9 feel-good films to soothe your soul

9 feel-good films to soothe your soul

I’m always mindful of the media I consume, but even more so at the moment. I am all about content that’s going to make me feel happy, not stressed (I’m looking at you, Lion King, The Notebook and Titanic). Whether it’s videos from the uplifting people I follow online, upbeat tunes for my morning kitchen dance parties, or films that make me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.

And that’s what I’m going to be sharing today – 9 feel-good films to soothe your soul. I think the entire world is feeling anxious right now, and any one of the following films will hopefully provide you with a couple of hours of feel-good respite!

I’ve given a description for each one, as well as where you can view them. I hope they bring you a good old dose of comfort!

You’ve Got Mail – Watch on Amazon, YouTube or Google Play
Anyone close to me will know that this classic rom-com staring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan has been in my top three films for as long as I’ve lived (32 years, if you’re wondering). It tells the story of Meg and Ryan, two 30-somethings who begin a virtual relationship, unaware that they are real-life business rivals.
Watch the trailer.

To All The boys I’ve Loved Before – Watch on Netflix
This teen romance only came onto my radar this year, but it certainly lived up to its hype. It tells the story of Lara-Jean, who wrote five love letters to the boys she’s had crushes on. The letters are accidentally posted, and the story unfolds. It’s a light-hearted, easy watch staring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo (who seems to be in about 94.6% of all Netflix films).
Watch the trailer.

Four Weddings and a Funeral – Watch on YouTube, Amazon or Google Play
A 90s British classic written by Richard Curtis and starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell. The story follows awkward Brit, Charles, and his friends as they navigate romance and relationships. It’s funny, charming, and I can’t watch it too many times.
Watch the trailer.

Ratatouille – Watch on Disney+, Amazon, YouTube or Google Play
What a great film. This animated Pixar film is about a rat named Remy who aspires to be a great French chef. He follows his dream and moves to Paris, and with the help of Linguine, a hapless ‘Garbage Boy’, is able to put his culinary skills to the test whilst remaining hidden from view.
Watch the trailer.

Mamma Mia! – Watch on YouTube, Google Play or Amazon.
Nothing makes me happier than a big, sunny film packed with song and dance routines. Set on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi, Sophie is planning her wedding to boyfriend, Sky. After reading one of mum Donna’s old diaries, Sophie invites three of Donna’s ex-lovers to the wedding, in the hope that she can find out which one might be her father. It’s an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård.
Watch the trailer.

If you’re interested, the image at the top is one of the filming locations for Mamma Mia – how much does it make you want to plan a trip to Greece for when this is over? For me, about 100%.

The Parent Trap (1998) – Watch on Disney+, YouTube, Google Play or Amazon
Annie and Hallie, twins both played by Lindsay Lohan, are separated as babies when their parents divorce, and are shocked to discover each other at a chance meeting at summer camp. They resolve to get their parents back together, and start by swapping places. Annie, posing as Hallie, heads to California when camp ends, and Hallie returns to London as Annie. It’s heart-warming, funny, and I’d give it 5 stars.
Watch the trailer.

Late Night – Watch on Amazon, YouTube or Google Play
Late Night is an American comedy-drama written by one of my most favourite people, Mindy Kaling. Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) is forced to hire Molly, a female writer, to join the all-male team on her late-night talk show, to try and boost ratings. Molly is keen to stir things up in the world of broadcasting, and sharp writing and the comedic delivery by Thompson and Kaling make this a film worth watching.
Watch the trailer.

Pitch Perfect 2 – Watch on Netflix, Amazon, YouTube or Google Play
The Bellas are back! Admittedly, Pitch Perfect 2 is not quite as good as the original PP. However, I do actually prefer it, as there’s much more comradery now that the Bellas are established. In this feel-good film, the acapella singers go up against the German acapella champions with the hope of winning the World Championship. If you like singing and dance routines, you’ll like this.
Watch the trailer.

Zootropolis – Watch on Disney+, Amazon, YouTube or Google Play
The colourful world of Zootropolis can’t fail but make you feel happy, and nor can the ever-determined bunny, Judy Hopps, who teams up with fox Nick Wylde to solve a mystery that ends up being far bigger than they’d imagined. This animated family film is a treat.
Watch the trailer.

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