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50 Feel-Good Movies You Need To Watch ASAP

Get ready for lots of good music and female empowerment!

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1. Sister Act

What it's about: Deloris Van Cartier is a lounge singer who is put under protective custody in a convent, where she shakes things up for the nuns.Why you'll feel good: The music!Where to watch: HBO GO
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What it's about: Deloris Van Cartier is a lounge singer who is put under protective custody in a convent, where she shakes things up for the nuns.

Why you'll feel good: The music!

Where to watch: HBO GO

2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

What it's about: Peter Bretter escapes to Hawaii in order to get over his ex, but she's there with her new beau. Why you'll feel good: Jason Segel's Peter is super relatable and hilarious. Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: Peter Bretter escapes to Hawaii in order to get over his ex, but she's there with her new beau.

Why you'll feel good: Jason Segel's Peter is super relatable and hilarious.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

3. I Heart Huckabees

What it's about: Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) seeks help from "existential detectives" in order to solve a reoccurring coincidence. Why you'll feel good: It's a positive and unique look at the way we view the world and each other.Where to watch: Cinemax
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What it's about: Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) seeks help from "existential detectives" in order to solve a reoccurring coincidence.

Why you'll feel good: It's a positive and unique look at the way we view the world and each other.

Where to watch: Cinemax

4. The Goonies

What it's about: A group of adventurous kids search for pirate treasure with the hopes of saving their soon-to-be demolished homes.Why you'll feel good: Pure '80s nostalgia.Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: A group of adventurous kids search for pirate treasure with the hopes of saving their soon-to-be demolished homes.

Why you'll feel good: Pure '80s nostalgia.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

5. She's All That

What it's about: The most popular guy in school bets that he can transform a nerdy girl (she has glasses AND a ponytail) into the prom queen.Why you'll feel good: Pure '90s nostalgia. Where to watch: Hulu
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What it's about: The most popular guy in school bets that he can transform a nerdy girl (she has glasses AND a ponytail) into the prom queen.

Why you'll feel good: Pure '90s nostalgia.

Where to watch: Hulu

6. Mrs. Doubtfire

What it's about: A divorced dad disguises himself as an old British woman in order to see his kids more often. Why you'll feel good: Robin Williams' performance. Where to watch: Starz
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What it's about: A divorced dad disguises himself as an old British woman in order to see his kids more often.

Why you'll feel good: Robin Williams' performance.

Where to watch: Starz

7. Something's Gotta Give

What it's about: Romance blooms in an unlikely place when a woman falls for her daughter's older boyfriend.Why you'll feel good: Diane freaking Keaton. Where to watch: HBO GO
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What it's about: Romance blooms in an unlikely place when a woman falls for her daughter's older boyfriend.

Why you'll feel good: Diane freaking Keaton.

Where to watch: HBO GO

8. Juno

What it's about: A punchy teen deals with her family and relationships during an unplanned pregnancy.Why you'll feel good: The dialogue and soundtrack. Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: A punchy teen deals with her family and relationships during an unplanned pregnancy.

Why you'll feel good: The dialogue and soundtrack.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

9. Groundhog Day

What it's about: A haughty weatherman is forced to relieve the same holiday over and over again. Why you'll feel good: Bill Murray. Obviously. Where to watch: Starz
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What it's about: A haughty weatherman is forced to relieve the same holiday over and over again.

Why you'll feel good: Bill Murray. Obviously.

Where to watch: Starz

10. Bring It On

What it's about: A high school cheerleading captain (Kirsten Dunst) is forced to make changes when she discovers her award-winning squad has been stealing cheers.Why you'll feel good: Early '00s nostalgia. Also, it's basically the OG Pitch Perfect. Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: A high school cheerleading captain (Kirsten Dunst) is forced to make changes when she discovers her award-winning squad has been stealing cheers.

Why you'll feel good: Early '00s nostalgia. Also, it's basically the OG Pitch Perfect.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

11. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

What it's about: Two best friends try everything in their power to appear successful and smart at their high school reunion. Why you'll feel good: You'll laugh your way through a lesson in long-lasting friendships.Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: Two best friends try everything in their power to appear successful and smart at their high school reunion.

Why you'll feel good: You'll laugh your way through a lesson in long-lasting friendships.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

12. Little Miss Sunshine

What it's about: A less-than-perfect family road trips to California so their daughter can compete in a beauty pageant. Why you'll feel good: It's a relatable look at the family dynamic. Also, the soundtrack.Where to watch: Starz
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What it's about: A less-than-perfect family road trips to California so their daughter can compete in a beauty pageant.

Why you'll feel good: It's a relatable look at the family dynamic. Also, the soundtrack.

Where to watch: Starz

13. I Love You, Man

What it's about: Recently engaged Peter goes on a search for his very first man friend. (This time, Jason Segel does not play the Peter.) Why you'll feel good: The magic of bromance.Where to watch: Netflix
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What it's about: Recently engaged Peter goes on a search for his very first man friend. (This time, Jason Segel does not play the Peter.)

Why you'll feel good: The magic of bromance.

Where to watch: Netflix

14. Troop Beverly Hills

What it's about: Pampered Phyllis becomes the troop leader of her daughter's privileged wilderness group.Why you'll feel good: The costumes.Where to watch: Starz
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What it's about: Pampered Phyllis becomes the troop leader of her daughter's privileged wilderness group.

Why you'll feel good: The costumes.

Where to watch: Starz

15. The Wedding Singer

What it's about: A recently dumped wedding singer befriends an engaged waitress in this '90s take on the '80s.Why you'll feel good: The music.Where to watch: Cinemax
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What it's about: A recently dumped wedding singer befriends an engaged waitress in this '90s take on the '80s.

Why you'll feel good: The music.

Where to watch: Cinemax

16. Top Five

What it's about: A comedian-turned-actor spends the day with a writer who is profiling him for the New York Times, a publication that continuously tears apart his movies.Why you'll feel good: Beloved actors and comedians pop up throughout the whole movie.Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: A comedian-turned-actor spends the day with a writer who is profiling him for the New York Times, a publication that continuously tears apart his movies.

Why you'll feel good: Beloved actors and comedians pop up throughout the whole movie.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

17. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

What it's about: A washed-up oceanographer and documentarian goes on a quest to find and destroy the rare shark that ate his friend. Why you'll feel good: It's a Wes Anderson film. ALL Wes Anderson films are feel-good, visually stunning masterpieces. Where to watch: Netflix
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What it's about: A washed-up oceanographer and documentarian goes on a quest to find and destroy the rare shark that ate his friend.

Why you'll feel good: It's a Wes Anderson film. ALL Wes Anderson films are feel-good, visually stunning masterpieces.

Where to watch: Netflix

18. Mamma Mia!

What it's about: A young bride (Amanda Seyfried) invites three of her mother's former suitors to her wedding with the hopes of finding out her father's identity. Why you'll feel good: Meryl Streep singing ABBA songs, clearly. Where to watch: Cinemax
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What it's about: A young bride (Amanda Seyfried) invites three of her mother's former suitors to her wedding with the hopes of finding out her father's identity.

Why you'll feel good: Meryl Streep singing ABBA songs, clearly.

Where to watch: Cinemax

19. Amélie

What it's about: A shy but whimsical French women tries to alter the lives of the people around her while searching for a mysterious collector of discarded photo booth pictures.Why you'll feel good: It's a beautiful look at modern-day Paris.Where to watch: Hulu
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What it's about: A shy but whimsical French women tries to alter the lives of the people around her while searching for a mysterious collector of discarded photo booth pictures.

Why you'll feel good: It's a beautiful look at modern-day Paris.

Where to watch: Hulu

20. Mary Poppins

What it's about: An eccentric nanny shakes up the family of a wealthy banker when she brings music and adventure into their lives. Why you'll feel good: It'll make you feel like a kid again.Where to watch: Amazon (buy only)
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What it's about: An eccentric nanny shakes up the family of a wealthy banker when she brings music and adventure into their lives.

Why you'll feel good: It'll make you feel like a kid again.

Where to watch: Amazon (buy only)

21. The First Wives Club

What it's about: Three old friends reconnect when their husbands leave them for younger women.Why you'll feel good: Women empowerment! Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: Three old friends reconnect when their husbands leave them for younger women.

Why you'll feel good: Women empowerment!

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

22. The Muppets

What it's about: After a long hiatus, the Muppets reunite with the help of new friends in order to save their studio.Why you'll feel good: It's the freaking Muppets. Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: After a long hiatus, the Muppets reunite with the help of new friends in order to save their studio.

Why you'll feel good: It's the freaking Muppets.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

23. Jumanji

What it's about: When a board game wreaks havoc on their town, two kids must team up with the game's original players to end the jungle-fueled madness. Why you'll feel good: It'll remind you that while the new movie is fun, the OG is in a league of it's own.Where to watch: Starz
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What it's about: When a board game wreaks havoc on their town, two kids must team up with the game's original players to end the jungle-fueled madness.

Why you'll feel good: It'll remind you that while the new movie is fun, the OG is in a league of it's own.

Where to watch: Starz

24. The Producers

What it's about: Two men hatch a scheme to get rich by producing a musical that is sure to be a flop.Why you'll feel good: You'll be able to appreciate the musical adaptation more once you've seen the classic.Where to watch: Amazon (rent only)
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What it's about: Two men hatch a scheme to get rich by producing a musical that is sure to be a flop.

Why you'll feel good: You'll be able to appreciate the musical adaptation more once you've seen the classic.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent only)

25. A League of Their Own

What it's about: A professional, all-female baseball league is created when the men's league loses most of its players to WWII.Why you'll feel good: Female empowerment... and Tom Hanks.Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: A professional, all-female baseball league is created when the men's league loses most of its players to WWII.

Why you'll feel good: Female empowerment... and Tom Hanks.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

26. Pleasantville

What it's about: Two vastly different siblings get sucked into a classic television show.Why you'll feel good: You'll be reminded that change and acceptance are the best ways to grow.Where to watch: Amazon (buy only)
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What it's about: Two vastly different siblings get sucked into a classic television show.

Why you'll feel good: You'll be reminded that change and acceptance are the best ways to grow.

Where to watch: Amazon (buy only)

27. Ira and Abby

What it's about: A neurotic New Yorker takes a big leap when he agrees to marry a free-spirited woman after only knowing her for one day.Why you'll feel good: It's one of those "New York is another character in the story" films, but one you probably haven't seen yet.Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: A neurotic New Yorker takes a big leap when he agrees to marry a free-spirited woman after only knowing her for one day.

Why you'll feel good: It's one of those "New York is another character in the story" films, but one you probably haven't seen yet.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

28. Jerry Maguire

What it's about: A sports agent teams up with a single mom when he's fired from his company. Why you'll feel good: All of the classic lines.Where to watch: Starz
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What it's about: A sports agent teams up with a single mom when he's fired from his company.

Why you'll feel good: All of the classic lines.

Where to watch: Starz

29. Waiting For Guffman

What it's about: A community theater puts on a show about their town with the hopes of impressing a Broadway big-wig.Why you'll feel good: The Christopher Guest mockumentary/improv combo will have you rolling. Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: A community theater puts on a show about their town with the hopes of impressing a Broadway big-wig.

Why you'll feel good: The Christopher Guest mockumentary/improv combo will have you rolling.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

30. My Best Friend's Wedding

What it's about: A woman is determined to break up the impromptu wedding of her best friend and a young Chicago socialite. Why you'll feel good: It's Julia Roberts at her most charming.Where to watch: Starz
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What it's about: A woman is determined to break up the impromptu wedding of her best friend and a young Chicago socialite.

Why you'll feel good: It's Julia Roberts at her most charming.

Where to watch: Starz

31. 9 to 5

What it's about: Three women take over the company they work for after kidnapping their vile boss.Why you'll feel good: You guessed it... More female empowerment! Where to watch: Cinemax
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What it's about: Three women take over the company they work for after kidnapping their vile boss.

Why you'll feel good: You guessed it... More female empowerment!

Where to watch: Cinemax

32. O Brother, Where Art Thou?

What it's about: Three men encounter tons of outlandish individuals while on the run from prison.Why you'll feel good: The music. And, of course, George Clooney's face.Where to watch: Hulu
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What it's about: Three men encounter tons of outlandish individuals while on the run from prison.

Why you'll feel good: The music. And, of course, George Clooney's face.

Where to watch: Hulu

33. High Fidelity

What it's about: A record store owner recounts his past relationships after his girlfriend leaves him.Why you'll feel good: Once again, the music. Where to watch: Showtime
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What it's about: A record store owner recounts his past relationships after his girlfriend leaves him.

Why you'll feel good: Once again, the music.

Where to watch: Showtime

34. Ever After

What it's about: An adaptation of Cinderella that stars our girl Drew Barrymore.Why you'll feel good: The romance. Where to watch: Starz
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What it's about: An adaptation of Cinderella that stars our girl Drew Barrymore.

Why you'll feel good: The romance.

Where to watch: Starz

35. The Big Chill

What it's about: A group of old college friends reconnect after the death of a friend.Why you'll feel good: Despite the sad moments, it's a reminder that the important bonds of friendship last forever. Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: A group of old college friends reconnect after the death of a friend.

Why you'll feel good: Despite the sad moments, it's a reminder that the important bonds of friendship last forever.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

36. Coming to America

What it's about: A wealthy African prince escapes to America to avoid an arranged marriage and to find true love.Why you'll feel good: It's funny AF.Where to watch: Starz
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What it's about: A wealthy African prince escapes to America to avoid an arranged marriage and to find true love.

Why you'll feel good: It's funny AF.

Where to watch: Starz

37. Neighbors & Neighbors 2

What it's about: A pair of 30-something parents must deal with the fraternity that moves in next door. Things heat up for a second time, when a sorority moves in during the sequel. Why you'll feel good: The first one is just plain funny. The second one is a surprisingly good lesson in feminism. Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy) and Cinemax
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What it's about: A pair of 30-something parents must deal with the fraternity that moves in next door. Things heat up for a second time, when a sorority moves in during the sequel.

Why you'll feel good: The first one is just plain funny. The second one is a surprisingly good lesson in feminism.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy) and Cinemax

38. Harold and Maude

What it's about: A suicide-obsessed young man starts to see the world differently when he befriends an eccentric 80-year-old woman.Why you'll feel good: It's an unlikely romance that'll make you look at the world more positively. Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: A suicide-obsessed young man starts to see the world differently when he befriends an eccentric 80-year-old woman.

Why you'll feel good: It's an unlikely romance that'll make you look at the world more positively.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

39. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

What it's about: A poor governess weasels her way into working for a glamorous young singer, who is juggling three men.Why you'll feel good: It's a lighthearted day-in-the-life tale with a romantic spin.Where to watch: Starz
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What it's about: A poor governess weasels her way into working for a glamorous young singer, who is juggling three men.

Why you'll feel good: It's a lighthearted day-in-the-life tale with a romantic spin.

Where to watch: Starz

40. Clue

What it's about: Based on the board game (obviously), this comedy centers on the mysterious murders that take place during an elaborate dinner party.Why you'll feel good: The cast is guaranteed to make you laugh.Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: Based on the board game (obviously), this comedy centers on the mysterious murders that take place during an elaborate dinner party.

Why you'll feel good: The cast is guaranteed to make you laugh.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

41. It's Complicated

What it's about: A woman's life is turned upside down when she starts sleeping with her ex-husband.Why you'll feel good: It's a Nancy Meyers movie... it's designed to make you feel good.Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: A woman's life is turned upside down when she starts sleeping with her ex-husband.

Why you'll feel good: It's a Nancy Meyers movie... it's designed to make you feel good.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

42. Can't Hardly Wait

What it's about: A group of teens have new experiences as they party together on graduation night. Why you'll feel good: So many now-famous actors are sprinkled throughout the entire movie.Where to watch: Starz
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What it's about: A group of teens have new experiences as they party together on graduation night.

Why you'll feel good: So many now-famous actors are sprinkled throughout the entire movie.

Where to watch: Starz

43. Only You

What it's about: Right before her wedding, a woman travels to Italy in search of the man she believes to be her true soulmate. Why you'll feel good: Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. have amazing chemistry (as seen in the recent Marvel films). Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: Right before her wedding, a woman travels to Italy in search of the man she believes to be her true soulmate.

Why you'll feel good: Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. have amazing chemistry (as seen in the recent Marvel films).

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

44. Girl's Trip

What it's about: Four longtime friends travel to New Orleans to rediscover themselves and their friendships. Why you'll feel good: Tiffany freaking Haddish. Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: Four longtime friends travel to New Orleans to rediscover themselves and their friendships.

Why you'll feel good: Tiffany freaking Haddish.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

45. Moonstruck

What it's about: After her fiancé leaves to take care of his sick mother, a woman unexpectedly bonds with his estranged brother. Why you'll feel good: A Nic Cage/Cher pairing is the thing you never knew you needed.Where to watch: Hulu
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What it's about: After her fiancé leaves to take care of his sick mother, a woman unexpectedly bonds with his estranged brother.

Why you'll feel good: A Nic Cage/Cher pairing is the thing you never knew you needed.

Where to watch: Hulu

46. Reality Bites

What it's about: A group of 20-somethings try to figure out life after college.Why you'll feel good: You'll be reminded that it's okay to not have everything figured out. Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: A group of 20-somethings try to figure out life after college.

Why you'll feel good: You'll be reminded that it's okay to not have everything figured out.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

47. The Big Sick

What it's about: Kumail Nanjiani plays himself in the true story of how he and his wife Emily ended up together.Why you'll feel good: You already know the ending, so the scary medical moments aren't too overwhelming.Where to watch: Amazon Prime
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What it's about: Kumail Nanjiani plays himself in the true story of how he and his wife Emily ended up together.

Why you'll feel good: You already know the ending, so the scary medical moments aren't too overwhelming.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime

48. Big Business

What it's about: Two sets of twins are mixed up at birth, one set being raised as poor farmers and the other as wealthy socialites.Why you'll feel good: You get TWO Bette Midlers and TWO Lily Tomlins.Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: Two sets of twins are mixed up at birth, one set being raised as poor farmers and the other as wealthy socialites.

Why you'll feel good: You get TWO Bette Midlers and TWO Lily Tomlins.

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

49. Enchanted

What it's about: An upbeat, cartoon princess is in for a shock when a wicked queen sends her to modern-day NYC.Why you'll feel good: The magic! The music! The Amy Adams! Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)
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What it's about: An upbeat, cartoon princess is in for a shock when a wicked queen sends her to modern-day NYC.

Why you'll feel good: The magic! The music! The Amy Adams!

Where to watch: Amazon (rent or buy)

50. The Breakfast Club

What it's about: Five completely different high schoolers are forced together during Saturday detention.Why you'll feel good: It's the greatest teen movie ever made.Where to watch: Cinemax
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What it's about: Five completely different high schoolers are forced together during Saturday detention.

Why you'll feel good: It's the greatest teen movie ever made.

Where to watch: Cinemax

What are some of your favorite feel-good movies? Tell us in the comments!

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