We discuss 10 movies like Purple Hearts you must watch. Add these well-recommended films to your watch list.
The Netflix romantic drama Purple Hearts was a hit when it was released in 2022.
The plot concerns a marriage of convenience between aspiring singer Cassie Sofia and U.S. Marine Luke and the legal consequences they face when their plan is discovered.
Critically panned, it was still popular, so we would like to bring you another ten films like Purple Hearts you must watch.
10 Movies like Purple Hearts
Candy Jar (2018)
If you enjoy the enemies-to-lovers trope in Purple Hearts, you might want to watch this.
Lona and Bennett are from different backgrounds and find themselves on the debating team, disliking each other immensely. However, when they get together they start to realize that there is more to each other than first assumed, and friendship soon leads to romance.
This film also has two people that are in a marriage of convenience.
Sloane and Jackson find themselves thrown together in this airy romp, with Sloane the only single member of her family, hooking up with Jackson, who has no ambition to be in a steady relationship, so that her family will stop trying to pair her off with anything that has a pulse.
Single All The Way (2021)
This pun-tastically titled flick is a rom-com that once again has a similar premise to Purple Hearts.
Peter and Nick have been best friends for a long time, but Peter is under pressure from his family, who keep asking him about his relationships.
Peter discovers his boyfriend is a cheat and breaks up with him, but with the holidays approaching, he needs a date so that his family doesn’t give him the third degree as usual, so he asks Nick to pretend to be his date. Of course, he agrees, and as they pretend to be a couple, they soon realize they are in love.
Dear John (2010)
The military setting is the link here for this more grounded screenplay.
In a story by Nicholas Sparks, we follow John, a soldier, and Savannah, a college girl who meets during Savannah’s Spring break while John is on leave. A romance develops between them, but John is called for duty, and things become complicated.
Less humorous and bittersweet, that is at home on our list.
The Proposal (2009)
Another marriage of convenience, this time to get a green card, in this comedy-drama.
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds star in this story of a Canadian NYC book publisher, Margaret, who finds her visa renewal has been denied, and she will need to leave the States, losing everything she has worked for. the solution? Easy, marry her PA, played by Reynolds, and get a green card.
Cue plenty of awkward situations, leading the pair to become genuinely invested in each other.
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Who remembers Up Where We Belong and Richard Gere, as Zeke, in his white Navy uniform?
In this dramatic tear-jerker, Zeke is struggling to decide between a career and true love. His relationship with Paula looks doomed, and then there’s that ending. Unmissable.
Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
Beloved Australian comedy Muriel’s Wedding hits a few of the same beats as Purple Hearts. We follow Muriel, who steals money from her parents and runs off to an island to get married.
Her plan meets with obstacles along the way, and the whole thing becomes a coming-of-age story punctuated by the music of Abba,
Clever and well-observed, this arranged wedding romp has an edge to it that may surprise you.
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
Just like Purple Hearts, this heart-warming story shows that arranged marriages can have a happy ending.
The story follows Aditi, who is set to marry Indian groom Hermant, who has to travel to India from Texas to meet his bride-to-be and attend the wedding.
Uplifting and joyous.
Lorna’s Silence (2008)
Here is an art house film with a darker edge and a similar premise.
Lorna, an Albanian immigrant in Belgium, navigates sham marriages so she can be with her true love, Sokol. She dreams of opening their own business together, and we watch the desperation and lengths that Lorna will go to in order to reach her goals.
The Piano (1992)
Jane Campion’s respected historic drama follows Ada, a mute woman who is sold into marriage by her father to an explorer in New Zealand, where she takes her young daughter and piano.
The musical theme and the marriage make it perfect for our list, but there are notable tone differences between this and Purple Hearts.
Do you have any other recommendations for movies like Purple Hearts? Let us know in the comments below!
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