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With Valentine’s Day coming up, I keep thinking about all the romantic movies I have seen throughout my life. I’m a sucker for romance movies, even the cheesy Hallmark movies with predictable endings. If you’re spending this Valentine’s Day alone, with friends or a significant other, here are my top five romantic movies to watch:

5. “After” (2019)

“After” is a movie based on a popular Harry Styles fan fiction made on Wattpad, an internet community for creating stories. After becoming popular on the website, books were published and the movie was announced. “After” follows a studious college freshman, Tessa Young, who meets the rebellious Hardin Scott. My 13-year-old self was amazed to see a fan fiction I was obsessed with become a movie. Despite the cliches in “After,” it is a go-to movie if you’re looking for something fun to watch.

4. “Call Me by Your Name” (2017)

This movie is absolutely beautiful. The location, cinematography, acting and soundtrack make “Call Me by Your Name” such a stunning movie. It follows young Elio Perlman as he is spending the summer at his family’s home in Italy. His father hosts an intern, Oliver, for the summer, and Elio begins to develop feelings for him. Even though this isn’t a typical romance movie due to its explicit sexual content, it is a movie I highly recommend. “Call Me by Your Name” shows how fragile having feelings for somebody can be and the fragility that comes with a new relationship.

3. “Mamma Mia!” (2008)

Get ready to jam to ABBA throughout this movie, which floods the soundtrack. Set on a beautiful Greek island, Sophie is getting ready for her wedding in Greece. She invites three men from her mother’s past because she thinks one of them must be her father, and she wants her father to walk her down the aisle. This movie will make you want to break out in dance each time the characters sing iconic hits from the Swedish supergroup.

2. “La La Land” (2016)

This movie follows Sebastian, a jazz musician, and Mia, an aspiring actress, as they fall in love while chasing their dreams in Los Angeles. As they get closer to achieving their goals, Sebastian and Mia realize that their careers are pulling them apart from one another. What makes this movie so wonderful is the soundtrack. It features classical and jazz music that makes the movie more vibrant, as we see Sebastian and Mia’s relationship grow.

1. “Dirty Dancing” (1987)

You’ll have the time of your life watching “Dirty Dancing.” This classic ’80s film follows the intelligent protagonist, Baby, as she spends her summer at a resort in the Catskill Mountains during the ’60s. I love the ’60s and this movie makes me feel like I was teleported back to this time period. The movie features nostalgic music from the ’60s and ’80s, as a newfound summer romance develops. Even though Baby and Johnny’s romance only lasts a summer, it gives hope that a romance like theirs can occur whenever.