Movies for Bad Days, Weeks, or (Let’s Be Honest) Years


On a real let down of a day, a few weeks back, I took to Instagram (as so many of us do) to forget real life for a moment. Between double tapping on shoes I cannot afford, places I cannot visit, and clothes I can no longer fit into, it became clear it was time for my quarterly “time out” from Instagram. Not everyone can keep imposter syndrome at bay forever… especially when embarking on new projects! So instead of chatting about decor, fashion or art, I asked the community, What movies are you watching when you’re having a bummer of a day?

When it comes to soothing my feelings with media I fall into one of two camps. I watch something just horribly depressing. I’m talking murder-y, who-done-it documentaries or I’m having a Sliding Doors moment. The list here really covers the lighter side of where I gravitate, which is probably like taking advice from a hundred friends who know that a good romantic comedy does more for the soul than watching a situation unfold that makes your boo-hoo moment minuscule in comparison.

Hundreds of comments later, the recommendations were so deep and so good it took over an hour to respond to a handful of the submissions. Turns out, a lot of us have a very specific set of movies that act as an adult security blanket. And I don’t know about you but for some reason, almost all my favorites (Pride & Prejudice and Harry Potter) are British. Fast forward to this week when a lovely woman DM’ed me and said she typed up the whole list and asked if I wanted to refer back to it. BLESS YOU, Trish. She even organized the British movies (and TV shows) into their own category below!

What to Watch When You Need A Lift

MOVIES

“The English have something that works when you’re down

  • Pride and Prejudice – both the 2006 and the Colin Firth
  • Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  • Love Actually
  • Notting Hill
  • Begin Again
  • About Time
  • Bridget Jones’ movies
  • Harry Potter – familiar and soothing

“Nora Ephron makes you feel better”

  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • When Harry Met Sally

Nancy Meyers:

  • Something’s Gotta Give
  • It’s Complicated
  • Father of the Bride
  • Private Benjamin
  • The Holiday

Strong Girls:

  • Working Girl
  • Devil Wears Prada
  • American President
  • Parent Trap – both ’61 and ‘98
  • Old Streisand movies – The Way We Were, Yentl, Funny Girl etc.
  • The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Amelie
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • 13 Going on 30

Funny/Real/Rom-Com

  • Dan in Real Life
  • Family Stone
  • Ghost Town
  • Groundhog Day
  • Jerry Macguire
  • Guernsey Potato
  • Moonstruck
  • Field of Dreams
  • Bridesmaids
  • Garden State

Older

  • Gene Kelly movies – Singing in the Rain, Brigadoon
  • Fred Astaire movie

TELEVISION

British:

  • Downton Abbey
  • The Crown
  • British Bake Off

Old Favs:

  • Gilmore Girls
  • New Girl
  • The Office
  • 30 Rock
  • Arrested Development
  • Parks and Rec
  • Veep
  • Friends
  • Sex and the City
  • Frasier
  • Schitt’s Creek

Old Family Drama:

  • Felicity
  • Friday Night Lights
  • West Wing
  • Parenthood

MISC:

  • Happy Endings
  • Bob Ross Painting

Newer:

  • Younger
  • Anne with an E
  • Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Grace and Frankie
  • Queer Eye
  • The Bold Type
  • Outlander
  • Priceless (French)
  • Abstract (Netflix)
  • The Fund of Caring (Netflix)
  • Offspring (Aussie)