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Best Romantic Christmas Movies

Updated on April 14, 2015

The Top Romantic Movies to Watch this Christmas

Are you looking for a romantic movie to snuggle up with this Christmas?

I love Christmas movies and as Christmas 2014 is just around the corner I've compiled a list of romantic movie favorites to watch. So, if you're looking for a great loved up Christmas film this article has lots of suggestions.

The list is quite personal and includes many of my own favorite romantic comedies including Love Actually and Bridget Jones Diary. Having said this, I have also researched Christmas movies from quite a few websites and looked at lots of different people's list as their top films. They include lists on the Internet Movie Database and Yahoo Voices.

I have also tried to find Christmas movies that perhaps other people haven't seen before and are not included on other lists. There are more modern Christmas movies and traditional classics too.

Also there are a couple of new movies due for release in Christmas 2014.

Check out a summary of the best romance flicks below.

My Favorite Christmas Romantic Comedy

Love Actually (Widescreen Edition)
Love Actually (Widescreen Edition)

I love this film because it's funny with romance thrown in and because it makes you feel good after you've watched it.

I'm not the only one that loves it. It has a rating of 7.7 on the Internet Movie database which is a high score for a romantic comedy. It was also nominated for 2 Golden Globes.

It features a star studded cast including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Emma Thompson

It follows the love lives of 8 very different couples in hectic month just before Christmas in London. The movie tells the story of the couples who are falling in love and out of love, some are with right people, some are with the wrong people, some are looking to have an affair and some are in the period of mourning.

 

Love Actually Trailer

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Christmas Romantic Comedies

Personally, I love romantic comedies at Christmas, they are always uplifting which is perfect as I want to feel great at this time of year.

Here are some more of my favorite great romantic comedies which have lots of Christmas scenes in to choose from.

Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget Jones's Diary

Not many Christmas themed movies have Oscar nominations but Renee Zellweger was nominated for best actress in this movie for her role of Bridget Jones and the movie was also nominated for a Golden Globe as best motion picture.

This is a very funny movie. I think it works best for girly nights in with friends as we have all had time when we have felt like Bridget Jones (or is that just me?).

The story is as follows:

Bridget is a single London based publicist who divides her free time between binge eating in front of the TV, downing Chardonnay with her friends, and updating the diary in which she records her negligible weight fluctuations and romantic misadventures of the year. Things start off badly at Christmas when her mother tries to set her up with seemingly standoffish lawyer Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), whom Bridget accidentally overhears dissing her. Instead she embarks on a disastrous liaison with her raffish boss, Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). Eventually, Bridget comes to wonder if she's let her pride prejudice her against the surprisingly attractive Mr. Darcy.

 
While You Were Sleeping
While You Were Sleeping

I'm not the only one who loves this movie. Practically every romantic Christmas movie list I have looked at features this movie. And it has a five star rating on amazon.

It's another upbeat, funny romance and I love Sandra Bullock in this role.

Lucy, a lonely subway worker, becomes smitten with a handsome stranger. But she saves his life after he's been mugged on during her shift on Christmas Day. He falls into a coma and at the hospital his hilariously offbeat family mistakes her for his fiancee! Soon, the mix-ups escalate as Lucy fabricates a life between herself and a man she's never met! And when Lucy falls for his charming brother the situation really gets uproarious as she's forced to make a choice between the two!

 
The Family Man
The Family Man

Nicolas Cage is one of my favorite actors and I love pretty much anything that he's in so this choice may be a bit biased.

Having said this, I don't think I'm alone as Nicolas Cage won the favorite actor award for a comedy/romance at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards in 2001.

The movie tells the story of high-powered wall street of bachelor Jack Campbell who gets the shock of a lifetime when he wakes up one morning in suburban new jersey next to Kate the girlfriend he left 13 years ago. Suddenly Jacks entire world is turned upside down.

 

Did You Know?

Renee Zellweger gained 25 pounds for her role in Bridget Jones, and then actually worked at a British publishing company for a month in preparation for the role where nobody recognized her. She kept a photo of her then boyfriend Jim Carey on the desk but even though her co-workers thought it strange they were too polite to mention it.

The Holiday

I had to include this movie as I really like watching the handsome Jude Law!

The Holiday
The Holiday

Another romantic comedy starring Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz and Jack Black

Iris lives in England and is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. In L.A. Amanda finds out the man she lives with has been unfaithful. The women have never met but meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively trade homes for the holiday season. Iris moves into Amanda's L.A. house in sunny California and Amanda arrives in snow covered England. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris' handsome brother Graham and Iris meets film composer Miles

 

The Holiday Trailer

Did You Know?

This film was written specifically with actors Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black in mind.

The Christmas Card

This is a Hallmark movie that was ranked as as Hallmark Channel’s highest-ever-rated telecast to the date of its premiere. (Source : Wikipedia)

The Christmas Card (Hallmark)
The Christmas Card (Hallmark)

In the war in Afghanistan, Captain Cody Cullen is touched by lovely card sent by Faith Spelman from the small town of Nevada City, California. As months pass, the card never leaves his side, giving him the strength to survive and setting him on a mission to find her.

A touching Christmas film.

 

Christmas Card Trailer

A Christmas Kiss

Another more recent romantic comedy. If you like romantic comedies you'll enjoy this one too.

It's great for teens through to adults and is another top chick flick.

This movie has a five star rating over on amazon and is a great popcorn movie to play over the Christmas period.

A Christmas Kiss
A Christmas Kiss

Released in 2011, A Christmas Kiss tells the story of Wendy, an ambitious designer and assistant to her cold boss Priscilla. Unfortunately, Wendy's attempts to impress Priscilla become more difficult when she realizes that the enigmatic man she kissed in a falling elevator is Priscilla's boyfriend, Adam. As Christmas approaches and Adam and Wendy become closer friends, Priscilla takes drastic action to make sure her engagement goes ahead. Will Wendy and Adam get together before it's too late?

 

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Christmas Angel

This is a movie the whole family can watch with a strong Christmas message.

Christmas Angel
Christmas Angel

An uplifting Christmas movie which focuses on helping people so can be watched all year round.

Ashley is desperate for a job when her neighbor Nick makes her an offer she can't refuse: assist him in helping strangers anonymously and earn a steady income for her efforts. Describing himself as a kind of wealthy Secret Santa, Nick gets satisfaction from helping others, but treasures his privacy. When Ashley meets magazine writer Will, the two form an immediate connection. But as a writer Will is always digging for facts, and in time Ashley entrusts him with Nick's secret. When that secret gets out, Will realizes that his actions have consequences, and attempts to work with Ashley to set things right.

 

Christmas Angel Trailer

More Christmas Films You Might Like

Here are four more top Christmas movie ideas.


The Family Stone
The Family Stone

Family Stone - starring Clare Danes and Jennifer Aniston. This movies tells the story of a son who brings home his girlfriend to meet his family. But his family hate her - apart from his brother who is smitten.

 
12 Men Of Christmas
12 Men Of Christmas

12 Men of Christmas - This tells of New York publicist E.J. Baxter who manages to loses both her job and her fiance at the office Christmas party! This leads her to takes a job in Montana. To help the local search and rescue station raise money, E.J. must convince 12 men to pose naked for a calendar. And soon, she finds herself wanting to make room in her own calendar for one of the hunky rescuers.

 
Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas
Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas

Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas - This is another Hallmark movie. It tells the story of Emily and Charles who find love at the most unexpected time and have the best Christmas season ever.

 
Noel
Noel

Noel - Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle

 

Christmas Movies 2014

Hallmark are releasing a new Christmas movie in 2014 called Northpole (check it out below).

Another Christmas movie that is being released in time for Christmas 2014 is Robin Williams last full movie "A Friggin Merry Christmas". It's not a romantic movie but it's a comedy. It tells the story of Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.

Northpole
Northpole

Due for release on November 18th 2014 tells the tale about a reporter who, with the help of her son and his teacher, recaptures the joy of the holiday season and in the process saves Christmas

 

More Resources

When writing this article I looked at lots of romantic Christmas movie lists. Find a few of them below.

Classic Romantic Christmas Comedies

Still not found a movie you want to snuggle up to, check out these old romantic Christmas classics too.

If the ones below don't appeal to you and you like the classics check out this great list of classic Christmas movies on IMBD,

Holiday Inn (Special Edition)
Holiday Inn (Special Edition)

Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby play partner/rival song-and-dance men who compete for the hand of their performing partner, played by Virginia Dale. After Crosby loses, he moves to the Connecticut countryside where he creates a resort that is only open on holidays and puts on the shows with the help of Marjorie Reynolds. Dumped by Dale, Astaire makes a drunken arrival at the inn on New Year's Eve and dances with Reynolds. He decides she'll be his new partner, but doesn't remember what she looks like, setting off a frenzied search at every subsequent show while the once-bitten Crosby does his best to steer him off track.

 
The Bishop's Wife
The Bishop's Wife

A Christmas perennial from 1947, this comedy/fantasy stars Cary Grant as Dudley, an angel who works his heavenly magic on an Episcopalian bishop who is struggling to raise money for a new church and who has grown distant from his wife. While Young remains unaware of the angel's benevolent influence, this light comedy unfolds with abundant charm and lasting appeal.

 
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Christmas in Connecticut is a holiday film that plays 365 days of the year.

Journalist Elizabeth Lane is one of the country's most famous food writer. In her columns, she describes herself as a hard working farm woman, taking care of her children and being an excellent cook. But this is all lies. In reality she is an umarried New Yorker who can't even boil an egg. The recipes come from her good friend Felix. The owner of the magazine she works for has decided that a heroic sailor will spend his christmas on her farm. Miss Lane knows that her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do?

 

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      AmyLOrr 3 years ago

      Great choices! Love actually is a film the whole family watch every year, we love it :)

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      TanjaCrouch 3 years ago

      I love this movie. I also have many of the others you mention. The Holiday is a lovely romantic film. It always makes me miss Christmas in the UK.

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      A great selection. And I am a sucker for Christmas music. Play it at any time of the year.

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      Penny4Thoughts 3 years ago

      I really do like The Holiday. My favorite modern Christmas movie. Best performance has to however be given to Hans Zimmer. Absolutely fantastic score.

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      ThisGirlWrites 4 years ago

      Great finds. Family stone is one of my favorite movies of all time. I find that around this time of year I get lost on the romantic holiday movies on Lifetime.

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      waldenthreenet 4 years ago

      Valuable topic. I would add "White Chrismas" to this list, a ll time classic in Christmas, yes, love story. But more, tragedy and sacrifices of a generation now passing, the story of World War II after VJ Day. Thanks.

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      ChristmasWithKids 4 years ago

      Cuddling with my hubby while watching a Christmas "chick flick" is one of my favorite ways of celebrating the season. Great lens!