Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a classic. It stands to reason that a classic of anything is timeless and will always have a place in the world – and this is particularly true when it comes to movies. There are so many modern releases that are just great, but, sometimes it’s only a classic flick that can cut it. They are the perfect remedy for a rough day, a wet weekend, or a poorly Sunday when you can’t get out of bed.
The beauty of movies is that they can be a wonderful pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or indifferent. They are also an excellent way of helping us tap into our thoughts and feelings, and that’s where classics become invaluable. These are timeless movies, with a wonderful moral message, that are as relevant today as they were when first released. Here are five wonderful classic movies you can watch and feel much better afterward.
Has there been a more iconic movie ever made than Casablanca? Well, that’s debatable, but it’s definitely a bittersweet love story, buoyed by some amazing performances, and wonderfully quotable lines. Bogart and Bergman sizzle as the star-crossed lovers who just can’t seem to be together. It might not end up as the happy ending we want for our main characters, but the ending itself is full of optimism and hope for the future. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll feel great by the time it’s over. The perfect pick-me-up for when it’s wet and dreary outside. Here’s looking at you kid!
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
There aren’t many movie stars in history who were as cool as Paul Newman, and this movie sees him at his best. It’s the classic underdog story of a man held down by the system and trying to fight back in style. When Luke Jackson is sent to prison for a petty crime, he tries to pass the time by entertaining and making prison life more bearable. We won’t spoil the film by telling you what happens, but it’s a movie that reminds us to make the most out of bad situations, and always try to look on the bright side of life.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Often imitated, never equaled, the original Willy Wonka movie is a classic. It’s one of those movies that will remind you of your childhood, and make you wish you were Charlie! The movie explores the themes of class, as well as luck, integrity, trust, and family. It is a seminal movie and one that the whole family can enjoy time and again. You can take that magical chocolate factory tour, shoulder to shoulder with Charlie, and imagine what it’s like as a kid, stepping into a place that is beyond your wildest dreams.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Do you ever get that urge to follow the Yellow Brick Road? We know we do. The Wizard of Oz is a truly remarkable tale of friendship, loyalty, courage, and being true to yourself. Like Dorothy, stranded in Oz, we’ve all found ourselves like fish out of water on occasion. This is the perfect film to watch if you want a fantasy adventure filled with wonderful characters, an uplifting message, and some really quotable lines. And, when all’s said and done, you’ll truly come to realize, there’s no place like home!
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Okay, so the first two-thirds of the movie may not seem like it, but this is one of the greatest feel-good movies ever. Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, a suicidal man, who, on Christmas Eve is visited by his Guardian Angel, and shown all the wonderful reasons why his life’s worth living. Considered one of the most influential and inspirational movies ever made, this is the perfect movie to make you feel amazing! With Christmas fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to dig out this holiday classic and allow yourself to be inspired and awed all over again.
If you’re ever feeling a little down or under the weather, these movies are the perfect choice for helping you feel better about yourself. There are so many wonderful movies out there, but we have picked five of the best – classics that have stood the test of time, and continue to be loved by people everywhere. Check out these wicked movies that always make us laugh, cry, and feel joyful afterward.