Bridget Jones's Diary
Not only is Bridget Jones’s Diary one of the best romance movies on Amazon Prime, it’s also one of the , period. Loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same name (which was actually based on ), the film stars Renee Zellweger as Bridget; Colin Firth as her true love Mark Darcy, and Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver, her boss whom she has a crush on.
Initially, Bridget and Mark can’t stand one another, and Bridget begins to date Daniel. But as events unfold (and Bridget hilariously chronicles them in her diary), she realizes that first impressions are often misleading.
If you meet the person who seems like your soulmate, but they're already in a deeply serious relationship, is friendship a healthy second option? What If explores this question through the story of Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and Chantry (Zoe Kazan). After they meet at a party, Wallace walks Chantry home and learns along the way that she's in a committed long-term relationship. Although Wallace has strong feelings for Chantry, he accepts her relationship and does his best to be a good friend to the woman he secretly loves.
But as Chantry's relationship with her boyfriend evolves, she and Wallace must reckon with challenging truths about their friendship. A charming, genuine, and funny look at the romantic dramas of a group of well-intentioned twenty-somethings, What If is the perfect friends-to-lovers rom com for a relaxed night in. It also features delightful supporting performances from Adam Driver and Mackenzie Davis as two of Wallace's most infuriatingly attractive and confident friends.
In 2018, Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez remade the classic 1987 romantic comedy Overboard, which starred life-goals-Hollywood-couple Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. In the original, Goldie Hawn (Joanna) is a rich, rude and completely out of touch woman who hires widower Kurt Russell (Dean) to work construction on her yacht. She’s so condescending that later, when she falls overboard and gets amnesia, Russell decides to get payback by pretending she’s his wife, and the mother of his four unruly children. At first, Joanna is miserable. But of course, they fall in love.
The new romantic movie swaps the gender roles—Anna Faris (Kate) is the overworked and underpaid single mother, while Eugenio Derbez (Leo) is the entitled playboy. Anna Faris is hilarious in her role, and overall, the plot is extremely similar to the original—but hey, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
Some Kind of Wonderful
This 1987 teen movie is a John Hughes classic. L.A. high schoolers Keith (Eric Stoltz) and his tomboy best friend Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) both want to rise above their respective low social standings. As part of his social rejuvenation strategy, Keith asks out Amanda (Lea Thompson), the queen bee of their school. But when Watts sees Keith beginning to sincerely fall for Amanda, she realizes she has repressed romantic feelings for her best friend.
Although almost everyone will find themselves rooting for Watts to get her happy ending, Some Kind of Wonderful is also empathetic towards Amanda, and paints her as a three-dimensional character with agency rather than just a foil to highlight the dynamic between Keith and Watts.
What Men Want
Another gender-swapped remake, What Men Want is a twist on the 2000 Mel Gibson/Helen Hunt film, What Women Want. While the original film’s plot centered around Mel Gibson hitting his head and waking up with the ability to hear the thoughts of women, the 2019 film has Taraji P. Henson gaining telepathic powers to hear the opposite sex.
Naturally, some hilarious—and heartfelt—moments occur, especially since the film also features Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as her assistant; Tracy Morgan as the father of her prospective client, and Aldis Hodge as her love interest, Ben.
Tortilla Soup (2001)
Martin Naranjo is a seasoned chef. Despite losing his sense of smell and taste, he continues to cook decadent and delicious multi-course meals. A widower, Martin lives with his three adult daughters: Leticia, Carmen, and Maribel. He only has one rule for his girls: be home for family dinner every Sunday night.
Leticia, a chemistry teacher and a born-again Christian, is the oldest and most reserved of the sisters. Carmen, the middle sister, is nearly as passionate about food as her father but has given up on her dream of owning a restaurant, opting for a more reliable job as a business analyst. The youngest daughter, Maribel, is a free spirit with a bit of a rebellious streak. The close family finds themselves driven apart when the sisters fall in love and an overbearing woman begins pursuing their father.
Eyes Wide Open (2009)
Aaron, an Orthodox Jewish butcher, is a loving husband and father of four. When Ezri, a homeless Yeshiva student, comes into his butcher shop to use the phone, Aaron takes the impoverished boy under his wing. Ezri becomes Aaron’s apprentice and begins staying at the shop.
Ezri is a talented artist and with Aaron’s support, continues to draw and pursue his religious studies. However, when Aaron asks Ezri to draw his portrait, Aaron’s protective feelings towards the boy quickly turn into something else. As they embark in a passionate affair, Aaron must choose between his family, his religion, and his love for the young man he rescued.
The Wedding Year
This cute romantic comedy plays on the near-universal experience of hitting that year in your late 20s when it seems like everyone around you is getting married. For Mara (Sarah Hyland), there’s an extra layer of awkwardness—she’s a commitment-phobe who’s attending seven weddings in one year, and she plans on bringing her new, commitment-loving boyfriend.
Mara isn’t sure she’s the marrying type...but with so many nuptials to attend, it seems like the topic is bound to come up!
Two Night Stand (2014)
Megan was on top of the world. She was a pre-med student and engaged to Chris, who she was convinced was the love of her life. Fast-forward a few months: Chris has called off the engagement, and after deciding not to go to medical school, Megan is unemployed. Desperate for a distraction from her misery, Megan joins a dating site. There, she meets Alec.
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On a whim, Megan goes to Alec’s apartment for her very first one-night stand. The pair doesn’t exactly hit it off, but Megan is trapped in Alec’s apartment when a blizzard buries the whole city. Trapped in the small space, Megan and Alec begin to move past their initial dislike for one another, their negative feelings slowly turning into something else entirely.
Forever My Girl
If you’re a sucker for Nicholas Sparks movies, Forever My Girl should be right up your alley. Country musician Liam left his fiancee, Josie, at the altar, and hasn’t spoken to her since. Almost a decade later, he’s doing well in the music industry, and has no intention to return home—until he hears about the death of one of his groomsmen.
Liam returns for the funeral, knowing he’ll finally have to face Josie. But he never imagined that when he left her, he left behind their daughter, too. Based on the book of the same name by Heidi McLaughlin, this film is perfect for anyone who loves .
The Big Sick (2017)
Loosely based on the real-life love story between the screenwriters, The Big Sick follows Kumail Nanjiani as he falls in love with Emily Gordon. Kumail is a struggling stand-up comedian. At one of his shows, he is heckled by a woman in the crowd–Emily–and when he confronts her afterwards, they have a one-night stand, which develops into a relationship.
Kumail fears telling his traditional Pakistani parents that he has fallen for a white girl, so they continue to set him up with eligible Muslim women. When Emily discovers this, she’s furious and breaks up with Kumail. A few weeks later, Emily becomes ill and falls into a coma. Kumail goes to the hospital to see her and ends up growing close to her parents, falling deeper in love with the unresponsive Emily in the process.
Featured still from "What If" via Entertainment One