Searching for Cottagecore movies to watch? Here are 35+ cottagecore movies you’ll absolutely love!
Social media right now has me wanting to live in the forest, bake bread and pick wildflowers. Cottagecore is the soothing aesthetic I need in my life right now. But honestly, moving to a rural cottage in the forest just isn’t practical for me. So instead I prefer to curl up on the sofa with a cozy cottagecore movie! In this post, I’ve compiled a list of Cottagecore movies you’ll absolutely love (plus get my free list of movies to watch on Netflix).
Here are 35 Cottagecore movies you need to watch immediately
- What is Cottagecore?
- The Best Cottagecore movies
- The Hobbit, 2012
- Little Women, 2019
- Emma, 2020
- Kikis delivery service, 1989
- Pride and Prejudice, 2005
- Moonrise Kingdom, 2012
- The Tales of Beatrix Potter, 1971
- The Secret Garden,1993
- To Olivia, 2021
- Miss Potter, 2006
- Fairytale (a true story), 1997
- This Beautiful Fantastic, 2016
- Tuck everlasting, 2002
- Picnic at hanging rock, 1975
- My Neighbor Totoro, 1988
- Summerland, 2020
- The Secret of Moonacre,2008
- Anne of Green Gables, 1985
- Alice in Wonderland, 2010
- The Sound of Music, 1965
- Snow White and The Seven Dwarves, 1937
- The Fantastic Mr Fox, 2009
- Into the Woods, 2014
- Finding Neverland, 2004
- Heidi, 2015
- The Railway Children, 1970
- Atonement, 2007
- Far from the madding crowd, 2015
- About time, 2013
- Cinderella, 2015
- The Holiday, 2006
- Beauty and The Beast,2017
- I capture the castle, 2003
- Bambi, 1942
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What is Cottagecore?
Cottagecore exploded in popularity online recently, amid the pandemic. And it’s no wonder. Cottagecore embraces rural life.
Cottagecore romanticises simple, sustainable and slow living. It focuses on the countryside and off-screen hobbies.
Think crafts, growing your own foods, and flowers.
The Best Cottagecore movies
The Hobbit, 2012
The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins. One day a wizard comes to visit his house. And he is persuaded to join the Wizard and a group of dwarves on a journey. They want to reclaim the city of Erebor from the dragon Smaug.
This isn’t my favourite adaptation. But it’s still a cosy, comforting movie. And it has undeniable cottagecore vibes.
Starring: Sir Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkiss, James Nesbitt, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Benedict Cumberbatch
Little Women, 2019
Little Women follows the March sisters. They are entering womanhood. And they have to make important decisions that will affect their future.
Little Women is one of my top cottagecore movies. And for me, it’s one of the best movies from 2019!
It’s an incredible adaptation. Whether you’re a fan of the books or cottagecore you need to watch it.
Starring: Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalomet, Eliza Scanlen, Meryl Streep
Emma is a self-proclaimed matchmaker. She meddles in her friends’ love lives. but her missteps lead her to find love.
Both the 2020 and the 1996 versions are excellent. Clueless was based on Emma. So if you like Clueless, you’re guaranteed to enjoy Emma!
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Mia Goth, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy
Kikis delivery service, 1989
Studio Ghibli make the most beautiful animated movies!
Kiki’s Delivery Service follows a young witch. She finds fitting into a new community difficult. And she runs an air courier service to support herself.
The animation in this movie is absolutely beautiful. And the story is really charming.
Starring: Rei Sakuma, Minami Takayama, Kappei Yamaguchi
Pride and Prejudice, 2005
The 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favourites.
Pride and Prejudice follows a group of daughters. Mrs Bennet insists they find rich husbands and settle down. And when a wealthy bachelor moves nearby, she’s very happy.
Keira Knightley’s acting in this movie is superb. You can really see how Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy are drawn to each other. And the cinematography is beautiful.
Starring: Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Matthew Macfadyen, Carey Mulligan, Talulah Riley, Judi Dench, Colin Firth
Moonrise Kingdom, 2012
Moonrise Kingdom follows Sam. He is a 12-year-old orphan. And he falls in love with Suzy. They run away to a secluded cove on an island.
Wes Anderson’s style is heavily influenced by Roald Dahl. And so many of his movies have a cottagecore aesthetic.
The story is simple but poignant. An enjoyable and charming watch.
Starring: Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swindon
The Tales of Beatrix Potter, 1971
The Tales of Beatrix Potter is a live-action film by the Royal Ballet Society.
It tells Beatrix Potters’ stories through dance. It starts with a young Beatrix Potter writing. And then all her creations come to life.
Beatrix Potter instantly comes to mind when I think cottagecore. This live-action movie is really enchanting.
If you enjoy ballet then you need to watch this.
Starring: Frederick Ashton, Richard B. Goodwin, Alexander Grant, Michael Coleman
The Secret Garden,1993
There are several movie adaptations of The Secret Garden. But the 1993 version is my personal favourite.
The Secret Garden follows a young British girl. She is orphaned and sent back to England to live with her Uncle. Soon, she discovers a beautiful garden. And she explores its secrets.
The children’s acting in this movie is exquisite and so believable. The main actors had fantastic chemistry together. The rural setting is also really beautiful
Starring: Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Keydon Prowse, Andrew Knott
To Olivia, 2021
To Olivia follows the story of Roald Dahl. Dahl moves to the English countryside with his wife to bring up their young family.
They are an unlikely pair. And a tragic loss puts their relationship to the test.
The performances in this movie are fantastic. And it makes the movie a really poignant exploration of grief. Hugh Bonneville is particularly fantastic.
The rural ambience is especially beautiful. And the cinematography really shows the countryside off at its absolute best.
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Keeley Hawes, Sam Heughan
Miss Potter, 2006
Beatrix Potter is the queen of Cottagecore. Potter’s stories and art are so charming.
Miss Potter follows the life of Beatrix Potter. She has always written stories. But she never got recognition. However, when a publisher decides to publish her stories – Potter’s life changes.
This is a delightful movie and biopic. Zellweger brings a lot of depth to the character of Beatrix Potter. It’s a really cosy and comforting movie. And it would be a fantastic movie to watch curled up on a rainy day.
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Ewan Mcgregor, Emily Watson
Fairytale (a true story), 1997
Fairytale (a true story) follows young cousins Elsie and Florence. They spend time in rural Yorkshire. And they see fairies in a nearby meadow.
They take pictures of the fairies. And they gain international fame.
This movie is enchanting and a childhood favourite. The storyline is magical. And the shots of the rural English countryside are gorgeous.
Starring: Florance Hoath, Elizabeth Earl, Peter O’Toole, Bill Nighy
This Beautiful Fantastic, 2016
This Beautiful Fantastic follows Bella. She tries to write a children’s novel. And she forms an unlikely friendship with a temperamental widower.
Gardening runs throughout the movie as a theme. And this gives it undeniable cottagecore vibes.
The unexpected friendship is beautifully done. And the cinematography is fantastic. Gardeners are sure to love this one!
Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Jeremy Irvine, Andrew Scott
Tuck everlasting, 2002
Tuck Everlasting follow Winnie. Winnie is a teenage girl. She longs for a life away from her controlling mother.
She meets Jesse Tuck when lost in the woods. And he’s unlike anyone else. His family are kind and take Winnie in.
But the Tucks have a secret. Should Winnie stay with the Tucks or return home?
The cinematography is really whimsical and magical. It’s a really heartwarming story with a poignant message on life.
Starring: Alexis Bledel, Jonathon Jackson, Sissy Spacek, Ben Kingsley
Picnic at hanging rock, 1975
Picnic at Hanging Rock is set at a girl’s private school. They plan a summer picnic at Hanging rock.
But then a teacher and a few students go missing at the picnic.
This movie is really eerie and mysterious. It’s one you want to rewatch so you don’t miss any details.
Starring: Anne- Lou Lambet, Rachel Roberts, Helen Morse, Vivean Gray
My Neighbor Totoro, 1988
As mentioned earlier, Studio Ghibli make the most beautiful animated movies!
My Neighbor Totoro follows Mei and Satsuki. They move home to be closer to their mother who is in hospital.
They make friends with Totoro. Totoro is a giant rabbit-like creature who is also a spirit.
The imagination blends incredibly well with a realistic plot in this movie. The character development is unmatched. And I love the journey both characters go on.
Starring: Naoki Tatsuta, Chika Sakamoto, Noriko Hidaka
Summerland is set in WWII. It follows Alice. A young evacuee, Frank, is left in her care. And she is forced to bond with him.
The plot is a little slow. But the performances of the actors make up for it. And it’s a powerfully emotional story.
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton
The Secret of Moonacre,2008
The Secret of Moonacre follows Maria. She is orphaned at 13 and forced to leave London.
She moves to her uncle’s estate. But her family curse was cast on the valley. And only Maria can break it.
This is a really magical, whimsical and enchanting movie. The characters and setting are beautiful.
Starring: Dakota Blue Richards, Augustus Prew, Ioan Gruffud, Tim Curry
Anne of Green Gables, 1985
I don’t think you could write a post about Cottagecore without mentioning Anne of Green Gables.
Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert had intended to adopt a boy. And they are surprised to find a red-headed girl instead.
Anne can find joy and beauty in absolutely everything. And this makes her character so endearing. The TV series ‘Anne with an E’ is also amazing.
Starring: Megan Follows, Jonathon Crombie, Colleen Dewhurst
Alice in Wonderland, 2010
Alice in Wonderland follows a 19-year-old Alice. She follows a rabbit in a blue coat to a magical wonderland.
And she is reunited with friends who make her realise her true destiny.
The imagery from this movie is iconic. It’s whimsical and magical.
This is such a good movie adaptation. If you enjoy a fantasy movie or a movie adaptation then you’re in luck. I have a whole blog post full of incredible movies based on ya fantasy books. You can check out my article on movies based on ya fantasy books here.
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman
The Sound of Music, 1965
The Sound of Music follows Maria. She is a tomboyish nun living in an Abbey.
She is tasked to become a governess for the Von Trapp family. A retired naval captain with 7 children. And she brings a new love for life and music into the home.
This musical is a classic. It’s a poignant and heartwarming story. As a child, I was obsessed with the beautiful house and grounds.
Starring: Julie Andrews, Charmain Carr, Christopher Plummer
Snow White and The Seven Dwarves, 1937
An absolute Disney classic!
Snow White is exiled by her stepmother – an evil queen. She runs into a forest. And is rescued by seven dwarves who form a friendship with her.
It might just be animated, but the imagery in this movie is seriously beautiful. Especially the images of the forest.
Starring: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne, Eddie Collins, Roy Atwell
The Fantastic Mr Fox, 2009
Fantastic Mr Fox is a classic Roald Dahl story adapted into a beautiful movie.
Mr Fox is a family man. But he goes back to his ways of stealing. However, he finds himself trapped when three farmers decide to kill him and his family.
There are so many small details in this movie that make it really magical to watch. It’s another cosy and comforting movie.
Starring: George Clooney, Bill Murray, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson, Michael Gambon
Into the Woods, 2014
This movie seems to be very love-hate. But the forest cinematography is so beautiful that I had to include it.
As the result of a curse, a once-beautiful witch, baker and his wife are childless.
They venture into the forest to find ingredients that will reverse the spell. During their journey, they meet a host of characters. Each one is on a quest to fulfil a wish.
Starring: Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, James Cordon, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp
Finding Neverland, 2004
Growing up Peter Pan was one of my favourite books. And Disney Movies.
Finding Neverland follows the life of J.M. Barrie. He forges a friendship with a widow who has four children.
And the friendship motivates him to write a story about a group of children who do not want to grow up.
The actors in this movie are incredible. Depp, Winslet and Highmore really sell this movie. The chemistry and touching performance will make you emotional.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, Dustin Hoffman
Matilda is another absolute classic. And a family favourite that everyone can enjoy.
It follows Matilda. An intelligent young girl whose family don’t appreciate her. She goes to school and the principal tortures her.
But she builds a relationship with her kind-hearted teacher. And uses her telekinetic powers to settle scores.
Starring: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Pam Ferris
There are some books and movies that instantly spring to mind when you think cottagecore. Heidi is one of them.
Heidi is a classic story of a young girl who lives in the alps with her grandfather. There are several adaptations and all of them are amazing.
The 2015 adaptation is my personal favourite. The shots of the mountains are breathtaking. And the girl who plays Heidi is incredible.
Starring: Anuk Stephan, Bruno Ganz, Isabelle Ottmann
The Railway Children, 1970
As a child, I was obsessed with this movie.
The Railway Children follows three sheltered children. Their father is falsely imprisoned. And they’re forced to move to the countryside.
The plot is really simple but the movie is absolutely charming. There are lots of mini-stories throughout which keep you hooked. The characters are fantastic.
Starring: Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Sally Thomsett
Atonement follows Briony Tallis. She catches her sister in a compromising position. And so she falsely accuses her sister’s lover of a crime.
The story is astonishing. And the movie is beautifully made and filmed. I adore the score for this movie which won an Academy Award.
Starring: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Juno Temple, Saoirse Ronan
Far from the madding crowd, 2015
Far From the Madding Crowd follows a young woman. She deals with the trials and tribulations of life. And at the same time, she deals with the attention of three men: a sheep farmer, a Sargeant and a mature bachelor.
Far From the Madding Crowd is a classic novel. And this is an excellent adaptation. Carey Mulligan is always fantastic in classic adaptations.
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple
About time, 2013
This movie follows a young man who can travel in time. He uses his ability to pursue his romantic interest in Mary.
Another delightfully simple story that is really well executed. The acting is incredible and the characters felt really authentic.
The story is really emotional and poignant. It’s tagged as a rom-com but it feels like so much more than that to me.
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Domhall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy
The live-action Cinderella is a really enchanting movie. And it gives serious Cottagecore vibes.
Ella’s father dies. And afterwards, she is troubled by her stepmother and stepsisters. But her life changes when she dances with a stranger at the Royal Ball.
Lily James is brilliant as Cinderella. She brings a fresh, modern touch to the role.
Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgård
The Holiday, 2006
If you’re looking for a Christmas cottagecore movie then you need to watch the Holiday!
It follows two girls who both suffer relationship issues. They decide to swap homes for the holidays. And their lives both change unexpectantly.
The shots of the English countryside in this movie are absolutely exquisite. Especially the cottage Cameron Diaz stays in – so warm and cosy.
Starring: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black, Jude Law
Beauty and The Beast,2017
Another beautiful live-action remake. And the shots of the French Village and castle are perfect.
Beauty and The Beast follows Belle. A beast imprisons her father. And Belle embarks on a journey to save him. But she soon learns the beast is actually a cursed Prince.
I’m a huge fan of Emma Watson. And she brings a lot to the role of Belle.
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Sir Ian Mckellan, Ewan Mcgregor, Stanley Tucci
I capture the castle, 2003
I Capture the Castle follows writer James. He has been unable to write for 12 years. He retreats to a decrepit castle with his family.
They are in a desperate situation. But then new American brothers move next door. And Rose is determined to marry her wealthy new neighbour to save the family.
This is a really dreamy novel and a beautiful movie. The shots of the castle and countryside are stunning.
Starring: Rose Byrne, Romola Garai, Henry Cavill, Bill Nighy
A weird one to finish with, but Bambi is such an artistic movie.
Bambi is a young fawn. And he is chosen to be the next Prince of the forest like his father. And while living in the forest Bambi learns about love, friendship and protecting those close to you.
The animation in this movie is really beautiful. The flowers and forest are enchanting. It’s also really poignant and emotional. Have a box of tissues ready!
Starring: Cammie King, Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards
Those were my Cottagecore movies to watch…
Whether you’re a fan of the Cottagecore aesthetic, period dramas or are just looking for something to watch…
I really hope you enjoyed my recommendations for the best Cottagecore movies. Let me know your recommendations in the comments below.