12 romantic dinner & a movie options for Valentine’s Day

Couple watching TV having popcoprn

Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest date nights of the year, and you know what that means — it’s going to be super people-y anywhere you go. If you’d rather avoid the sparkly-eyed masses (not to mention, waiting an hour to get into your favorite restaurant), consider a more intimate Valentine’s evening.

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Our suggestion? Hunker down for an evening in with your significant other and whip up a themed dinner to go along with your romantic movie of choice.

The following films are fail-safe picks for providing that perfect Valentine’s Day vibe, and we even paired them with a few recipe ideas to help you plan out how you’ll spend this heart-shaped holiday.

Want to see more? Check out our other Dinner and a movie features here!

The Notebook

MOVIE: The Notebook (Don’t have it? Get it at Amazon or see more options)
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours, 3 minutes
STARRING: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Gena Rowland


It happened in the thick South Carolina summer air of the 1940s, against a backdrop of oak trees dripping in Spanish moss: Allie and Noah fell in love. Such is the story of The Notebook, adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel by the same name. And whether they admit it or not, no-one can resist this romance of the ages.

On Allie and Noah’s first night reconnecting at the restored Windsor Plantation, they eat steamed crab legs. So, in their honor, start your night off snacking on our elegant crab dip.

If you’re craving something more substantial, feast on a Southern bourbon pecan glazed ham — precisely the kind of indulgent dish the Hamiltons might have had on their table.

And, finally, whip up a batch of homemade caramel popcorn when you’re ready for something sweet. The popcorn harkens the couple’s first date at the movies, where they ordered the classic theater snack.

Carmel popcorn

ALSO TRY: These 8 delicious non-chocolate Valentine’s Day desserts prove you don’t have to have chocolate on V-Day

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