Great feel-good movies to watch at home!
Make the most of a lazy night at home!
Have you just come home from work? Are you too tired to go out and all you want is to put your pajamas on and spend a quiet night at home? Everyone deserves to be a couch potato for a couple of nights per week. However, chances are, there will be nothing good on TV. So, instead of wasting your time changing TV channels aimlessly until you find something you'll like, give these films a go! It takes some effort to find a good film that is easy to watch when you are tired, and those of us who still have high standards for movies should keep providing our mates with fresh ideas! So, these are some great, warm films, perfect for a lazy weeknight at home, that you can watch again and again. They will definitely make your day!
"You can erase someone from your mind. Getting them out of your heart is another story"
#1 Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
The absolute romantic movie, a bit quirky and ... as awesome as it gets! A heartbroken man decides to undergo a procedure that will erase his ex girlfriend from his memory. But, as he gradually loses his memories, he realizes that he has made a huge mistake which is probably too late to fix! Only Charlie Kaufman could manage to create a romantic movie that doesn't remind us of anything we have ever watched before! Forget about banalities and anticipated plot twists and enjoy this truly unique movie!
"What came first, the music or the misery?"
#2 High Fidelity
Even if you haven't watched this great movie yet, you'll probably have heard of its obsessive list making and of the constant music references. This is a great timeless film about music, adulthood and relationships. After a recent break up, a guy goes back to his five ex-girlfriends and tries to understand what he did wrong. High Fidelity will make you think about the complexity of human relationships, and it will make you laugh your head off. Especially with the music geeks in the record store who keep arguing about bands and kick out customers who don't meet their standards!
SIDE EFFECTS: You will miss your old mixed tapes and you may start making Top 5 Lists about everything!
#3 The Best Offer
You probably haven't seen "The Best Offer". You may haven't even heard of it. But it's definitely a movie worth watching. It is about an auctioneer, passionate about fine art, who falls in love with an agoraphobic heiress. Like all great movies, it will offer you a fascinating journey through art, love, suspense and will end by leaving you breathless. This film has some minor weaknesses but it will definitely surpass your expectations! Great music, fine art, stunning actors, intriguing plot, with a touch of sensitivity in its cruelest moments: you'd expect nothing less from Guiseppe Tornatore (the director of Cinema Paradiso) and Geoffrey Rush.
"One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy!"
#4 Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Whether or not you are old enough to remember 1986, this movie is an absolute must see. You are probably not a teenager any more, but deep down you'll wish you could still play hookie with Ferris Bueller. So, forget about your grown-up troubles for a couple of hours and meet the teenager-you-wish-you-were! If you have already seen it, WATCH IT AGAIN! "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is a different type of timeless movie, that can take you back to the time when you dared not to follow the rules, managed to get your way (usually!) and most importantly, made the most of a day off!
"Being an adult means to have a speedometer that marks 210 and not driving over 60"
#5 Love me if you dare
Feel like going French tonight? Then watch this enjoyable, intriguing dark romantic comedy. This charming movie will remind you of a darker, more twisted 'Amelie'. It is a coming of age story in which a young boy and a young girl, both undergoing great drama, engage in a game of dare. The game goes on for decades and the dares become more and more crude, to the point that they really affect each other's lives. But is this game just a way for them to avoid getting too close to each other?
WARNING: This is a film that you will either love or hate. But it can definitely not go unnoticed. So, are you game?
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Meet the greatest chef in Paris
Yes, it's a cartoon but, above all, it's a "comedy with great taste". The plot is straightforward: it's the story of a talented rat who dreams of becoming a great chef. His family prompts him to "shut up and eat his garbage". His restaurant closes down over health violations (they found rats it the kitchen!!). But he does not give up! If haven't seen it already, go for it! Ratatouille will make you smile, dream big, and want to cook something!
#7 A Good Year
It's not often that Ridley Scott directs a feel good romantic comedy, so you shouldn't miss this one! Interesting story, spectacular landscapes and great actors! A high profile British banker (Russell Crowe) inherits his uncle's vineyards and chateaux in the south of France. While trying to estimate how much he can make of selling it, he is gradually charmed by the location, the people and a more relaxed life style. It sounds a bit naïve, but the director works hard on avoiding cliches! Also, once you'll start watching it, you will not really care! The countryside is magnificent, Marion Cotillard is truly delightful and you can almost feel the sunshine on your skin. Goes well with any wine that will "whisper into your mouth with complete, unabashed honesty every time you take a sip".
"No, Max, it's your life that doesn't suit this place!"
"These street guys have no pity" "That's what I want. No pity"
#8 The Intouchables
I used to think that it's impossible to make a movie that everyone will like, but it seems like Nacache and Toledano did it! This sweet, warm, hilarious French movie is as good as it gets! A paralyzed intellectual millionaire hires a young black man who just got out of prison to be his caretaker. Unable to fully understand each other's world, they develop a close friendship that changes their lives. The unpretentious reactions of Driss when he first encounters modern art and opera are so honest in their crudeness that can make the most obsessed art lover burst out laughing! Enjoy!
The never-ending list
It seems like a good time to break the record for the longest Hub ever written, but I should probably stop now! Some other great feel good movies are:
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Silver Linings Playbook
- The Full Monty
- Definitely, Maybe
- No Reservations
I am always on the lookout for new movies and I would love to hear your suggestions for great feel-good movies!