9 Feel-Good Movies to Stream This Weekend

With a little reflection, I have learned to self-identify somewhere in the middle introverted/extroverted spectrum. Although I love being with people, there is nothing more blissful than spending a few good hours with friends and retires to the comfort of my couch, a good book in the hand. But sometimes even better than an addictive read is an arsenal of the best feel good movies full of fun, blissful vibes.

A few years ago I learned a trick that would change my life. In moments of increased anxiety, fear, or when an unpleasant feeling would arise, instead of pushing the feeling away, I would take it with me on a journey to my happiest places. The Oregon coast, the mountains of Vermont and my favorite streets in Paris all made the list. But the place I wanted to visit the most? The movies.

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In an age of on-demand, always-available streaming content, the simple act of watching a movie in the theater feels somehow new—almost revolutionary. As much as I love to marathon my favorite series, the temptation to reach for my phone or — gasp — multi-bag with some work is very real. But sitting in the movies, including a tub of popcorn, I’m reminded that there’s nowhere else I need to be and nothing else I need to do. Movies like mindfulness? I’ll take it.

I’ve always believed that one of the best ways to get to know someone is by learning their favorite things. Books, podcasts, food, places and yes – movies. The art we take in and the things we eat when we need some comfort say a lot about who we are. What makes us laugh, put a smile on our face, or fill us with that undeniable expression of gratitude, shapes our character in a way that little else can.

With that in mind, I asked the Camille Styles team to get a clearer understanding of the best feel good movies—and trust me, this list does does not disappoint. While offering up my own go-tos (I’m a Nancy Meyers fan for life), I was inspired to see a number of recommendations reach out. Whether you’re a comedy queen, a Y2K pop culture enthusiast, or need something to satisfy your wanderlust, this list of the best feel good movies has you covered.

It marked the end of the Light-inspired teen comedy era. It’s Emma Stone cementing herself as a star, Penn Badgley oozing effortless heartbreak, and the weirdest-slash-greatest parents ever put on film: Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson. It’s a feel-good California fever dream and absolute PG-13 perfection when you’re wondering what to watch on a plane. – Caitlin, Contributing Editor

The rock school

You know it’s one of the best feel good movies when you still find yourself quoting it nearly 20 years later. The rock school is one of those feel-good movies that takes you on an unexpected ride, and it’s one that I turn to again and again for laughs and entertainment. —Michelle Nash, Executive Producer

What a girl wants

Amanda Bynes in her prime. Colin Firth doing his Colin Firth-ing. Winning songs like “I Wanna Be Bad” and “What’s Your Flava”. Maybe for me it’s about getting a little nostalgic, but between Bynes’ classics such as What a girl wants and She is the man that’s almost four hours of happiness right there. (PS: The Popcast also delved deep She is the man and its perfection.) —Brittany, Content Marketing Director

It is complicated

Overall, this is my family’s favorite movie (yes, my dad’s too!). The chemistry between Meryl Streep and Steve Martin is second to none. Throw in Streep’s character after studying pastry in Paris and returning to open the most amazing (and perfectly Nancy Meyeres-esque) bakery – well, you know where I’m going with this one. It’s aesthetically pleasing, heartwarming, and all interior will inspire you to completely redesign your home—and hire Steve Martin as your architect.

As the title suggests, the relationship is all over the place, but it’s fun to follow and track the changing feelings and developing romances. Pour a glass of wine, put your coziest cashmere blanket over you, and cuddle up close. When it comes to the best feel good movies, this one ranks at the top of the list. It’s a tearjerker – but in a way that makes you laugh immediately afterwards. — Isabelle, Managing Editor

Almost famous

I love a movie that can transport you to another era and make you feel so immersed in the characters and plot that you completely forget you’re watching a movie. Almost famous just do it for me and is there anything more iconic than kate hudson’s character and outfits in this movie? Her character, Penny Lane, is the epitome of cool. In addition, this one has a soundtrack that always hits. —Michelle Nash, Executive Producer

Kiki’s delivery service

I know this isn’t for everyone, but if you’re interested in anime movies or curious about them, this is one of the best feel good movies to start with. When I want a feel-good movie, I watch anything from Studio Ghibli. Yes, it’s a cartoon, so you might be fooled into thinking it’s for kids, but these movies are entertaining for all ages. So much care goes into these films: the imaginative storylines, strong characters and beautiful artistry make me feel like I’m dreaming while I’m awake. — Nihel, Social Media Manager

Given

Incredible cinematography and stunning beaches, all seen through the eyes of a 6-year-old as his gorgeous surfer parents take their family on a bohemian adventure around the world… what’s not to love? This documentary traces the journeys of legendary surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin and the story of their family’s connection to the natural world. There is a purity and sweetness that makes me feel inspired, with renewed hope in humanity. — Camille Styles, Editor-in-Chief

Age of Adaline

Let’s start here: I named my daughter after this movie. My husband and I took it one night a few months into our marriage (a little begging on my part). Harrison Ford won him over, not to mention the bit of mystery and magic in the plot. Blake Lively is perfection and so is Michiel Huisman. Now we see it every year in the week between Christmas and New Year. Blake says in the film, “My name is Adaline, but my friends call me Della.” Coincidentally, “Della” also fits our little Adaline. —Brittany, Content Marketing Director

The holidays

You don’t have to wait for Christmas to come around to see The holidays. (My mom, my sisters, and I watch it at least five times combined before November even begins). While certain lines no longer hold up (a lot has changed since 2006), is there really anything more gratifying than watching Cameron Diaz and Jude Law’s love story unfold — and enjoying every moment Kate Winslet shares her on-screen magic?

If you know me, you know that Nancy Meyers is my life’s inspiration (in style, decor, and the friends and relationships I want my life to contain). If you’re looking for something to inspire a little wanderlust (and prepare you for the cozy season ahead), look no further The holidays on your top feel good movies to watch list – you have my permission to do so ASAP. — Isabelle, Managing Editor

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