Ranking the ‘Love, Actually' Couples from Least to Most Romantic Santina Muha

I wouldn’t particularly call myself a “romantic,” but there is something about the movie Love, Actually that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I think when you set something on a Christmas background, it instantly seems to have more meaning somehow.

Still, even around the holidays, everything can’t be all roses and mistletoe. Here is my list of Love, Actually couples in order from least to most romantic.

8. Harry and Mia

Harry is being creepy and although he didn’t technically cheat on his wife, I don’t like it. Mia is young and single and gets hit on all the time – why does she have to go for her married with children boss? And she’s not messing around, either. “Buy me something pretty.” Who does this girl think she is?! Poor Karen, with her kids annoying her and her Prime Minister brother ignoring her all the time, deserves way better.

7. Sarah and Karl

It’s not that I don’t love this storyline. Every girl knows that feeling Sarah has when Karl asks her to dance at their holiday work party. And then he takes her home and they kiss and he wants to come up?! That little dance she does on the stairs says it all. But he essentially ignores her for about 2 years, 7 months, 3 days and one hour and 30 minutes, then almost has what I can only imagine would’ve been a one night stand with her. She’s always going to put her brother first, and this dude makes little effort to show her he’d be cool with that. He’s totally hot and seems nice enough, but I still think she could do better.

6. Colin and the American girls

I don’t know how romantic having a five-some is, but there is something magical and victorious about this funny looking dude following his dream and making it come true. He went to America and used his British accent to instantly attract women. It’s funny because it’s true – there’s something about that accent that makes plain old American girls go a little crazy. It’s not romantic, but it’s kinda cute.

5. Jack and Just Judy

Some might say that there is nothing romantic about two nude body doubles hooking up, but there is something sweet in their approach. Jack is so careful to make sure Judy never feels uncomfortable, warming up his hands and making small talk. Actually, for two people who take their clothes off for a living, they’re both pretty vanilla. So it may not be the most romantic couple ever, but I find them sort of endearing.

4. Mark and Juliet

Some people would argue that a guy going after his best friend’s wife is rude, not romantic. But c’mon – that carol singers thing he did was too good to ignore. The heart wants what the heart wants. He tried keeping his distance for the sake of his best friend, but like he says, “on Christmas you tell the truth.” Granted, the wedding video homage to Juliet’s face was a little creepy, and she probably shouldn’t have kissed him after his poster speech, but what’s a forbidden romance without a little blurred lineage? Mark is too cute not to eventually find love and Juliet and Peter seem to live happily ever after, so no harm done.

3. Sam and Joanna

Still just a boy, Sam stops at nothing to impress the girl he loves. He locks himself in his room to teach himself how to play the drums until he is good enough to back her in their school’s Christmas show. Any man who takes that much interest in your life to win your heart is a true romantic. And how about the time he risked juvenile imprisonment to say goodbye to her in the airport? This kid is way ahead of the romantic man curve. (Shout out to Daniel for being the best stepdad ever.)

2. The Prime Minister and Natalie

Can you imagine falling in love with the young, handsome, single leader of your country and him being in actual love with you back? Being kind of a plain Jane and winning the heart of the most powerful man around with love at first sight?! Making him nervous to be around you?! I’ll give it to Natalie – she’s has some jingle balls to confess her love to the Prime Minister, but the risk paid off. He literally went door to door to find her – talk about a gesture way more romantic than sending a text message. She isn’t afraid to take charge, she keeps him totally grounded, and they are in super fun and happy love.

1. Jamie & Aurelia

It’s been said the international language is love. Jamie and Aurelia can barely understand a word the other is saying, but their mutual love, respect and admiration for each other is so clear. And then what does he do? Learns portuguese, drops everything, travels across the world, marches through her town, and publicly proposes to her in front of all of her coworkers and family and friends. And then we find out she secretly learned English too, “just in cases.” I don’t know if he’s going to stay there, or if she’s going to move to England, or if they’ll even get along once they realize that they pretty much contradict each other constantly when they speak. But who cares?! “Yes is being her answer,” and I’m so happy for them!


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  1. Aw, I think Jack and Just Judy are the sweetest! They are without a doubt the most romantic in my mind. Also, my husband pointed something out about Mia and Harry – she is putting on the necklace in her room in her underwear, which leads us to believe maybe she received it there in that state… so maybe something did happen? It isn’t spelled out, but it feels like a definite possibility…

  2. I could care less about most these couples. The couple that makes cry every time is Billy Mack and his “fat” manager. I love that they have this relationship which is totally unequal but Billy confesses to him on Christmas that he is the love of his life albeit this is a non romantic couple, but they have my vote.

  3. Jamie and Aurelia – oh so yes

  4. Jamie and Aurelia are my favorite too! And Jamie deserves it after the rotten thing between his (then) girlfriend and brother.

  5. I don’t think this is a real poll…hands down Jamie and Aurelia. Does Colin Firth ever really have competition when it comes to stealing hearts…uh no!

  6. one tiny detail, jamie didnt travel across the world, in the story shes a portuguese immigrant in paris, so he went from london to paris.. which is quite close. but yes still very adorable :)

  7. Of course Natalie is beautiful. The rest of the characters describe her as chubby and plain, but we the audience see the same beauty that the Prime Minister does. I think it’s a nice piece of story-telling.

  8. I was kind of skeptical about reading the article, but I agree, there is something to learn from these couples and the love they feel towards each other :)!!!

  9. Natalie is, by no means, “plain Jane,” as some others have already stated. I think she’s gorgeous. They’re my favorite couple, but I’m not sure if that’s just because of Hugh Grant.

  10. Daniel and Sam are a great example of a love story. The amazing amount of love he had for Sam’s mother. Step father or not, it is love and I can no longer listen to The Bay City Rollers without crying.

    • Best couple is Daniel and Sam! They have the most amazing (step)father-son relationship :) I hate your basic romantic movie (Nicholas Sparks makes me gag), but I love this movie because it displays so many different types of relationships. Speaking of that, my second favorite couple is Billy Mack and Joe – how can you not love the “aging rockstar and his chubby manager”?

  11. Being from Wisconsin and living in the Milwaukee area, I have to say that Colin Frizzle and the American girls were my favorites. That part (almost) made the whole movie for me. There were a few things that bothered me, though. Some of the girls had southern accents, the cab driver sounded like he was from Chicago; but most importantly, the bar Colin went to had Budweiser products everywhere, and technically they would have had Miller. But, I understand product placement. :)

    • Haha, not surprisingly since I live in Wisconsin, too, I had the exact same complaints you did about that scene.

    • I know. The Colin/American hotties storyline never ceases to make me laugh. We American girls go gaga when an English accent is spoken. My LDR is English. When I first met him, I fangirl-squealed.

  12. I had to say something about Sarah and Karl! I think they are both crazy shy and he finally gets up enough courage to pursue her and she acts like he’s all she wants but then slinks back into her life that she hates. Yes her brother is now her responsibility, but he is clearly being well taken care of. I think she could have lived in the moment and they could have really been perfect for each other. It’s all on her in my opinion. She could have changed her life but she stuck with what she knew and made the wrong decision.

    • You’re totally right!! We women love that kind of impossible love!

    • I agree with you, Chelsea. I think the part of their relationship that the director and writers probably wanted you to see was her inability to let go of issues she had no control over. Karl even asked her if answering the phone was going to help anything. It never did.

  13. Natalie a plain jane? Seriously? She’s gorgeous! Would a plain jane get the prime minister to fall in love with her in addition to being hit on by the president of the US? I think not.

    • I agree with you. What’s with everyone calling her the “chubby girl” and “blimpy”? She’s hardly an overweight girl; she’s of an average size and she’s pretty.

  14. I wouldn’t going to Portugal from the UK is “traveling across the world”. More like a two hour flight. But they are the cutest!

  15. I LOVE this film, but Aurelia and Jamie were my least favorite. I just can never get over how Colin Firth can’t kiss. He ruins every love scene with his rubbish kissing! It’s Bridget Jones all over again!

  16. Love this! Though I wouldn’t call Natalie a plain Jane!

  17. Jamie & Aurelia forever and for always. lol.

  18. I completely agree! Very cute! You reminded me to watch my fav holiday movie!

  19. Cute!