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Everyone has music they turn to when feeling sad or anxious. What about movies?

I just recently realized that whenever I feel really down I feel like watching "The Thin Red Line" oddly enough. Not for the plot but the general sound, look, and ambience of it.

I think my only other comfort movie is Back to the Future!

ryan, Monday, 7 July 2008 16:58 (twelve years ago) link

First Wives Club, My Best Friends Wedding and The Hours

Surmounter, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:00 (twelve years ago) link

mystery science theater: the movie

and what, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:01 (twelve years ago) link

valley girl

lauren, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:01 (twelve years ago) link

Actually one more for me: cast away.

That's two zemeckis movies!

ryan, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:03 (twelve years ago) link

It changes, a few years ago it was certain Carry On movies, especially Camping and Up The Khyber. Woody Allen's Sleeper was a favourite, along with Diamonds Are Forever - bizarrely the only "proper" Bond in this list - and also the David Niven version of Casino Royale. At the moment it's Withnail & I, especially when it's cold and raining, and also the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

snoball, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:04 (twelve years ago) link

Dazed & Confused, Jackass

milo z, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:12 (twelve years ago) link

and Wonder Boys

milo z, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:13 (twelve years ago) link

Dazed & Confused, Trading Places, nearly any b&w

Granny Dainger, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:15 (twelve years ago) link

i love having comfort movies. they kinda tend to be a bit on the super escapist side for me tho. first ones that come to mind and have held up for many years:

empire strikes back
indiana jones & the raiders of the lost ark
die hard
aliens
bourne identity

used to watch 'purple rose of cairo' and 'annie hall' as comfort movies in my early 20s but when i attempted to watch again a few years ago they did not comfort :/ there are a few go-to jane austen adaptations that i shamelessly go for when needing that kind of comfort. ah and 'shadowlands'

rrrobyn, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:17 (twelve years ago) link

and for some reason, this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=kPSSviWMg34

rrrobyn, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:19 (twelve years ago) link

Clueless
Groundhog Day
Beverly Hills Cop
Any Harry Potter film

musically, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:21 (twelve years ago) link

unnecessary rudeness from milo upthread

Granny Dainger, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:22 (twelve years ago) link

spinal tap
gremlins
alien/aliens of course

latebloomer, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:24 (twelve years ago) link

ELF

jel --, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:25 (twelve years ago) link

my neighbour totoro

jel --, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:27 (twelve years ago) link

goonies
better off dead

Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:27 (twelve years ago) link

empire strikes back
indiana jones & the raiders of the lost ark
die hard
aliens
bourne identity

Except for Bourne Identity (which is great, but I haven't seen enough) this is pretty much my exact list.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:27 (twelve years ago) link

Pulp Fiction
Heathers

anything by Almodovar with Carmen Maura

warmsherry, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:29 (twelve years ago) link

virgin suicides for the yellow color throughout - sunshining through blonde hair etc

sunny successor, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:31 (twelve years ago) link

Big Lebowski, Temple of Doom, Empire Strikes Back, Spinal Tap, Life of Brian, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, The Iron Giant.

chap, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:32 (twelve years ago) link

Better off Dead
Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club
Say Anything
Steel Magnolias
Kicking and Screaming (the Noah Baumbach one, not the Will Ferell one)
Fletch
Vacation, European Vacation, Christmas Vacation
RHPS
So I Married an Axe Murderer
Big Lebowski

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:33 (twelve years ago) link

my neighbour totoro

oh totally word on this, could watch x 5mil

rrrobyn, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:35 (twelve years ago) link

Also:

Buckaroo Banzai
Big Trouble in Little China

kingkongvsgodzilla, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:36 (twelve years ago) link

Any Miyazaki from Castle In the Sky on will do for me.

chap, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:36 (twelve years ago) link

rushmore, starship troopers, tons of HK action shit, film noir stuff, totoro

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:37 (twelve years ago) link

I don't do this anymore

Dr Morbius, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:44 (twelve years ago) link

how come?

Surmounter, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:44 (twelve years ago) link

Dazed & Confused, Rushmore, A Woman Is A Woman

C. Grisso/McCain, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:45 (twelve years ago) link

Can't Hardly Wait
Dazed and Confused
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Sixteen Candles
Empire Records

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:45 (twelve years ago) link

OK I have to add Can't Hardly Wair, Rushmore, and Empire Records now too.

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:47 (twelve years ago) link

SHALLOW HAL

Surmounter, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:47 (twelve years ago) link

Too long a list. I tend to put them on as background.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:48 (twelve years ago) link

Sliding Doors

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 17:49 (twelve years ago) link

A lot of Altman stuff (esp. California Split and The Long Goodbye), The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper, Head, Rock N' Roll High School, Eraserhead (strangely enough), Running on Empty.

Deric W. Haircare, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:01 (twelve years ago) link

The Big Lebowski
Anchorman
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Trainspotting

Finefinemusic, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:20 (twelve years ago) link

oh, and High Fidelity!

Finefinemusic, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:20 (twelve years ago) link

ENBB, yes to Empire Records!!

trainspotting is a big one too

sunny successor, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:22 (twelve years ago) link

repo man

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:23 (twelve years ago) link

god of cookery, shaolin soccer, kung fu hustle

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:23 (twelve years ago) link

ENBB, yes to Empire Records!!

I haven't seen it in so long! I should rectify that.

I was at a club once in LA and realized that the guy DJing was the long haired musician guy from ER and I was drunk enough that I totally went up to him and asked if it was him. It was and he gave me a CD. /boring story.

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

Mishima, M, Kikujiro, Spartacus, Zéro de conduite, lots and lots of others. Movies in general are comforting I think.

Noodle Vague, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

x-post Also I love Ethan Embry in that movie. Sadly he has not aged well.

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

Kung Fu Hustle - yes!

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:27 (twelve years ago) link

Kicking and Screaming (the Noah Baumbach one, not the Will Ferell one)

yes!

also: metropolitan, some kind of wonderful, kitty foyle, withnail and i, sixteen candles, parenthood, the secret life of walter mitty, la jetee

lauren, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:28 (twelve years ago) link

casino royale (2007)

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:29 (twelve years ago) link

miller's crossing

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:29 (twelve years ago) link

bullitt

omar little, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:29 (twelve years ago) link

ENBB did you know that in some countries Empire Records was called "Rock and Fun"?

sunny successor, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:29 (twelve years ago) link

AH - how could I have forgotten some kind of wonderful? I should count withnail too I think.

It turns out that I have a lot of comfort movies.

Sunny I did not know that but from now on that's what I'm going to call it. That's great - ha!

ENBB, Monday, 7 July 2008 18:32 (twelve years ago) link

Winter's Bone, for some reason.

☮️ (peace, man), Thursday, 2 January 2020 16:07 (eight months ago) link

eight months pass...

Ace Attorney movie (by Takashi Miike!) and Closer. Have watched both tons of times. Ace Attorney because of the sheer absurdity and a pretty gorgeous cast, Closer for how nostalgic it makes me and how much I like the structure and how horrible everyone is.


I came here because I was thinking about this concept only to find out I posted about exactly the same choices almost a year ago, fml.

Closer again - melancholy with a nasty, nasty edge. I’m not sure why it is a comfort movie - aesthetically and musically yes, but it’s about horrible people hurting each other and nobody ends up happy. Maybe the performances, plus the fact I really dislike Jude Law’s character and he is an easy receptacle for negativity?

scampo italiano (gyac), Monday, 14 September 2020 20:55 (two weeks ago) link

Cheech and Chong movies

Die Hard movies

Fifth Element

Two Meter Peter (Ste), Monday, 14 September 2020 21:08 (two weeks ago) link

The China Syndrome, in addition to others I've mentioned here. Proof that the content of a comfort movie is kind of irrelevant.

clemenza, Monday, 14 September 2020 21:09 (two weeks ago) link

Not a movie, but The Beiderbecke Affair, though I haven't watched it for a few years now I've probably been through the trilogy maybe 10 times.

这是我的显示名称 (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 14 September 2020 21:15 (two weeks ago) link

The Fugitive
Not sure how/why it survives so many rewatchings at my house but it's always like checking in on an old friend.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 06:20 (five days ago) link

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this elsewhere but Michael Clayton is right up there for me. I think Logan Lucky might be creeping up the ranks.

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 06:23 (five days ago) link

This Is Spinal Tap
Road Warrior
any of the War Stars flicks

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 06:23 (five days ago) link

Logan Lucky held up well on second viewing and my folks loved it.

LaRusso Auto (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 06:23 (five days ago) link

If I were available I’d definitely try to get a date with Hilary Swank’s hardass FBI agent that appears at the end. pvmic

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 07:14 (five days ago) link

Most of the classic comfort movies are already covered. Will add:

McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Young Guns I/II
Grisham movies, in particular The Firm, Pelican Brief and The Rainmaker

Mule, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 09:34 (five days ago) link

La Bamba
Karate Kid
High Society
Philadelphia Story

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 16:49 (five days ago) link

Good Time
Uncut Gems

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:11 (five days ago) link

lol uncut gems def the opposite for me, what with all the crazy shouting

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:31 (five days ago) link

Lol yeah, my gf finds this position insane but I didn't even notice it was 90% shouting when I first saw it. For me the chaos and noisiness of these movies is so overwhelming that it just becomes a soothing din, kinda like how some noise records can tip into ambient territory. Also the protagonists' continual fuck ups make my own problems seem manageable and negligible.

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:40 (five days ago) link

Logan Lucky is a good pick. It almost seems like a conscious attempt to create a comfort movie

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:53 (five days ago) link

my list:

pretty much every horror movie that's sort of boring

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:55 (five days ago) link

Michael Clayton is right up there for me

Not on my own list, but very much the kind of comfort movie I gravitate towards: big, somber procedurals (Zodiac and All the President's Men the two most obvious examples, but there are others) you can lose yourself in.

clemenza, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:56 (five days ago) link

I can't believe I overlooked one of my favorites:

Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 18:37 (five days ago) link

Oh good one

sound of scampo talk to me (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 18:44 (five days ago) link

hunt for red october
silverado

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 18:47 (five days ago) link

M&C a bit bloody/noisy for comfort, but also on the proto-Darwin 19th century tip: Angels & Insects.

Disgraced, committing sudoku (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 18:50 (five days ago) link

Coming to America

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 18:56 (five days ago) link

hunt for red october otm

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 20:21 (five days ago) link

inherent vice

despacito ergo sum (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 20:24 (five days ago) link

Almost any Bruce Willis movie, good or bad. (Exceptions being The Sixth Sense and those talking baby movies.)

The Philadelphia Story, mentioned upthread

Witness

While You Were Sleeping

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 20:31 (five days ago) link

Think I find TV shows inherently more comforting than movies, though. Something about the continuity & reassurance that I can just keep watching.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 20:32 (five days ago) link

Exactly where I've been the past few months (pre-dating the pandemic). My comfort go-to is rewatching a series I love.

clemenza, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 20:57 (five days ago) link

inherent vice otm

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 21:02 (five days ago) link

Seems too obvious but Casablanca.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

29 facepalms, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 21:11 (five days ago) link

Everybody Wants Some!!

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 21:17 (five days ago) link

the sting

mookieproof, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 21:18 (five days ago) link

Hard Target, which I am watching right now

Mule, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 21:40 (five days ago) link

oh man i should watch hard target

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 21:47 (five days ago) link

It’s comforting

Mule, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 22:00 (five days ago) link

The Fugitive, already mentioned, is my classic die this. North by Northwest, too. Why do I find wrong man on the run films so comforting??

Alba, Thursday, 24 September 2020 02:19 (four days ago) link

heist and/or scam movies seem to be another big trend here

na (NA), Thursday, 24 September 2020 13:51 (four days ago) link

I generally will space out rewatches over at least a couple years, but it's not unusual for me to watch The Fugitive several times in any given year (I think I've watched it at least twice in 2020).

I'm scrambling harder than ever for comfort movies as my resting panic rate continues to rise. Depression-era fare is really hitting the spot of late (designed, as it so often was, as a balm for the panic-stricken). The Berkeley and Astaire/Rogers musicals have been cinematic Xanax.

Wessonality Crisis (Old Lunch), Thursday, 24 September 2020 14:19 (four days ago) link

Also shitty (aka amazing) '80s/'90s coke-fueled action flicks (Cobra and Stone Cold make a swell double bill, I find).

Wessonality Crisis (Old Lunch), Thursday, 24 September 2020 14:20 (four days ago) link

Also, Tango & Cash was way more entertaining than I would've expected from a movie I enjoyed as a dumb kid! Never realized back then how badly those two wanted to make sex with each other.

Wessonality Crisis (Old Lunch), Thursday, 24 September 2020 14:22 (four days ago) link

momentarily got tango & cash confused with turner & hooch there

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 September 2020 14:31 (four days ago) link

tango & hooch sounds like a decent beveridge.

Two Meter Peter (Ste), Thursday, 24 September 2020 15:01 (four days ago) link

Never realized back then how badly those two wanted to make sex with each other.

Now go back and re-watch Point Break and Road House. (The latter contains the line "I used to fuck guys like you in prison," and I'm only half convinced it's meant as a threat in context.)

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 24 September 2020 16:33 (four days ago) link

Watched Ocean’s 13 last night and it hit the spot.

... (Eazy), Thursday, 24 September 2020 17:01 (four days ago) link

Okay, not a movie but old episodes of the Kung Fu series with David Carradine are incredibly soothing... the flute music, just drifting around the west... I used to watch reruns after school, before my parents got home and started fighting.

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:11 (four days ago) link

How could I forget «Diner»?

Mule, Thursday, 24 September 2020 21:59 (four days ago) link

"American Graffiti"

My sister and her husband will watch "Fargo" whenever they come across it on the cable system, but I don't like it like that.

nickn, Thursday, 24 September 2020 23:19 (four days ago) link

A Serious Man is my Coens comfort movie

get a mop and a bucket for this Well Argued Prose (Simon H.), Thursday, 24 September 2020 23:21 (four days ago) link

especially now that I have a back porch that looks over a parking lot

get a mop and a bucket for this Well Argued Prose (Simon H.), Thursday, 24 September 2020 23:21 (four days ago) link

oh yes thats a good one

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 25 September 2020 00:46 (three days ago) link


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