More inspiring feel-good movies
Uplifting movies for boosting positivity
Give yourself a big boost by watching these 10 inspiring feel-good movies. Selected to provide you with a maximum feel-good factor these uplifting movies should boost your mood way before the end credits roll.
Watching an inspiring movie can have a number of positive health effects, stimulating your emotions and engaging the mind. However, movies can also offer viewers a ‘feel-good factor’ to really lift their mood. Here are some of the movies that have inspired and delighted many people over the years. From comedies through to musicals, you’ll be laughing and singing the blues away in no time...
1. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Tagline: “A singin', swingin' glorious feelin' Technicolor musical”
Why it’s a feel-good movie: An evergreen comic musical, Singin’ in the Rain showcases a light-hearted fight against the odds, charting the fortunes of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) as they struggle to make the transition from silent movies into the age of the ‘talkie’. Featuring one of the most famous movie scenes of all-time, Singin’ in the Rain features a host of equally show-stopping numbers. The movie's twin messages of co-operation and hard-fought resolve still ring true today, an impressive half-century later.
2. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Tagline: “Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them”
Why it’s a feel-good movie: The movie that launched the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting is a heart-warming story of undying self-belief. The plot sees college janitor, Will Hunting (Damon) try to unlock his concealed academic potential with the aid of his quirky therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) and best friend Chuckie (Affleck). As Will gradually reveals the hidden genius of his mathematical mind, he and his companions go on a life-affirming, rites-of-passage journey to uncover the simple pleasures in life. A deserved Oscar winner, Gus Van Sant’s movie offers hope to those seeking some meaning in an otherwise mixed-up world.
3. Forrest Gump (1994)
Tagline: “The story of a lifetime”
Why it’s a feel-good movie: Robert Zemeckis’s 1994 smash-hit Forrest Gump tells the story of its eponymous hero (Tom Hanks) as he bungles his way through a fascinating life, ultimately triumphing against all that’s thrown before him. From saving lives in Vietnam and becoming a table tennis champion, through to escapades as a American football star and inspirational runner, Forrest demonstrates a naive and undying enthusiasm, never losing sight of his childhood sweetheart Jenny (Robin Wright Penn). A moving story of one man’s voyage of discovery, Forrest Gump is a big-hearted tear-jerker that might just inspire you on to bigger and better things yourself.
4. As Good as it Gets (1997)
Tagline: “Brace yourself for Melvin”
Why it’s a feel-good movie: Featuring an Oscar-winning turn from Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson, As Good as it Gets follows the trials and tribulations of the bigoted and ever-grumpy writer Melvin Udall as he adapts to looking after the dog of his homosexual neighbor (Greg Kinnear) whilst trying to woo a waitress he secretly admires (Helen Hunt). Udall has to balance his own self-pride and narrow-minded phobias by empathising with the pressures of those around him. A clever movie with a heavy-weight cast, As Good as it Gets is a powerful effort from director James L. Brooks that tells us we should never read too much into our first impressions of others.
5. Life is Beautiful (La Vita e Bella, 1997)
Tagline: “An unforgettable fable that proves love, family and imagination conquer all”
Why it’s a feel-good movie: The multi-award-winning 1997 classic Life is Beautiful charts one man’s imaginative victory over fear and evil in war-time Italy. Following the story of Guido (Roberto Benigni) as he falls in love with his ideal woman, Dora (Nicoletta Braschi) and enjoys the respect of a doting son (Giorgio Cantarini), the man’s happy life takes a turn for the worse when he and his family are imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Although separated from his wife and son, Guido uses all his nerve to protect them from pain, convincing his son that the war is merely an elaborate game. A carefully crafted movie of happiness lost and found, Life is Beautiful sends the message that you should never give up on love, hope and pride, even when the odds are stacked up against you.
6. Seabiscuit (2003)
Tagline: “A longshot becomes a legend”
Why it’s a feel-good movie: Set in 1930s Depression-era America, Gary Ross’s movie charts the rise of Seabiscuit – the perennial underdog of the horse-racing world – who emerges from obscurity to inspire a nation and heal the lives of three broken men, owner Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges), trainer Tom Smith (Chris Cooper) and jockey Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire). Based on a true story, Seabiscuit’s road to glory contains a true feel-good factor, demonstrating that a mixture of raw talent, grit and determination can make anything possible.
7. Grease (1978)
Tagline: “Grease is the word”
Why it’s a feel-good movie: A cheesy goldmine of pop culture references, Grease is perhaps the ultimate feel-good movie, combining stirring songs, groovy dance numbers and sizzling romance. The movie follows heart-throbs Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) as they try to rekindle their steamy passion amidst the hustle and bustle of gossip-hungry Rydell High School cliques. Demonstrating the power of true love, as gang rivalries are finally set aside, Randal Kleiser’s 1978 movie offers a fun and funky way to spend an evening. Just make sure you don’t rent out Grease 2 by mistake though...
8. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Tagline: “Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free”
Why it’s a feel-good movie: An inspirational prison-break movie, The Shawshank Redemption had a quiet time at the box office but has subsequently gone on to become a slow-burning classic. Starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in their breakthrough roles, this Stephen King adaptation is by no means a horror movie, instead focusing on the redemption that can arise from loyalty, friendship and common decency. Set against the story of an unlikely escape plan, The Shawshank Redemption is less a battle against the prison system and more about rediscovering the individual liberty of the mind.
9. Groundhog Day (1993)
Tagline: “He's having the worst day of his life... over, and over...”
Why it’s a feel-good movie: One of Bill Murray’s best-loved movies, the 1993 comedy classic Groundhog Day tells the story of grouchy weatherman Phil Connors as he literally finds himself living the same day over-and-over again until he discovers the simple pleasures of a rich and emotionally-involved life. In conquering his small-mindedness and falling in love with TV producer Rita (Andie MacDowell), Phil emerges from his selfish ways to live a happier and more productive lifestyle. As hilarious as it is moral, Groundhog Day is sure to have you chuckling away, whilst giving you food for thought about your own pet hates and whether they’re really justified.
10. Once (2006)
Tagline: “How often do you find the right person?”
Why it’s a feel-good movie: A modern-day musical set in the streets of Dublin, Once is a heart-warming romantic indie movie that tells the story of a street performer (Glen Hansard) and an immigrant (Marketa Irglova) as they try to make sense of their lives and loves through the power of music. Containing a rousing soundtrack from the stars’ very own group, The Swell Season, Once is an uplifting tale of second chances and free spirits. With a charm all of its own, and an unexpected ending, Once is certainly a movie that will raise your spirits and get you in the mood for romance...