Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you haven’t already made plans, it’s time to start exploring some date ideas. Whether you’re spending the holiday alone, with a loved one, or with your friends – you can’t go wrong with a dine-in and movie night (especially if you have a short notice date). While comedy films aren’t an absolute must for this holiday, there’s something about laughter that makes it easier for romance to melt into our hearts. To help you narrow down your movie-selection process, here’s a list of romantic movies for each zodiac sign:
Aries: Something New
Aries are convinced they know exactly what they want, when they want it, from the exact moment they want it. It’s not uncommon to meet Aries who nose-dive into romantic relationships and even get as serious as marriage. They don’t like to admit when they’re wrong, but there are times that you’ll be able to get them to acknowledge a different perspective. Something New is a rom-com that follows an African-American woman, Kenya McQueen, who finds herself on a blind date with a white American man, Brian Kelly.
While Aries energy is cardinal in nature, I haven’t met an Aries who strays too far from home. Being ruled by Mars, Aries is looking for the person they know they can trust on their team. Something New shakes up feelings of familiarity, challenging Kenya to steer away from the fixation on what love should look like.
Taurus: Always Be My Maybe
Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac. Ruled by Venus, they are the lovers and snugglers of the Zodiac. They love indulging in pleasure, so an entire movie about food is right up their alley. Always Be My Maybe follows the lives of two childhood friends, Marcus Kim and celebrity chef Sasha Tran.
Change can be extremely uncomfortable for them. Taureans might hold on to people who won’t challenge them to take risks, which is what leads to Marcus and Sasha’s break-up. They may not jump into a new lifestyle, but love often inspires them to do unpredictable and unfamiliar things!
Gemini: Someone Great
There are two sides to every story – very rarely are either side objectively ‘wrong’ or completely ‘right.’ Life is nuanced and existing with us are a multitude of stories, perspectives, sides and outcomes. Those born when the planets were in Gemini know better than most that there’s always more to understand, and for that reason, closure is something we have to seek within ourselves. Someone Great is the unlikely rom-com – it’s the one where the lovers don’t end up together and the only time we see them in love is during flashbacks. While this film sounds like a downer, it acts as a reminder to cherish our loved ones while we have them.
Life is short and sometimes relationships don’t always end in marriage; it’s okay to grow out of people even if you grew up with them. Someone Great follows the acceptance process of Gina Young, Blair Helms and Erin Kennedy; showcasing that sometimes the partners we should celebrate during Valentine’s Day are the friends who always show up.
Cancer: Crazy Rich Asians
Cancer is a sign that really appreciates culture, customs, family and friends – emphasis on the word ‘really’. While they may not constantly vocalise how deep their love goes for their heritage and background, once you get them talking you’ll realise how deep Cancerian appreciation can go. Crazy Rich Asians follow Rachel Chu, an economics professor from New York who ends up learning about the intriguing differences between their families.
While this movie isn’t as ‘sweet’ and ‘nurturing’ as people view Cancers to be, the film fully encompasses the importance that Cancer energy places on family and on culture. You don’t have to be crazy-rich to understand the sentimental values that people hold for their culture, especially because this movie highlights the bigotry and difficulties that people may experience due to their cultural background. Grab some tissues because Crazy Rich Asians will sign you up on a rollercoaster of emotions; not that you Cancers aren’t already on one.
Leos are known for being dramatic, so yes, the only musical movie on this list HAS to go to Leo. Can you blame me? Leos are notorious for being creative, taking ‘un-cool’ and ‘un-common’ practices and bringing them into the light. Leos are the trendsetters, making their mark in history for everyone to remember.
Rent is a film that follows the lives of four different couples who are all living, loving, dealing with sex and drugs, and trying to pay the rent in New York City, all while dealing with the reality of AIDS. In Leo fashion, each character has a ‘wow’ factor about themselves, individually having a well-defined personality that’s different from the rest. Do you really expect Leo energy to be all giggles and sunshine? Absolutely not. Leos require a whole lot of drama!
Virgos loves being helpful – it’s kinda their thing. Virgo is a mutable sign of service, which means they love popping up and giving you little insights that prepare you for the future. Whether they encourage you to go back to school and finish your degree or suggesting you check out your CV so you can get a higher-paying job (with benefits), it’s Virgo energy that will help you transition into the life they think might be best for you.
Hitch is a film that features a dating coach who could use some guidance of his own. He ends up stumbling into love with someone, but goes about the relationship all wrong, even though he did have ‘good’ intentions. This movie is a worth-it-watch if you have a date with a lover who struggles to be completely open, showcasing the consequences when you don’t let people in.
Libra: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Doesn’t every Libra have a diary filled with flowery pages covered in hearts and lipstick stains, engraved in ink with their crush’s full name? Libra is a cardinal sign ruled by the planet Venus, which basically translates to a person who’s actively in love with the feeling of being loved! Libras are almost always seeking a partner or some type of romantic interest – literally, try going out with one who doesn’t drool at every cutie they see.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is the 2018 American romance film that follows the emotionally intense Lara Jean Covey, who wrote a letter to every childhood crush she’s ever been attracted to. She tries to figure out life after her love letters are exposed for all of her crushes to see!
Scorpio: Get Out
Another not-so-funny or romantic movie recommendation and, being that this is for Scorpio, I regret nothing! Scorpio is a deep sign that is consistently and constantly diving beneath the surface, so it should be no surprise that a Scorpio rom-com would be a thriller. Get Out is the story about an interracial romance that is seemingly normal until Chris Washington meets his girlfriend, Rose Armitage’s parents.
Being that Scorpio is ruled by Mars, while there are comedic breaks and light-hearted scenes, this film doesn’t hesitate to go to the ‘sunken place’. Yes, there’s arguably a happy ending for some of the characters, but Get Out completely captures the scepticism and seemingly irrational fears that live in Scorpio’s head. Be careful, though, this might not be the best movie to watch if you’re trying to set the mood!
Sagittarius: Half Girlfriend
The name of this movie is just as frustrating as Sagittarius actually is – this is a warning. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of abundance and expansion, which isn’t always a good thing. Sagittarians can find themselves taking on too much too soon, then running away from commitments. They may also fear that they are perceived to have grown larger than life. Half Girlfriend is an Indian-English film that follows Madhav Jha, a young man from Dumroan who falls in love with his classmate Riya Somani. Madhav spends the entirety of his adulthood yearning for his crush, who ends up finding herself in a series of unforeseeable circumstances. Travelling from culture to culture, Half Girlfriend is the perfect film to get your Sagittarius crush intrigued and entertained.
Capricorn: Set It Up
A movie about two exhausted assistants setting their monster bosses up so they’ll be easier to work for – sounds like a Capricorn-y plot for a love story. Set It Up is a 2018 American rom-com that follows 25-year-old Kirsten Stevens and 28-year-old Charlie Young, two assistants hoping to be taken seriously so they can receive their big break. The movie oozes Capricorn’s vibes for its work-focus and its highlight on the growing-pains transition into adulthood.
Capricorn is a sign that’s all about reaping the rewards of your labour, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that our Capricorn movie is all about standing up for yourself and demanding respect from authority figures. This movie is all about hustling hard and figuring life out while you’re doing it – just a typical day in the life of a Capricorn.
Aquarius: I Am Not An Easy Man
Aquarians are known for their ability to observe their surroundings and detach from what no longer serves them. Despite being ruled by Saturn, the planet that rules order and tradition, Aquarius is the societal innovator of the zodiac. They are both capable of seeing life for what it is, then stepping away from their fixed reality to imagine what it could be. I Am Not An Easy Man is a French rom-com that acts to portray a chauvinist’s nightmare, a world where women treat men the way that they treat women (horrifying, I know).
The film’s play on parallel universes will force you to consider where your relationship norms derived from, challenging the viewer to think outside of their social conditioning. Aquarius might not always hit the nail on the head regarding how society should change, but this film will encourage you to reconsider what’s normal.
Imagine if you were caught in an infinite time loop where you respawn to the most embarrassing moment of your wedding day. Like Sagittarius, Pisces is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of abundance and expansion. The difference between Sagittarius and Pisces, however, is that Sagittarius prefers to escape the physical realm, whereas Pisces tend to escape mentally (and spiritually). Naked is the 2017 romantic-comedy about a man, Rob Anderson, who’s supposed to be getting married, but the day keeps going wrong and traps him in a time loop.
The worst and probably funniest part of the film is that each time he respawns, he’s naked in an elevator on his wedding day. In a Pisces-like fashion, when Rob respawns he think of a new and more creative way to try to escape the time loop. Naked highlights a lesson that all Pisces could benefit from learning – the only way you can escape stagnancy is by accepting and taking control of your reality.
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