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Best Wedding-Themed Movies of All Time

by Jennifer Lafferty

Best Wedding-Themed Movies of All Time
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Weddings have always been a popular theme for romantic films. The optimism, joy and festivity revolving around a wedding, combined with the magic of Hollywood can offer audiences a perfect escape. While most of these movies involve traditional love stories, like 27 Dresses or The Five Year Engagement, some take a unique and interesting turn like the comedy In & Out.



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Father of the Bride


This classic film humorously and tenderly explores an extravagant wedding from the perspective of a bride’s father. The original 1950 version starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor was remade in 1991 with Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding


Released in 2002, this endearingly offbeat film became the highest grossing romantic comedy ever. When the awkward Toula (Nia Vardalos) finally falls in love, her distinctly Greek family clashes with her waspy fiance (John Corbett). The sequel debuts this month.

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The Proposal


Some of the best wedding movies are the least conventional, like this 2009 comedy about a tyrannical publishing executive (Sandra Bullock) who tries to blackmail her long-suffering assistant (Ryan Reynolds) into marrying her so she won’t be deported.

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The Five-Year Engagement


We know in our hearts that Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) are meant to be, but it’s hard to believe they’ll ever make it to the altar in the charmingly wacky rom-com The Five-Year Engagement.

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Nothing spoils a wedding like an overbearing in-law, like Jane Fonda’s character in this comedy about a woman who tries to sabotage the engagement between her son (Michael Vartan) and a girl she disapproves of (Jennifer Lopez).

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The Philadelphia Story


In this treasured 1940 romantic comedy, Katharine Hepburn gives a memorable performance as a socialite who’s thrown off guard by her ex-husband (Cary Grant) and a tabloid style reporter (Jimmy Stewart) showing up just prior to her wedding.

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Sweet Home Alabama


Love triangles are popular in wedding themed movies, like the 2002 dramedy Sweet Home Alabama. The film stars Reese Witherspoon as a New York designer who travels to her rustic hometown to divorce her estranged husband, so she can remarry.

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Muriel’s Wedding


This quirky Australian dramedy follows a fantasy-prone young woman, convinced marriage will reverse her loser image. After a sham wedding, Muriel realizes how unimportant appearances are compared to meaningful relationships, and focuses on having a real life.

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I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry


This comedy farce about a widowed fireman who marries another heterosexual fireman to solve a problem with his insurance was a big hit, mainly due to the winning collaboration between stars Kevin James and Adam Sandler.

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27 Dresses


Always a bridesmaid, never a bride; Jane is heartbroken after her boss, whom she secretly loves, proposes to her sister. But when a cynical journalist enters the picture, Jane learns love can arrive in surprising packages.

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Four Weddings and a Funeral


In his American breakthrough co-starring Andie McDowell, Hugh Grant portrays a confirmed bachelor in this popular 1994 romantic dramedy. His character realizes over a series of social gatherings that he may have let his soulmate get away.

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Mamma Mia!


In this adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, young Sophie’s upcoming wedding reunites her mother with three men suspected of being Sophie’s father. Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried star in this lighthearted movie based on the songs of ABBA.

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In & Out


The 1997 comedy In & Out centers on closeted gay English teacher Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline), who is marrying his longtime girlfriend for all the wrong reasons. The film is ultimately a humorous and poignant tale of self-discovery.

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Love Actually


This London-based ensemble comedy features the intersecting stories of several couples including Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel), whose unusual wedding video leads to an admission by Peter’s friend Mark (Andrew Lincoln) that he’s secretly in love with Juliet.

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The Wedding Singer


This romantic comedy stars Adam Sandler as a tenderhearted wedding singer who becomes soured on weddings when he’s dumped by his own fiancee. Things improve when he falls for a sweet waitress (Drew Barrymore)—the problem is, she’s already engaged.