When your faith in humanity is yet to be restored, it means it’s time to throw your feet up and hit the best feel-good movies on Netflix.
To save you time in culling the white noise, we’ve put together a full-proof guide to the movies guaranteed to treat your soul and sanity. Watching one of these movies will do the trick but if it tickles your fancy, bingeing through all of them will do you a world of good too.
Here are 7 of the best feel-good movies to watch on Netflix.
Inspired by true events, Wonder is the story about a young boy with Treacher Collins syndrome who learns to navigate the world of high school after being home-schooled for most of his life. Starring the king and queen of all feel-good movies, Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts, you can expect this one to really pull on the heart-strings but leave you with your faith in humanity restored.
If you haven’t already delved into Gifted, you’re in for a glorious suprise. You know him as Captain American but in this feel-good flick, Chris Evans takes the role as the single Dad struggling to bring up his math prodigy daughter. After he gets into a custody battle with his Mother In Law, things start to go down hill.
If you need a break from the seemingly dark world of Netflix right now, Someone Great is your fix for laughs, the reality of relationships and the beauty of amazing best friends. Extremely relatable (which is why it also qualifies as one the best new movies on Netflix to watch right now), this hilarious film stars Gina Rodrigues as Jenny, an aspiring music journalist who has just landed her dream job across the country. Things fall through with her boyfriend of nine years which naturally means her two best friends rally together to give her a mammoth send off and hit one last adventure around the city for old times sake.
Not only is Dumplin’ one of the best Netflix Originals, it’s also one of the best feel-good movies you could treat your soul to. Dumplin’ (you know her as Aussie star Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, played by Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her mum’s pageant in protest. When this escalates and more contestants follow suit, the pageant and town its based in, are slowly revolutionised.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
For your own sanity, regular consumption of Forgetting Sarah Marshall is crucial. This gem is an 11/10 concoction of Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Bill Hader, Mila Kunis and Hawaii so the real question is, how could this film NOT make you feel good?
For the nostalgic feel-good flick, your go-to has to be Dirty Dancing. Hit play on this gem for all the on-screen magic between Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey that’s guaranteed to give you all the feels. Telling the story of a young girl who heads to holiday camp with her family, “Baby” falls hard for the camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle.
In the movie Chef, Jon Favreau stars as a, you guessed it, chef, who has become disillusioned by the restaurant business. In an effort to regain his passion he sets out on a tasty road trip with his estranged son in a food truck selling the most heavenly looking Cuban sandwiches. It’s funny, light-hearted, feel good and one of the best food films you could dedicate your time to. But best of all, it shows that you don’t have to spend big to enjoy something seriously delicious.
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