Top 10 comfort films
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'Steel Magnolias'( TriStar Pictures )
Why? Because sometimes nothing cures the blues like a good cry.
There is romance and charm and humor in the film, but it is Julia Roberts' doomed Southern beauty, Shelby -- with her cheating husband and her failing health and the family that holds her tight despite everything -- that I come back for again and again.
Scene bite: Shelby has just delivered the news that she is expecting to Sally Field, who plays her fiercely protective mother. But in Shelby's case, pregnancy is life-threatening, so where there should be joy, for her mother there is frustration and fear. Finally Shelby looks at her mother, tears welling, and says, "I would rather have three minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special." Grab the tissues here.