The movies & TV shows below are big on romance and small on premarital sex. Many feature characters that wait until marriage, others feature romance without blatant sex.
As with everything here at WTM.org, all movies are suggested and reviewed by singles who are actively waiting on sex.
Note: The number next to each book is not raw votes. It's a point score that reflects the difference between up-votes and down-votes.
So if a book has been up-voted 100 times and down-voted 25 times its displayed score will be 75.
A Walk to Remember Shane West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote
A Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Shane West's character is a player, but changes his ways when he falls in love with Mandy Moore's waiting till marriage character.
The Princess Bride Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon
Written by renowned screenwriter Will Goldman, the Princess Bride is a cute, old-fashioned, comical, classic, love story. Buttercup and her servant fall in love and the servant sets out to acquire a living to assure that the courtship ends in marriage. When the servant is allegedly killed during an attack on his ship, Buttercup marries into royalty only to find that her one true love is very much alive.
Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Kristin Chenoweth, Chi McBride
Pushing Daisies is the ultimate TV Show for those who wait. The two main characters are deeply in love, but unable to touch. It's also an extremely well-written, polished, and award-winning show. Every episode left me happy and wanting more.
Pride and Prejudice (A&E Miniseries) Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, David Bamber, Crispin Bonham-Carter
Adapted from Jane Austen's strongest work, the literary masterpiece of the same name. The lives of Elizabeth and Jane are immersed into a frenzy when two handsome, accomplished, and well connected gentlemen move into town. Love appears to be ready to smile upon Elizabeth and Jane until trickery, deceit, pride, and prejudice enter the picture.
The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn
Maria, a clumsy, wannabe nun, and Captain Vonn Trapp, a regimented father of seven, cross paths when Maria takes a job as governess of Captain Vonn Trapp's children. The Sound of Music is a tale of how love can ease the pain of loss, encourage self-discovery, and overcome one of the most nefarious regimes to have ever been in existence.
The Proposal Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White, Mary Steenburgen
Margaret, a cut-throat career woman, faces deportation back to Canada. To avoid deportation she and Andrew, a co-worker that can't stand her, plan to get married (and then divorce). There's a definite chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, and this isn't your standard romantic comedy: the two develop a genuine romance without sex.
Fireproof Kirk Cameron, Jason McLeod, Erin Bethea, Ken Bevel
A 2008 Christian drama which turned heads with it's financial success in the box office. Fireproof is the story of a husband's endeavor to repair his marriage with God's help. Fireproof shows that it's the "deeper" aspects which lay the foundation for marriage.
Sense & Sensibility Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson
Jane Austen purists will not be disappointed as this romantic dramedy of two very different sisters, searching for love, captures the essence of Austen's novel.
Sense and Sensibility earned 7 Academy Award nominations and 12 BAFTA nominations.
This is not a love story. Soul Surfer is a drama about the life of Bethany Hamilton, a surfer who lost her arm at the age of 13 due to a shark attack. The story chronicles her admirable strength as she returns to surfing. Bethany Hamilton, in a real life interview with ABC News, explicitly states that she is "excited to save her purity for marriage".
17 Again Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon
Mike O'Donnell's "spirit guide" makes Mike 17 again, providing Mike with the opportunity to re-live his youth. In the film's first scene, the audience views one of the most common risks associated with premarital sex. I couldn't understand some of the controversy surrounding this film. The topic of physical intimacy was handled delicately and subtlety, which is usually the optimal approach.
Never Been Kissed Drew Barrymore, Michael Vartan, David Arquette, Molly Shannon
Drew Barrymore stars as Josie, a reporter who is given the task of going undercover in high school. Josie has never had a relationship and has never "really" kissed a guy. Never Been Kissed shows it's okay to be yourself, even if it means being weird, quirky, or not having the most number of significant others. Most importantly, it shows that there's no rush.
My Fake Fiance Melissa Joan Hart, Joseph Lawrence, Nicole Tubiola, Burgess Jenkins
Jennifer and Vince meet at a wedding and they marvel at how much money the bride and groom receive. Before Jennifer and Vince know it, they agree to stage a fake courtship and engagement in an effort to ease their financial situations. After a while, they both realize they're in over their heads. The issue of physical intimacy is handled subtly, but it very much appears that Jennifer and Vince do wait for each other.
This series is not focused on love, but there are compelling romantic subplots. Downtown Abbey entered the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television show.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco
Probably the most renown film concerning virginity, The 40-year-Old-Virgin comes equipped with laughs as well as the star power of Steve Carell. As a mainstream film that portrays waiting till marriage within a positive light, this is a must see for those who wait.
This episode chronicles the lives, marriages, and wedding nights of two engaged couples. One couple is definitely waiting, but the episode is ambiguous as to whether or not the other couple is waiting for sex or just waiting to live together.
One of the couples, Laura Beth and Brett, wait to kiss until marriage. Overall I found this episode rather inspiring.
Emma (1997 Film) Kate Beckinsale, Bernard Hepton, Mark Strong (II), Samantha Bond
Not everybody has the time, or patience, to watch an entire miniseries. This is a superb alternative to the BBC miniseries, equipped with masterful writing, superb acting, and the star power of Kate Beckinsale.
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Linda Ercoli, Greg Felton, Melanie Kohn, Bill Melendez
Okay, so a tad different from the other material on this list but can you say "no" to Charlie Brown? This takes you back to a time where things were so simple. You get THREE love stories for the price of 1: "Be my valentine Charlie Brown, you're in love Charlie Brown, and It's Your First Kiss Charlie Brown"
Jumping the Broom Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso
Jumping the Broom
Jumping the Broom is a 2011 comedy with religious undertones.
A black couple, from radically different socioeconomic backgrounds, must survive their wedding day as the members of their very different families are ready to rip each others throats out. The couple, Sabrina and Jason, explicitly wait until marriage.
Emma (BBC Miniseries) Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller, Michael Gambon, Tamsin Greig
Watch the Jane Austen work which inspired the modern day remake "Clueless". Emma is a matchmaker who comes to find out she may not know all there is to know about love after all. This miniseries is filled with twists, turns, and reveals a love story that won't disappoint hopeless romantics. Being that this is Regency Era film, sex waits for marriage.
Much Ado About Nothing Kenneth Branagh, Michael Keaton, Robert Sean Leonard, Keanu Reeves
One of my personal faves is the Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Much Ado is very WTM centric since the crux of one of the two main plot lines is that the would-be groom refuses to marry his bride-to-be because he mistakenly believes that she is not a virgin.
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