Life can get stressful, and sometimes we just need to kick back and relax. We all have our ways of doing this, listening to music, journaling, etc. Movies are another great way to do this. They encourage emotional release and bring a sense of freedom from the stresses of our lives. They also allow us to distance ourselves from our problems, making it easier to come back and address them with a clearer mind. Additionally, it’s been shown that watching sad movies can actually make us feel happier (Singer). So without further ado, here are ten of my favorite feel-good film(in no particular order) for when you need them.
- School of Rock
It feels like Jack Black’s awesomeness has faded away throughout the years. School of Rock, however, is a reminder of just how great he is. It’s about an ex-musician and substitute teacher who joins a new private school and enters his surprisingly talented class into a rock band competition. It combines themes like familial standards with personal expression through music to form an upbeat and exciting film that always makes me smile.
This is a sweet movie combining an energetic plot, phenomenal animations, and cultural immersion that deserves its reviews. Coco tells the tale of a boy who loves for music while living in a family that has banned it for years. It’ll remind you why you should appreciate the family you have and enjoy the unique culture that comes with it.
If you haven’t seen Up!, watch it. Personally, this is my favorite Pixar movie. Its sad, yet wholesome plot is sure to bring back some nostalgia if you’ve seen it before. The film is about an adventure between an older man and a naive and explorative boy scout. Together, they travel abroad and experience beauty rarely appreciated by humanity while forming a surprising friendship.
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Probably my favorite one on the list. This movie combines a spectacular soundtrack with beautifully shot scenes of Icelandic scenery while telling the story of a man and his search for an adventure in his life. The protagonist, Walter Mitty, struggles with maladaptive daydreaming, which brings an unrealistically realistic flavor to the plot. For me, this is a must-watch.
- Grown Ups
This is a hilarious movie with a cast that’ll crack you up. At the same time, it’s got a wholesome, friendly plot that will send you straight to Grown Ups 2. It’s about a group of childhood friends coming together with their families and having a good time at a lake.
Seven hundred years into the future, WALL-E is the robot left responsible for cleaning up the earth so it’s safe for the humans to return from space safely. This movie is about him meeting robot counterpart, Eve, and doing all he can to keep the companionship he had sought after for years. It’s another Pixar icon that I for sure, recommend.
This is one of those older movies that our generation kind of missed out on. Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks) makes a wish to overcome the limits of his small size, and when his request comes true, he is forced to live with the repercussions of adult life. Big is a hilarious but good-natured family movie.
- La La Land
La La Land is a critically acclaimed romance about two performers drawn together by the passion for doing what they love, despite obstacles that attempt to stop them. This is probably the only real romance on the list, but its Broadway-Esque style makes it stand out while shining a new light on the bond between two people.
- Good Will Hunting
This movie is about a genius named Will Hunting (Matt Damon) who lives in Boston and has been getting into trouble all of his life. But despite his situation in life, poverty, and reckless nature, he can do great things with his inclination and ability to learn. With the guidance of a therapist (Robin Williams), he finds a new love for life.
- Forest Gump
Forest Gump is funny, inspirational, heartwarming, and without a doubt, a feel-good movie. It covers the story of a simple-minded boy and how, despite what others think of him, he can find his success in life. It can be sad at times, but it’s always been one of my favorites.
Enjoy these if you so please, and have a great week!