What do you do when you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps? Although many activities could lift your spirits – calling a friend, eating your favorite meal, playing some cheerful music – one of the most tried-and-true is to watch an upbeat, optimistic movie. A great movie can provide an escape from your regular life, help you laugh and relax, and even give you a new perspective on life. If you need a little cinematic therapy, scroll down to explore some of the best feel-good movies. They’re sure to brighten your not-so-sunny days.
The Best Feel-Good Movies
Chock full of toe-tapping tunes like “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Jolly Holiday,” Mary Poppins has been delighting audiences since it was released in 1964. Starring the incomparable Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, this movie is guaranteed to brighten your spirits.
A romantic, adventurous fantasy about long-lost lovers fighting obstacles to be together, The Princess Bride is a great choice for people of all ages. It’s clever, funny, and full of memorable characters.
After witnessing a crime, a lounge singer (played by Whoopi Goldberg) is sent to a convent as part of a witness protection program. There, she reinvigorates the church by bringing new life to the sleepy choir. By the end of Sister Act, you might find yourself clapping and singing along!
Granted, the plot of Mrs. Doubtfire is a bit ridiculous: A hapless father (played by Robin Williams) tries to win back his wife and spend time with his kids by pretending to be a female housekeeper (with a strong Scottish accent). But with Williams’s energy and charm and many hilarious and heartwarming scenes, this movie is sure to steal your heart.
I don’t think we need to explain the plot of this groundbreaking classic. The Wizard of Oz has been transporting viewers to the Emerald City since 1939. In addition to showcasing the value of friendship through Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion, this movie will remind you that there’s truly no place like home.
At its core, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a very simple movie: a Greek woman falls in love with and marries a non-Greek man. But once you meet Toula’s eccentric family, you’ll understand why this sleeper hit captivated audiences. In addition to the comedy and romance, you’ll love seeing Toula’s confidence soar as she begins to take control of her life.
Since we’re already talking about weddings, we have to mention one of the other best wedding movies of all time: Father of the Bride. It centers on a father who’s struggling to accept the fact that his daughter is getting married – and dealing with the chaos of planning a wedding. Whether you’re interested in the 1950 original starring Spencer Tracy or the 1991 remake starring Steve Martin, you’ll love this heartwarming story.
It’s hard to feel blue when you’re watching Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds dance their hearts out. Filled with catchy songs and unforgettable dance numbers, Singin’ in the Rain is a deserved masterpiece. It’s the ideal rainy-day movie!
We’ve rounded up some of the best feel-good movies, but we’re really just scratching the surface. What are your favorite feel-good flicks?
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