Written By: Nicole Chedraoui
Whether it’s binging all eight Harry Potter movies in a row, or crying relentlessly to The Notebook, we all have our comfort movies. Comfort movies are the type of movies you can watch over and over again, and no matter the day or the circumstance, come out of the credits feeling a newfound sense of home. While comfort is subjective, our favorite movies are truly our favorite because of the preconceived memories or times in our lives when we were first introduced to them. So here are, in my opinion, some of the best comfort movies of all time, guaranteed warm and fuzzies every time.
#1 Legally Blonde
Unless you’ve been living under a rock since the 2000’s, I would assume you’re aware of the fictional power icon that is Elle Woods. Pink, sparkly, Elle Woods. The movie opens with Reese Witherspoon being dumped by her jerk-face (yes, I went there) boyfriend. Well, Elle wouldn’t settle for being dumped like just another pretty face; no, Elle Woods was not a quitter. So, she puts down the lipstick and picks up the textbooks, heart set on following her boyfriend to law school. Not just any law school, Harvard Law School. And dang niblets she does it, she gets into Harvard Law! With the famous words “what’s it like, hard?” Overall, the movie is a heartfelt rollercoaster, with characters that you grow to love, and the ultimate character development of all character developments. This is the perfect movie to curl up with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and laugh all night long.
#2 My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Now maybe it’s just my middle-eastern roots that lead me to have such a soft spot for this movie, but nonetheless, this movie is a crowd pleaser for everyone. If there’s one thing everybody can relate to, it’s overbearing family and teenage angst, which this movie is chalk full of. Thirty- year-old Toula Portokalo’ only personality trait is being Greek, and I’m not being mean here–her parents want that to be her entire identity. So when she rebels against her dad’s wishes of marrying a nice GREEK man, things begin to spiral. Combining both elements of family drama and ridiculous humor, this movie has rightfully earned its spot in the list.
Tangled has made this list purely and solely because of Flynn Ryder. That man may be the most complex, witty, and charmingly handsome character Disney has ever created. Now I’m sure you all know the class story of Rapunzel, so there’s no use in me reiterating it, however, there’s something about this 2000’s film that always lifts my spirits. Whether it be Mother Gothel being an absolute SAVAGE, or hearing a bunch of crooks and villains sing ”I Have A Dream,” this movie has no right being so superior. The animation, script, and execution of this movie is absolutely beautiful, with a story arc unlike any other princess movie.
#4 The Spy Next Door
Hot take: Among the plethora of movies Jackie Chan has starred in, none of them come close to the absolute brilliance of The Spy Next Door. Dare I say that this may be the BEST coming-of-age movie ever created. If you SOMEHOW haven’t seen this 2000’s classic, allow me to immerse you into one of the greatest fictional worlds to ever exist. Gillian is a single mom to three “quirky” kids, a turtle, a pig, and a cat. It’s safe to say her life is pretty chaotic, which is why she values stability when it comes to her love life. So when Gillian is forced to go out of town and leave her previously considered “boring” boyfriend to watch over her family, she thinks nothing of it. Along the crazy journey of babysitting, the kids discover Bob’s secret: he’s an international spy, and Russian terrorists are out to get him. I won’t give the rest of the movie away, but I suggest if you haven’t’ already, stream it now on Netflix!
#5 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
I thought it was only appropriate to end on a classic, which of course is the American classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. While it’s an oldie, it’s a goodie, and, in my experience, this is the perfect movie to go to when your mind is in a slump and you just need something effortlessly humorous. In summary, if you’ve never seen the movie, here’s all you need to know. The town’s most cherished high-school student, Ferris Bueller, wants the day off, and boy oh boy did he develop a sophisticated plan to do just that. After a quick conversation with his best friend Cameron, Ferris somehow convinces him to steal his dad’s Ferrari. With a shiny new car, Ferris’ plans were finally set into place. Pretending to be violently sick to his parents, Ferris manages to sneak out of his house and catch a ride with Cameron and his girlfriend Sloane for a wild day in Chicago. While Ferris and his crew are living it up in the city, his principal Mr. Rooney is hell bent on blowing Ferris’ cover. This movie was brilliantly written, scripted, and casted, and takes the prize for the best comfort movie of all time.
So the next time you find yourself in a slump, or wanting to take a self care day for rest, make sure to remember these movies so you never go wrong in your movie selection!