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Movies You Can Watch To Reduce Stress

With theaters closed due to COVID-19, film buffs took to streaming in droves. What you choose to watch can affect your mood.

Staying at home with nowhere to go but the grocery store can make people fidgety and anxious. Add family tensions and financial worries to the mix, and worries grow exponentially.

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All this can lead to chronic stress, resulting in raised cortisol levels. Too much of this stress hormone puts you at risk of insomnia, weight gain, and even diabetes. A good laugh, a heartwarming story, or a classic musical might help.

Here’s a list of movies you can watch to reduce stress.

The Princess Bride
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon (Actors)
  • Rob Reiner (Director) - William Goldman (Writer) - Norman Lear (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Princess Bride

A silly, sarcastic look at fairy tale romance, this classic has some great lines such as “Have fun storming the castle!” There are many lines that fans will simply never stop asking Mandy Patinkin to recite (hint: name, dastardly deed, anticipation of trouble).

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Inside Out
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling (Actors)
  • Pete Docter (Director) - Pete Docter (Writer) - Jonas Rivera (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Inside Out

An animated look inside the head of a little girl struggling to understand her emotions, this sweet movie provides reassurance that a range of emotions is normal. It also does a great job at expressing how it’s okay to accept help in coping with difficult feelings.

Young Frankenstein
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Marty Feldman, Danny Goldman, Liam Dunn (Actors)
  • Mel Brooks (Director) - Gene Wilder (Writer) - Michael Gruskoff (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Young Frankenstein

Your sides will split watching this wacky Mel Brooks take on the mad scientist and his monster. Probably the only version of the story featuring a dance number in top hat and tails.

Chef
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo (Actors)
  • Jon Favreau (Director) - Jon Favreau (Writer) - Jon Favreau (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Chef

A sweet film from Jon Favreau about a disillusioned chef who quits his prestigious job and pulls his family and best friend together in a food truck business. Chef is a heartwarming story of rediscovering creative passion and reconsidering love.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara (Actors)
  • John Hughes (Director) - John F. Hughes (Writer) - Tom Jacobson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

A fun romp through Chicago and its suburbs with high school seniors facing their futures. Matthew Broderick and friends create havoc, crash a parade, and a vintage car. Hilarity ensues.

Moonrise Kingdom
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray (Actors)
  • Wes Anderson (Director) - Wes Anderson (Writer) - Wes Anderson (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Moonrise Kingdom

Pre-teens in love run off for some time together, causing a town to mobilize a search for them. Moonrise Kingdom is a sweet film packed with a disproportionate number of superstars like Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, and Frances McDormand.

Singin' in the Rain
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Eugene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds (Actors)
  • Stanley Donen (Director) - Betty Comden (Writer) - Arthur Freed (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Singin’ In the Rain

Quite possibly the best movie musical ever made, Singin’ in the Rain features virtuosic dance numbers from Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor. A then just 18-year old Debbie Reynolds holds her own as the golden age of Hollywood looks at its switch from silent “pictures” to talkies. Jean Hagen is hilarious as the silent screen diva with an unrecordable, irritating voice.

Uplifting movies can help reduce stress and take your mind off your worries for a while. So, stream some de-stressing entertainment to calm yourself and prepare for more days at home.

If you make it through this list and still need a little more, check out these Feel Good Movies On Netflix.

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