Feeling blue? These cinematic classics are guaranteed to lift your spirits.
By Anne L. Fritz August 6, 2010
Depression can leave you with little interest in anything. But sometimes when you’re feeling down, there’s no easier pick-me-up than a favorite movie. It might make you laugh, it might make you cry, but a classic feel-good flick will always leave you a little happier and may even put a smile on your face. So whether you’re looking for a romantic comedy, nostalgia, or pure escape, read on for our list of the top 10 movies to watch when you’re feeling down. Grab the popcorn and dim the lights!
Of the many worthy romantic comedies, Love Actually makes the list because it has a little something for everyone. The many plot lines include puppy love, bittersweet unrequited love, and friendship, and the movie features more than one classic, romantic Hollywood resolution. With plenty of laughs, gorgeous scenery in London and France, and an appealing cast that spans generations, it's an all-around winner — as Hugh Grant says in the opening-scene narration, “Love actually is all around.”
2... It's a Wonderful Life
If there’s one movie you’re guaranteed to catch on television in December, it’s this beloved classic — and with good reason. It’s a Wonderful Life is sweet without being saccharine as it recounts the story of George Bailey’s life in flashbacks. Viewers watch George, played by Jimmy Stewart at his most endearing, sacrifice his own dreams time and time again for the benefit of his friends and family. By the end, George, angel-in-training Clarence, and the residents of Bedford Falls have taught the valuable lesson that one man’s life touches many others, often in unseen ways — an important sentiment to remember at the holidays, and throughout the year.
Laughter truly is the best medicine, and a hearty chuckle has many proven health benefits — it can lower stress hormones, enhance your mood, and promote relaxation. If you need a giggle, pick up Tootsie, one of the few comedies to have been nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, for 1982. No matter how down you’re feeling, it’s nearly impossible not to laugh during this smart comedy as you watch Dustin Hoffman transform from temperamental actor Michael Dorsey into feminist icon Dorothy Michaels — curlers, pantyhose, dresses, and all.
...see the full list of movies at EveryDayHealth.com