Yup, I’m a Disney dork. Which is why I can’t think of much better than spending my Valentine’s Day watching a romantic Disney movie! While many people go out on Valentine’s Day, I’ve had an interesting series of events the past 10 years that means I almost always have some sort of conflict on Valentine’s Day. Everything from my cat getting sick to being on vacation to having to go to work, February 14th itself doesn’t always seem to work out. But I still like to celebrate the holiday because I feel like love is always worth celebrating. If you’re at home, by yourself, with someone else or whatever, a fun Disney love story is a fun way to spend the night. I picked out what I think are the best Disney love stories for you to enjoy in February or any time!
Beauty and the Beast
This movie is great in general, but I love the relationship between Belle and the Beast. She isn’t turned away by his appearance. They take actual time to get to know each other and fall in love naturally, rather than “love at first sight.” And don’t give me that Stockholm Syndrome nonsense – I don’t believe that to be the case but explaining why would be a whole other blog post 😉 They grow and change together because of their love for each other and that’s a beautiful thing. The quote on the poster calls it “the most beautiful love story ever told.”
This is a good one for me to watch solo because my husband absolutely hates Cinderella (I don’t agree, but don’t get him started). It’s the classic Disney romance. The ball, the shoe, the carriage – these things have become symbolic of Disney romance and Disney weddings now. I also highly recommend the live action movie. I actually like it better than the animated one.
Lady and the Tramp
If you had to name the most famous romance scene in a Disney movie, chances are good that you’ll come up with the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp. Make yourself a spaghetti dinner at home and put on this movie! They are the definition of the romantic notion that “opposites attract.”
I’ve always loved the relationship between Hercules and Megara, though I do feel that this one isn’t the first one you’d think of! They overcome so many obstacles together. She falls in love with him despite swearing never to love again. He loves her even after learning she’s working for Hades. She dies for him, he saves her from that death by risking his own life. And then at the end Hercules is offered the chance to become a god, which he turns down so he can stay with Meg. If that’s not love I don’t know what is.
While most of this movie takes place after the love story, it’s this love that is constantly driving and pushing Carl to do the things he does. Plus, the first ten minutes of this movie are sure to move you – a cute love story told beautifully in a short amount of time.
Princess and the Frog
This is one of my all-time favorite Disney love stories because the relationship between Tiana and Naveen just feels so real and important. They don’t just instantly fall in love. And they balance each other out. Tiana teaches him to work hard and really care about things, and Naveen teaches her to relax a little and enjoy life. When Naveen cares more about making her dream come true than anything else, you know it’s real love. You also have the side love story of Ray and Evangeline that leads to a beautiful love song.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
I’m not keeping this list just to the traditional animated movies! While there is a lot of other stuff going on in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, there is a great love story here too. The relationship between Roger and Jessica seems unlikely based on appearance, but it is very pure. They would do anything for each other. And while Jessica could probably be with anyone, she loves Roger for many reasons but a big one is because he makes her laugh. And I think laughter is so important to a relationship!
You get two of the best Disney love stories in this film! Roger and Anita are lovely together. They have great chemistry, support each other, and have fun just dancing together in the living room. Then you’ve got Pongo and Perdita. They also love and support each other and are able to work together and do anything necessary to save their babies.
Rapunzel and Flynn are another great pairing I really like. They are similar to Tiana and Naveen in that they are very different but this just brings out the best in each other. Neither are looking for love when they meet each other yet they both find it. The lantern scene on the boat is one of the most beautiful in a Disney movie and the quote “You were my dream” “And you were mine” is one of the most emotional.
Anna and Kristoff are a cute couple who get together in the first movie, but I think their love story really shines in Frozen 2. That movie shows that relationships aren’t always easy but they get through the hard times and love each other anyway. Kristoff gets major props in this movie. It was so awesome to see a male character who was there to love and support his woman while she was doing what needed to be done. When Anna apologizes for things being “so crazy,” his response is “My love is not fragile.”
The Lion King
The Lion King has a little bit of everything – important father/son relationships, a fight for king, and even a romance. Simba and Nala’s relationship has deep roots, from their friendship as children to when they are older and she finds him in the forest. It also led to one of the greatest love songs of all time, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
There are plenty of other films that I think have good Disney love stories but these are the top for me!
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