Wedding-related drama has long been popular (remember Shakespeare?). All time’s best wedding-themed movies are included here.
Weddings are one of the best ways to express our feelings for one another. Taken to its simplest form, a public declaration of love between two people in the presence of those closest to them is enough to bring a tear to the eye. The popularity of stories about individuals getting married dates back to Shakespeare, so it seems to reason that such tales have endured. You can laugh, cry, or cringe while watching movies about weddings (or, sometimes, all three). We’ve compiled a list of some of our all-time favorite wedding films. (If you’re looking for more, check out our picks for the finest musicals, mysteries, romances, and Bollywood films of all time.)
1. 27 Dresses
In this Katherine Heigl rom-com, written by the author ofThe Devil Wears Prada, the old adage “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” is examined in a new light. If you’re not interested in seeing a brilliant, humorous woman discover love, there’s much to enjoy in the schadenfreude of seeing the bridesmaid dresses that co-star in the movie.
2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
There are two types of wedding movies: those that focus on the concept of a wedding and those that focus on the actual planning and execution of a wedding.
If you’re looking for something more lighthearted, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is exactly what you’re looking for.
3. Mamma Mia
If you ask us, we can’t decide which is better: eternal love or ABBA tunes. InMamma Mia!, you don’t have to make a decision. Meryl Streep plays a mother-of-the-bride who is confronted by all three men who could be the father of her daughter in the riotous big-screen adaptation of the Broadway blockbuster.
4. The Wedding Planner
You can tell that The Wedding Planner was made with solely classic, early-aughts romantic comedies in mind. The gorgeous Jennifer Lopez, the attractive Matthew McConaughey, and a wedding-themed story about a lady divided between her profession and her heart are all combined in this film. Serve with a bottle of wine of your choice and shake well.
5. The Wedding Singer
Some leads in rom-coms have chemistry that can’t be created in a lab. Throughout the years, Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler have shown to be a great match. Their on-screen romance began with the romantic comedy The Wedding Singer in 1998.
6. Father of the Bride
The burden of preparing a fairytale wedding is depicted in Father of the Bride in a brutally honest manner. A distressed father, played by Steve Martin, must deal with the rising costs of a “smallish” at-home wedding while also trying to watch his daughter grow up.
7. My Best Friend’s Wedding
When you love the groom and want him to be happy, but you’ve just recently realized that you love the groom and want him to be happy with you personally, weddings can be a bittersweet experience. A lady tries to be happy for her best friend, while also attempting to lure him away from his effervescent fiancée, in the plot of Julia Roberts’ wedding classic.
Weddings and all things wedding-related have been a part of pop culture and gender stereotypes for decades. The perfect-wedding-planning gene isn’t passed down from mother to daughter in every household, and some women don’t want to put their own lives on hold for a year to prepare their best friend’s wedding day. There is a movie called Bridesmaids, which shows the internal turmoil and external stress that many women experience as they plan their own weddings and the weddings of their close female friends.
9. Wedding Crashers
In most weddings, there are a few people who no one knows the identity of. The far-flung relative who was compelled to attend. The friend from out of town you invited to be polite but never expected to make it to the wedding ceremony. It’s the central theme of Wedding Crashers to capitalize on the embarrassment of crashing a wedding in order to party for free.
10. Bride Wars
It’s only natural that best friends would share preferences on wedding-related items such as venues and caterers. So long as you don’t get married at the same time as your friend and wind up fighting over who gets what, that’s great! Bride Wars, starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, follows two best friends as they arrange their own weddings.
11. Four Weddings and a Funeral
Hugh Grant plays a young man in the throes of marriage season in this British classic. His life is forever altered as a result of attending four weddings in a year, as well as one burial. “Is it raining?” is the most famous line in the film. Stay for Hugh Grant in his peak, I hadn’t noticed.
12. Crazy Rich Asians
Large gatherings like weddings provide an opportunity to get to know your significant other’s loved ones. If you’ve ever felt like you had a “kick me” sign on your back before meeting the family, Crazy Rich Asiansis here to let you know that you are not alone. And if you’re a fan of extravagant weddings, the actual wedding scene in the movie is simply breathtaking.
13. Meet the Parents
We can’t forget 2000’sMeet the Parents, a comedy about introducing the love of your life to your family at a wedding, while discussing weddings as an excuse to meet your partner’s parents.
14. The Five-Year Engagement
Life can get in the way of love at times, but love always comes first. The Five-Year Engagement is here for every couple who has ever felt ready to commit but hasn’t been able to plan and execute the wedding for whatever reason.