So a while back, someone, in response to a question box I put up on Instagram, asked me what my favorite Hallmark film was. To be honest I cannot pick a favorite even if excluding their Christmas titles (which I have to). That’s pretty much impossible to decide. However as August seems to be the month I’m spending “looking back” with my 10 year blog anniversary, I figured I may as well talk about some of my favorite Hallmark romance movies from the last ten years.10 YEAR BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY: SOME OF MY FAVORITE ROMANCE MOVIES FROM HALLMARK #HALLMARKIES #HALLMARK #GOODMOVIES #FUNMOVIES #10YEARSBLOGGING #BLOGGERS Click To Tweet
Before we do this, there’s ground rules in this list. The first and most important being that I’m mentally taking out any and all Christmas titles from contention. I simply do not have enough brain space to contemplate the many titles that fall into that category. Secondly, I find that my most favorite Hallmark films are the more unpopular (literally given their ratings*) ones. So many will probably not be the majority favorites. Still, it’s fun to look back!
* Yes, I do actually go and take a look at the actual ratings! Which makes me think, maybe that would be a fun list too; the lowest rated Hallmark films in a given year?
SOME FAVORITE HALLMARK ROMANCE MOVIES FROM THE LAST TEN YEARS
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Honestly as I look through the titles from this year, I just cannot find any I’d say is a favorite. Many I’ve seen, a few I haven’t, but in later years, the network put out way better content quality. While I likely did enjoy something like Smooch (with Kellie Martin), it still isn’t a “favorite.”
2: HOW TO FALL IN LOVE (2012)
This one is all kinds of cute. It’s almost like a kind of modern Beauty and the Beast (without many elements for obvious reasons) or gender reversed My Fair Lady. Brooke D’Orsay stars as a woman who helps a man become more confident in his professional (and dating!) life. Plus, for anyone who loves SSD, you’ll love knowing Eric Mabius co-stars. This one didn’t get the ratings compared to other titles of its year. Find digitally on Amazon Video
Runner-Up: Undercover Bridesmaid
3: SECOND CHANCES (2013)
One of the highest rated of its debut year, I actually really did like this one with Allison Sweeney (I don’t always love hers). It’s not the same kind of fluff as most Hallmark movies, but still has the good ending and sweet storytelling. Find digitally on Amazon Video (available as Hearts on Fire with a PixL add on)
Runner-Up: Reading, Writing, and Romance
4: WHEN SPARKS FLY (2014)
Ok, this is the first year where THINGS ARE TIGHT in choosing! I’m going with When Sparks Fly not because it’s necessarily the best of the bunch, but because I think Hallmark should do more patriotic or Independence Day themed films. It’s sad that they don’t. Find digitally on Amazon Video
Runners-Up: Chance at Romance; June in January; and Midnight Masquerade
5: PORTRAIT OF LOVE (2015)
Have to go with this one because it’s the first (and only) Hallmark film that Logan aka Jason Dohring (from Veronica Mars) stars in.
6: DATER’S HANDBOOK (2016)
It’s really cute and I enjoyed seeing Meghan Markle return (after When Sparks Fly) in another Hallmark rom-com. Find digitally on Amazon Video
Runner-Up: All Things Valentine
7: ALL FOR LOVE & LOVE BLOSSOMS (2017) – TIE
Really do enjoy both of these! I don’t see either one getting any love though. I like the romance in both (the former is a bit sassier, the latter sweeter) and also love that Love Blossoms is the start of a real-life romance between its co-stars. All for Love digitally on Amazon Video | Love Blossoms digitally on Amazon Video (currently unavailable)
Runners-Up: Love at the Shore; A Harvest Wedding
8: LOVE AT FIRST DANCE (2018)
Yes, this is another one I rarely, if ever see people talk about. However I think it’s charming and lovely. Find digitally on Amazon Video (currently unavailable)
Runner-Up: Frozen in Love
9: FLIP THAT ROMANCE (2019)
I didn’t see any that I adored from 2019 to be honest, but I did enjoy this one with Tyler Hynes (who I always like) because it had that renovation plot which I think for Hallmark was fun.
10: WINTER IN VAIL (2020)
I think I liked this one. Not sure. But I think so. Really, looking over the 2020 titles, I don’t see anything that I 100% loved. I kind of feel like after some really good years, Hallmark hasn’t been putting out their “best” in the last couple. Find digitally on Amazon Video
BONUS! AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT (2021)
Runner-Up: Sweet Carolina (cannot believe how well I liked this one)
What about you? Do you like or dislike these? How many have you seen? Would they make your list of favorites or are they a “pass”? What would be some of your favorite Hallmark romance movies from the last ten years? Which category do you fall into for Hallmark: love or tolerate? Let’s chat down in the comments!
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