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6 Movies like Bridget Jones’s Diary: Irresistible Romances

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Jane Howarth itcher‘Love Actually (2003)’, ‘The Holiday (2006)’ and ‘America’s Sweethearts (2001)’ are three lovable movies like ‘Bridget Jones’ I think you’ll warm to instantly. ~ Jane Howarth

To Darcy or Not to Darcy?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces…

What’s the best way to replicate the lovable ‘Bridget Jones’? If you just can’t get enough of the grumpy but secretly passionate ‘Mr Darcy’, revisit the classically styled ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (Joe Wright, 2005) or Bollywood-influenced ‘Bride and Prejudice’ (Gurinder Chadha, 2004).

Had enough of that particular romance? You can’t go wrong with another Jane Austen love story, this time featuring a fluffy-haired Hugh Grant alongside Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman,Greg Wise and Emma Thompson in ‘Sense and Sensibility’ (Ang Lee, 1995).

We don’t need to stick to the beloved Regency author, though. I think these next films will give you the ‘Bridget Jones’ feeling in no time, so settle down with a glass of wine and a box of chocolates for more cute romances.


Movies Similar to ‘Bridget Jones’…

‘Love Actually’ (Richard Curtis, 2003)

But you know, the thing about romance is… people only get together right at the very end…

I’ll never understand ‘Love Actually’s insistence on the magic of the Heathrow arrivals gate, which is wall to wall chaos with added gloomy people every time I’m there. Am I missing something? Luckily, the misguided framing of the story doesn’t cloud the rest of the movie, which is an extravaganza of love stories.

Most are cute, some are sad (and there were nearly more of them), but each one is really touching. ‘Bridget Jones’ fans should love two in particular – one is a fun story involving Hugh Grant as ‘Prime Minister’, and my personal favourite casts Colin Firth as a non-Portuguese-speaking writer who falls in love with his exclusively Portuguese-speaking housekeeper.

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Similarity Match: 90%
Both of ‘Bridget Jones’ love interests, a Christmassy London setting, and heaps of romance make this a failsafe choice.

‘The Holiday’ (Nancy Meyers, 2006)

Sex makes everything more complicated. Even not having it, because the not having it… makes it complicated…

Two women – one American and one English – swap houses for Christmas. Just as you’d hope from a sweet romantic comedy, they each find themselves attracted to a guy from the other’s home town.

I’m not the biggest Cameron Diaz fan, and I just couldn’t picture her, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black as a set of potential love interests. Kate Winslet couldn’t either, but maybe that’s why it works. But in five snowy minutes, ‘The Holiday’ had won me over.

Similarity Match: 90%
More unexpected romance with a hint of wintery cosiness – picture Bridget’s trips home.

‘Two Weeks Notice’ (Marc Lawrence, 2002)

Before you came into my life I could make all kinds of decisions, now I can’t, I’m addicted, I have to know what you think!

Sandra Bullock’s environmental lawyer is hired by Hugh Grant’s wealthy businessman, and despite their completely different ways of thinking, they start to fall for each other.

I think the most ‘Bridget’-worthy moment is the adorable lawyer’s very long post break-up takeaway order. Read more about it here, along with other movies like ’27 Dresses’ (Anne Fletcher, 2007).

Similarity Match: 80%
‘Bridget Jones’ star Hugh Grant, opposite Sandra Bullock as a lovable singleton? You can’t go wrong with this romantic comedy.

‘America’s Sweethearts’ (Joe Roth, 2001)

How can you be in love with someone and not even like them at the same time?

A new movie is about to launch, but it stars a Hollywood power couple who’ve since separated. In a bid to get their fractious relationship back on track, and help the film’s launch in the process, the studio’s publicist sets up a retreat to launch the movie and throw the stars back together. But the actor, ‘Eddie’, finds himself attracted to his ex’s sweet assistant.

Similarity Match: 80%
Love triangles and career drama ‘Bridget’ fans will love, this time with a Hollywood setting.


If You Like ‘Bridget Jones’, You Will Like…

I know I promised contemporary romantic comedies, but our next two movies are firmly in the classics category; I think you’ll like their fun sense of humour and their ‘Bridget’-style heroines.

‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ (Jean Negulesco, 1953)

All my life ever since I was a little girl I’ve always had the same dream. To marry a zillionaire…

Three girls rent an upscale New York apartment while they hunt for wealthy husbands in the city. Entertainment Weekly have said that Lauren Bacall steals the show, and I won’t argue with that for a second – she’s amazing as the effortlessly composed ‘Schatze’. Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe play her two flatmates, who try hard to emulate her.

Keeping up the right lifestyle isn’t cheap, though. Look out for their disappearing furniture as they sell it off and tell guests it’s out for cleaning.

I think you’ll love this classic about three 1950s girls struggling to get it right in life and romance.

‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ (George Roy Hill, 1967)

I’m going to marry an eligible bachelor. You see, I’m going to marry my boss… whoever he may be…

‘Millie’ is a flapper girl in progress, trying to navigate social situations, romance, and fast-moving trends in 1920s Manhattan. This sweet, colourful Julie Andrews musical is incredibly ‘Bridget Jones’ in spirit, mostly thanks to its endearing heroine who works hard on self-improvement.

‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ is also one of my favourite girly musical movies, so if this sounds like just the film for you, I bet you’ll love the other entries on my list.

‘Millie’ is as loveable and fun as ‘Bridget’, and the musical format is a great alternative to a typical romantic comedy.


Diary of a Bridget Jones Fan

People found ‘Bridget Jones’ in many different ways, whether they were an early adopter of the weekly column, picked up the book, or just jumped right in with the movie.

The movie’s interpretation of her diary entries felt like a great option for everyone. It let fresh viewers in on the charm of the written version, and proved to dedicated book fans that the movie wasn’t straying far.

I loved the format of both the book and movie, because it allowed ‘Bridget’ to release her inner peculiarities, worries, and her own unique point of view. You too? Then don’t miss Roxanne’s recommendations for more diary-style books.

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