When the present feels difficult, there's one clear entertainment solution: sifting through this list of nostalgic movies to watch on Netflix to find a cinematic time machine to transport you to an era that you might associate with your teenage years, classic horror movies, or the lost glamor of bygone decades. Many of the films on this list are a little slower in terms of pacing, but give your post-smartphone attention span a second to readjust and you'll learn to embrace the more rambling speed of some of history's greatest movies.
While it's fun to marathon the latest, greatest Netflix hits and then commence on a blog deep-dive or write something pithy about the zeitgeist on Twitter, sometimes it's even better to delve into an era you're not familiar with. It's easy to forget how much a movie is influenced by the stylistic tics of the the time it's made in; watching films from a broad variety of decades is a great way to train yourself to become more objective in your viewing habits.
Besides which, it also forces you to broaden the entertainment you opt for. It's all too easy to get into a niche and find yourself with an encyclopedic knowledge of sci-fi movies and not much else. By forcing yourself to watch movies from a whole lot of different points of time, you'll end up watching everything from romance to horror to adventure.