By Kristin van Ogtrop
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While we’re on the subject of movies, do you have any movies that are so wonderful—even if they are sad, or badly done, or set in a time when women routinely died in childbirth—that give you a hangover? By that, I mean cast your whole life in gray and make you wish you were someone else altogether, making it nearly impossible to get out of bed or have anything nice to say about anyone?

Here, an informal sampling from me, family, and friends:

Pride and Prejudice (BBC version)

Pride & Prejudice (Keira Knightley version)

The Notebook

Sleepless in Seattle (even though he is a widower and his dead wife was so pretty)

Out of Africa

The English Patient

The Holiday

An Affair to Remember (the sublime 1957 version with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr)

The Cutting Edge

The Bodyguard (Oh, Whitney. What happened?)

Bull Durham