Some people prefer action movies, some romantic comedies, some horror movies, but no one can ever say no to the ‘feel-good’ movies. Movies that leave you feeling happier, make you ponder about life, love and family, make you sort out your priorities or in short make you really think. Although, this genre can differ from person to person, we have compiled a list of 15 best feel good movies that will make you smile, give you warm feeling of happiness and instantly perk up a bad day:
15. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
This romantic comedy movie is a modernization of The Taming of Shrew, a 16th century comedy by William Shakespeare, retold in 1990’s high school setting. This movie is about Cameron who is smitten with Bianca but learns her father has forbidden her to date until her man-hating older sister Kat starts dating. He attempts to get Patrick, the bad boy of their school, to date Kat. This heartwarming movie is still considered as one of the best rom-coms of all time.
This movie was definitely breakthrough for Gordon-Levitt, Ledger, Oleynik and Stiles – all of them were nominated for their roles on various award shows. Stiles won the CFCA Award for Most Promising Actress and MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance. It was a box office success, generating USD $8,330,681 on its opening weekend and ranked number two behind The Matrix. Ten years after its release, it was adapted into a TV series of same title, running for twenty episodes.
14. Jerry Maguire (1996)
Among the top ten highest grossing movies of 1996, Jerry Maguire is considered as one of the best Tom Cruise movies. This movie is about the growth of an individual and about finding your true self. The high profile sports agent has a moral epiphany and in the heat of the moment sends a company wide memo, only to get fired in the end. A man who once had everything, a great job and a beautiful wife, suddenly hits rock bottom. But that doesn’t stop him from trying again.
This movie was inspired by Leigh Steinberg, a sports agent. It was a major success generating $273 million worldwide. It was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Actor for Tom Cruise, Best Picture, and Cuba Gooding Jr bagged an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.
13. Chef (2014)
A comedy drama movie directed, co-produced and written by Jon Favreau who also starred as the main lead. He plays a professional chef who quits his job at a popular restaurant after his public fight with a food critic. He resolves to fix up a food truck and goes after his dreams of starting his own food business without anyone restricting his creativity. This movie is a celebration of the love for family, friends and ofcourse food.
The movie was well received at the box office grossing $45 million and also by the critics who praised the writing and direction of Favreau. He won AARP Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Movie, as well as the Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award for Narrative. The movie won the AARP Movies for Grownups Award for Best Comedy.
12. Tootsie (1982)
The story about an unemployed talented actor, who is well known for being difficult on set, and is forced to change his identity as a woman in order to get a job. One of the most intelligent comedy movies with a great script and perfect cast. The movie is so wonderful that it is still relevant today and has been deemed by the Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and is selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
It was also a major hit at the time of its release grossing $177,200,000 in the U.S. alone. It was the second biggest grossing movie of 1982 after E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. This movie was nominated for ten Oscars with Lange winning the Best Supporting Actress award.
11. Love Actually (2001)
One of those movies that will suck you in right from the start, keep you hooked till the end and leave you feeling warm and happy. It narrates the stories of eight different couples struggle with love life in various interrelated tales during Christmas time. An amazing cast, excellent script will make you laugh with different portrayals and attitudes of love.
It generated mixed but mostly positive reviews grossing $247 million worldwide and bagging two Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture. Bill Nighy won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance in Supporting Role, Martine McCutcheon won Empire Award for Best Newcomer, Emma Thompson won the Empire Award for Best British Actress, and the movie itself won the Empire Award for Best British Film.
10. Midnight in Paris (2011)
The is a story about a screenwriter who, during a trip to Paris with his fiancée and her family, finds himself mysteriously getting lost in the world of 1920s at midnight every day. This marvelous movie will leave you feeling something magical, mystical and special about the midnight hour. It will make you want to go after your dreams and believe nothing is impossible.
This movie has been considered as one of the best movies of Woody Allen in recent years, also one of his highest grossing, and was received well by critics. It grossed $151 million worldwide. It earned Allen an Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year.
9. The Blind Side (2009)
The thing about biopic movies is that most often the events are handled superficially and exploited to dramatize them, however The Blind Side presented them in a profound and beautiful manner. A moving story about Michael Oher, a traumatized and homeless boy, whose life changes after he is welcomed warmly into a family, leading them to legally adopt him eventually.
It grossed more than $300 million worldwide.
Sandra Bullock won a well-deserved Oscar for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role for her exceptional acting in the movie. The movie itself was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.
8. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
A truly classic rom-com movie based loosely on a novel of same name by Truman Capote. An unusual romantic story with a touch of sophistication and whole lot of glamor. The story revolves around young beautiful socialite who gets attracted to a man who has recently moved into her building, but her past and current activities might get into the way of their romance. Hepburn’s portrayal of the eccentric and naïve socialite became one of her iconic and memorable roles. She added a touch of sweetness and innocence to the role. This is a movie full of romance, humor, and style.
The movie won two Oscars – Best Original Song for Moon River and Best Original Score. It also received three Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress for Hepburn. The movie grossed 14 million worldwide and was deemed by U.S. Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.