There is something about this time of year that brings out the hopeless romantic in so many of us. We sing songs about the first through twelfth day of Christmas and what our “true love” gave to us, we kiss underneath the mistletoe and when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, and we watch our loved ones with anticipation as they unwrap what we hope is the perfect gift (even more perfect than last year’s gift). There’s a whole lot of loving taking place this time of year, some of it from the television screen as we watch our favorite holiday movies. Some of our favorites are classics and we watch them year after year while others aren’t necessarily classics but are still worthy of our Saturday evenings.
Grab your tissues, pour some hot cocoa, and pop some popcorn! It is time for a night indoors curled up watching some of the best movies this season has to offer.
Keep reading for 12 romantic holiday movies!
The Holiday 1 of 12Why not start your holiday movie-athon with a movie titled "The Holiday?" This sweet comedy features two women in "dead-end relationships." They decide to swap houses for the holiday and end up pleasantly surprised by the gifts the season brings. Sometimes love comes with a bonus.
Available on Amazon, $8.99
Favorite quote from the film: "I never thought I'd feel this way again, so that's pretty phenomenal. But I realize I come with a package deal- 3 for the price of 1. And my package perhaps in the light of day isn't all that wonderful, but I finally know what I want, and that in itself is a miracle. And what I want is you." ~
Love Actually 2 of 12It's a movie all about love in its many forms including romantic love, family love and unrequited love. Love Actually is a story containing multiple stories and perfect for those of us viewers who need to get our happy ending.
Available on Amazon, $7.49
Favorite quote from the film: "I'll just be hanging around the mistletoe, hoping to be kissed." ~
When Harry Met Sally 3 of 12A movie often quoted even over a decade after its release. With a blend of humor and romance this movie is one that many of us can relate to. The characters lives aren't perfect and there are a lot of feelings and emotions shared between the two of them. Things aren't always easy and don't seem to fall in place the way they do in most romantic movies. The emotions the characters share feel real to the viewer and you find yourself rooting for Harry and Sally.
Available on Amazon, $8.24
Favorite quote from the film: "I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." ~
New Year’s Eve 4 of 12New Year's Eve features the stories of several people on New Year's Eve, of course. With moments that will make you laugh and tear up it leaves you feeling good and perhaps even thinking ahead to "Valentine's Day."
Available on Amazon, $7.99
Favorite quote from the film: "Sometimes it feels like there are so many things in this world we can't control. Earthquakes, floods, reality shows... But it's important to remember the things that we can. Like forgiveness, second chances, fresh starts... Because the one thing that turns the world from the longing place to a beautiful place... is love. Love and any of its forms. Love gives us hope... Hope for the New Year." ~
The Family Man 5 of 12Sometimes you can't help but wonder what life would be like if you had decided to go left instead or right, had you said yes instead of no or vice versa. Nicolas Cage, who plays a wealthy Wall Street executive gets to experience what life would have been like if he chose love over money. Eventually he comes to see that money may not be able to buy him happiness and is willing to forgo it all to live the life he could have had but it's too late. Or is it?
Available on Amazon, $9.96
Favorite quotes from the film: "I will take these kids from a life they love and I'll take myself from the only home we've ever shared together and I'll move wherever you need to go. I'll do that because I love you. I love you, and that's more important to me than our address. I choose us." ~
"I know we could both go on with our lives and we'd both be fine, but I've seen what we could be like together. And I choose us." ~
Sleepless in Seattle 6 of 12On Christmas Eve a widowed father, prompted by his son, finds himself on the radio sharing how much he misses his wife. Women listeners, possibly hoping to feel a little magic in their own lives, fall for him, one of them being a writer who happens to already be engaged.
Available on Amazon, $4.99
Favorite quote from the film: "Well, how long is your program? Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together... and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic." ~
Sam Baldwin discussing his deceased wife
While You Were Sleeping 7 of 12Lucy saves a stranger who she had been eyeing each day during her job at the Chicago L after he is mugged. He ends being hospitalized while in a coma and his family comes to believe that she is his fiancÃ©. Soon she and her previous crush's brother develop feelings for one another and she is forced to make a choice.
Available on Amazon, $6.25
Favorite quote from the film: "Do you believe in love at first sight? Nah, I betcha don't, you're probably too sensible for that. Or have you ever, like, seen somebody? And you knew that, if only that person *really* knew you, they would, well, they would of course dump the perfect model that they were with, and realize that YOU were the one that they wanted to, just, grow old with." ~
Bridget Jones Diary 8 of 12Bridget makes a New Year's resolution to take control of her life. She starts a diary where she records various happenings in her life including her attempt to find Mr. Right.
Available on Amazon, $4.03
Favorite quote from the film: "But the thing is, um, what I'm trying to say, very inarticulately, is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances; I like you, very much. Just as you are." ~
Serendipity 9 of 12Two people meet while Christmas shopping. Despite being attracted to one another they move on, both being in relationships of their own until fate and the fact that they can't get each other out of their minds, brings them back together again.
Available on Amazon, $9.04
Favorite quote from the film: "You don't have to understand. You just have to have faith." ~
Miracle on 34th St. 10 of 12Described to be
"in part about a budding romance between Macy's and Gimbel's," this holiday classic just might change the way you look at Santa when you take your children to the mall for Christmas photos.
Available on Amazon, $7.49
Favorite quote from the film: "Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don't you see? It's not just Kris that's on trial, it's everything he stands for. It's kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles." ~
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 11 of 12Included for its similarities to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in this particular movie a man with a history of "womanizing" goes to his brother's wedding and ends up being paid visits from the ghosts of his exes.
Available on Amazon, $5.97
Favorite quote from the film: "It doesn't mean that you're never going to get hurt, but the pain you feel will never compare to the regret that comes from walking away from love." ~
The Preachers Wife 12 of 12Known for its beautiful soundtrack filled with holiday songs sung by the late Whitney Houston, The Preacher's Wife is a holiday movie where the angel, who was sent to help, starts falling for none other than the pastor's wife. In the end this angel accomplishes just what he set out to do and we are reminded that family is what matters the most.
Available on Amazon, $8.32
Favorite quote from the film: "Just because you can't see the air doesn't keep you from breathing. And just because you can't see God doesn't keep you from believing." ~
You’ve seen our list now do share; what are your favorite romantic holiday movies?
Photos Source: Netflix
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