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Winter is cool and all, but after the first snow, the cold, harsh, deadness of it all can be a huuuuuuge downer. Besides wrapping yourself in the coziest weighted blanket you can find, I've got another rec for ya: movies about the season that is right around the corner. Yeah, that's right—spring movies!
Pause for spring-themed emoji serotonin break: 🌸🌼🌷🌻
You know those happy lamps you sit in front of during the winter to get a dose of vitamin D? In our opinion, queuing up a nice spring movie can have the same effect. You instantly feel warmer, lighter, sunnier—and even if it only lasts for the length of one movie, it's still refreshing and reinvigorating. And if you're wondering what exactly qualifies as a ~spring movie,~ allow us to break down the very rigid requirements for you:
Movies set during springtime.
Movies with heavy flower or nature vibes. Yes, florals for spring *are* groundbreaking, Miranda.
Movies about rebirth, personal growth, etc.
Go ahead and channel sunshine and happy vibes by streaming some of the best spring movies rn, from classics like Pride and Prejudice and Notting Hill to newer hits like Booksmart and The Prom.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Spring is a bare-faced Keira Knightley strolling through tall grass in the English countryside while a golden hue settles on the fields and a smoldering Mr. Darcy gallops towards her. Wrap yourself in the warm embrace of spring (also love, desire, lust) in the movie adaptation of Jane Austen's iconic romance novel.
No event marks spring in a teenager's life quite like prom. This cute flick follows a group of high schoolers as they prepare for the seminal event and it's full of feel-good vibes (plus a young Nicholas Braun, aka Cousin Greg).
The Prom (2020)
Obv another movie centered on the all-important prom night, but this time in ✨musical✨ form. Starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, and Andrew Rannells, among maaaany others big names, The Prom follows four Broadway has-beens who decide to team up for a worthy cause: a small-town prom in Indiana that got cancelled because a girl wanted to bring her girlfriend as her date.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
Speaking of musicals! The final chapter in the HSM trilogy follows Troy, Gabriella, and the gang as they make post-graduation plans, prepare for prom, and rehearse for the big spring ~musicale~. What more could you want from a springtime movie?
Fever Pitch (2005)
If you're an MLB fan, then spring = baseball season, bb. In Fever Pitch, a successful boss lady (Drew Barrymore) falls for a middle school teacher (Jimmy Fallon) only to discover—once baseball season begins—that he has a secret: He's totally, 100 percent o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with the Boston Red Sox.
A League of Their Own (1992)
More baseball!! This fictionalized retelling of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League has a legendary cast and is sure to make you lol (especially when Tom Hanks delivers his iconic "There's no crying in baseball" line).
Field of Dreams (1989)
FYI, this Best Picture-winner starring Kevin Costner is SO much more than just a Baseball Movie, and if you don't believe us, then you'll just have to watch it yourself. Get ready for the ultimate springtime fantasy flick (with a side of the legendary James Earl Jones).
The Sound of Music (1965)
BRB while we channel our inner Maria and frolic through the hills, twirl among the roses, and sing our lil hearts out. If you somehow made it through your childhood without ever watching this bona fide classic (how?!), just know that it won Best Picture and Best Director, and was nominated for a slew of other awards. Side note: Can we talk about how Mr. von Trapp was actually pretty hot?!
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
When that first b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l spring day hits, you simply *cannot* go about your life like it's an ordinary day. And that's exactly what the titular Ferris (Matthew Broderick) decides when he's struck with a case of spring fever/senioritis and decides to ditch high school for one epic afternoon.
Spring Breakers (2012)
Sprang breaaaaak (IYKYK) is a magical, wonderful week of pure relaxation that marks the beginning of a new season—except for in this movie. This crew (which features Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Benson, among others) wants the classic party-hardy spring break experience (à la blacking out on the beach at noon) but instead they end up getting caught in some pretty sketchy business. If you're aching for wild spring break plans, this movie will snap you right out of it.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Spring sports, prom, and Heath Ledger? I'm feeling revitalized already. One of the finest movies to come out of the '90s, this Shakespeare-inspired rom-com is like a who's-who of your favorite stars from your teenage years. In addition to Mr. Ledger, you've got Julia Stiles, Gabrielle Union, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. You'll almost wish you were back in high school again. Almost.
Ah, senior spring—that period of blissful, carefree joy when you've made it through the hard stuff of SAT prep and AP courses and can enjoy the last moments before college with your BFFs. Amy and Molly, who spent all of high school focused exclusively on academics, need to cram in years-worth of fun into one night—the night before graduation, to be exact. By the way, this is Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, NBD.
Also set during senior spring, Dude follows four seniors (Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, and Awkwafina) during their last two weeks of high school as they experience heartbreak, loss, deception, and a whoooole lot of weed.
Alex Strangelove (2018)
K, last senior spring movie pick, promise. In this rom-com, a popular high schooler makes a plan to lose his virginity with his girlfriend, Claire, on prom night...but things get a lil complicated when Alex realizes he has a crush on a cute guy from another school. Plot twist!
Notting Hill (1999)
For a town notorious for its soggy weather, London is positively charming in this O.G. rom-com with power duo Julia Roberts (Anna) and Hugh Grant (Will). Featuring spots like Rosemead Gardens, where Will and Anna do some late-night trespassing (and where Hugh Grant utters his famously cute "whoopsie daisies" line) and the illustrious Hampstead Heath, where Anna films a Henry James' period piece (a film within a film), Notting Hill is the very best of an English spring.
Jane Austen's novels often capture the essence of spring: light, love, and the English countryside. Emma is an adaptation of Austen's classic about a young socialite in Regency-era England who entertains herself by playing matchmaker. As you'd expect, Emma's meddling gets her drawers all ruffled. Gwyneth Paltrow stars in the 1996 original but a new version was released in 2020, with The Queen's Gambit Anya Taylor-Joy playing the titular role.
The Secret Garden (1993)
If you haven't already seen this classic about the orphan and the magical garden she discovers, then now's the time to watch, 'cause it's got florals on florals on florals. And just like Emma, this drama was given the Hollywood treatment with a new remake starring Colin Firth in 2020, so you can add that to your watch list as well.
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