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The Best Feel-Good Movies 

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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 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
but chickens double d added Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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The Shawshank Redemption... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

Released: 1994

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
23tfranklin added Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Night at the Museum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino

Released: 2006

Directed by: Shawn Levy

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
looksharp added Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

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Good Will Hunting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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Released: 1997

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
sally added Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
TraceyMaroniStivala added John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
thomasashraf added Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens

Released: 1996

Directed by: Danny DeVito

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
but chickens double d added Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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The Lord of the Rings fi... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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Released: 1995

Directed by: John Lasseter

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

Released: 1993

Directed by: Chris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Hughes

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Up is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Feel-Good Movies
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Released: 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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