23 Movies To Watch When You Need To Escape The Real World

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite movies to watch when they need to escape. Here are their perfect responses.

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Summit Entertainment

“It reminds me that someone else is having trouble as well. it reminds me that I’m not alone.”

—Leah Martin, Facebook

2. Up

Disney / PIxar

“Because it makes me believe in love and adventure.”

—Héctor López Martiñon, Facebook

3. Big Fish

Columbia Pictures

“It reminds me that perspective is everything. We should all be thankful for being here, and if we view our lives as extraordinary, we see that they are just that.”

—Danielle Datre, Facebook

4. Legally Blonde

“Whenever I’m feeling down or discouraged, I watch it and get inspired by Elle’s motivation and perseverance, while also looking bomb the whole time. It inspires me to do anything, especially as a woman, and that I can break those stereotypes.”

—Cassandra Rightmyer, Facebook

5. The Pursuit of Happyness

Columbia Pictures

“It makes me believe that, regardless of whatever situation I’m in, there’s always the silver lining of hope, and there are brighter things coming my way when I don’t give up.”

—Tasha Van de Ruit, Facebook

6. The Lord of the Rings series

New Line Cinema

“I’d fall asleep to it playing every night for background noise. I have bouts of insomnia, so I’d wake up and just watch and get lost in the story until I’d fall asleep again.”

—Sarah Rose Knowles, Facebook

7. The Science of Sleep

“It feels like a wonderful bedtime story.”

—Heatherlee Destiny, Facebook

8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

New Line Cinema

“This is a movie that makes me want to leave everything behind and start anew. It makes me want to travel. It makes me want to do something more.”

—Ester Meyer Nunes, Facebook

9. Amélie

UGC-Fox Distribution

“The soundtrack is relaxing, and it transports me. It’s just a beautiful, quirky film. It’s an eye-opener and takes me on a journey every time I watch it.”

—Natalie Valdivia, Facebook

10. Mrs. Doubtfire

20th Century Fox

“Whenever I need a good laugh, I turn to this movie. It’s just amazing.”

—Shawn Uchiha, Facebook

11. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Paramount Pictures

“Sometimes you just need to see a world of imagination and forget the hardships you’re faced with every day… And to remind yourself that you haven’t eaten chocolate in a while.”

—Yashyra Urquhart, Facebook

12. White Chicks

Columbia Pictures

“If you ever need a laugh, watch this movie.”

—Erin Robinson, Facebook

13. Wayne’s World

Paramount Pictures

“Between Dana Carvey’s sweet, silly portrayal of Garth, and Mike Myers’ classic ’90s representation of a true dude, I can really fall into a gleeful hypnosis. If you’re gonna spew, spew into this.”

—Meghan Martinez, Facebook

14. The Kings of Summer

Big Beach Films

“It’s such a great escape movie. It’s about three teens who run away and build their own home in the woods. The feeling of suffocation they feel is relatable and it’s like an acceptance movie of growing up.”

—Destinyy Alegre, Facebook

15. The Little Mermaid

“It just takes me back to my childhood. Everything about it makes me happy.”

—Louella May, Facebook

16. Moulin Rouge!

20th Century Fox

“The lush setting, costumes, and language swallow me whole every time. I’ve seen the movie easily two-dozen times, but every time I still fall helplessly in love with the character, and my heart still aches at all of their troubles.”

—Emily Bosch, Facebook

17. The Harry Potter series

Warner Bros.

“When I was feeling suicidal and depressed three years ago, this was what distracted me from those thoughts. I pulled through eventually after finding the right medication, but that was the darkest year of my life, and Harry Potter helped me survive it.”

—Julie-Anne Galloway, Facebook

18. Elf

New Line Cinema

“Can you imagine if everyone was as loving and caring as Buddy? This world would be a whole lot better of a place to live.”

—Jennifer Navarro, Facebook

19. This Is Spinal Tap

Embassy Pictures

“Always makes me laugh.”

—Héctor López Martiñon, Facebook

20. Girl, Interrupted

Columbia Pictures

“It’s nice to let yourself cry things out.”

—Karly Estes, Facebook

21. Rocky Horror Picture Show

20th Century Fox

“I’m currently watching this to try and calm myself down.”

—Jean Maria MacAvery, Facebook

22. Dreamgirls

DreamWorks Pictures

“It allows me to go back to the ‘60s and ‘70s and escape from this time period.”


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