Feel Good Movies to Lift Your Spirit and Have a Good Time

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Updated on: January 31, 2023

Some days, we’re not in our best moments, and we just want to watch something to make us feel better and distract ourselves a little from anything happening in our lives. 

From animation to superheroes, rom-coms, and more, we’ve made a list of 20 feel-good movies to hype you up a little in those more challenging times. 

Animated

  1. Shrek (2001)
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Dreamworks.

When it comes to turning classic stories upside down, there are no better movies than the Shrek franchise. Playing with princesses, ogres, dragons, the knight in shining armor, and the fairy godmother to make an absolutely engaging film with a beautiful story full of laughs.

  1. The princess and the frog (2009)
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Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Animation Studios

The classic story but with a Jazzy twist. This Disney animated film will make you fall in love with New Orleans. With songs inspired by Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and much more. Music around every corner, ready to go with a story about love with charming characters.

  1. Sing (2016)
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Illumination / Chris Meledandri

If you like to sing along, animation and movies that give you hope for a better world. ‘Sing’ will definitely be your movie.

In an attempt to save the theater he inherited from his father, the koala Buster moon decides to produce the most incredible singing competition, finding extraordinary talent coming to his theater.

  1. Hercules (1997)
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Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Feature Animation

This movie takes us through the life of the demi-god Hercules and how he unexpectedly got the most authentic love. This movie will give you love, great music, Greek gods, and many laughs.

Musicals

  1. The Greatest Showman (2017)
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20th Century Studios / Chermin Entertainment / TSG Entertainment / Seed Productions

This is a movie for those who love musicals and see people follow their dreams, those that are that crazy and want to make their life all they’ve ever wanted, and those who believe nothing is impossible. This is the story of P. T. Barnum and how he came from nothing to create the most fantastic circus show.

  1. Grease (1978)
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Paramount Pictures / Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO) / Allan Carr Production

An all-time classic ready for a public of any age that enjoys a musical with the high school love story and the upbeat you could use to lighten up your day.

Comedies and Rom-coms

  1. 13 going on 30 (2004)
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Revolution Studios / Thirteen Productions

Jenna Rink is a 13-year-old that wants to be one of the popular girls and invites them to her birthday party. After being humiliated by them, she wishes to be 30 years old, which turns out to come true. But Jenna definitely doesn’t know how to be a 30-year-old woman.

This is one of those movies that you could watch again and again without really feeling bored. Leaving you with a great smile— and maybe some tears of joy— on your face at the end.

  1. I feel pretty! (2018)
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Huayi Brothers Pictures / Voltage Pictures / Wonderland Sound and Vision

To speak about self-love and self-appreciation. This movie will highlight the importance of it while making you burst out of laughs with great actors and a beautiful story.

  1. Yes man (2008)
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Warner Bros. Pictures / Village Roadshow Pictures / Heyday Films / The Zanuck Company

For those who like Jim Carrey’s work, this is definitely their movie. Here, the comedy actor plays Carl Allen, whose life changes completely once he says yes to everything. This is the perfect mix of comedy and a heartfelt story.

  1. Nosotros los Nobles (We are the Nobles – 2013)
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Alazraki Films / Warner Bros.

This Mexican comedy is so good that many countries have adapted it. A multi-billionaire wants to teach his children humility and appreciate the things they have. So, he decides to pretend to be bankrupt.

You will see these three young adults struggle with life without all the privileges they used to have, getting them closer and wiser.

  1. Bring it on (2000)
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Beacon communications / Beacon Pictures / Wonderworks Films

The cheerleading comedy franchise never fails to bring excitement and joy. This is a story of a cheerleading group determined to be the best.  And if you end up loving this story, you can binge-watch all the movie series!

  1. Legally Blonde (2001)
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / Marc Platt Productions 

Elle Woods’ life was perfect until her boyfriend dumped her to go to Harvard and went after a girl more likable for the public eye once he begins his career in public office. So, in return, she also applied to study at Harvard and got in. Our blonde barbie-like Elle shows everybody that she is not only a pretty face.

This movie allows you to just relax and enjoy a great film with a character you can really love.

Anime

  1. Your Name (2016)
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Amuse / CoMix Wave Films / East Japan Marketing & Communications Inc. / Kadokawa / Lawson HMV Entertainment (LHE) / The Answer Studio / Toho Company / Vogue Ting

‘Your Name’ is a not-so-predictable love story of two high school teenagers changing bodies randomly. Some call it “The greatest anime movie of all time.” Hardly anyone will argue that this movie will warm your soul while giving you absurdly beautiful visuals.

  1. My neighbor Totoro (1988)
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Tokuma Japan Communications  / Studio Ghibli / Nibariki

Something that makes a light movie feel even kinder is when the main characters are children. Fantasy mixed with their innocence and lack of disbelief give this movie a lot of power to literally feel like a hug.

Satsuki and Mei Kukasabe move to a new house with their loving father. One day, the younger of the sisters follows a little creature she finds while playing. Introducing us to this world that mixes their apparently ordinary reality with the existence of creatures that will help them with some situations they will have to face throughout the story. A great movie to watch when you need something cozy and calming.

  1. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
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Buena Vista Home Entertainment / DENTSU Music And Entertainment / Mitsubishi / Nippon Television Network (NTV) / Studio Ghibli / Tohokushinsha Film Corporation (TFC) / Tokuma Shoten / d-rights

Now that we’ve brought Miyazaki into the conversation —As we must for this section— Howl’s Moving Castle is the story with some dream-like logic of Sophie Hatter. Once she meets Howl, a unique wizard that comes to ship Sophie on an extraordinary adventure.

Family movies

  1. Matilda (1996)
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TriStar Pictures / Jersey Films

This all-time classic tells the story of a wise girl who deals with her toxic family and the school’s principal and ends up developing telekinetic powers that make her life much more fun. It is a movie that always leaves our hearts warm.

  1. Peter pan (2003)
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Universal Pictures / Columbia Pictures / Revolution Studios / Red Wagon Entertainment / Allied Stars Ltd.

The perfect combination of pre-teens love and a beautiful portrayal of fantasy. Many critics describe it as the best adaptation of the story so far. You can see pre-teens being pre-teens: showing both childlike behaviors while exploring the adventure of growing.

  1. Cinderella (2015)
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Allison Shearmur Productions / Beagle Pug Films / Genre Films / Walt Disney Pictures

When you love classics, you love classics, and this version of Cinderella tries to respect and follow the original story as much as possible. As a result, it will give you the story we all know but still make you fall in love with love again and again.

  1. Wonder Woman (2017)
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Atlas Entertainment / Cruel & Unusual Films / Dune Entertainment  / Tencent Pictures / Wanda Pictures

A movie that brings action and a pure soul together. Wonder Woman is a movie that will give you great fights while also portraying beautiful characters with admirable ways of seeing the world and acting upon them. Perfect for those days you don’t want something too calm but still want to feel good afterward.

  1. The Intern (2015)
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Waverly Films

This comedy, with sweetness as part of its strong suits, portrays people of different ages not as rivals or the main point of the humor but as just a part of them that can contribute to their counterpart’s growth. And the best part: Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway are the main characters!

Any of these movies will lift your mood on those bad days. So take your favorite comfort food and a hot beverage, and have a good movie marathon by yourself or someone close to you. 

Maybe they could even motivate you to change your whole day’s mood and even do something you’ve wanted to do for some time but haven’t had the time or energy to do.

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