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I'm here to set the record straight—the elite and unsung subgenre of rom-coms is and will forever be wedding movies. As anyone who's been to a real-life wedding knows, they can be rife with romance, emotions, and a heavy dash of drama. But, of course, most weddings in real life (and many of the ones on-screen) are all about a happy couple starting their lives together. They may have encountered obstacles to get there, like scheming sisters, a pesky ex-fiancé, or even just their own doubts about the relationship. It happens! But at the end of the movie, things have a way of working out. Cue the awwwws.
If you've made it to this entertaining corner of the internet, there's a chance you could be planning a wedding and looking for on-screen inspo (may we suggest our continued obsession with Sofia Richie's wedding?), or maybe you're just a hopeless romantic looking to watch people make grand gestures. Despite what brought you here, welcome! I've rounded up 37 of the best wedding movies, new and old, from heartfelt romantic dramas to lol-worthy comedies to even a horror flick (let me just say, your in-laws could be a lot worse!)
Whether you're looking for a good tearjerker about falling in love with your best friend or an enemies-to-lovers vibe, we've got all the wedding movies you could possibly want. So pour some wine, pop the popcorn, and settle in with one of these picks for all the romantic ~feels~.
One thing you can always count on from J. Lo is a freakin' good wedding movie. In Shotgun Wedding, she and Josh Duhamel gather their families for the ultimate destination wedding (our invite must've gotten lost in the mail), but when the entire wedding party is taken hostage, it's up to the bride and groom to save their loved ones. Oh, and did we mention Jennifer Coolidge AND Lenny Kravitz are in it?
While we're on the subject of J. Lo, we might as well throw another one of her newer wedding movies on the list. As pop superstar Kat Valdez, she is ready to get married in front of an audience of loyal fans, but just seconds before the ceremony, she learns that her fiancè is a cheater (ew). In a moment of transparent panic and shock, she locks eyes with a total stranger in the crowd and decides to marry him on the spot instead, but can people from two completely different worlds find true love?
Coming to America
Haven't seen Coming to America? Sorry, we can't be friends. In this timeless tale of comedic genius and romance, Eddie Murphy stars as Prince Akeem, who wants nothing more than a wife who will love him despite his royal title. To escape an arranged marriage, he travels to America in hopes of finding his true queen.
This Tim Burton classic isn't quite the wedding story you're used to, but it still slaps. Victor and Victoria are set to be married, and although they like each other, Victor is nervous about the arranged marriage. While practicing his lines, he accidentally weds a corpse (yes, you read that right) who drags him to the land of the dead.
You and your bestie probably have a lot in common—music, hobbies, that one person you both absolutely can't stand. But one thing you two should never agree to share is the same wedding day plans. Starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, two friends happen to find themselves planning a wedding on the same day causing a bridezilla-style fight over who gets to keep their picture-perfect wedding.
I'll say it: this is one of the best comedies of our time. Not that this should have ever been an argument, but the whole "women can't be funny" myth is absolutely destroyed by this movie. Kristen Wiig stars as Annie, a struggling pastry chef and the maid of honor to her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph). But she's got some competition: Helen (Rose Byrne), a bridesmaid who is trying to outshine her at every turn. It's worth watching for the bridal shop scene alone (IYKYK).
My Best Friend's Wedding
If you can get past the *insane* premise of two people making a pact to marry if they're both still single at 28(!!!!), this is a delightful movie. Julianne (Julia Roberts) finds out her best friend is getting married, decides she is actually in love with him, and sets out to sabotage the engagement. Come for the "I Say A Little Prayer for You" sing-along, stay for the surprisingly subversive (for a rom-com) ending.
Sex and the City
Okay, wedding movies are kinda dramatic by nature. But seriously, one of the most memorable drama-filled wedding scenes in history is when Carrie (wearing an elaborate wedding dress with a faux bird on her head) goes after Big with her bouquet in the middle of the street.
Imagine a wedding you kinda weren't stoked about going to. Now imagine that you're trapped in a Groundhog Day scenario where every day you wake up on the day of that wedding. That's basically what happens in this charming and wacky movie, starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti as two wedding guests who find themselves living the same day over and over again (and falling in love, ofc).
Love Wedding Repeat
This zany wedding comedy has it all: a jealous ex trying to ruin the day, wedding party hookups, a ruined cake, an embarrassing vomit incident...you get the idea.
The Wedding Planner
A classic rom-com. The Wedding Planner stars Jennifer Lopez as Mary, a wedding planner who has a meet-cute with a dreamy guy (hi, Matthew McConaughey). The only problem is that it turns out he's the groom for a wedding that she's planning.
Crazy Rich Asians
This entire movie is eye candy. From the gorgeous scenery to the opulent wardrobes to that awe-inspiring wedding (a water-filled aisle! Super-lush grass! Everyone waving sticks that look like fireflies!), the whole thing is just so beautiful.
Ready or Not
Your in-laws might be annoying, but at least they didn't force you to participate in a family tradition of murderous hide-and-seek on your wedding night (....I hope).
The Wedding Singer
🎶 SOMEBODY KILL ME PLEASE 🎶
(No, but actually this movie is very cute).
The Best Man
It wouldn't be a wedding without some drama. In The Best Man, it's all about a steamy book that the best man has written, with some of it based on his and his friends' real-life encounters. Cue chaos.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.
Julia Roberts plays a woman who has left multiple fiancés standing at the alter, earning her the nickname "The Runaway Bride." Richard Gere plays the reporter who's writing an in-depth article about her in order to restore his journalistic reputation. Naturally, they fall in love.
This tearjerker of a movie revolves around a family who has gathered in China ostensibly to celebrate a wedding. But the real reason they're there is to say goodbye to their family matriarch, who doesn't realize that she only has a few weeks to live.
From Dustin Hoffman yelling "Elaine!" to that long shot of their dimming facial expressions on the bus, it's worth re-watching this 1967 classic again and again.
Rachel Getting Married
Love your weddings with a good side of family drama? I gotchu. This movie stars Anne Hathaway as Kym, a recovering drug addict and the black sheep of her family who is given leave from rehab to attend her sister's wedding. Naturally, old wounds are re-opened and new ones are formed.
What I'm realizing is that Julia Roberts must have spent a lot of time in the '80s and '90s wearing a wedding dress, since this is the third wedding movie on this list that she starred in. Anyway, Steel Magnolias is all about a tight-knit group of women who support each other through life's ups (like weddings!) and downs (like what happens to Julia's character later in the movie).
There's a lot going on in this movie about time travel, but one of the most stunning parts is Rachel McAdams' red wedding dress. We love a bold non-traditional wedding lewk.
If you've ever been to a wedding, you know that having a good plus-one is CRUCIAL. This film follows two long-time friends who agree to be each other's plus-one to all the weddings they're expected to attend over the summer. Naturally, things get complicated.
Our Family Wedding
This comedy is a great reminder that when you marry someone, you marry their family too. And if your family and their family don't get along, things can get...difficult.
Four Weddings and A Funeral
This movie follows a forever bachelor as he attends several weddings (and one funeral, as the name implies), always wondering whether or not he's ready for love.
Gorgeous Greek island setting + Meryl Streep + a wedding + ABBA + baby daddy drama = this movie.
Madea's Family Reunion
Okay, I didn't really expect this from a comedy, but the vows at the end of this are actually so beautiful?
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Am I the only one who didn't know that Shonda Rhimes wrote the screenplay for this movie??? Anyway, Anne Hathaway stars as the princess of Genovia, who must marry in order to take over the throne and become queen.
Think Like a Man Too
In this sequel to Think Like a Man, the whole group is back together in Vegas for Michael and Candace's wedding. But of course, nothing goes according to plan.
Katherine Heigl is always the bridesmaid (27 times!), never the bride. She's also in love with her boss, who is set to marry her sister. It's all a big yikes, at least until James Marsden comes along.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
Have I ever loved a comedy pairing as much as I love Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick? Probably not.
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds star as a domineering book editor and overworked assistant. When Sandra's character realizes she's facing deportation back to Canada, she convinces her assistant to marry her in exchange for advancing his career. But like, we know the enemies-to-lovers trope, right?
Father of the Bride
Steve Martin stars as a father who's struggling to let go of his daughter who is about to get married. It'll probably make you want to call your dad.
Father of the Bride
And of course: if you're a fan of the OG, you don't want to miss the new remake. In this updated version of the classic movie, a father is forced to come to terms with marrying off his daughter and handle multiple relationships within his sprawling Cuban American family.
Made of Honor
Would it shock you to know that these "platonic friends" do not stay platonic for the entire film, as she gets engaged and he realizes he has been in love with her all along?
I Love You Man
The real love story here is between Paul Rudd and Jason Segel's characters, but the wedding between Paul Rudd and Rashida Jones' characters is pretty cute, too.
People usually think about this more as a holiday movie, but it *does* open with a super sweet wedding scene. Still obsessed with Keira Knightly's bridal fit.
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