A Comfort-Film Watchlist for Tense Weeks

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It’s been a hard, upsetting and scary few weeks in international and national news, and tomorrow we’ll be voting, here in the UK, on whether or not we should stay in the EU. Not only is that a huge, nerve-wracking issue for everyone who lives here, but the rhetoric of the Leave campaign has been absolutely full of anti-immigrant vitriol. As an immigrant who’s also descended from immigrants (many of them Eastern European, the kind that so many Leave campaigners hate)…well, it’s all making me more than a little tense.

I wrote a public Facebook post the other day about why I’m personally voting Remain tomorrow, and why it’s so important to me. Patrick wrote a smart, thoughtful post about his own reasons, which you can also read.

But if you, like me, are feeling jittery and tense this week, then you can probably use some relief from all the stress from time to time. So let me share something else with you guys, too.

Last night, when I was feeling especially tense and worried, I posted a question on Facebook and Twitter:

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And I got a fabulous list of recommendations in response! In fact, I got so many recommendations that I’m amalgamating them all into my own personal watchlist, to work my way through over the next few months (or year) whenever I need a break. So I thought I’d share the list here with you guys. Please feel free to add your own recs in the comments!

Fun, Escapist Romantic Movies (listed in the order that I got them, with notes on the ones that got multiple votes):

  • The Princess Bride (8 votes!)
  • Enchanted (2 votes!)
  • Ever After
  • Dear Frankie
  • Walk, Don’t Run
  • Desk Set
  • Bride and Prejudice (2 votes!)
  • Sneakers
  • 50 First Dates
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • A Walk in the Clouds
  • Six Days and Seven Nights
  • Galaxy Quest (3 votes!)
  • Notting Hill
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Emma (the Gwyneth Paltrow version)
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Penelope
  • Just Like Heaven
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (5 votes!)
  • About Time (3 votes!)
  • Safety Not Guaranteed (2 votes!)
  • Romancing the Stone (2 votes!)
  • The Holiday
  • A Letter to Three Wives
  • Drama World
  • Cold Comfort Farm
  • Persuasion (the Root/Hinds version) (3 votes!)
  • Sliding Doors
  • Deadpool (3 votes!)
  • Return to Me (2 votes!)
  • Letters to Juliet (2 votes!)
  • Music and Lyrics (5 votes!)
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before Sunset
  • Before Midnight
  • Father Goose
  • Chocolat
  • Amélie (5 votes!)
  • The Jane Austen Book Club
  • Kate and Leopold (6 votes!)
  • The Thomas Crowne Affair (new version) (3 votes!)
  • Austenland (6 votes!)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Branagh/Thompson version)
  • Leap Year
  • Two Weeks’ Notice
  • Mamma Mia
  • Fool’s Gold
  • Date Night
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Some Kind of Wonderful (2 votes!)
  • Wild Child
  • Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging
  • The Thin Man
  • Auntie Mame
  • Shall We Dance (Japanese version)
  • The Decoy Bride
  • From Mansfield with Love (a webseries)
  • She’s the Man
  • Dream for an Insomniac
  • Moonstruck
  • Groundhog Day
  • I Love You Phillip Morris
  • Brief Encounter
  • Pride and Prejudice (the BBC miniseries)
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Stardust
  • Midnight In Paris
  • The Philadelphia Story
  • Singing in the Rain
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Khoobsurat
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • ***

    Thanks so much to everyone who made recommendations! I’m so happy to have a big comfort watchlist of movies to dip into when I need them.

    And as a quick shortlist if the above one looks too long and intimidating…

    The top 5 films that got the most votes from my Facebook and Twitter friends were: The Princess Bride (8 votes – the absolute winner!); Kate and Leopold and Austenland (with 6 votes each); Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Amélie and Music and Lyrics (with 5 votes apiece).

    Thank goodness for comfort films when we need them!


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