9 of the best romantic Christmas movies to watch this festive season
There’s something irresistibly romantic about the festive season. In the mood for love? Settle down and snuggle up with our pick of the top 9 romantic Christmas movies
Love, Actually is often named as one of the best Christmas movies and, as its name suggests, it’s also one of the most romantic. The movie features an all-star ensemble cast and weaves 10 different stories through its feelgood festive narrative. From Hugh Grant’s dancing Prime minister and Bill Nighy’s ageing rocker to Keira Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s newlywed couple, Love, Actually is packed with memorable characters that you’re guaranteed to fall in love with.
With its star-studded cast – including Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Cameron Diaz – The Holiday is the perfect Christmas rom-com – with a transatlantic twist. Iris, suffering from an unrequited love, and Amanda, who’s partner has been unfaithful, meet online and decided to swap homes for the holiday. The holiday romances that follow tread predictable paths, but we defy any singleton not to relate to Iris and Amanda’s hatred of the holidays and longing for someone to share them with.
If you believe in fate, then Serendipity is the romantic Christmas movie for you. Jonathan and Sara, played by John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, are both in relationships with other people when they meet, so they decide to let destiny determine their future. The closing scene, which – spoiler alert- takes place beside the ice rink in Central Park as snow starts to fall, is quintessentially Christmassy and effortlessly romantic. We promise you’ll want to go skating straight after watching!
While You Were Sleeping
A classic among romantic Christmas movies – and one that has stood the test of time – While You Were Sleeping stars Sandra Bullock as a Chicago singleton mistaken as the fiancé of her commuter crush, Peter Callaghan, when he falls onto the tracks and into a coma. While waiting for Peter to wake up, Bullock’s character Lucy can’t help but start falling for his younger brother, Jack. It may not sound like the most romantic premise but it’s impossible not to love Lucy, and see similarities between your own family Christmas and the Callaghan’s.
About A Boy
The chemistry between Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult helps to make About A Boy one of the top romantic Christmas movies. To meet women, Hugh Grant’s Will joins a single parent support group (despite not being a father) and through the group, he meets 12-year-old Marcus. The two form a supportive big brother type relationship, which helps them to navigate their respective romantic pursuits. The film’s big musical finish (followed by a Christmas epilogue) will have you cheering along with them both.
If you’re in the mood for a true Christmas classic, settle down with White Christmas. This 1954 Bing Crosby vehicle, follows two aspiring entertainers and WWII veterans – Bob and Phil – as they romance singing double-act Betty and Judy. The couples undergo various relationship trials and tribulations throughout the movie, but the theme of longing for snow at Christmas runs throughout. Be sure to sing along to White Christmas with Bing – he even invites you to raise a glass and toast the festive season as a finale!
Meet Me in St. Louis
If you love musicals, you’ll love Meet Me in St. Louis. You’re sure to recognise its best-known song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and the romance between Judy Garland’s Esther and John, as well as her sister Rose and Warren, will have you hooked from the start. The movie chronicles a year in the life of the Smith family in the run-up to the 1904 World Fair. John and Esther’s relationship is plagued with plenty of false starts and miscommunications but their sweet kisses and dance at the Christmas Eve ball more than make up for it.
While not often listed among the most romantic Christmas movies, The Apartment is included in our round-up thanks to a pivotal scene that takes place at a Christmas party. The film stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine who meet at work and, despite Shirley’s character Fran being involved with their mutual boss Sheldrake, fall in love. It’s a great will they/won’t they plot with a dose of humour. And when it comes to closing lines, they don’t get much better than ‘Shut up and deal.’
It’s A Wonderful Life
If you’re looking for a movie that’s life-affirming, charming, and set at Christmas, choose It’s A Wonderful Life. George Bailey, played by James Stewart, is contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve when his guardian angel steps in to show him just how much his life means to the people around him. It’s not only one of the best Christmas movies, it’s one of the best movies ever made. And the perfect watch if you – like many – can find Christmas a tough time of year and need a boost.
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