Who says marriage takes all the excitement out of a relationship? You’ll find plenty of ammo to counteract that with this list.
1. Wedding Crashers – The first 20 minutes of this movie alone are all it takes to remind you of why weddings are so much fun… And such good places for your attendants and guests to find a little romance too! The fact that it’s also hilarious is just icing on the cake.
2. It Happened One Night– This is one of the best romantic comedies ever made – it won Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. Phew! But more than that, it’s incredibly fun to watch. Claudette Colbert plays a spoiled runaway heiress and Clark Gable is the disreputable reporter who goes after her. It’s witty, silly, occasionally naughty, and incredibly romantic.
3. Four Weddings and a Funeral– A movie that starts out as a wry look at social rituals reveals a belief in risk and true love. The whole cast is terrific, and Hugh Grant is at the height of his awkward charm.
4. Father of the Bride (1950 and1991) – It’s rare that a movie becomes a touchstone twice, but that’s what happened to both versions of this story of what a daughter’s wedding is like for dear old Dad. If you’ve already seen the Steve Martin remake, check out Spencer Tracy and an 18-year-old Elizabeth Taylor in the original.
5. My Best Friend’s Wedding– Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, and Dermot Mulroney star in a fun, fast-paced comedy about a woman who knows what she wants the minute she learns she can’t have it – specifically, her best friend, who she’d always kept in mind as a backup groom. Roberts tears off to Chicago to break up the couple and trouble, hijinks, and hilarious one-liners from Rupert Everett ensue.
6. Muriel’s Wedding– This great little movie has a quirky comic sensibility and tons and tons of ABBA, but there’s a surprising amount of depth to this great little flick. Dreamy misfit Muriel decides to leave her tiny hometown for a vacation and ends up changing her life.
7. Rachel Getting Married– This is Anne Hathaway like you’ve never seen her: a recovering drug addict who is deeply jealous of the attention the family is paying to her sister, the bride. While it’s not always a cheerful story, it’s proudly sentimental about the joining of families, and might be the most realistic wedding weekend you’ll ever see on film.
8. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers– With a title like that, do you need to ask why this is in the top ten? MGM executives didn’t expect this Howard Keel-Jane Powell musical and were shocked when it became a monster hit. We can safely say that this is the best celebration of marriage via multiple kidnappings you’ll ever see.
9. In & Out– To find true love you have to find yourself, and that’s what In & Out is all about. Kevin Kline is great as Howard Bracket, a high school teacher in a comfortable engagement… Until a former student has everyone in town thinking he’s gay. Joan Cusack got an Academy Award nomination for her performance as Howard’s fiancée – you’ll never forget her tearing around in her gown.
10. The Wedding Singer– You knew this one had to be on here somewhere. Get your 80’s on with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler as the cheesiest wedding singer in the world.