There are some movies that we turn to when we just need to visit old friends or places. I call these “comfort movies.” We don’t necessarily have to be sad or lonely or feel under the weather. They’re just movies that strike a chord within us and make us feel good. The equivalent of comfort food like meat loaf and mashed potatoes or macaroni’n’cheese or tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.
My main comfort movie is my all-time favorite film: The Best Years of Our Lives . It’s the story of three men returning home from World War II. I also enjoy the Andy Hardy  movies from the 1930s-40s. Mickey Rooney plays the teenaged Andy in these fun, light-hearted films. My favorite is Love Finds Andy Hardy  in which Mickey co-stars with Judy Garland. Or I can visit up north with the hilarious residents of Dog River, Saskatchewan, in the TV series Corner Gas .
I asked a few friends about their favorite comfort movies and discovered an amazingly varied list. One of my sister’s favorites is The Princess Bride , starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes. Besides being a sweet and funny love story, it also features a nice story of a grandfather and grandson. And is there anyone out there who doesn’t recognize this line? “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
A close friend says she plays her I, Claudius  DVDs, the BBC series about the first Roman emperors, with Derek Jacobi in the title role. She also loves The Lion in Winter , the movie about King Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their sons, starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. Nothing like incredibly dysfunctional families to put your own woes in perspective.
Another friend loves While You Were Sleeping , the romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman, and the Thin Man  movies about detective Nick Charles and his lovely wife and accomplice Nora. William Powell and Myrna Loy play the crime solvers. One other friend loves Persuasion , based on her favorite Jane Austen novel of love thwarted and rediscovered, and Cold Comfort Farm , a comedy starring Kate Beckinsale. She plays a young woman who loves to put things right -- and changes the lives of the residents of a rundown farm.
One of my co-workers says that Enchanted April , with Josie Lawrence and Miranda Richardson, is her go-to comfort movie. The film centers on four English women in 1920s and how a month in Italy renews their lives and loves. Another co-worker loves Seven Brides for Seven Brothers , the musical romantic comedy starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. She always enjoys the wonderful story along with the great songs and dances.
The choice of favorite comfort movies and TV series is as wide-ranging as people themselves. Which titles would you list?