Let’s make this clear up front – “Date Flick” does not mean “Chick Flick”. Yes, so you guys can keep reading. Tired of running around town for dinner and drinks? Or maybe you’re needing to cut back on the expenses after some heavy holiday spending 2 months back (oh yeah, time flies).
Perhaps you just want a cozy night at home with your significant other and are looking for some cool films you may have missed. Well, here you go. We are highlighting some of the best date night movie fodder available right now on Netflix and some cool info on each.
There’s quite a variety for just about every taste whether it be rom-com, indies, action, or drama. Definitely something here for everyone. Let’s get started.
1. Her (2013)
Spike Jonze provides us with a thought provoking take on the typical romantic drama in this Black Mirror styled film that satirizes our increasing dependence on AI. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a writer specializing in love letters. Divorced and a bit reclusive, his character Theodore falls in love with his virtual assistant Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johannson).
Their “romance” becomes all too real and you’ll be amazed how emotionally invested you become in the “couple” as Jonze’s Academy Award winning screenplay, Phoenix, and Johannson deliver the goods.
2. Chasing Amy (1997)
Another great film by Kevin Smith to run alongside his iconic Clerks and Mallrats (Check those out if you haven’t seen them) films that brought his genius to light. Chasing Amy stars Ben Affleck as comic book artist Holden McNeil. Romantic and charming, McNeil falls in love with the equally charismatic Allysa Jones played by Joey Lauren Adams only to be crushed when he finds out she is a lesbian.
The film was popular with critics and audiences alike and garnered several nominations and awards.
3. 50/50 (2011)
You won’t find too many films that garner reviews that include “inspiring”, “heartbreaking”, and “side-splitting funny” all in the same movie. Yet, writer Will Reiser is spot on with this 2011 comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Reiser’s friend Seth Rogan, and the lovely and talented Anna Kendrick.
The film centers on Levitt’s character who is diagnosed with spinal cancer and given a 50/50 chance to live. The story is partially based on Reiser’s own life and blends the struggles Levitt faces when dealing with the illness and the support he gets from his cancer therapist, Kendrick and best friend, Rogen.
4. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Despite the brilliant effort by Mr. Depp on the more modern film version based on the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the late Gene Wilder still holds the crown for capturing our imaginations in a wildly eccentric, dark, but entertaining way.
It’s unlikely that most people will be familiar with any of the cast other than Wilder, but the caricatures of children provided by Roald Dahl who adapted the book for the screen are brilliant and well executed by all involved. There is no mystery why this film remains a classic along with the catchy songs. Kudos to you if you don’t have the “Oompa Loompa Song” stuck in your head for days.
5. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
This is a more recent release to make it on the list and we are certainly excited to see a Netflix Original with a special addition to the romantic comedy genre. Starring Ali Wong as a famous chef and Randall Park as a struggling musician, the two run into each other 15 years after losing their virginity to one another.
Brought face to face with one another, the two begin to question whether they might have missed out by not taking their relationship a bit further in their youth. Of course, there is the small problem of Wong’s boyfriend played by Keanu Reeves.
6. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
A fun, animated comic book action film is a can’t miss for many couples for date especially with this inventive take on the superhero. The film centers on the very average web-slinging Miles Morales and not on the infamous Peter Parker.
In this iteration of the comic book, Morales is joined by a group of other people with “Spider” powers from various alternative realities. The film is clever and inventive and won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature last year.
7. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
One of the late, great John Hughes’ signature 80’s teen films is definitely timeless and enjoyable even if you’ve seen it 100 times already (who’s counting?). If you’re not familiar with the synopsis, here is a quick rundown to get you up to speed.
Set in Chicago, Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) fakes sickness to skip school and is joined by his friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara). He is hunted by his obsessive school principal who wants to catch Ferris in the act of skipping school only to be thwarted at every turn by the ingenious teen.
Other young stars that make it into the film include Charlie Sheen and Jennifer Grey.
8. The Spectacular Now (2012)
A modern coming of age film brought to us by the writers of (500) Days of Summer, Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter with their adaptation of the Tim Tharp novel. The film is a philosophical teen romance with intriguing characters that puts a fresh stamp on the teen romance genre.
The main character, Sutter (Miles Teller) meets up with a social misfit named Aimee (Shailene Woodley) during a drinking binge and the two hit it off. However, the awkwardness of his uncertainty and her insecurities coupled with his “personal philosophy” to always live in the “now” creates some onscreen tension that is often quite funny.
These should keep your date night film tastes satiated at least for a couple weeks. We’ll look to add more as Netflix indulges us with a growing selection.