What Are Your Top 10 Feel-Good Comfort Shows and Movies?

The new generation will never know cable TV, and that is their loss.

They will never know the rush of calling dibs on the 9:00 PM slot because The Devil Wears Prada is airing yet again for the 15th time in a month. But who knows when the next time will be? So you rewatch and rewatch, and never miss the opportunity to do so.

Now, it’s all about streaming.

Which means no more strategizing bathroom breaks during five-minute commercials—a life skill, if you ask me. Nowadays, we can barely survive 30-second ad breaks, and heaven forbid the video buffers for even a nanosecond (it really is quite annoying).

Sure, streaming has its perks, countless ones actually.

But I am glad to have come of age in the tail end of cable TV. Life back then was unencumbered by the overwhelming array of choices (analysis paralysis, anyone?). We actually spent more time watching the movie than deciding what to watch.

With the internet came the democratization of the media, and at the risk of sounding trite, I might have to quote Uncle Ben, “With great power comes great responsibility.” We are tasked with the duty of making sure good storytelling never loses its place in daily human life.

That said, I want to share with you this magical list of what I believe are the best feel-good shows and movies to brighten up any day.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
Director: Peter Jackson

The only thing you must know about this trilogy is that the rumors are true—it is one of the best things to grace modern cinema.

Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Director: Joe Wright

The progenitor of the popular line, “You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you.” It doesn’t appear in the book, but I can make exceptions.

Green Book (2018)
Director: Peter Farrelly

I love Viggo in anything, but I came out of this movie smitten with Mahershala Ali.

Kimi no na wa (2016)
Director: Makoto Shinkai

My life is divided into two periods: before Kimi no na nawa (Your Name) and after. The latter part is spent searching for the magic of the first viewing.

Anne with an E (2017–2019)
Creator: Moira Walley-Beckett

Netflix’s cancellation of the show proves there isn’t always an accounting for taste in the big leagues.

Julie & Julia (2009)
Director: Nora Ephron

I’m a simple creature. Give me Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep in one frame, and I am happy.

Flipped (2010)
Director: Rob Reiner

You were way out of his league, Juli.

Whisper of The Heart (1995)
Director: Yoshifumi Kondô

Please. This is every bookworm’s fantasy.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Director: Sharon Maguire

For some odd reason, I do not remember the 2nd and 3rd movies in this franchise.

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Director: Stephen Chow

Cult classic revered and loved by any self-respecting film buff.

Time for some notable mentions. These aren’t generally regarded as feel-good movies, but boy, do they give me comfort: The Equalizer, 2014 and 2018. The first John Wick movie. And Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario.

Happy watching!