Gretchen Rubin

7 Great Movies about the Nature of Happiness and Love.

7 Great Movies about the Nature of Happiness and Love.

I love making lists, and here's a list of seven of my favorite movies about happiness. They don't necessarily make me feel light-hearted, but they've all inspired me to think deeply about the nature of happiness and love.

As I look at my choices, I see to my surprise that as a group, they're a bit strange. And also quite R-rated.

Happiness and...the porn industry? Happiness and...strangers beating each other up? And yet I think that each of these movies is very transcendent, in its own way.

  1. Junebug -- a haunting movie about the deep mysteries of family; what we know about each other; how we show love and respect for each other
  2. Saturday Night Fever -- the disco music is better than I remembered, and the movie is also about sharing a passion with another person, and the bonds that can create
  3. All That Jazz -- I talk about my crazy love for this movie in episode 57 of the podcast
  4. Boogie Nights -- true, this movie takes place in the porn industry, but it's also a movie that makes me think about friendship, work, and how we find out path in the world
  5. Terms of Endearment -- funny, sad, thought-provoking. I'll never forget the scene where the mother demands pain medication for her daughter.
  6. Fight Club -- the novel is also brilliant. Strange, yes. Deeply strange, yes. But brilliant.
  7. Husbands and Wives -- I've seen this movie five times, and I see new things every time. A fascinating picture of a place (New York City), a time of life, several kinds of romantic relationships.

What movies would you remove - and more interesting, what movies would you add? I'd love to get a long list of movies about happiness.

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