Scene It: 7 Great Romantic Action Movies for Valentines Day

Not the most traditional picks, but movies you should consider nonetheless to celebrate the true meaning of love.

This article was originally published on Loop Weekly on Feb. 12, 2019.

If you like action movies and your significant other likes romantic movies (or vice versa in my case) here are some movies that should keep you both happy.

Knight and Day (2010)

What can be more romantic than Tom Cruise playing a deranged rogue covert ops agent who kidnaps Cameron Diaz and places her in high danger situation until she finally falls in love with him? That is how true love is born.

There are lots of cool action scenes in this movie. Especially the car scene through the streets of Boston. Cruise is perfect for the role as you don’t really know what is going on with him. Is he crazy or not? Cameron Diaz is sexy, cool, and clumsy all at once. Every time she freaks out Cruise drugs her and then she wakes up wearing different clothes and in a new country.

Best line in the movie:

TC: “Everyone stay back or I will shoot myself and then her!”

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Hawkeye (what a badass name) played the great Daniel Day-Lewis. He along with Chingachgook and his son Uncas are Native American Trapper Scouts assigned to lead a British Colonel’s daughter to safety. Sounds easy, right? Wrong!

This is during the French Indian wars, and the Iroquois really hate the British especially Magua (probably one of the most hated bad guys in movie history, played brilliantly by Wes Studi). During the trip, Hawkeye falls in love with Cora, one of the daughters. Magua during a battle takes Cora and this is when all hell brakes loose!

Hawkeye and his crew fight the Iroquois, the French, and the British to rescue Cora. There are some serious ax fights which are pretty awesome. When Chingachgook and Magua fight, it’s so stressful and yet satisfying. Hawkeye loves Cora so much that you can almost feel it coming through the screen.

Best line in the movie:

Hawkeye to Cora “Stay alive! No matter what occurs, I will find you!”

(And then he jumps down and through a waterfall. Can he be more romantic?)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

Can a high-tech, super cool, beautiful (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, literally the most beautiful couple in the world), rich couple of assassins fall in love? Yes, but first they have to lie to each other for 10 years, be in loveless marriage, become rivals and try to kill each other. This is the movie that is long rumored to have broken up Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s marriage, as the two met on the set and you can clearly see on screen that the chemistry between Pitt and Jolie is steamy real.

Then in the middle of an intense gun firefight inside their home, they come to the realization that they truly love each other. There is a ton of action in this movie! Angelina Jolie is a stone cold fox in this movie. You really believe she can be an assassin for hire. The scene in the house when they are shooting each other and insulting one another about being a bad wife or husband is perfection.

There is a scene when they are in couples therapy and both are lying to the therapist because of their secret lives they lead apart from one another is slowly killing their marriage. The theme being, be honest with your spouse even if means telling him/her that you are a killer for hire.

Best line in the movie:

Jane, as she points a gun at John: “Any last words?”

John: “ The new curtains are hideous.”

True Lies (1992)

I know when you think Arnold Schwarzenegger, the last thing that comes to mind is romance. But, damn does he love his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) in this movie. Arnold is a secret agent who suspects that his wife is cheating on him and employs the use of all skills to get to the bottom his wife’s alleged affair, while also preventing a terrorist from detonating a nuclear bomb. Terrorists are so inconvenient; can’t you see Arnold has marital issues right now?!

The Jamie Lee Curtis seduction dance scene is just ridiculously sexy and funny at the same time. Arnold on a horse chasing a terrorist on motorcycle through a crowded building is a great scene. The great late Bill Paxton is a scene-stealing ace as the sleazy used car salesman.

When they inject Arnold with truth serum and he has to tell his wife the truth about being a secret agent, it is classic moviemaking. He then starts to tell people exactly how he is going to kill them in true Arnold fashion.

Best line in the movie:

Helen: “Have you ever killed anyone?”

Harry: “Yeah, but they were all bad.”

Honorable Mentions:

The Bodyguard (1992): That soundtrack is one of the best of all time.

Ocean’s Eleven (2001): He risks his life, his friends’ lives, and millions of dollars just to get his wife back.

Deadpool (2016): He puts himself through hell so he can stay alive for his girl.

Val Davila
Val Davila is a lifelong Merrimack Valley resident and one of the founders of the Davila & DeFusco Insurance Agency in Methuen. Val has been our pop culture guru since the beginnings of Loop Weekly and is a fan of all things movies and TV.