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 have Spectrum 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 depression-buster.
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 must-watch.
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.