Feel Good Movie Recommendations from Our Editors!
Need some “happy place” viewing right now? The Harlequin Editors have you covered with their latest list of feel good movie picks. From “coming of age” to “enemies to lovers” stories, they have all the classic romance themes–choose your favorite and get ready for a happy ending guarantee.
10 Things I Hate About You
Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew gets a makeover in this classic enemies-to-overs story set in an American high school. You’ll root for Kat, played by Julia Stiles, as she resists but then slowly falls for bad boy Patrick, played perfectly by a young Heath Ledger. We promise, you won’t be able to take your eyes off this smart comedy and its charismatic cast of young actors.
Much Ado About Nothing
For those of you who like a more traditional take on Shakespeare, we recommend Much Ado About Nothing. It’s got it all–Denzel Washington at the pinnacle of handsomeness. Denzel Washington in leather pants. Keanu Reeves at the pinnacle of handsomeness. Keanu Reeves in leather pants. Tuscany! Emma Thompson saying the wittiest lines Shakespeare ever wrote! I could go on. Kenneth Branagh’s film is a full-on romp, and the ultimate enemies to lovers story. No one ever wrote this trope better – thanks, Will! Come for the scenery, stay for the romance!
This adorable coming-of-age romance about two suburban kids in the 1950s won over our hearts with its punchy, colorful aesthetic and old-fashion feel. The cast of characters–complete with fretting parents, school kids and sweet grandparents–and the life lessons the characters learn along the way make it a must-add to your comfort-viewing list.
The Philadelphia Story
You can’t go wrong with this classic black and white romantic comedy featuring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. Rich-girl Tracy Lord is engaged to marry—again–and is determined to have greater success than her failed marriage to tabloid reported C.K. Dexter Haven. But when her ex shows up to report on the wedding, Tracy’s plans are turned upside down in this screwball comedy about choosing between old love and new.
Not interested in something old? Try Something New, a funny and sweet romcom about an uptight accountant and the artsy landscaper she falls for who helps her let her hair down. It doesn’t shy away from some of the difficulties the couple faces being in an interracial relationship, but in the end love conquers all and you’re left feeling good!
Sense & Sensibility
For those who like a timeless romance, may we recommend Sense & Sensibility. Ang Lee’s gorgeous movie about the very different Dashwood sisters features the incomparable Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson (who also wrote the screenplay); dashing Greg Wise; swoony Alan Rickman and the adorably shy Hugh Grant. Truly something for everyone!
Set It Up
This smart and funny romantic comedy feels familiar and fresh at the same time – the perfect combo for a feel-good repeat watch. Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell play overworked assistants who team up to get their bosses to fall in love. The chemistry between the two leads is irresistible and Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs are both perfect as their type-A employers.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
An appealing cast, good-natured humor, and surprisingly gorgeous cinematography blend perfectly to create an escapist pleasure. Lara Jean is a shy teen whose past letters to unrequited crushes are revealed to the whole world – or, at least, the whole school. A series of teen movie events results in a fake relationship between Lara Jean and Peter – a former crush she insists she does not have feelings for. Of course, the inevitable happens, delightfully.