These Are the Best Feel Good Movies of All Time, Streaming Service Says

Just the escapism we need right now.
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By Nehal Aggarwal, Editor
Updated March 27, 2020
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Thinking of ways to spend your weekend that are both fun and adhere to social distancing guidelines? How about a movie-viewing (virtual) party! While screen time may not be the best in large amounts, television is the one thing that will likely not disappoint during these new and strange times. While the 2011 thriller Contagion (which deals with a pandemic and society’s consequential loss of order and is eerily similar to the present day) may not be on the “to watch” list, check out this lighthearted list from video rental company and streaming service Redbox, which details the best feel good movies of all time, in their opinion.

The Princess Bride: Because the present day events are truly “INCONCEIVABLE.”

The Lord of the Rings: Gandalf put it best when he said to Frodo, “So do all who live to see such times…All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” Bonus: if you watch all three you’ll have entertainment for at least nine hours!

Old School: This comedy starring Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn throws it back to the college days and will make you reminiscent of happier and simpler times.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Bueller?.. Bueller?.. Bueller?

The Goonies: Because who doesn’t love a quest for pirate treasure that could save the town.

The Time Traveler’s Wife and About Time: Make it a double feature starring Rachel McAdams and full of lots of time-traveling twists.

How to Train Your Dragon trilogy: Nothing beats this story about a boy (Hiccup) and his mischievous dragon (Toothless) as they venture to make peace between dragons and Vikings.

Julie & Julia: Even if you’re not much of a chef yourself, there’s something calming about watching others cook. This true story features a writer (Amy Adams) as she recreates all of Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) 524 recipes in a year’s time.

The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Movie: The Second Party: If nothing else, it may inspire you (and your kids!) to build and dream up new lego creations.

Crazy Rich Asians: Not only is this cast downright gorgeous, but this classic love story, combined with its striking setting, makes for a great escape from reality.

This is Spinal Tap: This hilarious “mockumentary” explores (and satirizes) the world of mental bands and rockers through fictional heavy metal Band “Spinal Tap.”

Ever After: Drew Barrymore? Check? A retelling of a classic fairytale (Cinderella)? Check.

You’ve Got Mail: Take it back to simpler times with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks (who is finally feeling better after testing positive for COVID-19).

Won’t You Be My Neighbor: This documentary explores the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the kids’ show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood—and serves as a great reminder in these trying times that a little kindness can go a long way.

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