10 Best English Romance Movies: Making Love Across the Pond
The 10 best English romance movies feature stories from England, both historical and contemporary, telling the story of people falling in love. These movies are steeped in English culture and have a distinctive look and feel to their stories of loss, love and relationships.
“Four Weddings and a Funeral” – This is a 1994 English romance movie starring Hugh Grant, directed by Mike Newell. The movie follows the lives of a group of friends who Grant’s character sees reuniting at various weddings and a funeral. Andie MacDowell stars as his love interest.
“Notting Hill” – “Notting Hill” is a 1999 English romance movie starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant with a script by the man who wrote “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” Grant plays an English bookstore who develops a relationship with an American Hollywood actress.
“Bridget Jones’s Diary” – Based on the novel of the same name, this is an English romance movie from 2001 about a single woman in London trying to make sense of her life. She writes a diary about her attempts at turning her life around while meeting a new man named Darcy.
“Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason” – The sequel to “Bridget Jones Diary,” this 2004 English romance movie continues the story of Bridget Jones, now in a relationship with Darcy. The movie has more awkward situations including Bridget getting arrested in Thailand for cocaine possession.
“Sliding Doors” – This is an English romance movie from 1998 that is also partially a sci-fi experimental film. Gwyneth Paltrow plays a woman who loses her job. As she is heading back home to her boyfriend, the story splits in two with one story showing what happens when she misses a train and the other showing what happens when she makes the train.
“The Holiday” – “The Holiday” is an interesting film, mixing an American and English romance movie into one. Two couples meet and fall in love, one in American and the other in London. Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet star as the two women who swap lives and find love on the other side of the ocean.
“Pride and Prejudice” – The 1995 BBC movie “Pride and Prejudice” remains one of the finest English romance movies ever made. Colin Firth stars as Mr. Darcy while Jennifer Ehle is Elizabeth Swan in the retelling of the classic Jane Austin tale of class warfare and love.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” – Colin Firth and Rupert Everett star in this English romance movie from 2002. Firth plays Jack, a man who travels to London under the assumed name Earnest. When Everett arrives at Jack’s home, claiming to be Earnest, things begin to spin out of control.
“Love Actually” – This English romance movie follows a variety of individuals who are interlinked and their search for love. The movie has an all-star cast including Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson.
“Emma” – Based on the Jane Austin novel, Gwyneth Paltrow stars as Emma Woodhouse in this English romance movie. The movie features Emma as a matchmaker who normally fails in her endeavors at hooking her friends up. When she learns to stop meddling, people finally end up with who they were meant to be with.