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What a depressing couple of weeks it's been! I've been trying to avoid the usual comfort foods because of the carb and sugar content (though I'm not always successful). So I've turned to their cinematic equivalent, "comfort food" movies. Movies you turn to to cheer you up or give you a warm feeling or make you feel good because you feel like you're visiting a best friend. The feeling may be only temporary but even so, it helps. So what movies do you turn to over and over again to help you make it through ..... whatever and take you to that happy place? They don't have to be great or even good. I doubt anybody turns to The Seventh Seal or Taxi Driver for a quick boost! Here are my 12 favorites for lifting me up and it works every time.

All About Eve (1950)
Auntie Mame (1958)
Barefoot In The Park (1967)
Casanova's Big Night (1954)
How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)
Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1959)
Opposite Sex (1956)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Samson And Delilah (1949)
Top Hat (1935)
Where The Boys Are (1960)
 

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Being There -Sellers saved one of his best, maybe greatest, performances for the end of his career.
Local Hero - This picture always makes me feel good and I laugh every time watching it.
Wonder Boys - For whatever reason I totally identify with Michael Douglas in this picture.
The Quiet Man - First watched this picture with my grandfather. I never tire of revisiting it.

Lots of westerns are comforting to me, some of the Bond films, I'll have to think on it.
 

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Not so much movies for me as TV shows and theatrical "shorts": Laurel and Hardy, The Little Rascals, The Three Stooges, Abbott and Costello (movies there), The East Side Kids (movies again), Charlie Chan (movies), Sherlock Holmes (movies), and dozens of 1960s TV series - Batman, Hogan's Heroes, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, F Troop, Star Trek, I Spy, The Invaders, Lost in Space, The Wild Wild West, The Outer Limits, just to name a few.
 

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For me this tends to be light romances, rom-coms, Nicholas Sparks movies (which I really enjoy... yep) or things with an uplifting story. Examples would be something like Definitely, Maybe, The Greatest Showman, some Disney things like the recent live action versions of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. I know it's sacriledge to prefer those over the originals, but I do. Anything that leaves me feeling better than when I started.
 

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It's all movies that I loved as a kid but off the top of my head (alphabetically):

The Breakfast Club
Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Friday The 13th (the first eight movies from Paramount)
Jaws
Star Wars (all of them)

EDIT: Back To The Future
Movies that you loved as a kid? Boy that makes me feel old. I was already in my 20s for Jaws and the first Star Wars and in my 30s for the others. :biggrin:
 

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For me this tends to be light romances, rom-coms, Nicholas Sparks movies (which I really enjoy... yep) or things with an uplifting story. Examples would be something like Definitely, Maybe, The Greatest Showman, some Disney things like the recent live action versions of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. I know it's sacriledge to prefer those over the originals, but I do. Anything that leaves me feeling better than when I started.

We'll get burned at the stake together! I prefer the live action Beauty And The Beast to the animated version too.
 
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I'll have to think about this a bit more, and probably add more films later, but a few that come to mind are:

Harvey
Dave
A Walk In The Clouds
Field of Dreams
Chariots of Fire
A River Runs Through It
A Little Princess


- Walter.
 

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I'll have to think about this a bit more, and probably add more films later, but a few that come to mind are:

Harvey
Dave
A Walk In The Clouds
Field of Dreams
Chariots of Fire
A River Runs Through It
A Little Princess


- Walter.
Can I assume you're referring to the 1995 Little Princess rather than the 1939 Shirley Temple version?
 

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We'll get burned at the stake together! I prefer the live action Beauty And The Beast to the animated version too.
I have to admit that Miss Watson (and Miss James in Cinderella) have more than a little to do with that.
 

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Can I assume you're referring to the 1995 Little Princess rather than the 1939 Shirley Temple version?

Yes you may. Didn't really register that there was another film with this title. I think that Alfonso Cuaron is an extremely talented director and this film, from 1995, was my first introduction to his work.

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Yes you may. Didn't really register that there was another film with this title. I think that Alfonso Cuaron is an extremely talented director and this film, from 1995, was my first introduction to his work.

- Walter.
I like the Cuaron film too. I'm not a Shirley Temple fan but the 1939 version is one of her better films and benefits from the gorgeous three strip Technicolor.
 

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Seeing Shirley Temple mentioned made me remember I forgot to include the Tarzan movies - movies I've seen so many times I know them by heart. I'm not a huge fan of Shirley Temple but did watch all of her movies dozens of times as a kid as a local station ran them weekly, either before or after the weekly Tarzan movie on Saturday afternoons - for at least a decade. I know most of them by heart also but they were favorites of my sister.
 

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You are definitely onto something, Thomas T.

Yes, we need this this topic and thread.

Funny, but before you posted, my past 2 weeks of viewing were inclusive of Auntie Mame, Pillow Talk and The Poseidon Adventure; with last night being The Horse Whisperer.

Next and coming soon:
Seabiscuit
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
You Can’t Take It With You
Oliver!
As Good As It Gets
M*A*S*H
The Agony and The Ecstasy
Amadeus
My Fair Lady
Fantasia
Tootsie
Duck Soup
All That Jazz
...and every feature film by Charlie Chaplin.


Well, that should cover me for about 3 good weeks. Of course the beauty of a Physical Media library is rummaging through the inventory and being reminded of all the other titles that you almost forgot you had.

Yes, it’s the “feel good” movies that are crying out loud to being seen, once again, like a safe and trusted friend.
 
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You are definitely onto something, Thomas T.

Yes, we need this this topic and thread.

Funny, but before you posted, my past 2 weeks of viewing were inclusive of Auntie Mame, Pillow Talk and The Poseidon Adventure; with last night being The Horse Whisperer.

Next and coming soon:
Seabiscuit
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
You Can’t Take It With You
Oliver!
As Good As It Gets
M*A*S*H
The Agony and The Ecstasy
Amadeus
My Fair Lady


Of course the beauty of a Physical Media library is rummaging through the inventory and being reminded of the other titles that you almost forgot you had.

Yes, it’s the “feel good” movies that are crying out loud to being seen, again.
It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is definitely on my "comfort food" list. I know all the gags and punchlines but the movie still brings a grin to my face.
 
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The ultimate comfort food movie for me is the Blues Brothers. The music is so energetic and infecting, the comedy always makes me smile. Then theres all of the gleeful destruction. And of course John Candy enthusiastically declaring, "we're in a truck." I cant tell you how many times my kids have asked me, didnt you just watch this?

Some others off the top of my head:

Go West
Big Trouble in Little China
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Singin' in the Rain
The Man With Two Brains
I Love You to Death
Back To The Future trilogy
Top Secret

Edit: dont know how I left it off, but MI: Ghost Protocol.
 
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Off the top of my head

Lone Star
Hell Or High Water
Monty Python And The Holy Grail
All About Eve
Jackie Brown
Great Expectations
Diner
Shawshank Redemption
Mystic River
Zodiac
Vertigo
A Few Good Men
 
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