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By Jess Fenton
10th February 2013

It can be said that Valentine’s Day is the most ridiculous holiday on the calendar, based on a list that includes Arbor Day and Talk Like A Pirate Day. Nonetheless, V-Day inspires movie viewing, whether it’s a trip to the multiplex with your beloved or the 57th home viewing of ‘Bridget Jones' Diary’ in you PJs and finishing off a bottle of wine and a jar of Nutella. So below are the top 5 (in my opinion) movies for the singles, the paired and those just looking for something to watch in the spirit of the day.

Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl live happily ever after. It’s all just too easy, isn’t it? This list is for those that believe that a little struggle is in order. It's also for those needing a reminder that not all is lost and that there’s a someone for everyone, someday.

1. ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ (2011) - If Steve Carell’s son doesn’t renew your belief in love, then nothing will. Also it’s got Ryan Gosling shirtless. You’re welcome.

2. ‘Say Anything…’ (1989) - A boombox. Peter Gabriel. Lloyd Dobler in a trench coat. ‘Nuf said.

3. ‘500 Days of Summer’ (2009) - Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl kinda likes boy. Um... awkward.

4. ‘When Harry Met Sally’ (1989) - This is that movie with that fake orgasm scene. Yeah, you know the one.

5. ‘Crazy/Beautiful’ (2001) - Two people finding each other at just the right time in their lives. No one said love was easy, but it sure is beautiful.

Yeah we get it, you’re in love - but when it gets a little rough (which it will), here’s a few reasons to remind you why it’s all worth it in the end.

1. ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ (2011) - Love is never easy, but when it’s right it's worth fighting for. Yes, this is on the ‘Single’ list as well. Just watch it, you’ll find out why.

2. ‘The Princess Bride’ (1987) - You want a princess? You want an evil monarch? You want a masked bandit, a giant and a man seeking vengeance in its purest form? You want a love to define all love? As you wish.

3. ‘Shakespeare In Love’ (1998) - What can I say, the Bard knows love and heartache because he lived it himself.

4. ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (2008) - Sometimes magic isn’t magic at all, it’s just meant to be.

5. ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990) - They may not be perfect, but they’re perfect for each other.

You may have overlooked these in the past because you simply weren’t in the mood. They may be a little outside the box, but they’ll get you where you need to go.

1. ‘Up’ (2009) - If you don’t cry in the first 10 minutes of this film and aren’t completely in love with it by the end, then you’re dead inside and need to shuffle over to the horror section.

2. ‘TiMER’ (2009) - A quirky rom-com with a sci-fi twist that leaves you pondering the ultimate question next to "If you could find out when you’re going to die, would you?"

3. ‘Before Sunrise’ (1995) / ‘Before Sunset’ (2004) - Sometimes a stranger on a train is more then just a stranger on a train.

4. ‘Like Crazy’ (2012) - It’s raw and gut-wrenching and painfully real. Ladies and gentleman, this is art imitating life in the world of long distance relationships.

5. ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ (2004) - Is it better to have loved and lost, or in this case forgotten, then never to have loved at all? Love is a force beyond scientific reason that can bring together and pull apart in the most spectacular and mind-boggling ways.

I would like to note, upon reflection on my lists I’ve discovered that there are three films listed with the word ‘Crazy’ in the title - and plenty more where they came from. There’s no doubt about it - love makes us do the whacky (like actually pay $19 to see a movie called ‘Valentine’s Day’). But I’m not here to judge, I’m just here to gently guide you in the right direction. Kind reader, beyond the surface of chocolates, overpriced roses and sappy greeting cards lies the honest and beautiful tale of this day’s patron saint and why we celebrate him thusly. So cosy up on the couch or in a cinema with your love, whether that be a significant other or yourself - both completely valid choices. Saint Valentine would be proud.

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