Valentine’s Day doesn’t just need to be for partners, it can also be a good time to curl up on the couch and share some sweet cuddles as a family. Below is my list of favorite Valentine’s Day movies for kids and tweens so you can enjoy a heart pitter-pattering romantic story during your next family movie night. ♥
G-Rated Valentine's Day Movies for Kids
If you're looking to celebrate Valentine's Day with young kids, here are the best G-rated movies that will make your heart skip a beat!
This half-hour show finds Charlie Brown suffering, typically, the ignominy of receiving no hearts-and-flowers greetings while the rest of the gang, including Snoopy, spend their day sorting through piles of love notes. Worse, Schulz’s famous sad sack can’t get up the nerve to approach his unapproachable angel, though there may be–just maybe–a glimmer of hope this time around. It may be Valentine’s Day, but not much else is different in the “Peanuts” neighborhood. –Tom Keogh
Match a sweet singing, dutiful daughter with an ogre cursed for his bad behavior and you’ve got a love story prime for the storybooks, one as old as time. Belle will do anything to help her father, even taking his place when he is held prisoner for trespassing. But things are not as they might seem, and maybe, just maybe, the Beast will discover his heart after all.
Even robots have hearts. WALL-E has been left to clean up the huge garbage mess left on Earth after the planet was abandoned. He goes along his days until one day he meets EVE, another robot sent for a single purpose, to discover if there was life again on Earth. Even when EVE becomes unresponsive WALL-E stays true to his love and protects her.
Feuding families and a backyard fence can’t keep these two lovebirds apart. After being lured outside their yard space these two garden gnomes meet and fall in love. But they have to face their families and life-threatening lawnmower races. With the help of a matchmaking flamingo, can the Montegue and Capulet love story have a happy ending? Even Shakespeare thinks their ending might be a bit different from his own.
The whole family will be bopping along to the lively song and dance numbers featured in High School Musical, a series that has gone on to make stars of the many of the actors and led to other sequels. Troy and Gabriella meet and have an instant connection, but when they discover they’re at the same school can they find a way to be together when real life and peer pressure get in the way?
One chance encounter, saving a handsome man’s life, and Ariel is in love with a human! And not just any human, a prince! But how can she ever be with him as long as she has fins? Chasing true love leads her to making a dreadful deal with a witch. Will she beat the sunset and get Eric to see the real her? Is a happy ending possible when a mermaid loves a prince?
This one is a classic, the story of the woman who didn’t know where she belonged finding a home with a widower and his kids. My heart still jumps when I think of Maria and how her joy and kindness lead a family of children to fall in love with her, and even reopened the heart of a strict naval officer. You’ll fall back in love with the songs and the characters as Julie Andrews shows why she is such a joy to watch.
Aladdin is a great love story that also shows the importance of being true to who you are. While Aladdin fell in love with Jasmine, he knew she needed to marry a prince so when given his chance to cash in on some genie wishes he decided to become what he thought Jasmine wanted. But the truth was, she loved the real Aladdin, not the fake Prince Ali Ababwa.
Naveen, a stuck up prince, meets his match when he goes out on a adventure with Tiana to reverse a spell that has turned them both into frogs. While spending time in the bayou, meeting new friends and escaping a nasty villain, he’ll see that hard work and heartfelt dreams are what really matters in life. He might even find his own dreams change when love is found.
While the main theme of this movie is more about Mia and her discovery of being a princess, there is a love story in the plot too. A bit of a love triangle even! Mia has long been the wallflower who people ignore and in same cases don’t even see, but her best friend Lilly and Lilly’s brother Michael have always seen her. Once Mia’s role as a princess becomes known, the popular, cute boy in school wants to go out with her, but there’s someone who has wanted her even when she was just Mia.
A Disney classic, Sleeping Beauty has one of the best villains, Maleficent. Cursed as a baby, Princess Aurora is hidden away with her fairy godmothers until she outlasts the curse’s power. She even shares a dance with a handsome prince while strolling through her woodland home. But the curse is soon too strong to avoid and Aurora is placed into a deep sleep, one that can only be broken by love’s first kiss.
Lady, an adorable Cocker Spaniel, feels neglected when her owners become distracted by the pending birth of a baby. But the last straw is clueless Aunt Sarah’s appearance with her conniving Siamese cats, who wreak havoc on Lady’s blissful home life. Soon Lady is off on an adventure in the streets, where the savvy Tramp takes her under his paw. The lessons of friendship and loyalty, and one of the sweetest kisses onscreen, ring true to delighted children and adults alike. Ah, puppy love.
Cinderella has faith her dreams will come true. With help from her loyal mice friends and a wave of her Fairy Godmother’s wand, Cinderella’s rags are magically transformed into a glorious gown and off she goes to the Royal Ball where she’s swept away by the handsome prince. But when the clock strikes midnight, the spell is broken, leaving only a single glass slipper…the only key to the ultimate fairy-tale ending!
PG-Rated Valentine's Movies for Tweens
If you're celebrating with tweens, they might be ready to move past the G-rated movies of their childhood and onto more intense romances.
As a tween/teen I watched this movie more times that I can count. I’m sure if you’re a child of the 80s you can totally relate! Westley and Buttercup are a couple truly committed to each other. Even the evil Prince Humperdinck, the Dread Pirate Roberts, a giant, and a kidnapping genius can’t keep this couple apart. If you’re looking for an adventurous story of true love this one will be “as you wish”.
More of a story of sisterly love than romantic love, this movie is one our whole family loved. Elsa just wants to protect her family and her secret, and Anna just wants to live life with her sister. After Elsa’s secret is discovered she escapes, but Anna is convinced she needs her sister back and with the help of Kristoff and Olaf she’s on the path to discover what love and sacrifice are.
Love brings together what peer pressure and lifestyles seek to keep apart in this coming-of-age story based on the bestselling book. A jaded, aimless high school senior falls in love with a guileless young woman he and his friends once scorned.
Giselle is banished from her storybook home by an evil queen and finds herself adrift in Manhattan. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she has to wonder, can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?
Shrek is a happy ogre living in his own special swamp, but soon his peace is overtaken by fairytale creatures that are escaping Lord Farquaad. Shrek decides to make a deal with Farquaad, his land in return for rescuing Lady Fiona. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret.
Winnie meets a family named the Tucks, but they have a secret, they’re immortal. She eventually falls in love with one of the Tucks, 17 year old Jesse, who shares the same feelings for her. Scared of death, Winnie is scared of death and must choose between being immortal and being with Jesse or following the circle of life and dying someday.
Sam has a tough life living with her rotten stepmother and stepsisters, serving as their housekeeper and at the family diner. One bright part of her life is the hope of college and her secret online relationship with Nomad. But when she’s given the opportunity to meet her love, will he accept her for who she is?
Rapunzel has been trapped away in a tower living soley with her mother who protects her from the terrible world. But a chance encounter with a thief gives her an opportunity to explore the world outside the tower and discover the sky full of lights that she’s drawn to. She might even fall in love along the way.
Ella is living with her evil stepmother and stepsisters, toiling away in a harsh life not suited for one such pure of heart. But, Ella is given the chance to dance with the prince and thanks to a pair of glass slippers and one special fairy godmother, and she might just find a pure love fit for her pure heart.
Ella is cursed by a fairy godmother to be obedient and so she’s tied to doing anything anyone tells her. As she heads out to find the fairy godmother and beg her to reverse the curse, she meets Prince Charmont, the heartthrob of most girls in the kingdom. Will Ella fall head over heels, by her own choice?
Paige is a pre-med student who looks at college as just one stop on her path to becoming a physician. While at college she meets Eddie from Denmark and after a rocky start, they fall in love. But can their love survive after the realization that Eddis is actually a crown prince with family obligations?
Two bookstore business rivals hate each other in person, but are slowly falling in love over the internet. What’s a guy to do when he realizes the woman he’s liking her more and more hate him? He has to fix it.
My absolute favorite love story of all time. While no movie will ever replace Jane Austen’s well-written conversational characters, Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen do an excellent job of bringing the intelligent Elizabeth Bennett and quizzical Fitzwilliam Darcy to the big screen. If the love story isn’t enough, the beautiful cinematography might just have you falling in love with England.
In 1862, daredevil balloon pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) teams up with pioneering meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) to advance human knowledge of the weather and fly higher than anyone in history.