Mental health and mental
health awareness are finally becoming mainstream topics. Every day,
celebrities, influencers, activists, and social workers share their struggles
with mental illnesses to offer hope to people who still suffer. The best
thing you can do if you suffer from mental illnesses like depression or
anxiety is to get help. But the road to recovery is long and hard, which means
there are bound to be bad days mixed in with the good days. Luckily, if you
choice channels list, a little movies entertainment therapy can be
just the thing you need on a bad day.
7 Movies That Help with Depression
Cinema has improved significantly over the last few years. We rarely
have movies with a black and white hero-villain dynamic anymore. Movies these
days focus on vulnerabilities, emotional struggles, trauma, and redemption.
What this means is many people who suffer from depression, anxiety, or any
other form of mental illness can connect to this content.
Patients with depression often need an external stimulus to get in touch
with their own emotions. Seeing the struggles, often with a positive outcome,
of onscreen characters can really help patients with depression. Based on an
informal poll conducted among friends and family who have suffered or are
suffering from depression, here is a list of the 7 best movies that help with
depression and bad days:
1. The Producers (1968)
2. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
3. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
4. E.T. (1982)
5. Terms of Endearment (1984)
6. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
7. Dead Poets Society (1989)
If you’re interested in knowing what these movies are all about and
how they can help your depression, read on below.
The Producers (1968)
The Producers came out in 1968 and many people still claim it is the
funniest movie ever made. Meet crooked Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero
Mostel) and his accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder). Max funds his productions
by wheedling money out of old ladies he seduces. When Leo points out that the
IRS does not take interest in Broadway flops, Max embarks on a scheme for the
biggest musical destined to fail. From the title of the musical (Springtime
for Hitler) to the outrageous dance numbers, The Producer is a classic
Bringing Up Baby (1983)
This 1938 hilarious comedy featuring Cary Grant and Katherine
Hepburn will have you in stitches, even on the bluest of blue days. Hepburn
plays an heiress instantly attracted to a paleontologist who is about to be
married played by Grant. The ensuing comedic seduction plan involves a
dizzying array of elements including a not-so-tame circus leopard, dinosaur
bones, and a dog who buries said bones.
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
This 1989 romantic comedy popped up on a lot of depression-buster
lists among the people we interviewed. Starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal,
watch two people who have been friends for 12 years work their way to the
conclusion that they are perfect for each other. Harry is a consummate
pessimist while Sally is an uptight but vulnerable woman. The extremely
believable dialogues and character development make When Harry Met Sally a
E.T. The Extraterrestrial is one of Steven Spielberg’s most iconic
movies. It has been a fixture in the childhoods of many young children you
are now in their thirties. One of the reasons E.T. is on this list is because
it is usually a treasured part of your childhood. Most therapists agree that
such movies help put you in a relaxed, more stable frame of mind. The joy and
wonder of childhood can be infectious and help alleviate your mood.
Sci-fiction and the world of whole thriller genre begin with this one. No one
can really imagine the greatness in that era of cinema if he/she has not
watched this one.
Terms of Endearment (1984)
Winning the Academy Award for the Best Picture in 1984, this mother
of all tearjerkers stars Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine. MacLaine plays
widowed mother Aurora, while Winger plays her tempestuous daughter Emma. The
pair have a loving but strained relationship, which involves Emma leaving her
philandering husband and returning to her mother with her three kids in tow.
While Aurora finally begins to have an emotional connection with a man in her
life, Emma develops terminal cancer. This movie explores raw human emotions,
trauma, and loss that can offer you a safe place to shed your tears. Its just
a dream come true for the endearing movies bingers out there.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, this movie follows
two people with mental trauma as they connect and find love. Pat (Cooper) has
been suffering from a bipolar disorder that went undiagnosed until he beat up
his wife’s lover. After being released from a mental institution, Pat returns
to his parents’ home. Here he meets a recently widowed woman with her own
mental trauma named Tiffany (Lawrence). Silver Linings Playbook is a story of
how love is valid, regardless of what mental suffering you are going through.
All hopeless romantics have a good chance here to channel their feelings with
a 2 hours emotional roller coaster.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
The Dead Poets Society remains one of Robin Williams most iconic
movies to date. The movie is about a young schoolteacher named Mr. Keating
(Williams) who is not your average teacher. Far from being a disciplinarian,
Keating encourages his students to think, ponder, and connect with their
emotions. Using language and poetry as mediums, Keating shows his students
that the truest paths to happiness are the ones born from idealism and words.
This movie is for intellectuals and drama buffs who love to think about and
extract the meaning of life.
Many of these titles can easily be found in most on-demand libraries
of popular cable providers. However, if you are a cord cutter, simply having
Spectrum internet ultra can help you find these movies on streaming services.
Let us know if there are any other movies that help with your depression. We
will try adding them to this list.