Instead of compiling a list of romantic comedies to watch this romantic time of year I’ve decided on a more alternative approach. Here are my top 5 alternative Valentine’s Day films featuring some unforgettable relationships whether they be of love, friendship, or family.
This whimsical film features the beloved David Bowie and the talented Jennifer Connolly. While most have seen the film more than once it’s a story focusing on family, infatuation, and the power of friendship.
One of Tim Burton’s finest films is centered around a young man who has lost his maker and the only family he’s ever known. He finds acceptance of only a few and a love that is remembered for a lifetime.
This story is heartbreaking at times but it also has one of the most unforgettable friendships in cinema history. With a riveting score and phenomenal acting by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as they portray a set of characters whose friendship lasts beyond the bars that they first met behind.
A young girl ahead of her time falls in love with a professional killer. She’s lost everyone she’s loved. Despite learning how to kill, the relationship they share is truly innocent and sweet…and let’s not forget Leon’s love and care for his delicate plant.
An adventurous boy meets a giant robot and through an incredible journey of only a few words, they spark a magical friendship. He also develops a father figure in the eccentric Dean. I don’t want to spoil the ending but I will say it leaves you with all the feels.
Skip the romantic comedies this year and celebrate an alternative Valentine’s Day with one of these films that can be shared with family, friends, a loved one, or with cats.