6 Go-to Movies for a Cozy Night In

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November 23rd, 2013

6 Go-to Movies for a Cozy Night In

Date movies can help set the mood for an entire evening. If you want to watch something you'll both enjoy, look for one of the many movies that combine romance with elements that non-romantics can appreciate.

Released in December of 1996, "Jerry Maguire" features Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire, a sports agent who has an epiphany one night about the direction of sports management. He decides to share his new philosophy with his coworkers and finds himself without a job. He calls all the clients he previously worked with and asks them to follow him to a company that he's planning on starting. Left with one client, Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.), Maguire hires Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) to be his accountant. Together they fall in love, get married, and work towards building a new life. The movie is perfect for romantics because it stars Tom Cruise and has a romantic twist in the end. Others will love the movie because there is an air of sports mixed in with the plot.

"50 First Dates" is a quirky romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler as Henry Roth and Drew Barrymore as Lucy Whitmore. Lucy was in a bad crash, which left her with a failed short-term memory. She remembers people she knew before the crash, but she forgets people she meets after that day when she goes to sleep. Henry falls in love with her and sets out to find a way to make her remember him and fall in love with him each day. This heartwarming tale features Adam Sandler's classic humor that will leave you smiling and make you realize that when you find true love, anything is possible.

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan come together to star in the hit romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally." Released in 1989, the film is about friendship and learning how to love. Harry (Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) have known each other and been placed together throughout their lives. In spite of their close friendship, they decide not to date because they are afraid that the relationship would ruin their friendship. The two continue to go their separate ways only to bump back into one another several years later. The ending is predictable, but it is still a classic feel-good film.

Released in 1993, "Sleepless in Seattle" is about a recently widowed man named Sam Baldwin (Tom Hanks) who is trying to raise his son Jonah (Ross Malinger) alone. Jonah can tell his dad needs someone because he never goes out and still seems very sad without his wife. Jonah wants his dad to start dating again, but Sam doesn't think he can, so he doesn't even consider it. After Jonah's pleading, Sam talks to a radio host and tells her all about his sadness while the whole world is listening on the radio. Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) hears his story and falls in love. This romantic movie is about fate and second chances.

A smart, beautiful girl leaves home to find a life of her own in the 1990 film "Pretty Woman." Edward (Richard Gere) is a ruthless businessman who travels to Beverly Hills to complete a business deal and discovers he needs an escort to an important dinner meeting. He meets Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) on the streets of the city and invites her to his hotel. After spending the night with her and finding himself intrigued by her, he offers to pay her a thousand dollars to spend the week with him and be at his beck-and-call. She agrees and begins to fall in love. He tries to keep his distance, but it's obvious that Edward is falling in love with Vivian. This Cinderella story offers heartache, challenges, and a happy ending.

"For the Love of the Game" features the pride and glory of a failing baseball player who finds himself at the end of his career. The film is a flashback of the past of Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) and the events leading up to his last game. He meets Jane Aubrey (Kelly Preston), a simple girl who is enamored by the fact a popular major-league ball player has asked her out. He convinces her that he loves her, and the two go through a series of ups and downs. Knowing that Chapel loves baseball more than he loves her, Aubrey takes a job in London and decides to leave him. This movie is a classic drama about opening one door while closing another.

Not all date movies have to be chick flicks. Couples looking to spend a romantic night on the couch with popcorn and a blanket will find a variety of films that can be enjoyed at home.