The 45 Best Wedding Movies of All Time

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Movies that centre around weddings, like many love-themed movies, often get a bad reputation for being overly sensitive or filled with emotions while simultaneously possessing zero substance. Sure, this is true for plenty of romantic movies, but I would argue that not every movie has to have a moving message or a tug of war between your morals; it can simply be entertaining. Though wedding movies stereotypically fall within the romantic or rom-com genres, there is still so much substance in this category. Movies about romance that involve weddings usually fare well among audiences, so what is it that attracts people to weddings and romance movies as a whole?

The answer has to do with our psychology and how we project our own desires to the world around us. Phillip Hodson, a psychotherapist and author, elaborated on this with Time. “We need to live by stories that help us deal with tough realities. Idealism has a role to play – it can convince us that no matter how misshapen, decrepit, or dull we are, there is someone out there for us. And you know what? There is!” Furthermore, movies that involve weddings often have that magical fairy-tale element to them that humans, no matter how young or old, are always drawn to. This can be attributed to our innate desire to seek purpose and hope in our lives, according to Ellen Handler Spitz in The New Republic. “[Fairy tales] stimulate rainbows of feeling, insatiable curiosity, and inexhaustible searches for meaning,” she wrote. So if you are a sucker for rom-coms, don’t worry, it just means you’re a perfectly normal human.

It doesn’t have to be wedding season for you to indulge in some of the best romance movies out there. Whether you are having a girls’ night in or are seriously caught in your feels, we’ve compiled the perfect list of 45 wedding movies to fulfil your fairy tale dreams.

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