10 Valentine’s Day movies for cynics and romantics alike

Because the true meaning of V-Day is snuggling up on the couch and mindlessly re-watching your favourite films.

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Image, Reality Bites.
Image, Reality Bites.

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about fairytale love. It’s also about pining, sugar, bromance and intimate encounters you wish you could forget — according to Chatelaine editors, anyway. Here are some gems to watch alongside your main squeeze, your bestie or your puppy this weekend. Bonus: You can stream them all on shomi or Netflix.

Because you like strong women who don’t want a serious relationship (but accidentally date guys who do):
(500) Days of Summer (2009) starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, on shomi.

Because you believe in the healing power of cocoa: 
Chocolat (2000) starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, on shomi.

…But you also need a reason not to buy all the discount candy on Feb. 15:
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2010) starring Joe Cross and a lot of kale, on Netflix.

Because you occasionally like to revisit your post-college angst and pre-Zoolander Ben Stiller:
Reality Bites (1994) starring Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Ben Stiller, on shomi.

Because you relate to single moms who wear their kid’s t-shirts to work:
One Fine Day (1996) starring Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney, on Netflix.

Because you like your science-fiction served with a side of realistic romantic drama:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, on shomi.

Because you believe no V-day is complete without a dose of Julia Roberts:
Notting Hill (1999) starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, on shomi.

Because you like when co-stars actually date in real life:
The Notebook (2004) starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, on shomi.

Because a bromance is the best kind of romance:
The Trip (2010) starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, on shomi.

Because you like the idea that The One might be right under your nose, but you just don’t know it (yet):
When Harry Met Sally (1989) starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, on shomi.

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