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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Ten Films To Watch When You're Feeling Down

I'm not someone that watches films particularly regularly. I love going to the cinema, but tend to only watch them at home when I'm feeling a bit down. I have a list of go-to films that are guaranteed to warm my soul and make me feel a little better about life. These are a selection of the films that are on that list. 

1 // 500 Days of Summer
This film definitely has a feel-good factor to it, although I’m not entirely sure why. Perhaps it’s because the ending is realistic. It illustrates the way we idolise the people we love, and demonstrates our ability to bounce back from rejection. Or perhaps it’s just the great soundtrack. Who knows? 

2 // Bridget Jones’ Diary
Bridget Jones’ Diary is the ultimate in cheer-me-up films. There’s some comfort in watching Bridget’s slightly tragic life and relating to it. I have probably watched this more than any other film, I know it line for line, but it still makes me laugh without fail. If I’m feeling really down in the dumps, I know that I can pop this on and will be feeling miles better within an hour.

3 // When Harry Met Sally
One of my all time favourites, When Harry Met Sally is just wonderful. If you haven’t already watched it, please do. It follows the story of two friends who fight with the concept that men and women can never really be just friends. I love the relationship the two characters have with one another. Plus, the final New Year’s Eve scene makes me happy cry.

4 // Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump is a little bit of everything; funny, heart-breaking, romantic. Forrest is such a completely loveable character. I find that whenever I watch this film, I’m inspired to be a better person. There’s something so heart-warming about watching the way he makes his way through life and seeing him succeed despite his difference. 

5 // Dirty Dancing
I somehow went 18 years of my life without watching it. I’ve definitely made up for that in the past three years. Such a great soundtrack, such fab scenes and you’ll fall completely in love with Patrick Swayze. I usually also end up wishing I owned a lot of the clothes. Strange how fashion comes back around like that. 

6  // You’ve Got Mail
I actually prefer this to the more popular Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks film, Sleepless in Seattle. Two people who are so perfect for each other, yet completely hate one another – this is one of those films where you’re begging them to get together the whole time. Tom Hanks plays his character so well in this, and I also love the backdrop of New York bookshops. It makes me want to live there one day. 

7 // Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The first Audrey Hepburn film I ever watched and probably my favourite? Maybe? Don’t hold me to it though (if you’re looking for a good musical, go for Funny Face). I feel as though it is a little clich├ęd to say you love Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey Hepburn seems to have turned into a bit of a commodity nowadays. That being said, it is lovely. Holly Golightly is a wonderfully free-spirited character, but doesn’t lack emotional depth. I’m sure I could watch her for hours. 

8 // Love Actually
Bit of Christmas classic but I’ll happily watch it all year round. Love Actually is undoubtedly feel-good gold. It warms the cockles of my heart and by then end I’m quite certain that the world is a wonderful place, even if it isn’t.

9 // Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Like the teen version of Bridget Jones, Georgia Nicholson is a bit of a walking disaster. The film is a full on cringe fest, filled with nervy-Bs and nunga-nungas. I love it regardless. It completely takes me back to being 14 years old and all of the trivial things that used to seem so important.

10 // Ten Things I Hate About You
Based on The Taming of the Shrew, Heath Ledger provides some seriously good eye candy in this film and Kat Stratford is a complete babe. The paintballing scene with Fascinating New Thing playing in the background is one of my favourite cinematic moments. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, which is just what you need when you’ve had a bad day.

Special mentions go to: The Parent Trap, Moulin Rouge, Pretty in Pink, Bride Wars, The Great Gatsby, Empire Records, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Can’t Buy Me Love and How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days.



  1. Bridget Jones is definitely a feel-good film PERFECT for those kind of days! xxx


  2. Love this! We have such a similar list of 'go to' films when we need a pick me up! X


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