Valentine’s Day 2021 may not be like any we have experienced in our lifetime, and lockdown has confined us to our homes.
But whether you are in love, single, having galentines with your girls or just loving on yourself this year, switching it up from the usual classic, here are some Romantic movies to enjoy this weekend. Look out for some homegrown talents.
Been So Long – Netflix
A dedicated single mother in London’s Camden Town hears music when she meets a handsome stranger with a past. But she’s not sure she’s ready to open her heart.
Starring: Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene, Ronke Adekoluejo.
Love Beats Rhymes – Netflix or Rent on YouTube
Coco, a 25-year-old struggling rapper, tries to impress her teacher, Professor Dixon, with her skills and lyrics. However, he challenges her to find meaning in her words instead.
Starring: Lucien Laviscount, Azelia Banks, Common, Jill Scott, John David Washington
Nappily Ever After – Netflix
A soulful barber helps a woman piece her life back together after an accident at her hair salon makes her realise she is not living life to the fullest. Starring: Ricky Whittle, Sanaa Lathan, Lynn Whitfield, Lyriq Bent.
Good Deeds – STARZPLAY
For all his life, wealthy businessman Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has done what’s expected of him and has settled into a predictable routine. His life begins to change, however, when he meets Lindsey Wakefield (Thandie Newton), a struggling single mother who has just been evicted. Wesley offers to help Lindsey get back on her feet and, though he’s already engaged, romantic sparks begin to fly. Suddenly, Wesley finds himself torn between what is expected of him and what he really wants.
Starring: Thandie Newton, Tyler Perry, Phylicia Rashad
Sylvie’s Love – Amazon Prime
Sylvie has a summer romance with a saxophonist who takes a summer job at her father’s record store in Harlem. When they reconnect years later, they discover that their feelings for each other have not faded with the years.
Starring: Rege-Jean Page, Nnamdi Asomugha, Tessa Thompson.
Beyond The Lights – Amazon Prime
Though she’s been groomed for stardom all her life by an overbearing mother, singer Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is having trouble dealing with her success. Feeling unable to cope any longer, Noni tries to kill herself, but luckily Kaz (Nate Parker), the police officer assigned to be her bodyguard, thwarts her suicide attempt. Noni and Kaz feel an instant attraction, but those in their orbit oppose the romance for fear the pair will stray from the course planned out for both of them.
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Aml Ameen, Estelle
The Photograph – Rent on Amazon Prime and YouTube; Sky Cinema
Michael, a reporter, meets Mae, a curator, in New York and the two of them begin to fall in love. However, when Michael gets a job in London their relationship begins to deteriorate.
Starring: Lakeith Stansfield, Issa Rae, Lil Rel
If Beale Street Could Talk – Amazon Prime
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter, and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect, and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
Starring: Stephan James, Kiki Layne, Regina King, Coleman Domingo.