List | 23 Wholesome Romantic-Comedies

Friday, February 10, 2017

Romantic comedies are cinematic bliss around my house. Why is this? I cannot say for certain other than the reaction they leave me with long after I've ejected the disc: a smile. Over the years, I've watched many romcoms with my mother because apparently when we have a girls night in, that's one of our favorite things to do.

Today, I decided to do something a little bit different and share a list of 23 of the romantic-comedies I've seen that would fit the mold of being "clean." Keep in mind, this is a subjective list since everyone's definition of a "clean" or "wholesome" film is different. For me, as I picked the films I wanted to include, what I looked at to define my choices was the romance itself or the way the couple came to earn their HEA. How does the hero treat his lady? What is their relationship based on? Of course, even with these caveats the one thing that does usually crop up is profanity which nearly all of these share (no matter their rating) in varying degrees. And even with these blue prints, some I included are pure and simple, "fluff."

Some of these, I'll confess, I might be biased about because I love them so much. That said, I am trying to be thorough and include comedies that might not be my most favorites though still fit the category we're talking about today.

Also, one last disclaimer. This is not an all-inclusive list. Because of this, I have chosen to eliminate from consideration the following subgenres: TV films (Hallmark), period films and classics. Long story short, this mostly features what we'd coin "box office" or feature films. If this post does well enough or if anyone is interested (!or depending on how much fun this blogger has putting this together *smile*), there may be future lists of period films or the like.

Until then, let's get started on the topic planned for today.

23 Wholesome Romantic-Comedies

from A to Z

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1. Austenland

Who wouldn't like this romance? It's sassy, cute and that ohmygosh, that ending? *swoon* (PG13)

You can rent or own Austenland digitally on Amazon Video or on DVD.

2. The Bachelor

Silly in many ways, the charm of Chris O'Donnell and Renee Zellweger gives this oldie romance (check out the fashion!) plenty of appeal. (PG13)

You can own The Bachelor digitally on Amazon Video.

3. Beastly

Based on Alex Flinn's novel (of the same name), this one stars teen heartthrob (at the time) Alex Pettyfer and High School Musical star, Vanessa Hudgens. Though imperfect, it's a wonderful little movie. (PG13)

You can rent or own Beastly digitally on Amazon Video or on DVD.

4. The Beautician and the Beast

Silly in many ways (but oh so sweet), this re-imagined fairy tale is a mash-up of Beauty and the Beast and The Sound of Music. So, yeah... (PG)

You can rent or own The Beautician and the Beast digitally on Amazon Video or on DVD.

5. Bride and Prejudice

Fun in so many ways, this darling film is all about the bright culture of Bollywood (song and dance) while mirroring itself after Austen's Pride and Prejudice - and it works! (PG13)

You can rent or own Bride and Prejudice digitally on Amazon Video or on DVD.

6. A Cinderella Story

A Hilary Duff classic, this one contemporized Cinderella. It's about a high schooler wanting to graduate high school early to escape her (not-so) wicked (more like annoying) stepmother; the faceless boy she IMs; and her dream of getting into Princeton (where all the princes go!). (PG)

You can rent or own A Cinderella Story digitally on Amazon Video or on DVD.

7. It Could Happen to You

Though this is one of those 90s movies I saw on TV or rented, I hadn't seen this one in years (and yes, I'm suddenly realizing that by putting this list together I'm feeling old). And then I picked it up in one of those "5 dollar bins." Needless to say, it's as cute as I remember it being. (PG)

You can rent or own It Could Happen to You digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

8. I.Q.

Before You've Got Mail, and that handful of daisies, Meg Ryan starred in this cute romcom. In this one Einstein is cast as a matchmaker. (PG)

You can rent or own I.Q. digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

9. Ice Castles

I've not seen the older adaptation of this film, but the 2010 version is sweet as it can be; it tells the story of a promising figure skater who injures herself and as a result, loses her sight. (PG)

You can rent or own Ice Castles digitally on Amazon Video.

10. Kate and Leopold

Despite my love of all things period drama, I had never seen this time-travel romance until last summer. With one of my favorite (*heart eyes*) leading men, Hugh Jackman, I think my love for this one may have been swayed ever the slightest. (PG13)

You can purchase Kate and Leopold on DVD.

11. The Lake House

Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves team for this time-bending romance that's all about a "slow" story and romance. (PG)

You can own The Lake House digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

12. Leap Year

Yes, I realize this is a romcom about leap day or year, but whatever. This one is TOO CUTE not to include. (PG)

You can rent or own Leap Year digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

13. Letters to Juliet

Amanda Seyfriend stars in this one about a girl who visits Italy with her fiance and discovers a love story (through letters) that never saw closure. It also happens to be the only thing I've seen its cute leading man, Christopher Eagan, in. (PG)

You can rent or own Letters to Juliet digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

14. Never Been Kissed

Drew Barrymore and Michael Vartan (Alias) co-star in this "classic" oldie romance about a klutzy reporter who goes undercover in a high school. (PG13)

You can rent or own Never Been Kissed digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

15. No Reservations

A perfectionist chef (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has her world turned upside down when she becomes her niece's guardian. (PG)

You can rent or own No Reservations digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

16. Penelope

A wonderfully imaginative film, this has Beauty and the Beast vibes that oddly enough blends in some Bachelor!? Yeah, it's a thing. And it works. (PG)

You can rent or own Penelope digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

17. The Prince and Me

I can still remember seeing the poster for this film in a theater, and in my romantic teenager mind, I thought, "MUST. SEE." Of course, I did and a contemporary fairy tale lover have I been ever since then. (PG)

You can rent or own The Price and Me digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

18. The Proposal

My mom and I saw this one in theaters and laughed ourselves silly. Seven+ years later, our reaction is the same. (PG13)

You can rent or own The Proposal digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

19. Sabrina

There are two adaptations of this romcom about a girl who returns to her father's home (where he works as a groundskeeper for a wealthy family). She left a nerdy young girl, and returns a sophisticated woman who finds herself the objects of the family's two sons' affections. The oldie stars Audrey Hepburn in the titular role, the newer Julia Ormond. (PG)

You can rent or own Sabrina digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

20. Serendipity

This is another (like Kate & Leopold) that took me years to see. It might not be my favorite overall, but it's magical and sweet. That's good enough for this girl. (PG13)

You can rent Serendipity digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

21. You've Got Mail

One of the most popular romance films, this movie is all about falling in love over emails. Also, it has the whole bit about "daisies." Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks re-teamed for this one. (PG)

You can rent or own You've Got Mail digitally on Amazon Video or find on Blu-ray.

22. When In Rome

Kristen Bell is (contemporary) fairy tale magic in this sweet romantic-comedy. When first I watched it, I left feeling "so-so" about the story. But the more times I rewatch it, the more I adore it. Plus, there's Josh Duhamel! (PG13)

You can rent or own When in Rome digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

23. While You Were Sleeping

This one has its share of "crude" humor in one section in particular, but overall, it's charming. RomCom favorite Sandra Bullock stars. (PG)

You can rent or own While You Were Sleeping digitally on Amazon Video or find on DVD.

What are some of your favorite sweetheart romcoms!? Comment down below with YOUR thoughts.

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  1. This is a fantastic list! It reminds me of all the chick flicks I used to watch. I haven't watched them in a while. I need to have a marathon soon so maybe I'll use this list for recs when I do! Thanks!

    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    1. I know the feeling, Molly. I enjoy watching so many of these time and again. Glad the list is helpful; hope you enjoy that marathon. Some times that's the best way to end a day! :)

  2. I think I've seen almost all of these! Great list!

    1. They're all SO much fun. :) Thanks so much for visiting, Alison.

  3. I've seen 10 of these -- I would add "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Mrs. Winterbourne" and "Overboard" for starters -- none of those have love scenes.

    1. Thanks so much for the suggestions, Rachel. Aside from 'Seattle,' I've not seen the other two you mention. Overboard always looked really cute though. :)

    2. Mrs. Winterbourne is a tiny movie from the '90s that nobody much has heard of, even though it's got Brendan Fraser at his most attractive, plus Shirley MacLaine. And Ricki Lake, who is surprisingly sweet and non-grating, which I would not have expected from the nature of the talk show she hosted back in the day.

    3. I love the sound of Mrs. Winterbourne, Rachel. I think sometimes if I'm not 100% fond of a cast, I do steer clear of something so it's good to know the cast really shines in this one! I'll have to check for it on Amazon. Thanks so much for the recommendation. :)


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