Love has been in the air during 2022, as it’s been a great year for romance films. Here are the best of the year, ranked.
2022 has been an exceptional year for movies. The year delivered terrifying and gory horror, phenomenal superhero flicks, and some cute romance movies to cement itself as a year of movies to look back on in awe. Romance movies come with a few sub-genres, mostly through rom-coms or romantic dramas, and 2022 has had its fair share of romance movies. From the latest groundbreaking rom-com, Bros, to the more dramatic, Where The Crawdads Sing, 2022 has had much to offer in terms of romance films, and here are some of the best from the year.
J-Lo is back in one of the year's best rom-coms. Sure, Marry Me is undeniably cliché, with audiences being able to predict beat-for-beat how the film will play out, but the film's two leads elevate this film from just being another run-of-the-mill rom-com. Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson share brilliant chemistry, making audiences believe in their not-so-ordinary love story. Similarly, Marry Me’s new original song, sharing the same title as the film, will undeniably get stuck in your head for days, maybe even weeks to come.
Marry Me follows pop star Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez), who is moments away from getting married live on stage in front of a massive audience of her biggest fans. However, merely seconds before, she learns that her fiancé has been cheating on her, causing Kat to have a meltdown on stage. In true rom-com fashion, Kat locks eyes with a stranger and decides to marry him on the spot. The two soon begin to develop an unlikely spark, despite being from two entirely different worlds.
Although being somewhat of a fairly weak entry into Phase 4 of the MCU, Thor: Love and Thunder does tell a truly engaging and heartfelt love story of Thor Odinson and Jane Foster. Fans have seen the two share a cute, romantic relationship previously in the MCU, which was sweet enough, but Love and Thunder truly sells their relationship and gives fans everything they have always wanted between the two. Love and Thunder may be somewhat of a rom-com spoof, with its hilarious montages, but when the film leans into these cute and cliché moments, is when Love and Thunder truly shines. Mostly, the film is about Thor and Jane’s relationship, but in some truly hilarious moments, depicts Thor’s hammers, Mjolnir and Stormbreaker as jealous partners.
After the battle against Thanos, Thor embarks on a quest for inner peace. However, when Gorr the God Butcher begins killing Gods, Thor’s retirement is cut short, so he can battle the dangerous God Butcher. Thor seeks the help of his friends Korg, Valkyrie, and unexpectedly, his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who can now wield Thor’s ex-hammer, Mjolnir. The four must defeat Gorr before it's too late.
Based on the best-selling book of the same name, Where The Crawdads Sing offers an engaging thriller and an emotional love story, complete with a brilliant twist that audiences won’t see coming. Daisy Edgar Jones offers a sensational, moving, and gripping performance as Kya, the film's main character, instantly making audiences care and root for her. Ultimately, the film doesn’t break any new ground and may be a little too long for some, but the incredible performances, gripping mystery, and cute romances make up for a brilliant watch.
After falling in love with two young men from the Barkley Cove, an isolated “Marsh Girl” named Kya, opens herself up to a brand-new world, before one of the men is mysteriously killed and Kya immediately becomes the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal many secrets.
Offering a pretty formulaic rom-com, Crush relishes in its clichés and delivers a relatable, coming-of-age rom-com that will more than satisfy fans of the sub-genre. Crush offers a delightful story, filled with awkward teenage antics and a truly wholesome teenage romance, even if at moments it feels undeniably cheesy. The film's humor, cute love story, and brilliant cast still provide for an engaging and entertaining watch.
When a young aspiring artist is forced to join her high school track team, she uses this as an opportunity to pursue the girl she has been harboring a crush on. However, she finds herself falling for an unexpected teammate.
A romantic comedy starring Jenny Slate and Charlie Day is already a recipe for success, and I Want You Back gives audiences more than they could ever have expected. Unsurprisingly, both Jenny Slate and Charlie Day give way to some gut-busting, witty dialogue, but the two similarly shine in their sweeter moments, showing their characters' complexities and making their attraction to one another far more engaging. I Want You Back offers everything rom-com fans could want; a heartfelt love story with some hilarious comedy, but with the layered story and characters, the film manages to elevate itself from the rest.
Emma (Jenny Slate) and Peter (Charlie Day) unceremoniously get dumped on the same weekend. Soon, the two of them work together to hatch a plan to win their exes back, after finding out that their partners have already moved on.
Starring Emma Thompson, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a very fresh and really fun rom-com, that at its center, is a story of self-discovery that will undoubtedly resonate with many. Although that is the film's primary and most poignant message, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande also offers a compelling and cute love story that will keep die-hard rom-com fans extremely satisfied. Primarily set in one location, the film puts Emma Thompson in the spotlight. Thompson delivers a raw and engaging performance that gives the film diversity, and stops it from feeling boring.
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande focuses on Nancy (Emma Thompson), a retired widower who had a fairly unfulfilling marriage. One night, Nancy hires a young sex worker named Leo Grande (Daryl McCormack), in the hope of enjoying a night of pleasure and self-discovery. However, what she didn't expect was an unexpected spark between the two.
Sporting a truly excellent cast, The Lost City is one of the funniest movies of the year. Starring the likes of Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, and Brad Pitt, who are all on their A-game. They make the comedy feel much more authentic, and the cute moments between Bullock and Tatum are romantic and believable. The Lost City deserves a lot of points for not entirely falling into rom-com clichés, and yes, some may still be able to predict how the film will play out, however, The Lost City is engaging, and different enough for most audiences not to bat an eye.
Reclusive author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) writes thrilling adventure stories about exotic places, that feature a gorgeous cover model named Alan (Channing Tatum). While on tour promoting her book, Loretta gets kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe), who hopes to find an ancient city of lost treasure featured in her most recent story. Determined to prove he can be a hero in real life and not just on the page, Alan sets out on a dangerous mission to rescue her.
Making movie history, the groundbreaking new rom-com, Bros sold itself on being the first major studio rom-com with an almost entirely LGBTQ+ cast. With that, Bros had a lot to live up to, and thankfully, it delivers an impactful, hilarious, and romantic experience unlike anything we have ever seen, and is quite easily one of the best rom-coms of the past decade. Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane are phenomenal as the two leads, and share a brilliant chemistry that makes their on-screen relationship feel far more believable. Bros is a movie everybody has to see, that delivers on being emotional and hilarious, and marks a very important milestone for not just rom-coms, but for the movie industry as a whole.
Bobby (Billy Eichner) a neurotic podcaster, who’s happy to go on dates, but isn’t on the search for a serious relationship. However, as soon as he meets lawyer Aaron (Luke Macfarlane), who also likes to play the field, this all changes. The two men are repeatedly drawn to each other, and begin showing their vulnerable sides as their undeniable connection turns into a relationship.
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