10 Movies More Romantic Than 50 Shades! (Plus some creative date ideas!!!)

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I know we are not alone in the conviction that there is nothing romantic about abuse, domination, and lack of respect for human dignity. Dehumanizing violence is not a good theme for Valentine’s Day (a holiday named after a great saint who stood for marriage and true love, even to the point of death).

10 Movies More Romantic Than 50 Shades!

The annual Valentine’s Day French Dinner!

We will most certainly not be seeing the depraved film being billed as a romance this weekend. No Grey, No way!  We hope you will join us in celebrating REAL romance this weekend! Here are our suggestions for movies you could watch with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Weekend!

1. Happythankyoumoreplease

Oh my word. This movie is the best movie no one ever saw.  We have watched it more times than we can count and every time we fall in love with it again.  Check out this scene (and if you don’t hear Jesus saying this speech to you, listen to it again!) and then rent the movie on Valentine’s Day!  This is how a man woos a woman and affirms her worth and dignity! This movie is just quirky and fun, has a great sound track and reveals so much about the meaning of love.

2. Ever After – A Cinderella Story

A girl who is strong, knows her mind and gets the prince in the end!

3. An Affair To Remember

This is probably the most romantic and heart-wrenching movie ever! It’s classy and timeless and if you aren’t weeping by the end, check your pulse.

4. Braveheart

Love. It’s not about bondage and domination. Love is about freedom!

5. Sense & Sensibility

Poor Marianne has to learn the hard way, but in the end is able to discern the User from the Lover. And seriously, how is the English countryside not romantic! SWOON!

6. Pride & Prejudice

Classic! And we are partial to the BBC version. It’s rather long, yes. But, if you are sipping tea and eating scones (or drinking wine and eating cheese!) it flies by!

7. The Vow

True love–it’s a commitment to vows no matter what. Love is not just a feeling, it’s a determination and commitment to behave in a loving way. This is based on a true story and it makes you stand in awe.

8.The Notebook

Daja: Having watched my grandmother stand by my grandfather through the slow painful process of dementia, until he went to be with Jesus, I have a soft spot in my heart for this movie.  Two people, in it for the long haul. May we all be blessed with such a love story.

9. The Princess Bride

“Love, true love, is what brings us together today.”  (If you just read that in the minister’s voice, you’re a true fan, as we are!)  This is a great movie for the whole family to enjoy on Valentine’s Day!

10.The Holiday

Sometimes love takes us by surprise and we find it in the most unexpected places. We love this movie (especially the Santa Ana winds…..We are So Cal girls after all…)

Romantic Date Ideas For Real People:

You might think us strange, but we just don’t like going out on Valentine’s Day! It’s crowded. It’s expensive. There are set menus at most restaurants. And those menus are rather cliche. It’s just not our style. Here are some ideas for dates that are fun and romantic and won’t break the bank!

  • Why not watch your wedding video? Pop some champagne, get some strawberries and chocolate, snuggle up on the couch and relive that special day! You could even buy a cake and reenact the cake cutting and cake-feeding (with or without the shoving it in each other’s face!).
  • This is our third year having a French Dinner. Daja and her husband, Kristina and her husband, and two other couples. We make a 6 course meal–from the apertif to the digestif! One of us hosts it in our home with full place settings and candlelight! One gentleman plays the accordion and we drink a lot of wine and take our time. It’s romantic and fun. And beats going out to a crowded, busy restaurant surrounded by strangers hands down!
  • Pack a picnic and go watch the sunset from a beautiful location.
  • Put the kids to bed early or better yet let them have a sleep-over at Grandma’s.  Then light a fire in the fireplace and light some candles and turn off all the lights and unplug your phones and computers.  Pretend there is a power outage and enjoy the quiet!

Just remember, it doesn’t have to cost a lot or look fancy to be a date that speaks love to your spouse.  Just. speak. love.

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