I love movies. I’ll pretty much watch anything. My dad and I have seen so many horror movies, it’s hard to find one we haven’t seen. My mom and I watch Hallmark movies whenever I’m home. I talk about all the Marvel/DC movies with my brother. My roommates and I have watched countless movies on our couch after a stressful day. Watching a movie often puts me in a better mood. So, I’ve compiled a list of movies that I like to watch when I’m particularly stressed or anxious. Maybe watching them will put you in a better mood as well!
This is my favorite Disney movie of all time! It’s part animated, part live action that takes fairytale characters and places them in New York City. Amy Adams is incredible as Giselle, the naive princess who can sing a song and get street vermin to help clean up a downtown apartment. James Marsden is expertly cast as the dimwitted prince who comes to rescue her. Patrick Dempsey and Idina Menzel do a great job portraying people grounded in reality. The songs are great, the costumes are perfect, and it’s narrated by Julie Andrews so you know it has to be good. This will always put me in a better mood!
I’ve seen this movie so many times I think I can quote the whole thing. I used to watch it every time I went to stay at my aunt Marla’s house. We would build a pallet on the floor with blankets and my brother and I would watch this movie. The idea that you could move things with your mind was magical when I was younger and still holds some magic today. You’re lying if you say you’ve never tried to tip over a glass with your mind after seeing this film. Miss Trunchbull occasionally gave me nightmares when I was younger, but I took comfort in knowing that she didn’t win in the end. It’s just a feel good movie that brings back a lot of fond childhood memories.
This may seem like an odd pick, but my brother showed me this movie and then I showed it to everyone I could show for the next two weeks. Its a dark comedy about something that really happened, filmed in the town where it really happened. I refuse to spoil this movie, but the twist halfway through will make you gasp. They interview people in the movie who knew the actual Bernie and the personalities of the townsfolk are incredible. I think you will probably find this funnier if you’ve lived in a small, southern town, but anyone can enjoy this movie. In my opinion this is Jack Black’s best role. Unexpected and little known, but one of my favorites.
The Truman Show
I once watched this movie three times in one week and didn’t regret a single moment of it. The concept is so interesting. What if everything and everyone around you was fake and your whole life was being filmed? That’s insane. It is also a little scary that our world seems to be going closer and closer to that concept instead of farther away. Overall, I love this movie because it has heart. You are rooting for Truman to wake up and go live his life on his own terms. It makes you laugh and then makes you want to cry. It makes you think. Whoever came up with this idea was brilliant and if you haven’t seen this, you should! It’s a classic.
The Princess Diaries (Both of Them)
As is a theme on this list, I have lost count of the number of times I have seen these two movies. Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews couldn’t make a bad movie together if they tried. The whole idea that a girl could wake up one day and discover she is a princess is bananas. Everyone can relate to Mia; awkward, clumsy, unprepared for what life has to throw at her. Julie Andrews is the perfect royal figure, while still holding onto her playfulness (like their arcade game scene in the first movie, or her impeccable mattress-surfing skills in the second one). The first is a movie about finding yourself, while the second one is a love story. Both are excellent ways to put you in a better mood. Also, I’m super pumped for the third one that they’re working on right now. I’m sure I will watch that one a million times as well.
There are soooo many more movies I could put on this list. Honestly, I bet I could come up with 100. But these are just a few suggestions if you’re looking for something to watch on a rainy day. They can help take your mind off of the stresses of life. I’m always looking for new movies to watch so comment some down below that you watch to cheer yourself up!
Thanks for reading!