A List of Feelgood Movies

Posted March 1, 2016 by Inge in Mad Talk // Personal / 19 Comments

In December, Vlora from Reviews and Cake wrote a lovely blog post about movies she watches if she needs some light-hearted entertainment. In light (pun intended) of this, I felt inspired to write my own list of feelgood movies. Naturally, you can always put on a Disney movie, but here are a few other suggestions. They’re movies you can put on if you need something light and fluffy without too much stuff to think about. These will, if you’ll excuse the corny expression, make your heart smile. Here goes.


If the only reason you have for watching Home is to hear Sheldon Cooper voice a ridiculously cute alien, you’re set. Only Jim Parsons could have made Oh a success. It’s a tale of an unlikely friendship between alien and girl (and a cat named Pig), and has some really funky tunes that will make you want to wave your hands in the air like you just do not care.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

In my book, any Ben Stiller movie counts as a feelgood movie. But The Secret Life of Walter Mitty especially resonates with me. The story follows Walter Mitty, a socially awkward humansperson with a really vivid sense of imagination, who’s suddenly forced to travel the world and EXPERIENCE THINGS. How scary. But seriously, this movie is beautiful and cute and you can’t help but love Walter.

Big Hero 6

My number one reason for why I love Big Hero 6 is Baymax, and I firmly believe we should all have a Baymax in our lives. It would make the world a better place. But it also deals with depression and grief in a way that says, “It’s okay to feel like this”, and I love that message.

But seriously, Baymax is everything.

The Wedding Date

I have seen this movie so many times and it still manages to put a smile on my face. It’s quite an unusual love story about a woman and her hired escort, but it still has all the cheese you expect from a romantic comedy. While I love Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney, it is TJ who completely steals the show.

“Where the bloody hell have you been? I have gynaecologists that call more often.”

Love Actually

Love Actually is one of my all-time favourite movies and is something I’ll watch every Christmas. It follows several stories of people falling in and out of love in the most messy and complicated ways, and somehow all these stories tie together. It’s completely unrealistic, but also incredibly hilarious and adorable.

Plus, there’s that scene of Hugh Grant dancing, which is absolutely fabulous.


My favourite Robin Williams movie about what happens if Peter Pan grows up and forgets about Neverland. Now he returns to Neverland, old and fat, and has to remember who he was. It’s amazing and magical.


I have to admit I didn’t like the book. At all. But one day, I was having “one of those days” where everything is bleh and you hate the world, and I put on the movie. And I instantly felt so much better. It was surprisingly funny for a typical high school movie and I loved it so much.

Also, this.

Inside Out

I can’t even begin to explain how much I’ve fallen in love with this movie. It’s an amazing and clever take on human emotions, which spoke to me personally because of my anxiety and depression. It’s such a cute and comforting story and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Sadness. She is my squishy.

The Bucket List

Okay, so this one does have a bit of a heavier topic, namely cancer, but it will still make you smile. Two old guys going on a world trip together, pulling all kinds of crazy stunts to really live life for once? Sign me up, again and again.

George of the Jungle

I mean, this is only the best movie ever. I can’t believe I almost forgot to add this one, because I can practically recite George of the Jungle from memory. I’ve been watching this movie since I was young, and it’s still one of those films that’ll always make me laugh.


What are your feelgood movies?

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19 responses to “A List of Feelgood Movies

  1. Fantastic, I will be adding some of the ones I haven’t seen yet to my list. I’m always looking for feel good movies. I think I’ve seen George of the Jungle when I was a kid and thought it was hilarious, but I’ll clearly need to watch it again to confirm.

    • Clearly you need to see George of the Jungle again, because that movie never stops being funny. Also, Brandon Fraser is half-naked 90% of the time. The things you appreciate once you get older.

  2. lieke van de kraats

    ah, I go for the very golden oldies:
    Grease, Dirty Dancing and for sure Mama Mia ! I just can’t stop laughing when I see all these famous actors try so hard at singing (which they can not). I always feel so happy after Mama Mia !

  3. You can’t go wrong with a Disney film… But in general, any animation tends to be a feel good movie for me.

    I loved Inside Out!! Speaking of Disney, I think Up is a surprising feel good movie.

    We recently ordered Home – I look forward to watching that!

    • Animation movies are usually really feelgood movies. What did you think of Home? I recently watched Up when I was doing a Disney marathon and I forgot how cute it was!

  4. I just saw Big Hero 6 last month, and it was so cute! I need a Baymax in my life. I haven’t seen Inside Out yet, but I really want to. I also plan on watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty soon. Thanks for sharing your list. I haven’t watched many movies over the last few years, so it’s good to get some recommendations. 🙂

  5. Rae

    What a fantastic list! Home was such a cute movie, as was Inside Out – although I did find some scenes really sad and even cried while watching it! Haven’t seen any of the other films, will need to check them out!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Oh, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve seen Aquamarine and Ice Princess. I’ll have to check them out again, thank you! Recently watched Tangled and I’d forgotten how fun it is. Love me some Flynn!

  6. I really needed this list and thank you so much for the amazing recommendations! A list of movies included in my Feel Good list are Legally Blonde, The Devil Wears Prada, and Clueless.

    Great post!

    • I don’t think I’ve seen Clueless, but Legally Blonde is good fun and I watch The Devil Wears Prada whenever it comes on TV 😀 Meryl Streep is so good in that one, haha. “That’s all.”

  7. INGE, half of these movies make me CRY. Like, I could not watch Big Hero 6 if I wanted to be happy. I baled my eyes out when I watched it D:

    I’ve seen most of the movies on this list, but I really want to see Home! I’ve heard so many good things about it, and I think I need it in my life.

    The Duff is DEFINITELY one of my pick me up movies. It makes me laugh so much, which is really rare, because it’s pretty hard to make me laugh XD Some of my others are Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (this is the most cheesy and gorgeous movie EVER), and also Beastly (teen retelling of Beauty and the Beast!). The last one I can think of is Pride & Prejudice – it’s so romantic <3

    There are some others, but these four are ones that I can watch over and over again and NEVER tire of ^.^

    • I AM SORRY. Baymax makes me happy.

      I’ve seen Win A Date With Tad Hamilton a long time ago because Topher Grace is in it (and I am a huge That ’70s Show fan), I don’t remember much but it was definitely cheesy, hahaha. I still need to see Beastly, been a bit hesitant about it, but Neil Patrick Harris, so I’ll end up watching it someday. Pride & Prejudice is lovely, although mom tends to interrupt to say it is DEFINITELY NOT the version with Colin Firth.

  8. Is it bad I’ve only watched three of these? Big Hero 6, Love Actually (which I actually only just watched last Christmas after hearing everyone talk about it), and George of the Jungle. Obviously I need to put these on my to-watch list! (And I agree – BAYMAX IS EVERYTHING!!!)

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