10 Movies To Watch When You’re Depressed


Love, Actually (2003)

Love Actually is a worldwide favorite that takes place five weeks before Christmas. The rom-com features Liam Neeson, Keira Knightly, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, and Emma Thompson. The film aims a lens at different aspects of love as it exists in 10 different stories with characters who are all linked in some way. It’s not sappy in the least, and each of the stories is both heartbreaking yet hopeful all at the same time.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Tom Hanks won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the simple, endearing Forrest Gump, who never saw himself as anything but normal thanks to the love and support of his mother. As a child, he falls in love with his neighbor Jenny, and the film takes us through his life to adulthood and his and Jenny’s eventual marriage. You’ll cry your eyes out but you’ll be left feeling overwhelming joy, too.

Amelie (2001)

Young, single Parisian Amelie works in a café and leads a rather dull life. One day, she discovers a small tin box hidden in a wall in her apartment and sets out on a mission to find its owner. Once she does, it compels her to keep doing good for herself and others. Amelie is a charming, relatable character, and the story is sunny enough to cheer anyone out of the doldrums.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Just imagining a giant chocolate factory is amazing enough in itself, but stepping into the shoes of the kids lucky enough to be let loose in that factory is a dream all kids (and adults) had once they viewed this classic film that starred Gene Wilder as Mr. Wonka himself. “There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination… Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be,” Wonka sings to his visitors. It works if you’re a kid, an adult, or a senior.

The Birdcage (1996)

This classic comedy film stars Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Christine Baransky, and Hank Azaria. While its themes are serious, life lessons are taught in a riotously humorous way without losing the depth and importance of each. Partners Robin Williams and Nathan Lane run a drag club in Miami and try to pass for straight when their son announces his engagement to a senator’s daughter. Watch out for Agador Spartacus!

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