These 36 Feel-Good Movies Will Make You Happy Every Time You Watch Them

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which film makes them happy without fail. Here are some of their best responses:

1. Stardust (2007)
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“It’s just a really, really pretty movie with a fairytale feel about it – a trio of witches, a fallen star, a long line of sons competing for a throne, a boy trying to prove his love to a girl who barely knows he exists. Shot in England and Iceland and totally gorgeous.”

2. She’s The Man (2006)
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“She’s The Man makes me relax and laugh no matter what state I’m in! It always gets me to chuckle and reminds me of simpler times where makeover montages and a final scene set to the All American Rejects was the norm.”

3. RENT (2005)
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“It reminds me that I’m not alone, and that someday I’ll find somewhere I belong, with people who get me. It’s important to watch it with an open mind though.”

4. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
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“I love Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, and anything involving badass women. Need I say more?”

5. Pride (2014)
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“It never ceases to bring tears to my eyes, no matter how many times I’ve seen it before. The story is so uplifting, the comedy is on point, and the cast/acting is downright amazing.”

6. The Princess Bride (1987)
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“When I’m in the worst of moods, The Princess Bride always gets me laughing. By the time Fezzik says, ‘Anybody want a peanut?’ my day is made!”

7. Empire Records (1995)
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“It’s my go to movie to watch when I’m sick and by the time The The plays at the end I can’t help but feel a bit better.”

8. Practical Magic (1998)
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“It has all the best elements of the 90’s feel-good: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, a sassy and sarcastic Stockard Channing, familial connection, a strong feminist theme, and magic (not to mention midnight margaritas)! It’s equal parts hilarious, goofy, dark, and whimsy with a happy ending. Plus, the soundtrack is amazing.”

9. Last Holiday (2006)
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“It’s a sweet reminder to live your life the way YOU want and to not work so hard. But maybe don’t blow all your savings on a helicopter and the presidential suite.”

10. Never Been Kissed (1999)
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“Watching Josie try time and again to fit in (and finally succeeding) is just so uplifting and I think everyone can relate at least a little bit to poor Josie Grosie.”

11. School of Rock (2003)
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“School of Rock came out when I was still in primary school and me and my brother used to watch it on repeat. It always gives me such nostalgia and it’s just genuinely funny.”

12. 50 First Dates (2004)
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“The soundtrack, the location, the actors, the plot, everything about that movie is perfect. I would watch it everyday if I could and I would never change the channel if it was on. This movie is just the best happy, but unorthodox love story ever.”

13. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
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“It makes me laugh so much and I could almost quote the whole film word for word. The memories that are attached to it and the film itself always make me feel better after a crappy day.”

14. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
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“It reminds me of good times from my childhood. But on its own merits, there’s a good mix of slapstick and my favourite brand of humour, the pun … Oh, and the female co-stars are pretty dang kick-ass, too. Neither Roger nor Eddie survives the first hour without Jessica and Dolores.”

15. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
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“It’s got Heath Ledger & Joseph Gordon-Levitt, ridiculous humour, a great stadium performance, literary references, and feminism! What more could you ask for?”

16. Love Actually (2001)
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“The characters can be so relatable, it’s funny, and it just shows that there is someone out there for everyone even if it is just your best friend.”

17. Away We Go (2009)
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“Getting to travel, see old friends, discovering what’s really important in life, and settling in a place that’s so comforting and filled with happy memories with someone you love. What else could you want in a movie?”

18. Freaky Friday (2003)
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“The facial expressions, the dialogue, the Britney Spears throwback, the terrible fashion, and the feel-good storyline. I love it! Definitely the opposite of a fun-sucker!”

19. Forrest Gump (1994)
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“It’s very cliche, but of course Forrest Gump NEVER gets old. That movie is flawless.”

20. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
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“It always reminds me that it’s OK to have fun and not always worry about everything going on. You can’t control everything. And sometimes it’s better to let go and have a great day!”

21. Clueless (1995)
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“No matter what is going on in my life, it makes me laugh.”

22. The Holiday (2006)
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“I could watch The Holiday everyday, I don’t care if it’s not Christmas. If I’m in a slump Arthur’s talk of being the leading lady in my own life kicks me into gear. Then there’s Kate Winslet’s flawless bed dancing and the iconic character of Mr Napkinhead. You can’t go wrong.”

23. Hook (1991)
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“I would watch Hook when I was a kid whenever I was sick (on VHS of course) and it always made me feel better. Naturally, it’s still my go-to when adult life is hard.”

24. Matilda (1996)
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“As a kid, it was so cool for me to watch a girl doing magic tricks, but as I grew up it was also like a message about not conforming to the expectations of others, being yourself and well, also that studying was hella important. I really do think that Matilda is still so relevant to this day and that she is such a great role model, even if one day you realise you just can’t pull any magic tricks.”

25. The Birdcage (1996)
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“I’ve seen it a hundred million times, but it still makes me laugh just as hard as the first time I saw it.”

26. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
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“The beautiful cinematography, the soundtrack, and the uplifting storyline never cease to make me feel happier. It also always makes me want to drop everything and go travel!”

27. Legally Blonde (2001)
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“Elle Woods makes me want to work harder. It’s a life saver during the last few weeks of the semester.”

28. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
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“All that Nora Ephron dialogue gets me cracking up. Almost 20 years later, it’s still relevant and I cry every time Tom Hanks runs through the park yelling ‘BRINKLEY!’”

29. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
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“I’ve watched it 10+ times and I still fall more and more in love with the Celine Dion singing scene. And when Bridget quits her job. And her birthday dinner. And when Mark buys her a new diary. Basically I fall in love with the movie more and more every time I watch it.”

30. Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)
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“Wes Anderson should make more kids’ films. This movie always puts me in a happy mood. The autumn colours, the antics of every one of the animals and all the curse words replaced with a literal ‘cuss’ is just terribly endearing.”

31. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
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“This movie is a classic, and never fails to put a smile on my face. Gene Kelly was a goddamn national treasure.”

32. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
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“I watched after every chemo treatment I had and it instantly made me feel better.”

33. The Parent Trap (1998)
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“There are so many hilarious lines in that movie, and it makes me cry and laugh every time. Also, it makes me happy to think that somewhere there is a parallel universe where British Lindsay Lohan is an accomplished, award-winning actress with her life together.”

34. Dirty Dancing (1987)
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“Dirty Dancing has gotten me through every aspect of my life, rough or not (because sometimes everything is actually going perfectly and you need it to be more perfect).”

35. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
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“I love that it’s so honest about how complicated and weird love can be, and maybe I can see myself in the characters, too: The cynicism of Harry and the doe-eyed hopefulness of Sally. And the ending gets me every time.”

36. Big Fish (2003)
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“I watched this movie for the first time about three years ago after my grandfather passed away, and no other movie has put a smile on my face like this one. The story is beautiful and the father-son relationship portrayed in this film not only helped me cope with losing my Papa, but also helped me get closer to my dad. I watch it whenever it’s a rainy day or if I’m just feeling down and it always gets me through.”

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