We love a good chick flick, one that provides some substance along with the romance. One that focuses on the man and the woman and their relationship as whole people – not just the steamy sex scenes, thank you very much. (Although the kiss in the final scene is requisite!)
If you’re looking to curl up with a warm beverage and relax with a rom-com this Thanksgiving break, we have you covered with our list of 21 Evie-approved movies.
1. Pride and Prejudice
This Jane Austen adaptation is the ultimate enemies-to-lovers storyline with period costumes to die for.
2. My Best Friend’s Wedding
Julia Roberts shines in this rom-com about a woman whose best friend announces his engagement four days before her birthday – which is also the day they had agreed to marry each other if both were still single. After realizing she loves her best friend, she attempts to sabotage his wedding.
3. Your Name
Mitsuha Miyamizu is a high school student who is bored in her rural hometown and wishes she could be a Toyko boy. She begins to intermittently switch bodies with Toyko boy Taki Tachibana – they wake up in each other’s body on certain days and have to live the whole day as that person. Their experiences of each other’s lives will eventually be what saves many people from being killed by a comet.
4. Notting Hill
Julia Roberts is just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her… Need we say more?
Another Jane Austen adaptation that’s both charming and deep. Emma Woodhouse is pretty, clever, and rich, and her matchmaking impulses get both her friend and herself into trouble.
6. Runaway Bride
Julia Roberts is a bride who has run away from three weddings and catches the attention of a big city columnist. A rom-com with substance – it’s all about how well you know yourself and how that impacts your relationships.
7. You’ve Got Mail
Loosely based on Pride and Prejudice with the charm of Meg Ryan, cozy bookshops, and NYC in the fall.
8. Ever After
Proclaimed to be the “real” Cinderella story, Drew Barrymore shines as the spunky and intelligent Danielle who inspires a jaded prince to care about his people and his responsibilities. Talk about a muse!
Loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma, this cult classic will have you blowing out your hair, wearing plaid, and saying “As if!”
10. 17 Again
After becoming a father at 17, Mike O'Donnell (Zac Efron) is now 37 and unhappy with his marriage and his relationship with his kids. He gets a chance to be 17 years old again and must decide if he will restart his life from that point or if he will try to repair his real one.
11. How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days
A hilarious rom-com about two people who are each in a bet without the other knowing – she to drive him away and he to make her fall in love with him.
12. 10 Things I Hate About You
A modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this high school rom-com showcases bad boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) trying to woo the guarded and sarcastic Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles).
13. The Princess Bride
Filled with quotable moments, this cult classic is just plain wholesome. Will handsome Wesley save his one true love Buttercup before she is forced to marry Prince Humperdink?
14. The Princess Diaries
Who hasn’t dreamed of finding out they were actually a princess? Watch Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) live your dream and live vicariously through her.
15. 27 Dresses
This movie will make you grateful for all the bridesmaid dresses you did wear. Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) has been a bridesmaid 27 times, and her luck only gets worse when her little sister captures the attention of Jane’s boss, whom she has a crush on. Jane’s run-in with journalist Kevin (James Marsden) hints at more than friendship – but will it survive the hit piece Kevin is writing about Jane and her 27 dresses?
16. A Cinderella Story
Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray star in this modern adaptation of Cinderella set in southern California. It’s sweet without being saccharine, and the soundtrack will take you back to Hilary Duff’s musical heyday.
17. The Devil Wears Prada
Trying to climb the journalism ladder, Andy Sachs lands a job as an assistant to editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly of fashion magazine Runway. The question is, who is the real devil in this movie – Miranda Priestley or Andy’s boyfriend Nate?
18. Legally Blonde
Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) gets into law school to spite her ex-boyfriend for breaking up with her and uses her femininity and her intelligence to help several other women along the way. If you haven’t seen this iconic girlie movie yet, we have one thing to say to you: “What, like it’s hard?”
On the last day of 8th grade, Julie Corky (Alexa Vega) has a sleepover with her best friends, Hannah, Farrah, and Yancy. A clique of popular girls challenges them to a scavenger hunt. The prize is a coveted lunchtime seat near the fountain in high school, where the popular kids sit. The teens must accomplish their tasks without their parents finding out they left the house.
20. Mamma Mia
If you had to pick your father from Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgard, who would you pick? That’s exactly Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) predicament – any of them could be her dad. With her marriage approaching and wanting her father to walk her down the aisle, she invites all three to her wedding without her mother’s knowledge.
21. Letters To Juliet
This sweet movie about late-life love and second chances is based on the real Letters to Juliet in Verona, Italy.
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