0pard13 Reply

    I’ll pick the one that did it for me and my wife: MOONSTRUCK. Fine post, Laura.

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    DEZMOND Reply

    I’m afraid I have to say I don’t agree with almost any of the choices except DIRTY DANCING and TIME TRAVELLERS’ WIFE. The second one really is a perfect choice.
    A WALK IN THE CLOUDS, MOULIN ROUGE and LOVE ACTUALLY should’ve topped this list if you ask me, and me is an expert on romantic flicks 😛

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    mark Reply

    If James Cameron has to make an appearance on a list like this, I would’ve gone for Titanic before Avatar.

    On Cruise’s inclusion: Jerry McGuire before Top Gun.

    Swayze?: Probably Ghost before Dirty Dancing.

    For my money, I might include Smoke with Harvey Keitel (1995), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Accidental Tourist, Forrest Gump and Cast Away (Hanks sans Meg Ryan) and – possibly – Soderberg’s take on Solaris (with Clooney … not Tarkovsky’s original version, unless my date happened to major in Russian literature at university).

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    Evan Crean Reply

    A decent list. I’ve never seen Into the Wild or Time Traveler’s wife, but from what I understand neither have terribly happy endings so that might make the rest of the night bit of a downer. Top Gun is arguably more of a guys flick, especially with all those homoerotic undertones

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    mark Reply

    Little Miss Sunshine … just watched it thanks to a perceptive video store clerk. Glad it got best screenplay Oscar – all of it was good.

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    ruth Reply

    I second Dezmond about A Walk in the Clouds. It’s such an underrated romantic drama, I’d also add another underrated film: Return to Me. I agree w/ most of these but I have no love for the Pirates franchise, no matter how entertaining Depp is as Jack Sparrow.

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    Max Reply

    I’ll have to give a big old no to Juno. I’m not sure if that’s a really good date movie. I mean it’s about an accident pregnancy and fighting spouses. I’m not sure that makes a very good date.

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    Novroz Reply

    I also agree with Dezzy and Ruth…A walk in the cloud is so romantic

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    Colin Biggs Reply

    What? No Greenberg? I’m completely shocked.

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    The Vern Reply

    Very nice list. Those are some good choices. I tend to pop on a horror movie when a girl comes over to my place. Mainly because they tend to get more close to you when they get scared

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