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Having A Bad Day? Watch These 20 "Feel Good" Movies To Get Over The Blues

By Anubha Das

Updated - Dec. 18, 2018 12 min read

You’ve had a bad day or a bad week or even a bad month. And sometimes, you’re not in the mood to watch “the best” films. You just want to watch movies that would make you feel good and bring a smile to your face. With that in mind, we’ve humbly compiled a list of 20 feel-good films to put you in a better mood

 

*Disclaimer: The movies listed in the blog are available on Netflix on a temporary basis.

 

Mothers And Daughters

Director: Paul Duddridge, Nigel Levy

Stars:  Selma Blair, Luke Mitchell, Symmetry 

 

"Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes there for just a moment and sometimes they remain for a lifetime, "A single pregnant photographer covers interwoven stories of challenging ups and downs of mother-daughter relationships. The movie reflects the idea of what it is to be a mom in today's world being faced with several hardships of coming up with her family and staying content with oneself. Mothers and Daughters portrayed an insightful movie about the challenges of motherhood.

IMDB Rating: 5.0/10

 

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Breakfast At Tiffany's 

Director: Blake Edwards

Stars:  Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal 

 

"Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot." You just cannot miss out on this Oscar-winning movie which took away several words and nominations. Breakfast At Tiffany's is a movie about a young New York socialite who falls in love with a young man who recently moved into her building. Breakfast at Tiffany's is a 1961 American lighthearted comedy movie coordinated by Blake Edwards and composed by George Axelrod, given Truman Capote's novella of a similar name.

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

 

The Lion King 

Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones

 

An oldie but a goodie, this iconic movie will not make you fall in love with it all over again. After he’s led to believe that he was responsible for his father’s death, young Simba goes to exile and befriends Timon and Pumbaa there. In his adulthood, his father’s spirit tells him to defeat the evil usurper and reclaim the throne. 

IMBD Rating: 8.5 / 10

 

Fathers And Daughters

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Stars: Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul 

 

This one depicts the hardships of parenthood on point with its brilliant direction. The movie elaborates on a relationship between a father and daughter after the death of her mother. The difficulties he overcomes to raise his child and how a child's mental health suffers due to her painful childhood. It's a beautiful movie depicting a complicated but hearty relationship between a father and a daughter. 

IMBD Rating: 7.1 / 10

 

Clueless

Director: Amy Heckerling

Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy 

 

Based on Jane Austen's Emma this movie is the perfect adaptation of the book which hits contemporary context. This teen comedy is about a Beverly Hills teen who through the course of the movie understands what's important in life other than the materialistic things. When you aren't in a good mood, then this fell good movie can be enjoyed as an extended fashion show peppered with the amusing one-liners.  The materialism in Clueless is almost as scary as the hopelessness. Though Silverstone is the babe of the moment. And she’s learned how to back up her cute pout with shrewd comic timing. You'll simply watch it again and again for the sarcasm and as well as the teen comedy.

IMDB Rating: 6.8

 

Love Actually

Director:  Richard Curtis

Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson  

 

One of the good things to watch on Netflix that would rip your heart into pieces, then put it back and fill with this hopeless faith that would restore your faith in humanity. With 8 stories going parallel to each other trying to deal with their relationships in their own different ways, you'll fall in love with all the characters of Love Actually. Director Richard Curtis made sure that the fact on how complicated relationships can be yet be loved by all is portrayed perfectly by the star casts. If watching someone run through the airport to their love excites you, then this movie is the best movie on Netflix to make you feel good after a day of hardship.

IMDB Rating: 7.6

 

The Intern

Director:  Nancy Meyers

Stars: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo 

 

The Intern is about a 70-year-old retired successful business owner and a widower ( Robert De Niro) who lands up getting an internship at a fashion website run by a young woman played by Anne Hathaway. This film represents and male-female friendship which isn’t familial or sexual, which is something you rarely see in a movie. The Intern qualifies along masquerading as a fish-out-of-water comedy. Director Nancy Meyers makes sure that you sink into the lifestyle fantasies of The Intern like eiderdown which makes it one of the best movies on Netflix.

IMDB Rating: 7.1

 

The Notebook

Director:  Nick Cassavetes

Stars: Gena Rowlands, James Garner, Rachel McAdams

 

Tender with feeling and lush with beauty, it's a romantic tale that totally spins confidently among the age and youth. It’s consistent, and an exemplary love story that makes you feel as though you are there watching it as if you are one of those characters, which has the impact of the story substantially more real. There truly are no words to describe how it makes you feel. It's only one of those feel good movies that you will consider 30 years after watching it, and still get that same inclination in your heart and you'll realize that it touched you in one way or the other. If in case you haven't seen it, you truly are missing out on one of the works of art. It's far ahead from those sad movies which ruin the endings for you; we promise that your heart will be full of love after watching this beautiful movie.

IMDB Rating: 7.9

 


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When Harry Met Sally

Director: Rob Reiner

Stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher 

 

After it's release over 25 years ago "When Harry Met Sally" became a Golden movie for which it still tops a lot of lists being one of the best movies and that's why it also got into our best feel-good movies on Netflix. A movie that compiles the story of two friends over 11 years who were college mates and then again met and reconnected with each other after 10 years. Answering the question that been up on everyone's mind about " Can a man and a woman be only true friends?", without the other distractions was a great hit and would surely make you believe in love and friendship.

IMDB Rating: 7.6

 

Letter To Juliet

Director: Gary Winick

Stars:  Amanda Seyfried, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave

 

There's something about Romeo and Juliet that keeps you swearing by love and all that mush, time and again and this movie no less. Filmed against the beautiful backdrop of Tuscany, this sloppy melodrama movie would highlight the fact that love has no age. With Claire set on the journey to find her lover Lorenzo with her two chaperons this movie deals with love and all the hopes and happiness that love brings. The film moves in traditional style, but there are enough beauty and romance to keep you smiling, cheering and feeling good making it the best thing on Netflix.

IMDB Rating: 6.6

 

Pride And Prejudice 

Director:  Joe Wright

Stars:  Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn

 

The popular novel of Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice is again back in the theatres, and this adaptation will surely make you feel good with its awesome adaptation. The plot revolves around the game of love among the British upper caste people where the daughters are let to marry the wealthiest bachelor. In the movie, the Bennetts have 5 daughters who are looking for suitable matches for their daughters especially when a wealthy bachelor starts living near them. Showing narcissism and many more materialistic things this movie is bound for great laughter is one of the top movies on Netflix.

IMDB Rating: 7.8

 

The Devil Wears Prada

Director: David Frankel

Stars: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Adrian Grenier 

 

In this movie, it has been shown about the dizzying world of New York fashion, where size 0 is the new 2 and a bad hair day can end a career. "The Devil Wears Prada," tells the story about a journalist graduate lading up to the job of an assistant to the editor-in-chief of a famous fashion magazine for which a lot of girls would have killed for. Featuring cruel judgment about body size and fashion, characters are materialistic and chatty. But, the ending note would make you leave all the blues behind and have a feeling of faith and understanding of the definition of beauty and life.

IMDB Rating: 6.9

 

Blue Valentine 

Director: Derek Cianfrance

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman 

 

Here is a film that watches pretty well itself and also considered as one of the best Hollywood and romantic movies on Netflix. Derek Cianfrance, the film's writer and director, observes with great precision the birth and decay of a relationship. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play a couple whose marriage is coming apart at the layers. Blue Valentine can hardly be a date movie, but this movie is much useful to your relationships than watching Sleepless In Seattle a thousand times. The movie is all about a raw but beautiful picture of love uniting and dividing: tender, real and heartfelt.

IMDB Rating: 7.4

 

Set It Up

Director: Claire Scanlon

Stars:  Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu

 

This comedy movie is sure to leave you with abundant of laughter and know the situation kind of relatable feelings. An office-based romantic comedy that pairs young leads Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell as matchmakers for their overworked bosses are one of the best movies on Netflix. At the heart of "Set It Up" movies is, typically, a story contrivance,  involving a character’s false identity or a secret scheme that gets discovered by the end of the second act. In short, it’s a charming watch and, more importantly, it’s the kind of the feel-good movie that will bring a smile to your face.

IMDB Rating: 6.5

 

Notting Hill

Director: Roger Michell

Stars:  Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Richard McCabe

 

In the wake of perusing the rundown, 'Notting Hill' sounds like simply one more exaggerated Julia Roberts romantic comedy. Luckily, that isn’t the case. 'Notting Hill' is fun, sweet, canny and well, simply said, exceptionally engaging. Each one of the performers shares warm chemistry that just continues including to its quality. The friendship and relationship between the characters appear in an extremely delicate manner. It might be an oddity to state that a film can shimmer gradually, yet that is the only way you can portray this enchanting romantic comedy. Your romantic comedies binge-watch checklist is incomplete without this movie.

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

 

The Pursuit Of Happyness

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Stars:  Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

 

The Pursuit Of Happyness is a golden eye in the list of best inspirational movies on Netflix. It is the story of struggling salesman who takes custody of his son; then later the life takes a U-turn in his career and how the tasks of responsibilities transform the nature of the character is the most interesting part. 

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

 

Short Term 12

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Stars: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr. 

 

A 20 years old girl Grace, a staff member of a residential treatment facility tries to make the life better of her surrounding members. This makes her the actual "hero of the film’’. Short Term 12 successfully rewarded as the "Good Cry’’ movie as it touched million hearts. That's why it has reserved its place in the list of best inspirational movies on Netflix.

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

 

Bridesmaids

Director: Paul Feig

Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne

 

"You're like the maid of dishonor."

Bridesmaids - centers around the lead - Annie who goes through a series of misfortunes after being asked to be a bridesmaid of her best friend. The movie depicts the struggles of Annie who is facing several personal and business issues in life as she tries to juggle around both and fails miserably. For now, her only source of happiness is the fact that her best friend is getting married which makes her content and happy at heart. But, of course, the movie has a comical side more like adventures of a maid of honor.

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

 

The Meyerowitz Stories

Director: Noah Baumbach

Stars: Adam Sandler, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman

 

A flat-out brilliant drama movie and one of the good things to watch on Netflix which is about Harold Meyerowitz's children reunited in New York for the preparation of their father's career retrospective. The Meyerowitz Stories is a must watch for anyone who loves a movie that depicts great art, whether they succeed or not. The Meyerowitz Stories banters, bristles and sometimes bleeds too. The main highlight is Dustin Hoffman, giving a performance that is sublime in every silly and serious detail.

IMDb Rating:  7.0

 

Finding Nemo 

Director: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Stars: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould

 

The underwater treasure of the movie "Finding Nemo" is sure to bring a wide smile on your face. This famous amination movie on Netflix has become a fan-favorite home entertainment choice for families and animation fans since its release in 2013. A good movie with an awesome background score.

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

 

Have a good heart full of these feel-good movies to lighten up your day and leave all the stress behind.

 


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FAQ:

Q: Which are the best thriller movies on Netflix?

A: Creep, Gerald's Game and Killing Ground

 

Q: Which is Netflix and how does it work?

A: Netflix is an online platform/website which screens the top-notch series of movies, documentaries and tv shows based on monthly subscription packs. 

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