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Comfort Viewing - Top 10 Favourite Comfort Films

Comfort films; the films you just can't seem to stop yourself watching over and over again without ever getting bored of it. We all have different reasons for films being a comfort watch. I personally have a couple of comfort films that I watch purely because they make me cry, a couple of them are slightly questionable, they might make me seems slightly strange, but I can't help constantly returning for another go.

These films are in no ranked order, simply the order in which I thought of them.

1. Rocketman (2019)

When/why do I watch it?

When I'm in need of positivity.

Rocketman has only recently become one of my favourite comfort films. I watched it for the first time with friends, as until then I had avoided it, under the impression that I wouldn't like it due to not ever really having an interest in Elton John.

Now I can't get enough of it. I love everything about it; the music, the costumes, the set design, the acting, it's all perfect.

I think it's a comfort film for me because of the fact I first watched it with friends. I'm reminded of that experience every time I watch it, it always evokes positive emotions for me.

2. The Crow (1994)

When/why do I watch it?

When I need/want to cry.

The crow is an emotional rollercoaster. A tale of a musician who comes back from the dead to get revenge for the murder of himself and his fiancée on the night before their wedding, you'd think it wouldn't be all that sad.


I cry every time. Without fail.
I'd be lying if I said that the sadness had nothing to do with the fact that this was Brandon Lee's last role before his death. I think there's a certain irony in this film being his last.

But the film itself just makes me incredibly sad which, if I'm already sad, makes it a perfect watch. The DVD is always very cheap second hand so I highly recommend purchasing and watching it if you haven't.

3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

When/why do I watch it?

When I want to vibe.

Tim Curry as Frank N. Furter. That's it.

In all seriousness, this film is great for putting on if you want to just vibe to something. It's got killer music and feels like an acid trip at points. Not to mention the cast is phenomenal.

I love listening to the album just as much, but witnessing the music in the actual film is an amazing experience.

4. The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005)

When/why do I watch it?

It's my ultimate comfort film.

I know it's fourth on the list, but this is arguably my No.1 comfort film. Anything made by any of the members of The League of Gentlemen is an instant comfort watch.

5. Mississippi Burning (1988)

When/why do I watch it?


Watching this now takes me back to A-Level Media Studies in 2018 when my teacher had us watch this film. That class had such an impact on my life and so I feel a lot of nostalgia from this.

Not only that, but I feel as though this is an important watch. It's sad, disturbing and at times uncomfortable but it's important that we learn about the history of racism, and that we remember the events that inspired Mississippi Burning.

6. Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra (2011)

When/why do I watch it?

Pure Nostalgia.

This was the first Tim Minchin live show I ever watched, and I watched it when I had no 4g left while travelling to London for a concert in 2019. It was the only thing I had downloaded on Netflix.

Since then it's become something I watch far too often. I obviously watch it because I love Tim Minchin and his work, but part of me keeps watching it to feel the same excitement I felt on that journey to London, especially during lockdown when we couldn't travel.

7. Ghost Stories (2018)

When/why do I watch it?

When I want to be scared.

Don't get me wrong, Ghost Stories isn't the scariest film I've watched, but it's one the film that's made me feel the most nervous and the most "on edge" and even though I know what happens, it still has that effect on me. I enjoy feeling that sense of fear and dread, despite being aware of the outcome already.

It's also co-written by one of the members of The League of Gentlemen (Jeremy Dyson), told you.

8. The Cottage (2008)

When/why do I watch this?

When I need a laugh/nostalgia.

Here I am again proving my point about The League of Gentlemen (Reece Shearsmith this time).

I love watching this when I need to laugh at something. It's not the greatest film ever but it makes me laugh so much every time, which isn't that unexpected given that it's a horror comedy. Although sometimes the laughter is because it's so unintentionally bad at points.

It's also a very nostalgic film, as when I was a kid my dad had this on DVD and I would stare at the DVD cover for ages because I was a messed up child, and watching the film now takes me back to that. Simpler times.

9. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (2018)

When/Why do I watch it?

When I want to get my daily musical fix.

I am utterly in love with both of the Mamma Mia movies, however the sequel just hits so much harder for me. I love Lily James as young Donna, and the entire original cast were stunning as always.

Plus the original didn't make me absolutely bawl my eyes out in the last ten minutes like this one did.

10. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

When/why do I watch it?

When I want to watch something so bad it's good.

Honestly, this movie isn't great. Actually, it's pretty bad. There are a few funny moments that make me laugh, but the rest of the film makes me cringe at how bad the writing is. Yet somehow, I keep coming back to watch it again. It totally doesn't have anything to do with my love for Kate Mckinnon...


Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 07, 2021:

Interesting compilation.

John Plocar from Weatherford on June 06, 2021:

I actually appreciate this article you've written here, it was refreshing to see someone's personal "comfort food" of movies applying different moods and reasons how they comfort you. I even agree with a few of these, especially Rocketman. That one makes me feel good from start to finish lol although there's a few picks on your list I haven't seen before. I'm interested to check them out sometime. Thanks for the article! =D

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