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Treat Your Soul To 9 Of The Best Feel-Good Movies On Netflix NZ

By Urban List Writers
18th Sep 2020

rachal mcadams and will ferrell performing in eurovision movie

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 9 of the best feel-good movies to watch on Netflix.


It’s not hard to realise why Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga is a glorious success. Written by Will Ferrell, the comedy follows aspiring Icelandic musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) who are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at Eurovision and from here — the Eurovision cameos and references literally spiral out of control.

The House

Well, sue us for including another Will Ferrell gem. If it’s some hard laughs you’re after, the feel-good comedy that is The House is an absolute must-watch. Starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell as two parents desperate for cash when their daughter is accepted into a college they can’t afford, The House follows their mission of turning their suburbia house into an underground casino to make bank.


If you grew up watching National Lampoon’s Vacation, you’ll want to hit play on its next-generation spin-off. Vacation follows the infamous Clark Griswold’s son, Rusty, as he tries to reconnect with his family in true Griswold style. Rusty (Ed Helms) basically goes all or nothing and forces his family into a week-long road trip to the nostalgic Walley World and, as you might have guessed, everything that can go wrong absolutely does. Vacation also stars the hilarious Christina Applegate and Aussie talent Chris Hemsworth.

The Duff

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. 

Coach Carter

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.


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 surprise. 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.

Someone Great

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.


Got more time to spare? Then binge your way through the best shows on Netflix.

Image credit: Netflix

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