Crazy Rich Asians is based on the worldwide best-selling novel of the same title by Kevin Kwan. If you want to find some more best movies like Crazy Rich Asians, stick around and check out the list below.
First things first, though. Crazy Rich Asians is a contemporary look at how families from the upper echelons in Singapore society try to juggle and balance more traditional obligations to the family versus following more modern, individual pursuits.
The story starts in New York, where NYU professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) lives with her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding). Everything’s going well, until she discovers his deep, dark secret: Nick is rich. Not just rich, but crazy Asian rich.
He is also considered to be one of the most eligible bachelors in Asia. So when he invites her to come home with him to Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding, she has to brace herself not only for the scrutiny awaiting her from Nick’s family, but from practically everyone else in that side of the world.
Constance Wu plays the American-born, modern Chinese woman Rachel with convincing mastery.
Having to keep herself composed in the midst of the suffocating pressures of Nick’s family, especially his intimidating mother, Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), she finds comfort in having her best friend Peik Lin Goh (Awkwafina), who happens to be a Crazy Rich Asian herself, to guide her along the way.
Can love prevail despite the oceans and miles between Rachel and Nick in family and social status? Socialite dramas aside, Crazy Rich Asian is a delightful exposition on the lives of the rich and famous and how, at the end of the day, they really are just like everyone else with their problems.
Here are some more films that tackle weddings, family dramas, true loves, and everything in between:
1. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
English 1h 57m IMDb
Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet
For Charles (Hugh Grant) and his friends, weddings are the perfect place to find someone to date, and maybe even marry.
But they don’t always have much luck, and despite the numerous weddings they get invited to, they still somehow end up being single.
At one of their friend’s weddings, Charles meets and falls in love at first sight with an American guest, Carrie (Andie MacDowell). Upon realizing their feelings are mutual, they end up spending some special memories of their own.
Following that, they keep running into each other at three other weddings, and one unfortunate funeral.
But fate seems to have some other plans for them, as they somehow keep missing each other.
Will they ever be together, or will Charles allow himself to settle for a choice that, while convenient, is not nearly as strong and real as his feelings for Carrie? This push and pull between the characters make for a truly riveting viewing.
2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
English 1h 35m IMDb
Director: Joel Zwick
Stars: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine
The Greeks are known for being passionate–in life and in love. So when Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) falls in love, it was sure to be a happy occasion. But with the man she’s dating, Ian Miller (John Corbett), turns out to be anything but Greek can she convince her family to get on board and be happy for them?
As she sets out on a mission to have her entire family fall in love with him too, so they can finally accept him and their relationship, she also finds herself rediscovering her family and heritage.
The biggest joy would be not only in her family accepting Ian, but also in her learning to accept herself.
As can be expected from films involving large families, there’s always more than enough action, comedy, and drama going around for everybody. It’s a heartwarming display of what it means to love yourself and your family, warts and all.
3. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
English 1h 41m IMDb
Director: Nahnatchka Khan
Stars: Ali Wong, Randall Park, James Saito
Sasha (Ali Wong) is a successful LA celebrity chef. Marcus (Randall Park), her high school best friend from San Francisco whom she has not spoken to in 15 years, is a happy-go-lucky musician still living with and working for his dad.
As she returns home to set up her latest restaurant, their paths cross once more, and with it, unresolved questions and issues from the past.
As Sasha breaks off her engagement, and amidst the stress of opening up her restaurant, Sasha and Marcus find themselves reconnecting once more. Can they make it last this time?
With their natural flair and instincts for comedy, Wong and Park successfully portray the reluctant pairing as situations somehow keep putting them together.
Against the backdrop of a dreamy San Francisco, Always Be My Maybe successfully portrayed the homely comfort of the past vis-a-vis the intimidating, yet exciting future standing tall in the horizons like the modern buildings downtown.
4. Notting Hill (1999)
English 2h 4m IMDb
Director: Roger Michell
Stars: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe
William Thacker (Hugh Grant) owns a quaint, little bookshop in Notting Hill. Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) is America’s Sweetheart, a true global superstar.
She’s in town to shoot a film, he’s around doing everyday business. One day, they met, and while the circumstances were less than ideal, it was memorable nonetheless.
It’s a classic love story where boy and girl are worlds apart. The true test is if and how they will overcome this gap so they can be together.
Backed by an equally strong performance from the supporting cast, Grant and Roberts show why they sit comfortably on top of the Hollywood A-list.
5. Meet the Parents (2000)
English 1h 48m IMDb
Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo
Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is a male nurse about to meet his girlfriend Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo) parents. Madly in love, he plans on winning her parents over so that he may ask for Pam’s hand in marriage. Especially her dad, Jack (Robert De Niro).
For the next 48 hours, he must put nothing but his best foot forward, or else risk getting rejected by Pam’s family. Little does he know, however, that Jack is exceptionally skilled in digging for the truth, as much as he is equally skilled in hiding his own.
Meet the Parents is a funny take on the stressful (albeit extreme) situation of meeting your significant other’s family for the first time, and doing everything you can do to make it meaningful despite the imperfect moments.
6. The Wedding Singer (1998)
English 1h 37m IMDb
Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore team up in this romantic comedy as Robbie Hart and Julia Sullivan. Robbie is a wedding singer jilted at the altar by his fiancee, while Julia is engaged to a Wall Street hot shot.
As he helps her prepare for her wedding, Robbie and Julia realize that her wedding might actually be a mistake, and that they should instead be together.
It’s a slow path to realization and acceptance, though, especially as Julia tries to decide between a life of comfort and convenience but without true love, and a life of true love but without the security and stability that her fiance is now offering.
The Wedding Singer showcases not just the glam of the 80s, but also Adam Sandler’s musical abilities. Thanks to this film, we now have the popular love song “Grow Old with You.”
7. The Proposal (2009)
English 1h 48m IMDb
Director: Anne Fletcher
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen
Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) is a wannabe author working for high-powered, workaholic publisher Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock). Push and bossy, Margaret is far from being anyone’s favorite at the office.
But while everyone thinks her life is full of success, she’s in for a rude surprise as her expired US work visa is threatening her deportation back to Canada.
In a moment of opportunity, Andrew is traveling back home to Alaska to celebrate his grandma’s (Betty White) 90th birthday.
Realizing this is her only chance to legally stay in the country, she proposes to pretend to be in a relationship; in exchange, she will have his novel published.
Tension arises within the already charged family dynamics, and Margaret finds herself falling in love with Andrew–and his family.
Reynolds and Bullock’s team-up may seem odd, but the chemistry is definitely there, and their partnership is a convincing one through the screen. Betty White as the grandma is a wonderful delight, ever classy and talented.
8. Wedding Crashers (2005)
English 1h 59m IMDb
Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams
John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) are best friends who routinely crash weddings so they can pick up women.
In one of the weddings, they somehow end up crashing the wedding party of Treasury Secretary Cleary (Christopher Walken), and then being invited to their private estate.
What they thought was going to be a typical wedding crashing event suddenly became a chance for them to maybe find their true loves, which will put their happy wedding crashing days to rest.
Wilson and Vaugh deliver a convincing happy-go-lucky, playboy duo, getting involved in one slapstick situation after another.
Wedding parties will always have drama involved, not only within the family but among the guests as well, and this is no different.
9. The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
English 2h 4m IMDb
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Stars: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt
Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) are madly in love with each other. They have also been engaged for five years.
Throughout this time, they encounter as a couple various obstacles, challenges, and frustrations, which somehow always end up thwarting their wedding plans.
The longer (and more frequent) their wedding plans keep getting postponed, the more they begin to question whether this is still even something they want to do.
Finally, they must face their issues as a couple and decide once and for all if it’s still worth holding on, or if their five-year engagement has finally run its course.
10. Mamma Mia! (2008)
English 1h 48m IMDb
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Stars: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried
Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is getting married! Unknown to her mother Donna (Meryl Streep), she invites the past men in Donna’s life, one of which could be her father.
Her only wish is for him to walk her down the aisle, but as the days leading up to the wedding progressed, the more she realized things may not be as simple as a matter of eliminating options.
Especially not when Donna is keeping mum about the real stories of the men formerly in her life.
Mamma Mia! Is set against the backdrop of a romantic island village, filled with the classical tunes of ABBA. The cast keeps up the entertainment, bursting into song and dance in various situations, fitting the lyrics of the songs with the scenes.
11. The Family Stone (2005)
English 1h 43m IMDb
Director: Thomas Bezucha
Stars: ermot Mulroney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes
Just when you thought family drama during homecomings, especially when engagements or weddings are involved, cannot get any more complicated, The Family Stone opens the doors to a whole other layer of awkwardness in a family holiday setting.
Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker) is an uptight, successful businesswoman from the city. For the holidays, she’s meeting the family of her boyfriend Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney).
It’s a huge family affair, with Everett’s feisty mom and siblings quietly eyeing Meredith, trying to see if she could be right for their perfect Everett.
Meredith tries, but feels the unwelcoming atmosphere anyway, except from Everett’s brother Ben (Luke Wilson). In one defining moment, Meredith must make a choice whether she’ll stay or leave the family, even before she is even fully welcomed into it.
These films depict the family drama that typically occurs during homecomings at weddings and other similar events.
But although there may be a lot of tension and strife, as well as embarrassing hijinks, the love of family and acceptance of each other eventually still prevail. Ultimately, this is enough to make anyone feel crazy rich, too.