10 Movies to Watch When You Are Feeling Stressed

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The emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, the whole world going under lockdown, the economy taking a dip, people losing out on jobs and businesses, and on top of that, people dying all around has taken a toll on our lives, even if we do not realize it. While we all have gotten out of it with such a great surge, we all can agree that last year was stressful and even now, the stress is chasing us like anything. On a personal level, I am someone who is casual about most things and so I do not stress over little things. However, things do get to me too and when that happens, I resort to feel-good movies. In the same way, I have brought a rundown of movies that help me when I am stressed and hope that these would help you too.

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Before you think about what medium I use to watch movies, I am a classic streaming-cable person. Whilst streaming has made its place in my life, I cannot just let cable TV go. Sometimes, I catch these great movies being aired on TV channels, and other times, I stream them to blow over some steam. If you want to go about my mantra too, subscribe to Spectrum bundles that allow you to enjoy both worlds of entertainment at the most reasonable rates. 

Let’s start with the movies now:

  1. Legally Blonde

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Legal

Year of Release: 2001

Directed by: Robert Luketic

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 70%

Elle paves her way into Harvard Law in order to get back together with her ex-boyfriend. In the process, she realizes her true insight into the law and finds true love as well. This movie is funny, emotional, and gives you a reason to contemplate your life.

2. Forrest Gump

Genre: Romance, Drama

Year of Release: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 71%

A man with a low IQ, Forrest, recounts his life of how well everything went for him, even when he did not realize it. While he has everything and more now, all he wants is to get together with his childhood love, Jenny. This movie shows us that no matter what you, if your heart is at the right place, your story will end positively.

3. The Shawshank Redemption

Genre: Crime, Drama

Year of Release: 1994

Directed by: Frank Darabont

IMDb Rating: 9.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 91%

A successful banker loses everything including his freedom when he is arrested for the murder of his ex-wife and her boyfriend. He is sentenced to life and is moved to Shawshank prison where he becomes friends with Redding, a senior prisoner. The story transcends into a beautiful hope. This is my favorite movie and is a must-watch if you are lost or are feeling hopeless.

4. The Proposal

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Year of Release: 2009

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

IMDb Rating: 6.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 44%

Margaret, a New York editor, convinces Andrew, her assistant to marry her in exchange for a promotion to dodge her deportation. But everything changes when she visits Andrew’s hometown and explores his life there. A real feel-good movie and a must-watch.

5. 27 Dresses

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Year of Release: 2008

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

IMDb Rating: 6.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 41%

The movie starts with us getting to know Jane Nichols who has been a bridesmaid 27 times. As we are falling for the quirkiness of Jane, the movie takes a turn when her sister announces engagement to the man loves. While she feels dismayed, she meets a cynical journalist who brings her closer to her own feelings.

6. The Pursuit of Happyness

Genre: Drama

Year of Release: 2006

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

IMDb Rating: 8/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 67%

The responsibilities of Chris pile up as his wife separates leaving him as a single parent to their son. Seeing failures up close one after the other makes him lose all hope until he decides to turn things around. This movie is a real motivation to move forward in life.

7. 50 First Dates

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Year of Release: 2004

Directed by: Petre Segal

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 45%

Henry falls in love with Lucy without knowing that she suffers from short-term memory loss. Once he knows, he starts every day in a new way to woo her and plans around 50 first dates in hopes that she loves him back. 

8. 10 Things I Hate About You

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Year of Release: 1999

Directed by: Gil Junger

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 69%

Bianca cannot date till her sister, Kat has a boyfriend and so the guy who likes Bianca pays Patrick, the school’s bad boy to charm Kat. The movie takes turn when Patrick falls for Kat in reality and she also reciprocates his feelings. 

9. Murder Mystery

Genre: Mystery, Comedy

Year of Release: 2019

Directed by: Kyle Newacheck

IMDb Rating: 6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 44%

A couple, cop and hairdresser, in their forties, go on a Europe trip in an attempt to reinvigorate the romantic spark in their lives. A chance encounter makes them suspect in the murder of a wealthy billionaire. 

10. Miss Congeniality

Genre: Action, Comedy

Year of Release: 2000

Directed by: Donald Petrie

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 41%

Gracie Hart is a tomboyish police detective. She is made to enter a beauty pageant as part of a mission. The movie is quirky, funny, and shows us a side of femininity that was unexplored in the cinema in the 2000s.

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