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Best Feel-Good Movies

27 of the Best Feel-Good Movies to Watch When You're Having an Off Day

Legally Blonde (2001)
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Some movies are meant to make us laugh or cry or feel nostalgic, and everyone has that one film that does all three. For me, they come in the form of feel-good classics like Matilda, Forrest Gump, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and The Devil Wears Prada — one for each of the most important stages of my life. Feel-good movies are the kind that give off more than just good vibes. They're something special, the kinds of stories that resonate with you so effortlessly it's almost as if you scripted every scene in your mind before ever hitting play. It's like running into an old friend every time you watch it, transporting you to your happy place no matter where you are, giving off a sense of comfort while being funny, romantic, and captivating countless times over.

Feel-good movies always seem to be on TV when you need it most, and even when you're not looking for anything in particular to watch. Each one tells a story about who we were when we first saw that one scene or heard that now unforgettable line that you quote to your best friend at least once a week. Check out some of our editors' favorite feel-good flicks ahead, and add a few to your movie queue for the next time you need a little pick-me-up.

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