Movies are an excellent way to see someone’s creative depiction of life’s issues and effectively examine a variety of feelings. A good movie makes you think, feel, learn and develop insight to similarities in your life.
Couples who watch relationship-centered movies and then discuss them afterwards are more likely to still be together after three years, according to a study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
Below are a few of my favorites.
Stand By Me
Certainly a classic worth watching again. Youthful adventure and the power of friendship.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jim Carey and Kate Winslett, this film in a comedic and serious way explores the intricacy of relationships and the pain of loss.
Cast Away Tom Hanks, This movie is a moving exploration of what happens when everything we hold on to is taken away from us.
The Horse Whisperer
Trauma and healing.
Amazon Prime Video: Modern Love -SN 1-Episode 3 - Take Me as I Am A A woman reflects on how her experience with bipolar disorder has impacted her love life.
*Article on this Episode here!
On Golden Pond Loving, bickering relationship of couple in their 48th year.
Little Miss Sunshine
Whimsical, funny, thought provoking.
The Blind Side
(Sandra Bullock) Foster care, adoption, family bonding.
Akeelah and The Bee
Caring, support, inspiration.
Demi Lovatto - Simply Complicated
Drug abuse, serious young adult challenges.
Kindness, love of others and the beauty of giving.
Silver Linings Playbook Hope, courage and faith in the process of life promoting mental health recovery
The Shawshank Redemption
Relationships and connections.
Relationships, grief, loss.
Love, family and relationships
Life as a House
Life review, connections.
A few good men
An all star cast confronts the notion of doing the right thing .
Women, Negative Relationships and Self Esteem,
adolescence, drug abuse, emotional disturbance, cutting.
Fun but accurate depiction of anxiety and depression
The Breakfast Club
The Big Chill
Friendship, support, life review.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Terms of Endearment Difficult life challenges, mother/daughter relationship, empty nest syndrome, grief and loss/death, and terminal illness
Rocky - A really nice feel-good movie from the past.
Unorthodox- Fascinating movie about a woman in pursuit of self-determination
Importance of feelings and Emotions
A Beautiful Mind
Suicide and family relationships
Ferris Bueller's Day Off:
Speaks to the notion of taking risks and finding happiness.
An Unfinished Life
Family, relationships, grief and healing.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Family relationships and race relations.
When Harry Met Sally
Collateral Beauty - Grief and loss turns to healing and recognizing love and support.
Won't You Be My Neighbor
Sweet, soulful documentary portrait of Fred Rogers and his classic children's television show.
More to come!