Valentine’s Day and Hallmark Channel movies go hand-in-hand. Whether you’ve watched rom-coms, like 27 Dresses, more times than you can remember or you name a classic romantic film, like The Notebook, as your all-time favorite, you’ll instantly feel in your element when watching Hallmark’s Valentine’s Day movies.
Sweeter than a heart-shaped box of chocolates, Hallmark’s February lineup is full of comforting romantic-comedy formulas like mistaken identities, charming small towns, and people who hate each other at first, but inevitably fall in love. You also won’t help but spot your favorite rom-com actresses, like Lacey Chabert and Danica McKellar, plus, Meghan Markle from back in the day.
So, after you’ve read real-life romantic stories and picked out the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other, you’ll be ready to snuggle up on the couch to watch these 15 Hallmark Valentine’s Day movies. Just don’t forget the chocolate covered strawberries!
Remember to check out GoodHousekeeping.com’s Valentine’s Day Guide.
Hallmark released Dater’s Handbook in 2015 with a pre-royalty Meghan Markle, who, of course, portrays the leading lady. In a bid to stop her habit of choosing the wrong man, Cassandra Barber decides to evaluate all potential new love interests according to a self-help book called The Dater’s Handbook. In the end, she must ultimately choose between two potential suitors, but will she listen to her heart or the experts?
My Secret Valentine
Mom-and-pop versus big-business rivalries, secret crushes with hidden identities, My Secret Valentine recalls some of the all-time great romantic comedies. This time, Chloe (Lacey Chabert) is despondent when she learns her father is thinking of selling their family winery to a big distributor — a distributor that happens to have a charming wine rep (Andrew W. Walker). She tries to forget her troubles by reviving an old family cabin with the help of an anonymous handyman who leaves her notes. And did we mention the winery’s Valentine’s Wine Festival is coming up?
Very, Very, Valentine
If you’re into the types of movies where “the one” was there all along, you’ll love Very, Very, Valentine. Florist Helen (Danica McKellar) meets the man of her dreams at a Valentine’s Masquerade Ball. Intrigued to find out who the mysterious stranger is, she enlists the help of her best friend, Henry (Cameron Mathison). And as you may have already guessed it, Helen discovers that the person she was looking for was right in front of her this whole time.
Who can find fault with a romantic movie set in Paris? Even if the on-screen chemistry doesn’t work for you, there’s all that beautiful scenery to fall in love with. In Love Locks, a New York City magazine publisher (Rebecca Romijn) goes on a trip to Paris, where she reconnects with her college boyfriend and first love (Jerry O’Connell). Although the two share a lot of history, he encourages her to get back into one of her great passions: art. Who would want to return to NYC after that?
Love at First Glance
If you’ve ever locked eyes with someone during your commute and immediately started fantasizing about your future together, you might feel for journalist Mary Landers (Amy Smart) in Love at First Glance. After watching a handsome man, James (Adrian Grenier), leave his phone behind on a train, she begins flirting with him via text and eventually secures his blessing to write a profile of him. She starts to interview the contacts in his phone, and learns his whole life story before they ever truly meet in person.
Cooking With Love
They say food is the fastest way to a person’s heart, but, in the case of Kelly (Ali Liebert) and Stephen (Brett Dalton), it’s also a point of contention. In Cooking with Love, Kelly is a producer at a cooking show who is trying to prove she deserves a promotion, while Stephen is an on-air chef who challenges her ideas. If there’s one thing we love, it’s a rom-com where the heroine’s professional ambitions are taken seriously, and we never for a moment root for Kelly’s relationship over her show.
All Things Valentine
In All Things Valentine, Avery (Sarah Rafferty) is assigned to write a dating advice column for a local newspaper. But when she begins to see angry comments on her stories, the last person she suspects behind them is her new crush, Brendan (Sam Page); her advice, after all, is the reason his ex broke up with him. It’s more You’ve Got Mail-style mistaken identities, but without the commerce complicating things.
The Sweeter Side of Life
Hallmark movies are chock full of characters who give up busy, city lives and go back to their humble roots. If you’re a sucker for this kind of story, The Sweeter Side of Life follows Desirée Harper (Kathryn Morris), who returns to her family’s New Jersey bakery after her wealthy husband announces that he’s leaving her for a younger woman. There, she reconnects with what she loved to do before she fell into her Sex and the City-esque lifestyle — and connects with a possible new love.
The central duo in Perfect Match starts off trying to plan the perfect wedding — for someone else. A newly engaged couple brings on two different wedding planners to see who can come up with the best vision for their perfect day. It’s another rival-to-romance story, and we can’t get enough of those.
Anything for Love
Ever fib on a dating profile? (Who hasn’t?) Anything for Love follows a high-powered exec (Erika Christensen) who, in her bio, downgrades herself to an assistant to keep men from being intimidated. She meets a male nurse (Paul Greene) whose friend lies and changes his profile to say he’s a doctor to seem more impressive to women. This movie will make you feel better about your own early-relationship white lies.
Love at First Bark
If you’re the person who knows all the names of the neighborhood dogs (but can only kind of guess their owners’ names), you need to make sure your rom-com has some furry friends in it, too. Love At First Bark centers around interior designer (Jana Kramer) who adopts a dog and needs advice on obedience — conveniently from a handsome dog trainer (Kevin McGarry). Puppy love!
A Dash of Love
Young chef Nikki (Jen Lilley) wants to open her own restaurant someday, so her boss, Holly (Peri Gilpin), lets her dabble in the kitchen after hours — and eventually starts passing Nikki’s recipes as her own. With the help of another cook, Paul (Brendan Penny), Nikki attempts to pull off a pop-up restaurant and make a name for herself. A Dash of Love proves there’s something about the inner workings of the restaurant business — the heat, the creativity — that always makes kitchens the perfect metaphor for new relationships.
Falling for Vermont
For those who fantasize about taking a break from their busy lives, Falling for Vermont is the one for you. A newly successful YA author (Julie Gonzalo) decides to slip away from a barrage of publicity — but, during her escape, she gets into an accident and winds up in small-town Vermont with a bout of temporary amnesia. It’s a good thing there’s a handsome doctor (Benjamin Ayres) to care for her until she’s ready to return to her old life — if she returns to her old life.
Like Cats & Dogs
They say opposites attract, and there’s no people more opposite than dog people and cat people. Like Cats and Dogs finds a free-spirited dog owner (Cassidy Gifford) and an uptight cat guy (Wyatt Nash) forced to share a vacation house after a reservation mix-up. Does Cassidy Gifford look familiar? She’s the daughter of Kathie Lee!
All of My Heart
In All of My Heart, two perfect strangers (Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliot) inherit a house together, but it needs work. She wants to fix it up and run it as a bed and breakfast, but he wants to turn around for a quick profit. The best thing about this movie is the excess: If you enjoy it, there’s All of My Heart: Inn Love, and last year’s All of My Heart: The Wedding. You’ll never get your fill of quaint, country B&B scenery.