10 Feel-Good Movies to Boost Your Mood

It can be challenging not to feel overwhelmed by the state of the world at the moment and it’s safe to say most of us could use a bit more positivity in our lives. One way to help us feel a bit better is to focus more on doing little things that make us happy. And what easier way is there to instantly put ourselves in a better mood than getting comfy on the couch and watching an uplifting film? 

From an iconic rom-com to a dreamy anime film, we’ve rounded up a selection of feel-good movies that are sure to help boost your mood, take you to a happy place, and give you a brief break from the world.

10 Feel-Good Movies to Watch Online 

1. When Harry Met Sally

Unquestionably one of the greatest rom-coms of all time, When Harry Met Sally will serve you pure joy time and time again. The story navigates the ups and downs of a friendship-turned-romance and is laced with memorable quotes. The conversation-driven approach to romance and wryly entertaining tone means it still holds up 32 years later.

When can I watch it? Stan

2. The Devil Wears Prada

There’s a good chance you’ve watched this comedic fashion film more than a few times. But if not, it’s definitely an iconic one to add to your ever-growing list. The story centres around the young and “unfashionable” journalist Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) who navigates her way through a gruelling job at a prestigious fashion magazine. It’s full of witty dialogue, beautiful clothing, and magnificent performances by Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci and Meryl Streep. 

Where can I watch it? Disney+

3. Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice is one of the most beautiful love stories there is and the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel is both visually stunning and a beautiful ode to the period piece. Director Joe Wright does a great job of bringing all the pivotal elements of the original story into the 21st century in an entertaining way. 

Where can I watch it? Binge

4. Julie & Julia

Written and directed by the infamous Nora Ephron, this delightful dual-narrative tale of food blogger Julie Powell (Amy Adams) and famous cookbook author Julia Child (Meryl Streep) is heartwarming and comedic. Brimming with delicious food, stunning Paris scenery, and an ongoing message of determination to meet two shared goals, Julie & Julia is a culinary adventure for all. It also features Stanley Tucci whose mere presence is always soothing for the soul. 

When can I watch it? Netflix

5. Love Actually

While we can't deny that this film definitely has its moments that will tug at your heart, the overall storyline of Love Actually is humbling, cheeky, and beautiful. The film explores the interconnected lives of eight different couples and an overriding message that love comes in all forms. It also cleverly captures the chaotic, wholesome, and inspiring time of the year that is the holiday season.

Where can I watch it? Stan

6. My Neighbour Totoro

This Japanese fantasy film by studio Ghibli is a genuinely lovely movie with a magical quality to it. This superbly animated tale follows the adventures of two young girls living in the countryside with their father and delivers a message of hope and optimism. The film also explores humanity's relationship with nature.

Where can I watch it? Netflix

7. Clueless

This movie is just a downright good time and truly iconic. With its 1990s fashion, memorable quotes, and humorous homage to Jane Austen's, Emma, its unsurprising this film has such a cult following. Not to mention the fabulous computerised closet scene that is seared into every fashion-loving millennial's brain. 

Where can I watch it? Netflix

8. Lady Bird

This coming-of-age film beautifully explores the complex relationships teenagers have with their parents and hometowns. While the storyline is somewhat simple, it revolves around the idea of appreciating where we come from and makes you think of family, home, love, being young and being old - it's a heartwarming delight.

Where can I watch it? Amazon Prime

9. Forrest Gump 

Forrest Gump is one of those movies that will appeal to almost everyone. The positive and inspiring storyline follows a simple-minded but endearing character who embarks on a mission to find his true purpose in life. It's a heartwarming tale that examines how a good heart can make all the difference in the world.

Where can I watch it? Netflix

10. Hercules

It wouldn't be a proper 'feel-good movie list' without a Disney mention, and Hercules just does it for us every time. The soundtrack, the jokes, the animation. It's all perfection. If you don't feel an ounce of joy after watching this musical fantasy film you should be concerned. 

Where can I watch it? Disney+

Want more film suggestions? Here are 7 Incredible Netflix Original Movies to Add to Your Watch List

 

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