Romantic Comedy is quite an interesting genre. While other genres often seem boring and problematic if the direction or the screenplay is messed up, romantic comedies seem to be immensely likable with the performances of the cast alone. ‘Runaway Bride’ falls in this gamut of films. Starring the charismatic Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, the film, though does not recreate the magic of ‘Pretty Woman’ (1990), boasts of the comedic and romantic chemistry between the two wonderful leads.
Directed by Garry Marshall and co-written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott, ‘Runaway Bride’ follows Richard Gere as Homer “Ike” Eisenhower Graham, a New York City news reporter who is given the task to write a story on a woman named Margaret “Maggie” Carpenter, essayed by Roberts, who is infamous for leaving a string of fiancés at the altar. In doing so, he falls in love with her, and thus hilarity ensues. For this article, I have taken into account romantic comedies that are not critical hits but are still highly enjoyable, like this charming Garry Marshall flick. So without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Runaway Bride’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Runaway Bride’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. The Love Punch (2013)
A British romantic comedy, ‘The Love Punch’ stars Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson as Richard and Kate, who are a divorced couple. However, when their retirement money is stolen, they join forces to retrieve the stolen money. Though the film is not an archetypal romantic comedy, it does blend the elements of romance within the narrative. Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson share wonderful onscreen chemistry, defining the tone of the movie. ‘The Love Punch’ premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and received positive reviews, mainly due to the aforementioned performances by the two leads.
9. This Means War (2012)
Directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol, also known as McG, and co-written by Timothy Dowling and Simon Kinberg, ‘This Means War’ is a romantic spy comedy which follows Franklin “FDR” Foster and Tuck Hansen, two best friends who are spies, and end up falling in love with the same woman, Lauren Scot. The film stars the enigmatic trio of Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon. Though the film falls short in the departments of direction and screenplay, it is charged by the performances of the three leads, as they showcase their acting prowess with astonishing charm and elegance. ‘This Means War’ was released in February of 2012 to moderate reviews but scored big at the box office charts. It grossed $156.5 million against a budget of $65 million.