The best feel-good movies on Netflix UK
Ivan Radford | On 17, Mar 2020Reading time: 2 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 on Netflix UK:
When Harry Met Sally
You can never enough of what she’s having.
La La Land
“City of stars…” Damien Chazelle’s bittersweet Hollywood romance, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is a toe-tapping delight.
Harold Ramis’ comedy about a weatherman who finds himself reliving the same day over and over again is funny, sweet, profound and features a superb central turn from Bill Murray. A verifiable classic.
The Incredible Jessica James
“I’m tall. I’m pretty. I’m smart. Obviously, I will have many great loves in my life.” That’s Jessica James in Netflix’s original film, The Incredible Jessica James. And spoiler alert: she really is.
Eddie the Eagle
Dexter Fletcher’s film about the real life British skier who became an unlikely sporting legend is irresistibly feel-good stuff. Irresistibly, we say.
Safety Not Guaranteed
There’s something about time travel and indie films that seems guaranteed to produce briliance. “Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed.” That newspaper classified ad was enough to inspire director Colin Trevorrow to exploire the idea of a homemade time machine. Played heartwarmingly by Mark Duplass, is the writer of the ad a genius, a madman or liar? The film’s charm lies in its open-hearted acceptance of all of the possibilities, as Aubrey Plaza’s outcast intern gradually becomes friends with the reclusive traveller. The result is a stunning little gem: a romantic, funny, serious drama… that just happens to be about time travel.
21 Jump Street
Directed with an eye for physical slapstick and an unrelenting pace, Phil Lord and Chris Miller proved themselves the perfect match for The LEGO Movie with this comedy; a laugh-out-loud adventure bursting with anarchic imagination.
Loved the stage show? Then now’s the perfect time to revisit Danny DeVito’s pitch-perfect screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale.
Kiki’s Delivery Service
This empowering Studio Ghibli anime sees a 13-year-old witch learn to overcome her self-doubt to set up a flying courier service.
Generations clash in this laugh-out-loud teen-and-parent comedy that balances progressive smarts with gross-out giggles.
Greta Gerwig finds profound universality in everyday specifics with this heartfelt coming-of-age gem.