The best feel-good movies on Netflix UK
Ivan Radford | On 13, Nov 2020
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:
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.
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.
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.
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Wholly unique and jaw-droppingly stylish, this progressive, post-modern story of parallel realities is one of the best superhero movies ever made.
Life of Brian
Life of Brian isn’t just Monty Python’s best film: it’s one of the best comedies of all time.
This refreshing ensemble piece is a funny, sensitive, sincere tale of friendship and resilience.
A United Kingdom
A powerful story of romance and race, A United Kingdom is a crowd-pleaser that deserves the biggest crowd possible.
Ben Stiller’s sharply written comedy about a male model is really, really, ridiculously funny.
Endlessly quotable and deliriously over-the-top, Pegg, Frost and Wright serve up one of the best British comedies of the last decade.