We're not going to pretend that you need an excuse to watch something uplifting on the internet. When we're low on spirits, feel-good movies are always there for us, but even so, you deserve to ride that wave! These films will make you smile or frown upside down.
Here are 18 uplifting movies you can watch.
In the movie 'Dumplin', Danielle Macdonald plays a former beauty queen's daughter who enters a contest as a protest. Credit: Bob Mahoney
The definition of sweet is dumplin'. Danielle Macdonald learns a few important lessons about self-worth as she goes through the local beauty contest to spite her mother.
The movie is full of character and has a few key elements that make almost anything better, including a full cast and a song by Dolly Parton. It is worthy of a crown because of its heart and warmth.
Dumplin' is now available on the internet.
2. The person wants a hunt for the people who are against it.
The kind of eccentric delight that writer/director Taika Waititi specializes in is the kind of adventure about bad egg Ricky Baker and his foster father Hec.
After losing his foster mother, Ricky flees into the forests of New Zealand, pursued by Hec only to learn that the older man also feels no need to return to civilization. They become the wilder people and live off the land, evading capture from authorities.
The story of found family and adventure that can be loved by all is what Wilderpeople is.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is available on the internet.
3. There is a song called Jingle Jangle.
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Jingle Jangle is a delightful musical about family, toys, and mechanical ingenuity.
Jeronicus Jangle is a formerly genius toymaker who thinks he has lost everything. His daughter Jessica and granddaughter Journey come back into his life to reignite the spark that makes their family special. Ricky Martin, Phylicia Rashad, and Keegan Michael Key all play unforgettable roles that make for an instant holiday classic.
The movie is now available on the streaming service.
4. The forty-year-old version.
In the first-time writer-director's semi-autobiographical comedy, which she also stars in and raps like a badass, you can get to know the hugely relatable voice of Radha Blank.
Forty-year-old version is a story about a playwright facing an artistic crisis, and it tackles its daunting themes of ambition, identity, racism, and aging with the irreverent tenacity demanded of its bold auteur. Blank tosses away clever lines with ease, and you'll be moved by her more private moments of self-reflection.
The Forty- Year-Old Version is available on the internet.
Kiss the ground.
"Kiss the Ground" offers hope for the environment's future. The credit is given to:
It is hard to imagine a documentary about the health of our planet being uplifting. Kiss the Ground shows that we haven't crossed a point of no return despite climate change, damaging factory-scale farming practices, and the degradation of our food-bearing soils.
Many people are already taking a path that is smaller scale farming, regenerative agriculture, and the restoration of the soil as a possible path to rehabilitate the planet. The issues that are affecting the ground beneath us and the plethora of ways that people can buck these trends to make the soil richer, the plants healthier, and the planet better off as a whole are laid out in Kiss the Ground.
Kiss the Ground is available on the streaming service.
6. Good burger.
A movie about two teenagers who set out to save a fast food restaurant they work for when a bigger, more popular competitor arrives is more feel-good than most. How about one starring Saturday Night Live legend Kenan Thompson?
The story is based on a sketch from All That. Good Burger is still an absolute delight almost 25 years later.
Good Burger is available on the internet.
7. Over the moon.
Chin, Jade Rabbit, Chang'e, and Lunettes are in the movie "Over the Moon." NETFLIX is a credit.
It is comforting and pretty to look at when you watch a colorful bath bomb fizz.
A Chinese girl is on a journey through the stars to meet the moon goddess Chang'e after her mother's death. Over the Moon has a sweet and touching message about moving on. It is hard to not feel lighter by the time the credits roll.
Over the Moon is now available on the internet.
Hugo is a film about a young boy living alone in a train station in 1930s Paris after his father dies and his adoptive uncle goes missing. He's drawn into a mystery involving his departed dad, a nonfunctional automaton of unknown origins, and a French pioneer of early film.
Hugo is available on the streaming service.
9. A film by Bey.
A queen is rising. Credit: netfix
It's not often that we get to see behind the curtain when it comes to Bey, but that's what we get with Homecoming.
The film follows the legendary singer as she performs at a festival, but it also shows her biggest gig since giving birth to twins. You can watch her ascend the stage like a rising star, and the show's highlight moments and audience energy at historically Black colleges across the country. She opens up about the creative process, and we watch her vision come to life. It's the closest we'll ever get to a Bey concert, and we're really happy about it.
There is a film on streaming service.
10. Begin again.
Begin Again doesn't start out uplifting. Mark Ruffalo plays a down-on-his-luck music producer who hasn't been able to find a new voice in years, and Keira Knightly plays a brilliant writer whose dirtbag boyfriend (Adam Levine) got famous and left her in his dust. When these two sad sacks find each other and decide to make an album of live performances recorded on the streets of New York City that the power of music starts working its magic on their growing friendship and their lives.
Begin Again is available on the internet.
11. Dolemite is my name.
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My Name is Dolemite was struck by lightning.
Eddie Murphy is in a starring role and it is a long time since his last movie. The role and the story of Rudy Ray Moore are hilarious. The famous comedian, singer, and actor first made his name as a stand-up comic and then went on to define some of the most well-known Blaxploitation epics of the 70s, starting with Dolemite.
One of the best movies you can watch on any platform is this one.
Dolemite is my Name is now available on the internet.
12. The Intouchables.
The Intouchables is an imperfect film that is worth seeing at least once.
The French film has been praised for its sensitive depiction of people with disabilities and exquisite leads, Franois Cluzet and Omar Sy, which is similar to the English-language remake of The Upside. The buddy comedy asks audiences to rethink how they see others. Some of the most enduringly impactful moments of the 2010s were delivered by The Intouchables.
The Intouchables is available on the streaming service.
13. The Story of Fire Saga is a songcontest.
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A movie where a struggling music duo is randomly selected to participate in the biggest music competition in all of Europe is a feel-good movie.
The contest is fun. There are over-the-top performances by Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams. Dan Stevens is a campy Russian contestant in the European Broadcasting Union's singing competition. Come for the comedy, you can't get Jaja Ding Dong out of your head.
The Story of Fire Saga is available on streaming service.
14. Na Milegi Dobara.
All Kabir wants for his bachelor party in Spain is for his two best friends to get along. While Imran hides his true agenda behind jokes, Arjun is obsessed with work. Years of history can't help pushing to the surface, along with old tensions and new secrets.
ZNMD is applicable to any friend group, regardless of nationality or gender, thanks to the formidable sibling team of Farhan and Zoya and co-writing with Reema Kagti. It owes a lot to Dil Chahta Hai from 2001.
You can watch Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara on the internet.
15. A story about a knight.
A Knight's Tale is a historical fable based on the story of the same name, and it was brought to life by the charm of the actor, who played the lead role. Will Thatcher is a common squire whose patron dies in the middle of a tournament, leaving Will to joust in his place. Will and his friends Wat, Roland, and Mark Addy team up to keep the ruse going until Will falls in love with a noblewoman, only to risk it all when he does. It's quick, it's funny, and it made a lot of money.
A Knight's Tale is available on the internet.
I've loved all the boys before.
Credit: Masha Weisberg.
This teen rom-com is based on Jenny Han's novel of the same name and centers on a wallflower who spends her school days steering clear of mean girls, then her nights dreaming of epic romances with various crushes. Her imagination leads to fanciful fantasy sequences, but also to writing a series of love letters that she never intends to send. The letters get out and leave the most secret desires exposed. She and Peter Kavinsky are pretending to be her boyfriend to avoid a reaction from her crush. Things get complicated as their fake romance sparks real feelings, as they share a lot of things. Susan Johnson's pic, To All The Boys, P.S. I Still Love You, was praised for its love-triangle sequel.
You can watch To All The Boys I've LOVED Before on the internet.
17. The uppers of the Breaker.
The comedy ground of New Zealand gave us Taika Waititi, Flight of the Conchords, and What We Do In The Shadows.
Do you need someone to dump your partner? Call on Jen and Mel, they are co-writers and co-directors. For a reasonable fee, these fearless Breaker Upperers will impersonate police officers, play pregnant, or even fake your death to help you ghost an ex. Whatever the shenanigans, van Beek and Sami sparkle. This comedy is guaranteed to leave you laughing.
The Breaker Uppers is available to watch on the internet.
18. The Addams Family Values are related to family values.
There's nothing wrong with the original, but Addams Family Values is a rare case where the sequel surpasses the original. The story begins with a family welcoming a newborn to the fold. Gomez and Morticia are worried about their older kids trying to kill the youngest Addams. They hire a nanny to help out.
Unfortunately, it turns out that Debbie is a serial killer who is marrying rich guys and killing them for their money. That old chestnut. Her next target is the lovelorn Uncle Fester. Will she fit in with the family or will she have to leave?
Addams Family Values can be watched on the internet.
This blurb was on another list. The story was updated in November.