Ah, first dates. So many emotions and anxieties. First dates can be awkward, interesting, or awesome! You are trying to get to know each other, but you also don’t want to just sit and talk the whole time—that could get boring.
One of the classic moves on a first date is “dinner and a movie.” Dinner gives the opportunity for some “get to know you” talk, and the movie creates something for you to talk to each other about later.
For a first date movie you want there to be just enough comedy to keep the mood light, but also just enough romance to tug at the heart strings—to remind your date why she is there.
The movie market is full of romantic comedies, but many of them fall short of the mark with few laughs and cheap love. Choose wisely, because picking a bad movie could ruin the date. Instead of going to see the latest blockbuster, try one of these tried-and-true “first date movies” to woo your girl.
- This Means War (2012). Talk about “romantic comedy”. This movie is great for both men and women. There is action for the men, romance for the women, and enough comedy for both! Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) is stuck in a love triangle between two best friends, “FDR” Foster (Chris Pine) and “Tuck” Harrison (Tom Hardy). The two best friends, who also happen to be CIA agents, quickly realize they are dating the same woman. The competition promptly escalates and all of the tricks that the CIA has to offer are used to try and win Lauren’s heart. This movie is sure to keep you entertained and laughing the entire time.
- Along Came Polly (2004). Along Came Polly is a great movie for those more interested in the comedy part of romantic comedies. This movie has incredibly funny moments while still retaining the necessary romantic elements. Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is a slightly neurotic insurance expert that ends up falling for a “free-spirited” and unpredictable former classmate, Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston). Through all of the ridiculous antics of these two characters, they somehow end up realizing that they are perfect for each other despite their obvious differences.
- Date Night (2010). Between Steve Carell and Tina Fey, you know you are going to have an incredibly funny movie. Although it could be cliché to watch a movie called “Date Night” on your first date, you will not be disappointed. Date Night takes you for a ride, switching between action/adventure, mystery, romantic comedy, and thriller—you get a taste of every genre! Steve Carell and Tina Fey play a boring, predictable, worn out married couple, Phil and Claire Foster. They go out on one of their weekly dates, but when Phil decides to go out on a limb and change up their plans, they are in for one the most memorable nights of their lives. This movie is sure to keep you entertained and keep a more lighthearted mood for the night. But who knows, you might just be inspired to take some risks!
- The Princess Bride (1987). “Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind.” Not only is The Princess Bride one of the most quotable movies of all time, but it is also one of the most romantic. This movie is a classic love story between two star-crossed lovers, Buttercup and Westley. If you are looking for a typical romance with some unpredictable twists and turns, this is the movie for you. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will be entranced by the fairy-tale love shared between these two characters.
- Pirates of the Caribbean (2003). Pirates of the Caribbean might not be one of the first movies that comes to mind for a first date, but one of the great aspects of this movie is the balance between the love story and the “scary” parts. Although the movie is not typically thought of as scary, there definitely are some creepy parts that are sure to encourage some spontaneous snuggling—just to make her feel safe of course! This is also a great movie because of its entertaining combination of action, adventure, and love on the high seas.
- Failure to Launch (2006). This romantic comedy is great for a first date because it has so many hilarious scenes! Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) is a 35-year-old man still living with his parents, and Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) has been hired by Tripp’s parents to get him out of their house. They go on some exciting dates and eventually develop very legitimate feelings for each other. What starts out as an odd job quickly turns into a complicated, messy romance.
- Fever Pitch (2005). Fever Pitch is an emotional roller coaster that a woman will enjoy, while it is also able to keep the man’s interest. Because the plot revolves around baseball, this is a perfect movie to compromise on for a first date. There is definitely a very dramatic love story between Ben (Jimmy Fallon) and Lindsey (Drew Barrymore) that is perfect for the die-hard hopeless romantic. There is also an appeal to die-hard baseball fans. Grab a box of tissues and get ready for some serious snuggling because this movie will create the perfect environment for romance.
- A Knight’s Tale (2001). This beautiful movie will capture your imagination and your heart. The medieval setting will automatically create a romantic mood, and the “knight in shining armor” winning the “princess” storyline is sure to please and not disappoint. A Knight’s Tale is action and adventure intertwined with a very romantic love story—another perfect compromise for a first date!
- Ten Things I Hate About You (1999). This movie is sure to bring back memories of high school, however the plot stays interesting and fresh. When Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) gets hired to date the stubborn and intimidating Kat (Julia Stiles), you know there will soon be love in the air—just not right away. Patrick has to win her over, and the story is sure to win you over with all of its comedy, emotional tension, and romance.
- Hitch (2005). Hitch is the perfect first date movie because it is all about dating! This film is hilarious, entertaining, and genuinely romantic. It will definitely give you and your date a lot to talk about—especially some of those crazy dance moves that should definitely never be done in public! Hitch (Will Smith) is a studly “date doctor” that gives timid guys a chance with girls they might not otherwise be able to catch. Sara (Eva Mendes) is completely consumed by her career and is skeptical of all men, especially men as flashy and arrogant as Hitch. When these two meet Hitch realizes he may have met his match, and the romantic challenge is begun. Through the many mishaps and hilarious circumstances, love eventually finds its way and you are left with a “happily ever after” feeling.