Romantic comedies such as "Knocked Up" work best for lighthearted date nights, but films such as "Lost in Translation" are good choices for couples who want more dramatic fare. The type of romantic movie chosen for a date night is best dictated by the mood of the couple.
"Knocked Up" is a modern classic of romantic comedy, drawing on influences that date back to the early work of filmmakers like Woody Allen and Blake Edwards. Simultaneously raunchy and sweet, "Knocked Up" follows the lives of two people who share a one-night-stand, realize they have nothing in common, and then find out the woman is pregnant. One of director Judd Apatow's earliest hits, "Knocked Up" is filled with genuine, awkward laughs at the beginning, and touching moments as the couple later begins to fall in love.
"Lost in Translation," written and directed by Sofia Coppola, examines the relationship that blossoms between a most unlikely couple: a downtrodden, middle-aged actor on location in Tokyo, played by Bill Murray, and the young wife of a photographer who is visiting the city to see friends, played by Scarlett Johansson. Despite their age difference, the characters share an unspoken, romantic bond; each one is going through a unique life crisis that the other can relate to.