Some of us get a certain way with our mental health. For me, I tailspin into the deepest darkest rabbit hole and find myself not wanting to ever come out. Welcome to my depression.
I can’t explain why or how but ever so often I find myself feeling awful about myself and there is just no one who can talk me out of it. Thankfully my outlet is movies for my darkest days. It takes a certain kind of movie to put the wind back in my sails. If you haven’t seen these movies already I encourage you to watch them. If you have seen them try watching them on your bad days. They are fun, enjoyable and most importantly have the power to make you FEEL GOOD.
5.) Notting Hill
I didn’t watch this movie until I was a junior in high school. I had no idea what it was. It sounded like a three hour documentary about something I didn’t care about. One day I was over at my best friends house and she put it on. Life changed instantly.
Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant have an electric chemistry on screen that makes you love every second of this movie. The movie is about a famous actor (Julia) who meets an average Joe books salesman (Hugh) in his bookstore. They end up falling in love but navigating love in the world the rich and the famous isn’t always the easiest. It’s a lengthy feature but I promise you it’s worth every minute. From the hilarious one-liners and scene-stealing moments from Hugh Grants character’s roommate to just watching Julia Roberts say her iconic timeless line, “After all, I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” It won’t let you down and it will ignite the fire in you that love is definitely still possible. After all, I’m just a blogger typing in front of you the reader asking you to watch this movie.
4.) Sweet Home Alabama
Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey. I’m sorry was that not enough already to get you to watch? This movie is about a country raised girl who moves away to the city but finds out that you can take the girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl. This movie also hints that you may find your way back to your first love.
3.) Just Like Heaven
Once again a Resse Witherspoon movie. This time it has the Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo! I love this movie for so many reasons but the main one being that it never fails to make me laugh. It’s about a career-driven workaholic who ends up in a coma as a spirit who comes into contact with Mark Ruffalo’s character. They navigate the mystery of why she is a spirit and end up saving each other from themselves. Mark and Resse have this amazing banter on screen that is so funny you’ll find yourself smiling through most of the film. It’s so good because I associate myself with Mark’s character. He’s depressed but yet this spirit comes and pulls him up and inspires him to love again.
2.) 13 Going On 30
I love this film. The problem is people don’t make movies like this anymore. This movie knows how to pick me up off the floor and energize me to be a better version of myself. Starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. This is all about a teen girl who wishes she could be 30 on her 13th birthday and with the help of some magic wishing dust she ends up waking up 30. She goes on a self-discovery journey and learns that not only do you have to be careful what you wish for but the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. This movie hits me right in the feels. Not only will I get up and belt out Love is a Battlefield but I’ll dance my butt off to Thriller.
1.) Blast From The Past
Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone are a dynamic duo in this film which also happens to be my favorite film of all time. Christopher Walken also happens to be in this film and he is fantastic! During the cold war, a family mistakes a plane crashing onto their home as a bomb that sets off the cold war. They end up giving birth and raising their son in a bomb shelter. When he turns 30 they end up sending him to the surface for food and supplies. He befriends Alicia’s character and starts a journey of finding love and crazy fun shenanigans. I can seriously watch this movie over and over without getting bored. Oh, and how could I forget! Nathan Fillion also makes an appearance in this film. On my darkest days, I’ll pop this movie in and instantly feel a little better. It’s my secret weapon to battling my depression and anxiety.
What feel good movies help you? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @angsty_nerd!