There are those many times in a day, whether it's when you're putting off work or your brain is just going through it's natural "zone-out" moment, where all you need is that perfect "feel good" movie to just ease yourself with a nice hot cup of tea/cocoa/coffee or whatever you enjoy. Here is a list of my top 10 favorite movies to accompany those moments, and I hope you'll enjoy them too!
10. 'Serendipity' (John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale)
The name says it all: cheesy, light, predictable — but do I still love it? Yes. There's something about the whole idea of falling in love, but the uncertainty of life breaks you apart, however, you know she/he is the one, and you are determined to find them again. This idea of hope is not exactly what I call realistic, but it still can bring a smile to my face, knowing that if I just lay down where I met my first love, some "sign" will indicate their return to me. I can't emphasize enough how much of a rom-com this is, the movie soundtrack consists of acoustics from David Gray - 'January Rain' to Shawn Colvin - 'When You Know'. Also, what's a better indicator of romance than winter? Christmas? The warmth of a lover is better than spending the cold nights alone, which may be why I usually only enjoy this movie during the winter months. If you're into some romance, but have surpassed all your beloved Nicholas Sparks classics, this one's for you.
9. 'The Holiday' (Jude Law, Jack Black, Kate Winslet, and Cameron Diaz)
Another rom com I am absolutely in love with, this movie has everything you could ask for for a perfect night in. The minute Jude Law (ugh, his voice and his eyes!) enters the scene (you can tell I have a bias) the love story envelopes you in a heartwarming turn of events. If only we could all pack our bags, pick a house (well, technically you could do that with Airbnb nowadays), and just somehow have a handsome stranger end up at your doorstep. I am in love with this movie, and I watch it at least once every year, or even just listen to the soundtrack. By far, this has one of the best soundtracks (listen to 'Maestro') that embodies every second of the movie; not surprising, since Hans Zimmer composed it — and that man knows what he wants you to feel. My favorite scene is probably when Cameron Diaz decides to dance to 'Mr. Brightside' by The Killers, the off-key of her singing with a glass of wine in hand is classic. (Plus, once again, WINTER.)
8. 'The Intouchables' (François Cluzet and Omar Sy)
Breaking out of the romance, number 8 breaks into a very unconventional relationship. I came into this movie expecting a tear-jerker but instead I left feeling more inspired than anything else. The Intouchables incorporates a billionaire handicapped man with an unexpected caretaker who makes him experience life in a way he could have never possibly imagined. It touches on a sensitive topic that brings a very uplifting message. Two very contradicting characters are brought together to form an unbreakable friendship based on trust and encouragement, both giving and learning from one another. This movie exceeded my expectations and I definitely recommend it as a heart-lifter.
7. 'Ratatouille' (Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Ian Holm)
A list can never be complete without the necessary Disney movie. My favorite feel good movie by Disney happens to be Ratatouille. An unwelcome guest enters into one of the most prestigious restaurants in Paris to find that his help may come in handy for a slightly clumsy garbage boy. They form a partnership that spirals into an unprecedented turn of events. A heartwarmer from the start, with a positive message for all ages, I think Ratatouille will bring the whole family together (A+ soundtrack, refer to 'Le Festin by Camille', once again. Brings you to the ville de l'amour in 115 minutes).
6. 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'
What better than to see rival restaurants go head to head in a battle between two different masters of cuisine, whilst being able to watch the delicious flavors and colors, that feels as if they're bursting in your taste palette? This is the epitome of fusion cuisine and multiculturalism reunited through food. There are, of course, some underdeveloped scenes which could use some spice, but it does still manage to push just the right buttons to still create that heartwarming feeling. Music composed by A.R. Rahman, who also composed 'Jai Ho!' in Slumdog Millionaire.
5. 'Julie and Julia' (Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Amy Adams)
Bon appetite! An absolutely delicious film set in two different eras, and what's best is knowing that food is absolutely timeless. A very pleasant movie that I think is appropriate for everyone, especially with Meryl Streep's excellent execution of Julia Child's character. 10/10—- with just enough butter, you can accomplish anything.
4. 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights' (Diego Luna, Romola Garai)
Perhaps poorly rated for its lack of creativity as it is only the "sexier" version of the original Dirty Dancing, nevertheless it is a movie that is unforgettable. A remake of a love affair, chock full of blooming encounters where Katey Miller has to decide whether to follow her heart or maintain family loyalty. It's Dirty Dancing with more dancing and Cuban spices.
3. 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard)
Audrey Hepburn is timeless, especially in one of her most successful roles as Holly Golightly. As Holly rises to new socialite heights, she is graced by the presence of Paul, a writer who slowly grows fond of her. He learns that she is much more than meets the eye. Quite an interesting lifestyle of peculiarity and sophistication. A must-watch.
A touch of humor and a moving storyline. I found this movie slightly rushed since he got fired in the first, what felt like, 10 minutes of the movie and the focus on social media, especially Twitter, was far too overdone. But I guess the ideology of a traveling dad bonding with his son for the first time after a divorce will always be touching to the heart (and the stomach as well!).
1. 'The Devil Wears Prada'
My ultimate number 1 go-to movie, from the first swipe of the fogged mirror to applying the luscious red lipstick, this movie has it all. Opening song is spot on, 'Suddenly I See' by KT Tunstall ; each outfit is breathtaking; Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway create a perfect dynamic duo to my favorite motion picture of all time. The script is very well written, and I once again must applaud Meryl Streep for her excellent execution. I enjoy everything about this movie, perhaps the story is quite shallow — but for feeling good, it's perfect. I promise you will have a good sleep, dreaming about your next chic outfit. Here's the opening scene which I could watch on repeat and know it will put me in a killer mood.