Cinema’s greatest love stories often come complete with awe-inspiring marriage ceremonies. Delightful dresses, towering colorful cakes, and weeping onlookers are usually part of the package, yet it’s not always the case. Some of film’s most iconic weddings are small-time affairs, using a toned-down celebration to amplify the intimacy of the moment.
Thanks to audiences being so deeply invested in the love stories of the leads, wedding scenes can evoke plenty of emotion from fans and offer heartwarming moments. Iconic and unmatched when it comes to couples tying the knot, cinema has featured a few truly wholesome weddings.
10 Coming To America Features A Grand Celebration Of Love
In a career filled with blockbuster hits and iconic characters, Coming To America remains one of Eddie Murphy’s greatest cinematic achievements as he plays 4 separate roles. While Coming To America is filled with hilarious, heartwarming scenes, its wedding sequence is an easy highlight.
During the scene, Murphy’s joy feels genuine, and Coming To America wouldn’t be one of his films without comedy. Even before the ceremony has the chance to get into full swing, Lisa and Akeem can’t keep their hands off each other. Few fans expected such a touching romantic scene in what would otherwise be seen as a straight-up comedy.
9 Bend It Like Beckham Is The Best Of Britain’s Multi-Cultural Society
Gurinder Chadha’s sports rom-com has a lot to say about being bold and standing out from the crowd. Bend It Like Beckham’s message is one of unity despite differences. As a film, Bend It Like Beckham displays the very best of British multiculturalism.
One scene that perfectly captures all this is the famous wedding. For those familiar with the British Indian customs and culture on display, Bend It like Beckham’s wedding scene is refreshingly accurate.
8 The 40-Year-Old Virgin Sees Steve Carell’s Andy Finally Find Love
The movie that shot Steve Carell into superstardom may be most remembered for its more outrageous scenes, but The 40-Year-Old Virgin still manages to pack a ton of heart into its story. This is in large part thanks to Carell’s undeniably likability and his chemistry with co-star Catherine Keener.
Watching Carell’s Andy finally find happiness is a joy to watch and the dance scene that follows is perhaps the highlight of Judd Apatow’s classic comedy.
7 Scarface’s Wedding Is An Iconic Piece Of One Of Cinema’s Greatest Montages
Tony Montana’s wedding admittedly takes place as part of a montage, but that doesn’t make the ceremony any less incredible. Scarface’s wedding isn’t about romance, and it’s tough to ignore the feeling that Tony’s new bride is signing herself up for a life of misery.
However, with Engemann’s Push It To The Limit playing while Al Pacino’s Montana ties the knot, Scarface’s ceremony is irresistible. The sequence also adds more drama to Manny’s affair with Tony’s sister, and a tiger closes out the scene.
6 A Star Is Born Is A Touching Yet Ultimately Tragic Pairing Of Two Stars
The beauty of the wedding scene in 2018’s A Star Is Born is in its simplicity. Glitz and glamour aren’t needed when it comes time for music legend Jackson Maine and the up-and-coming singing sensation, Ally, to say their vows.
Instead, A Star Is Born hits hard emotionally because of the exceptional chemistry and performances of Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga as the movie’s tragic couple. Rewatching A Star Is Born and seeing the pair get married a second time is enough to break any film fan’s heart.
5 My Best Friend’s Wedding Is All About Friendship And Romance
By the late 1990s, Julia Roberts was at the top of her game as one of the queens of the romantic comedy genre. With fellow A-lister Cameron Diaz, the Pretty Woman star added another fan favorite to her filmography in 1997 with My Best Friend’s Wedding.
My Best Friend’s Wedding follows Roberts’ Jules and her attempts to win the love of her best friend after he decides to marry someone else. While My Best Friend’s Wedding may not have the ending many would have predicted, there’s no denying the final wedding scene’s status and significance in cinema.
4 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Has The Big Bash Fans That Were Expecting
As is the case with My Best Friend’s Wedding, fans would expect a movie with the word “wedding” in its title to have a sensational ceremony. The joys of matrimony don’t get much bigger than in Joel Zwick’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding. 2002’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding became the highest-grossing rom-com of all time upon its release.
The speeches make the scene completely unforgettable. Hilarious and heartwarming, anyone with a loud, overbearing, and loving family will find a lot to like about My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s titular sequence.
3 Crazy Rich Asians Features One Of The Most Gorgeous Weddings Ever Put To Film
Amongst the extravagance and splendor of the wildly wealthy Young family, Crazy Rich Asians’ wedding ceremony is a surprisingly intimate affair. As with most things in the lives of the Youngs, there is an air of pretentiousness. However, everything about the wedding, from the manmade river flowing down the aisle to the rendition of Can’t Help Falling In Love, simply works.
Crazy Rich Asians’ leads aren’t the pair who tie the knot yet this scene never fails to give fans goosebumps. A splendid love story befitting of its glamorous location, Crazy Rich Asians’ wedding scene does not disappoint.
2 The Godfather’s Wedding Scene Is A Truly Legendary Sequence
There may be no wedding scene more iconic than the matching of Connie and Carlo in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. While romance takes a backseat in this scene, there’s no denying its effectiveness in setting up one of the greatest stories ever told on screen.
Coppola introduces multiple characters while the family celebrates the joys of marriage. Offers that are impossible to refuse, toe-tapping music, and some of cinema’s most legendary stars make this scene an unforgettable one amongst mob movie fans.
1 The Sound Of Music’s Wedding Is A High Point In One Of Cinema’s Greatest Love Stories
Fans would expect one of cinema’s all-time greatest love stories to have a wondrous wedding scene. The Sound Of Music certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to the joining of Julie Andrew’s Maria and Christopher Plummer’s Captain von Trapp.
The sounds and sights of the beautiful Salzburg countryside are on full display here, as is the awe-inspiring church decor. Although, what makes the scene so unforgettable is the heart-swelling sound of the nuns singing Maria. Wedding scenes simply don’t get much more magical.
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Nate Reeves is a writer and filmmaker based in North West England. With unrealized dreams of being the next Quentin Tarantino, he figured the best alternative was to write about all things movie and TV for Comic Book Resources. In the past, he’s worked on BBC Wales and S4C productions, as well as producing and directing his short films. His spare time is spent as a Pokemon Trainer, in one of the many ways one can accomplish such a wonderful thing in 2021. You can reach him on Instagram at @n8himself
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