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5 movies to watch for Valentine’s Day . . . if you don’t love Valentine’s Day

Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in the 1977 romantic comedy “Annie Hall.’’ photofest

Valentine’s Day is a bore. Forced romance, cheesy movies, lots of greeting cards and flowers. Ugh.

If you feel the same, and have decided to not brave the subzero temperatures for a candlelit dinner at an overpriced restaurant, here are a few movies you can watch on your couch in a pair of ugly pajamas.

Forget “The Notebook” and “Pride and Prejudice.” These movies will entertain, and have at least have a little romance.

“Annie Hall”

There’s never a bad time to watch “Annie Hall,” in which Woody Allen’s Alvy dissects what went wrong with his relationship with Diane Keaton’s Annie.


“Raising Arizona”

Convenience store robbery and baby kidnapping have never made for a more intriguing love story. Plus, it’s the Coen Brothers, so it’s definitely not standard fare.

“Harold and Maude”

A suicide-obsessed 20-something romantically linked to a crazy 80 year old, set to music by Cat Stevens? I’m in.

“When Harry Met Sally”

Ok, this is a kind of romantic movie, but not really until the end. Watch for the wagon wheel scene alone.

“High Fidelity”

Oh, John Cusack, with your lists and breaking the fourth wall. This one’s for the music nerds among us.


“So I Married an Axe Murderer”

Like your romance a little more silly... and murder-y? Check and check.

Heather Ciras can be reached at heather.ciras@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @heatherciras.