7 Fun Romantic Comedy Movies Like “Bridget Jones’ Diary”
Most of us have heard of Bridget Jones, the thirty-something spinster who looks for love in the same year she decides to keep a diary. Many of us could relate to this fun tale, which was based on the novel by Helen Fielding, and it remains a favourite of many rom-com lovers today.
The romantic comedy genre is well loved because it tells tales of heartbreak and romance in a way that isn't too serious or depressing. Heartbreaking romantic movies have their place, but sometimes you want to sit and watch something that tells a charming tale but doesn't have you wiping your eyes all evening.
If you liked Bridget Jones' Diary, here are seven great romantic comedies that will warm your heart as well as have you laughing aloud.
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1. The Proposal (2009)
The Proposal stars Sandra Bullock, one of my favourite actresses, who is also known for Miss Congeniality and Gravity. Also gracing this film is Ryan Reynolds, who starred in Deadpool and Definitely, Maybe.
The Proposal is about bossy Canadian publisher Margaret, whose visa status is in danger, threatening deportation, so she commands her assistant, Andrew (Reynolds) to marry her. Though initially despising each other - Andrew only agreeing because she threatens to fire him if he doesn't comply - a trip to Alaska to meet Andrew's family might change how they feel.
This movie has some great laugh-out-loud moments from the very funny Bullock and has some nice feel-good moments without being over-the-top corny. I went to see this movie with my mother at the cinema in 2009 and I remember everyone in the cinema laughing. I strongly recommend it if you like Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.
2. My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
This movie has a different feel to it than the usual rom-com, but it's a memorable story with what I think is a very real character. Julianne (Julia Roberts) is shocked when she learns that her best friend since childhood, Michael (Dermot Mulroney) is getting married. She realizes that she loves him, and decides to sabotage the wedding any way she can. She learns some important life lessons along the way and although she is the main character, you might not always find yourself on her side.
I remember sitting through this movie and feeling so angry with Julianne. However, the ending was extremely satisfying and I was left smiling when the credits rolled. This movie also stars another favourite actress of mine, Cameron Diaz, which is a bonus. Despite being over twenty years old, I strongly recommend this movie, which some say is the best rom-com of the 1990s.
3. Love Actually (2003)
Another fantastic classic is the British movie Love Actually, which tells the love stories of several different people at once. If you haven't yet seen this Christmas classic, with its fantastic cast including Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, and more, then I strongly recommend that you do.
Some of the stories are funny, some of them heartwarming, and some of them sad. With a strong script, some funny moments, and a fuzzy Christmas feel to it, this is a lovely film you can enjoy alone or with others.
4. The Ugly Truth (2009)
I'm biased here because I absolutely love Gerard Butler, but this raunchy movie is another gem from 2009 that is fun to watch with your girlfriends. Abby (Katherine Heigl) is an uptight yet likable TV producer whose whole world comes crashing down when a TV presenter she despises, Mike (Butler) joins her show in order to improve its dwindling ratings. Due to her perfectionist personality, Abby has trouble finding a boyfriend, and Mike promises to help her get the man of her dreams in exchange for letting him run her show. An unlikely friendship, and maybe more, blossoms between them.
With a lot of sex references, this movie isn't appropriate for younger audiences, but it is a fun movie that is easy to watch and starring two very handsome men! I recommend this for a girl's night in.
5. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
Unlike some of the others on this list, 13 Going on 30 is ideal for tweens and teenagers. It tells the story of Jenna (Jennifer Garner) who, after being bullied on her 13th birthday, wishes to be 30 years old and is shocked to find her wishes come true. She struggles to cope with suddenly being an adult with an adult job, finds out what the autopilot-her has done with the last seventeen years, and hunts down her best childhood friend, Matt (Mark Ruffalo). She finds that a lot has changed, however, since her 13th birthday.
This is a really cute film that I watched again and again as a kid and still enjoy as an adult. It's perfect if you want a girly film to watch with your daughter or your little sister.
6. The Holiday (2006)
With few sex references, this is also appropriate for younger audiences though may be more entertaining for adults. This movie has a great cast including Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black, and tells the story of British woman Iris (Winslet) and Amanda (Diaz) who swap homes for a few weeks during the Christmas vacation, and find adventure and sparks of love along the way.
I liked this movie a lot; it has some sweet moments and I always enjoy watching Diaz and Black on screen. It's a good movie to watch with your mother, but maybe not for parties because there are plenty of serious moments, too.
7. The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
This is another great romantic comedy classic that I found surprisingly entertaining. Ben Stiller is a hit and miss for a lot of people but I thought he was really good in this movie.
Eddie (Stiller) has a short fling with an attractive and fun woman named Lila (Malin Akerman) and spontaneously proposes after she is worried that work will relocate her. He realises he has made a mistake when he gets to know the real Lila during there honeymoon, where he meets Miranda (Michelle Monaghan). With some hilarious misunderstandings and Akerman playing the role of a woman you just want to throttle, I found myself really liking this spin on the usual rom-com.
It's a great movie to watch with friends, but maybe isn't as "girly" as some of the others on this list.
Romantic comedies are a great way to unwind and enjoy a story that isn't too heavy or serious. The above seven movies are all fun and memorable that tell the stories of love, heartache, and self-growth in fun and entertaining ways that make us laugh and cry. Have you already seen one or more of these movies? Comment below and tell me what you thought.
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