Comfort Movies

When the Winter blues inevitably strike, there’s a stack of movies that always make me feel a little better. Over the years, these same movies have become my cinematic version of comfort food. These are a few of my favorites:

Stack of DVDs of several of the movies listed below

Pretty in Pink. Some Kind of Wonderful. Okay, half of the John Hughes catalogue. 

I’m past my first high school reunion, but I still connect to these movies because they’re not just about loners, they’re about loners who are okay with themselves (for the most part). They’re centered around a high school romance, but the girls in these films had other stuff going on. A job in a cool record store, drums”¦they were kind of bad ass.

Purple Rain

No matter how bad things get, it couldn’t be much worse than what Prince is going through in this movie. This gives me a twisted kind of comfort. The soundtrack is also pure gold, and the lack of acting skills all around is more than compensated for by the sheer energy emanating from Prince. Let’s go crazy!

Top Hat, Singin’ in the Rain, Funny Face, An American in Paris

Sometimes its nice to escape to a dream world where love is as simple as a dance along a stream. There’s something about the grace of a well choreographed dance from Astaire or Kelly that always moves me.

The Rocky Series

I’m always a sucker for an underdog story, and this is one of the very best. As cheesy as it is, whenever I need to be reminded that the seemingly impossible can be possible, I spend some time with the Balboas. Also, this is my favorite film marriage. Rocky and Adrian are adorable together, and it’s nice to see a movie where the macho male has respect for women.

The Fast and the Furious Series

Mostly, people just drive really fast. I can’t even recall the plot. It’s pretty much a mindless escape for the brain. It’s very relaxing.

About a Boy

There’s something very charming about this tale of a man and a boy who grow up together, one of them about twenty years behind. Hugh Grant is best when he’s playing a cad, and the story doesn’t take the easy way out and tie everything up into a convenient little bow. Based on the excellently witty Nick Hornby novel.


Cher plays a woman who decides at mid-life that perhaps she’s not quite dead just yet and makes a few changes. This one never fails to make me laugh.

Legends of the Fall

This is so very over-the-top dramatic, but it’s endlessly entertaining and the lush cinematography is breathtaking. Also, Brad Pitt’s hair is a pool of shimmery liquidness.

17 replies on “Comfort Movies”

Legends of the Fall is so sad though! I can’t do devastating when I’m trying to get over the blues. I like something with a little poignancy and a healthy dose of optimism, like Love Actually or Happy-Go-Lucky, or something straight out campy like Tank Girl (there have been sad times where I watched that movie almost every day, for serious).

Movies and TV are my ultimate comfort blanket. As much as I love books, sometimes a film is the very thing to fill an emotional need. Go-to films would be Lord of the Rings, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (and maybe The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Star Trek 2009 annnnnnnnd probably Love Actually.

Comfort TV would be Stat Trek TOS (I have a huge crush on Spock, alright?!?), Supersizer’s Eat…, any nature programmes that are about penguins, and the animated Batman series :)

My go to movies are
Lost in Austen
Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion
13 Going on 30
Sabrina/Roman Holiday/Breakfast @ Tiffany’s
Notting Hill
If nothing interesting is on tv then one of these is generally playing in the background while I’m home even if I’m not in that room. I like the background noise.

The Midsummer Night’s Dream with Calista Flockhart, Christian Bale, Dominic West and Anna Friel. And Rupert Everett as Oberon. It’s sparkly and funny and there is mud, bicycles, and the odd naked bum.

Or LOTR – The Two Towers in particular.

Purple Rain is the best comfort movie ever! Might I also recommend the less popular, less critically received, but still inhumanly awesome Graffiti Bridge? It’s got a lot in common with Purple Rain, including several plot points and Morris Day, but the soundtrack is some of the most interesting and collaborative work His Royal Purpleness has ever done.
Prince 4 Eva.

*gasp* I ***love*** About a Boy! Love love love it! And it’s so cool to see that kid all grown up in the movies he’s doing now!

My comfort movies are:

My Cousin Vinny
Dirty Dancing
Truly Madly Deeply (My DVD player is a VHS/DVD player solely for this movie, which I only own on VHS)
Ferris Bueller
Breakfast at Tiffany’s

And if I need a comfort movie day, the BBC/Colin Firth “Pride and Prejudice.”

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