Yes, we all miss going to the movie theater. But with the internet and streaming services at our fingertips, it’s hard to say we’re missing out on anything more than overpriced popcorn and sticky floors. Instead of reminiscing, why not make the most out of staying home with some of the best date night movies currently available on Amazon?
You don’t even need an Amazon Prime subscription to take advantage of the streaming service’s movie library. Instead, you can rent the films you and your partner want to watch most for just a few bucks each — no need to even get out of your PJs.
20 Date Night Movies You Can Stream on Amazon Tonight
There’s no official rule about what is and is not an appropriate date night movie. Whether you and your partner prefer action, horror, comedy, or pure romance, Amazon has something to offer.
Here are our picks for the best date night movies you can stream on Amazon right now.
1. The Notebook (Drama/Romance)
More than 15 years after its release, “The Notebook” is still one of the most ubiquitous romantic films around. The movie stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. Gosling’s role in this film solidified him as one of Hollywood’s modern heartthrobs.
If you or your date has never seen “The Notebook,” you’re in for a dramatic tale of young love and the life stories that ensue. Even if this film is on your most-watched list, it’s still one of the best date night movies to watch this Valentine’s Day.
2. About Time (Romance/Sci-Fi)
Fans may have loved seeing McAdams opposite of Gosling in “The Notebook,” but it’s far from the only romantic film of her career. In “About Time,” McAdams stars as the love interest of a time traveler played by Domhnall Gleeson.
While not the greatest romance of all time, “About Time” is the perfect low-risk movie you can just sit back and enjoy together. (By the way, this film has no relation to another McAdams vehicle about time traveling, “The Time Traveler’s Wife”).
3. The Cabin in the Woods (Horror)
While not for the squeamish, “The Cabin in the Woods” is an invigorating breath of fresh air for the slasher genre.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alums Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon produced, directed, and wrote the film. It follows a group of frisky college students on a weekend retreat to a cabin in the woods — the perfect setup for ensuing mayhem.
We won’t spoil anything here. Just know that this movie will be a date night treat for any horror fan.
4. Mr. And Mrs. Smith (Action)
Most famous for linking up Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the mid-2000s, “Mr. And Mrs. Smith” offers a unique blend of action, comedy, and steamy romance. Pitt and Jolie play characters in a marriage gone stale. But unbeknownst to anyone (including each other), both are actually secret mercenaries.
“Mr. And Mrs. Smith” is not one of those date night movies that will inspire philosophical discussion and introspection. However, it’s a fun throwback to celebrity culture and spending time at the theater with a big bag of popcorn.
5. Silver Linings Playbook (Drama/Comedy)
While “Silver Linings Playbook” definitely focuses on some heavier subjects — namely, mental illness — it’s earned a reputation for being charmingly funny and romantic. It also earned its lead actress, Jennifer Lawrence, an Oscar for Best Actress during the 2013 award season.
If you and your partner enjoy a dash of melancholy in your romantic comedies, few date night movies can compare to this modern classic.
6. A Star Is Born (Drama)
If Bradley Cooper is your or your partner’s favorite movie star, then “A Star Is Born” should definitely be on your list of romantic movies to watch together. This retelling (“A Star Is Born” was originally filmed in 1937 and remade into musicals in 1954 and 1976) stars Cooper opposite of Lady Gaga.
This tragic romance garnered plenty of award nominations after its release but won few. Still, you probably know the soundtrack’s popular song, “Shallow,” which the leads famously performed live at the Oscars.
7. What We Do in the Shadows (Horror/Comedy)
We’re big believers that not all date-appropriate movies need to be romantic. In fact, some of the best date night movies are the exact opposite. For couples who love campy humor with a dark setting, you can’t go wrong with “What We Do in the Shadows.”
“What We Do in the Shadows” is a mockumentary released in 2014. While you probably didn’t hear about this film at its release, it’s since become a cult hit.
(If you and your partner love the original, be sure to continue with the FX television series that premiered in 2019!)
8. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (Comedy)
You could easily argue that “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” is one of the most influential pieces of media for the Millennial generation. But the film’s subtle humor and catchy soundtrack appeal to all ages.
9. Murder on the Orient Express (Mystery)
Everyone loves a good mystery, right? And no one knows how to craft the perfect literary (or cinematic) puzzler quite like Agatha Christie. The 2017 version of “Murder on the Orient Express” is a beautiful retelling of Christie’s classic novel starring Kenneth Branagh as the protagonist, Hercule Poirot.
If you or your date already know the twists in this murder-mystery, no worries. The film is still a delight to watch and features plenty of prominent movie stars.
10. Spirited Away (Adventure)
Studio Ghibli (and its co-founder Hayao Miyazaki) has built up a legion of loyal fans. For viewers unfamiliar with Miyazaki’s work, “Spirited Away” is one of the best introductions. Its magical atmosphere also makes it a great lighthearted date night movie.
Don’t let the fact that this movie is animated scare you away. “Spirited Away” received tons of critical praise and industry awards following its release. It even won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2003.
11. La La Land (Drama/Musical)
Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, “La La Land” is a standard Hollywood movie with just enough singing and dancing mixed in to call it a musical.
After nearly sweeping the 2017 Academy Awards, it’s hard to imagine anyone hasn’t seen “La La Land” at this point. But if you or your partner somehow missed this box office hit, it’s never too late to add it to your list of date night movies to watch.
12. Zombieland (Horror/Comedy)
Speaking of Emma Stone, “Zombieland” offers a fun flashback to the start of the award-winning actress’s career. While Stone isn’t the main character in this 2009 film (that role is taken by Jesse Eisenberg and, to a lesser extent, Woody Harrelson), she gets plenty of screen time.
“Zombieland” is an entertaining twist on the standard zombie flick, which was at peak popularity in the late-2000s. It’s the perfect complement to a bowl of popcorn and some candy for an at-home theater experience.
13. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Romance/Comedy)
Some folks only enjoy watching contemporary movies, which is fine. But if you want a break from modern cinema, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is easily one of the best date night movies ever made. It boasts historic acting and styling, as well as a comedic plot that reminds us that times past were not always sunshine and roses.
Featuring Audrey Hepburn at her most iconic, this 1961 film earned several award nominations and is still one of the most recognizable pictures ever created.
14. Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (Sci-Fi)
It’s a running joke that science fiction films make terrible date night movies. If you’ve fallen victim to this trope, it’s time to cast it aside and add “Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow” to your must-watch list.
Originally released as “Edge of Tomorrow,” this Tom Cruise vehicle surprised critics and audiences by being way more than a cheesy futuristic action-thriller. Whether you and your partner are sci-fi diehards or casual fans, there’s no denying that this film is one of the greatest examples of science fiction in recent years.
15. Moonrise Kingdom (Drama/Comedy)
If you’re a Wes Anderson fan, you could argue that any of his films make for great date night movies. If we had to pick just one, though, we’d start couples out with “Moonrise Kingdom.”
“Moonrise Kingdom” is perhaps most well-known for its vintage campground aesthetic. On top of this idyllic backdrop, the film explores themes of adolescent love and development. Of course, you’ll also find plenty of Anderson’s iconic humor and out-of-the-box direction.
16. Date Night (Comedy)
Who would have thought that one of the best date night movies would literally be titled “Date Night?” This movie might not look like much on the surface, but it’s the ideal choice for staying in with delivery and a bottle of wine.
This 2010 film starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey follows a married couple as their mundane night out is derailed when mobsters mistake them for another couple. As you’d expect, the evening’s ensuing events are nothing like the planned dinner date.
17. 10 Things I Hate About You (Romance/Comedy)
No matter how hard screenwriters might try, you just can’t beat a romance set in high school. While “10 Things I Hate About You” is famously inspired by Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” it knows how to use its high school-inspired drama to its advantage.
Starring young stars like Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the late Heath Ledger, “10 Things I Hate About You” has become a pop-culture classic for more reasons than one.
18. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Horror/Comedy)
We’ve made it clear that date night movies can come from any genre. When it comes to “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” you won’t find a better film for couples who love campy horror.
In this parody-style movie, Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk play a couple of good-hearted friends mistaken for murderers by a group of college students. Oddly enough, “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” also includes an element of romance among the gore.
19. The Princess Bride (Romance/Comedy)
Based on the “kissing book” of the same name, “The Princess Bride” has cemented its place in pop culture history. In part, because it boasts a cast full of familiar names and faces, like Fred Savage, Billy Crystal, and André the Giant.
Released in 1987, “The Princess Bride” is considered one of the best comedies and romances in movie history. If you’ve somehow never seen this charming motion picture, we recommend bumping it to the top of your date night movie list.
20. The Greatest Showman (Drama/Musical)
Sometimes you just want to cuddle up with a high-budget film full of gorgeous cinematography and heart-warming plot lines. If you don’t mind a musical, “The Greatest Showman” fits the bill perfectly.
Described by some critics as shallow, this film probably won’t make your list of all-time favorite movies. But it’s a great choice for when you want to turn off your brain for a bit and just spend time with the one you love.
Date Night Movies: Transform Your Home into a Private Cinema
Staying in for movie night isn’t just about social distancing. When you stream your date night movies at home, you have full control over the entire experience.
You can collaborate with your partner to build a blanket fort or lounge in your half-made bed. For dinner, order delivery pizza or try your hand at that recipe you’ve never had time to make.
You can even make your own popcorn in the microwave or from scratch on the stovetop.
Honestly, there are plenty of reasons why enjoying a movie night at home is superior to going out. You might just find yourself making this your go-to date night from now on!
What is your favorite movie to watch on a date? Do you and your partner try to watch new movies together, or do you always go back to your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!
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