what’s your feel good movie?

Wow. I noticed that most of my entries the past week or so have been very intense. So, let’s take a step back. For goodness sake, it’s Thanksgiving week! And we also need to get many of our blog lurkers and stalkers off the sidelines and onto the comments.

No one will bite…but I can’t guarantee it after this week.

Here’s the simple question:

What are you go to feel good movies that you watch to lift your spirits? The films you watch when you’re feeling down, knocked down, or in need of inspiration?

How about three? But share at least one.

My three+ in no particular order:

  • Star Wars (any one of them)
  • Hoosiers
  • Chariots of Fire
  • * Gotta add: Shawshank Redemption
  • * With the family: Sound of Music and “Anybody Have a Peanut?”

If you’re bored and want to read couple great previous movie lists on the blog:


77 Replies to “what’s your feel good movie?”

  1. Already mentioned but Rudy and Amelie are certainly go-to movies.

    Ones that haven’t been listed…
    Little Miss Sunshine
    Punch Drunk Love
    …and I have to mention Amelie yet again because it always surprises me and makes me all giddy inside.

  2. I’ve never even heard of Amelie, will have to look it up.

    Up, is one of my favorite movies, hilarious and powerful all in an animated movie.

    Pride and Prejudice. I like the 2005 version.

    And my favorite movie ever, Blazing Saddles.

  3. When I still want some level of sophistication:
    – Little Miss Sunshine
    – Lars and the Real Girl
    – Sense and Sensibility
    – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    – Motorcycle Diaries

    When I just want a laugh:
    – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    – The Three Amigos
    – Elf

    I’ve got to add that my favorite thing to put in the DVD player after a long week is Arrested Development. It just gets better every time!

  4. I find that kiddie movies most often get me in a good mood after a bad day or week. Some I enjoy are:
    Space Jam
    Harriet the Spy
    Secret Garden

    The Dish and Dirty Dancing are 2 other feel-good movies which are high quality

  5. A Christmas Story
    Little Miss Sunshine is a good one, so I’ll “borrow” that.

    I want to say “Precious”, but “feel-good” is not quite the word for it because it’s so hard to watch–but it does inspire me.

    Ditto for The Soloist.

  6. The Natural (used to listen to the soundtrack with my dad in his truck before softball games)

    Sound of Music (also useful as a soundtrack when packing (or unpacking) boxes)

    Amelie (careful if the heartbreak is acute, but a wonderful, inspiring film – one of my all-time favorites and go-to movies when I’m feeling down)

    Stranger Than Fiction (a newer favorite – hope and salvation in the midst of a stifling culture of fatalism)

    The Two Towers (also great after heartbreak and sorrow)

    The Incredibles (if everyone was special, no one would be 🙂

  7. prying me out of lurker mode with this:

    Groundhog Day
    Stranger Than Fiction
    Love Actually

    ** virtually any Sci-Fi
    ** anything with Bruce Willis
    ** or explosions

  8. it’s not out on DVD yet but it is my favorite film of all time [in my short 20 ish years at least haha]: 500 days of summer. johnny D, here’s to you mentioning it as well!

    serenity for my nerd side. not really feel good until the end when all the good stuff happens..

    also, johnny english. it is a TERRIBLE film but it packs nonstop laughter. who could ask for more?


  9. My all-time fav inspirational movie is “Dead Poets Society”

    Also really like “Lost in Translation” (maybe a strange choice for a “feel good” movie?)

    And another vote for “Love, Actually”

  10. I’m all over the timeline here:

    The Devil Wears Prada (I really wanted to hate it, but Streep & Tucci were just too amazing.)

    Frisco Kid (Gene Wilder’s best-ever performance, IMHO)

    Miss Potter (can’t help it — I raised my kids on Peter Rabbit)

    Amadeus (am I dating myself?)

    Family Man (first time I laid eyes on Don Cheadle)

    and a brand new favorite: Where the Wild Things Are (Ok, so I can’t pop it in the DVD player … yet)

  11. Thanks, Eugene! I needed this break!

    too many great movies like ” Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” so,

    I will enjoy and laugh with

    any movie with John Candy

    then, I will enjoy and think outside myself with

    Any movie with Don Cheadle

    ….Jackie Chan, anyone?

  12. Recent feel-goods:
    Away We Go
    Amazing Grace
    Akelah and the Bee

    Sound of Music
    Mary Poppins
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder version)

  13. This is definitely a break from the usual fare that I find here, not that I don’t enjoy the other stuff. If I had to choose three movies, then I would go with these:

    – Titanic: I am a James Cameron fan, first of all, and it is just a beauitful movie in general.

    – The Devil Wears Prada: Meryl Streep is amazing, like it or not.

    – The Family Stone: This movie gets me all warm inside. Sad, yes, but still quite beautiful.

  14. “Anybody Want A Peanut” – of course (Princess Bride). It’s my fam-friendly feel-good fave. The kids know this and sweetly planned to watch it the day we had to put my cat down. (pretty thoughtful for 5 & 9 yo boys!!)

    Galaxy Quest – I put this one on a LOT when I clean or am sick. If you’ve ever been a Sci-Fi/Trekkie fan (I’m just a mild fan) this is HILARIOUS

    I 2nd the Arrested Development. Definitely NOT fam-friendly, but pee-my-pants hilarious. I put those in if I’m home sick (and my kids are at school)

    My husband’s feel-good fave is Sports Night (Aaron Sorkin’s pre-West Wing series). It’s a winner.

    Ever After is also a good one

    Emma and Sense and Sensibility are great, too.

  15. Remember the Titans
    Glory Road
    (Yes I know they are all sports movies – still, they inspire me and lift me up)

    And for something just stupidly funny
    Christmas Vacation

  16. A Room with a View
    Shakespeare in Love
    When Harry Met Sally
    The Philadelphia Story the old one, with Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart)
    Slumdog Millionaire
    Life is Beautiful (doesn’t really make you feel good, but, you know. . .)

  17. “Much Ado About Nothing” would be near the top of my list – from the joyous bathing scene at the beginning to the happy frolic at the end the film is full of wonderful feel-good moments

    “Sense and Sensibility” is a film I can watch again and again and still have it bring a tear of joy to my eye. Alan Rickman gives a wonderfully restrained performance.

    Three for Christmas…

    “It’s a Wonderful Life” – may seem cliched but I always feel joyous after watching it.

    “Scrooge” with Alistair Sim. The moment Scrooge joins his nephew’s party to the strains of “Barb’ry Allen” is one of the most poignant scenes in film, for my money.

    “Millions” – again the final scene wraps up this wonderful little film nicely, and reminds us all what it means to live in solidarity.

  18. The Scarlett Pimpernell! “Gods Fish My Dear!”
    Much Ado About Nothing/Sense and Sensibility-Gotta love Emma Thompson!
    Ocean’s Eleven
    First Pirates of the Carribean…”I’m disinclined to aquiesce to your request…means ‘no”.” 🙂
    Amazing Grace
    And a really oldie Dangerous When Wet… I love Esther Williams, she can swim and act…at the same time!

  19. Hoosiers- “dont get caught watchin the paint dry” – “ill make it”
    Rad – “let’s walk this sucker” – “hulk hogan eat your heart out”
    Almost Famous – “youll meet them all in the long journey to the middle””

  20. The Ugly Truth – This was a really good movie, alot better then i expected.

    Spirited Away – I watched this when I was like 11 or 12, and like every other kid who watches this movie, it’s the only thing you can think about for weeks after it.

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