15 Best Hallmark Movies to Watch Before Valentine's Day

And OMG, Meghan Markle is in one of them.

Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - Very Very Valentine
Shane Mahood

Sweeter than a heart-shaped box of chocolates, the Hallmark Channel's Valentine's Day movies are a February tradition: They're full of comforting romantic-comedy formulas like mistaken identities, charming small towns, and people who hate each other at first, but then start to soften toward each other. Here, some of our favorites.

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - Dater's Handbook
Liane Hentscher
Dater's Handbook

We admit that the subject of is less interesting than its star: a pre-royalty Meghan Markle. Her character, Cassandra, in a bid to stop her habit of choosing the wrong man for herself (ha!), decides to evaluate all potential new love interests according to a self-help book that's also called The Dater's Handbook. We wonder how Harry would stack up against the book's criteria.

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - My Secret Valentine
Elly Dassas
My Secret Valentine

Mom-and-pop versus big-business rivalries, secret crushes with hidden identities, recalls some of the all-time great romantic comedies. This time, Chloe (Lacey Chabert) is despondent when she learns her father is thinking of selling their family winery to a big distributor — a distributor that happens to have a charming wine rep (Andrew W. Walker). She tries to forget her troubles by reviving an old family cabin with the help of an anonymous handyman who leaves her notes. And did I mention the winery's Valentine's Wine Festival is coming up?

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - Very Very Valentine
Shane Mahood
Very Very Valentine

If you're into the types of movies where "the one" was there all along, you'll love the story of Henry (Cameron Mathison) and Helen (Danica McKellar). In , the pair meet over a mutual love of botany and college, but does running a flower shop, hectic Valentine's Days, and a dashing suitor for Helen (who just happens to wear her specially-bred rose in his lapel at a fancy masquerade ball that comes to an abrupt halt at midnight) keep them apart?

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - Love Locks
Eric Caro
Love Locks

Who can find fault with a romantic movie set in Paris? Even if the on-screen chemistry doesn't work for you, there's all that beautiful scenery to fall in love with. In , a New York City magazine publisher (Rebecca Romijn) goes on a trip to Paris, where she meets up with an old flame (Jerry O'Connell), who also encourages her to get back to her first love: art. Who would want to return to NYC after that?

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - Love at First Glance
Fred Hayes
Love at First Glance

If you've ever locked eyes with someone during your commute and immediately started fantasizing about your future together, you might feel for journalist Mary Landers (Amy Smart) in . After watching a handsome man, James (Adrian Grenier), leave his phone behind on a train, she starts up a texting flirtation with him and eventually secures his blessing to write a profile of him. She starts to interview the s in his phone, and learns his whole life story before they ever truly meet in person.

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - Cooking with Love
Daniel Power
Cooking With Love

They say food is the fastest way to a person's heart, but, in the case of Kelly (Ali Liebert) and Stephen (Brett Dalton), it's also a point of contention. In , Kelly is a producer at a cooking show who is trying to prove she deserves a promotion, while Stephen is an on-air chef who challenges her ideas. If there's one thing we love, it's a rom-com where the heroine's professional ambitions are taken seriously, and we never for a moment root for Kelly's relationship over her show.

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - All Things Valentine
Eike Schroter
All Things Valentine

In , When Avery (Sarah Rafferty, another Suits actress) is assigned to write a dating advice column for a local newspaper, she doesn't realize that her new crush, Brendan (Sam Page), is the one leaving angry comments on her stories; her advice, after all, is the reason his ex broke up with him. It's more -style mistaken identities, but without the commerce complicating things.

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - The Sweeter Side of Life
Gabriel Hennessey
The Sweeter Side of Life

Hallmark movies are chock full of characters who give up busy, go-go city lives and go back to their humble roots. If you're a sucker for this kind of story, follows Desirée Harper (Kathryn Morris), who has to return to her family's New Jersey bakery after her wealthy husband announces that he's leaving her for a younger woman. There, she reconnects with what she loved to do before she fell into her -esque lifestyle — and connects with a possible new love.

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - Perfect Match
Bettina Strauss
Perfect Match

The central duo in starts off trying to plan the perfect wedding — for someone else. A newly engaged couple brings on two different wedding planners to see who could come up with the best vision for their perfect day. It's another rival-to-romance story, and we can't get enough of those.

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - Anything for Love
Liane Hentscher
Anything for Love

Ever fib on a dating profile? (Who hasn't?) follows a high-powered exec (Erika Christensen) who, in her bio, downgrades herself to assistant to keep men from being intimidated. She meets a male nurse (Paul Greene) whose friend lies and changes his profile to say he's a doctor to seem more impressive to women. This movie will make you feel better about your own early-relationship white lies.

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - Love at First Bark
Bettina Strauss
Love at First Bark

If you're the person who knows all the names of the neighborhood dogs (but can only kinda guess at their owners' names), you need to make sure your rom-com has some furry friends in it, too. is about an interior designer (Jana Kramer) with a newly launched business who adopts a dog and needs some advice on obedience — conveniently from a handsome dog trainer (Kevin McGarry). Puppy love!

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - A Dash of Love
Bettina Strauss
A Dash of Love

Young chef Nikki (Jen Lilley) wants to open her own restaurant someday, so her restaurant boss, Holly (Peri Gilpin), lets her dabble in the kitchen after hours — and eventually starts passing of Nikki's recipes as her own. With the help of another cook, Paul (Brendan Penny), Nikki attempts to pull off a pop-up restaurant and make a name for herself. proves there's something about the inner workings of the restaurant business — the heat, the creativity — that always makes kitchens the perfect metaphor for new relationships.

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - Falling for Vermont
Kailey Schwerman
Falling for Vermont

For those who fantasize about taking a break from their busy lives, is the one. It's about a newly successful YA author (Julie Gonzalo) who decides to slip away from a barrage of publicity — but, during her escape, she gets into an accident and winds up in small-town Vermont with a bout of temporary amnesia. It's a good thing there's a handsome doctor (Benjamin Ayres) to care for her until she's ready to return to her old life — if she returns to her old life.

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - Like Cats and Dogs
Bettina Strauss
Like Cats and Dogs

They say opposites attract, and there's no people more opposite than Dog People and Cat People. finds a free-spirited dog owner (Cassidy Gifford) and an uptight cat guy (Wyatt Nash) forced to share a vacation house after a reservation mix-up. Does Cassidy Gifford look familiar? She's the daughter of Kathie Lee!

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Best Hallmark Valentine's Day Movies - All of My Heart
Bettina Strauss
All of My Heart

In , two perfect strangers (Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliot) inherit a house together. The house needs work: She wants to fix it up and run it as a bed and breakfast, but he wants to turn around a quick profit. The best thing about this movie is the excess: If you enjoy it, there's , and last year's . You'll never get your fill of quaint, country B&B scenery.

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