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    28 Movies People Say Are Low-Stress And Highly Uplifting

    Nothing too heavy, stressful, or sad. You know, ACTUAL feel-good movies.

    We recently asked you, the BuzzFeed Community, for your go-to feel-good movies and y'all really warmed my heart with these responses.

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    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

    1. Dirty Dancing (1987)

    Great American Films Limited Partnership

    "Dirty Dancing. You cannot beat that climax! ‘The Lift,’ Patrick Swayze boogying with the other dancers down the aisle, and of course "(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life." Nobody puts Baby in the corner!"


    2. Last Holiday (2006)


    "Last Holiday. Queen Latifah lives her best life after being diagnosed with a terminal disease. I LOVE how the hotel staff falls in love with her, and the ending is amazing."


    3. Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

    Walt Disney Pictures

    "Yes yes yes yes yes. If you're looking for a feel-good movie, BuzzFeed's hottest option is Muppet Treasure Island. This movie has everything: a classic story, catchy songs, occasional fourth-wall breaks, Tim Curry! The music is good, the songs are good, the pacing is good. There's even a great sub-plot involving a Caribbean cruise for rats. This is the perfect movie."


    4. To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

    Overbrook Entertainment Awesomeness Films

    "To All The Boys I've Loved Before. Just uplifts me, really."


    5. The Birdcage (1996)

    Nichols Film Company

    "The Birdcage. It’s bright, fun, and perfectly paced with a sweet LGBTQ love story and some of the best physical comedy ever captured on film. Agador Spartacus forever!"


    6. The Mummy (1999)

    Alphaville Films

    "The Mummy (1999)! I love Rick and Evie’s banter and their romance. This movie has an amazing combination of adventure and comedy! Makes me happy every single time I watch."


    7. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

    Columbia Pictures Sony Pictures Animation Marvel Entertainment Arad Productions Lord Miller Productions Pascal Pictures

    "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The soundtrack alone is amazing."


    8. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

    Hollywood Pictures Caravan Pictures

    "While You Were Sleeping. This movie reiterates the fact that life doesn’t always turn out the way you planned, but sometimes it’s for the best!"


    9. The Father of the Bride movies (1991-1995)

    Touchstone Pictures Sandollar Productions

    "These movies are like a giant peanut butter cup for my soul. Diane Keaton and Steve Martin together are just...perfection. These movies have a 'wholesome family' theme that give me a perfect escape to utopia. Also, I love my dad so I bawl like a baby every time I watch them!"


    10. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

    Little Bird StudioCanal Working Title Films

    "Bridget Jones’s Diary. I’ve seen it probably 50 times over the years and I still laugh out loud at certain parts. Also, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant in one movie???"


    11. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)


    "The Emperor’s New Groove. It is SOOO underrated. Once I was watching this with my friends and I literally peed my pants from laughter. There are so many classic lines, it is a gem! If you haven’t seen it, or it’s been a really long it. You won’t regret it."


    12. Legally Blonde (2001)

    Type A Films Marc Platt Productions Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    "100% Legally Blonde. Honestly, just seeing a short clip puts a smile on my face! Reese Witherspoon + the Bend & Snap + Elle slayyying Harvard Law + Elle being smarter than her ex that DUMPED her + looking fabulous while doing it? Yeah, I know what I'm watching tonight."


    13. Meet the Robinsons (2007)


    "Meet the Robinsons. No matter how down I get, this movie can bring me back up. It has such a positive message. Keep moving forward!"


    14. The Princess Bride (1987)

    Act III Communications Buttercup Films The Princess Bride Ltd.

    "The Princess Bride. Everybody who deserves a happy/hopeful ending gets one, and it's hilarious!"


    15. A Cinderella Story (2004)

    Gaylord Films Dylan Sellers Productions Clifford Werber Productions

    "A Cinderella Story! So iconic! Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray were the best together. My 23-year-old self is still hoping for the day I get to dress up in a white ball gown and dance with my nomad609."


    16. The First Wives Club (1996)

    Paramount Pictures

    "The First Wives Club. It never fails to cheer me up. It's about three women coming together — first for revenge, but it becomes so much more than that! Might need to watch it right now!!!"


    17. The The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)

    New Line Cinema WingNut Films

    "The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Sometimes you need to be reminded that even when the world is dark and evil seems to be winning, there's still good out there and that humanity will prevail in the end."


    18. You’ve Got Mail (1998)

    Lauren Shuler Donner Productions

    "You’ve Got Mail. Literally one of the best movies ever."


    19. Cinderella (2015)


    "The live action Cinderella with Lily James. That movie is the definition of feel-good and has the best catch phrase: 'Have courage and be kind.' It instantly cheers me up on a bad day."


    20. Mamma Mia! (2008)

    Relativity Media Littlestar Productions Playtone

    "Mamma Mia!! I cannot stay sad when there's an ABBA song playing every 10 minutes!!!"


    21. Labyrinth (1986)

    Henson Associates, Inc. Lucasfilm Ltd.

    "Labyrinth. It was my favorite movie when I was a kid, and the music still gives me chills. I get up and dance around my living room to Dance Magic Dance!"


    22. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

    Python (Monty) Pictures Michael White Productions National Film Trustee Company

    "Monty Python and the Holy Grail! It's the funniest movie! It's so quotable and mindless. It never gets old. It's definitely a fail safe for when I need to put a smile on my face or need a good laugh."


    23. School of Rock (2003)

    Scott Rudin Productions

    "School of Rock. Such a fun movie from beginning to end."


    24. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

    20th Century Fox

    "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The plot is a simple and upbeat, it's full of catchy musical numbers, amazing friendship dynamics, girl power, amazing fashion, and has a happy ending. Always makes me feel better after a rough day/week/month."


    25. Chef (2014)

    Fairview Entertainment Aldamisa Entertainment

    "Chef. Such a happy, uplifting, feel-good movie. Also, not many movies can nail what being a chef is really like and this one is dead on. Killer soundtrack, very comforting, and extremely heartwarming!"


    26. Despicable Me (2010)

    Illumination Entertainment Universal Pictures

    "Despicable Me. It’s such a cute movie about personal growth and finding a family. Both Gru and the 'gorls' start off in a much darker place than they end up and it’s so nice to watch."


    27. The Barbie Movies (2001-present)

    Mainframe Entertainment Mattel Entertainment

    "Honestly, any Barbie movie. They are so sweet and cute and you know there will be a happy ending. When I am really upset, watching a Barbie movie makes me feel better because I can just enjoy the simplicity of it...or if I am in a certain mood I can make fun of it!"


    28. And Ever After (1998)

    Fox Family Films

    "Ever After! Who can resist a Renaissance-era Cinderella retelling with Drew Barrymore as the socially aware lead? Just seeing her arrive at the ball in that white butterfly dress lifts my spirits every time." —annahill95

    I hope this list gets you excited for your next movie night! Do you have a feel-good movie you think we missed? Leave a comment with your go-to movie below!

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    My heart is getting warmer and warmer!