7 Best Feel-Good Movies That Makes You Happy
When you are down in the dumps, and it hasn’t been your hour, day, week, or well the entire year (thanks 2020), there are still a few things that can cheer you up. Of course, the small, minute things that bring joy to everyone will differ, but sometimes, all you need is a good movie, some hot cocoa, and the warm embrace of your loved ones (or ourselves if social distancing is what you are doing).
Of course, there should be happy movies in this set-up that induce that all-encompassing feel-good effect we all need from time to time. Whether it is chick-flick (Legally Blonde) you prefer or sappy Christmas movies (Holidate, anyone?), it should ultimately bring joy to you. And if you are done with your list a little too many times, we have curated just the one with all the best feel-good movies right here. Take your pick and get down to a binge-fest with your favorite snack and movie partner. It’s all about sharing the joy whenever you can and indulge in self-love by way of cinema. All set? Here you go!
1. The Holiday
Starring two beautiful actresses, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, The Holiday is one of those feel-good films that you can watch repeatedly. The queen of cozy, snug and heartwarming movies – Nancy Meyers helms this beautiful production exploring two vastly different towns and personalities. One of the best romantic comedies is the two main leads swap their houses via a website to get a fresh perspective and a change in scenario after their respective romantic disappointments. And as happens in such movies with happy endings, everything turns out to make you feel good.
2. Kung Fu Panda Series
If you are looking for some sassy wisdom from an ancient turtle and would love to laugh out loud with an adorable panda who is trying his best to become an expert at Kung Fu, all three movies are your binge-fest delight. Complete with antics, memorable quotes, and feel-good vibes, this series is a go-to when you want something animated and fun to beat those blues. Recommend for every season!
3. Love Actually
How can we skip one of the most heartwarming, holiday, and feel-good movies of them all – Love Actually. With various people’s lives intertwining and shown in parallel, the film shows that love is a universal language and always manages to shine through, more so in the holidays. What’s more? You have a stellar ensemble cast of Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Kiera Knightley, Colin Firth, and many others. Watch Love Actually if you want something too light-hearted, fuzzy, and gooey. This one makes you feel a little of everything.
4. Dear Zindagi
Among the many feel-good Indian movies, Dear Zindagi is the best one to watch when you are down in the dumps. Sure, you might cry and be a ball of mush by the time end credits roll but the theme of depression, therapy, and disconnect from your loved ones and how profoundly it impacts your relationships in adulthood is something the younger generation finds recurring. And watching Alia Bhatt confront her inhibitions in front of Shah Rukh Khan, who is the therapist, makes you a little better. Feel good, and the original soundtrack adds to it all.
5. Forrest Gump
When Forrest Gump ran with all his might and pure intentions, it collectively made humanity feel better. Starring the most generous actor of romantic movies – Tom Hanks, this movie tells Forrest’s story from his own POV. The story progresses with Forrest’s life and has tidbits of wisdom from his mother and his love for a childhood sweetheart, Jenny. Watch it for all the feels because it does give you a gamut of them with heartwarming being at the top. It is one of the best-rated feel-good movies on Netflix.
6. The Lunchbox
If the fact that a genius veteran of the Indian film industry, Irrfan Khan passed away in 2020 won’t break your heart, you may watch one of his most beautiful movies – The Lunchbox to warm you up. Starring Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur as the leads, the film is an epistolary tale of how two people with mundane lives build a beautiful friendship with letters. And all of it started with a chance. Watch to know the subtle story and understated performances from the Indian film industry.
7. Pursuit of Happyness
Starring Will Smith and his real-life son, Jaden Smith, Pursuit of Happyness tells the story of motivational speaker and businessman – Chris Gardner. Starting from the bottom, and on the cusp of becoming homeless, the story follows Chris’s struggles and his pursuit of happiness to build a better life for his son. Heart-wrenching and overly emotional at times, but feel-good all the same. This is one of those movies that is bound to break your hearts into a million pieces and put it back together by the time end credits roll.
Of course, this list of feel-good movies to watch is not at all exhaustive, and what qualifies as your go-to movie when life gets tough might be different from ours. However, we couldn’t end this post without mentioning some other popular feel-good film that you can add to your list. These are in no specific order, Harry Potter series, Ratatouille, Good Will Hunting, Zootopia, Klaus, and Up, among many others. Happy watching and hope you feel the best after watching some or all (who’s counting, really?) of these movies!