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The Best Feel-Good Movies

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List RulesVote up the escapist, uplifting films that leave you feeling happy.

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. Featuring wholesome sports movies, light-hearted romantic comedies, and comedy family movies, this list of the top feel-good movies includes nice movies that are easy to watch.  What is the best feel-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 upbeat movies, and it will make you happy.

This list of heartwarming movies includes such classic titles and throwback movies, like Rudy, It’s a Wonderful Life, Big, and Cool Runnings. These really good 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 a drama that has you cheering on the underdog, living a fanciful life in another country, or are just completely silly, these ultimate feel-good 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

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field
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    Toy Story Franchise

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
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    Night at the Museum Franchise

    Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson
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    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe
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  • 8

    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
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    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner
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    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan
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    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell
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    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams
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    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams
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  • 18

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins
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    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum
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    Hidden Figures

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak
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