Films I Turn To For Comfort

A lot of my favourite movies are depressing in nature or theme, or deal with topics not considered uplifting. But there are a good few films I love that are comforting, that no matter what their theme or style, I can turn to to be comforted, or to rest in their arms for 90-180 minutes. What are some of yours?

  • The Seventh Seal
  • Fanny & Alexander
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • Delicatessen
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Three Colors: Red
  • The Four Times
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Paris, Texas
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Day for Night
  • Playtime
  • The General
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Waking Life
  • Mother and Son
  • Amarcord
  • Mon Oncle
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Smiles of a Summer Night
  • Withnail & I
  • Celine and Julie Go Boating
  • The Best of Youth
  • Songs from the Second Floor
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Tokyo Story
  • Boogie Nights
  • Annie Hall
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Life of Brian
  • Clerks.
  • In Bruges
  • 8½
  • Werckmeister Harmonies


    Oh dear.
    These would be Dr. Strangelove, The Big Lebowski, Lock Stock, Withnail and I, and In Bruges. Of these, Dr. Strangelove, Withnail and I and In Bruges are some of my favourites, though they're still a little depressing for me, but awesome films (In Bruges in particular is so beautiful).

    The movie that I turn to for comfort most often is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (it's on par with Withail really, but I've been familiar with it for longer). That movie saved my sanity at one point, which is a weird thing to say, but the whole theme of two guys out of their mind managing to hold on and do their job in spite of all the insanity really gives me an "I can do it" feel. lol Once, when I was travelling with little idea what the heck I was going to do with a lack of accommodation (in a foreign country no less) I read "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" at the bus station, on the train, just to give me a morale boost - and of course everything turned out fine eventually.
    I can't think of any that help me quite that much, though Ripley's Game and The Sheltering Sky tend to help too.

  • There's a big mixture of different kinds of films on this list. The comedies though, are especially entertaining. I'm not a huge fan of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, though I'm willing to give it another chance.

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