If you loved “Crazy Rich Asians,” we bet you can’t wait to watch the movie adaptation of its sequel “China Rich Girlfriend,” which is apparently already in the making with the same director and screenwriters. In the meantime, we’ve got you covered with our selection of films that you’ll definitely love if you appreciate the hit rom-com.
Ali’s Wedding is equally irreverent and affectionate and sheds light on the Islamic community in Australia. The plot might be quite cliché (Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, is torn between following his heart and his sense of duty towards the family) but great performances and writing make for a great heart-warming comedy loosely based on a true story.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Netflix’s lasted hit deserves a spot on this list just because it is THE romance movie of the moment and Crazy Rich Asians is first and foremost a rom-com. If you love the genre, it doesn’t matter that To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is set in a high school and the protagonists are teenagers because you will love the naïve and sweet interactions between nerdy Lara Jean and popular Peter no matter what.
Notting Hill is definitely one of the most popular movies of the 1990s – and rightly so. Julia Roberts (Anna) is one of the most famous stars in the world and Hugh Grant (William) is a normal young man running a book shop in London’s Notting Hill. Their worlds might collide but their love ultimately triumphs. Sounds familiar?
My Big Fat Greek Weeding
Families are messy and it gets even more complicated when it comes to dating. My Big Fat Greek Wedding depictsthese dynamics with great humour (probably one of the best rom-coms of the early 2000s) through the story of a Greek girl that decides to marry a non-Greek in the US. Her family finds it hard to accept, but Ian’s (John Corbett) persistence to marry Toula (Nia Vardols) and the strength of their connection pays off.
The Joy luck Club
Released in 1993, The Joy Luck Club is probably one of Hollywood’s earliest and most successful attempts to portray the experience of Asian Americans on the big screen with finesse and intelligence. In a series of 16 short stories, the movie chronicles the lives of four Chinese women in San Francisco exploring generational and cultural divides and the importance of family and community ties. The dramedy is about the Chinese community but also about turbulent mother-daughter relationships that are universally relatable – be prepared to shed some bittersweet tears!