Top 15 Favorite Hallmark Channel Romances


Photo: Pixabay
Photo: Pixabay

Some nights call for staying in with a big bowl of popcorn and a Hallmark movie playing on the TV screen. Though the storytelling can get lost in clichés, I find their branding delightful. Thanks to the productions that result from that brand, these stories remind us that there is still wholesome storytelling to be found. I’ve collected the 15 romances that are commonly re-watched in my house. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a fun chick flick on a Saturday night in?

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Known for their annual string of Christmas programming, the network also produces romantic-comedies that are lighthearted fun with messages of faith, family, truth and best of all, there are always happily-ever-afters. I don’t know about you, but leading into Valentine’s Day, that is exactly what I look for.

15 Favorite Hallmark Channel Romances

#1. Be My Valentine 

be my valentine

Sweet story about a single father, whose profession as a firefighter makes him the perfect candidate for the bachelor auction at the annual fireman’s ball. Of course, when Dan and the florist Kate meet, a very different kind of sparks fly.

#2. Bridal Fever 

Bridal Fever

A lonely romance novelist decides to find the perfect guy for her editor. Cute, snappy and mixing in some nice classic literature references, this film is definitely a chick flick.

#3. Chance at Romance

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Wishing his father would find love again (following the death of his mother), a boy represents his well-known photographer father and replies to one of his emails. The woman on the other end of the letter – who just so happens to be a fan of Heath’s work, is invited out to their home unaware it isn’t Heath inviting her. Bad weather, baking and cupid work in harmony to bring these two together.

#4. Come Dance at My Wedding

Come Dance at my Wedding

This is probably the only film on this list that places the romance as a secondary afterthought, but it’s too sweet not to include. It’s about a father and daughter who reunite just prior to her wedding. Plus, I love the element dance plays in the story.

#5. Fixing Pete

Fixing Pete

Re-imagined as a My Fair Lady story, this one puts the guy in the makeover chair and the leading lady as the teacher.

#6. How to Fall in Love

How to fall in love

Starring Royal Pains Brooke D’Orsay, this is possibly my favorite romantic comedy ever to air on Hallmark. It’s not hard to love the characters and the story. While not unique, it is lovely. It’s about a geeky guy who hires his high school crush to be his dating “coach.” This is all sorts of cute.

#7. June in January

June in January

This one tells the story of a bride (again played by Brooke D’Orsay) whose soon to be mother-in-law is determined to prove she’s not good enough for her son. All sorts of shenanigans ensue, but ultimately, it’s a sweet story that never goes over-the-top ridiculous.

#8. Love by the Book

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Though there is no royalty in this film, it’s very much a modern fairytale. Its heroine, Emma is obsessed with fables – which her quaint bookstore can attest to, and all she wants is to find Prince Charming. When her silent investor sends his son to ensure the business stays afloat and Emma meets the man who sweeps her off her feet, things get complicated.

#9. Lucky in Love

Lucky in Love

Following an April Fool’s wish list, Mira’s plans for the future begin coming true – dream promotion, new house… and the perfect guy.

#10. Nearlyweds

nearlyweds

Nearlyweds tells the story of three recently married couples who all find out they weren’t legally married. Naturally, it not only causes complications in the lives of the couples, it also makes them reevaluate and ask themselves if they made the right decision. Interestingly, fans of The Flash will recognize Dr. Caitlin Snow as one of the almost-brides.

#11. The Seven Year Hitch

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Two best friends – Jennifer and Kevin, are still rooming together, seven years after Jennifer allowed Kevin to move in following college. Now with Jennifer working in a successful job and about to be married, it’s time for Kevin to leave. But afraid of losing his best friend, Kevin finds a loophole to challenge Jennifer’s plans. Though the hero is sometimes a bit too “childish” for my liking, again, this is another one I enjoy when wanting some lighthearted “fluff.”

#12. Smooch

smooch

Concerned for her single mother (played by Kellie Martin), a young girl kisses a frog hoping he’ll turn into a prince. When she finds a man who cannot remember who he is – in a pond, no less! – she takes the frog prince home with her. Love follows and what unfolds is a sweet contemporary fairytale.

#13. So You Said Yes

so-you-said-yes

Part Monster-in-Law, this romance is one of THE most darling films in Hallmark’s originals. It stars favorite Kellie Martin as a vintage bridal shop owner whose main competitor turns out to be her new boyfriend’s mother.

#14. Surprised by Love

Surprised-by-Love

High school friends coincidentally run into each other again leading to a perfect solution to Josie’s problem. With her parent’s anniversary party coming and a boyfriend her parent’s don’t like, she brings home her friend as her “plus one,” hoping his free-spirited personality will make her corporate boyfriend all the more appealing. Maybe not my favorite on this list, this film deserves kudos just for incorporating a cake made of Twinkies.

#15. A Wish Come True

A Wish Come True

A recent original premiere to air on Hallmark, this story has a great message about realizing that our wishes aren’t exactly “real.” The fantasy world its heroine Lindsay lives in (through her wishes) leads her to discover the easy life isn’t what she wanted.

Are any of these your favorites? If not, which Hallmark Channel Romances are on your favorites list?


Photos: Crown Media Press / Hallmark

 

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Rissi JC

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Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (http://www.rissiwrites.com).

  • Arantxa

    This is just what I needed, tank you!

  • CrissieP

    Am making my way through this terrific list – thank you so much. Rom coms and romantic dramas are the ultimate escapism. So far, Chance at Romance is my fav.

    • Rissi

      Hi Crissie! I’m glad you’re finding some fun “escapism” rom-coms. Those are my favorite. “Chance at Romance” is really sweet. In particular I liked the two main stars together and the hero’s son (with his mischievous match making). Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  • Annie

    A few recent movies are my personal favorites…”All of my Heart”…Lacey and Brennan Elliott were fantastic. It’s also very funny too! I loved loved loved “A Country Wedding” with Autumn and Jesse Metcalf. He sings in the movie and I’m hoping hallmark allows him to put these 3 songs on iTunes. He could definitely have a singing career! I agree with 4, 5 and 6 of this list. John Schneider is always great and does a amazing job in “Come Dance at my Wedding”.

    • Rissi

      Hi, Annie, thanks for commenting. I agree. “All of My Heart” was sweet. Such a quirky, almost “unusual” film for Hallmark. I think the ONLY thing that held me back from 100% loving it was Brennan being cast in the good guy role: right now I’m so used to disliking his character on “Cedar Cove.” Seeing him in a leading man role was a switch. 😀

      Agree with you about “A Country Wedding,” too. It was darling. Hope you can find the songs! Thanks for sharing your favorite Hallmark Channel picks. 🙂

  • I’m on a Hallmark kick right now, and your list was a Godsend! I’m working my way through it, THank you!

    • Rissi

      Hi, Alex. Thanks for reading through my list! It was sure fun to put together and I hope you continue to enjoy your journey through Hallmark’s original films. 🙂

  • Eduarda Graciano

    Love the numbers 8, 6 and specially 5. But my favorite isn’t in the list: I Do, I Do, I Do.

    • Rissi

      “How to Fall in Love” is one of my all-time Hallmark favorites. It’s such a cute film, plus the cast is perfect. You know, I’m not sure if I’d seen “I Do, I Do, I Do” when putting this together. Either way, it’s also cute. Thanks for commenting, Eduarda. 🙂

  • Michelle

    “How to fall in love” is my favorite as well, but I also loved “Snow Bride”. It was so cute!
    Good list by the way 🙂

    • Rissi

      We are in 100% agreement on that; ‘How to Fall in Love’ is one of my most favorites. 🙂 I liked ‘Snow Bride’ too. Thanks for reading, Michelle.

  • Domi

    I fell in love with “Love by the book”… Very nice 🙂 And Be my Valentine! But I did not like Lucky in Love… I don’t know, I really did not like the main female character 🙂

    • “Love by the Book” is indeed super cute! I’m glad to know you enjoyed that one, Domi. 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment.

      • Domi

        I am actually finishing this list 🙂 But “Love by the Book” is still my favourite one. It is the same with this website! I looked other lists and wrote them down to watch as much movies as possible 🙂 Thank YOU!

        • Fun! Hopefully someday ‘Love by the Book’ will appear on DVD because I’d like to own it; I’m do like my Hallmark films. 🙂 I hope you enjoy those you’ve yet to see.

          • Domi

            Same by me 🙂 I like to have films I like at home on DVDs.

          • YES! It’s more fun to have that collection; that way whenever the fancy to watch something specific strikes, it’s waiting there on your shelf. 😀

          • Domi

            Definitely! You can watch it whenever you want … And it is a small way how to support your favourite films 🙂

  • Mackenzie

    My favorite Hallmark movie of all times is “The Lost Valentine” I was sobbing by the end, happy tears!!! Just thought I’d share!

  • Michelle

    “How to Fall in Love” is definitely my favorite so far! I wish Hallmark makes more movies like this one – excellent acting, realistic dialogue, so cute! Brooke D’Orsay is so effervescent, and Eric Mabius is so real & convincing in this movie!

    • That’s (without a question) my most favorite romcom (from Hallmark) too, Michelle. I love Brooke as an actress, and really enjoyed Eric’s “geeky” leading man. Plus, the scenes between them? So swoony! 🙂

  • sydney

    ‘How to Fall in Love’ really surprised me by how good it was. Great dialogue, fluid story line… I was really invested in their stories. I also like a recent called Autumn Dreams and Stop the Wedding with Rachel Boston was really delightful. I almost always watch the movie marathons on saturday. Lately it has been bothering that Halmark movies lack diversity. I would love to see diversity in the lead characters! Muslims, black, Hispanics! Lets represent America better

    • “How to Fall in Love” is one of my most favorite in the Hallmark Original movies list. I’ve not seen the two you mention, but am excited to eventually see them! I did enjoy the recent “Dater’s Handbook.” 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Sydney; my apologies for not replying before now, but I appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

  • Bonnie Ducic

    Hi, I live overseas and usually have to Wait until someone puts a Hallmark Film on YouTube (and catch it before They take it off) or somewhere else online to Watch it… I’ve been on a Hallmark binge this summer and I love this list. Since everyone is talking about How To Fall In Love (all though I think I watched that one last year) I think I’ll just have to check it out. 😉 Thanks!

    • Hi, Bonnie! I’m glad you can catch some Hallmark originals. They’re so cute, and make great binge-watch material. 🙂 “How to Fall in Love” is super cute, and is on region 1 DVD. I’m not sure if it’s available on other regions, but that might be an option for you. Hope you enjoy – and thanks for reading!

  • blissweb

    I will have to start going through this list. I’ve only seen Nearlyweds which was excellent. One missing from your list that I watched recently was “Recipe for Love”, and another I’m watching right now is called “Midnight Masquerade”, which so far is very cute. Thanks for the list !

    • “Midnight Masquerade” is really cute! I agree. I’ll have to check out “Recipe for Love” too – especially with Danielle Panabaker who I like in CW’s “The Flash.” Hope you find some new Hallmark’s to enjoy, and thanks for the reminders. Perhaps someday I’ll need to make a second/part 2 list that feature the Hallmark’s I missed or the new romcoms they enchanted us with. 🙂

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