It’s perfect for when you’ve both had a busy week and find yourselves in need of some inspiration, something to transport you, and give you new ideas to talk about afterward. And that’s the purpose of the movie, it's a way to relax and put the world on pause for a moment while spending some time together.
There’s no more effortless way to transcend your surroundings than to let a movie unfold before your eyes. A lot of movies, however, will appeal mainly to one gender so one of you may end up bored. So, if you want to watch a movie with your boyfriend or husband that you both will enjoy, turn to acclaimed movies with universal appeal through the characters, themes, and production value.
From modern masterpieces to timeless classics, these movies have something to offer both you and your man.
Argo is a historical drama film that tells the story of the high-stakes operation to rescue six Americans trapped in Tehran during the Iranian hostage crisis. Their plan is this: A CIA agent must go undercover as a Hollywood producer in order to get into the country. He must pretend to be scouting a location for a cheap sci-fi film, as he carries out an intense plan to rescue the Americans. If anything goes wrong, both he and the hostages will lose their lives.
Footloose is the charming story about a small town that has to let go of its past to move forward. It turns out that all music and dancing were banned in the town of Bomont after a tragedy several years ago. The protagonist, Ren, and his new friends must work to convince the town to let his class have their senior prom. This movie has great ‘80s fashion inspiration and a soundtrack of iconic ‘80s songs.
Gatsby is just as decadent, colorful, and over the top as the Roaring ‘20s in which the film is set. The addition of modern music with the plot of the Great American novel The Great Gatsby captures the excess of the era in a whole new way. Told from the observational perspective of Nick Carraway, Gatsby is the story of the rise and fall of one man who symbolizes the American dream. Dramatic, glittering, and almost surreal, this movie brings new life to the high school English staple.
4. The Mexican
Starring Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt, The Mexican is a mix of dark comedy, adventure, and crime. It follows the parallel escapades of Jerry and his girlfriend, Sam, across Mexico and Las Vegas. Jerry, who was indebted to a mob boss, is assigned the task of retrieving a vintage pistol known as “The Mexican.” What follows is a scenic high-stakes adventure across a desert landscape, as Sam and Jerry make new friends and enemies alike all while maintaining a charmingly humorous perspective.
5. The Untouchables
A dramatic crime film set in the Prohibition Era, The Untouchables is about the takedown of Al Capone in a crime-ridden Chicago. The atmospheric film perfectly captures the corruption of Capone and his men, in contrast with the police team, dubbed “the untouchables,” set on restoring law and order to the city. The movie explores the values of dedication, loyalty, and justice. This is a classic crime film about one of the most infamous gangsters in history and the men who stood up to him.
6. Erin Brockovich
Erin Brockovich is a biographical legal drama film about Erin Brockovich, who, after she takes a desk job at a law firm, begins to notice something shady surrounding the Pacific Gas & Electric company. She finds strange reports of illnesses in the residents of Hinkley, California who live near the plant. She begins to investigate, and she discovers that the groundwater of Hinkley was contaminated by the gas and electric company with carcinogenic hexavalent chromium.
7. The Princess Bride
This film has something for everyone. The Princess Bride has a medieval fairytale setting and contains romance, humor, and daring adventure. At its core, The Princess Bride tells a tale of true love, that of Buttercup and Wesley. What sets the film apart, however, is the ironic, slightly satirical approach to the classic fairy tale trope.
8. The Truman Show
The Truman Show is a thought-provoking movie that will make you question the definition of reality. Released in 1998, the themes of the movie ring even more true today as the influence of the media grows. A man named Truman begins to realize that all is not as it seems in the picture-perfect town where he has spent his entire life. Over the course of the movie, Truman’s entire understanding of the world is upended as he fights for his freedom from an artificial world.
9. Murder on the Orient Express
This cinematic movie is based on the iconic Agatha Christie novel. Set entirely on a train traveling across Europe in the wintertime, when snowfall halts the trip, trapping the passengers on board, the scene is set. A notorious gangster is found dead, and it's up to detective Hercule Poirot to get to the bottom of the mystery. But this proves to be unlike any other murder case he has ever encountered.
10. The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a science fiction romance movie involving a time loop, in which the same day repeats over and over again. Only two characters are aware of the time loop, the protagonist Mark and a girl named Margaret. As the movie progresses, Mark tries to find ways out of the loop, while Margaret seems strangely content with it. Soon, Mark realizes that it is Margaret, who he has fallen in love with, who is responsible for the time loop.
11. Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge is essentially a half romance, half war movie. Based on the true story of Desmond Doss and his remarkable heroism in WWII, the first half of the movie is about Doss’s childhood and the romance between him and his future wife, while the second half is about his time in the military and on the battlefield. Throughout the course of the movie, Doss fights to remain true to his vow to never kill or touch a weapon, choosing to save the lives of his fellow soldiers rather than engage in combat.
You’ve probably seen this movie before, but it remains one of the most popular romantic films of all time. Set on the ill-fated ship, Titanic brings the tragic demise of the Titanic itself to life, while centering on the love story of two people who meet aboard the ship and fall in love against all odds. The dramatic movie demonstrates the values of freedom, love, and sacrifice, ultimately showing that true love can survive even the greatest disaster.
13. When Harry Met Sally
One of the movies that defined the rom-com genre, When Harry Met Sally debates the age-old question of whether or not guys and girls can be “just friends.” The movie is about none other than Harry and Sally, whose lives keep intersecting, and it explores their complicated relationship in a lighthearted yet serious way. They go from friends, to enemies, to in love, and back again.
14. Hillbilly Elegy
This biographical film tells the story of J.D. Vance’s childhood growing up in a rust belt town in Ohio. Based on his best-selling novel, the movie explores hillbilly culture and the issues that the Appalachian regions and rust belt of America face. The movie is both sobering and uplifting as J.D. struggles to overcome the ghosts of his upbringing, but ultimately succeeds in a way he’d never dreamed was possible.
15. Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians is a fun rom-com with about everything you could want with respect to over-the-top parties, eccentric characters, and decadent locations. The film follows the love story of a couple, Rachel Chu and her boyfriend, Nick Young, who turns out to be the heir to a Singapore fortune. In the end, Rachel is faced with an impossible choice as the couple's relationship comes under threat from familial pressures and the life of excess starts to show its underlying superficiality.
Watching a movie is a great way to spend a relaxing evening with your guy. You may even come away learning something new, and at the very least, you’ll have spent some quality time together, simply sharing each other's presence and enjoying the film.
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