Date night is quickly approaching and you haven’t decided on what to watch. With so many options it’s harder than ever to choose. You love rom-coms while your date loves action movies. Your date loves horror movies while you love westerns. Is it possible to reach a middle ground?
The answer’s yes. If you want a standout film that will make your next date night a success, look no further than the 10 selections below.
The latest horror flick from Jordan Peele, “Us” follows the Wilson family, played by Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex. While on vacation in Santa Cruz, they discover their bloodthirsty doppelgangers.
Peele spoke about his inspiration for the film, talking about his life as a kid in New York City. He imagined he had a double, telling Seth Meyers on “The Late Show” that he had a vision of seeing himself across the subway platform – a haunting image.
- The Truman Show
If you want to see one of Jim Carrey’s most unique performances, watch “The Truman Show.” You won’t laugh like a typical Carrey flick, but the experience is well worth it.
The movie centers on Truman Burbank, a kind-hearted insurance salesman who has no idea that millions of people watch him on television every day. The picturesque lawns and friendly neighbors are all fake.
Is escape possible? Find out.
Best friends Seth and Evan are trying to make it through their last few weeks of high school. When a classmate invites them to a party, they’re determined to put their nerdiness behind them.
This hilarious film, written by comedy duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, is the saga of two teenage boys trying to buy beer and get laid.
- The Silence of the Lambs
This classic horror film follows Clarice Starling, an FBI agent-in-training played by Jodie Foster. Her first assignment? Interview Hannibal Lecter, aka Hannibal the Cannibal.
Played by Anthony Hopkins, Lecter is pleasant and intelligent, though he’s also plotting his escape. Will Starling find the answers she seeks? If so, will she live to tell the tale?
Fall in love with the T-Birds and Pink Ladies in this must-watch classic. Sandy, played by Olivia Newton-John, is a wholesome and intelligent girl. Then she meets grease-monkey Danny, played by John Travolta.
As the pair navigate high school, cliques and drag races, will their budding romance survive? A favorite for date night, this hit will leave you singing, “You’re the one that I want!” for the rest of the evening.
- About Time
Tim Lake, played by Domhnall Gleeson, has a secret. He’s a time traveler. The ability is hereditary, passed along by his father. Tim believes it’s the opportunity he needs to improve his life — until he meets the girl of his dreams.
Once you go back in time, you change the future. What happens when one trip isn’t enough?
If you love horror, take a trip back to the 60s with Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” The film’s antagonist, Norman Bates, is based on infamous serial killer Ed Gein, known for skinning his victims. Played by Anthony Perkins, Bates is intrigued by a visitor who stays the night at his motel.
Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh, is determined to meet up with her lover, stolen cash in hand. Is this a crime of opportunity, or something much darker?
- The Princess Bride
This adventure saga centers on a young woman, Buttercup, played by Robin Wright, and her star-crossed love, Westly, played by Cary Elwes. Will Buttercup marry the nasty King Humperdink? Will Inigo Montoya ever discover who killed his father?
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Afterward, you and your date can talk about your favorite scenes (there are sure to be a lot of them).
- The Shawshank Redemption
What if you were charged for a crime you didn’t commit? Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins, claims just that. Regardless, he receives a life sentence at Shawshank Redemption. Will Andy survive the brutality of prison life?
Discover how Andy deals with his tortuous new world in a profound cinematic experience based on the short story by Stephen King.
Set in Roman times, this epic stars Russell Crowe as Maximus, a decorated war general. When the emperor dies, his son sells Maximus into slaver, where he’s forced to become a gladiator. He has only one sympathizer, Lucilla, played by Connie Nielsen (though Jennifer Lopez also auditioned for the role).
As Maximus’s popularity grows in the arena, will be become a threat to the throne?
The Best Movies for Date Night
Don’t pop in the same boring DVD. Instead, make date night memorable with a film for the ages.
If you’re not ready to settle on horror or romance, why not choose a movie that crosses genres? Options above, like “The Princess Bride” and “Gladiator,” have elements everyone will love.
Not only is there romance, but there’s also action, comedy, drama and more. Find the whole package in one of the memorable films above.