21 Feel-Good Films to Watch for People Suffering From Hallmark Christmas Movie Withdrawals

Tanvier Peart | Jan 3, 2019 Movies
21 Feel-Good Films to Watch for People Suffering From Hallmark Christmas Movie Withdrawals

Nights in Rodanthe
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With the holidays over, it can be mighty hard to let go of one pastime that was truly the gift that kept on giving: Hallmark Christmas movies. (Ssh, ssh. No need to speak ... we know how hard it is.) Yup, those blessed, heartwarming films with obvious endings kept our holiday spirits high and inspired us to check out a few small towns nearby. They were our escape from life, the craziness of Christmas, and trying to remain in our right state of mind with unexpected guests and that dang Elf on a Shelf. We knew what to expect -- with the hometown girl leaving the big city to clear her head in the town she loves, coincidentally running into a dreamy former flame who happens to be single.

In a life of chaos and imperfection, these cheesy Hallmark films gave us the happily ever after we can only dream to live out. (Seriously, how can these bakers and struggling artists afford such beautiful lofts and garlands -- with Christmas lights -- all up and through their homes??)

And we're forever grateful.

While Hallmark is showing reruns of its "Countdown to Christmas" lineup, some of us might want more than a film we've already seen two ... or four times. (Don't judge.) We want the adventure, the love stories, and a taste of wanderlust -- even if the couple in question doesn't head off into the sunset together.

Here's a look at 21 films that bring Hallmark-y feels to hold us over until the next Christmas season -- or the channel's fun Christmas in July. (It's pretty good.) Most of us are familiar with a number of these flicks, with others being the "OMG, really??" goodness our hearts have been craving.

  • 'My Perfect Romance'

    1

    Rated: PG

    Fans of Mingle All the Way -- a Hallmark Channel holiday movie about an app developer unexpectedly finding love -- will likely have some similar feels watching My Perfect Romance. This story centers around a program developer who pitches a new dating algorithm to her boss, and it has some interesting results.

  • 'Coffee Shop'

    2

    Rated: TV-PG

    Small-town coffee shop owner. Financial troubles. Problems in the relationship department. Yup, this one definitely reminds us of Hallmark.

  • 'Nights in Rodanthe'

    3

    Rated: PG-13

    What happens when a hurricane strands a woman looking after her friend's bed-and-breakfast (Diane Lane) and the only guest (Richard Gere)?

    Love.

  • 'Christian Mingle'

    4

    Rated: PG

    Hallmark Christmas vet Lacey Chabert stars in Christian Mingle, a story about a woman who uses the Christian dating app, lands a church-going man, and tries to keep up a religious facade.

  • 'In-Lawfully Yours'

    5

    Rated: TV-PG

    This one comes with a Lifetime twist as a new divorcée heads to a small town where she develops feelings for the pastor ... who happens to be her cheating ex's brother-in-law.

  • 'Sweet Home Alabama'

    6

    Rated: PG-13

    In Sweet Home Alabama, Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon), a successful designer, must leave the Big Apple to head back home to Alabama to officially divorce her estranged husband (Josh Lucas) in order to walk down the aisle with her fiancé (Patrick Dempsey).

  • 'Blue Jay'

    7

    Rated: TV-MA

    This black-and-white film reunites two former lovebirds (Sarah Paulson and Mark Duplass) in their small hometown where they rediscover the bond they once had.

  • 'Our Souls at Night'

    8

    Rated: TV-14

    This Jane Fonda and Robert Redford film comes with a twist. Our Souls at Night places their characters in a small Colorado town as two neighbors who are both widows and decide to share a bed in effort to feel less lonely. Needless to say, a romance begins.

  • 'Rodeo & Juliet'

    9

    Rated: TV-PG

    In Rodeo & Juliet, a city gal tries to adjust to life in the country with the help of a handsome cowboy.

  • 'Eat Pray Love'

    10

    Rated: PG-13

    Sometimes, we just need to step away and find ourselves -- even if it means leaving home to travel across the world. Julia Roberts gave us wanderlust and let us know it's OK not to stay comfortably miserable in a relationship.

  • 'The Lake House'

    11

    Rated: PG

    Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves reunite in The Lake House as an architect and doctor who write letters to each other two years apart.

  • 'The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement'

    12

    Rated: G

    In the Christmas Prince sequel, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, Richard and Amber plan their wedding in Aldovia, which must follow royal protocol to the letter. In The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Mia Thermopolis, the newly crowned Princess of Genovia, must quickly choose a husband. Though both films aren't Hallmark holiday movies, they do evoke sentiments of those royal Christmas movies on the network.

  • 'Set It Up'

    13

    Rated: TV-14

    While there's no small town to escape to, Set It Up follows two overworked assistants who eagerly try to set up their grinchy bosses who are in desperate need of love.

  • 'Under the Tuscan Sun'

    14

    Rated: PG-13

    Leave it to an unfaithful spouse to make a woman uproot from her everyday life, pack her things, and head to Tuscany where she finds herself again, and a fixer upper of a house that becomes her home.

  • 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'

    15

    Rated: TV-14

    The letter of a man from Guernsey, and his stories of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society," bring a London writer to the island, which is under German occupation. There, she learns more about the group and starts to fall for the author. (Spoiler, Juliet, the London writer, is already engaged.)

  • 'Dirty Dancing'

    16

    Rated: PG-13

    We'll happily exchange a movie about a snowy Christmas in a small town for a love story at a resort in the Catskill Mountains any day.

  • 'A Moving Romance'

    17

    Rated: Not Rated

    Ah, nothing like someone inheriting her family's moving business -- only to have the current manager in his feelings.

  • 'Sisters of the Groom'

    18

    Rated: TV-PG

    Of course we have to throw a Hallmark movie into the mix! Sisters of the Groom centers around two neighbors who come together for a wedding in an unexpected way, thanks to Jason's sisters, who are eagerly trying to marry him off.

  • 'Love on the Vines'

    19

    Rated: TV-PG

    In order to inherit a vineyard, a lawyer must work six weeks in it. Needless to say, things take a turn for the interesting.

  • 'Brimming With Love'

    20

    Rated: TV-PG

    A budding journalist, plus a coffee shop owner, plus matchmaking equals the perfect blend.

  • 'Advance & Retreat'

    21

    Rating: TV-PG

    Former lovers reunite during a corporate retreat that leaves one of them questioning life (and career) in Advance & Retreat.

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