Hugh Grant will be seen in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, marking the actor’s return to the big screen since last appearing in 2019’s The Gentlemen. Of course, Grant remains mostly known for his romantic comedy films that dominated the ‘90s and 2000s. He has also been part of drama films that received acclaim.
Fans on Ranker have cast hundreds of votes to decide which of Grant’s films they’ve loved the most. These range from hugely popular features like Four Weddings and a Funeral to dramas like Sense and Sensibility. Note: Ranker lists are live and continue to accrue votes, so some rankings may have changed after this publishing.
10 The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain (1995)
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Not many romantic comedies are set in the backdrop of WWI, but Grant’s rather underrated film does just that. The Englishman Who Went up a Hill but Came down a Mountain is about Grant’s character, Reginald, who arrives at a village to measure a record-setting mountain and reveals it’s too short to be notable.
The story takes a turn when the village people decide to add length to the mountain themselves by creating a small hill on top. Reginald sympathizes with them and falls in love with a local woman. The film appears to have a dedicated fanbase considering its place on the Ranker list despite it not being in the mainstream pop culture conversation.
9 Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (2004)
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Hugh Grant isn’t known for starring in sequels but he made an exception for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Picking up where the previous film left off, it sees Grant’s character, Daniel, attempts to win back the titular protagonist once more with deceitful means.
Bridget Jones 2 didn’t receive critical acclaim as the original did, but it has a good reception among the fanbase. Most appreciated the charming performances of the cast, with Grant’s lovable jerk remaining popular as a foil to Colin Firth’s gentlemanly Mark.
8 Two Weeks Notice (2002)
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Also considered among the best movies starring Sandra Bullock, this romantic comedy brought together two icons in the genre. Two Weeks Notice is about the impending resignation of lawyer Lucy from the services of billionaire George, only for the pair to fall in love before she leaves.
The film doesn’t attempt to elevate the genre, andthat’s exactly why it remains beloved. Two Weeks Notice is another Grant movie in which he plays a character who starts out as a jerk but matures enough to win the love of the woman he never realized he wanted to be with.
7 Music And Lyrics (2007)
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It’s safe to say that Hugh Grant was typecast as a romantic lead by the time this movie came out. However, Music and Lyrics is one of his best-received films since it brought out the actor’s singing talent, along with pairing him with Drew Barrymore in a chemistry-filled feature.
Fans get exactly what they want from Music and Lyrics, which has lead duo Alex and Sophie teaming up to create a song for a pop singer as they ultimately fall in love. The movie has several catchy tracks and can very well double as a musical for the frequency with which songs show up.
6 Sense And Sensibility (1995)
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One of Grant’s most critically acclaimed films, Sense and Sensibility saw the actor show off his dramatic chops. The story is about the Dashwood sisters as they look for suitors when their family faces destitution, with Grant playing one of the love interests.
It’s one of the few films in his list of credits that have both unanimous critical acclaim and positive fan reception, with Sense and Sensibility nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Grant’s sensitive portrayal was one of the film’s standouts, even though it was a supporting role.
5 Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
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Generally considered a great option for those looking for a movie when they feel like wallowing, Bridget Jones’s Diary is a romantic comedy staple. It sees Grant take on the role of the womanizing Daniel who gains an interest in Bridget after she becomes more confident.
Grant is the quintessential rom-com villain, with Daniel taking advantage of Bridget’s attraction to him while two-timing with other women. Still, Grant is incredibly likable he’s in the role, which is remarkable given that Daniel never really develops into anything further.
4 About A Boy (2002)
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Fans got to see Hugh Grant play against type in About a Boy, where his character, Will, becomes friends with a young boy named Marcus. The film chronicles their friendship that ultimately makes Marcus more confident and turns Will into a genuinely good person who gives up his playboy lifestyle.
About a Boy had Grant showcase character development, as Will became a new man through his experiences with Marcus. It’s a funny and moving story that got Grant the Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, and fans still love to rewatch the chemistry he shares with a young Nicholas Hoult.
3 Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)
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Four Weddings and a Funeral put Hugh Grant on the map as an A-list star, as he was propelled to the international stage after the film’s success. The rom-com centers on his character, Charles, who falls in love with Andie MacDowell’s Carrie after meeting her at four weddings and a funeral, with their unorthodox romance connecting with many viewers.
Grant won the Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor, setting him up to become the romantic comedy icon he is today. Almost three decades later, Four Weddings and a Funeral‘s popularity still hasn’t waned and it represents some of Grant’s best work.
2 Love Actually (2003)
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A heartwarming holiday rom-com, Love Actually saw Grant as part of an ensemble cast that includes heavyweights like Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, and many more. It’s an intertwining story of different plots coming together, all involving love at Christmastime.
Grant’s portrayal as the quirky Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is best remembered for his hilarious dancing scene. His character isn’t much different from his other leading rom-com ventures, but Love Actually remains a perennial favorite for fans of the genre.
1 Notting Hill (1999)
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Routinely considered among Hugh Grant’s best rom-coms, this might be his most quotable film as well. While Grant has made a career out of playing loveable jerks, his character in Notting Hill is infinitely likable as a mild-mannered British bookstore owner who falls in love with a popular American actress.
It has a heartwarming quality that is mainly about how the lead pair become entranced by one another, with Julia Roberts’ “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy” speech remaining an iconic romantic comedy moment. Grant also shines in this lighthearted film that fans love to watch for a breezy time.
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