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Girl With a Pearl Earring. Photo: Lions Gate Films

The world fell in love with Colin Firth with his now iconic (and very romantic) performance of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice. And rightly so. Who doesn’t love Colin Firth? It’s because of that very question I thought it would be fun to explore a few of Colin Firth’s best romantic leading man roles.

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Now, not all of these choices are technically romances, but they do include an element of romance where Colin Firth gets to brush up on his romantic leading man skills! No one quite does old-fashioned romance better than Colin Firth with his smoldering stares, witty delivery of lines and sullen charm. So I have chosen 16 of his best romantic leading man performances (in the spirit of this site, of course) from the beginning of his film career to today.

So if you’re looking for a Colin Firth film to enjoy, I suggest giving these films and miniseries a try! All of these films can either be bought on DVD or streamed online.


#1 Pride and Prejudice (1995)

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Elizabeth (Jennifer Ehle) and Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) in Pride and Prejudice, 1995. Photo: BBC Worldwide

Could there be anything other than this at #1? While Pride and Prejudice wasn’t his first time in the leading man role, his performance as Mr. Darcy is certainly his most memorable.

#2 Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

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Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Bridget Jones’s Diary. Photo: Miramax.

Colin Firth shines once again as Mr. Darcy in this hilarious romantic comedy (and its sequel) also starring Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant. Firth gets to play the role that made him a superstar, this time in a modern setting. And while it is Rated R, you can still catch an edited version of it when it’s on TV.

#3 The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

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Colin Firth in The Importance of Being Earnest. Photo: Miramax

Lesser known, this period drama showcases just what Colin Firth excels at – costume dramas with an element of romance and humor. So, if you love Colin Firth in period costume (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), then The Importance of Being Earnest based on the Oscar Wilde play is a must see.

#4 Love Actually (2003)

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Love Actually. Photo: Universal Pictures

Colin Firth falls in love with his housekeeper in this charming romantic comedy. Though be warned, if you haven’t seen Love Actually then know it is Rated R and there are a couple of other storylines that have a little bit of graphic content.

#5 The King’s Speech (2010)

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The King’s Speech. Photo: UK Film Council/Momentum Pictures

While not a romantic film in and of itself, Colin Firth does give an unforgettable Oscar-winning performance as King George VI, a king who struggles with a stuttering problem. He also has a strong relationship with his wife in the film played beautifully by Helena Bonham Carter. And in a noteworthy moment, co-star Jennifer Ehle from Pride and Prejudice reunites with Firth in the film for a memorable scene together. Content Note: The film is rated R, but only for one scene with a few F-words.

#6 Nanny McPhee (2005)

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Nanny McPhee. Photo: Universal Pictures

This tale about a governess who uses magic to teach some unruly children is one for the whole family! Colin Firth plays the loving father who charmingly falls in love with the maid played by Kelly MacDonald.

#7 Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003)

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Girl With a Pearl Earring. Photo: Lions Gate Films

Colin Firth plays the famous painter Johannes Vermeer who falls in love with his maid in this historical fiction drama and then goes on to paint her in one of his most famous paintings. If you love history and art, then this one is a must see.

#8 Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

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Magic in the Moonlight. Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

If you love Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, then make sure to put Magic in the Moonlight on your Watchlist. While not a perfect film, Colin Firth does play a Darcy-like role in this period romantic comedy about a magician who is called upon to help unmask a spiritualist and psychic who is conning people – who he then falls in love with! Take note of the proposal scene which pays homage to Mr. Darcy.