First of all, hello and thanks for taking time out to read my blog – welcome to my very first post!
It’s January and I think sometimes everyone needs a pick-me-up! With these dark nights and cold weather (at least in England), what better way to make yourself feel better by watching a feel good film?
Of course, these films are my personal favourite feel good films, so be aware that these films may not all be to your taste. I am ruling out animated Disney films as all of these films are feel good ones! And be warned – spoilers may be present!
So, grab your popcorn – be it salty or sweet, turn up the volume and put your feet up!
5. Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
This hilarious family comedy is a ninety’s classic. Pretty much everyone has seen this movie and if you haven’t – where have you been? This family favourite is packed to the top with quotes ‘it was a run-by fruiting’ being one of my personal favourites.
The story follows Daniel Hillard played by the late Robin Williams; a doting father who becomes separated from his wife (Sally Field). Without a job, Daniel has no choice but to see his children part time. Not content with this decision, he embarks on a hilarious transformation into Mrs Doubtfire, an English nanny. The story unfolds in a hilarious series of events that will leave you crying with laughter as well as welling up with emotion.
This film is great for all of the family, but don’t let it put you off if you’re adults only – it’s great for people of all ages.
2. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
This Oscar success (grabbing eight in total) really lives up to the hype. I remember hearing all about this film and being so reluctant to watch it as it didn’t seem my ‘cup of tea’. Nonetheless, I gave it a watch and by gum, I was left gobsmacked and wanting to tell everyone I knew about this feelgood drama.
Jamal, played by the gorgeous Dev Patel (known from the Skins series) plays on the Indian version of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’. During this, he is accused of cheating and so the film takes us through Jamal’s life – from his upbringing in the Mumbai slims to his turbulent relationship with his love interest, Latika; played by Freida Pinto.
The director Danny Boyle makes this story come to life in a vibrant, Bollywood inspired feature. Not to be missed!
3. Forrest Gump (1994)
Ok, so who hasn’t seen this movie – right? Nonetheless, I think it deserves a place on this list. Yes, this is another film has been hyped to death, but sometimes there’s just no smoke without fire. As the poster suggests, this is another movie that cleared up at the Oscars and it’s for a good reason. This movie is guaranteed to have you laughing, crying and cheering at your screen as you follow Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) through his life. Experience his triumphs, downfalls as well as his relationship with the love of his life, Jenny (Robin Wright).
This movie is one that keeps you glued to your sofa as you wonder what he could possibly get up to next- after all: ‘Momma always said, life is like a box of chocolates…’.
2. Notting Hill (1999)
English ninety’s heartthrob? Check. America’s Sweetheart? Check. Witty romcom story line? Check. This has to be one of the all time feel good classics. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts star in this gorgeous film about William and Anna, two people who live very different lives. Anna (Roberts) is a would famous movie star, whilst William is a struggling travel bookstore owner. All seems to be going fine until a cup of orange juice mixes it up – and the romance begins. Ok, so it has a typical ‘happily ever after’ story line – but who doesn’t love a good fairy tale ending every now and then (especially one that involves Hugh and Julia!).
1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
If you haven’t seen or heard of this film before – DO NOT be put off by the age of this film. I for one love old movies but I know they aren’t to everyone’s taste. If you do one thing before you die – watch this film – it should be mandatory that every member of the human race watches this film!
Now strictly speaking this film is a Christmas one, but it’s not the overall theme of the movie and so you can warrant watching it any time of the year (at least I do!)
It’s the story of George Bailey (James Stewart) and his life in the town of Bedford Falls. George has a dream of travelling the world, but life always seems to get in the way. The film is truly incredible, so I’m going to let it do the rest of the talking. I had no choice but to put this movie at the number one spot of this list.
So there are my top five feel good films!
Please let me know if your favourites are on the list and if there are any you would add.
Thanks for reading and happy watching,