12 Feel-Good Movies on Netflix Right Now That Will Make You Smile
We've all used Netflix as a distraction. Maybe it helped to push off a project that eventually needed to get finished, or it delayed sleep until it was late enough to go to bed. Perhaps it also was a welcome form of entertainment when Saturday night plans changed, or even a way to make a Wednesday evening more exciting. But more than being a common distraction, Netflix offers the chance to escape. And that's especially true of feel-good movies, which manage to pass the time with transformative stories of love, friendship, and personal growth.
We gathered 12 feel-good movies on Netflix that encapsulate those three heartwarming themes and more for those moments when you just want to get away on the comfort of your couch. Some of the picks are romantic, like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, some are dramas, like The King's Speech, and others are all-out comedies, like I Love You, Man. It may not be the most conventional list, but it will provide the distraction you may need to recharge. So ahead and delve into these feel-good flicks. By the end of one—or three, no judgement—you'll likely feel the calm that comes from feeling connected to an optimistic story.
Julie and Julia
There are plenty of reasons this movie is destined to make you feel good. For one, it's directed by the timelessly charming Nora Ephron. Secondly, it stars Amy Adams as Julie Powell, a woman who is committed to cooking the entirety of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year. As she does so, the movie flashes back in time to the making of the famed cookbook, with Meryl Streep playing Child. It's filled with beautiful shots of delectable food, stunning scenes of midcentury Paris, and an ongoing message of determination to meet two shared goals.
The Princess Diaries
The King's Speech
The Truman Show
I Love You, Man
Good Will Hunting
One of the prevailing qualities of a feel-good movie is watching a character transform into a better version of themselves, and Good Will Hunting makes that happen with a stellar cast and script. The lead character is played by Matt Damon, a young man who works as a janitor at MIT. When he solves an "impossible" math equation on a chalkboard in the hallway, a professor discovers he has a genius IQ and wants him to explore related opportunities. The professor introduces him to a therapist, expertly played by Robin Williams, who teaches him how to deal with previous traumas as he's simultaneously learning to embrace his intellect. It's a film that questions first impressions and celebrates solid friendships as the lead character progresses.
Meet the Parents
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Friendship, hope, and determination are all present in this fantasy-fueled Disney movie, in which its eponymous character sets out to save the future of her Polynesian island community by leaving it behind on a dangerous sea voyage. In order to save her home, Moana must find the heart of the goddess Te Fiti and restore it to her. The only problem? She needs the help of a demigod named Maui, played by Dwayne Johnson, who once had the heart but lost it—and his magical fishhook—in the process. Watch this for the animation and the songs, but also for the lesson of perseverance.