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12 feel-good movies that’ll lift your spirits

When we wrote about how music can lift your spirits, a lot of Scrubbed In readers suggested fantastic tunes that help them de-stress. Many of you suggested movie soundtracks to guide you to your happy place.

And we thought: Brilliant.

We took it one step further. These are our top picks for feel-good movies that will make you laugh till you cry, make you cry till you laugh, and just plain inspire your faith in humanity. Feel-good quotes included!

1.  Love, Actually

Daniel: Even better! Sam, you’ve got nothin’ to lose, and you’ll always regret it if you don’t! I never told your mom enough. I should have told her everyday because she was perfect everyday. You’ve seen the films, kiddo. It ain’t over ’til its over.

2.  Sleepless in Seattle

Nervous Woman on Airplane: Don’t you just hate flying?

Annie Reed: Yes, I do, and I just told the most terrible one to the man I’m about to marry. Do you feel that any lie is a betrayal?


Nervous Woman on Airplane: I said FLYING.

3.  Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah: You know that feeling where everything feels right? Where you don’t have to worry about tomorrow or yesterday, where you feel safe and know you’re doing the best you can? There’s a word for that, it’s called love. L-O-V-E.

4.  The Help

Aibileen Clark: You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

5.  The Goonies

Andy: Watch this.

[Data’s father takes a camera out of his jacket and proceeds to take a picture but the film falls out. Andy starts laughing]

Andy: He’s just like his father.

Data: [in Chinese] That’s okay daddy. You can’t hug a photograph.

Mr. Wang: [in Chinese] You are my greatest invention.

6.  Field of Dreams

Shoeless Joe Jackson: The first two were high and tight, so where do you think the next one’s gonna be?

Archie Graham: Well, either low and away, or in my ear.

Shoeless Joe Jackson: He’s not gonna wanna load the bases, so look low and away.

Archie Graham: Right.

Shoeless Joe Jackson: But watch out for in your ear.

7.  The Sound of Music

Captain von Trapp: Fraulein Maria, did I or did I not say that bedtime is to be strictly observed in this household?

Maria: Yes, well the children were scared of the thunderstorm and… You did, sir.

Captain von Trapp: And do you or do you not have trouble following these simple instructions?

Maria: Only during thunderstorms, sir.

8.  White Christmas

Phil Davis: I want you to get married. I want you to have nine children. And if you only spend five minutes a day with each kid, that’s forty-five minutes, and I’d at least have time to go out and get a massage or something.

Bob Wallace: You don’t expect me to get serious with the kind of characters you and Rita have been throwing at me, do you?

Phil Davis: Well, there’ve been some nice girls, too, you know.

Bob Wallace: Oh yeah, yeah. Like that nuclear scientist we just met out in the hall.

9.  Billy Elliot

Mrs. Wilkinson: This’ll sound strange, Billy, but for some time now I’ve been thinkin’ of the Royal Ballet School.

Billy: Aren’t you a bit old, miss?

Mrs. Wilkinson: No, not me… you! I’m the bloody teacher!

10.  The Princess Bride

Miracle Max: He probably owes you money huh? I’ll ask him.

Inigo Montoya: He’s dead. He can’t talk.

Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there’s usually only one thing you can do.

Inigo Montoya: What’s that?

Miracle Max: Go through his clothes and look for loose change.

11.  Father of the Bride

George: Annie, it’s a little nippy out, you might want to put on a sweater.

Annie: Dad, it’s okay, I’m kinda warm.

George: Still, there’s a chill in the air and you’ve been on a plane.

Annie: Dad, I’m fine.

Bryan: Annie, it is kinda cold out.

Annie: It is?

Bryan: Yeah.

Annie: All right, thanks, I’ll get my jacket.

12.  My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Gus Portokalos: You know, the root of the word Miller is a Greek word. Miller come from the Greek word “milo,” which is mean “apple,” so there you go. As many of you know, our name, Portokalos, is come from the Greek word “portokali,” which mean “orange.” So, okay? Here tonight, we have, ah, apple and orange. We all different, but in the end, we all fruit.

Your turn

What are some go-to movies that beat the blues when you can’t shake off a day (or week) of stress? Any favorite movie quotes that stand the test of time?



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