The Best Hallmark Movies of All Time
These festive holiday flicks and heart-warming rom-coms are the Hallmark Channel's finest.
If the Hallmark Channel isn't already in your regular TV rotation, you should change that ASAP. If you didn't know, the company best known for its greeting cards also has a TV channel that airs made-for-TV movies perfect for a cozy night in. When you're in the mood for something that will warm your heart and give you faith in all things good, the Hallmark Channel is the network to tune into. Whether you're looking for a Valentine's Day rom-com or a festive Christmas flick, Hallmark has something for you. Not sure where to get started, or maybe you just want to relive the network's finest? We've got you covered. Here are the best Hallmark movies ever!
The Christmas Card (2006)
Nobody does holiday movies like Hallmark—and specifically, we recommend The Christmas Card. The feel-good movie is about a soldier who receives a Christmas card and ends up falling in love with the woman behind it when he returns home from war. It's proof that there is a little something called fate out there.
The Lost Valentine (2011)
If you don't believe in love now, then you certainly will after watching the perfectly pure film that is The Lost Valentine. It stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as a journalist who's sent to profile a woman (played by Betty White) whose husband went missing 60 years prior during World War II. For her performance in the Hallmark movie, White received a SAG Award nomination in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie category. No one warms our hearts quite like a true golden girl!
A Country Wedding (2015)
If you've been wondering what Jesse Metcalfe has been up to since Desperate Housewives and John Tucker Must Die, it's a lot of Hallmark movies. This one—A Country Wedding—sees the heartthrob play a country music singer who is torn between two lovers: the famous actress who he's supposed to marry, and his down-to-earth childhood sweetheart. You know you want to know who he chooses.
When Sparks Fly (2014)
Before she was a literal princess, Meghan Markle was starring in movies on the Hallmark Channel. In When Sparks Fly, she plays a young journalist whose life is turned upside down when she's sent home on an assignment and is forced to mingle with her ex-boyfriend-turned-best-friend's-fiance. Awkward!
Dater's Handbook (2016)
Can't get enough Duchess of Sussex? Then keep your Hallmark movie marathon going with Dater's Handbook. This made-for-TV movie stars Markle as a woman who reads a book about the dos and don'ts of dating and realizes that the love she's been looking for has been right in front of her all along.
And it seems like Markle is quite the dream to work with. In an interview with International Business Times, Markle's costar Kristoffer Polaha revealed that the actress would write him "cool little letters" during production. "She dropped some presents off for my wife and my kids right at Christmastime. She was a friend," he said.
A Winter Princess (2019)
With all this talk about Meghan Markle, it's only natural to have a little bit of royal fever. And to help you placate that regal yearning, we suggest watching A Winter Princess. It's about a princess who goes undercover at a ski resort as an everyday citizen and finds love and happiness while planning the resort's 50th Anniversary Snow Ball. Even royals want to escape their luxurious lives sometimes!
Harvest Moon (2015)
When her family loses everything, city slicker Jen Stone (played by Jessy Schram) must return to the countryside to salvage a struggling pumpkin farm that her father invested in. Many of the farm's employees are resistant to Stone's changes at first, but eventually, they work together to turn the business around and create lost-lasting connections.
"Cute, cute, and cute! That pretty much sums up this film," writes one blogger in their review. "[Hallmark has] a knack for producing not only wholesome films (bravo to them for keeping to that moral compass) but films that tug at us or perhaps they play to the romantic in us, which Harvest Moon certainly does."
A Royal Christmas (2014)
Lacey Chabert went from starring as Claudia Salinger on Party of Five, to becoming the iconic Gretchen Weiners in Mean Girls, to holding steady as a veteran Hallmark Channel star today. (She's starred in around 20 of the channel's flicks so far!) And if you're unsure which Hallmark movie of hers to start with, A Royal Christmas is one of her most popular. In the film, Chabert plays Emily Taylor, a kind seamstress from Philadelphia who finds out her boyfriend is actually the heir to his own country. Don't we all wish!
In true Princess Diaries (and Markle) fashion, Emily struggles to navigate her new royal life in the movie Hollywood Reporter says "hits all the notes it should … lessons are learned, snowfalls, and love prevails." Really, that's all anyone can ask for from a Hallmark movie.
Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016)
As its name suggests, Unleashing Mr. Darcy is inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This reimagining sees Lizzie as Elizabeth Scott, a private school teacher who becomes instantly infatuated with a man she meets at a high-end dog show event: Donovan Darcy.
A review of the film from romance-themed entertainment blog The Silver Petticoat Review called it "a chick flick lover's dream." "If this is an indication of what Hallmark can do with contemporary classics, I'd like to see them produce more of the same," the critic added.
Autumn Dreams (2015)
In Autumn Dreams, childhood love birds Annie and Ben are forced to confront their former feelings when they realize that their marriage from more than a decade ago was never officially annulled. Though both are now engaged to other people, they can't help but wonder: What would've happened had they stayed together all those years ago? Sometimes, it's fun to explore those coulda, shoulda, wouldas!
A Dash of Love (2017)
If you believe that the way to a person's heart is through their stomach, then you'll appreciate the Hallmark love story A Dash of Love. It stars Jen Lilley as Nikki Turner, an aspiring chef who feels like she's won the lottery when she lands a gig working for her idol. But things go awry when Nikki realizes that her idol/boss is stealing her recipes. Thankfully, she and Paul, the executive chef she's bonded with (played by Brendan Penny), are able to work together to create a pop-up restaurant of their own. Of course, Nikki and Paul fall in love while all of this is going down. C'mon, who doesn't love a happily ever after?
Love Locks (2017)
Love Locks takes place in the world's most romantic city: Paris. Starring real-life married couple Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell, the movie sees Romijn's character, Lindsey, return to the City of Lights after 20 years. There, she comes face-to-face with O'Connell's character Jack, her college boyfriend and first love. As Lindsey struggles to redefine and rediscover what she wants out of life, she's left asking herself: Was Jack the perfect man all along?
A December Bride (2016)
When Layla (played by Jessica Lowndes) heads home for her cousin's Christmastime wedding, she's less than thrilled: After all, the groom happens to be her ex-fiancé. And when Seth (played by Daniel Lissing), the man who set up Layla's ex-fiancé and her cousin, offers to be her date, she reluctantly accepts after she finds no one else to take. But when Seth gets carried away at the reception and tells everyone that he and Layla are engaged, she has no choice but to go along with the lie. Though the plot sounds quite out-there, A December Bride is well worth a watch. One reviewer called this funny and charming flick a "wonderful" movie that shows that "sometimes in life, you have to take that leap of faith when it comes to love." We can definitely get behind that!
Christmas in Evergreen (2017)
In Christmas in Evergreen, veterinarian Allie (played by Ashley Williams) sets off to leave her small town of Evergreen to join her longtime boyfriend, Spencer (played by Marcus Rosner), in Washington, D.C., for Christmas. However, when a winter storm shuts down the airport, she heads back home, where she meets Ryan (played by Teddy Sears). With all its twists and turns, the film really captivated Hallmark viewers—so much so, it ended up leading to a sequel a year later: Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa. You can add that to your viewing queue right after you finish this festive flick!
Christmas at Pemberley Manor (2018)
Christmas at Pemberley Manor revolves around a tried-and-true holiday plot point: a Christmas miracle. Starring Lowndes again—this time with Michael Rady—the film puts a city-based event planner (Lowndes) in a small town where she's tasked with organizing their holiday festival. It's there that she meets Rady's character, a grumpy billionaire whom she convinces to hold the festival in a charming estate he's selling. As they arrange the festival together, they, of course, fall for each other. But then, the festival falls apart—and so does the couple. Can a Christmas miracle save it all and give everyone a happy ending? (You'll have to watch this Hallmark movie to find out!)
Royal Matchmaker (2018)
Royal Matchmaker hits all the marks of a Hallmark movie. There's romance, there's royals, and of course, there's the classic "she doesn't realize she loves him until it's too late" storyline. In this movie, a matchmaker (played by One Tree Hill's Bethany Joy Lenz) is hired by a king to find his son a suitable wife before an important celebration. As Lenz's character is racing against the clock, she realizes she doesn't want to finish this job. Why? Because, of course, she's fallen in love with him herself.
All of My Heart (2015)
In All of My Heart, destiny brings two opposites together—a young caterer, played by Chabert, and a money-hungry Wall Street trader, played by Brennan Elliott. The two are forced to renovate a newly inherited country home together and though the plot has some holes, the underlying love story was enough to turn this Hallmark movie into a hit and eventually a whole franchise! And speaking of franchises, here are 17 Movie Sequels Better Than the Original.
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