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What’s Your Comfort Movie?

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Imagine this: You’ve had a long day — say, stressful job, restless kids, a global pandemic — and you just want to turn your brain off. So, what chill-out movie do you turn to? Mine is a no-brainer…

When Harry Met Sally. I always laugh throughout the 1989 romcom and can quote almost every line. The ending makes my heart swell, and suddenly everything feels all right.

when harry met sally behind the scenes

Here are three fun facts:

— In the original ending, Harry and Sally didn’t end up together. (!)

— Two of the studio’s top choices for Harry were Tom Hanks and Michael Keaton, and Sally was almost played by Molly Ringwald.

— Screenwriter Nora Ephron’s title ideas included ‘How They Met,’ ‘Boy Meets Girl,’ ‘Just Friends,’ ‘Words of Love,’ and ‘Harry, This Is Sally.’

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So, I’m curious: What’s your comfort movie? Please share below!

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  1. S says...

    Oh and Bend It Like Beckham…

    • Elle says...

      Oh, and Beaches and Steel Magnolias and Bend It Like Beckham, too!

  2. S says...

    About Last Night, Serendipity, Game Plan, Ramona and Beezus

  3. Nicole says...

    Steel Magnolias (that cast!)
    Fried Green Tomatoes
    First Wives Club
    You’ve Got Mail

    • ana says...

      Fried Green Tomatoes – Yes!!!!

  4. Hannah says...

    Sliding Doors

  5. Alyssa Cable says...

    You’ve Got Mail
    Christmas Vacation
    Bridesmaids
    How I Met Your Mother

  6. Lori Barnes says...

    I love:
    Clueless (Alicia Silverstone is classic & Paul Rudd so young!)
    Due Date (underrated Robert Downey Jr movie – him with Zack Galifianakis is sooo funny!)
    Dinner for Schmucks (Paul Rudd at his best!)
    My daughter & I love:
    Spirit
    Marley & Me

  7. Joy says...

    Sense & Sensibility
    My Cousin Vinny
    Notting Hill
    Hitch

  8. anne says...

    9 to 5
    Under the Tuscan Sun
    No Strings Attached

    Those are essentially my three moods.

    • Oh, I do love Under the Tuscan Sun! I love that she rebuilds after her world falls apart.

  9. KiKi says...

    Le Divorce – its a free trip to Paris.

  10. Gemma says...

    Pride & Prejudice ( Keira Knightley version)
    You’ve got Mail
    Anything with Sandra Bullock
    All the Harry Potter movies
    Most of the Fast & Furious movies

  11. Lindsay says...

    Chocolat
    Sound of music
    Some kind of wonderful
    Top gun
    Love and mercy
    Guess who’s coming to dinner With Katherine Hepburn
    Films with Cary grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace kelly
    Bourne supremacy/mission impossible / bond

  12. Cynthia Miller says...

    My best friends and I watched “Auntie Mame” with Rosalind Russell back in High School. 30 years later we still quote from it in many situations.
    I guess she was all we dreamed of being- and are, in our hearts, if not in reality.

  13. Megan says...

    10 Things I Hate About You, Center Stage, You’ve Got Mail, and … Harvey! It made me so happy to see Harvey here already!

  14. Amy says...

    You’ve Got Mail
    Sleepless in Seattle
    When Harry Met Sally

    • Cynthia Miller says...

      So basically, Meg Ryan is your comfort movie go to? I love her!

  15. Lisa Austin says...

    Princess Bride
    My Neighbor Totoro – highly recommend!
    Elizabeth (with Cate Blanchett)
    Amelie
    La La Land
    Good Will Hunting
    Bridget Jones Diary
    The Intern
    It’s Complicated
    Bridesmaids
    And for some reason…. Being John Malkovich

    • Elena says...

      oh ja Being John Malkovich!!! <3

  16. Nigerian Girl says...

    I love Mamma Mia (and all things ABBA, really) and Dirty Dancing too.

  17. Hayley B says...

    Omg I forgot GALAXY QUEST!!! It was such a hilarious send up of classic Star Trek tropes but done in such a gentle and oddly respectful manner that it never feels mean-spirited. The entire cast cracks me up, but the 2 standouts have to be Alan Rickman’s frustrated thespian character Alexander Dane and Sam Rockwell’s hysterical character Guy who’s constantly panicked about being the expendable extra that’s not important enough to have a last name because he is inevitably the first to die when things gets serious!! His meltdown in the transport when they go down to some strange planet to obtain an extra Beryllium sphere is ROTFL hilarious:

    Rockwell: “I changed my mind, I want to go back!”
    Rickman: “What, after the fuss you made about getting left behind?”
    Rockwell: “That was when I thought there was something on the ship that’ll get me, but now I’m thinking I’m gonna be the first to die when we set foot on the alien planet! Because my character’s not important enough to have a last name!”
    Sigourney Weaver’s Tawny Madison: “Guy! You HAVE a last name!”
    Rockwell: “Do I?! DO I?!?!!”

    Lol lol it gets me every single time!!

    • Julie says...

      SO good.

    • Eloise says...

      Brilliant! Definitely watching this tonight.

  18. Rebecca Champion says...

    The Lake House
    Sense and Sensibility
    Sabrina (new version)
    Out of Africa

  19. Dana says...

    Matilda. Now & Then. Sister Act 2. Mrs. Doubtfire. Homeward Bound.

    • Lauren says...

      We must be the exact same age (guessing 34-37?), because these are all my faves too! :D

    • Kay says...

      Ooo I love Matilda! Such a sweet movie.

  20. Zane says...

    You’ve Got Mail
    Desk Set
    Clue

  21. Lindsay says...

    -Sense and Sensibility
    -Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

  22. Hayley B says...

    The Mummy!! (The OG version from 1999, not the abomination that was the Tom Cruise reboot.) Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz lit that screen on FIRE 🔥 🔥 🔥 I’ve seen it so many times I can practically recite the entire dialogue and anticipate every beat of the dramatic soundtrack. Plus it didn’t hurt that BF was extremely easy on the eyes — that hair! That jaw! Those cheekbones! Those big baby blues with ridiculously long eyelashes! Those muscular manly arms! *fans self* He could do comedy, he could do drama, he could do action hero stuff, he could crack wise with the best of them — the man was and still is the complete package, I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise!! The Mummy Returns was also great, and as it also featured Oded Fehr — another prime piece of man candy — I can watch that all day long as well.

    The other movies I’ve watched on repeat are The Lord of the Rings trilogy, with The Two Towers being my fave. The sweeping vistas, the perfect casting, the witty dialogue, the creeping suspense, the heightened sense of dread, the riveting relationships, both romantic and platonic — all world beating stuff. I was never a Tolkien buff so the books (with their excessively long exposition and unnecessarily detailed backstory on the culture, language, and history of every single race on Middle Earth from the beginning of time) bored me to tears, but the movies did an awesome job of distilling the best of the books and creating a thrilling plot in service of a moving story.

  23. Ann Williams says...

    Sleepless in Seattle!

  24. Caroline says...

    When Harry Met Sally
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding
    Julie & Julia
    The Devil Wears Prada

    And last, but certainly not least…THE GODFATHER

  25. Meagan says...

    The 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie is mine. I have easily seen it 672 times or more over the last 15 years and I still seem to find something new each time I watch it. Such a visually stunning and calming film. What isn’t comforting about finding genuine true love with a handsome man who is willing to change for you and just so happens to be insanely wealthy?

    • M says...

      Haha every movie on my list has that exact same theme.

      Sabrina (old and new versions)
      Pride and Prejudice (1995)
      Beauty and the Beast

  26. Kristyn says...

    I watch Miss Marple episodes on repeat (the 2000s versions) and Foyle’s War, basically any British series set in the past. Not a movie recommendation, but definitely comfort viewing. I have watched so many during quarantine that retro Brit phrases have entered my lexicon. I regularly say the following:
    messing about
    I keep myself to myself
    What are you on about?

    • Trudy says...

      I’ve been watching the Joan Hickson Miss Marples – for Ms. Hickson’s version of Miss M and for the interior design, which is gorgeous. As a hat wearer, I also love Miss M’s hats in this series of Miss Marple.

  27. L says...

    Wet Hot American Summerrrrrrrrrrr!!!!! So great, so silly, so comforting.

  28. Nicky says...

    How in the hell has nobody mentioned Legally Blonde?!

    It is also physically impossible to be in a bad mood while watching Speed.

  29. Ginny says...

    -Auntie Mame
    -The Man from Snow River
    -My Fair Lady
    These 3 films have been my go-to to cheer me up for forever. The beautiful fashion, amazing sets, scenery, a little comedy, romance and of course music never disappoint.
    Lately, as a family, we always end the day with an episode of Phinneas & Ferb. It guarantees a laugh for everyone.

    • Paige says...

      The Man From Snowy River! I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone else who knows that movie! I loved it growing up and I still do! 😊

  30. Nadine says...

    It is a tie: Love actually and Four weddings and a funeral (I nearly know all the lines off by heart and I laugh/cry in anticipation of the next scene; Rowan Atkinson in both films is to die for ! And Hugh Grant, and Emma Thompson and Kirstin Scott Thomas !) and then there is also Dirty dancing, of course. And I also really like Marley & me. And finally, I would say Happy go lucky, a British comedy-drama with one of my favourite actresses, Sally Hawkins. There you go, my top five!

    • Cynthia Miller says...

      Yes- Four Weddings and A Funeral- I laugh and laugh and then I start crying, real tears that wash out everything. It’s cathartic. Also, I really don’t like Andy McDowell, so it’s funny that this is a fave.

  31. Meagan says...

    Sister Act 2 and That Thing You Do! Growing up we moved A LOT due to my dad’s job, and there weren’t a lot of constants in our lives. Every Friday night though, we would have a “picnic” in the living room; my sisters and I had to sit on a blanket so as to not spill on the carpet of whichever rental home we were in, and my parents sat in their chairs behind us. We would have dinner (nachos!) and watch a movie. Most of the time it was a Disney movie, but as we got a little older, it was always one of these two movies. On VHS. :) now that we’re all grown up, we’ve gifted each other the movies on DVD and whenever I’m feeling a little homesick for my family, I’ll watch-and recited entirely-one of them.

  32. Amber says...

    In response to all the “my people!” comments, I’m here to say “you’re all so not my people!?” looolllll I absolutely hate all the old eighties/nineties rom coms and hugh grant or meg ryan romances and Jane Austen adaptations and sad movies (like Family Stone… omg, it’s so sad, why would anyone re-watch that!?) listed here. 100% not my bag. Dirty Dancing and The Breakfast Club are my lifetime comfort movies, from when my mom and I watched them together all the time when I was in high school. I also love returning to old horror movie franchises, from the 80s hits like Halloween or Nightmare on Elm, to the 90s hits like Scream and I know What You Did Last Summer. I’ve also watched Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse movie Deathproof over and over. It’s morbid but I love the two sets of women characters in it, and it ends on a really strong girl-power vengeance high. And like a few other people in the comments, I love Mamma Mia, bad singing and all.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      love mamma mia!!! and mamma mia 2:)

  33. Sarah says...

    Jurassic Park—what’s better than watching Laura Dern be stalked by raptors? It is basically a perfect movie. Also love Dan in Real Life. “Ruthie Pigface Draper.”

  34. A says...

    It may sound weird, but “Rosemary’s Baby” is sort a comfort movie to me. I love the time period, the building where it was filmed (the Dakota), the fashions, Mia Farrow’s perfect pixie, and of course, the creepy feeling of a classic psychological thriller. In the same way Frog and Toad like telling each other ghost stories and getting the Shivers, I enjoy this movie for the nostalgic, spooky feeling it gives me. I could watch it right now, just to be spooked by something other than the news.

    • Emma says...

      This is my all time favourite horror movie for all the reasons you said :)

  35. Manda says...

    Friends with Benefits

  36. Meg says...

    The Princess Bride!

    I had an emergency Cesarean delivery with my first child and I was terrified with my second delivery. I had to have a scheduled Cesarean with my second and to calm me down as we waited for the anesthesiologist, my husband surprised me with “The Princess Bride” all cued up on a laptop. It was a thoughtful, fun distraction and the doctor (and my healthy baby!) were there before I knew it. “As you wish!”

  37. kk says...

    A few that I haven’t seen listed yet that are oh-so-comforting:
    – Karate Kid
    – Lucas
    – Three Men and a Baby
    – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    And some thrillers that are strangely comforting for me:
    – Misery
    – Hand that Rocks the Cradle
    – Sleeping with the Enemy
    – Silence of the Lambs

  38. Catherine says...

    When Harry Met Sally is one of my favorites.
    Also:
    While You Were Sleeping
    Sabrina (1994)
    Sleepless in Seattle
    You’ve Got Mail

    • Lisa says...

      Me too! Exact same list plus:

      – it’s complicated
      – something’s gotta give
      – the lake house

  39. mado says...

    Easy A for when I want something completely unrealistic/unrelatable, Stranger than Fiction for when I want something more grown up/I want to imagine I’m anarchist baker. Both fun escapes from reality.

    • Gigi says...

      Stranger than fiction is one of my favourites too! Such an underrated movie – Will Ferrell’s performance is beautifully understated and the rest of the casting is perfect (and surprising). The message underlying the story is powerful and the entire mood of the film is soothing and peaceful.

  40. Kelsey says...

    Wow, my boyfriend and I are right there with you! We started what we call our “Nostalgic Movie Series” at the beginning of quarantine. We make a big pot of popcorn, open a bottle of wine, light a few candles, and get out the blankets. We’ve watched 18 movies so far including; Father of the Bride (1 and 2!), Nine Months, Mrs. Doubtfire, When Harry Met Sally (I agree with you, it’s a classic), Chocolat, You’ve Got Mail, Under the Tuscan Sun, Big… There’s something so comforting about a movie you know by heart.

  41. Jean says...

    Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy are, in my opinion, some of the best and most comforting movies of all time. Especially love Before Sunset but you must watch them in order!

    Also one I haven’t seen mentioned much – The Wedding Planner!

    • R says...

      Yes! This this this. Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight forever!

  42. Angie Baby says...

    Groundhog Day.
    Phil Conners goes from just wanting to be desired/admired, then trying to manipulate Rita character into falling in love with him. Never does Rita change, never does she have to do anything but be herself – and never does Phil’s interest in her wane. Phil’s attempts at being someone Rita might like -performing her ‘perfect guy’ are false and unsuccessful. Phil has to face some deep analysis about who he is, what he cares about and and only when starts to change for real, start to live a life where he is not running from himself, where he is open to others, able to give and accept – then the new day begins.

  43. I love this, seeing everyone’s comfort movies. The best.

    • Liz says...

      Sense and sensibility- Colonel Brandon just total swoon

      Jaws (weird but we watched it as kids so much it’s comforting)

      Singin in the rain- I know all the songs and dances

  44. Molly says...

    Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Always cheers me up

    • Emma says...

      Such a great movie – I always love Paul Rudd’s surf lesson scene “pop up!”

    • Sam says...

      Yes! Have watched that one so. Many. Times.

  45. Meena says...

    You’ve Got Mail. Every time!

  46. C says...

    The Truth about Cats and Dogs! Love love love the friendship that blossoms.

    • Emilie says...

      Notting Hill. Peak Hugh Grant. Julia Roberts at her best. Great soundtrack. Great supporting cast. Can quote it by heart and was a favourite of both my parents.

  47. Erin says...

    Almost Famous :)

  48. Samantha says...

    A Few Good Men, American President, and Devil Wears Prada

    I think there’s a nostalgic factor to comfort movies. The first two remind me of my mom and having movie nights and Devil Wears Prada reminds me of my college days. :)

  49. Willow says...

    As someone else said, YOU ARE MY PEOPLE!

    When Harry Met Sally
    Sleepless in Seattle
    Steel Magnolias

  50. Becky says...

    A Good Year
    Wimbledon
    Mystery Men

  51. Kimberly says...

    I wanted to add a few not mentioned…The Santa Clause trilogy (cue the warm fuzzy feelings) and the Night at the Museum trilogy (so, so, so good)! The end of the third makes me tear up every time, “I have no idea what I’m going to do tomorrow.” (Ben Stiller’s Larry)
    “How exciting!” (Robin Williams’ Roosevelt)
    In addition, pretty much any and or all Disney/Pixar movies!
    Also, yes to almost every movie mentioned by others!

  52. HH says...

    You’ve Got Mail. It has a line for every situation. When is “Meanwhile, I am putting up more twinkle lights” not sage life advice?

    Right now I am binging on Moonlighting. “Do birds bird? Do bees bee?”

    Lark Rise to Candleford. What a terrific series! If you like Pride & Prejudice, Nora Ephron, etc., you’ll love it.

    Also, “North & South” (the British mini-series based on an Elizabeth Gaskell book, not the Civil War epic.)

    I realize these are all British comedies and not diverse at all. But they are my comfort food.

    • Anna says...

      North and South!! The end scene is so well done.

    • Emma says...

      Yes- North and South… swoon! I’ve watched it many many times and it never gets old.

    • Cecily says...

      I’m so glad someone mentioned North and South! I have it on ALL THE TIME.

    • HH says...

      Yes! That kiss! My sis and I rewound that scene about ten times the first time we saw it. Or, um, every time we see it…

      I’d add Sabrina (Julia Ormond version), Remains of the Day (heart achingly good), and The Painted Veil (so sad but so romantic…) to this list.

  53. …and one more. The Age of Adaline. Love this one!

  54. Love and Basketball
    Brown Sugar
    Flash Dance
    Sex and the City – 1 & 2
    Something Borrowed
    The Holiday
    He’s Just Not That Into You

  55. Carolyn says...

    Something’s Gotta Give
    Little Women (the one from the 90s!!)
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    Center Stage
    Keeping the Faith
    One Fine Day
    Forget Paris
    Mary Poppins
    Sound of Music

    • Lauren B says...

      so glad to see someone else mention Keeping the Faith!

  56. Steph says...

    My Best Friend’s Wedding. I know it like the back of my hand.

  57. Kelly Simmons says...

    Also . . Crazy Stupid Love. I could watch that movie every day. It’s so ridiculous and sexist and crazy — it shouldn’t work at all, but it does, for me and gets me on every level.

    • Alexa says...

      I feel the same!

  58. EmilyS says...

    One rom-com that wasn’t mentioned is Straight Talk with Dolly Parton!

  59. Emily S says...

    I read every comment and have a nice list compiled to watch – very exciting as I’m so over scrolling through Netflix!

    For my contribution, I would have to say almost any Disney sports movie (Remember the Titans, Miracle, Secretariat, McFarland, USA, The Rookie, Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken and so many more). And Rudy of course – I watched that on repeat on college.

    I also love a good disaster/rescue movie and watch them on repeat – Twister, Day after Tomorrow, Armageddon, Vertical Limit, Dante’s Peak

  60. Lorena says...

    I love the film Amelie. It fills me with such happiness. You cannot stay in a bad mood when watching it.

    Like many others, You’ve Got Mail is also a favourite.

    I know the question was about movies, but I also comfort watch Gilmore Girls and Schitt’s Creek when I need a pick-me-up.

  61. Elle says...

    Notting Hill
    Jerry Mcguire
    When a Man Loves a Women
    Multiplicity
    Pretty Woman
    Flight of the Conchords (not a movie, of course)
    Save the Last Dance
    Top Gun
    Under the Tuscan Sun

  62. Deana says...

    Tootsie, Big, and Napoleon Dynamite.

  63. Elle says...

    Notting Hill
    Jerry Mcguire
    When a Man Loves a Women
    Multiplicity
    Pretty Woman
    Flight of the Conchords (not a movie, of course)
    Save the Last Dance
    Top Gun

  64. Kelly says...

    I’m usually a Pride & Prejudice person… or The Office or Parks & Rec for comfort… but more recently it’s been The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society or Queer Eye :) Weirdly I’ve also been craving some big monster movies like the Jurassic series. Probably something about wanting to see people fight something big and very material instead of something invisible, like our current situation???

    • Meagan says...

      Yes to all of the above mentioned!

  65. Emilie says...

    Center Stage! I just rewatched the other night and it got my whole week off to a positive start. Love a good dance movie!

    • Stella says...

      Yes! Center Stage is sooo good! I’ve watched it so many times as a teen, and indulge as an adult!

  66. Claire says...

    I think of these as my “hangover” movies – The Big Lebowski, The Fifth Element, Princess Bride, A Christmas Story.

    • Courtney Cooper says...

      I could watch The Big Lebowski one million times! “Oh you know, man. Strikes and gutters.” I feel like that really sums up life these days.

  67. Kristen Solecki says...

    “The Way Way Back,” with Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Colette. Feel good movie with summer nostalgia:)

    • Bevin says...

      I LOVE that movie!!

    • Michelle says...

      I LOVE this movie! Sam Rockwell is the best!

    • Nanaka says...

      Ooh, yes, really loved that movie! :-)

  68. Sarah says...

    Honestly, The Lovely Bones is such a comforting movie to me. I love the cast, story, music, 80’s feel, etc. Since I’ve already seen it and read the book so many times, what suspense is there doesn’t hit so hard that it negates the comfort vibe.

  69. jennyg says...

    Pride and Prejudice – any version

    Big

    Princess Bride

    The Women (1939 only women in the cast, Joan Crawford as the villianess)

  70. Jessica says...

    Two favorites I haven’t seen commented on yet: Save the Last Dance and Working Girl. “I have a head for business and a body for sin.”

    • AN says...

      “Bod”! (bwahahaha, fave!)

  71. Cherry says...

    Nottinghill
    Love, actually
    You’ve Got Mail
    A Home of our Own
    Harry Potter movies
    On Golden Pond

  72. Bonnie says...

    Sixteen Candles!

  73. Brienne says...

    Can I please just say I LOVE all of these answers and Cup of Jo you get me. Fellow readers you are my people!

    Also, I know it isn’t a movie, but Schitt’s Creek is my happy place right now. It makes me laugh and fills me with hope for better days. Such a winning combination.

  74. Megan says...

    You’ve Got Mail
    Definitely Maybe
    A Lot Like Love
    Blended. It’s ridiculous but I watch it every time I see it on cable.
    50 First Dates
    Pride & Prejudice
    While You Were Sleeping

  75. S says...

    Always Be My Maybe
    To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
    The Devil Wears Prada
    Gilmore Girls (though not a movie)

  76. Allie Platt says...

    Another Meg Ryan favourite, You’ve Got Mail.

  77. Anna says...

    Crossing Delancey, Dirty Dancing, Much Ado about Nothing, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

    • Jean says...

      Oh, I love Crossing Delancey!

  78. Kay says...

    Father of the Bride Pt II. I think it is the one movie I’ve ever watched whose sequel rivals the first!

    • Lauren E. says...

      YES! Wholeheartedly agree.

    • Elly says...

      Upvote!!!

  79. Lindsay says...

    About Time. Just delightful, light but profound at the end.

    • jules says...

      I love this movie! Have made so many people watch it who don’t agree but I don’t care lol

    • Match Point and Unfaithful are two movies that I always tune into and get stuck on when flipping through the tv channels. They are dark but somehow comforting.

  80. Kay says...

    Father of the Bride Pt II. I think it is the one movie I’ve ever watched whose sequel rivals the first!

  81. lauren b says...

    keeping the faith — edward norton, ben stiller, jenna elfman…. it is SO SO good

  82. Maija says...

    THE BURBS. Tom Hanks wants to desperately chill out during his summer staycation while his neighbor tries to convince him that Satanists have moved into their cul-de-sac. I’m a real champion of Good Guy Meltdown humor. Laughing to 80s movies is just a balm to the soul.

  83. aj says...

    Christmas Vacation. I watch it every year during the holidays.

  84. Susie says...

    Big Night

    • Sara says...

      YASSS to Big Night!

  85. Laura says...

    Under the Tuscan Sun
    Dan in Real Life
    Because I Said So
    It’s Complicated
    Little Women (the 90’s version, although the new one is climbing the charts for me!)
    And of course You’ve Got Mail like everyone else

    • Kim says...

      Love Dan in Real Life! So underrated!

    • yessss! mine is dan in real life, too! also walk the line. :)

    • Erica Ramirez says...

      Me too, for Dan in Real Life
      My 16 year old son recently watched it with me and to my delight said, “this movie just hits right.”
      !!!!

  86. Jennifer says...

    These are all amazing suggestions! And kind of bittersweet because it also reveals how white-centric Hollywood, and especially rom-coms, can be.

    • EC says...

      seriously, I love Moonstruck and Pride & Prejudice too but would love more ideas on comfort movies where there are *any* people of color. here are some of mine!

      Love & Basketball
      To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
      Coming to America
      My Neighbor Totoro/Studio Ghibli movies generally
      Saving Face
      Jiro Dreams of Sushi
      Bring It On

      I’ve also noticed Sandra Oh has made it into my comfort movie list when the cast is otherwise pretty white (see The Princess Diaries and Under the Tuscan Sun).

    • Jenna says...

      Last Holiday with Queen Latifah and LL Cool J is fun and uplifting!

    • Agnes says...

      I just watched ‘Always be my Maybe’ rom-com and loved it!

  87. Lydia says...

    Pride and prejudice 2005 is one of my cozy preferences! I also love watching interstellar ❤

  88. Megan says...

    Harvey is the best.

  89. Liz says...

    Enchanted April and A Room with a View! Like taking a vacation in my own home.

    • Arwen Rose-Stockwell says...

      Rooom with a View! Yes!!!

    • jennyg says...

      Just watched A Room With A View and it was like seeing it for the first time…devine!!

    • Kristyn says...

      Yes!!!!!
      Has anyone seen Brooklyn?
      It is a charming love story that stars Saoirse Ronan. It’s perfect for repeat viewing.

    • Danielle says...

      I remember buying a “previously viewed”copy of Enchanted April at the video store and watching it like a million times the summer before my senior year. I feel like it goes without saying that the bob with bangs was my signature style that year.

  90. Katie says...

    Also When Harry Met Sally but honestly when autumn hits its time for EVERY Nora Ephron movie!

  91. Emily says...

    When Harry Met Sally
    You’ve Got Mail
    The Holiday
    Love Actually (during the holidays)
    Juno

    :)

    • maywyn says...

      Somethings Gotta Give, Harry Potter, Hocus Pocus, Out of Africa, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  92. Susan says...

    Me Before You, with Emilia Clarke!! Beautiful scenery, funny and bittersweet sotry, it has everything…and the best outfits!

  93. Kate says...

    When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail!

    • Lenae says...

      Haha this is my trifecta of comfort movies.

  94. Michelle Blam says...

    I always come back to Because I Said So with Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore. Gives me the warm fuzzies every time!

  95. Sarah says...

    The Mummy (the one from the 90s with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz) so cheesy and wonderful

  96. Dana says...

    Nodding and smiling along with so many of these. Here’s my list. Funny enough, we don’t own many DVDs anymore, but I kept my copies of most of these!

    80s/90s:
    – Baby Boom (80s yuppy Diane Keaton with a twist; it’s wonderful)
    – Something’s Gotta Give (might technically be the aughts, but for the vibe I’m including it here)
    – First Wives Club (so many heavy hitters in this one!)
    – Death Becomes Her (I grew up watching this at sleepovers – gotta love Goldie/Meryl here)

    More modern fav rom-coms:
    – 10 Things I Hate about You (always and forever)
    – 13 Going on 30 (a bit saccharine, however Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner are perfect here)
    – Definitely Maybe (this movie is so surprisingly adorable; Isla Fisher wins the day)
    – Notting Hill
    – About a Boy (sensing a Hugh Grant theme – love him here)
    – Prime (under the radar romcom with Uma, Meryl, and Bryan Greenberg – hilarious and also great chemistry)

    Wild cards, with similar vibes:
    – The original Parent Trap movie
    – Troop Beverly Hills
    – Clueless

    • Robin says...

      YES to the original Parent Trap! My husband just watched it with me for the first time (I was shocked he hadn’t seen it!), and he was surprised by how hilarious it is (i.e. THE PREACHER.) I always dreamed of going to that summer camp!

    • Kristen says...

      Baby Boom.
      Troop Beverly Hills.
      I feel seen!

    • J says...

      About a Boy is 100% my comfort movie! I feel like it’s so underrated!

    • Klara says...

      OMG, Troop Beverly Hills! I used to love it as a kid, I haven’t seen it in ages! Thanks for the reminder!

    • Steph says...

      I was shocked 13 going on 30 wasn’t here earlier! Heart eyes for Mark Ruffalo

      Also – Bring it On, I know every word even if I haven’t seen it in a few years.

  97. Emily L says...

    Officially just going to watch cute romcoms this weekend :)

  98. Ann says...

    Because I said so (I want to step in to the home sets), About time!, family stone, the holiday … I love reading everyone’s answers!

  99. Empire Records
    Fifth Element
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

    • Sarah says...

      Empire Records YES!

  100. Christa says...

    Some Kind of Wonderful
    You’ve Got Mail
    Sweet Home Alabama
    The Holiday

    • Molly says...

      Some Kind of Wonderful!!! Yes!

  101. Courtney says...

    We’re the Millers
    Something Borrowed
    The Devil Wears Prada

    The new Netflix show Sweet Magnolias has been a great escape for me! It’s full of friendship, great characters, and the charm of a small town.

  102. Denise says...

    Yes, to When Harry met Sally. I watch it every single New Years Day. Like you, I have the lines memorized. I’m afraid that the tenderness would do me in right now, though.

  103. Ashley says...

    Clueless and Singing in the Rain – nothing awful happens and they’re easy feel-good movies!

  104. Lauren says...

    It’s Complicated (Nancy Meyers at her best!)
    Under the Tuscan Sun (can almost feel the warm sun just thinking about it)
    The Family Stone (that cast!!!)
    Away We Go (little-known Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski gem… it’s so sweet and funny, with a great soundtrack!)

    • Emily L says...

      Yes to Under the Tuscan Sun! I watched it last week because, as I said to my husband, “I need a movie where she feels all alone but then it works out.”

  105. AR says...

    The Five-Year Engagement! I swear no one else has seen this until I make them watch it. Silly and heartwarming with Emily Blunt and Jason Segel.

  106. isavoyage says...

    Capra’s “It’s a wonderful life”!

  107. Amy says...

    Moonstruck, Shawshank Redemption, Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn version), and of course, When Harry Met Sally! In general, I’m not a big fan of most romantic comedies. But when they are done right, they are magic.

    • Maija says...

      OH MY GOSH. Ronny Cammareri!!!

  108. Annika says...

    Hands down: Austenland for the heart, Mamma Mia for an upbeat mood.

  109. Kelsey Smith says...

    My Best Friends Wedding. I have watched it again and again and again. Does anyone have a more soothing voice than Dermot Mulroney?

    • Blythe says...

      LOVE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH! And agree his voice is the best – especially when he says Jules!

  110. Jocelyn Sheff says...

    Birdcage!
    Princess Bride!
    Bridget Jones Diary!
    You’ve Got Mail!

    • Shira says...

      Oh, you’ve got mail and princess bride we’re high up there for me at one point… nice to remember!

    • Martini says...

      Oh Lawd, Jocelyn, you are absolutely right with “Birdcage”. I had forgotten.

      There’s not a frame or scene that I don’t adore. Just hilarious and sweet. Awesome.

  111. Emma says...

    Julie and Julia. Meryl Streep as Julia Child is just *chef’s kiss.*

  112. Jess Cash says...

    Bright Star!
    Jane Campion is a goddess.
    Abi Cornish and Ben Whishaw are superb.

    • Danielle says...

      I was going through a tough time one summer and I went to sleep to this movie every night for a month.

  113. Yasmin says...

    Anne of Green Gables (Canadian version)
    Pride and Prejudice (Kiera version, though the BBC version does the trick, too)
    Something New

    And when it’s been cold and rainy for days on end, Bottle Shock is all sunny, warm gorgeousness

    For shelter in place isolation, I’ve found that comfort shows have been helpful, particularly ones set in small towns with lots of quirky side characters like Gilmore Girls and Hart of Dixie (don’t judge! It kind of replaces the micro-interactions that are so limited right now)

    • Kristyn says...

      Oh my gosh, Hart of Dixie… totally my embarassing guilty pleasure quarantine re-watch too!

      Not embarassing but just as comforting: Parks & Rec, You’ve Got Mail, and Pride & Prejudice (with Keira.)

    • Lesley S says...

      Ha! I have a secret love for Hart of Dixie! I watched it a few years ago during a long and rough winter and it was just what I needed. Also, a friend from high school played Meatball, so it was nice to be able to say I actually watched his show.

  114. Kelly says...

    – Anything Jane Austen, but especially Pride and Prejudice (both BBC and Kierra), Sense and Sensibility, and Emma (Gwennith).
    – Fleabag, season 2 is so, so good
    – Galaxy Quest – so funny
    – Outlander (I skip the violent scenes)
    – Last Kingdom (again, I skip the violent scenes :)

  115. Lynn says...

    Sleepless in Seattle. Have it memorized. Love the soundtrack. And contrary to its name, it always puts me to sleep by halfway through.

    • Becky says...

      Love actually, and notting hill

  116. Sarah says...

    Not a movie but Arrested Development. On repeat.

  117. Cara R Webb says...

    The original Bridget Jones’ Diary and BBC Pride and Prejudice. I also love Harry Met Sally and could also watch Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail any day of the week!

  118. Louise says...

    The Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice.

    • Megan says...

      Yes x100! When I was super sick one day last year I remember lying on my bed half comatose with this playing on a loop on my iPad. . .I would come to, watch a scene, and then fall back asleep.

  119. Stephanie says...

    Sliding Doors, Notting Hill and Eat Pray Love

    • Molly says...

      Sliding Doors is on my list too. Love that movie & now I must watch it this weekend! Thanks for the reminder!

  120. Francesca says...

    Out of Africa (and I always cry at the end).
    The West Wing and Pride and Prejudice (BBC-Colin Firth)

    • Traci says...

      I can’t tell you have many times I have watched The West Wing. It’s like a balm.

  121. Fiona says...

    Harry Potter has always been by go to and I’m working my way through what that means moving forward. I love a good kid’s movie so Princess Diaries is all the joy, I also love Music and Lyrics with Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant (such an underrated and awesome Rom Com) or any cheesy spy movie (Spy, My Spy, the Man from U.N.C.L.E, Get Smart etc.).

  122. Susan says...

    You’ve Got Mail, Notting Hill and Sense and Sensibility

  123. NH observer says...

    Terminator 2, Fame, Personal Best, and It’s Complicated!

  124. Not a movie, but Judging Amy

  125. Ashley says...

    I love this!! Especially now I feel like I need a good comfort show/movie at the end of the day. You can’t go wrong with anything Molly Ringwold Dianne Keaton or Meg Ryan.

    When Harry met sally
    You’ve got mail
    Father of the Bride
    It’s complicated
    Gilmore girls
    Golden girls
    Hart of Dixie
    Friends

  126. Nina says...

    OMG I’m actually adding a new one! For me it’s the French 1982 movie “La Boum 2” (and it’s predecessor La Boum from 1980). It’s one of those movies that age really well and gives you different perspectives as you age. I watched it on TV at 14, and was fascinated by 16-year-old Vic’s story (played by Sophie Marceau, who international audiences might know from Braveheart or James Bond: The World is Not Enough). Now at 39, the parent’s storyline became much more central to me. The movie grows with you ;-) It is also so endearing, and a really (now) retro look at Europe, and especially Paris, in the early 80s. So, so good! Both movies were international box office hits, but I’m not entirely certain if there is an English language version. Surely there are French and German versions, and I think Italian, too… So if you’re up for that, I can only very warmly recommend it! I have watched it countless times and it has warmed my heart in dark times :-)

    • Laura says...

      I haven’t watched these since high school French class (25 years ago—and I was obsessed!) and now really want to revisit them. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Lara says...

      I took your advice and watched la boum with my boyfriend (who hails from Paris!) last night. He had seen it a while ago but it triggered fond memories of his adolescence. “Boums” are very much a thing in France! Highly recommend — Sophie Marceau is phenomenal!

    • Nina says...

      Whee, happy to hear that :-D

  127. Skye says...

    Waitress! Best movie to turn to when you are feeling down and need a dose of self-empowerment.

  128. Karen Westerlund says...

    He’s just not that into you, and Monsoon wedding.

  129. Leah says...

    Sweet Home Alabama – I love Reese Witherspoon! It’s the best!

  130. Lana says...

    Kate & Leopold
    Sleepless in Seattle
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    Barefoot in the Park
    Because I said so
    27 Dresses
    💜

  131. CandiceZ says...

    About time!

    When Harry Met Sally Is a great one though….

    Fire saga was also awesome on Netflix lol and Hail Caesar was pretty good too before that. Love.

    • Jillian says...

      About time is the best! It’s my go-to feel good movie!

  132. Jill says...

    This comment list is so good and I mainly commented just to say so :)

    For me, it’s About Time, the miniseries of Emma and North and South, 13 Going on 30, Jane Eyre, Crazy Stupid Love, No Strings Attached, The Proposal, and 10 Things I Hate About You.

  133. Loren says...

    The Philadelphia Story. Could there be anything more beautiful than Hepburn, Grant and Stewart in their early 30’s, and anything more charming than a 13 year old Virginia Weidler accompanying herself on a grand piano while singing a bawdy little number made famous by Groucho Marx?

  134. Marie says...

    Paddington. Everyone is so kind and the movie is quite stylish.

  135. AB says...

    My ultimate feel-good movie is Pitch Perfect! Never fails to put a smile on my face :)

  136. karen wojcinski says...

    The Temptations, that music.

  137. Shannon says...

    I could watch the second season of Fleabag one hundred million times.

  138. Lauren E. says...

    Waiting to Exhale. It’s not a perfect movie, but by the end when the four friends are celebrating the New Year with each other, I’m always in tears. I just love it so much.

    • BRIDGET says...

      SAAAAAAAAAME!!!

  139. Lisa B says...

    Eat Pray Love. Watching it is like a little vacation for the mind and the soul. Julia Roberts’ charm keeps the whole thing from becoming too heavy.

  140. Helga says...

    In addition to so many of the movies already listed: Always be my Maybe, 16 Candles and Barbershop.

  141. Jenn says...

    You’ve Got Mail
    Also, The West Wing

  142. Mary W says...

    The original Hairspray with Divine and Ricki Lake. Each role is perfectly cast.

  143. Christina says...

    Mean Girls! It always feels like a shallow answer to say out loud, but Tina Fey is a comic genius and it is the perfect blend of entertainment, nostalgia and good feels by the end

  144. Cari says...

    Mystic Pizza, Fried Green Tomatoes and the original Jumanji.

  145. Kristin says...

    Pride and Prejudice (BBC version w Colin Firth)
    Any Harry Potter movie
    And when I am particularly stressed out:
    Get Hard, We’re the Millers, and Spy (w Melissa McCarthy) as sometimes you just need a bad comedy

  146. Scarlett says...

    Before Sunrise and Pride and Prejudice (the one with Kiera Knightley). Both such calm feel-good movies.

  147. Holly says...

    About Time! Always changes my perspective on things.

    • Cecily says...

      Yes to this!! One of the most underrated movies in my opinion, my mission in life is to get as many people as I can to watch this as I find most people have never heard of it! I sob every time I watch it.

    • Molly says...

      Yesterday I saw About Time mentioned on this list so I watched it last night. How did I miss this movie?! I was bawling by the end – loved it so much. I’ll be passing it on to my friends for sure.

    • Kelly Simmons says...

      Oh, I LOVE THAT film. So many people have never seen it!

  148. Kaitlin says...

    A League of Their Own–YES the movie that showed me girl power and was girl-centric, and had real, smart, silly, fun female characters.
    The Sound of Music–whenever I was home sick from school I watched it (BOTH VHS tapes!) and I still love it and catch myself singing the songs while doing dishes or cleaning around the house.
    Center Stage and 10 Thing I Hate About You were stalwarts from college hangover / lazy days and I still get a warn feeling from them.
    And The American President (that Speech! “And I AM the president!”) leans into my liberal leanings and I love Annette Bening in this movie so so very much.

    • NH observer says...

      A League of Their Own all the way! “The way it works is: the train moves, not the station.”

    • sarah morabito says...

      A League of their Own! We’ve been playing it for our two girls (6,4) and they just LOVE IT. So many great characters.

  149. Colleen says...

    Die Hard. I just enjoy it so much.
    I also love Something’s Gotta Give. I can watch the that house/movie set over and over.
    Lastly for TV, it’s The Office.

    • Laura Greenwood says...

      I’ll be 30 in the fall and unembarrassed to admit I absolutely adore the Mary-Kate and Ashley movies circa 1998. They sure are hard to find if you don’t have a VCR but nothing beats the YouTube version of Winning London. Sue me.

  150. Kayleigh says...

    Billy Elliot! It makes me so happy every time I watch it