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It’s raining and you’ve had a terrible day. You’ve been brought down mentally by your boss, teacher, or peers and you just want to sit at home and sulk. If you have ever felt like this, the best ingredients to deal with it are a tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, a warm blanket on a comfy couch, and a movie. I’ve noticed that when many people feel down, they just need to watch a movie that will help them see the brighter side of things and let some tears out that they had bottled up during the day. I know after a bad day, this is the perfect recipe for me. Therefore, I’ve devised a list of the Top 10 movies to watch when you’re feeling depressed. They’re not fully comedic or inspirational, but movies that make us feel grateful for what we have.
Movies like The Blind Side and The Notebook make the list. Even though they’re completely separate plot scenarios, they teach viewers to never give up on anything and show the struggles people face in different aspects of their lives. Whether it’s love, career, or a hobby, the characters in these movies struggle to find happiness. There are also feel-good romances such as Love Actually and Life is Beautiful that make the list because they just paint a smile on your face when your spirits desperately need a lift.
10. I am David
I am David is about a 12-year-old boy who flees a communist concentration camp. It’s based on Anne Holm’s novel North to Freedom. He’s been separated from his family and all he has are a bit of soap, a loaf of bread, a compass, and a letter. He must find a boat to Italy, and then travel north to a free country. Along the way, he encounters an unforgettable journey and meets people who will change his life.
9. The Blind Side
The Blind Side is based on a true story about NFL linemen, Michael Oher. His life turns around when a well-to-do family adopts him, and it gives him the courage and support to fulfill his dreams. The film was also well received by critics, with Sandra Bullock winning an Oscar for the lead role.
8. Little Miss Sunshine
This is a heart-warming movie about a dysfunctional American middle class family who goes on a cross-country tour, cramped together in a VW bus, to get their seven year old to the finals of a beauty pageant.
7. The Notebook
The Notebook has been critically acclaimed as one of the best romance movies of all time. This movie is definitely going to make you cry. It’s a story written by Nicholas Sparks that shows the meaning of true love and that it does exist!
6. Under the Tuscan Sun
You’re virtually taking a trip to Italy when you watch this movie. It has romance, comedy and drama all in one. The story follows a San Franciscan writer whose seemingly perfect life takes an unexpected turn when she learns that her husband has been cheating on her. To escape the toll of divorce and loss of her house, her best friend Patti urges her to take an Italian vacation to Tuscany. I highly recommend you watch this movie and follow her unforgettable journey.
After the death of her mother, Amélie leaves home and becomes a waitress at Café des 2 Moulins in Montmartre, France. This spurs up romantic relationships, and she finds simple pleasures and lets her imagination run free. She also executes schemes that affect the lives of those around her, including a blind man and a little boy. Amelie also persuades her depressed father to follow his dream of traveling the world.
4. Love Actually
Love Actually is a British comedy that shows different aspects of people’s love lives in ten separate stories, involving a wide variety of individuals.
3. Seven Pounds
This is a movie with Will Smith that is really underrated. It’s a film that you want to eagerly watch till the end because it us keeps interested in the characters and their lives. It’s about a man who sets out to change the lives of seven people through selfless deeds that all uncover a truth.
2. Marley and Me
Marley and Me will prove that a dog really is man’s best friend. It’s about a Labrador who teaches a family about love, life, and more through his reckless ways.
1. Life Is Beautiful
This is arguably one of the greatest films of all time. It follows a man on a quest to make the love of his life fall in love with him through his quirky humor. However, after they get married, his life takes an unimaginable turn when he tries to raise his family in a Nazi ridden territory. The movie is simply touching and beautiful.
I suggest before watching any of these movies, you have a Kleenex box near.