Hallmark is known for its movies about love, family, and holiday cheer. Over the years, they have released a catalogue of outstanding films that are classics to fans of the channel. The best thing about Hallmark movies since the very first one in 1951 is how they explore love in all its forms. Below is a list of Hallmark’s best romantic movies.
1. Autumn Dreams
This is a 2015 release perfect for fans of Reese Witherspoon’s Sweet Home Alabama. A former couple finds out that their annulment had an error and they’re still husband and wife. Their wedding was spur of the moment and their parents were opposed to it, calling for an annulment. The movie stars Teen Wolf’s Jill Wagner and Colin Egglesfield.
2. Love Blossoms
This is a 2017 film that subverts Hallmark’s tried and true formula. It follows the career of a perfumer, Violet (Shantel VanSanten) who is struggling to perfect her late father’s final scent. In desperation, she hires a botanist (Victor Webster) with no history in perfume making. However, he can identify different scents like a fragrance savant. The two figure out how to recreate the scent and sniff out love along the way.
3. Never Too Late To Celebrate
To be more diverse, Hallmark got Sleepover’s Alexa Vega and Big Time Rush’s Carlos Pena, a real-life couple, to play Camila and Javi. After getting together, Camila realises she has been neglecting her Mexican heritage and her newfound romance helps her navigate the culture. This 2023 movie is a love letter to romance and tradition.
4. Love Comes Softly
Katherine Heigl is known for her heyday in Roswell, and Grey’s Anatomy. But before she became a romcom staple in films like 27 Dresses she starred in the 2003 Hallmark adaptation of a book by the same name. This is an adaptation of the first novel in the Janette Oke series. It is a 19th-century romantic drama following Marty (Heigl) who goes to work for a father and daughter after the death of her husband. She doesn’t think she’ll love her new life but ends up falling in love with the patriarch and her new home, starting a generational saga.
5. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
This 2021 romance is another unique one among the crop of Hallmark romantic fare. It follows Miranda (Italia Ricci) who runs a boot camp for the broken-hearted. She has a new client, Ben (Ryan Paevey) who is a reporter tasked with finding out whether the bootcamp is a sham or not.
6.The Magic Of Ordinary Days
This is a World War-era drama where Keri Russell plays Livy, a young woman who gets pregnant out of wedlock. To protect her reputation, Livy’s father sends her to live with a farmer in rural Colorado. The farmer is glad to be married and the chance for fatherhood. Livy eventually ends up loving her new life and husband.
7.Once Upon A Christmas Miracle
This 2018 darling is a twofer. Hallmark movie fans get a romance and a Christmas miracle movie in one. Heather (Aimee Teegarden) is a young woman who needs a liver transplant. She unexpectedly meets Chris (Brett Dalton) a kind young man who bonds with her and offers to donate. This leads to a profound friendship and romance that restores hope in the Christmas spirit.
8. The Nine Lives Of Christmas
This is one of the most popular Christmas movies. The 2014 movie contains many of Hallmark’s romance tropes and plenty of cats. Brandon Routh plays a firefighter Zachary, who ends up taking in a stray cat. He gets assisted by Marilee played by Kimberly Sustad, a vet student. The two slowly fall for each other. This movie is also great for cat lovers.
9. The Wedding Veil
This 2022 movie is great for fans of Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants. The enchanted veil helps its wearer find true love. Mean Girls’ Lacey Chabert plays Avery, and is the first of her friends to find love. The film sequels follow her two other friends.
10. The Colour Of Rain
Starring Hallmark veteran, Gina (Lacey Chabert), this 2014 film is a romantic drama. Chabert stars opposite Michael (Warren Christie), who is a recent widower with kids. She too has recently lost her husband to cancer. To navigate her grief, she starts volunteering at the school where her children attend. There she meets Michael and they bond, heal, move on, and eventually fall in love.
11. Summer Villa
In this 2016 romance, a romance author facing writer’s block and a chef struggling after a negative review end up having to share a French villa. As they cohabit, they end up inspiring each other and falling in love. The French countryside backdrop is warm and inviting. This film stars One Tree Hill’s Hilarie Burton and Hallmark veteran Victor Webster.
12. Perfect Match
In 2015, Hallmark released this movie for fans who like romance movies featuring couples that are already established. However, the couple, who are about to get married, can’t agree on anything. The groom’s mother then hires a wedding planner and event planner to resolve arising conflicts. But the planners are also horribly matched. The film stars Danica McKeller and Paul Greene.
13. Royal Matchmaker
A king hires a matchmaker to get his son a suitable bride in time for a royal celebration. Unfortunately, the matchmaker (Bethany Joy Lenz) ends up falling for the prince (Will Kemp). This 2018 release is great for fans of royal-themed romances.
14. Loving Leah
Loving Leah is a 2009 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. It’s a heartfelt romantic drama following Leah (Lauren Ambrose) whose husband dies suddenly. His brother, Jake (Adam Kaufman), suggests they get married to carry on the family name but only pretend to play as husband and wife. However, they struggle to maintain their platonic relationship as love blossoms between them.
15. All Of My Heart
Starring Hallmark veteran, Lacey Chabert, this 2015 film is about a woman who inherits half a house. She packs up her life and decides to move in and rebuild her life. However, the man who owns the other half (Brennan Elliot) has other plans. As co-owners they have to learn to cooperate, leading to a surprise friendship and warm romance.
16. Love Begins
A sequel to Love Comes Softly, this movie is about a young man, Clark (Wes Brown) has plans to see the world and find riches in the West. However, his plans are jeopardised when he fights with his friend and destroys a tavern. To work off his debt to society, he ends up working as a farmhand for the Barlow sisters. The older sister, Ellen (Julie Mond) isn’t warming up to Clark at first but eventually, they bond. However, when Clark suffers an injury and Ellen nurses him back to health, her former fiancé returns to win her back. Who will Ellen choose?
17. Just The Way You Are
This second-chance Hallmark movie romance follows a matchmaker Jennie (Candace Cameron Bure) who has been married for 15 years. But her marriage is stuck in a rut. To restore their spark, Jennie suggests she and her husband go on a blind date.
18. Dater’s Handbook
Cassandra Barber, played by the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, is unlucky in love. She turns to the eponymous self-help dating within the film to change her romantic fortunes. However, after following its advice, she ends up caught between two different guys.
Gloria Mari is a culture writer based in Nairobi, Kenya. She writes on art, film, literature, health, and the environment. She has previously written for Kenya Buzz, People Daily, The Elephant, and Kalahari Review.