10 movies every couple should watch together

10 movies every couple should watch together June 3, 2015


From the time my wife Ashley and I first started dating, we have loved watching movies together. The shared experience of a movie can create inside jokes and catchphrases that can help add some fun into your relationship. Even today, curling up on the couch with some popcorn and Netflix remains one of our favorite “dates.”

Every couple has a different list of must-see movies, but below are a few I would highly recommend. They’re not all from one genre, so if you watch them all, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll learn something new. I’d encourage out to carve out a movie date night at home once a week for the next ten weeks and work your way through this list.

Just as a disclaimer, this list doesn’t mean I’m endorsing all the content in these films. Nearly every movie is going to have some words or scenes that I wish had been left out.

In no particular order…

1. The Princess Bride. This movie is classic. I mean it has Andre the Giant in it, so what more do you really need? You’ll laugh a lot and you’ll be talking in fun accents and using catchphrases like, “As you wish,” “Inconceivable!” “Rodents of Unusual size” and many more. Great date night movie.

2. The Wedding Singer. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have brilliant comedic timing and a believable on-screen chemistry in several movies, but “The Wedding Singer” shows them at the top of their game. This throwback to the 1980’s has plenty of comedy, but it also has heart.

3. Goonies. Ashley and I both grew up on the 80’s, so it’s tons of fun to go back and watch movies from our childhood together. Goonies is one of my personal favorites. You’ve got pirate treasure, booby traps and “Chunk” doing the “Truffle Shuffle!” Classic.

4. Rocky. As a dude, I love all seventy-three movies in the Rocky franchise. I even love the most recent, “Rocky fights Arthritis!” The original 1976 Academy-Award winner for Best Picture has both a beautiful love story between Rocky and Adrian and one of the best underdog fighter stories of all time. Watch it with your spouse. You’ll both like it. Seriously.

5. Tommy Boy. Before the tragic demise of comic genius, Chris Farley, he created some brilliant comedy and this movie is his greatest work. It has a sweet and sentimental storyline to go along with some hysterical physical comedy. You’ll laugh a lot and you might even tear up a few times.

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  • KDB

    I think I was kind of sad that you didn’t include any Christian movies in that. Admittedly I have seen several of these movies, but looking back now, I wish I hadn’t. They are worldly, they promote pre-marital sex and some have nude scenes. So, to say they are 10 movies every couple *should watch together – that just kind of disappoints me coming from you, an author of a Christian based site. You are right about Dirty Dancing taking you to another world, definitely not a Christian world.

  • Rose Friesen Nicol

    The first movie that came to mind for me was “fireproof”. Honestly that’s the only one that came to mind lol… I have a hard time sitting still long enough to watch a whole movie but fireproof is number one on my list. Especially if you’re having problems in your marriage

  • plantstrongS

    My husband and I have been married 29 years and enjoy watching movies together, too. (By the way, I’m a female who does not like the Dirty Dancing movie at all, and I’ve never seen or been interested in seeing The Notebook or Titanic.) Some of the movies we’ve watched are: the Avengers movies, Star Trek – Into Darkness, the Star Wars series, Casablanca, the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes movies from various eras, Father of the Bride (Steve Martin), Cary Grant movies like His Girl Friday, and Christmas movies. 🙂

  • beeathome

    One of our favorite ‘date’ movies is ‘The Family Man’ with Nicholas Cage & Tea Leoni…the premise is what would happen if you chose a different life path. Nicholas is a successful bachelor who seems to have the perfect life. Don Cheadle enters his life & gives him a ‘glimpse’ of another life…the best line from the movie is ‘I choose US’ which both Nicholas & Tea say @ different points in the movie. We included those clips in a marriage workshop we did & the impact was palpable…through it all & in spite of it all we need to say ‘I choose us’…definitely needs to be added to ‘the list’…

  • KDB

    Well, how is it honoring to God? The bible says if you are a friend of the world, you cannot be a friend of Him. Some of the movies, from his original list, are considered “love stories”, but are not much more than glorified sex and things that are clearly against what the bible says. Wouldn’t have a problem if this were a regular site telling about movies, but it’s a Christian site promoting movies that do not remotely follow Christian beliefs. What good does it come looking at nude people when you are married? Especially in a sex scene?

  • KDB

    So then are you saying porn is ok when you are married? Again, you missed the point about how it glorifies God? It doesn’t. If you have plenty of glorified sex, why the need to watch it elsewhere?

  • I love that film! I feel like we watched it at an important moment in our marriage and we made some changes after we saw it. Great idea!

  • KDB

    I guess you are either being deliberately obtuse or you really don’t get it. You are either a Christian or you’re not. There is no in between. You either believe His Word or you don’t. It’s all or nothing, no cherry picking.
    I’m just saying that if a regular site recommended these movies (the ones that were originally there) I wouldn’t have a problem with it. But, it’s a Christian site, which means it should go with Christian standards. I’m far from a prude, but I am a believer. I choose to watch what I subject myself to.

  • Brookez

    too uptight…the idea is sharing time together with your spouse.whatever you want to watch is up to you and your better half.