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Top Five Films I Grew Up With

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Undoubtedly, one of the best things in life is feeling completely blissful. You know, that warm feeling that builds up in your chest and eventually results in a smile. 

It happens to all of us, for different reasons. 

A somewhat underrated cause of dopamine release, I find, is watching good movies. We all love a reality-escape, and that is just what movies happen to provide.

Depending on the movie’s genre, you may finish the movie as a happy, inspired person, feeling like the main character of your life; full of dreams and aspirations.

Today I thought I would share with you five of my favourite movies that I grew up with, and which left me feeling more whole by the time I finished watching them.

A Good Year

Available on: Amazon Prime, DVD

Name a more underrated rom-com from the early 00s! 

I first watched A Good Year when I was around eight years old, so I did not understand all the business references and jokes at first. However, that was okay, because it only meant I had more time to admire the charming French countrysides, the beautiful French language, and, of course, Russell Crowe.

Indeed, out of all the Russell Crowe movies, this one was the first I watched, and it also remains my favourite. 

It’s such a breath of fresh air, this movie. It may be labelled a rom-com, but it’s way more than that. It’s not predictable, nor is it only centred around romantic relationships, making it all the more invigorating. 

The movie focuses on familiar relationships, too; especially between a nephew and uncle. Despite being mainly a comedy, A Good Year is incredibly touching. They don’t make rom-coms like this anymore. 

A Good Year will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Available on: Netflix, DVD, Amazon Prime

I untraditionally watched this adaptation before reading the book as I was too curious after hearing so many people refer to the movie, including my mum. One night she noticed it was on Netflix and suggested we watch it, and, well, how could I say no?

Since then I’ve watched it multiple times, and it has grown to become a comfort movie of mine. Whenever I watch it, I connect it to that time my mum and I watched it together and I’m gifted with that mentioned warm feeling. Pride and Prejudice just feels like home at this point. 

A thing among the many that I appreciate about the movie is its wild crossover of actors. We have Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Rosamund Pike playing sisters, and Donald Sutherland playing their father (only he is rather funny in this role, nowhere near a stone cold killer like President Snow). 

I also have to give a shout out to Brenda Blethyn, who plays the girls’ mother. She’s one of my and my mum’s favourite characters in that movie, she always makes us laugh because of how extra and dramatic she is.

Mamma Mia & Mamma Mia Here We Go Again

Available on: Netflix, DVD, Amazon Prime, Hulu

The first time I watched Mamma Mia was in German and with French subtitles right after I moved to Switzerland when I was seven. I didn’t speak German, nor French. I didn’t even speak enough English to comprehend the lyrics they were singing. It is safe to say I was a bit lost. 

All I really understood was that the people in the movie had really good vocals (including Pierce Brosnan – I said what I said) and a great taste in music. 

That’s essentially what kickstarted my ABBA obsession. 

My mum has been a fan of the band for decades and decided to take me to see the movie with her for some reason, and I will always be immensely grateful for that. See, even though I didn’t understand much, I was genuinely entertained and wanted to watch it again. 

Once my German and English skills much improved, my wish was granted. I got the DVD, and I’ve been rewatching it ever since. You can only imagine my joy when in 2018 the second movie was released! 

Both movies provide such a relief from everyday life, and genuinely make me want to drop everything for a spontaneous trip to Greece where I sing ABBA songs every day. 

Seriously, they are the most lighthearted, therapeutic comedies I’ve ever seen, and the fact that I’ve rewatched both of them over a hundred times should be quite telling of their quality.

Everyone loves Mamma Mia and those who say they don’t are just lying to themselves.

Eat Pray Love 

Available on: Netflix, DVD, Amazon Prime, Hulu

This movie, just like Mamma Mia, is basically a therapy session for me. Eat Pray Love is a lovely reminder of how easy it is to just get out and explore all the things the world has to offer, and that life isn’t meant to be lived in one place, working one job, and surrounded by the same people.

Eat Pray Love is motivational, and, dare I say, quite a perfect movie for our current reality of restricted travel. Sure, watching this movie might make you miss the good ol’ days of unproblematic travelling but, besides vicariously experiencing a few cultures through Julia Roberts’ character, it may also add future destinations onto your list! 

I highly recommend this movie if you want to do a bit of soul-searching, want to have a bit of a laugh and maybe even learn new words.

(P.S. You may want to order a pizza before watching it).

About Time

Available on: Netflix, DVD, Amazon Prime

I watched this movie not knowing much about it. I only knew of what the trailer showed me: that this is a rom-com which included time travel. It honestly sounded quite average to me, like nothing special, until I finished watching it and I was grabbing tissue after tissue to wipe away my tears.

The thing about this movie is that, even though it is 99.9% lighthearted, it will definitely make you cry. Sad, but also happy tears. That is because, while this movie is straightforward and simple, the way romantic and familial love is explored is extraordinary and compelling. 

To put it simply, About Time is the type of movie you want to watch when you fall out with your family or friends in order to remind yourself just how much you love them, and just how grateful you should be for them. 

I hope you enjoyed this list of movies and perhaps feel intrigued to watch some of them if you haven’t yet. Thanks for reading!

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