10 Best 2008 Romantic Movies

Tuesday, February 1 by Jackie Barlow

The ten best 2008 romantic movies include some that may well become classics. Whether adapted from a book, a play, a television series, or just becoming a movie as their first venture, these films are enjoyable and memorable.

  1. "Mamma Mia!", the movie, was a Broadway show that featured the pop songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA. Meryl Streep is a single independent mother who is also a small hotel owner on Greek island. She does a superb acting and singing job.  As her daughter Sophie's wedding approaches, Sophie secretly invites three men as guests. Why? Because she wants to find out who her father is, in order to have him walk her down the aisle. The answer is among these three who came to the island twenty years prior.
  2. "Sex and the City" resolves some of the issues that were presented in the beloved television series on HBO. The movie again follows the adventures of the four gals: Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte (Kristin Davis), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) as well as "Mr. Big" (Chris Noth). At the length of five television shows, it is about an exotic vacation as well as love, tears, sex, and fashion.
  3. "Australia" shows the magnificent scenery of the Northern Territory. An English lady (Nicole Kidman) inherits a cattle ranch and needs the help of a professional drover (Hugh Jackman) to get  her cattle to market. There is also history involved as they find themselves in the middle of the World War II bombing of Darwin in 1942. 
  4. "27 Dresses" stars Katherine Heigl as Jane, who has been a bridesmaid in 27 weddings. When her younger sister Tess comes to town, gets involved with Jane's boss, and asks Jane to be her maid of honor, Jane realizes that she has been secretly in love with that man herself..
  5. "Definitely, Maybe" is a romantic comedy that covers an unusual dilemma.  yan Reynolds plays a dad (Will Hayes) whose ten-year-old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin) wants to know how her parents fell in love. Will relives his past in flashbacks of three women that he dated, and Maya has to decide who he ended up marrying.
  6. "Happy go Lucky" finds Sally Hawkins playing Poppy, who is eternally optimistic. Poppy takes driving lessons from Scott (Eddie Marsan). Scott gets  jealous when Poppy connects with a social worker Tim (Samuel Roukin) at a dance class. There are also other interesting characters in the movie.
  7. "Nights in Rodanthe" is mature love developing between a woman (Diane Lane) and the only guest at a tiny coastal inn, Dr Paul Flanner (Richard Gere). Because she is married to a wayward husband and has a rebellious teenage daughter, there are problems in her marriage. Dr. Flanner has his own crisis. With a strong storm moving in, they reach for each other for comfort.
  8. "Fool's Gold" is a romance that is also an adventurous comedy. Ben "Finn" Finnegan (Matthew McConaughey) is a treasure hunter who, along with his wife Tess (Kate Hudson), discovers a treasure which makes them rich. Years later Finn has put all his money into finding 40 chests of a treasure on a Spanish 18th century ship that was lost at sea. Their marriage has deteriorated, but he gets her attention again with clues to the ship's location after Tess has gone on with her life and is working on a yacht. 
  9. "My Best Friend's Girl" is a romantic comedy that stars a man (Dane Cook) who earns a living by convincing women to go back to men they have recently dumped by taking them on terrible dates. His best friend (Jason Biggs) hires him to do that with a woman he wants back (Kate Hudson), but Cook realizes that he is falling in love with her.
  10. "Wedding Daze" stars Jason Biggs, who has given up on love after a broken relationship. On a dare from his friend (Michael Weston), Biggs proposes to the first girl he sees, Katie, the waitress (Isla Fisher). Following are problems that creep in even when falling in love at first sight. 
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