Whenever I’m feeling a little down-in-the-dumps, I always like to turn to the silver screen for comfort. I seek out the companionship of some of my favourite characters like Bridget Jones, Elle Woods, Mia Thermopiles, etc. to chase away my worries and bring a smile to my face. I look to the movies to make my day a little brighter, even if it’s only for a little while.
Today, I’ve decided to share with you my top 10 favourite feel-good films – the ones I turn to whenever I need a good old fashioned pick-me-up. These are the films that never cease to bring a smile to my face, and that make even the dreariest of days better.
I’ve discussed my love for this movie previously on the blog, but I couldn’t resist including it in my list of feel-good films. Legally Blonde (2001) is without a doubt one of my all time favourite films, and is one that is very close to my heart. It is nearly impossible for me to watch this film and not feel better when it’s over. I literally can’t feel anything but happy while/after watching this movie. The spirit of Elle Woods transcends the screen and fills you with joy and determination – this movie inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Any time I need a reminder of my potential or my worth, I look to this movie. This is my go-to pick-me-up flick whenever my spirits are low, and I can always rely on little miss Woods comma Elle to cheer me up.
Bring It On
Fun fact: when I first watched this film, all I wanted to do was join a cheerleading squad. Bring It On (2000) is one of the quintessential teen movies of our generation. Any time I see this movie is playing on TV, I can’t help but tune in. Regardless of how cheesy and predictable the plot is, this movie just makes me happy. It’s one of those films that I can’t grow tired of, regardless of how many times I’ve seen it. It’s one of those that are perfect for a Friday night couch date with your pjs and your ice cream. It’s a classic teenage feel-good film.
Singin’ in the Rain
I don’t think it is possible to watch this movie and not be filled with happiness. I genuinely don’t. Just thinking about this movie makes me feel joyful. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) has this spirit that is so infectious – you can’t watch this movie and not smile. You can’t watch Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the pouring rain with a smile on his face and not feel yourself wanting to join in. You can’t watch the ‘Good Morning’ scene and not be totally mesmerized by the whole dance number. This movie just puts a smile on your face and a spring in your step. I can’t even sit here and write about it without smiling. It’s just a really good example of what a feel-good film is meant to do: make you happy.
Bridget Jones’ Diary
I can’t count the number of times I’ve watched this film (a phrase you’ve seen/you’ll see repeated many times throughout this post) yet I continue to return to it whenever I need something to cheer me up. There is just something so comforting about returning time and time again to a character like Bridget. She’s a character we can all relate to every once in a while; she’s an imperfect heroine, which we don’t often get to see in our typical romantic comedies, and it makes the ending all the more satisfying. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) is my favourite “comfort film” because it’s ridiculous and fun and never ceases to brighten my mood.
The Princess Diaries
I’m pretty sure there was a long period of my life where I didn’t go a day without watching this movie at least once. The Princess Diaries (2001) is a movie that is very close to my heart, as I have many fond memories of watching it with my niece growing up, and because it’s the movie that showed me a person is never fully defined by one aspect of themselves – that people have so many different sides to them, and when they look inside and discover those different sides, they are capable of being anyone and anything they want to be. I absolutely love this movie, and I love throwing it on whenever I need something to just give me a little mood-boost.
As I’ve said many, many time here on The Littlest Scribbler, I’m a bit of an (amateur) classic film nerd, and so it should come as no surprise that there are a few classics thrown in to this list. Roman Holiday (1953), which stars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, happens to be one of those classics that I just couldn’t resist including. I love everything about this film: the setting, the story, the stars. It all comes together to create this charming, though rather simplistic, black and white film. While the story borders on predictable – princess runs away from her royal responsibilities and finds herself in the company of a newspaper reporter who initially plans to use his time spent with her to get a good story, but eventually falls in love with her though they can’t ever really be together – I can’t help but smile when I watch it.
What could possibly be better than a movie jam-packed with Abba anthems, starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, that takes place in Greece? I don’t think there’s anything that beats that. The 2008 film adaptation of Mamma Mia is one of my go-to pick-me-ups after a bad day. As soon as ‘Honey Honey’ starts playing, I am up off the couch, dancing and singing along, and all of my worries and problems are cast aside. This movie is so much fun, and it is easily one of my favourite films. This is the movie that can make even the worst day a little bit better.
John Tucker Must Die
I’m not gonna lie, this film is one of my silly little guilty pleasures. While I now tend to prefer films with substance and complex storylines and what not, my heart can’t resist the charm this movie has. John Tucker must Die (2006) is one of those movies that I like to watch late on a Friday night, once I’m all curled in bed, maybe while eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie ice cream; it’s a ridiculously silly, gloriously predictable chick-flick that acts as the perfect pick-me-up/kick-back-and-relax movie.
Four Weddings and a Funeral
It is a well-documented fact that I am kind of obsessed with Hugh Grant films – especially the cheesy 90’s romantic comedies. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) happens to be my favourite of those cheesy 90’s rom-coms. This movie is a comfort-film for me; it’s one of my go-to films when I just need a simple pick-me-up after a long, hard day. There is something comforting and refreshing that comes from watching a young Hugh Grant try to awkwardly woo his American love interest. I can’t help but feel good while watching this film.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Finally, to close off this list, I couldn’t resist including at least one Christmas film. This movie holds a very, very special place in my heart; it’s the movie my family and I watch every year on Christmas eve, and it was one of my dad’s favourite movies of all time. It’s also one of the first classic films I ever remember watching, and it’s the first one that I ever really fell in love with. It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) is my favourite Christmas film, and I look forward to watching it every year. It is not Christmas for me until 8pm on Christmas eve when my whole family gathers in our living room, decked out in our pjs, to watch it together. Every time I think about this film, my heart swells with contentment and my mind floods with happy memories. I couldn’t write a list of my feel-good movies without this one being on it.
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So those were my top 10 favourite feel-good films. I’d love to hear from any and all of you about what your go-to feel-good flicks are. Let me know in the comments, or over on twitter (link in the sidebar), what films you like to watch when you are in need of a little pick-me-up, or on a Friday night when you just want to relax. I’m always looking for some new movie suggestions, so I’d love to hear what you’re all loving!
I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend, and to those that celebrate it, I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter. I wish you all luck as we enter this new week. Until next time, much love 🙂