To a depressed mind, everything appears to be dull and colorless. At that moment, some good movies – some words of hope and love – can be invaluable. There are many good movies; not all of them can leave your depressed mind in a jolly state. That’s why in the following we’ve picked 8 of our favorite movies to watch when depressed. If you’re feeling down, maybe you should watch one of these feel-good films.

1.   Iron Man (2008)

Exciting action and drama wrapped in a great story line. The way Tony Stark pulls himself up after returning from being held captive is incredible. His rise above the challenges he faces against insurmountable odds might leave you inspired in your own life. Either way they will surely cheer you up and bring laughter or a smile to your face on occasion as well. It’s always motivating to see someone conquering their demons.

2.   The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)

Will Smith’s determination to keep his son happy is praiseworthy. How he gets himself in the broker’s program is educating and the interview scene? Probably the best scene in the movie and an inspiring moment you’ll be sure to remember forever.

A motivating story with the mentality to grind. Whenever you feel like giving up, this will surely provide you with some inspiration and motivation.

3.   The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

An introverted character can make you a stranger to the outside world. But with the help and support from friends and family, these feeling of loneliness and even depression are possible to overcome. This drama shows the joy of first love, friendship, and much more.

Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller presented the story so charismatically that it will touch your heart. A great movie to give you a quick pick-me-up.

4.   Inside Out (2015)

An animated film, showing how memories can make us emotional and how different emotions cause us to feel and act differently. Though the common belief is that animated movies are for kids, this one is for everyone. Feel like you are out of place and want to run away from everything? This movie will make you re-evaluate your decision.

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5.   The Hangover (2009)

A crazy and hectic movie to watch when life feels just not right. A ragtag bunch of friends go to Las Vegas, only two days before Doug’s wedding. The night passes and they wake up in their messed-up hotel room with no recollection of their late-night adventures. They have also lost one of their crew. A pure comedy presented smartly through the flair, freshness, and funk of the storyline.

This movie will make you consider: “If they can bring themselves back from such terrible problems, perhaps so can I.”

6.   Big Hero 6 (2014)

This movie is a charm for both kids and adults, especially those who have recently lost their loved ones.

Devastated Hero tries to pick himself up after the tragic death of his brother Tadashi. Soon after his death, Hero finds out it was not an accident – it was planned! Hero teams up with Baymax (an adorable robot) and his other friends and begins a mission to avenge his brothers’ death and save the metropolis from other potential threats. Teamwork and strong, loving hearts hope to save the day!

The movie is not on our list for its hilarious or action scenes, but for the main characters’ warmth and caring attitudes. If ‘Frozen’ is for sisterhood, ‘Big Hero 6’ is for brotherhood.

7.   It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

A good dramedy for a depressed mind. Vizzini’s personal experience of hospitalization for depression in 2004 inspired the original story.

The movie is about a mentally stressed boy and how he settles himself into his own  harsh reality. With love and support, however, he learns that nothing is impossible. And it’s totally ok to be different. Inspirational and heart-warming, this film will be sure to bring you back from your emotional lull.

8.   Silver Linings Playbook

A romantic drama mixed with plenty of laughs! It teaches us that the journey is what matters, not the achievements within. Whatever good or bad happens in our lives, life becomes much easier if we learn to enjoy it. After all, clouds always accompany silver linings, don’t they?

We believe these movies will help you finding clarity and accepting the hardships you are facing now. Watch it and find out for yourself!