The 43 Best Date Night Movies to Set the Mood

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A candle-lit dinner with a stellar view may sound like the ultimate romantic tryst, but sometimes, a good ol’ movie night is just enough to do the trick. And since the options can feel as vast as the universe, we compiled a list of 43 great date night movies to save you that extra hour of combing through titles and reading random reviews.

We've included a variety of options to help you set the mood, regardless of your favorite genre. If you're feeling nostalgic, you can relive Baby and Johnny's love story in Dirty Dancing. Or if you'd prefer to bond over a laugh-out-loud rom-com, there's The Proposal and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Not down for a romantic film? You can make it a spooky date night—complete with some extra cuddling—by watching titles like Get Out and Scream.

Either way, you can't go wrong with these date night movies. Keep reading for the best titles to watch on Prime Video, Disney+ and more.

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1. The Photograph (2020)

  • Cast: Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield, Lil Rel Howery
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Stella Meghie
  • Run time: 106 minutes

Who can say no to a charming storyline and sizzling chemistry between Rae and Stanfield? The Photograph follows Mae, the daughter of a famed photographer, who falls for a journalist while learning more about her late mother’s life.

2. Your Place or Mine (2023)

  • Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Ashton Kutcher, Jesse Williams
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Aline Brosh McKenna
  • Run time: 111 minutes

If you loved The Holiday, you need to watch this rom-com about two lifelong best friends who agree to switch homes…and lives.

3. Love & Basketball (2000)

  • Cast: Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Run time: 127 minutes

This cult classic follows the budding romance between BFFs and aspiring basketball players Quincy McCall and Monica Wright. But as they pursue their dreams, their growing success threatens their relationship. If you loved The Best Man or Brown Sugar, you need to add this to your list.

4. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

  • Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Jon M. Chu
  • Run time: 121 minutes

When Rachel Chu, a Chinese-American NYU professor, travels to Singapore with her boyfriend to meet his family for the first time, she’s thrown into a filthy rich lifestyle with hordes of disapproving women calling her a "gold digger." Can this relationship withstand all the drama?

5. Marry Me (2022)

  • Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson, Maluma
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Kat Coiro
  • Run time: 112 minutes

J.Lo stars as a Latin pop star who discovers that her partner has been cheating on her. So, she seeks revenge by marrying a stranger who attends one of her concerts.

6. Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

  • Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
  • Run time: 118 minutes

Carell is Cal Weaver, a successful middle-aged guy who seems to have it all, from a gorgeous wife to a beautiful home. But when his wife insists on getting a divorce after cheating on him, he finds himself single and at a loss when it comes to the dating world. Thanks to the ultimate player, Jacob Palmer, Cal might have a shot at finding love again.

7. Love Jones (1997)

  • Cast: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Theodore Witcher
  • Run time: 108 minutes

If you're drawn to semi-cheesy romance dramas that include a more realistic take on love, meet Love Jones. Nia Long stars as Nina, an ambitious photographer who immediately hits it off with an attractive poet named Darius Lovehall. But when Nina decides to move away and mend fences with her ex, their future starts to look uncertain.

8. The Big Sick (2017)

  • Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Michael Showalter
  • Run time: 120 minutes

Inspired by Kumail Nanjiani's real-life relationship with Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick centers on interracial couple Kumail and Emily. When Emily suddenly falls ill, Kumail must deal with cultural differences as he bonds with Emily’s family. Watch for laughs and a heartwarming message about embracing new cultures.

9. Lovers Rock (2020)

  • Cast: Micheal Ward, Kadeem Ramsay, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Steve McQueen
  • Run time: 68 minutes

Take a trip back to ’80s London with this swoon-worthy love story, which gives quite a bit of insight on Black British life at the time. When young Martha attends a reggae house party with her close friend, she meets and falls for the handsome Franklyn after joining him on the dance floor. It’s just what you need to get in the mood for date night.

10. Hitch (2005)

  • Cast: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Andy Tennant
  • Run time: 118 minutes

A know-it-all dating consultant who goes by “Hitch” tries to help one of his clients win the heart of the woman he loves. But when Hitch tries to use his foolproof methods with an attractive writer, he realizes that he still has a lot to learn about love and relationships.

11. Free Guy (2021)

  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Shawn Levy
  • Run time: 115 minutes

In this feel-good action comedy, Ryan Reynolds plays a bank teller who learns that he’s a character living inside a video game. With the help of his character friends, he must figure out a way to save the town before the entire game gets destroyed in the real world.

12. Dirty Dancing (1987)

  • Cast: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Emile Ardolino
  • Run time: 100 minutes

Here’s your excuse to have an intimate dancing sesh with your partner, right in your living room. The ’80s classic tells the story of a young woman named Frances, AKA “Baby,” who finds love with a gorgeous dance instructor during a summer vacation with her family.

13. The Graduate (1967)

  • Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Mike Nichols
  • Run time: 106 minutes

Need your nostalgia fix? Then consider The Graduate. Dustin Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, a college grad who starts on an unlikely romance after being seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson. But their rendezvous is cut short when Benjamin falls for her daughter, Elaine.

14. Palm Springs (2020)

  • Cast: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J. K. Simmons
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Max Barbakow
  • Run time: 90 minutes

Groundhog Day gets a refreshing twist in this delightful sci-fi comedy, which depicts a budding romance between two strangers who meet at a Palm Springs wedding. After getting stuck in a time loop, they must figure out a way to escape.

15. Call Me By Your Name (2017)

  • Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Luca Guadagnino
  • Run time: 132 minutes

Seventeen-year-old Elio Perlman, who lives with his parents in Lombardy, Italy, finds himself falling for his father’s handsome young intern and graduate student, Oliver. The Academy Award winner was met with widespread acclaim, thanks to its honest portrayal of relationships and heartbreak.

16. Queen and Slim (2019)

  • Cast: Jodie Turner-Smith, Daniel Kaluuya, Bokeem Woodbine
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Melina Matsoukas
  • Run time: 132 minutes

Often described as the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, this crime drama follows the fascinating love story between Queen and Slim , who go from having the most awkward first date to being on the run from police and falling in love. Beyond the romantic storyline, the film also brilliantly tackles the harsh realities of being Black in America.

17. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

  • Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Run time: 96 minutes

From Crystal and Ryan’s incredible chemistry to the iconic orgasm scene, this movie has all the makings of a great rom-com. Following the relationship between two longtime friends, When Harry Met Sally explores the age-old question of whether men and women can truly be just friends.

18. The Princess Bride (1987)

  • Cast: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Rob Reiner
  • Run time: 98 minutes

Based on William Goldman’s 1973 novel of the same name, the movie follows a farmhand named Westley as he tries to rescue his beloved Princess Buttercup from the evil Prince Humperdinck. It’s smart, funny and insanely quotable.

19. You've Got Mail (1998)

  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Nora Ephron
  • Run time: 119 minutes

Bookstore owner Kathleen Kelly has a serious bone to pick with Joe Fox, the new Foxbooks chain store owner across the street. But little does she know that her mysterious online love interest and Joe are one and the same. What will happen when she finally learns the truth? You’ll have to watch to find out.

20. Grease (1978)

  • Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Randal Kleiser
  • Run time: 110 minutes

Whether you’ve seen it twice or 200 times, watching Danny and Sandy serenade each other in all-black ensembles never gets old. Revisit the famous love story of the greaser and transfer student as they navigate high school.

21. Moonlight (2016)

  • Cast: Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes, Janelle Monae
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Barry Jenkins
  • Run time: 111 minutes

You'll fall in love with this Oscar-winning film, which tackles themes like Black masculinity, addiction and sexuality. It follows the life of Chiron in three phases, including his childhood, teenage years and adult life, as he struggles to navigate his troubled upbringing and find his identity.

22. Scream (1996)

  • Cast: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Run time: 111 minutes

Ideal for any couple who shares a love of all things spooky, Scream follows a young teenager who becomes the target of a masked killer terrorizing the town. It's incredibly clever, it delivers plenty of laughs, and it's got just enough jump scares to make you snuggle closer to your partner.

23. Get Out (2017)

  • ​​Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Jordan Peele
  • Run time: 104 minutes

Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries leads him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

24. How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998)

  • Cast: Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Regina King
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
  • Run time: 125 minutes

Bassett shines as Stella, a successful stockbroker who starts a fling with a guy who’s nearly half her age during a getaway in Jamaica. But when her time comes to return home to California, she realizes that she’s falling in love. Can this new romance survive long distance?

25. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

  • Cast: Kate Winslet, Jim Carrey
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Michel Gondry
  • Run time: 108 minutes

Are you in the mood for a poignant tale that explores the complexity of relationships? Try Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, where a former couple, Clementine and Joel, undergo a procedure to erase all their memories of each other after a devastating breakup.

26. The Proposal (2009)

  • Cast: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Anne Fletcher
  • Run time: 108 minutes

When a high-strung book editor learns that she’s about to be deported to Canada, she devises a plan to marry her overworked assistant. Although he agrees, she discovers that her troubles are far from over—thanks to a suspicious immigration worker who suspects foul play.

27. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

  • Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas, Patrick Dempsey, Fred Ward, Mary Kay Place
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Andy Tennant
  • Run time: 109 minutes

When Melanie, a successful fashion designer, gets engaged to her new beau, she realizes that she can't officially tie the knot until her former partner finalizes their divorce. Determined to move on, she heads home to Alabama—but she gets way more than she bargained for.

28. La La Land (2016)

  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Damien Chazelle
  • Run time: 128 minutes

Want to impress your partner with your performance skills? Get those vocal cords ready and sing along with the cast of La La Land, which tells the story of a jazz musician and aspiring actress who fall in love while chasing their dreams in Los Angeles.

29. Your Name (2016)

  • Cast: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Aoi Yûki, Ryô Narita
  • Rating: PG
  • Director: Makoto Shinkai
  • Run time: 107 minutes

The Japanese anime film tells the story of a teenage girl and boy who suddenly begin to switch bodies, even though they live several miles away from each other. As they bond over time, one question remains: Can they survive this long-distance relationship? Prepare for stunning animation and a brilliant storyline that’ll tug at your heartstrings.

30. Date Night (2010)

  • Cast: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Taraji P. Henson, Common
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Shawn Levy
  • Run time: 88 minutes

This list wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate date night movie, complete with a bizarre twist that sounds like every couple’s biggest nightmare. Comedy greats Carell and Fey play a married couple trying to spice things up in their relationship. But after they settle for a spontaneous, romantic night out, a simple misunderstanding lands them in serious danger.

31. Before Sunrise (1995)

  • Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Run time: 101 minutes

Craving a thought-provoking romance that'll give you all the nostalgia? Try Before Sunrise, which follows Jesse and Céline as they meet for the first time on a train and decide to spend the night together in Vienna.

32. I Love You, Man (2009)

  • Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones
  • Rating: R
  • Director: John Hamburg
  • Run time: 106 minutes

Peter is about to get married, but there's just one problem: He doesn't have any male friends. He embarks on a mission to find himself a best man, but when he quickly bonds with his new BFF, Sydney, it causes some tension between him and his wife-to-be.

33. Isn't It Romantic (2019)

  • Cast: Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
  • Run time: 89 minutes

When an architect named Natalie is knocked unconscious, she wakes up and finds herself trapped in the most cliché romantic comedy—the one genre that she absolutely hates. Get ready for plenty of laughs.

34. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

  • Cast: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Judd Apatow
  • Run time: 116 minutes

If you loved watching Carell's comedic chops in The Office or Anchorman, this heartfelt comedy won't disappoint. In the film, he plays Andy Stitzer, an introverted single guy whose virginity status prompts his friends to help him get laid. Things start to look up when he meets and falls for a kind shop owner named Trish.

35. Sweet & Sour (2021)

  • Cast: Jang Ki-yong, Chae Soo-bin, Krystal Jung
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Director: Lee Gye-byeok
  • Run time: 101 minutes

We confess, this South Korean rom-com isn't exactly a cozy, breezy flick. But it's a brilliant and thoughtful story that explores the challenges of maintaining a relationship in a very capitalist society—a topic that's sure to spark some deep conversations with your date. The movie chronicles the love story of Hyeok and Da-hae, which is far from smooth.

36. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

  • Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher, Maddie Ziegler
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Director: Susan Johnson
  • Run time: 99 minutes

Lara Jean Covey‘s life is turned upside-down when her private letters get mailed out to all of her former crushes, thanks to her sister. As she tries to deal with the aftermath, she winds up finding real love (and herself) in the process.

37. Sylvie’s Love (2020)

  • Cast: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Eva Longoria
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Eugene Ashe
  • Run time: 114 minutes

It’s got stunning ’60s fashion, soothing jazz tunes and an unforgettable love story that can melt the coldest of hearts. Tessa Thompson plays aspiring filmmaker Sylvie Parker, who embarks on a whirlwind romance after crossing paths with a saxophonist named Robert. Best enjoyed with a steamy cup of cocoa next to your date.

38. You People (2023)

  • Cast: Jonah Hill, Lauren London, Nia Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Kenya Barris
  • Run time: 118 minutes

From Kenya Barris, the mastermind behind Black-ish, comes this funny rom-com, which follows an interracial couple as they struggle to deal with racial tensions and cultural differences after meeting each other's families. Greta Heggeness, PureWow's Senior Editor of News and Entertainment, wrote in her review, "Despite the cringe-worthy moments, You People is something everyone should watch. Not only does the film address important themes, but it also proves that we need more Eddie Murphy and Jonah Hill in our lives."

39. Senior Year (2022)

  • Cast: Rebel Wilson, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Mary Holland
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Alex Hardcastle
  • Run time: 111 minutes

If you enjoyed 17 Again, then you'll love Senior Year. The movie follows a teen cheerleader who wakes up from a coma two decades later and decides to return to high school. Naturally, a lot of awkwardness ensues. Phil Mutz, VP of News & Entertainment, said, “It’s surprisingly funny. I really wanted to hate it because it’s such a played-out and cliché idea. The story might be stupid, but who cares if I’m enjoying myself?”

40. The Addams Family (1991)

  • Cast: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd
  • Rating: R
  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Run time: 99 minutes

Halloween season or not, The Addams Family lives on as a timeless classic that features an unforgettable couple. Seeing Gomez and Morticia Addams model a healthy and supportive relationship is easily one of the film's biggest highlights.

41. Always Be My Maybe (2019)

  • Cast: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Director: Nahnatchka Khan
  • Run time: 102 minutes

After several years apart, childhood friends Marcus and Sasha reunite in San Francisco and discover that they still have feelings for each other. Unfortunately, Sasha's hectic career and Marcus's doubts make it difficult for them to pursue a romantic relationship.

42. Been So Long (2018)

  • Cast: Michaela Coel, Arinze Kene, George MacKay
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Director: Tinge Krishnan
  • Run time: 100 minutes

In this charming musical, a single mom named Simone meets and falls for a stranger named Raymond during a night out with her friends. However, it turns out that he's on parole from prison and being stalked by a mysterious man with bad intentions.

43. The Lovebirds (2020)

  • Who’s in it: Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani
  • Rated: R
  • Director: Michael Showalter
  • Run time: 87 minutes

While on the verge of a breakup, Leilani and Jibran accidentally get involved in a murder mystery. As they embark on a high-stakes mission to prove their innocence, the pair start to reconsider whether their relationship deserves a second chance.

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Nakeisha Campbell

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Nakeisha has been interviewing celebrities and covering all things entertainment for over 8 years, but she has also written on a wide range of topics, like career...
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