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 10 of the best feel-good movies to watch on Netflix.
Feel good movies come in all forms and for us, nothing makes us smile more than a classic high school comedy. Case in point—The Duff. This witty flick is based off the book of the same name and will have you laughing from the opening scene. It follows the life of Bianca Piper (played by the hilarious Mae Whitman) who upon finding out she’s the DUFF (designated, ugly, fat friend) of her girl gang, strikes up a deal with high school heartthrob Wesley Rush (Robbie Amell) to give her a makeover. But as you can probably guess, she’s gets a whole lot more than that.
The Wedding Singer
Say what you want about about Adam Sandler’s recent movies (Uncut Gems aside), but you cannot deny that The Wedding Singer will never get old and always leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy. For those of you haven’t seen it, it follows wedding singer Robbie (Adam Sandler), who after being ditched by his fiancée, befriends waitress Julia (Drew Barrymore) and helps her plan her wedding…only to fall in love with her. We could, and have, watched this on repeat.
The Blind Side
The Blind Side tells the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless teen who has been the victim of abuse his whole life—stay with us the feel-good part is coming. But everything changes when he’s adopted by local do-gooder Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her family, who introduce Michael to football and proceed to change the course of his life for the better. This one is the ultimate heart-warmer.
We’re sticking with the sports theme here because the formula for a triumphant flick that just makes you feel good is all here. When Coach Ken Carter (played by Samuel L Jackson) is hired as a basketball coach for a school in a notoriously tough part of town he causes a serious stir with teachers, parents and players, with his "controversial" coaching method—aka he wants them to do well on the court and in school. As the troubled teens begin to turn things around, they realise they're worth so much more than what society has led them to believe. Yes, there will be some tears with this one, but in the end you’ll feel so much better for watching.
Whether you’re a fan of ABBA or not, you’d be hard pressed to get through this flick without cracking a serious smile. Set on the Greek island of Kalokairi, a single mum (played by queen Meryl Streep) has her idyllic life flipped upside down when her bride-to-be daughter (Amanda Seyfried) invites three of her mum’s ex-lovers to the wedding. Singalongs are highly encouraged.
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, 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.
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.
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