The best feel-good movies available with Amazon Prime
Staff Reporter | On 18, Mar 2020Reading time: 3 mins
Let’s face it. Sometimes, life isn’t easy. Sometimes, there isn’t an easy solution. Sometimes, elections, referendums or other global events seem completely beyond your control. And sometimes, you just need something to distract you, cheer you up and make you feel that bit better about the world.
For any emergency you may encounter, here are the best feel-good movies included with Amazon Prime:
A charming, funny film that embraces everyone in the audience, regardless of age or origin.
This flawless family comedy sequel will make you laugh, cry and fall in love with Hugh Grant. What more could you want?
Jessie Buckley’s star is born in this irresistibly feel-good country music hit.
Emma Thompson and Mindy Kalin are wonderful together in this important but feel-good comedy about the need for diversity in the workplace.
This entertaining, warm-hearted high school movie is one of 2019’s funniest films.
Brittany Runs a Marathon
Written and directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo, the comedy-drama stars Jillian Bell as a woman who decides to turn her life around by committing to running a marathon. The result is a feel-good crowd-pleaser that Amazon didn’t hesitate to snap up at Sundance.
Sincerity, affection and sandwiches are all on the menu in this inspiring foodie comedy about a chef who, tired with the industry, goes it alone with a food truck – and a whole lot of melted cheese. (Warning: Eat food before watching.)
Shaun the Sheep the Movie
Is there an institution more British than Aardman? The animation studio bring their stop-motion sheep (first seen in Wallace and Gromit’s A Close Shave) to the big screen, as he takes the herd of whimsical woollies to the big city to find their farmer. This isn’t a cynical cash-in, though: there isn’t a cynical bone in Aardman’s body. Told in almost silence, this is a charming slice of perfectly executed slapstick.
The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
This adaptation of the book of the same name is bright, vibrant and an immeasurable amount of fun.
Stan & Ollie
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly capture the magic of entertainment and friendship in this warm, winning biopic.
Excellent performances from Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali elevate an overly conventional script in this true story of an unlikely friendship.
The Parking Lot Movie
This wonderful 2010 documentary, unseen by most, is a winning portrait of a group of artistic and overeducated car park attendants as they wage war against the people who park in their car park.
The Big Sick
Funny, moving and sharply written, The Big Sick is a romance you’ll never get tired of.
For all its cliches, Richard Curtis going full Richard Curtis in this festive Advent Calendar ensemble is irresistible, actually.
If Beale Street Could Talk
A beautiful story of love, dignity and respect, this lyrical masterpiece is one of the best films of the year.
Beyond the Lights
Gina Prince-Bythewood’s deeply likeable crowd-pleaser about a singer and her bodyguard, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, boasts one of the best performances by a British actress in recent years.
Taika Waititi’s hilarious, heartfelt study of failed father figures and resilient, optimistic youth is a charming coming-of-age gem.
Searching for Sugar Man
This strange-but-true documentary about musician Rodriguez emerges as a beautiful testament to human spirit and unsung talent – with a stonking soundtrack.
Ernest & Celestine
This universal tale of an unlikely friendship charms your socks off with its humour and heart.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil
Canadian heavy-metal band Anvil delivered a highly influential 1982 album that would inspire the likes of Anthrax and Metallica, and then dropped off the map to begin what would become decades of toiling in obscurity. This cute documentary about them is a rallying tale of underdog talent.