Top 10 Romantic Holiday Movies

1. Borrowed Hearts: A Holiday Romance.

Borrowed Hearts is an endearing made-for-tv movie about a women, Kathleen, who’s saving to buy a house for herself and her daughter, Zoe. She meets Sam, a businessman, who has to pretend he has a family in order to close a business deal with mysterious Javier Del Campo. As the owner of the company that Kathleen works for, Sam convinces her to help him out. But, Campo is more than he seems and it’s Zoe who’s making the real deal to get a new home for herself, her mother, and Sam.

2. The Family Man.

Jack Campbell (Nicholas Cage) is a career driven man who has everything until Christmas Eve when he intervenes in a convenience store holdup. On Christmas morning, Jack wakes up with a new life, one where he is married to his college sweetheart (Tea Leoni), has two children, and is a tire salesman. The Family Man is a romantic holiday comedy that will warm your heart.

3. The Bishop’s Wife.

Busy campaigning for the construction of a new cathedral, a bishop (Cary Grant) has become distant and neglectful. This holiday season marks a new low, and it looks as though nothing short of a miracle can help the bishop’s wife (Loretta Young) save her marriage. A miracle, or perhaps an angel… Cary Grant plays the angel who comes to earth in this heartwarming Christmas fantasy. The Preacher’s Wife, starring Whitney Houston, was the 1996 remake of this classic.

4. The Shop Around the Corner.

One winter, a romance blossoms between two anonymous pen pals (James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan). Little do they realize that they already know each other (and hate each other) in person! As Christmas draws near, the two decide to meet, but can their love conquer their hate? This lovely, romantic film was the inspiration for the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks comedy You’ve Got Mail.

5. White Christmas.

Crosby and Kaye are song-and-dance men who hook up, romantically and professionally, with a “sister” act (Clooney and Vera-Ellen) to put on a Big Show to benefit the struggling ski-resort lodge run by the beloved old retired general (Dean Jagger) of their WWII Army outfit.

6. While You Were Sleeping.

On Christmas Day, Lucy (Sandra Bullock) saves the life of a handsome stranger, Peter (Peter Gallagher), who falls into a coma. At the hospital, she is mistaken for his fiancée by Peter’s relatives and is welcomed into the family. With no family of her own, Lucy cannot resist acting the part of daughter-in-law during the holiday season. The illusion would be complete except for one tiny problem: Lucy is falling for Peter’s brother, Jack (Bill Pullman). This delightful romantic comedy is a perfect pick for a winter evening.

7. Remember the Night.

This romantic comedy about the tentative courtship between a beautiful shoplifter and the prosecutor trying to put her in the hoosgow — just not during Christmas — is a wonderful holiday gem. Starring tough yet tender Fred MacMurray and streetwise yet fragile Barbara Stanwyck, this Preston Sturges-penned jewel has enough zany elements and dark undertones to make this what some consider to be a noir screwball comedy.

8. Untamed Heart.

It’s another lonely holiday season for Adam (Christian Slater), a painfully shy young man. Orphaned and cursed with a heart ailment, Adam has never allowed himself to get close to anyone. That is, until he notices Caroline (Marissa Tomei), a waitress at the diner at which he works. After he rescues her from a violent attack, she begins to notice him, too. A movie about finding love in unexpected places, this one is sure to touch your heart.

9. Mixed Nuts.

Starring Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, Juliette Lewis, Adam Sandler
In Venice Beach, California, on Christmas Eve, the oddball staff of a suicide help-line center are going berserk. If wacky, wildly funny humor appeals to you, check out this off-the-wall holiday film, directed by Nora Ephron. From the ukulele-playing neighbor to the transvestite groupie, every character in this film is a “character.” This hysterically funny movie is also a heartwarming, romantic comedy.

10. One Magic Christmas.

It’s an especially tough year for one young mother whose worries have robbed her of any holiday cheer. Luckily, her resourceful daughter hooks up with Santa and a guardian angel to turn their Christmas around. Sensitive and truly magical, this movie will remind you why the holidays are so special.

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