15 Feel-Good Movies We Could Watch Every Day

Movies have the power to directly influence someone’s mood. They can make viewers cry or leave them smiling for the rest of the day. There’s nothing as comforting as coming home to a good movie after a bad day.

Each person has their own choice for their comfort movie. Yet, some wholesome films are universally known to give people warmth and laughter.

1. Petite Maman (2021)

Petite Maman (2021)
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Like most classic French movies, Petite Maman features minimalist visuals. The characters seamlessly transition from one scene to another. The story requires patience since it’s told tenderly and softly. It follows the friendship of two young girls as they meet in the countryside. The storytelling almost feels meditative. No matter how simple, each moment is felt by the audience.

2. The Intouchables (2011)

The Intouchables (2011)
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The Intouchables captures the purity of friendship. The screenplay portrays the emotional connection between the two characters. Based on actual events, the story is touching but presented with witty humor. The development of each relationship feels natural instead of forced. It shows a friendship that goes beyond society and life and leaves its audience longing for a similar friendship.

3. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
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Director Hayao Miyazaki has a way of making his audience appreciate the little things. This gentle coming-of-age story follows the journey of a young witch named Kiki. Everyone she encounters is kind and wholesome. The film manages to capture mature emotions and themes through a young girl’s eyes. It leaves viewers with an appreciation of the simplest of things. It’s no wonder why Studio Ghibli movies are considered such a comforting genre of films.

4. The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
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This French musical is inspired by nostalgic Hollywood musicals. The audience is transported into a sweet storyline set in a sun-soaked world full of popping colors and cheerful music. Made for dreamers, this film leaves its viewers with hope blossoming inside. Many find themselves wanting to learn French to fully experience the movie.

5. Supermarket Woman (1996)

Supermarket Woman (1996)
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A failing supermarket hires an energetic woman to compete with its rivals. Soon, she changes the lives of the characters in the film. Despite the simple storyline, the film has everything from action to martial arts. It has a cartoonish, comedic style, but director Jûzô Itami makes it work. The movie’s perfect pacing doesn’t leave its audience bored even for a minute. By the end, the contagious energy of Supermarket Woman will stay with the viewers.

6. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
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Director Wes Anderson truly outdid himself when he created this masterpiece of a stop-motion film. The animation is soothing to the eyes. It’s based on the novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. Anderson uses a nostalgic autumn color palette throughout the film. Despite only starring animals, the film feels more human than Anderson’s other movies. The emotional complexity and symbolism are awe-inspiring. It’s a perfect film.

7. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
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There’s something special about rom-coms based on Shakespeare’s plays. This modern take on The Taming of the Shrew has become a fan favorite for many. This charming film has the perfect blend of humor and romance. Plus, Heath Ledger’s cover of the iconic “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” leaves viewers with a smile. It perfectly captures the character development of both sisters. The audience can’t help but feel a personal connection to the characters.

8. Sing Street (2016)

Sing Street (2016)
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Sing Street captures the highs and lows of being a teenager through the magic of creating music. It embodies the carefree, joyful days of being young and in love. The audience will get lost in the ’80s setting of the movie. Each song tells a story about the characters. Viewers will remember the bittersweet feeling of growing into adulthood and the warmth of being young.

9. Amelie (2001)

Amelie (2001)
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There’s no bigger dreamer than Amelie. Her journey towards her goals while caring for others is admirable. She not only leaves a smile on every character’s face but also the viewer’s. Despite being shy, Amelie takes the audience on mischievous adventures. The sweet, loveable characters can’t help but leave people feeling optimistic about life. There’s no revenge or backstabbing. Only kindness and patience are found within this film.

10. Matilda (1996)

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Matilda manages to address real-life issues in a funny way. There are pranks and laughter despite the abuse and bullying. Viewers get lost in the world of books alongside Matilda. She captures the joy and hope of being a kid. There’s no character more loveable or witty than Matilda. The audience laughs with her in spite of the circumstances.

11. Paddington (2014)

Paddington (2014)
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No movie is as perfect for all ages as Paddington. This movie makes adults and kids laugh out loud. An enormous amount of detail, imagination, and creativity went into the film. The CGI used for Paddington is incredibly realistic. This movie leaves the audience with a heartwarming message of cherishing each other’s differences. The amount of care that went into the production is reflected in the film.

12. The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride (1987)
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No matter how much time passes, this film remains a classic. It has a timeless personality. The film is a blend of all the best genres. Despite the fairytale setting, it has a fantastic sense of humor. The satire and witty dialogue have yet to be surpassed in any other movie. The movie ends with a typical happy fairytale ending, leaving viewers satisfied. People will never find a more romantic couple than Westley and Princess Buttercup.

13. Palm Springs (2020)

Palm Springs (2020)
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Palm Springs features the famous time loop genre but adds a twist by having two people stuck in a time loop instead of just one. The idea of having to spend every meaningless day with one person is presented through dark humor. Still, who wouldn’t want to be stuck in a time loop with Andy Samberg and no responsibilities?

14. Chef (2014)

Chef (2014)
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A chef must go from working in a famous restaurant to opening a food truck overnight. The story is a delight from beginning to end. It’s a lighthearted, if emotional, journey, but it makes for the perfect feel-good film. It captures the absurdity and messiness of life while making fun of it all. The story flows effortlessly and will leave the audience hungry. The ending of the movie doesn’t rely on any conflict. Instead, it allows the audience to be a part of the happy family.

15. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim uses comedy effectively with the help of comic-book-style cinema. It has an originality that many superhero films often lack. The clever one-liners and natural banter make it perfect for rewatching. Each fighting sequence has its own unique style. It has the ideal balance of cringeness that makes it humorous. Overall, there’s no action movie more fun and lighthearted than this.

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