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The Best Feel-Good Movies

Updated February 22, 2021 497.6k votes 57.8k voters 3.6m views424 items

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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    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

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  • Grease17
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    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

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    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried

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