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The Best Feel-Good Movies

Updated October 21, 2020 489.7k votes 57.0k voters 3.6m views457 items

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
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

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

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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

    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams

    Released1995

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

    Released2006

    Directed byShawn Levy

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

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 8
    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

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

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 10
    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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  • 12
    Toy Story 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    Toy Story 2

    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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  • 13
    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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    Elf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

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

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    The Devil Wears Prada is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    Cinderella

    June Foray, Mike Douglas

    Released1950

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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    Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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    Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    Hidden Figures

    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer

    Released2016

    Directed byTheodore Melfi

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    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

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    Pirates of the Caribbean: The  is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies

    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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