All of my go-to feel-good movies

Today, I’m taking a quick break from talking about books and switch to something a little different: movies!

Lately, I’ve been rewatching to a lot of movies that bring me comfort and happiness, so today I’m listing the movies that can always cheer me up. All of these are movies that I’m happy to watch over and over again. And – staying on brand as usual – quite a few of them are adapted from books.

As I was making this list, I realized how many of these are from the early 2000s….maybe because that’s when I was growing up and I have a lot of nostalgia for these movies that remind me of simpler times? πŸ€” Weird. Anyway, without further ado, here is my list of seventeen go-to comfort movies!


Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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THE ULTIMATE PERIOD FILM. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I watch this movie every single year, and even though I can probably quote most of the lines by heart, I will never get tired of it. If you’re ever in the mood to watch Keira Knightley being sassy and beautiful, go watch Pride & Prejudice.

Mamma Mia! (2008)

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With its bright colors and amazing music, this movie and its sequel never fail to bring a smile to my face. Even just watching the “Dancing Queen” scene is like an injection of serotonin straight into my brain.

The Princess Bride (1987)

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A classic! This is a movie that I grew up watching and can therefore quote pretty much by heart. I’m pretty sure my sense of humor was significantly shaped by it.

Moana (2016)

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How could you possibly be sad while watching Moana sing about her dreams while gazing longingly at the horizon?? The music, the animation, and the story are all simply gorgeous.

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

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A bookstore-themed rom-com with secret identities was basically tailor made for me, so obviously this is one of my favorites. An oldie but a goodie!

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)

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There was truly nothing more magical than watching this movie in the theatre for the first time at the tender age of eight, shortly after reading the book. Every time I watch it, I feel like I’m recapturing a little bit of that magic. *Ben Wyatt voice* it’s about the escapism.

Mulan (1998)

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LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS…TO DEFEAT…THE SADNESS. This movie is pure fun, and Mulan has been one of my favorite Disney characters for the longest time.

Love, Simon (2018)

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This movie has only been out for two years and I think I’ve watched it…five times? Every single time, I love it. Every single time, I cry during the “You get to exhale now, Simon” scene.

Enchanted (2007)

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I feel like this movie is basically considered a classic for my generation, with good reason. Where else can you find a Disney movie that makes fun of other Disney movies while also being incredibly fun with some of the best music??

The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003)

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Do I watch the extended edition Lord of the Rings trilogy practically every year since I was ten? Yes. Am I tired of it yet? Absolutely not. I can and will quote every line in these movies. I’m sure watching them with me is probably so much fun.

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

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Here to provide my dragon wish fulfillment needs: How to Train Your Dragon, which I’ve watched more times than I can count. I just want my own dragon to ride through the clouds, okay??

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

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Feel-good tropey YA rom-com? Check. Based on an equally wonderful YA book? Check. To All the Boys is just the thing whenever I need something purely happy and adorable in my life.

Stardust (2007)

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Who doesn’t want to watch a silly and overdramatic fantasy adventure with Charlie Cox and Claire Danes…and Robert De Niro as a sky pirate?? Literally everything about this movie is amazing.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

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Much Ado is one of my absolute favorite stories, so I’m always happy to see it adapted in any format. But it’s hard to beat this version with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh, which makes me laugh like an idiot.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

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Pretty much any Studio Ghibli movie could go on this list, honestly, but currently Howl’s Moving Castle is my favorite. It’s pretty to look at AND Howl is overdramatic and amazing, so it’s a win all around.

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

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I didn’t expect for a superhero movie to end up on a feel-good movies list, but this one is just so! dang! good! I would happily watch a hundred movies with this animation style and/or these characters.

Penelope (2006)

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Shout out to the mid-2000s for having all the best weird and fun movies, wow. Penelope is a pure joy to watch, with a healthy dose of silly as well as a lot of heart.

The Sound of Music (1965)

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Ah, another classic. Who among us didn’t grow up singing “Do-Re-Mi” or “My Favorite Things”?? This movie might be ridiculously long, but every time I watch it, it cheers me up.


What are your go-to comfort movies? Do we have any of the same favorites?

x Margaret

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32 thoughts on “All of my go-to feel-good movies

  1. ooh great list!! I love Pride and Prejudice it steals my heart every time. And yesss Mammia mia, Enchanted, and To all the boys I’ve loved before are such feel good movies!! Awesome post πŸ™‚

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  2. Ahh, I love this list so much!! Where do I even start HAHA
    okay, I actually haven’t finished all of The Princess Bride yet, but the comedy so far is brilliant πŸ˜‚. Moana and Mulan are queens, period. I almost didn’t watch How To Train Your Dragon, but thank gosh I did πŸ₯Ί. To All The Boys… a modern classic. YES to anything Studio Ghibli 😍!! I loooove the scene in Howl’s Moving Castle when they’re in the meadow, and of course overreacting Howl never gets old πŸ˜‚. Also I 100% agree about Into the Spiderverse! That movie blew me away, and I ended up watching it twice in theaters! And Penelope!! I think about Penelope’s nose all the time πŸ˜‚ but also the love interest πŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ˜. The Sound of Music is hands down one of my favorite movies πŸ™ŒπŸ½.
    I loved this post so much, Margaret πŸ˜©πŸ’–.

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    1. Ahhh thank you! πŸ˜€ I’m glad you like it!
      Oh you should DEFINITELY watch the rest of The Princess Bride. It is brilliant! And I completely agree about Studio Ghibli – all of their films are just lovely. Howl overreacting is always the best πŸ˜‚ Spiderverse was SUCH a wonderful surprise! I think I watched it twice in theatres too haha! And I’m glad you agree about The Sound of Music πŸ˜€

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  3. *Sees movies!!* *Clicks on immediately!!* I love movies a lot and talking about them. I think I do it too much because one time at school, we had to do that thing when we have to say one fact about ourselves and my friend said ‘she loves movies/tv’ before I could say anything!! haha!!

    We have some similar ones as well!! Mamma Mia is literally the happiest film and ‘dancing queen’ might be the sole reason for it!! I love the ocean in the background of everything as well!!
    I haven’t watched The Princess Bride is so long so I can’t remember it all too well but I have the book so I want to read it first than watch it!!
    Moana is amazing– the short ‘I am Moana’ song is literally amazing. I was obsessed after the first time I watched it!!
    You’ve Got Mail, Narnia, Mulan, Love Simon (yes that scene is emotional), Stardust (YESSSS), Into the Spiderverse (that bagel scene, me and my sister were howling in the cinema) and finally HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (I love this film soooooo much, it is probably my favourite, honestly I love it so much *cries*) All the fangirling is stressing me out. lol!!
    I need to watch more Studio Ghibli films (I started on Netflix and by that I mean I’ve watched one but it’s my sister boyfriend’s account so I always feel a bit guilty, maybe I will get a free trail just for these films, lol)
    Anyway, I absolutely loved this post!! ❀

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    1. Ohh that’s so cool! πŸ˜€ I didn’t know you were such a fan of movies/tv!
      Ahhh Mamma Mia is just so happy 😊 I love it. And reading The Princess Bride sounds like a great idea – the book and the movie are quite different, but they’re each fun in their own way.
      I still get chills every time I listen to the “I am Moana” song 😱 All the music is so good!
      HAHA the bagel scene in Spiderverse is the BEST πŸ˜‚ And How to Train Your Dragon is just incredible…I sometimes just watch clips of it on Youtube when I need a quick pick-me-up, and it always works πŸ™‚ Studio Ghibli films are pretty much all fantastic, tbh, so I hope you enjoy making your way through them πŸ˜€ Thanks so much, Sophie!! ❀

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  4. Okay, prepare for a long comment because YES to all of these.

    I really, really need to rewatch P&P because I wasn’t an Austen fan when I was forced into watching it the first time, and the whole situation ended in me not liking it, but I am now, so I feel like it’d be a MUCH different experience.

    I have this theory (it’s totally not mine, it’s just fact, and everyone else agrees with it) that you literally cannot have a bad day if you listen to Disney music or watch a Disney movie. Anytime work is getting too hectic (even outside of the current climate), I put on Moana and everything is okay again.

    I just watched Mamma Mia for the first time last year?? And it was AMAZING. From the literal first five minutes of the movie, I just knew. Man. This is 100% a Mary movie. It’s got everything I need in it, and it’s so feel good.


    I have never once not cried at the scene where Simon’s dad starts crying in the driveway and hugs him. My dad has also never once not cried at that scene. It’s just?? So pure. So good. Give us more emotional dads all the time.

    I have Fellowship (the book) sitting next to me right now, and I am so hyped to be returning to this world. My best friend lives far away, and we love all the same things, but whenever we get together, our days are jam-packed. One of the recent times, though, we just decided to say screw it, plop onto the couch, and marathon all three, and wow. We’re the worst. We quoted the entire trilogy, and we paused to yell about the Rohirrim every damn time, and we cried over every single damn ending to ROTK. It’s just the perfect trilogy.

    I saw HTTYD five times in theaters when it first came out? And three of those times were in a single weekend. It is The Best.

    Okay, last one, I watched Into the Spiderverse on a flight from California (last year), and I picked it because I stupidly thought “oh animation I won’t cry over this.” Like??? What a dumb thought, animated movies always make me cry ten times worse than a regular movie, and there I was, sobbing amongst strangers. Eh, what can you do.

    Thank you for this post, it was an absolute delight to read!

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    1. Yesss I love long comments! πŸ˜‚
      Oh you DEFINITELY should rewatch P&P! It’s probably the movie I’ve watched the most in my life and I feel like I love it more each time.
      And that Disney theory makes perfect sense to me. I’m listening to Moana right now and it’s impossible not to instantly feel happier πŸ˜€
      I’m so happy that you loved Mamma Mia!! Have you seen the second one yet? I love both of them!
      COMPLETELY agree about The Princess Bride πŸ˜€
      Oh man, that scene in Love Simon sure is a tearjerker :’) Gotta love seeing supportive parents and emotional dads!
      Omg your story of watching all of LOTR in one day sounds SO FUN. It’s been ages since I binged the entire trilogy, but it’s always an adventure. And crying over every ending is the ONLY appropriate response, imo.
      I’m very impressed by you seeing HTTYD five times in the theater! I completely agree that it’s the Best.
      Ahaha I’m sorry that you ended up crying in public over Spiderverse, but I can’t blame you because it’s SO GOOD and SURPRISINGLY EMOTIONAL.
      Thanks for your lovely comment!! ❀

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      1. I haven’t seen the second Mamma Mia, but I definitely need to. It looks so good!

        LOTR in one day is A Lot, but over a weekend isn’t so bad, and now I’m thinking about it, hahahaha.

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  5. you can never go wrong with mamma mia! i was recently thinking about this topic as well: what i do to make myself feel better when i’m in a bad mood. surprisingly, i don’t tend to be in a bad mood frequently, but one thing i always do is turning on some of my favorite songs and singing. and i think that’s what i love so much about mamma mia and musicals in general! music always bring me a lot of happiness.
    the narnia movies make me incredibly nostalgic, so they give me more of a melancholic feeling than anything. i was a huge fan of this series as a kid, and i feel like i’ve sort of forgotten about it now, which is exactly what the story shows: how we forget about magic once we grow up. so it’s definitely a bittersweet one for me to watch.
    I LITERALLY HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES NOW FROM BEING REMINDED OF THE YOU GET TO EXHALE NOW SIMON SCENE. love simon makes me cry *so* bad it’s kind of ridiculous considering how often i’ve actually watched it. it shouldn’t move me every time, but it totally does.
    to all the boys is probably my #1 feel-good movie though. there’s just something about how that movie makes me feel the i can’t exactly pinpoint. it’s just such a warm atmosphere, and i love lara jean as a character. i’m happy now we have a second movie to rewatch as well, hahah.

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    1. Agreed about Mamma Mia! There’s something so happy about singing all of those songs. I’m glad you’ve found something that can cheer you up when you’re feeling down!
      The Narnia movies are definitely full of nostalgia, and I can understand that feeling bittersweet!
      AHHHH the “you get to exhale now” scene is EVERYTHING 😭 I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to watch without crying, no matter how many times I do it!
      And yesss I love that To All the Boys is you #1! It’s totally deserved πŸ˜€ Lara Jean truly is the best.
      Thanks so much for your comment, and I hope you’re doing well! ❀

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  6. Yes yes yes! I love all of these, but I still haven’t seen Penelope yet. It looks amazing!
    Have you read Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett? I believe it’s based off of You’ve Got Mail!
    – Emma πŸ™‚

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  7. Ahh, I love the Pride & Prejudice movie! I really want to watch the BBC Mini Series, because I heard that’s pretty good, as well. But first, I should probably reread the book. πŸ˜€ I watched Enchanted and Mamma Mia when I was a kid/teen SO MANY TIMES, oh my god – the former was my, the latter my mom’s favorite. Penelope is the weirdest movie, but it WORKS somehow, haha. Love, Simon and To All the Boys are adorable, as well. Great list! πŸ™‚

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    1. P&P is the BEST ❀ And the BBC version is also wonderful!
      Omg I love that you and your mom love Enchanted and Mamma Mia – those are such sweet movies to watch together! And yesss Penelope is so weird but amazing πŸ˜€ Thank you so much!

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  8. AH this is such a good list, so many movies I love here! I adore love simon, lara jean and ahh lotr, I rewatch these movies every now and them and still love them so, so much. there are a few on here I still need to watch, such as pride and prejudice (i know!!) and moana, but I can’t wait to do so πŸ˜€

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