A romantic comedies is 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. What makes it even better? When these romcoms are of the wholesome romantic comedies variety.
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.”23 OF THE BEST MOST WHOLESOME ROMANTIC-COMEDIES. #ROMCOMS #MOVIES #MOVIELIST #MEGRYAN #HUGHJACKMAN #SANDRABULLOCK #HILARYDUFF Click To Tweet
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. *Edit to clarify: the use of “wholesome” in this list isn’t exclusive to content. It’s more than “just” that element of a film. I’m using it to describe the filmmaking quality and how the story or character(s) or production makes the audience feel. There’s something about these films that just makes the viewer feel good and therefore the story quality or production has a “wholesome” bent.
Until then, let’s get started on the topic planned for today; our list of “wholesome romantic comedies”!
23 OF THE BEST MOST WHOLESOME ROMANTIC-COMEDIES!
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Who wouldn’t like this romance? It’s sassy, cute and that ohmygosh, that ending? *swoon* (PG13)
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.
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)
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)
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)
6. A Cinderella Story
A Hilary Duff classic, this one contemporary 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Amanda Seyfried stars in this one about a girl who visits Italy with her fiancé 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)
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)
15. No Reservations
A perfectionist chef (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has her world turned upside down when she becomes her niece’s guardian. (PG)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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)
This one has its share of “crude” humor in one section in particular, but overall, it’s charming. RomCom favorite Sandra Bullock stars. (PG)
What are some of your favorite sweetheart romcoms aka wholesome romantic comedies!? Comment down below with YOUR thoughts.