When it comes to heartwarming and motivating movies, they don’t come much better than The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Although it was modestly received in 2013, fans all over have continued to be hypnotized by its stunning cinematography and wholesome feeling. If you’re in between viewings and looking for something else to fill the void, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Here are our top choices for movies similar to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty:
1. Hector and the Search for Happiness
Starting off our list, we have Peter Chelsom’s charming and endearing comedy drama – Hector and the Search for Happiness. Simon Pegg plays a psychiatrist who decides to embark upon a far-reaching journey to discover true inner happiness.
Much like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it is filled with adventure, small moments to warm your heart and incredible visuals that will induce a strong sense of wanderlust. If you’ve never seen it before then this could be the perfect choice for you. Watch if you like: Feel-good comedies
2. Yes Man
Moving along we have Peyton Reed’s loose comedy – Yes Man. Sharing the same themes of living in the moment, it includes a vintage Jim Carrey performance reminiscent of his heyday in the 90’s.
While it doesn’t revel in the same stunning backdrops found in The Secret Life, it leaves just as much of a lasting impression. Don’t be surprised if you hear your subconscious ringing “yes” any time new opportunities come knocking around in your life. Watch if you like: Uplifting movies
3. The Darjeeling Limited
Staying very much with movies that light a fire within and fuel you to take on the world, we have Wes Anderson’s underrated comedy drama – The Darjeeling Limited. It involves three brothers who reconnect on a spiritual journey one year after the death of their father.
While it’s definitely more somber than The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it’s also carefree and extremely funny in the most unexpected places. Watch if you like: Breathtaking visuals
4. The Bucket List
Next up we have Rob Reiner’s buddy-comedy – The Bucket List. This self-deprecating and chucklesome story of two terminally ill men set on doing all the things they never got around to doing is well-led through Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson
If you’re specifically looking more elements of adventure and carpe diem then this feature warrants a viewing. Watch if you like: Buddy-comedies
And for our top recommendation, we have Jon Favreau’s self-written and directed comedy drama – Chef. While it’s not exactly like for like with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – if what you’re looking for most is something that will lift your spirits and put you in a good mood then look no further. It’s a delicious serving of optimism and positive energy that will have you smiling throughout.
Be sure to stack up on snacks beforehand because the mouthwatering creations on display will definitely get your appetite up. Watch if you like: Jon Favreau
6. Stranger than Fiction
If you enjoyed the roaming imagination and fantasy aspects found in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, then Stranger than Fiction is a fantastic option. Will Ferrell plays an IRS agent who begins to hear an unknown voice narrating over his life – in which it is later revealed that he will die shortly. Apparently a central character in an author’s upcoming novel – he must race to find the narrator and change the outcome of the ending.
This gem of a Will Ferrell movie often goes under the radar but it’s well worth watching. Watch if you like: personal transformations
7. Big Fish
And last but not least we have Tim Burton’s critically acclaimed – Big Fish. Ewan McGregor plays Edward Bloom, a young man who chooses to live life outside of the mundane expectations of those around him.
Much like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – it’s a fantastic mixture of fantasy with a pinch of family drama thrown in for good measure. If you’re still unsure of the previous choices up until now, Big Fish could be the one for you. Watch if you like: Stirring cinematography