Best Feel-good Movies


  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Slumdog Millionaire (R, 2008)

    Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan
    Accused of cheating and desperate to prove his innocence, an eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums... read more of Mumbai reflects back on his tumultuous life while competing to win 20 million rupees on India's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in Danny Boyle's inspirational drama. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) may not have a penny to his name, but that could all change in a matter of hours. He's one question away from taking the top prize on India's most popular television game show, but as with everything else in Jamal's life, it isn't going to be easy. Arrested by police under suspicion of cheating, Jamal is interrogated by the authorities. The police simply can't believe that a common "slumdog" could possibly possess the knowledge to get this far in the game, and in order to convince them of how he gained such knowledge, Jamal begins reflecting back on his childhood. As young boys, Jamal and his older brother, Salim, lived in squalor, and lost their mother in a mob attack on Muslims. Subsequently forced to rely on their own wits to survive, the desperate siblings fell back on petty crime, eventually befriending adorable yet feisty young Latika as they sought out food and shelter on the unforgiving streets of Mumbai. Though life on the streets was never easy, Jamal's experiences ultimately instilled in him the knowledge he needed to answer the tough questions posed to him on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. And though Jamal makes a convincing case for himself, one question still remains: why would a young man with no apparent desire for wealth or fame be so determined to win big on a national game show? Of course, it won't be long until everyone finds out the answer to this burning question, because as Jamal sits down to find out whether he will be rich beyond his wildest dreams, 60 million viewers remain transfixed to their televisions eager to see if he'll correctly answer the final question. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • evelynrankine
      evelynrankine: Really good movie however definitely not a feelgood movie as it was advertised and really quite har
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • fb657619923
      fb657619923: Everybody talks about this film being uplifting amd it is - in the end. It's certainly no fluffy, f
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • birranekarl
      birranekarl: As the poster said this film is a feelgood one, yes it has some very dark moments throughtout but e
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Mamma Mia!

    Mamma Mia! (PG-13, 2008)

    Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters
    Longing to discover the identity of her true father before she exchanges her wedding vows, the daugh... read moreter of a once-rebellious single mother secretly invites a trio of paternal candidates to her upcoming wedding in this feature adaptation of the beloved stage musical. Independent-minded single mother Donna (Meryl Streep) has always done her best to raise her spirited daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), while simultaneously running a successful hotel on a small Greek island, but now the time has come for this hardworking mom to finally let go. In just a few days, Sophie will be married, and Donna will stand by bittersweetly as her little girl takes flight. Of course, Donna's lifelong friends Rosie (Julie Walters) and Tanya (Christine Baranski) will both be present at the wedding, but unbeknownst to the mother, Sophie has furtively invited three very special guests of her own. When Sophie walks down the aisle on that fateful day, she wants her father to hand her off. The only problem is that Donna has never revealed the true identity of Sophie's father, leaving the resourceful future bride to narrow the list down to three potential candidates. Now, as three key figures from Donna's past return to the picturesque Mediterranean shores they all walked 20 years prior, one beautiful bride will discover the secret of her past while one lonely mother finds out that it's never too late for a little romance. Phyllida Lloyd, director of both the original London sensation as well as the hit Broadway incarnation, makes her feature directorial debut with this big-screen version of the beloved musical featuring 22 classic ABBA hits. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dominic Cooper co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • kayleigh2904
      kayleigh2904: Mamma Mia can only be described as a complete cheesefest. Although covering Abba songs sounds like
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • robgeje
      robgeje: great mindless emtertainment,wonderfull feelgood factor
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Hairspray

    Hairspray (PG, 2007)

    John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden
    Adam Shankman's adaptation of the stage musical Hairspray, itself an adaptation of the non-musical J... read moreohn Waters film of the same name, stars Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, an overweight high-school student whose only dream is to be on a local Baltimore teen dance program. While her father (Christopher Walken) tells her to follow her dreams, her mother Edna (John Travolta in drag) reminds her that she doesn't look like the girls on that show. After impressing the show's host (James Marsden), Tracy earns a coveted spot on the program, but when she becomes a popular addition to the cast, she earns the wrath of the prettiest girl in school -- a girl whose mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) just happens to operate the local television station. Tracy's visit to detention hall opens her eyes to the racial tension on the show, as does the budding relationship between her best friend (Amanda Bynes) and an African-American boy named Seaweed (Elijah Kelley). Thus empowered, Tracy attempts to integrate the races on her favorite program. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
  • Amélie

    Amélie (R, 2001)

    Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Yolande Moreau, Artus de Penguern
    One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming... read more and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Her mother Amandine (Lorella Cravotta) died in a freak accident when Amelie was eight, and her father Raphael (Rufus) had limited contact with her, since his presence seemed to throw her heart into high gear. Despite all this, Amelie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. When Princess Diana dies in a car wreck in the summer of 1997, Amelie is reminded that life can be fleeting and she decides it's time for her to intervene in the lives of those around her, hoping to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbors and the regulars at the cafe. Amelie starts by bringing together two lonely people -- Georgette (Isabelle Nanty), a tobacconist with a severe case of hypochondria, and Joseph (Dominique Pinon), an especially ill-tempered customer. When Amelie finds a box of old toys in her apartment, she returns them to their former owner, Mr. Bretodeau (Maurice Benichou), sending him on a reverie of childhood. Amelie befriends Dufayel (Serge Merlin), an elderly artist living nearby whose bones are so brittle, thanks to a rare disease, that everything in his flat must be padded for his protection. And Amelie decides someone has to step into the life of Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), a lonely adult video store clerk and part-time carnival spook-show ghost who collects pictures left behind at photo booths around Paris. Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amelie Poulain received unusually enthusiastic advance reviews prior to its French premiere in the spring of 2001, and was well received at a special free screening at that year's Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • Kavu
      Kavu: One of the best feelgood movies there is. Full of color both literally and metaphorically and leave
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • DrStrangeblog
      DrStrangeblog: The modern film that best proves movie magic does not merely reside in nostalgia. A feelgood fanta
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • tarMen
      tarMen: What can I say! It´s the best feelgood movies ever! You will just love it!
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • The Blind Side

    The Blind Side (PG-13, 2009)

    Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins
    Taken in by a well-to-do family and offered a second chance at life, a homeless teen grows to become... read more the star athlete projected to be the first pick at the NFL draft in this sports-themed comedy drama inspired by author Michael Lewis' best-seller The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. Michael Oher was living on the streets when he was welcomed into the home of a conservative suburban family, but over time he matured into a talented athlete. As the NFL draft approaches, fans and sports radio personalities alike speculate that Oher will be the hottest pick of the year. Sandra Bullock stars in a film written and directed by John Lee Hancock (The Rookie, The Alamo). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb541716475
      fb541716475: An episode of the simpsons has more dimension than this cheesy movie. Feelgood for wealthy white br
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • fb629665336
      fb629665336: I expected to hate this bigscale American feelgood film. Headlining with Sandra Bullock, who has a
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • fb1060586817
      fb1060586817: what a film - I'm not into football but like everyone I do enjoy a good story. this is a really enj
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Juno

    Juno (PG-13, 2007)

    Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, Allison Janney
    When a teenage girl is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she enlists the aid of her best friend in... read more finding the unborn child a suitable home in this coming-of-age comedy drama from Thank You for Smoking director Jason Reitman. Juno (Ellen Page) may seem wise beyond her years, but after sleeping with classmate Bleeker (Michael Cera), the pregnant teen quickly realizes how little she really knows about life. Thankfully, Juno has been blessed with parents (J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney) who trust their daughter's judgment, and a best friend named Leah (Olivia Thirlby), who's always willing to help out in a pinch. With a little help from Leah, Juno soon comes into contact with Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa (Jennifer Garner) -- an affluent suburban couple who have been unable to conceive a child of their own. Mark and Vanessa seem like they would make great parents, and are eager to adopt Juno's unborn child. Now, as adolescent Juno is faced with a series of very adult decisions, she will draw on the support of her family and friends in order to discover who she truly is, and discover that one bad choice can have a lifetime of consequences. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
  • Love Actually

    Love Actually (R, 2003)

    Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant
    All of London is in love -- or longing to be -- in Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis... read more' first directorial effort. Billed as "the ultimate romantic comedy," Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another's heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) brings many of the principals together, including heartsick best man Mark (Andrew Lincoln), who harbors a very unrequited crush on Juliet. There's also recent widower Daniel (Liam Neeson), trying to help his lonely stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster) express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen (Emma Thompson) tries to rekindle the passion of her husband, Harry (Alan Rickman), who secretly pines for a young colleague of his. In the same office, the lonely Sarah (Laura Linney) not-so-secretly pines for a man just a few desks away (Rodrigo Santoro), who returns her affections but may not be able to dissuade her neuroses. Providing the unofficial soundtrack for all of the couples is an aging rocker (Bill Nighy) who just wants to cash in and get laid -- but even he might find a meaningful relationship in the most unlikely of places. A working print of Love Actually premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
    • khadijahlatiff
      khadijahlatiff: best. feelgood. movie. of. all. times.
      How can anybody not like Love Actually? It might be a littl
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • tonidefeo
      tonidefeo: Definitely funny feelgood movie - tho watched at home.
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
    • aminasbari
      aminasbari: Thoroughly enjoyable. Richard Curtis? is it? never gets it wrong. Tremendously talented cast. Chee
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • August Rush

    August Rush (PG, 2007)

    Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams
    Estranged from his parents by circumstance and nudged toward a foster family, a young boy seeks out ... read morehis long-lost folks and discovers prodigious musical talent in this family-oriented drama from Disco Pigs director Kirsten Sheridan. In the aftermath of a passionate night together above New York's Washington Square, a charismatic Irish guitarist named Louis (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and a reserved cellist named Lyla (Keri Russell) are forced apart by fate. Despite the fact that they do not remain together, however, their fleeting union has created something amazing that neither could have ever anticipated -- a baby. Unfortunately, just after the child's birth, the mother is misinformed that the infant has died. Cut to 11 years later, when the child, Evan, is living in a Gotham-area boys' home and has developed an acute ability to listen to the sounds of the outside world -- hoping against all hope that his biological mother and father will turn up to claim him, while those in charge try to encourage him to open himself up to the possibility of adoption. Unduly rejecting these bids, Evan runs away into the city. Out on the streets, the child falls into the clutches of a manipulative, untrustworthy street person named Wizard (Robin Williams), who renames Evan "August Rush" and opens the boy up to the depth and breadth of his own musical talent even as he smells the opportunity to grow rich off of the foundling. Meanwhile, Evan/August's hope persists that he will be reunited with his folks, and Louis and Lyla, unable to forget their initial night of love, feel themselves being drawn back together by fate. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
  • Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine (R, 2006)

    Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin
    When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), voices her desire to take home t... read morehe coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams in former music video directorial team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' quirky feature debut, starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette. Despite early career success as an outspoken motivational speaker, family patriarch Richard (Kinnear) continues to cling to his "Refuse to Lose" philosophy, much to the chagrin of his increasingly annoyed spouse, Sheryl (Collette). Add into the mix a Nietzsche-reading teenage son (Paul Dano) who has taken a vow of silence until he finds his fate as a fighter pilot; a horny, heroin-happy grandfather (Alan Arkin) with a penchant for creative profanity; and a suicidal genius (Carell) and Proust scholar still reeling about losing both his male lover and his MacArthur Foundation genius grant -- and the stage is set for a road trip in which sanity is sure to take the back seat. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • alexroy69
      alexroy69: Quand on se trouve face au premier long métrage du couple qui a réalisé des clips aussi cool que "T
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • TweekThemoviecritic
      TweekThemoviecritic: One of the best films I've ever seen. This feelgood movie with an outstanding cast never stops deli
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • Keca
      Keca: If I were to sum up this film in one word, it would be... Lovely. However, one word doesn't quite d
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • Be Kind Rewind

    Be Kind Rewind (PG-13, 2008)

    Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Melonie Diaz
    When a bumbling movie lover becomes magnetized while attempting to sabotage a local power plant and ... read moreaccidentally erases all of the videotapes in the small video store where his best friend works, the pair attempt to keep the store's loyal customer base by remaking as many of the top-renting movies as possible. Mike (Mos Def) is an employee at Be Kind Rewind, a modest mom and pop video store that is owned by Mr. Fletcher (Danny Glover). Mike's best friend Jerry (Jack Black) works in an auto garage/junkyard directly adjacent to a local power plant. Lately Jerry has become increasingly paranoid about the effects that the power plant is having on his health. Convinced that he has developed a brain tumor from working in such close proximity to the power plant, Jerry attempts to sabotage the plant. Unfortunately for Jerry, his brain is magnetized in the process. The next time Jerry goes to visit Mike at Be Kind Rewind, the powerful magnetization emanating from his brain erases every videotape in the store. Now the only way for Mike and Jerry to be sure that Be Kind Rewind stays in business is to remake every film on the shelves before the customers notice. But when word gets out that Mike and Jerry have remade such Hollywood classics as Back to the Future, Robocop, The Lion King, and Rush Hour without permission, the store is threatened with copyright violations and forced to close its doors. In the aftermath of the closing, Mr. Fletcher and his employees discover just how loyal their customers really are when the entire neighborhood pools their resources to transform the junkyard into a legitimate movie studio and produce an entirely original film detailing the incredible adventures of a local jazz legend. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi