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The Best Feel-Good Movies

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List RulesVote 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. Featuring wholesome sports movies, light-hearted romantic comedies, and funny 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 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field


    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the... moreamazon buy button

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    Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Toy Story

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen


    Directed byJohn Lasseter

    Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar... moreamazon buy button

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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced... moreamazon buy button

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    Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Night at the Museum

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller


    Directed byShawn Levy

    Night at the Museum is a 2006 American fantasy adventure-comedy film based on the 1993... moreamazon buy button

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    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin


    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The... moreamazon buy button

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    Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies


    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams


    Directed byJoe Johnston

    Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an... moreamazon buy button

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    Matilda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies


    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson


    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny... moreamazon buy button
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    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter


    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A... moreamazon buy button

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    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth


    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont... moreamazon buy button
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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe


    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

    Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by... moreamazon buy button

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    Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Toy Story 2

    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer


    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

    Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Pixar... moreamazon buy button
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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise


    Directed byFrank Darabont

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies


    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman


    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar... moreamazon buy button
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    Elf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies


    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell


    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David... moreamazon buy button
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson


    Directed byMel Stuart

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and... moreamazon buy button

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    Grease is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies


    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John


    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and... moreamazon buy button

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    Up is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies


    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner


    Directed byPete Docter

    Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar... moreamazon buy button
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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies


    June Foray, Mike Douglas


    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and... moreamazon buy button
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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The  is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies


    Directed byGore Verbinski

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler... moreamazon buy button
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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams


    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt... moreamazon buy button
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    The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum


    Directed byDavid Frankel

    The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of... moreamazon buy button

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    Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan


    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

    Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the... moreamazon buy button
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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins


    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and... moreamazon buy button
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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci


    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Hidden Figures

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer


    Directed byTheodore Melfi

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