18 Movies To Watch When You're Feeling Lonely

STOCKTON, KA - JUNE 27: A man hitchhikes down a lonely stretch of highway June 27, 2007 in Stockton, Kansas.When rural America was chronicled 50 years ago by Jack Kerouac in his autobiographical novel 'On the Road', it was an America full of promise and economic potential, where the majestic openness of the land was entwined with the cult of the automobile. Today, partly due to the loss of the independent family farm, rural America is a state of economic and demographic decline. Despite these changes since Kerouac and his friends sped across the vast American night, much of the visual landscape of the rural United States has remained the same. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Loneliness sucks, but it's a feeling we all know way too well. Fortunately, we have songs to cry to and wallow in our feelings, and we also have a whole bunch of movies to watch, too. Here are 18 movies to watch when you're feeling lonely. These films will either feel your pain, or cheer you right up. Sometimes both.

'I Am Legend'

This Will Smith movie follows a man who actually is alone in New York City (save for his dog) for the first three quarters of the movie. You’re definitely not that alone. If you have a pet, grab him or her to watch this movie with you.

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'Castaway'

Want to indulge in loneliness? Remember Tom Hanks as a castaway on an island who struggled to survive while hanging out with Wilson… a volleyball.

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'Frozen'

Yeah, yeah — you’re totally sick of it — but Elsa is super isolated and lonely, too. Her solution? Belting out the now-ubiquitous power ballad, “Let It Go.”

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'My Girl'

Want to bawl your eyes out? When Veda (Anna Chlumsky) realizes that Thomas (Macaulay Culkin) isn’t wearing glasses anymore after he’s been stung to death by bees… gah. You’ll need tissues.

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'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion'

OK, so maybe you wanna get a good ol’ cheer-up. You won’t feel alone anymore when Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino kill it with their interpretative dance to “Time After Time.”

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'Gravity'

Sandra Bullock’s solo journey in space will remind you that you’re not that alone —  but that even if you feel so alone in the vastness of the universe, you still can find your own way. 

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'Lost in Translation'

ScarJo and Bill Murray are two Americans journeying through Tokyo. This movie will totally sync up with your emotions if you’re feeling totally out of place.

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'Bridesmaids'

This one’s solid for a good ol’ pick-me-up. Get a glass of wine and be a part of this party with Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph.

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'Melancholia'

Lars von Trier’s depressing movie about the end of the world will hit the emotional nail on the head if you’re feeling super alone. Sometimes, it’s necessary to bask in your loneliness.

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'The Fountain'

Need to have a good cry about death? Darren Aronofsky’s epically sad film will help you with that. 

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'Beauty and The Beast'

This might not seem obvious, but a Disney musical — specifically one about a girl who feels misunderstood and wants more than “this provincial life” — will cheer you up and give you all of those warm and fuzzy nostalgic feelings from your childhood.

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'Children of Men'

What happens when people can no longer reproduce? This movie will give you chills when you find out the answer… and you’ll know it ain’t so bad in real life, either.

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'Wet Hot American Summer'

Want a hilarious pick-me-up about summer camp with some of your favorite comic actors? This will do the trick. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll snort — and you’ll have plenty of new hilarious quotes to add to your rolodex. Fondle your sweaters — er, fondue your cheddars, anyone?

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'Stepmom'

You’ll sob, but you’ll want to call your mom. (And your stepmom, if you have one!)

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'Never Been Kissed'

You probably don’t feel half as awkward as Drew Barrymore’s out-of-place Josie Grosie. Plus, this is the ultimate late ‘90 chick flick — so bust it out and indulge.

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'Harold and Kumar Go to Whitecastle'

If you’re the type of person who wants to forget everything and just think about high times, hilarious antics, and burgers when you’re feeling down… then this is the movie for you. Plus, Neil Patrick Harris! It’s NEIL! 

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'Frank'

This offbeat movie stars Michael Fassbender as a rocker in an alternative band who hides from the world by wearing an enormous plaster head.

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'Garden State'

When in doubt, turn to Zach Braff + New Jersey + Natalie Portman + that soundtrack.

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