Popular Opinion 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 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 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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4,495 2,758
The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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4,027 2,941
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
looksharp added Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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2,142 1,781
Big is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more

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4,444 3,185
Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
sally added Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more

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4,162 2,195
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
looksharp added Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more

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6,328 3,044
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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3,380 1,936
Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy film, starring Robin Williams and Sally Field and based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. It was directed by Chris Columbus and ...more

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1,332 1,068
Rocky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
thomasashraf added Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an ...more

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2,721 1,891
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

10
2,009 1,363
The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
thomasashraf added Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more

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2,041 1,203
Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Matt Damon Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and ...more

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1,586 1,116
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
looksharp added Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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3,531 1,759
Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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4,245 2,237
Up is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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2,278 1,457
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
TobuscusHolmes added Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more

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2,732 1,511
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

17
3,174 1,813
The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more

18
2,797 1,582
Elf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

19
1,955 1,072
The Lord of the Rings film tri... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The ...more

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1,349 728
Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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1,767 1,278
Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
thomasashraf added Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Michael Shannon Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story ...more

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737 755
As Good as It Gets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Julie Benz As Good as It Gets is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by James L. Brooks and produced by Laura Ziskin. It stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic, homophobic, racist, ...more

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2,148 1,230
Legally Blonde is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
sally added Reese Witherspoon, Raquel Welch, Ali Larter Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Robert Luketic, written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, and produced by Marc E. Platt. It is based on the novel Legally Blonde ...more

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313 48
The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
goonygugu added Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more

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1,824 1,103
Clueless is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more

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1,796 1,087
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more

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1,232 564
Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993 children's book of the same name by Milan Trenc. It follows a divorced father trying to settle down, ...more

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2,355 1,215
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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2,446 1,245
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
looksharp added Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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1,869 1,163
The Notebook is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, James Garner The Notebook is a 2004 American romantic drama film directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. The film stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a ...more

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3,353 1,524
Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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956 573
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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1,065 652
Sister Act is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
BeverlyGray added Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel Sister Act is a 1992 American comedy film released by Touchstone Pictures. Directed by Emile Ardolino, it features musical arrangements by Marc Shaiman and stars Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge ...more

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2,230 1,208
Grease is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
TraceyMaroniStivala added John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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1,117 550
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Justin Hanselin added Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more

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903 691
Bridget Jones's Diary is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Austen's Pride and ...more

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1,846 1,018
School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
looksharp added Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Miranda Cosgrove School of Rock is a 2003 American comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, written by Mike White, and starring Jack Black. The main plot follows struggling rock singer and guitarist, Dewey ...more

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1,441 951
Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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1,515 805
The Help is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film is about ...more

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967 488
Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the ...more

41
1,686 755
The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's ...more

42
3,038 1,378
Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more

43
873 544
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The film shows the story of an artificial man named Edward, an unfinished ...more

44
1,135 619
The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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2,469 1,168
The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney Houston and directed by Garry Marshall. It is based on Meg Cabot's 2000 novel of the same name. The ...more

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2,125 980
Mulan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
thomasashraf added Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, George Takei Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. The 36th animated feature in the Walt ...more

47
1,656 727
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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1,221 666
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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2,351 1,109
How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more

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1,382 969
It's a Wonderful Life is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren ...more