10 Films To Help You Cope With Depression

10 Films To Help You Cope With Depression

These films will keep you good company during the dark times.

Being depressed is an awful feeling. The negative emotions can be so overwhelming and can make the most mundane tasks like getting up in bed or talking to our loved ones terribly hard. When your mouth seems too numb for words, and your minds are suffocated with negative thoughts, it might be wise to turn on the screen and find a company in one of these films. 

Here are ten films to help get you through depression. Quick disclaimer: these films are not enough to totally cure your depression. We advise seeking professional help when needed. 

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

A depressed teen gets released from a mental health institution and starts his journey as a freshman in high school. If you are a teen that's suffering from depression, 'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' will inspire you to keep depression away and allow happiness to get back into life. It is never that easy, but the character's narrative and the 'Tunnnel song' will surely put a smile on your face. 


Pursuit Of Happyness

Do you think your life is hard? Then 'Pursuit Of Happyness' will urge you to keep pushing amidst adversities. This inspirational film starring Will Smith is based on the true-to-life story of the successful businessman, Chris Gardner. The scenes where Smith had to sleep in public bathrooms after getting kicked out from his apartment with his young son will surely hit you hard. However, it will remind you that the dark times are not forever and that hard work will always pay off. 


 Life of Pi

When a young boy is trapped on a lifeboat with a tiger on board, he must learn to communicate with the beast in order for both of them to survive. 'Li of Pi' is a story of perseverance and determination. It will remind you to continue to fight against all odds in life to survive.



Aesthetically pleasing to the eye and warm to the heart, the French film 'Amelie' will remind you that helping other people break away from their invisible prisons will also bring you a sense of true happiness and purpose. The film follows a cafe waitress who makes it her life mission to secretly help people around her. It's light-hearted, calm and celebrates the simple joys in life. 


Silver Linings Playbook

The comedy-drama film stars Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games) as two mental health patients who form an unexpected bond. The film might have funny scenes, but its depiction of the struggles of building relationships while suffering from mental health issues is very spot on. 'Silver Linings Playbook' will teach you how to allow love to creep back into your life amidst the chaos in your head.


Back To The Future

The film has become a comfort movie for a lot of people, and it's easy to see why. This classic sci-fi will help you forget your stress and depression for a while. It's very light-hearted and breezy, filled with tales of romance, adventure, and science. 


Inside Out

This brilliant 3D animated movie will make you appreciate and understand your emotions better. The film follows a young girl and the emotions in her head, namely Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger. The movie teaches us that embracing and understanding our sadness and anger is just as important as expressing our happiness too. 


50 First Dates

Nothing seems better than starting all over again whenever something goes wrong, but doing it every day might not be as enticing as we thought. '50 First Dates' tells the story of Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore), a girl suffering from short-term memory loss after getting in an accident. She will have no recollection of what happens the day before every time she wakes up the next morning. The film follows Henry Roth's (Adam Sandler) attempts to make her fall in love with him every day for the rest of their lives. The film's cute and funny scenes will help you forget about the sad days for a while. 


Eat, Pray, Love

A woman loses everything and decides to travel the world to explore the world in an unconscious attempt to make sense of life. She ate the best food in Italy, prayed in the most beautiful locations of India, and fell in love in Indonesia. 'Eat, Pray, Love' will remind you that we need to lose some things in order to find something even better in life. There's a whole world out there waiting for us to see.


127 Hours

The film tells the struggle of a canyoneer who gets trapped by a boulder in an isolated slot canyon in Bluejohn Canyon, southeastern Utah, in April 2003. The struggle for survival was unimaginable, but 127 Hours' will make you realize how valuable life is. 


(500) Days Of Summer

The romantic comedy film follows the journey of a young man trying to get over heartbreak from a girl named Summer. '(500) Days Of Summer' will tell you that there might be no way for life to get better, but happiness and opportunities are just right around the corner, waiting for you to come to seize it. 


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