My feel good / slice of life movie listby natalia-america | created - 28 May 2016 | updated - 09 Jan 2018 | Public
I like to watch these movies when I am feeling lost, depressed or anxious. They bring me a feeling of hope, wonder and happiness. Most of them just show people overcoming obstacles, chasing after their dreams or looking for true happiness. I've tried organizing them according to the feel good vibes I get after watching.
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1. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.
Votes: 43,970 | Gross: $43.61M
My absolute favorite when most down. Always cheers me up and reminds me life does go on, and to find pleasure in everything.
2. The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
PG | 122 min | Comedy, Drama
The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery.
Votes: 71,139 | Gross: $54.24M
Makes me feel great, I can't help but smile when I watch this. I hope you do too.
3. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Votes: 86,802 | Gross: $46.41M
It is lovely to see how there is more to life than what people expect. Just because you're old, doesn't mean you have to stop living and stop enjoying the wonders and experiences life has to offer.
4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity.
Votes: 114,822 | Gross: $241.44M
This movie just says to me "be true to yourself and do what you want to do, good things will always follow"
5. Chocolat (2000)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.
Votes: 170,076 | Gross: $71.51M
A feeling of relaxation mixed with the delightful sight of chocolate making makes this movie worth anyone's time.
6. Eat Pray Love (2010)
PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Romance
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".
Votes: 79,800 | Gross: $80.57M
I clearly love traveling, and this movie reflects perfectly how therapeutic traveling can be. Searching for yourself in a completely foreign country is something I relate to, and the wonders of traveling always put a smile on my face
7. A Good Year (2006)
PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.
Votes: 83,641 | Gross: $7.46M
It is never too late to turn your life around, and get in touch with what makes you happy
8. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
PG | 122 min | Comedy, Drama
As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals - Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.
Votes: 29,507 | Gross: $33.08M
A lovely experience like the first movie
9. The Intern (I) (2015)
PG-13 | 121 min | Comedy, Drama
Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Votes: 196,110 | Gross: $75.76M
This film has a lot of positivity. Again we go into the theme "it is never too late to turn your life around" and also "you're never too old to enjoy life", all of this, and of course "fight for your dreams and ambitions". A lot of good things in this film.
10. Begin Again (II) (2013)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.
Votes: 132,269 | Gross: $16.17M
I think the title says everything about this movie, the two main characters overcome their difficult situations, and find themselves through their relationship and music. At the end, I couldn't stop smiling for them.
11. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
Votes: 279,222 | Gross: $58.24M
I fell in love with this movie, the deep boring reality of it at first and the sudden jump to adventure. The phrase of "Adventure is right around the corner" is the perfect way to describe this film.
12. The Way (I) (2010)
PG-13 | 123 min | Comedy, Drama
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.
Votes: 28,354 | Gross: $4.43M
Thanks to the comment section, I found this hidden gem (at least hidden for me), I absolutely loved it in an unexpected way, as many of these films do. It is all about embracing life and change, being open to experiences, facing yourself and past mistakes, and moving forward
13. Chef (2014)
R | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.
Votes: 178,850 | Gross: $30.64M
It is never to late to start over, and do something your passionate about
14. Mamma Mia! (2008)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.
Votes: 198,492 | Gross: $144.13M
Cute and fun musical, it's an entertaining movie to watch, specially if you like ABBA
15. Sabrina (1995)
PG | 127 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change, still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it.
Votes: 34,463 | Gross: $53.67M
Discovering yourself, and learning what you truly want. This is what this movie is about, that and love, of course.
16. Meet Joe Black (1998)
PG-13 | 178 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth, and in the process, he falls in love with his guide's daughter.
Votes: 198,730 | Gross: $44.62M
The whole mystery behind the situation, and the beautiful and luxurious life of the main characters always captures me. Brings to mind the importance of being surrounded by the people you love, cause at the end of the day that is all that matters, not money.
17. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
PG | 129 min | Drama, Romance
Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?
Votes: 234,753 | Gross: $38.41M
Frustrating throughout and truly captivating love story, it is so romantised in this film, that it makes my heart lighter every time I watch it.
18. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 582,062 | Gross: $37.63M
My childhood fantasies of adventure come to life in this film. It brings out the youth in me, and the parallel story about Franco's dictatorship adds a lot of drama and action to it. Overall it makes me feel happy, since the end gives you this positive magical vibe
19. Spanglish (2004)
PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.
Votes: 74,679 | Gross: $42.04M
Life is complicated, I don't even know how to explain why it makes me happy, but I feel like the movie's message was to be proud of who you are and where you came from, among other things.
20. Julie & Julia (2009)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.
Votes: 98,323 | Gross: $94.13M
It is very delicious to watch the food come to life. Very interesting and entertaining film
21. The Terminal (2004)
PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An Eastern European tourist unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.
Votes: 373,046 | Gross: $77.87M
Even in the most harshest situation, if you are positive and persevering, things will go your way
22. Like Water for Chocolate (1992)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance
When tradition prevents her from marrying the man she loves, a young woman discovers she has a unique talent for cooking.
Votes: 15,914 | Gross: $21.67M
For me a classic, full of wonder and cultural symbolisms. It is rich in culture references from the era. Says to me "never give up on true love"
23. Big Fish (2003)
PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.
Votes: 394,591 | Gross: $66.26M
I'm always fascinated by the fantasy in this film, what is the truth and what is not? It doesn't matter, at the end, the message is life is all just a point of view, and he saw his life as a big adventure, and so it was.
24. The Holiday (2006)
PG-13 | 136 min | Comedy, Romance
Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
Votes: 223,633 | Gross: $63.22M
Putting yourself in places and situations you never imagined to be in helps you grow as a person
25. Working Girl (1988)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When a secretary's idea is stolen by her boss, she seizes an opportunity to steal it back by pretending she has her boss' job.
Votes: 48,545 | Gross: $64.00M
A woman fighting for her dreams. It makes me feel great and capable of anything.
26. My Life in Ruins (2009)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Romance
A travel guide rediscovers her romantic side on a trip around Greece.
Votes: 17,564 | Gross: $8.66M
You can't always plan your life, sometimes you have to let go, enjoy and let things flow... everything happens for a reason
27. Last Holiday (2006)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Romance
Upon learning of a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to sell off all her possessions and live it up at a posh European hotel.
Votes: 26,473 | Gross: $38.36M
Hilarious and super fun to watch. I love how everything just falls into place. I just think "Positive Karma" when I watch this.
28. Practical Magic (1998)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.
Votes: 67,337 | Gross: $46.68M
29. La La Land (I) (2016)
PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.
Votes: 450,655 | Gross: $151.10M
This movie is super sweet and entertaining to watch, but it is more at the bottom of my list because of the bittersweet end. It isn't exactly a feel good movie, though there are several feel good scenes, however, it is a bit more melancholic at the end. I still liked it a lot though
30. The Last Word (2017)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
Harriet is a retired businesswoman who tries to control everything around her. When she decides to write her own obituary, a young journalist takes up the task of finding out the truth resulting in a life-altering friendship.
Votes: 6,582 | Gross: $1.78M
Found this unexpectedly interesting slice of life movie, which I wouldn't say is 100% "feel good", but definitely has some moments of it. It says to me: never to late to change things, not for others, but for yourself. Also says to me: open yourself up to new experiences, it will unexpected opportunities.