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Valentine’s Day is just days away and, no matter how you feel about the holiday, you’ve likely spent some time thinking about how you’re going to spend it this year. Listen, we know that a lot goes into this one day a year, and we wish that a lot of V-Day customs could just exist all year long (hello, flowers and chocolate) — while others, like the stress about whether or not you need to make this day a big deal, we wish could go away completely. Regardless, this might be the best year yet to just take some time relaxing, staying home, and watching a good movie — one that, flying in the face of the Valentine’s Day industrial complex, celebrates a non-romantic kind of love.
Hear us out: the bonds between brothers and sisters, mothers and daughters, and close friends can be just as important to your life — if not more — than the romantic loves you have along the way. And this Valentine’s Day, we recommend that you celebrate those other great loves with these non-romantic movies — many of which happen to be perfect for the whole family to enjoy together.
Let’s say you’re spending the night in with kids. It’s a perfect night for Frozen, Finding Nemo, and tons of Disney fare! But on the flip side, what if you just want to get your girlfriends together? Galentine’s Day is just as important as Valentine’s Day, right? Well, Steel Magnolias, Little Women, and Hidden Figures will be there to make you laugh, cry, and spread the love. Thinking a mother-daughter movie night might be best? You can’t go wrong with Terms of Endearment or Mama Mia!
See, there are several great movies to check out this Valentine’s Day that aren’t all romance — though, we still love a feel-good rom-com too. Take a look at some of our favorite movies about non-romantic love perfect for a non-traditional Valentine’s Day viewing party.