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7 Holiday Romance Movies That Make Fall Swoon Season
by Jennifer Lafferty
Hollywood is serving up a lot of swoon-worthy romantic flicks this holiday season. So make plans to spend some time at the movies.
Prepare for the swoons, because there’s a wide range of diverse romantic comedies and dramas are debuting this holiday season. There is something for everyone, whether you’re looking for coming-of-age dramedies, historical dramas like, or even a sci-fi romance. And don’t even get us started on the Hollywood starlets and leading men that will be capturing our attention on the big screen.
The holiday season is a busy time, so be sure so circle these release dates on your calendar already so you don’t miss any must-see romantic movies.
1. My Dead Boyfriend
Release date: November 3
Based on Arthur Nersesian’s novel Dogrun, this unique romantic dramedy stars Heather Graham as a woman grieving for her late boyfriend (Rich Graff), when she suddenly discovers there was a completely different side to this man, who seemed like a simple homebody. ER‘s Anthony Edwards directs.
Release date: November 4
This emotionally compelling drama starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as an interracial couple, struggling for their rights in 1950s Virginia, will renew your belief in the power of love. The movie is based on the true story of a couple who take their case to the Supreme Court and are instrumental in legalizing interracial marriage. You’ll need to bring tissues to this one.
3. The Edge of Seventeen
Release date: November 18
The incredible Hailee Steinfeld stars as awkward high school misfit Nadine in this dramedy, which offers an interesting new take on coming-of-age movies. Nadine becomes even lonelier when her popular older brother, Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), but her own love life might be heating up soon. It’s as much a love story between besties as a traditional romance.
Release date: November 23
Featuring an irresistible mix of romance and espionage, this WWII drama from acclaimed director Robert Zemeckis, stars Brad Pitt as an intelligence officer in 1942 North Africa, who meets a French resistance fighter played by Marion Cotillard, on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. After reuniting in London, their relationship is strained by the extreme pressures of the war.
5. Rules Don’t Apply
Release date: November 23
This Warren Beatty-written and -directed film is another juicy historical drama. Lily Collins stars as wholesome young actress Marla Mabrey, under contract to eccentric filmmaker Howard Hughes (Beatty). Mabrey and her driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich) break the rules by becoming romantically involved and are deeply impacted by Hughes’ bizarre world. The cast is completely bananas, with Taissa Farmiga, Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Matthew Broderick, Haley Bennett, Alec Baldwin, and numerous others.
6. La La Land
Release date: December 16
Could we be more excited for this one? Singing and dancing Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling headline the highly anticipated showbiz-themed musical La La Land about a love affair between a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Co-starring J.K. Simmons, the movie was written and directed by emerging filmmaker Damien Chazelle (Whiplash; 10 Cloverfield Lane).
Release date: December 21
If you like the idea of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt alone in space together (and who doesn’t?), head to the theater for this romantic sci-fi epic about two passengers on a journey through space who awaken 90 years ahead of schedule. But it’s not all fun. When the lovers discover a danger onboard, they must save their 5,000 sleeping shipmates.