Movies Like 'Love Actually' to Watch Next

Here you'll find 10 movies like 'Love Actually,' ranked by Metascore, to get you into the spirit this holiday season.
by Taylor Freitas — 

Andrew Lincoln in 'Love Actually'

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Love Actually, the 2003 romantic comedy-drama directed by Richard Curtis, is a beloved holiday classic that follows more than a dozen people in London in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Their stories — although quite different — are often interlinked, and many of the main characters are eventually revealed to be friends, family, and colleagues.

The film begins five weeks before Christmas, with some of the key plotlines including a will-they-won't-they relationship between new U.K. Prime Minister David (Hugh Grant) and his junior staff member Natalie (Martine McCutcheon); an office affair between Harry (Alan Rickman) — who is married to David's sister Karen (Emma Thompson) — and his subordinate Mia (Heike Makatsch); and the grieving process of recent widower Daniel (Liam Neeson) — one of Karen's good friends — who's left in charge of his stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster). 

There's also Billy Mack (Bill Nighy), the aging rock star trying to revive his career by performing a Christmas-themed jingle; a writer, Jamie (Colin Firth), who falls in love with his housekeeper Aurélia (Lúcia Moniz); and a love triangle between newlyweds Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and Peter's best friend Mark (Andrew Lincoln).

In some regards, it's hard to find another movie that's exactly like Love Actually. As a British Christmas romantic dramedy with an ultra-talented ensemble cast and multiple interconnected storylines, there simply aren't many other films that meet all of these criteria. There are, however, a number of movies that share something in common with Love Actually, including holiday comedies and English rom-coms with some of the same cast and crew. 

Here you'll find 10 movies like Love Actually, ranked by Metascore,to get you into the spirit this holiday season.


Hugh Grant in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'

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Four Weddings and a Funeral 

Metascore: 81 
Best for: Fans of '90s British rom-coms
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Runtime: 117 minutes

Directed by Mike Newell and written by Curtis, Four Weddings and a Funeral follows Charles (Grant), an unmarried man in England, who strikes up a romantic connection with an American woman named Carrie (Andie MacDowell) at a friend's wedding. Even as they date (and ultimately marry) other people, Charles and Carrie continue to see each other occasionally over the next several years, keeping their spark alive through weddings, divorces, and deaths. Four Weddings and a Funeral, which came out in 1994, earned two Academy Award nominations and won four BAFTA Awards, including Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Actor.

"A romantic screwball comedy, one is as intoxicated by words, dialogue and characters as by love." — Louis Black, The Austin Chronicle


From left to right: Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis in 'Happiest Season'


Happiest Season 

Metascore: 69 
Best for: Fans of dysfunctional family comedies and LGBTQ+ love stories
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Runtime: 102 minutes

Released on Hulu in 2020, Happiest Season is a holiday-themed romantic comedy directed and co-written by Clea DuVall. Like Love Actually, it features an ensemble cast who are tied together by love, family, and politics and come together to celebrate Christmas. In the middle of it all is Harper Caldwell (Mackenzie Davis), who's bringing her girlfriend, Abby Holland (Kristen Stewart), home to meet her family for the first time. The only issue? On the way there, Harper tells Abby that she hasn't come out to her parents yet, afraid that her sexuality could affect her father's political career.

"The film is cheeky and blithe and situational, suffused with enough upscale Christmas froth to get the audience high on spiced-cocktail fumes." — Owen Gleiberman, Variety


Julia Roberts in 'Notting Hill'

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Notting Hill

Metascore: 68 
Best for: Fans of English humor-infused rom-coms with lots of twists and turns
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Runtime: 124 minutes

In 1999, Curtis and Grant teamed up again for Notting Hill, a romantic comedy directed by Roger Michell. In it, Grant plays a divorced bookstore owner named William Thacker, who unexpectedly meets one of the world's biggest movie stars — Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) — in his shop. After a few romantic outings in London, the pair part ways when Anna's boyfriend comes into town. As time goes on, the transatlantic couple is repeatedly brought back together and pulled apart due to a series of misunderstandings and poor timing, but they eventually get the chance to give their relationship a try.

"Adorable, if uneven, romantic comedy." — Jeff Giles, Newsweek


Renée Zellweger in 'Bridget Jones's Diary'


Bridget Jones's Diary 

Metascore: 66 
Best for: Fans of cheeky romantic romps with a few cringe-worthy moments
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Runtime: 95 minutes

Renée Zellweger stars as the titular character in Bridget Jones's Diary, the quintessential rom-com about a slightly awkward thirty-something looking for love, happiness, and success in London. Co-written by Curtis, much of the film focuses on Bridget's romantic interests, including her boss Daniel Cleaver (Grant), and her childhood neighbor Mark Darcy (Firth). It also follows the progression of her career and her ambitions of becoming a TV journalist, as well as her efforts to quit smoking, cut down on drinking, and lose weight. The 2001 film spawned two sequels and netted Zellwegger an Oscar nod for Best Actress.

"Ninety-five breezy minutes that typify cotton-candy filmmaking." — Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Observer


Sarah Jessica Parker and Dermot Mulroney in 'The Family Stone'

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The Family Stone 

Metascore: 56
Best for: Fans of quirky family holiday dramedies
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Runtime: 103 minutes

Released in 2005, this Thomas Bezucha-directed film depicts a Christmastime gathering of the eccentric New England-based Stone family, led by parents Sybil (Diane Keaton) and Kelly (Craig T. Nelson). The movie focuses on the dynamics between Everett (Dermot Mulroney), their oldest son, and his girlfriend, Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker), who's coming to meet the Stones for the first time. Unfortunately, the introduction is rocky, which creates a divide between Meredith and the family — but spurs intriguing new connections between Meredith and Everett's brother Ben (Luke Wilson), as well as Everett and Meredith's sister Julie (Claire Danes).

"Although in danger of being unable to decide what kind of film it wants to be, a well-written script and well-judged performances make this a family outing worth taking." — Genevieve Harrison, Empire


Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson in 'About Time'

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About Time 

Metascore: 55 
Best for: Fans of time-traveling flicks based around love stories
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Runtime: 123 minutes

Curtis also wrote and directed About Time, a 2013 romantic dramedy about Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), a young man who discovers that he's inherited the ability to time travel and repeat the past. With this power, Tim can go back and make different decisions that will affect his future. Over the course of his life, he uses his time-traveling abilities to redo key moments with his wife, Mary (Rachel McAdams), his troubled sister Kit Kat (Lydia Wilson), and his cancer-afflicted father, James (Nighy).

"Curtis pulls off some amusing moments, and he has a secret weapon: Nighy, who is so jolly and funny you wish he'd had more screen time." — Connie Ogle, The Miami Herald


Kate Winslet in 'The Holiday'

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The Holiday 

Metascore: 52
Best for: Fans of sweet international romance stories with a sense of humor
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Runtime: 131 minutes

Nancy Meyers' The Holiday was released in 2006 and follows two single women — American Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz) and Brit Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) — who decide to swap homes for two weeks during the holiday season. After adjusting to their new locales, Iris and Amanda both receive a welcome surprise when they find love while staying in each other's houses. For Iris, it's with music composer Miles Dumont (Jack Black), who works with Amanda's cheating ex-boyfriend. Across the pond, Amanda forms a romantic connection with Iris' brother Graham (Jude Law), a widower with two young daughters.

"A 131-minute romantic comedy for those who, if they had their way, would still be watching Love Actually." — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune


The cast of 'Nothing Like the Holidays'

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Nothing Like the Holidays 

Metascore: 50
Best for: Fans of family-focused comedies with serious undertones
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Runtime: 98 minutes

It may not have the English charm of Love Actually, but Nothing Like the Holidays is another option to consider if you enjoy funny — and sometimes serious — flicks about families coming together for Christmas. The 2008 film revolves around the Chicago-based Rodriguez family, which is reuniting after their youngest son Jesse (Freddy Rodríguez) returns from overseas military service. The holiday gets off to a heartwarming start as Jesse joins his parents, siblings, and extended family members for dinner, but the mood quickly changes when his mom announces that she's divorcing his dad.

"Provides mostly entertaining spectacle." — Stina Chyn, Film Threat


Olivia Munn and Jason Bateman in 'Office Christmas Party'

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Office Christmas Party 

Metascore: 42
Best for: Fans of outlandish workplace comedies with star-studded casts
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Runtime: 105 minutes

If you liked Love Actually for its ensemble cast and holiday theme, then Office Christmas Party could be up your alley as well, even though it's more of a rowdy comedy than a romance film. From 2016, the film centers around the fictional technology firm Zenotek, whose Chicago branch faces closure from CEO Carol Vanstone (Jennifer Aniston). Desperate to keep the office in business, the branch leaders throw a lavish Christmas party, hoping to impress a potential new financier. At the event, things quickly go off the rails as the employees entertain themselves with copious amounts of alcohol, drugs, and sex.

"Yes, there are laughs to be had, but not the off-the-charts merriment promised by the title and the film's expert cast of comic actors." — Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle


Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn in 'Four Christmases'

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Four Christmases 

Metascore: 41 
Best for: Fans of messy family dramedies with a holiday twist
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Runtime: 88 minutes

Another holiday movie with an ensemble cast, 2008's Four Christmases tells the story of Brad McVie (Vince Vaughn) and Kate Kinkaid (Reese Witherspoon), a San Francisco couple who leave the country every year for Christmas. But when their overseas trip to Fiji gets canceled at the last minute, they reluctantly make last-minute plans to see each of their divorced parents — forcing them to have four Christmas celebrations in a single day. Each visit brings a different kind of chaos, with Brad and Kate learning secrets about each other that they'd previously kept hidden.

"To put it in the best light possible, I recommend thinking of Four Christmases not so much as a really short movie but as a very special holiday episode of a sitcom." — Rick Kisonak, Film Threat