Top 9 Romantic Movies Like 'The Proposal' Everyone Should Watch
What Films Are Like The Proposal?
Nobody makes romantic comedies as good as the Americans. Well, Koreans maybe, but that's a debate for another day. Hollywood has truly produced some gems in this genre over the years. Ranging from mild, family-friendly romcoms to straight up obnoxious ones, you can find it all in their catalog. One of the most famous films in this genre has to be The Proposal.
Starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Gosling before he turned Deadpool, this film is a hoot from start to finish. Margaret is the dominating, mean boss of Andrew. She's also Canadian, and it turns out, she is going to be deported to Canada because of a work visa violation. The only way to get out of this problem is to marry her assistant.
After coercing Andrew into following through with her plan, the two take a trip to his hometown and meet his family, leading to some pretty funny situations. With powerhouse performers like Bullock and Reynolds, the film was a sure shot hit. With plenty of punchlines and comical situations, the romance is at a minimum, with more focus on the absurd situation.
If you're a fan of movies like The Proposal, you need to check out these films as well.
Movies Similar to The Proposal
- Green Card
- 27 Dresses
- Sweet Home Alabama
- Just Married
- Just Freinds
- License to Wed
- Two Week's Notice
- My Best Friend's Weeding
- Runaway Bride
1. Green Card
As is evident from the title, the story is all about two people's struggle to obtain a green card. Georges is an illegal alien from France and in order to ensure he gets a green card, he asks Bronte to marry him. It's all a sham of course, for the authorities. However, when the American government suspects something fishy, the two have to keep going with their lies. To avoid possible federal prosecution for this serious crime, Bronte eventually asks Georges to move in with her. What happens when these two oddballs live in the same house makes up for most of the tale.
As you can see, the premise is quite similar to The Proposal. There, Bullock was trying to avoid deportation and here, Georges is trying to get a green card. But the concept of sham marriages stays the same. Both Andie MacDowell, who played Bronte and Gerard Depardieu, who played the Frenchman received a lot of praise for their performances.
Depardieu even won a Golden Globe for his amazing performance. Overall, it's a fun, classic comedy that you'll love to breeze through.
2. 27 Dresses
Who knew being a bridesmaid could be an addiction? Well, ask Jane Nichols, played by Katherine Heigl, for she has been a bridesmaid for 27 weddings. Often a pushover and looked down upon by her peers, she is unhappy about her life situation. One day a major tragedy strikes in her love life when she gets to know that her sister getting married to the man she secretly has feelings for. Would she finally stand up for herself? Or would she be a supportive sister and carry on with her bridesmaid duties? Watch the film to find out.
One way this film can be compared to The Proposal is Jane's character arc. Much like Margaret, she undergoes a massive transformation during the course of the film from a shy woman to someone with more confidence. While it's beautiful to witness her character reaching a better place in life, there are also some really funny moments in between all the drama. 27 Dresses is a formulaic chick flick that ticks all the right boxes. Those looking for a film like The Proposal would love this dramedy.
3. Sweet Home Alabama
Considered to a staple in the rom-com genre, Sweet Home Alabama is a timeless classic. Reese Witherspoon plays Melanie, a small town girl from the South who has made it big in New York. She's a successful fashion designer and is all set to marry a business tycoon. However, there's one small catch, she's already married to another man! Now, she must go back home to her hometown Alabama and convince her first husband to give her a divorce. But the charming old town and the people she's known all her life make the decision a lot more difficult.
Well, you can take a girl out of Alabama, but you can't take Alabama out of the girl. Reese is brilliant as Melanie and carries the film on her able shoulders. With an earnest performance, priceless facial expressions, and some great dialogue delivery, she will win your heart. Other than the leading lady, the other actors are also impressive and with a great story in tandem, there's nothing to complain about. Oh, and there's also the famous Lynyrd Skynyrd's iconic song Sweet Home Alabama making a special appearance in the film.
4. Just Married
While The Proposal was based on a sham marriage, Just Married is about one legitimate marriage based on a lie. Tom and Sarah seem like the perfect couple and happy in love. Just within a few months of meeting each other, the two decide to get hitched, in spite of warnings from both sides of the family.
However, the lovebirds are unable to consummate their marriage during their honeymoon due to one reason or the other. Soon, it comes to light that the two are hiding sinister secrets from one another. What happens when the two discover the truth about each other makes up for the rest of the tale.
Now, don't get me wrong; the film is a run of the mill romcom, but not as mushy as most. Tom and Sarah are both bad eggs here and their dysfunctional yet passionate relationship is the major source of entertainment. Moreover, you will get to see Ashton Kutcher in his most charming demeanor. Don't listen to the critics and give this one a try.
5. Just Friends
Ryan Reynolds is not only good at playing Deadpool, but also an underdog in most romcom flicks. Just like in The Proposal, where he was always towing behind his boss, in Just Friends, he is led on by his best friend from high school.
Chris, played by Reynolds, is an obese kid in high school who's in love with his best friend Jamie, played by Amy Smart. Things don't work out in the romantic sense during high school and ten years later, Chris has become a successful businessman and womanizer. However, there will always be the allure of the one who got away, his best friend Jamie. The rest of the tale follows a now suave Chris trying to woo his high school crush.
Reynolds brings his trademark energy in his performance, with witty one-liners here and there. His background in standup comedy definitely makes him an ideal candidate for such films. Although, his getup as an obese teenager is laughable, which kind of adds to the film's charm. Watch it for Reynolds and for a tutorial on how to not escape the dreaded friend zone.
6. License To Wed
This time there's no sham, no mixed feelings, just two people in love who are eager to get married. What's stopping them this time is one eccentric priest. Sadie and Ben are eager to get hitched at her family church. Only one slot is available in the coming days under Father Frank, who runs a special pre-wedding course, which is mandatory for couples to attend. Problem is, the course is designed to deliberately irritate the other and truly test the strength of their relationship. Will the couple survive this harrowing ordeal? And what's the deal with lunatic minister anyway? That and many more questions like these are answered in this laughter fest.
While the two leads are pretty convincing in their performances, it's a Robin Williams show all the way. For those who love the late veteran comedian, this film is a treat. He is simply brilliant as the eccentric, obnoxious, authoritative, and enigmatic Father Frank. His antics make the couple grit their teeth in frustration and leave the audience in a fit of laughter.
7. Two Week’s Notice
Another boss-secretary duo that's up to no good, Two Week’s Notice is considered a classic in the rom-com genre. Lucy is a liberal lawyer and do-gooder who wants to save the community centre. She teams with a billionaire businessman and playboy George.
The tycoon is looking for a new advisor and hires her with the promise of saving the centre. However, it soon becomes clear that George wants Lucy to be his nanny and fed up with her boss, she decides to quit. Offering a two week's notice, she starts looking for other job opportunities. But George is not ready to let her go. As he plans to sabotage her various interviews and retain her, a reluctant romance develops between the two.
In a way, Two Week's Notice is quite similar to The Proposal. Other than the boss-employee dynamic, the characters in this movie start off with selfish motives but end up falling for each other. Interesting plot aside, the two leads Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant have done a commendable job. Grant is, of course, a big name in the rom-com genre, and Bullock too proves her versatility as an actress.
If you're looking for some capricious movies like The Proposal, Two Week's Notice should be right up your alley.
8. My Best Friend's Wedding
It is often said that there's a fine line between being best friends and lovers. A close friendship between a guy and a girl can often lead to some complications, as this film will prove. Don't be fooled by the sweet sounding title, as My Best Friend's Wedding is anything but that.
Julianne and Michael are best friends from college. The two made a pact there that if either of them are not married by 28, then they will marry each other. However, just days before her 28th birthday, Michael tells her that he's getting married to Kimmy. At this point, Julianne realizes her love for her best friend and decides to sabotage his wedding. After using some dubious methods to separate the engaged couple, she realizes that there may be some chance after all.
Julia Roberts is an established, legendary actress and she has built her career on numerous romcoms like this one. She is utterly convincing as Julianne, a petty, stubborn girl who won't give up on the one she loves. In spite of her determination, her convoluted ways of expressing love lead to some pretty hilarious situations. Her earnest portrayal of a flawed character like this is what makes the film such an engaging watch.
9. Runaway Bride
The famous duo of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere from Pretty Woman also featured in this 1999 romantic comedy. As the title suggests, the story is about a girl who develops cold feet every time she's about to get married. Maggie, played by Roberts, becomes a local laughing stock after leaving three men standing at the altar.
Now, looking to get hitched once again, her story catches the attention of a journalist named Ike, played by Gere. He soon meets her and tracks her story closely in order to write an insightful article on Maggie. During this process, the two grow closer and it finally seems like the runaway bride has found someone to settle down with after all.
There's indeed something magical about this duo. Maybe its the Pretty Woman hangover talking, but two make the most perfect on-screen couple. Other than their chemistry, the film has all the basic ingredients required for a staple romcom. Moreover, the flick has multiple endings which might seem like a drag on paper but is actually quite exciting to watch.
Did I miss out on any good movies like The Proposal? Let me know in the comments section.