Movies That Beat the Blues

Maybe it’s raining outside. Maybe you’ve just been laid off, or broken up with your partner, or your child said something awful. Whatever the cause, you’ve got the blues.

What now?

We like to put on some comfortable clothes and curl up on the coach with a movie. But not just any movie. It can’t be anything too jarring, silly or violent.

The seven movies here are perfect for that night in your PJs when you need to beat the blues and come back stronger tomorrow.

Beaches (1988)

What can we say? It’s a classic. Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey star as best friends. Time and life events test the bonds of their friendship, but it never breaks.

Watch it when you’re feeling lonely to remind yourself that — no matter how bad things get — your closest friends and family will always be the “Wind Beneath Your Wings.”

Amélie (2001)

Unlucky in love? We don’t know anyone who isn’t charmed by Amélie. Set in the bohemian neighborhood of Montmarte, Paris, the film follows the amorous ups-and-downs of Amélie Poulain, a waitress.

Amélie is played by Audrey Tautou. She’s the rare actress who seems to fascinate men and women alike, and this movie was her breakthrough role. You’ll find yourself rooting for Amélie, and feeling better about your own prospects.

Notorious (1946)

Sometime when you’re down, you just want to be reminded that beautiful people who do glamorous and gallant things actually do exist.

Staring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, Hitchcock’s thriller about espionage in the aftermath of World War II is a good place to start restoring your faith.

Closer (2004)

On the other hand, sometimes the best thing to do in bad times is revel in them. Get it all out at once. Closer stars Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman.

This is a movie about beautiful people doing truly awful things to each other. Closer may not renew your hope in humanity, but it should help you get some anger out.

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Another movie about female friendships, but this one is set in the South, spans two generations, and contain an element of revenge as well.

It’s a good reminder that women have always gotten short shrift, and have always found a way to make the best of it. You will too.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

It’s so easy to get caught up in our family issues, that we forget every family is weird, and every family has problems.

Little Miss Sunshine is about one very unique family on a doomed road trip that somehow brings them closer together. If this movie doesn’t make you a little more optimistic about your family’s ability to persevere and thrive, you might not have a heart.

First Wives Club (1996)

Starting and finishing our list with Bette Midler? Why not?! In First Wives Club, she stars with Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn as former college roommates who’s husbands all eventually leave them for younger women. Bummer!

What follows is revenge, redemption, friendship, and a lot of laughs. Add it up, and you have perhaps the perfect movie for a relaxing and healing evening.