There’s something about John Cusack that makes everything feel right in the world. Maybe it’s because he was born in Evanston, IL and still has hometown pride for the city of Chicago. Maybe it’s because the characters he plays in movies all speak to my angsty soul in a need to write sappy poetry because my unrequited crush will never look at me the way I look at him, or a Whopper from Burger King.
Whatever it is about Mr. Cusack, I find myself rewatching all my favorite movies that star him whenever I need a pick-me-up, good laugh, or to remember that we all get happy endings, even if they don’t look the way we planned.
While the world is in turmoil, these are my top John Cusack movies that never fail to make me feel like things are okay, if only until the credits roll.
Released April 14, 1989
Summary: In a charming, critically acclaimed tale of first love, Lloyd (John Cusack), an eternal optimist, seeks to capture the heart of Diane (Ione Skye), an unattainable high-school beauty and straight-A student. It surprises just about everyone when she returns the sentiment. But Diane’s overly possessive, divorced father (John Mahoney) doesn’t approve and it will take more than the power of love to conquer all.
Must Love Dogs
Released July 21, 2005
Summary: Sarah (Diane Lane), is 40 and recently divorced. Believing Sarah needs to date more, her sister, Carol (Elizabeth Perkins), creates an online dating profile for her. Simultaneously, Jake (John Cusack) reluctantly decides to try Internet dating. Sarah and Jake meet, and though both agree they are not interested in a serious relationship, their chemistry is undeniable. But, when Bob (Dermot Mulroney) suddenly shows interest in Sarah, her future with Charlie becomes unclear.
Released March 28, 2000
Summary: Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is the owner of a failing record store in Chicago, where he sells music the old-fashioned way — on vinyl. Although they have an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music and are consumed by the music scene, it’s of no help to Rob, whose needle skips the love groove when his long-time girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), walks out on him. As he examines his failed attempts at romance and happiness, the process finds him being dragged, kicking and screaming, into adulthood.
Released October 5, 2001
Summary: On a magical night when they are in their 20s, Jonathan (John Cusack) meets Sara (Kate Beckinsale). He finds love at first sight, but Sara believes in destiny. After 10 years the two — with 3,000 miles between them — must decide if fate wants them to be together again. When love feels like magic, it is called destiny; when destiny has a sense of humor, it is serendipity.
If you’re like me, and want a break from the real world for a little bit, I recommend diving into the world of John Cusack. Best place to start is by checking out one of his great movies we have in our collection.