It's officially cuddling season with temps freezing, bells jingling, and mistletoe hanging. And nothing gets us in the holly jolly mood quite like snuggling up or getting together at a Friendsgiving and watching our favorite holiday rom-com—movies that make you laugh, cry, and feel warm and fuzzy inside. Read on for a list of the top ten holiday rom-com movies according to IMDB that we can't wait to re-watch.
Love Actually (2003)
Arguably the best holiday rom-com, Love Actually follows nine different couples as their lives and relationships intertwine in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The star-studded cast includes Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Kiera Knightley. As some couples grow closer, others separate further, triggering funny, weepy, and beautiful moments. A movie that perfectly captures the magic of the season, you'll find a new appreciation for each of your loved ones—and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You."
The Holiday (2006)
Escape to a world of picturesque cottages, charming English villages, and Hollywood glamour in the delightful rom-com The Holiday. Starring Cameron Diaz as Amanda Woods and Kate Winslet as Iris Simpkins, this heartwarming film tells the story of two women who decide to swap homes for the Christmas season in a spontaneous quest for a change of scenery and perhaps a change of heart. With a stellar ensemble cast, including Jude Law and Jack Black, The Holiday offers a delightful blend of humor, romance, and the season’s magic.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Bridget Jones, played by Renée Zellweger, is a 30-something “spinster” full of life, cigarettes, and alcohol. Living in London, Bridget has a great group of friends and loving parents but can't seem to get it right in the relationship department. Vowing to transform herself, she gets more than she bargained for. As two potential lovers vie for her attention, she realizes she's perfect just as she is. If ugly Christmas sweaters, British accents, and snowy love-proclamation scenes don't get you in the holiday spirit, we don't know what will.
Little Women (1994)
Join the unforgettable journey of the March sisters in Little Women. Set in the Civil War, it beautifully portrays the joys and challenges of sisterhood, individual ambitions, and the enduring power of family bonds. This heartwarming film continues to resonate across generations, offering a compelling narrative of love and dreams in changing times.
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
While You Were Sleeping is a heartwarming holiday romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock as Lucy, a lonely transit worker who saves a handsome stranger, played by Peter Gallagher, from an accident. When she's mistaken for his fiancée by his family, Lucy finds herself entangled in a web of holiday cheer and unexpected love. With its charming mix of humor, romance, and holiday magic, this film is a fantastic addition to your Christmas movie marathon.
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Last Holiday (2006)
Queen Latifah takes on the role of Georgia Byrd, a shy and reserved woman who decides to live life to the fullest after receiving a terminal diagnosis. She embarks on a luxurious European vacation, crossing paths with an eclectic group of characters and experiencing a whirlwind of adventures. This delightful holiday romantic comedy teaches us that life is too short to hold back and that embracing the season's joy is never too late.
Last Christmas (2019)
Last Christmas stars Emilia Clarke as Kate, a young woman who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Struggling to find direction in life, Kate's world takes a magical turn when she meets Tom, played by Henry Golding. Together, they navigate the ups and downs of the London Christmas season, leading to unexpected revelations and tender moments. This film combines the charm of London's Christmas setting with a touching romantic story that will leave you feeling merry and bright.
White Christmas (1954)
White Christmas is a timeless classic holiday film featuring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as a pair of entertainers who team up to save a struggling Vermont inn owned by their former Army commander. With unforgettable musical numbers, snowy landscapes, and emotional scenes, this film captures the spirit of the holidays. Whether you're a fan of classic cinema or just looking for some vintage holiday charm, White Christmas is a must-watch.
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
A family-friendly holiday film that combines comedy and romance, The Christmas Chronicles follows two siblings, Kate and Teddy, as they embark on an adventurous mission to catch Santa Claus in the act. Their journey takes unexpected twists and turns, and they find themselves helping Santa save Christmas. With Kurt Russell's charismatic portrayal of Santa, this film offers a modern take on the holiday spirit, filled with humor, heart, and the magic of believing.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
A holiday classic that has captured the imaginations and warmed the hearts of generations, Miracle on 34th Street is set in the hustle and bustle of New York City during the Christmas season. This beloved film tells the story of Kris Kringle, portrayed by Edmund Gwenn, who takes on the role of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa Claus. However, Kris claims to be the real Santa Claus, which leads to a court case to determine his authenticity.
Turn Up the Heat
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