Best Hygge Movies to Watch for a Cozy Night will inspire you to get comfortable and get lost in an excellent movie that leaves you feeling good about life.
“We love films because they make us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into the eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing. But also. They tell us to remember; they remind us of life. Remember, they say, how much it hurts to have your heartbroken.” ―
One of the frequent questions in the cozy living group is, “What are your favorite hygge movies?” Everyone has an opinion on the matter. The list was long.
I decided to put that list together so everyone can learn what the best hygge movies were, even if they aren’t in the cozy living group.
Finding the right movie can be overwhelming because there are so many different choices. When you find a movie you love, it touches your soul. And that’s what we’re after, more soul-touching moments.
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Here are the Best Hygge Movies to Watch for a Cozy Night:
In the cozy living group, this movie was mentioned quite a few times when the members looked for an excellent movie to watch. It’s the perfect movie recipe filled with beautiful scenery, culinary delights, competition, cooperation, and love.
An unlikely friendship develops between an odd 12-year old boy and a rich, irresponsible man in his 30’s.
Hugh Grant (Will) teaches the child how to be a cool kid, and the boy (Marcus) helps Will finally grow up and act like a responsible adult.
What would you do if you could go back in time and change some things? About Time is a beautiful cozy movie that tugs at the heartstrings and shows it’s the simple things in life that matter.
A French movie that you’ll have to read subtitles (unless you’re fluent in French). I’m not big on subtitled films, but this movie is the exception.
It’s a comedy about a woman with the ability to influence the lives of those around her. It’s definitely worth watching.
Anne arrives at the Cuthbert’s Farm on Prince Edward Island called Green Gables. If you don’t know about Prince Edward Island, you’re in for a treat. The island is #1 on my bucket list to visit.
Anne was adopted after experiencing a troubling past from her prior living arrangements. This movie follows her life from ages 12 to 16 and is a tale of adventure and a young girl’s spirit that positively impacts everyone she meets.
This is one of my favorite hygge movies that I watch over and over again. A Manhattan executive inherits a baby from a family member she never met. She goes through enormous upheavals in her life and ends up in rural Vermont.
Trials and tribulations happen along the way on her journey toward finding happiness.
Warning: this is one of those hygge movies that will make you cry. The film follows the lifelong friendship of two very different women. Careers, romance, and illness change the dynamics of their friendship along the way.
This movie came out in 1999 and starred Christian Slater and Mary Stuart Masterson. It’s one of those hygge movies that you won’t soon forget.
It’s about a woman that has flowers delivered to her without a card. She can’t stand not knowing who sent the roses and why.
She finds out that the shop owner sent them, and they start their complicated but sweet relationship. It’s a beautiful story.
Adam Sandler (Skeeter) stars in this fun movie about an uncle that spins stories to his niece and nephew. Somehow, all of his stories start coming true.
The children then start contributing to the stories, and in the process, Skeeter’s life is turned upside-down.
A wish turns a boy into a 30-year-old man and a dream job of testing toys for a toy company. He finds out growing up isn’t what he expects, and he longs for his carefree youth.
An unlikely adoption occurs when a wealthy family helps a student at their children’s school. The movie is based on the true story of Michael Oher.
Hygge movies that are inspirational are perfect for a cozy night at home. This movie shows how faith, love, and hope can change the direction of a person’s life.
A movie that was made in 1954, it’s about two American friends that go on a Scottish hunting trip. Once every 100 years, a magical village called Brigadoon rises out of the mist.
Life is more manageable and enchanting in this magical village. One of the friends falls for a local villager, and he has to decide to return to his old life or stay in Brigadoon.
If you’re one of the few people that hasn’t seen Bridget Jone’s Diary, you are in for a treat. Most likely, you’ve already seen these hygge movies. If it’s been awhile, it’s time to watch it again.
Hugh Grant and Colin Firth play her love interests, and Renee Zellweger is an awkward good-hearted woman who has to pick which one wins her heart. Bridget is a quirky character that you’ll fall in love with because of her flaws.
Jennifer Garner stars in this movie about a woman rebuilding her life after the sudden death of her fiancé. Secrets that her fiancé had come to light as she comes to terms with both his death and finding out she didn’t know him as well as she thought she did.
Here’s another movie most people haven’t seen. It stars Robert Downey Jr. (Alex) and Cybill Shepherd (Corinne). Happily married, Corinne’s husband dies tragically in a car accident when she is pregnant with her only child.
Corinne’s husband is reincarnated into a writer named Alex and starts dating Corrine’s now grown-up daughter. Alex starts remembering his past life with Corrine, and he can’t help his feelings growing for his girlfriend’s mother.
Four siblings accidentally enter a magical land and find themselves in a battle to defeat a witch.
Drowning in debt, the main character Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) loves to shop. She lands a job as an advice columnist, but her secret threatens to ruin her life.
Channing Tatum stars as John Tyree, a soldier that meets a college student Savannah (Amanda Seyfried) and starts a romance that lasts seven years.
John serves on dangerous deployment for those seven years, and the letters the lovers send to each other have unexpected consequences.
A married couple who lives in New York City seems to have it all, until they witness a murder. This movie stars Hugh Grant and Sara Jessica Parker.
They enter witness protection in a small town in Wyoming, and the strain of the move either puts an end to their crumbling marriage or it brings back the love they once had for each other.
A famous playwright interviews with a magazine, and she discusses her unhappy childhood. Her mother reads the article and cuts off all contact with her daughter.
The mother’s childhood friends (The Ya Ya’s) kidnap the daughter to help reconcile the two.
It surprised me how few people saw this hygge movie. Michael J. Fox is a Hollywood doctor who gets stranded in a small Southern town which has him re-examining his life.
There are a lot of hygge moments that happen in this film.
A hygge movie based on the worldwide bestseller memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Julia Roberts plays a woman who’s lost in her life, and she goes on a journey to three different countries for a year to find herself.
We go on a journey with her to Italy, India, and Indonesia. What I love about this movie is that it gives the viewer permission to look at your life and to ask how you can add a bit more living to your life?
A recently widowed woman decides that it’s never too late to chase her dreams. She embarks on a journey to the Scottish Highlands to climb Mt. Suilven and makes a friend along the way.
Four women take a break from their everyday lives and vacation in rural Italy, staying at a castle. Each of the women finds herself transformed after the time away.
Ever After is an updated version of Cinderella, starring Drew Barrymore. This movie is beautiful, and the story never gets old.
I watch this movie at least twice a year; I love it that much. A Wall Street playboy Jack, played by Nicolas Cage, intervenes in a convenience store robbery.
The next day, Jack wakes up in bed with his old girlfriend and two kids calling him dad. He catches a glimpse of what his life would have been if he had made different choices when he was younger.
What happens when a New York City executive goes to New England to meet her boyfriend’s family and spend Christmas with them? Chaos.
If you’ve ever had the experience of trying to fit in an environment that wasn’t the best match for you, this is the movie for you.
Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, this movie starts in Ireland with an unlikely love story. The couple ends up in early America, seeking freedom and land. Ron Howard directed the film.
George Banks (played by Steve Martin) has difficulty letting go of his daughter (played by Kimberly Williams), who announces she’s engaged.
They decide to hold the wedding at the family home. This movie also stars Martin Short as a party planner and Diane Keaton as the mother. It’s a beautiful movie.
This movie is starring Johnny Depp as J.M. Barrie during his life when his relationships and events inspired the author’s work, “Peter Pan.”
J.M. Barrie befriends a widow (played by Kate Winslet) and her four sons, who inspire him to write the play about not wanting to grow up.
Meg Ryan stars in this romantic comedy about a woman who’s engaged to a Canadian who wants her to meet him in France. Because of her fear of flying, she declines to go.
Her fiancé journeys to France without her and ends up meeting someone else. Her fiancé dumps her over the phone.
Meg summons the courage to fly to Paris to get her fiancé back. On the way, she meets a man (played by Kevin Kline), a smuggler and thief who helps her get to her destination.
Evelyn (Kathy Bates) is an insecure housewife who goes with her husband every week to visit her husband’s relative. While there, she encounters Ninny (Jessica Tandy), a unique character who tells her stories of the people she knew.
Ninny grabs Evelyn’s attention when she mentions an unsolved murder in her past. Their friendship transforms both their lives.
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Paul Rudd stars as a writer that retires after a tragedy. He ends up becoming a disabled teen’s caretaker.
The two go on an impromptu road trip and finds hope along the way.
Funny Farm is hands down one of my favorite movies. It stars Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith Osbourne.
Big city reporter Andy Farmer and his wife Elizabeth uproot their lives from New York City and move to Redbud, Vermont, to live a simpler life as an author.
Things do not go according to plan, and their idyllic life is anything but what they envisioned. If you need a laugh, this is the movie that will lighten your day.
What a fantastic movie. It stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Patrick Swayze is a ghost that teams up with a psychic, Whoopi Goldberg, to solve his murder. Demi Moore plays his girlfriend.
A workaholic investment banker, Russell Crowe, finds out he inherits a wine estate in Provence from his late uncle. He starts to see life through a different lens while he is there. He also meets a woman who also claims to be the heir of the property.
A grouchy weatherman, played by Bill Murray, is trapped in a small town, reliving the same day repeatedly. Andie MacDowell stars as his coworker.
Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society
This movie set in 1941, is about four friends that created the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society club to avoid arrest during the German occupation of Guernsey.
Four years later, one of the club’s members writes an author to ask for advice. The author decides to visit Guernsey and write about the book club.
If you love dogs, this hygge movie is the perfect one that will soothe your soul. This movie is based on a true story.
The movie touches on all the good things in life: love, hope, loyalty, companionship, and true friendship. Warning: you will probably shed a few tears over this one.
Four fiesta angels trail a city-slicker (Robert Downey, Jr.) that had a near-death experience when he was a baby.
I recently watched this movie again. It’s one of those movies you never get tired of and can watch over and over again.
This movie is about a woman who thought she had it all, and everything changed instantly. Birdie was the toast of her small Texas town when she left with the star football player to live the dream life.
When Birdie’s life falls apart, she returns to that small town with her spirit broken. Gena Rowlands plays Birdie’s mother, and I could watch her character all day long.
Add Harry Connick, Jr. as Birdie’s new love interest, and you have a recipe for the perfect movie.
The Holiday is also one of my favorite movies ever. It’s the story of two women exchanging homes over Christmas. It stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet.
One of the women has a quaint storybook cottage in England, and the other one has a mansion in California. They are both escaping bad breakups.
This movie stars Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. Steve Martin is an architect that built a custom home in his hometown. He’s never there, and a woman (Goldie Hawn) moves in and pretends like she’s his wife.
Starring Winona Ryder, this is an endearing story of a recently engaged college girl that stays with her grandmother over the summer.
Her grandmother’s friends come over to sew a wedding quilt for her. As the women work on the quilt, the girl hears about her grandmother’s friend’s lives. She learns a few life lessons while making the quilt.
What happens when a police officer promises half of a lottery ticket’s winnings as the tip for a down-on-her-luck waitress? He wins the lottery and splits the 4 million dollar jackpot with her.
If you haven’t seen this classic movie, stop what you’re doing, and take the time to enjoy this treasure. George Bailey has so many problems, and he feels like everyone would be better off if he had never been born.
George decides to end it all and decides to jump off a bridge. He meets an angel named Clarence, who shows him what the world would look like if he had never been born.
Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin star in this film by Nancy Meyers. A divorced woman, played by Meryl, finds two men fighting over her in middle age.
Oh my goodness, is this a good movie! It’s about a talented young cellist that has to decide whether to pursue her musical dreams or give it up to be with her true love.
An accident that leaves Mia in a coma has her reviewing her life. She has to make an important decision that decides her future.
There’s something about cooking movies that make me happy. This movie stars Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. It’s about a woman (Amy Adams) who decides to cook all of Julia Child’s recipes in her cookbook. She gives herself a year to complete the task.
The other half of the movie is snapshots of Julia Child’s life.
What happens when there’s a rip in time and a 19th-century bachelor lands in the 21st century? He meets and falls in love with a modern woman. This movie stars Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman.
When a priest (Edward Norton) and a rabbi (Ben Stiller) fall in love with a high-powered woman (Jenna Elfman), you know there will be a laugh or two.
All three characters are childhood friends that are reunited together again. Faith, love, friendship, trust, and being true to yourself all come up in this delightful comedy.
A magical mailbox allows an architect who now resides in a lakeside home to correspond with doctor who used to live in the home. This movie stars Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.
In a quiet little French village, a woman opened a chocolate shop. The chocolates inspired the residents to find happiness.
After dating her boyfriend for four years without a proposal (Amy Adams) learns about an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on Leap Day.
She goes to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend, but she meets a handsome local that helps her get to him along the way.
Set in Verona, Italy – this love story is based on a young writer (Amanda Seyfried) who finds a 50-year-old letter written to Juliet.
People come from all over to write letters to Juliet. They leave them in the cracks of a wall to be found by the ladies that answer their letter.
(Amanda Seyfried) decides to reply to the author of the 50-year-old letter. That decision sets off a quest for the letter writer to find her long lost-love.
This classic film is the perfect hygge movie to transport you to a simpler time. It’s a tale of three sisters and the direction their lives take them.
This film was mentioned by several of the cozy living members as being their favorite of the hygge movies listed. This film follows nine intertwined stories of love leading up to Christmas.
Two sisters fall for the same local boy. When one of the sisters starts a relationship with the boy, it forms a feud between the two girls.
A journalist finds an anonymous love letter in a bottle during a morning jog on the beach. The newspaper she works for publishes the love letter. The journalist sets out to find out who the writer of the letter was.
This heartwarming tale is based on the life of author Beatrix Potter. This hygge movie stars Renee Zellweger.
A recently divorced woman’s sister fills out an outline profile for her. She meets a man that interests her, but another suitor enters the picture.
What happens when you grow up in a traditional Greek family, and fall in love with someone who isn’t Greek? Chaos, if you’re living the life of Nia Vardalos.
A cast of fun and memorable characters helps plan the large wedding that you won’t soon forget.
This movie takes place on the coast of North Carolina at an Inn on the beach. Two strangers meet at the inn, both struggling to work through events that happened in their lives.
Together, they find a world of new possibilities.
This beloved movie is a love story worth all the praise. Two teenagers meet and fall in love, even though they are from entirely different worlds.
Not everyone was thrilled about their union, and they were forced apart.
What happens when a bookstore owner living in England meets an A-list movie star from America? Sparks fly.
Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei star in this wonderful movie. I bet you never heard of this one. This is one of the few hygge movies that wasn’t mentioned in the cozy living group.
Faith (Marisa Tomei) was told when she was a child the name of the person she would marry. Years went by, and she got engaged to someone else.
Close to her wedding, she received a phone call from one of her husband-to-be’s friends, letting him know that he wouldn’t be able to go to the wedding and that he was going to Italy.
He had that name. Faith jets off to Italy in search of her mystery man to make sure he wasn’t the one that got away.
This is the story of the adventure a down-on-his-luck fisherman and a young man with Down’s Syndrome have together .
An aristocratic heiress is born with a curse that can only be lifted when she finds the person who will love her faithfully.
A young widow finds ten messages from her dead husband to help her start a new life.
Using the gift of magic, two sisters use it to deal with obstacles and give them their heart’s desires.
A grandfather reads his grandson a story about love, giants, pirates, fighting, and adventure. The film splits between the characters reading the book and the story in the book.
A book editor faces deportation and will lose her job. She hatches a plan to become engaged to her assistant to stay in the United States.
A tragedy strains the relationship between a college student and his father. He finds a girl that helps heal his heart.
A grieving widow (David Duchovny) finds love again after a tragedy that left him broken-hearted. The woman that he falls in love with (Minnie Driver), is connected to his past by fate.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration, this is the perfect movie. I remember when I first saw this movie in the theater. I was in awe.
It’s the story of an integrated high school football team and the obstacles they faced coming together as a unit.
Made in 1953, this iconic movie stars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. A princess goes off on her own and explores Rome on her own and meets an American newspaper man that knows her true identity while pretending he doesn’t.
His plan to write an exclusive article about her falters when they fall in love.
A novelist sets off to a jungle to rescue her sister and meets a fortune seeker along the way.
A chauffeur’s daughter has always been in love with one of the heirs of her father’s employment. She leaves for a while and transforms herself.
When she comes back, she catches the eye of the man she loves, but the other brother sees this as a problem.
I remember being stunned how much I liked this movie because I wasn’t expecting it. A shy young boy spends the summer with his two eccentric uncles.
He finds out all the adventures his uncles experienced in their youth. The film does a split between the present, and the past of the uncles.
The Secret Life of Bees is a drama set in the 190’s about a teenager and her nanny who escape the abuse of the girl’s father. They go to a small town that holds the key to the mystery of her late mother’s past.
Serendipity is one of my favorite romantic movies. It’s about two characters that meet at a time when they were dating other people.
The woman decides to leave their next encounter to fate. Years go by, and they can’t forget about one another. Will fate bring them back together? You have to watch to find out.
Two people meet after a woman hears a man talk on a call-in radio show. The man lives in Seattle, and the woman lives in Maryland and is engaged. She feels like she has to meet the man behind the voice.
An older man with an attraction for younger women, finds himself drawn to a woman closer to his own age that is out of his league.
A playwright becomes obsessed with a turn-of-the-century woman’s picture he sees at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island. He finds a way to travel back in time and meet her. You will love this movie.
This movie is based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp family singers. Maria, (played by Julie Andrews), becomes the governess in a home with a widowed naval captain with seven children preceding World War II.
Enjoy a magical fairy tale that the whole family will love. A beautiful story about a boy learning to be a man.
A young woman just out of prison decides to go to a small town she heard about in a brochure. It’s a story about redemption and faith.
This movie has a fantastic cast. Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, and Shirley MacLaine are just some of the actresses in this movie.
I absolutely love this movie. Fair warning though, you will cry at one point – so have your tissues handy.
A newly engaged fashion designer has to go back home to secretly get a divorce from the guy that she married in high school who refuses to sign the divorce papers.
Two people meet in the DMV and give their relationship a one month trial. They will go their separate ways after the month is up with no expectations. What they didn’t expect was to fall in love.
Four grown siblings reunite when their father passes away. They return to their childhood home, where they are requested to stay there together for a week. They re-examine their lives with each other and reconnect once again.
A man meets the love of his life and marries her. Henry has a rare genetic disorder that causes him to go back and forth in time, and unable to control when he goes and comes back.
Tristan & Isolode
An English orphan meets and falls in love with an Irish princess who has been arranged to marry the man who raised him.
A writer learns that her husband has been cheating on her and embarks on a tour of Italy. While in Italy, she impulsively buys a rural Tuscan villa and adjusts to her new life.
After a coma steals a woman’s memories for the previous five years, her husband has to win back her love. This movie is based on a true story and stars Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams.
A World War II vet poses as the husband of an unwed pregnant woman who’s domineering father owns a vineyard and would not approve of her situation.
A popular high school senior falls in love with a girl that was once someone he and his friends made fun of.
A father attempts the pilgrimage to Spain’s Santiago de Compostela after his estranged son dies on the journey.
When you think of hygge movies, this one definitely comes to mind. Two friends argue whether a man and woman can stay friends without romantic involvement.
A transit worker saves a man from certain death when she pulls him from the path of an oncoming train. She visits him in the hospital, where he lies unconscious.
The staff assumes she’s his fiancé, and in turn, so does his family who welcomes her into their lives.
This is one of my all-time favorite hygge movies. Meg Ryan owns a quaint bookstore that is threatened to be put out of business by a book superstore being built near her. She starts an online friendship with an anonymous person online, not knowing he is one of the owners of the superstore.
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