The Friday Five: Best First Dates on the Big Screen

by Svetlana Legetic (D.C.)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we figured it was as good a time as any to share some of our favorite first dates in movies. It may give you some fun ideas for what to do with your (soon-to-be) loved one and/or remind you of just how grand romance can be (in case you needed reminding). Without further ado, here’s a selection that’ll surely strum your heartstrings.

1. MOONSTRUCK (1987)
So this is pretty much my favorite romantic comedy of all time and I force it upon people on a fairly regular basis. Why? The fabulous Cher plays Loretta, a middle-aged but still smokin’-hot woman who is about to marry adequate but boring Danny Aiello—until she meets her future brother-in-law, the sweaty, tortured Ronny (Nicolas Cage), a guy with the kind of swagger and despair that makes you almost forgive Nic Cage for Ghost Rider.

A man recently dumped by the love of his life (Steve Martin) meets a zany catering waitress (Goldie Hawn) who may or may not be Hungarian (she’s not). He asks to use her phone in the rain and, next thing you know, she’s moving into his dream house (without his knowledge). Though it does have some Fatal Attraction potential, Hawn and Martin’s charming missteps and repartee ensure an inevitable happy ending.

3. HEATHERS (1988)
I don’t even want to spoil this scene for those of you who haven’t seen it, so all I’ll say is watch this movie immediately. (For those of you who have seen it, well, you know exactly what I’m talking about.)

4. OUT OF SIGHT (1998)
Talk about a game of cat and mouse. A cop (Jennifer Lopez) and a con (George Clooney) meet over drinks, and the tension is so thick—forget butter—you’d need a steak knife to cut it. If there were ever proof that chemistry is necessary, this is it.

The best date in this movie is the one that isn’t even really a date, when they hang out for the first time for real. But they don’t just hang out: They go to a museum, use funny voices and he tells her she’s the worst kind of girl. That non-date date is the moment you know everything is going to be A-OK with these two. Eventually.