The Shawshank List

Films that make me feel better when I'm sad and therefore transcend criticism from me, although some of them are rather good.
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Love Actually (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Curtis
“ You will laugh at the aging rock star, you will cheer the Prime Minister, and you will weep with joy during the restaurant scene. In between there are a dozen or more sequences to raise the spirits. This one is a nailed on guaranteed feel better film. ” - blindorange45
Local Hero (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected. (111 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
“ Texas oil company versus the canny inhabitants of the Scottish Highlands, a film that comes from a long line of British movies proving that romance, and community and a good dose of eccentricity can beat big business every time. If only that were true. ” - blindorange45
A Midwinter's Tale (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Out of work actor Joe volunteers to help try and save his sister's local church for the community by putting on a Christmas production of Hamlet... (99 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ An obscure film directed by Ken Branagh and starring a bunch of his mates from Renaissance Theatre, whilst waiting for the next big movie to go into production. Every character is ultimately likeable, even loveable, unlike real life. ” - blindorange45
My Fair Lady (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Great costumes, fabulous decor, lots of fun and you get to sing along with some of the best songs ever written without having to dress in suspenders and stockings. ” - blindorange45
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Simply Shakespeare's finest heroine, the sublimely intellectually attractive Beatrice, a character only the most ham fisted actress could possibly diminish. ” - blindorange45
Chariots of Fire (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
“ Maybe it helps to be a poor runner to identify with the elation of running for its own sake, but I have finished races in 1,027th position with my head thrown back and 'Erics Theme' ringing in my head. ” - blindorange45
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ The triumph of hope over all the adversity that life can dump on you. Of course, it is only a story. ” - blindorange45
Bride & Prejudice (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A modern adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice, that features the lives of four unmarried daughters in an Indian family. (122 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
“ Much of the tone of Jane Austen with a goodly dash of rythm. It is a truth universally acknowledged that until a film as good as the BBC's Pride and Prejudice (starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth) comes along this will do very nicely. ” - blindorange45
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ It has some of Chaplin's greatest gags, it has a blind girl who has her sight restored and it has one of the best tear jerking endings in film history. ” - blindorange45
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Two class acts in a love story which proves beyond a shadow of doubt that it is better to have loved and lost, than to have loved and won. As in all the films on the list, who needs reality when you can dream. ” - blindorange45
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ A feel good film? You bet. After watching Taylor and Burton turn marriage into a blood sport you will feel grateful for your life no matter how bad! ” - blindorange45