These Feel-Good Movies On Netflix Will Leave You Warm & Fuzzy

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Sometimes, we go to the movies to challenge ourselves. For a few hours, we're confronted with different, difficult lives. Watching hardship after hardship play out on the screen, we're compelled to feel deeply for our suffering protagonists, who remained dignified in the face of trouble. Usually these movies change our lives and win Oscars.
But we don't always have energy for a Best Picture-winning film that'll leave us feeling like hollowed-out melons. Occasionally, we need a movie to lift us up, make us laugh, and leave us feeling like the world is not actually such a grim place after all. According to the feel-good movie genre, we live in a world where Parisian waitresses can touch people's lives through quirky and anonymous acts of kindness; a world when strangers are sweet and full of happy surprises; a world where coincidence always swoops in to make life better.
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When you're in need of a pick-me-up, head on over to Netflix. These totally streamable movies will reassure you of the best in humanity. Leave your cynicism at the door, and submit to the power of the feel-good movie.
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Sing Street (2016)

It's Dublin in the 1980s, and Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) escapes the pressures of his rigid new school and his parents' decaying marriage in perhaps the most badass way possible: Starting a really, really good rock band. The band's music is as infectious as the movie's relentless optimism. You'll feel like a teenager again — in a good way.
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Amélie (2001)

Instead of interacting directly with people, the chronically shy Parisian waitress Amélie (Audrey Tatou) intervenes in strangers' lives with small, anonymous acts of kindness. In this delightful, whimsical movie, Amélie is slowly able to bring herself out of isolation by doing good for others.
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The Little Prince (2015)

Fans of the classic French children's book will be pleased to know that the film adaptation perfectly preserves the source material's genuine sense of whimsy and wonder, even if it adds a frame narrative. In the animated film, a young girl's rigidly monotonous life is made interesting by her eccentric neighbor, a former pilot who's more interested in weaving tall tales than carrying out "adult" responsibilities. The Aviator tells her the story of a little boy living on an asteroid. But, the Aviator's story might be much closer to home than she thought at first.
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Iris (2014)

Meet your new role model. Iris Apfel and her eccentric, extensive clothing and accessory collection have been an essential part of the New York fashion scene for decades. This documentary provides a fascinating portrait of the nonagenarian fashionista's day-to-day life, but the most "feel-good" aspect of Iris comes in the portrayal of Iris' supportive, loving marriage with her husband of 68 years.
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Grease (1978)

All questionable morals aside (Don't feel pressure to change for a man, Sandy!), Grease is a delightful whirlwind of '50s nostalgia, pouffy skirts, and songs so familiar you could sing them in your sleep.
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Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) may lack conventional intelligence, but he has the uncanny knack of being in just the right place at the right time to witness — and influence — momentous cultural events. A great American tall tale, Forrest Gump is still able to work its magic two decades on.
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Queen of Katwe (2016)

Queen of Katwe is the ultimate kind of feel-good movie, because it's based on a true story. Ten-year-old Phiona's (Madina Nalwanga) life is changed when she meets Robert Katande (David Oyelowo), a missionary new to her Ugandan slum. Soon after Robert starts chess lessons with Phiona, he recognizes he's witnessing a prodigal talent blossom. Phiona's chess abilities might give her and her family a chance to escape poverty.
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Love Actually (2003)

Hopefully, you know yourself well enough to determine whether the many interconnected love stories in Love Actually will enrage you for their unabashed sentimentality, or heat up your heart till it's warm and cozy. If you fall into the latter category, then why wait until Christmas to see the Prime Minister woo his secretary, or two people bridge the language divide and fall in love anyway? Submit to the magic.
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Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)

Poor Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) has two utterly dashing British men, played by Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, chasing after her. One is a Christmas sweater-wearing good guy whom her mother likes; the other, her arrogant but charming boss. Over the course of the movie, the totally endearing Bridget learns to choose the right guy.
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Today's Special (2009)

Samir's (Aasif Madvi) dreams of cooking in Paris are derailed when his father falls ill, and he's forced to take over the family's Indian restaurant in Queens. Let's just say Samir isn't too pleased to relocate from a prestigious Manhattan restaurant to the Tandoori Palace, especially since his knowledge of cooking Indian cuisine is limited. It's Samir's chance encounter with a larger-than-life cab driver named Akbar (Naseeruddin Shah), who happens to know an awful lot about cooking, that Samir begins to cook with spirit. Even if Today's Special is full of feel-good elements you've seen before, you'll finish the film feeling warm, fuzzy, and most likely, very hungry.
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