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 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.
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?