Ten Perfect Movies for Specific Situations


1. Do you feel stationary? Like your life is not going anywhere? If so, you should check out Dead Poets Society. This 1989 movie follows the lives of seven young students at a notoriously prestigious all-boys private school called Welton Academy. They are taught conformity and discipline their entire school lives; that is, until their new English Literature teacher, played by Robin Williams, arrives at Welton. This beautiful, eye-opening movie is sure to help you seize the day when you feel like a side character in your own story.

2. What if you want some adventure in your life? If this is the case, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl is the movie for you. One of Disney’s most successful projects, this movie accompanies the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow as he faces the many dangers of the seven seas to reunite William Turner with the woman he loves, Elizabeth Swan. This movie is packed with sword fights, pirates, and all sorts of adventures that are sure to satisfy any watcher.

3. How about something whimsical, and maybe a little bit spooky? Coraline is the perfect movie for this. The story is about a young girl, named Coraline, who finds a magical door that leads her from her boring, everyday life to a magical world filled with fun and excitement. This story, brought to life by amazing animation and visuals, is sure to leave you dazzled (if not terrified).

4. What should you watch if you want a classic mystery? The obvious answer is Clue. This who-done-it film takes place at a dinner party that takes a chilling twist during the night. With bodies piling up, the partygoers must solve a murder to save their own lives. If you enjoy watching this mystery unfold, you can even solve your own dinner party fiasco by playing the classic board game afterward.

5. Are you a little bit sad? Want to feel uplifted? The Sound of Music is the perfect movie for this situation. The story takes place in Austria and follows a young girl named Maria as she becomes the new nanny for the Vonn Trap family. The upbeat music and inspiring true story are sure to put a smile on your face and a hop in your step.

6. If you’re feeling insignificant or powerless, Mona Lisa Smile is the perfect movie to help you realize your worth. This movie takes place at Wellesley College and portrays the ways in which a new art history professor, played by Julia Roberts, inspires her students to do more than they thought they were capable of. This movie will have you feeling empowered and independent by the end.

7. Want something thought-provoking? Bong Joon-ho’s Oscar winning film Parasite follows the destitute Kim family as they con their way into jobs with the wealthy Park family. The first foreign movie to ever win best picture at the Academy Awards, Parasite is filled with symbolism, criticisms, and morally gray characters sure to get your gears turning.

8. Do you ever get the feeling of butterflies in your stomach? Want a movie that can perfectly replicate the feeling? The 2005 adaptation of Jane Austin’s novel Pride and Prejudice does this flawlessly. The enemies-to-lovers trope, along with a beautiful soundtrack and stunning performances, will turn anyone into a hopeless romantic by the end.

9. Are you in the mood for something a little bit disturbing? Ari Aster’s Midsommar is perfect for this situation, but it is not for the faint of heart. This film accompanies Dany, along with her boyfriend and his friends, on a trip to Sweden for a festival. Once she gets there, the beautiful trip begins to unravel as she finds herself in the hands of a dangerous cult. This movie will leave your spine tingling (if you can get through it).

10. And finally, what if you just don’t know what to watch? In this case, Nancy Meyers’s The Parent Trap is perfect for you. This Disney Classic is fun, uplifting, heart-warming, and overall the perfect movie for when you just don’t know what to watch. It could also bring some nostalgia as many people grew up watching this hilarious remake of the 1961 movie of the same title.