May 23, 2019 | 78° F

Best romantic movies to get cozy with this December


When there’s snow on the ground, it’s dark at 5 p.m. and every house on the block is decked out in lights, it’s hard not to feel a little bit of the holiday spirit regardless of what you do or don’t celebrate this time of year. My mom took away secular Christmas in my house after I stopped believing in Santa and I’m still a little salty about it, but I don’t let it get to me. I still love December’s holiday charm.

For college students, it's especially, horribly stressful with finals looming in the future and the million different Secret Santa groups you’re probably in. It definitely sucks no matter what your winter break plans are to have to stress out right before the holidays. There’s no reason not to take a quick break and de-stress, turn on the string lights in your dorm and to cuddle up with some hot chocolate with a feel-good, festive holiday rom-com. The holidays can be rough, but movies are a great escape for anyone who needs a moment to relax. Start with these five and you’ll definitely have a stress-free season.

Love Actually

“Love Actually” came out in 2003, but it’s already considered a classic already. Beginning five weeks before Christmas, the movie follows 10 different story lines — they are all linked in some way or another. With a huge cast of super well-known stars like Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and January Jones, this film is a must-see.

New Year’s Eve

This is another star-studded movie that’s basically the American version of “Love Actually,” with different plotlines that are all linked together. Set on New Year’s Eve (obviously), the film stars Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron and Halle Berry — just to name a few. In all honesty, it's reviews are pretty horrendous, but I’ll stand by the assertion that it’s still a really fun movie to watch. Especially for those who are tired of the million Christmas movies that are everywhere this time of year.

While You Were Sleeping

This 1995 film features Sandra Bullock as a Chicago Transit Authority token collector who happens to save her longtime crush from an oncoming train on Christmas Day, but he still ends up in a coma. While he’s under, she finds herself in an awkward situation where his family thinks she’s his fiancee, and she doesn’t correct them. She ends up spending the holidays with them and trouble ensues.

Sleepless in Seattle

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. On Christmas Eve, a little boy calls into a radio talk show in Seattle with a psychologist to wish for a new wife for his widowed father, Sam (Tom Hanks). Across the country in Washington, D.C., Annie Reed (Meg Ryan) hears him and is touched, convinced that she has to meet Sam. Of course, though, she’s engaged to someone else. 

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I love this movie. Even though it’s not technically a holiday movie, it’s set in winter and has that chilly, cozy feeling that qualifies it in my mind. Jim Carrey is amazing in a serious role instead of his iconic comedies, and Kate Winslet plays the female lead. They play Joel and Clementine, a couple that had a bad break up after two years and hired a firm to erase their memories of each other. It’s a really beautiful science-fiction film that is perfect for anyone who might not love Christmas-themed movies. It’s just a sweet, wintery romance.

Susmita Paruchuri

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