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The Best Feel-Good Movies

Updated October 21, 2020 493.6k votes 57.4k voters 3.6m views458 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
    11,227
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    Forrest Gump

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Toy Story
    5,696
    2,323

    Toy Story

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

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    Mary Poppins
    2,558
    1,424

    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • 4
    Matilda
    3,365
    1,709

    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

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    Night at the Museum
    2,951
    1,673

    Night at the Museum

    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

    Released2006

    Directed byShawn Levy

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    The Goonies
    2,960
    1,564

    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 7
    Jumanji
    2,017
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    Jumanji

    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams

    Released1995

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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  • 8
    The Incredibles
    6,798
    3,352

    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • 9
    The Shawshank Redemption
    7,770
    4,502

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 10
    Toy Story 2
    2,361
    1,021

    Toy Story 2

    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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  • 11
    Finding Nemo
    5,993
    2,341

    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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  • 12
    The Green Mile
    2,293
    1,294

    The Green Mile

    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise

    Released1999

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 13
    WALL-E
    5,839
    3,329

    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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  • 14
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
    2,936
    1,639

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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  • 15
    The Devil Wears Prada
    1,991
    1,111

    The Devil Wears Prada

    Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Frankel

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  • 16
    Elf
    4,195
    2,272

    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

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  • 17
    Grease
    3,435
    2,001

    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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  • 18
    Up
    7,497
    3,437

    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

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  • 19
    Good Will Hunting
    3,967
    2,391

    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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  • 20
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    5,132
    2,508

    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

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  • 21
    Cinderella
    1,492
    870

    Cinderella

    June Foray, Mike Douglas

    Released1950

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

    Cinderella is a 1950 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Home Alone
    7,449
    4,499

    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

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  • 23
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    3,842
    1,650

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

    Released1986

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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  • 24
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Released2003

    Directed byGore Verbinski

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    The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
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