With a bit of reflection, I’ve learned to define myself as somewhere in the middle on the introversion/extroversion spectrum. While I love being around people, there’s nothing happier than spending a few quality hours with friends and relaxing on my comfy couch, a good book in hand. But sometimes, even better than an addicting read is an arsenal of the best movies for a sense of humour.
A few years ago, I learned a little trick that could change my life. In moments of extreme anxiety, fear, or when an uncomfortable emotion will arise, instead of pushing that feeling away, I take it with me on my journey to my happiest places. The Oregon Coast, the Vermont Mountains, and my favorite streets in Paris all made the list. But where will I visit the most? But the movie.
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In an age of on-demand, always-on-stream content, the simple act of watching a movie in a theater somehow feels novel — almost revolutionary. While I love running marathons in my favorite series, the temptation to reach for my phone or — gasp — multitask with a bit of work is very real. But as I sit down to watch a movie, accompanied by a tub of popcorn, I’m reminded that I don’t need to be anywhere and do nothing else. Movie like concept? I will take it.
I’ve always believed that one of the best ways to get to know someone is to learn the things they love. Books, podcasts, food, places and yes — movies. The art we engage in and the things we consume when we need a little comfort say a lot about who we are. What makes us smile, smile, or smile with a grateful gaze undeniably shapes our character in a way few people can.
With that in mind, I polled the Camille Styles team to better understand the movies that feel best—and believe me, this list has Not disappointed. While I suggested going to my own (I’m a lifelong Nancy Meyers fan), I was inspired to see a bunch of suggestions for making cuts. Whether you’re a comedy queen, a Y2K pop culture geek, or in need of something to satisfy your craving, this list of the best movies has you covered.
It marked the end of the light-inspired era of teen comedy. It’s Emma Stone cementing herself as a star, Penn Badgley constantly trying her best, and the weirdest pair of parents ever put on film: Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson. It’s a California fever dream, and PG-13 absolute perfection when you’re wondering what to watch on a plane. – Caitlin, Contributing Editor
The school of rock music
You know it’s one of those movies that feels best when you still find yourself quoting it nearly 20 years later. The school of rock music It’s one of those sensational movies that takes you on an unexpected trip, and it’s one that I watch over and over again to laugh and entertain. – Michelle Nash, Executive Producer
What a Girl Wants
Amanda Bynes in her prime. Colin Firth is doing his Colin Firth-ing. Winning songs like “I Wanna Be Bad” and “What’s Your Flava.” Maybe it’s a bit of a nostalgic exploit for me, but between Bynes classics like What a Girl Wants and She’s The Man, it’s almost four happy hours right there. (P.S.: Popcast goes deep too She is a man and its perfection.) – Brittany, Content Marketing Manager
It’s so complicated
All in all, this is my family’s favorite movie (yes, so is my dad!). The chemistry between Meryl Streep and Steve Martin is unmatched. Add in Streep’s character who studied pastry in Paris and returned to open the most gorgeous (and most perfect) Nancy Meyeres-esque bakery — well, you know where I’m going with this one. It’s aesthetically pleasing, warm, and all of the interiors will inspire you to completely redesign your home — and hire Steve Martin as your architect.
As the title suggests, relationships are everywhere, but it’s always fun to track and follow changing emotions and developing romantic relationships. Pour a glass of wine, drape your most luxurious cashmere blanket over yourself, and cuddle someone close. When it comes to feel-good movies, this tops the list. It’s a tear-jerker — but in a way that will make you laugh right away. – Isabelle, Managing Editor
I love a movie that can transport you to another era and make you feel so immersed in the characters and plot that you completely forget you’re watching a movie. Almost famous just do it for me, and is there anything more iconic than Kate Hudson’s character and costume in this movie? Her character, Penny Lane, is the epitome of cool. Plus, this one has a hit soundtrack. – Michelle Nash, Executive Producer
Kiki’s Delivery Service
I know this isn’t for everyone, but if you’re interested in animated movies or curious about them, this is one of the most enjoyable movies to start with. Whenever I crave a movie that feels good, I watch anything from Studio Ghibli. Yes, it’s cartoons, so you might be fooled into thinking it’s for kids, but these movies are fun for all ages. There’s a lot of care put into these movies: the imaginative storylines, strong characters, and gorgeous art make me feel like I’m dreaming when I’m awake. – Nihel, Social Media Manager
Incredible cinematography and stunning beaches, all seen through the eyes of a 6-year-old boy as his stunning surfer parents take their family on a catwalk adventure. wandering around the world… what not to love? This documentary follows the journey of legendary surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin and the story of their family’s connection to the natural world. There is a purity and sweetness that makes me feel inspired, with a new hope in humanity. – Camille Styles, Editor-in-Chief
Age of Adaline
Let’s start here: I named my daughter after this movie. My husband and I booked it one night a few months after our marriage (a bit of begging on my part). Harrison Ford won him over, not to mention the bit of mystery and magic of the plot. Blake Lively is perfection and so is Michiel Huisman. Now, we watch it every year that week between Christmas and New Year. Blake says in the film, “My name is Adaline but my friends call me Della.” It so happens that “Della” also fits our little Adaline. – Brittany, Content Marketing Manager
You don’t have to wait until Christmas to watch Vacations. (My mother, sisters, and I watched it together at least five times before November started.) Law’s love story unfolds — and enjoy every moment Kate Winslet shares her magic on screen?
If you know me, you know that Nancy Meyers is an inspiration to my life (in style, interior design, and the friends and relationships I want my life to contain). If you’re looking for something to inspire a little wandering (and prepare for the upcoming cozy season), book Vacations on your watch list of the best movies — you get my permission to do it as soon as possible. – Isabelle, Managing Editor