films The Best Feel-Good Movies

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List Rules Vote up the escapist, uplifting films that leave you feeling happiest.

Want to feel warm and fuzzy inside? This is a ranked list of the best feel-good movies that make us experience all the good feelings. This feel good list includes sports movies, romantic movies, and family movies. What is the best eel-good movie? These are the movies that have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. Whenever you are feeling down you can simply watch one of these movies and it will make you smile.

This list of feel good movies includes such titles as Rudy, It’s a Wonderful Life, Big, and Cool Runnings. These movies vary in their genre but they all have the ability to lift our spirits no matter how many times we’ve viewed them. If you are sad, feeling sick, or just looking for a film to get lost in, these titles from the list of the best feel good movies are what you should be watching.

Whether it’s cheering on the underdog, living a fanciful life in another country, or are just completely silly, these films provide something for viewers to enjoy and aspire to. If you’re looking for “the greatest feel-good movie ever” you can find it on this list.

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Forrest Gump Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field

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Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

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Up is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Good Will Hunting Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon

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Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

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The Princess Diaries Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews

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The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

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Big Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
How to Train Your Dragon Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Home Alone Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

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Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig

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The Breakfast Club Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

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School of Rock Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove

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Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

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The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

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Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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Elf Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

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The Little Mermaid Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, Frank Welker

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Toy Story 2 Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen

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The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

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Matilda Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens

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The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
The Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

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Love Actually Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson

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Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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Grease John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

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Mulan Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei

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The Truman Show Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

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Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Groundhog Day Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon

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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

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You've Got Mail is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
You've Got Mail Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Sara Ramirez

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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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The Proposal Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White

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It's a Wonderful Life James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

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Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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Clueless Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

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Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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The Devil Wears Prada Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Meryl Streep

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Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

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Stand by Me is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Stand by Me Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, John Cusack

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Sleepless in Seattle Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor