Entertainment Romantic movies and tv shows to stream on Netflix for Valentine's Day By ROBERT LEVIN and CAROLINE LINTON February 11, 2015 3:21 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Sure, you can go out to avoid Valentine's Day. Or you can spend it at home, enjoying the romance of these movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix. "Annie Hall" Photo Credit: MGM Arguably Woody Allen's finest movie, this Best Picture-winning romantic comedy is iconic for many reasons, from classic dialogue filled with insightful observations about life in New York, the vagaries of romance and more, to its brilliant characterizations that encapsulate the filmmaker's one-of-a-kind, neurotic take on urban relationships. If you haven't seen it, stop what you're doing and watch it now. Consider yourself lucky. "Punch-Drunk Love" Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures It took the great Paul Thomas Anderson to make the finest Adam Sandler movie, a dissection of the star's angry man persona centered on his lonely Barry Egan's romance with Emily Watson's Lena Leonard. It's a cinematic height that Sandler hasn't reached since. "The Wings of the Dove" Photo Credit: Miramax Films This is one of the best Henry James adaptations, a lush and beautiful rendition of his novel about cynical romantic scheming and the accompanying feelings of jealousy and regret, starring a great Helena Bonham Carter as Kate Croy. It's from 1997, the height of the art house renaissance, and it's the sort of costume drama that frankly isn't made much any more. "An Affair to Remember" Photo Credit: MGM Studios This classic romance starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, about a long-distance friendship that blossoms into love and a plan to meet atop the Empire State Building, inspired "Sleepless in Seattle" and is itself a remake of director Leo McCarey's 1939 film "Love Affair." The American Film Institute ranks this 1957 picture the fifth-most romantic movie of all time. "Dirty Dancing" Photo Credit: Lions Gate Home Entertainment It's not a great movie, and it's probably not deserving of its classic status, but credit must be given where due: The 1987 classic starring young and innocent Jennifer Grey, dance instructor Patrick Swayze, the Catskills and "I've Had the Time of My Life" is extremely entertaining and very romantic. Cheers Photo Credit: NBC "Cheers" set the tone for romantic comedy sitcoms, and we're all the better for it. Take a trip to the early '80s with handsome oaf Sam and snooty intellectual Diane as they go back and forth as they battle their passion and their hatred. And of course, there's always this tribute to their love: "You disgust me. I hate you." "Are you as turned on as I am?" "More." How I Met Your Mother Photo Credit: FOX Television / Robert Voets The show started to slip in the later seasons and the finale ending was not exactly well-received by, well, anyone. While "How I Met Your Mother" not only told the story of five friends in NYC, it was at its core a romantic comedy as Ted told the story of finding his soulmate. The romantics out there might even shed a few tears at his beautiful words. Friends Photo Credit: Warner Bros. / Danny Feld "Friends" might not have started out as a romantic comedy, but some of the show's best moments over the years involved the star-crossed Ross and Rachel or the more stable soulmates Chandler and Monica (although they don't believe in soulmates). There's enough romance to go around in the 10 seasons, but perhaps the most is Monica's sweet proposal to Chandler. Or when Rachel and Ross discover they are each other's lobster. Or when Monica and Chandler ... you know what? Just watch it to feel all warm and cozy inside. By ROBERT LEVIN and CAROLINE LINTON Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.