The Most Romantic Christmas Movies to Watch This Season

by Karen Green

Everybody has a favorite—maybe it’s a British film, like Bridget Jones’s Diary or Love, Actually. Or maybe it’s a classic, like Meet Me in St. Louis or White Christmas.
Or maybe you know that it’s impossible to choose a favorite and have already scheduled a series of evenings to get cozy, wrap yourself in a blanket and enjoy the most romantic Christmas movies ever made.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are seven of the best romantic Christmas movies out there. Watch them in chronological order, start with your favorite or rediscover a classic you nearly forgot about. Whichever you choose, these films are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and get you in the mood for the holiday season—and perhaps in the mood for a little romance. You do have the mistletoe hanging already, don’t you?

White Christmas 1954

The Irving Berlin classic gave us the eponymous Christmas carol. It also gave us Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby as the song-and-dance team and army buddies who team up with sister-act Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen to save a flailing Vermont Inn—and possibly find love—through song and dance.

Love, Actually 2003

It’s impossible to pick just one favorite scene from this movie. Is it a (very young) Andrew Lincoln telling a (very young) Kiera Knightly how he feels through cue cards? Or is it Colin Firth attempting to profess his love in Portuguese? Maybe it’s Liam Neeson as Daniel, bonding with his sweet stepson, Sam? It’s probably all of the above.

Bridget Jones’s Diary 2001

We love Bridget just as she is, and we will always love this story of the bumbling Brit who’s just trying to get through life with her dignity, and her heart, intact. What girl wouldn’t enjoy thinking about Hugh Grant and Colin Firth fighting over her at Christmastime?

The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993

You might not think of Tim Burton’s animated classic as a romantic film, but the entire time Pumpkin King Jack deals with his crisis of faith, Sally is there, picking up the pieces of both herself and the mess Jack has made. And like the stand-up skeleton he is, Jack realizes it in the end.

Meet Me in St. Louis 1944

Judy Garland shines as Esther Smith, second-eldest daughter in an affluent family that must deal with the trials of love and each other over the course of a year. The film includes several well-known musical numbers, including its most famous; just try not to cry while Garland sings Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

The Holiday 2006

Iris and Amanda and Miles and Graham have all been unlucky in love. But that luck might change when Iris (Kate Winslet) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) swap houses at Christmastime for a change of scenery in a different country, and each bonds with a person rooted in the other’s life. Jude Law and Jack Black also play very different, but very sweet, romantic leads.

It’s a Wonderful Life 1946

One of the most-loved feel-good Christmas movies is also one of the most romantic. When a dejected George Bailey sees what life would be like without his existence, he realizes that while others may be able to go on without him, he simply does not want to be without them. Watching the romance between James Stuart and Donna Reed unfold is enough to put anybody in the holiday spirit.

What’s the romantic Christmas movie that you watch year after year? Let us know in the comments!

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