Top 10 Engrossing Movies Like 'Love Actually'
What Movies Are Like Love Actually?
Romantic comedies have always found a special place in the hearts of moviegoers. They are always welcomed with open arms in general; even more so during the holiday season. A film that combines the magic of love with the spirit of the holiday season is Love Actually.
Featuring a huge ensemble cast, this film features ten different storylines, followed by an epilogue, which is incredible, to say the least. While some of them end on a happy note, others don't. Each of these situations is unique in some way, all tying together neatly at the end. Through some shape or form, each story is intertwined with the other, making it a perfect watch for the Christmas holidays.
If you're a fan of movies like Love Actually, you're in luck. I have compiled a list of movies that will hook you instantly.
Movies Similar to Love Actually
- Four Christmases
- The Family Stone
- The Holiday
- Bridget Jones's Diary
- Sleepless in Seatle
- Four Wedding And A Funeral
- Notting Hill
- In Her Shoes
- Music And Lyrics
1. Four Christmases
Four Christmases gets its title due to an intriguing set of circumstances. Happy couple Vince Vaugh and Reese Witherspoon are heading out for a tropical getaway during Christmas holidays. Fate, however, has other plans for them. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the couple has to now meet each of their divorced parents this Christmas. An apt name for the movie indeed.
Understandably, meeting one's parents is never a cakewalk, especially if you're with your partner. As the couple meets their parents, secrets start spilling out - secrets that could potentially jeopardize their relationship. Will they be able to keep things from going haywire?
Thanks to the talented lead pair and a captivating storyline, Four Christmases cements its place as one of the best movies like Love Actually.
2. The Family Stone
Christmas season is synonymous with spending quality time with family, or so it's shown in most of the films. But what if your family's rather unique? And on top of that, what if your girlfriend is the worst match according to them? The Family Stone is about all these answering these questions and much more.
Everett takes his rather uptight girlfriend, Meredith to meet his liberal-minded family during Christmas. However, things don't go well for Meredith and all her attempts to mingle go awry. During this weird get together, the couple discovers that they're actually better suited to someone else. Tons of hilarious drama, the clash of different ideas, homophobia, and a fair share of emotional breakdowns - the film has it all.
One can truly appreciate the complicated nature of families in real life through this film. It's crazy and messy, but that is how families function.
Serendipity, as a word, can be defined as a happy accident, more or less. This romantic comedy film takes this idea to a whole new level and adds a magical layer of Christmas to it. The film starts at a store in New York where Jon and Sara meet and also ends there.
These two meet each other by chance as they are shopping. Attraction sparks between the two, but already being in relationships, they spend little time with each other. During this brief encounter, Sara reveals to Jon that she believes in serendipity, and instead of exchanging numbers, they should simply leave it out in the world. If things are meant to be, they will cross paths again. As it so happens, fate brings them together in the most mysterious ways.
If you love New York city and Christmas, you will fall in love with this film. Featuring some of the most iconic locations in the metropolis, such as Bloomingdales, Serendipity 3 (a famous sweet shop), and of course, Central Park, the film gives us a brief tour of the city.
Even if the love story has a fantasy element to it, it's rather subtle and mostly believable. If you fiercely believe in Christmas miracles, this is the film for you.
4. The Holiday
Featuring powerhouse actors such as Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, and Jack Black, The Holiday reels you in with the help of these big names. However, that's not the only thing the film has to offer.
The story follows the lives of Kate and Cameron, who play a British and American woman, respectively. After having the worst kind of breakups with their boyfriends, the two swap their lives as they spend time in the other person's country. Experiencing the new culture, the two women also find potential romantic partners in the form of Jude and Jack.
Seeing these four greats interact on screen is a treat in and of itself. The plot device of swapping lives may seem a little overdone, but the four make up for it with their time on screen. The performances are dramatic, funny, and charming. If you enjoy romantic movies like Love Actually, The Holiday will not disappoint you.
5. Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget Jones's Diary has been categorized as a romantic comedy, but there is a lot more to this film than meets the eye. Starring Renee Zellweger as the titular character, the film follows her journey from a woman who lacks the confidence to someone who learns to stand up for herself.
Bridget starts to keep a journal and starts making major changes in her lifestyle. She also has two men vying for her attention - her boss Daniel, played by Hugh Grant and Mark, played by Colin Firth. As this complicated love triangle unfolds, secrets come tumbling out of the woodwork and Bridget also learns a lot about herself.
If nothing else, the one thing similar between this film and Love Actually is the lead cast, as Colin and Hugh also starred in the latter. Other than these talented actors, the film also features outrageous scenarios that will leave you amused. It's a fun, lighthearted film that'll get a few chuckles out of you.
6. Sleepless In Seattle
Sleepless In Seattle, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, is a lot like Serendipity. In this romantic comedy, the two leads meet in an unconventional way. Their tale begins with a radio show and ends on the Empire State building.
The story follows a widower, Sam, played by Hanks. He is also revealed to be the father of an eight-year-old boy named Jonah. One day, Sam features in a radio show, where he talks about how much he misses his wife. Hearing his heartbreaking tale, many women around the country are smitten by him, including Annie, played by Meg.
However, she's already dating someone else and Sam too begins seeing someone from work. But his son, Jonah is convinced that fate has something better in store for his father. And so begins a crazy journey that finally brings Sam, Annie, and Jonah together.
If nothing else, the miraculous coincidences in the film will convince you of the power of Christmas. If you're a sucker for feel-good films, this one is for you.
7. Four Weddings And A Funeral
Hugh Grant has always been a constant in romantic comedies but his most notable film of the lot has to be Four Weddings And A Funeral. It's a fun ride where the leads meet again and again by random chance.
Grant plays an Englishman who's convinced that he's unlucky in love. But one day, he runs into an American woman named Carrie and sparks fly. After a magical night together, he feels that his romantic troubles are finally over, but sadly, Carrie goes back home, and his unlucky streak continues. Well, that's what we all think, but fate has other plans for the two.
They keep bumping into each other across four different weddings, and then a funeral of a major character in the film. Destiny playing a major role in love is not a new concept, but when you have the charming Hugh Grant as the lead, there's very little that can go wrong.
It's frustrating, yet amusing to watch these two running into each other, for there's always something that plays spoilsport. It also leads to some hilarious situations, making it a must watch for those looking for movies like Love Actually.
8. Notting Hill
Generally, Hollywood love stories show a shy woman getting the successful man of her dreams or something of that ilk. But what if the roles were reversed? This Roger Michell directional tackles the very same question head-on.
Julia Roberts plays a famous actress, Anna Scott. Hugh Grant leads a normal and somewhat boring existence as a book shop owner in London. These two meet by complete accident, and the attraction is almost instant.
Notting Hill is an incredible tale of romance between an average joe and a superstar. With such talented actors leading the film, it's a riveting experience to watch. This taut feature also has a dreamy vibe to it, as a star doesn't usually fall in love with a commoner. The difference in class and lifestyle between the leads makes for perfect comedy material.
9. In Her Shoes
Holiday features are incomplete without some family drama thrown into the mix. In Her Shoes, starring Cameron Diaz, expertly does just that. Cameron plays Maggie, an irresponsible party girl, who has a very happy-go-lucky attitude towards life.
Thanks to her lifestyle, her enraged father kicks her out of the house. She then goes to live with her sister, Rose, who's a high powered lawyer in Philadelphia. As Maggie causes disruption in Rose's life, their grandmother enters the scene. Shocked and surprised at the existence of grandmother, the two sisters face some uncomfortable family truths.
As is evident from the premise, the film has a lot of scope for drama in the form of a missing grandmother and warring sisters. It can be compared a little with The Family Stone. Just like that film, In Her Shoes shows complicated realities of a family, in a lighthearted way, of course.
Cameron Diaz's effortless charm and dimpled smile make it hard to look away from the screen. Maggie is a bad girl, but you'll grow to love her.
10. Music And Lyrics
Music And Lyrics has a lot of things going for it. While the romance is the central part of the storyline, it also gives us a glimpse into the life of a washed up musician.
Alex Fletcher was a famous rock star in the 80s, who used to pack stadiums and full houses. His happy days are a distant past now. Time hasn't been kind to him, for he has now been reduced to party entertainment. However, there's a chance for redemption when a pop diva asks him to write a song for her.
The only problem is, he hasn't composed any tracks in years. On top of that, he was not the one who penned his famous songs. As he is mulling over this new problem, he comes across Sophie, the gardener. He discovers that she has a real talent with words, and he proposes to team up with her. As the two venture into making music together, some intriguing scenarios arise.
Once again, Hugh Grant enthralls us all in a rom-com, this time as a rockstar. His frustration and anger at being a washed-up star are palpable. Starring opposite to him is the supremely talented, Drew Barrymore, who has also built a name for herself in comedy. Grant brings passion and intensity, whereas Barrymore brings humor and levity to the table, making it one unmissable cocktail.
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