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5 Feel-Good Movies to Watch When Feeling Down

Movie Enthusiast and reviewer, Jeevan writes about entertainment of all kind

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Feel-Good movies that will lift your moods, 100% guaranteed

When we have a bad day there's nothing more relaxing than watching a feel-good movie to cheer up. Well-crafted stories have a special charm that takes you on an emotional roller-coaster, and there are only some movies that do this.

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater — Roman Polanski

I started watching more movies during the pandemic and since I had a lot of time I explored more movies that varied from genre to language and there's a lot of great movies out there, but it’s a bit hard to find these hidden gems and I feel everyone truly deserves to watch these good movies at least once in their lives.

I will be featuring the 5 best feel-good movies all of you should give a watch, If you have seen it already, well watch it again. It gets better as it ages.

1. The Pursuit of Happyness 

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Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 movie based on the real-life story of Chris Gardener. and this is one of the most heartwarming films I’ve watched in all of my life. The plot of the movie is about a salesman who struggles to keep his family afloat as he makes an important career shift that will change their lives forever.

This movie was directed by Gabriele Muccino with Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith playing the main characters.

Will Smith who was previously known for his appearances in action flicks gave us one of his finest performance in an emotionally charged film and his son Jaden was quite impressive for a 7-year old appearing for the first time in life.

The film showcases the ability of the human spirit and its ability to persevere in the darkest of times. It teaches us that whatever hardships life throws at us; if you have the grit and the mindset to face it, You can overcome even the most difficult hurdles in life.

One of my favorite quotes in the movie is as follows- “You got a dream, You gotta protect it, and you don’t let somebody tell you that you can’t do it. If you want something go get it, Period.”

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2. Dead Poets Society

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Let's now talk about the movie which is the most favorite of mine on the list. Dead Poets Society is a coming-of-age movie that was released in the year 1989 and still stays as one of the most iconic films in the whole cinematic history.

It’s a movie a lot of people hold close to their hearts and I think it's because the core of the film resonates with each one of us regardless of our age and our situations, as this movie talks about following your dreams and questioning the uneven rules and restrictions set by our society. Which limits our true potential and the ability to think for ourselves and for our happiness rather than others' expectations towards us.

Robin Williams stars as John Keating a teacher who teaches the children to think out of the box and tells -” Dreams, Ideas and following your passion is what makes us complete and happy.” He teaches them the importance of literary works and how they reflect the human experience on a deeper level. It has a behemoth of quotes that are equally magnificent and If I went into the details of this, It would become another article of its own.

This movie will inspire you to be a better person and a role model to the people around you. The dialogues are poetry condensed into lines. I highly recommend it if you haven’t watched it yet because I assure you, You will be a different person after watching this movie.

3. Gifted

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Gifted is an emotional drama directed by Marc Webb. The movie is about the life of Mary a 7-year old prodigy, and her uncle Frank. The movie and the script are just like any other average movie, but the performance by Chris Evans and McKenna Grace, makes the movie stand out. The two of them were captivating throughout the entire film.

The movie stars Chris Evans as Frank and apart from his common roles, this was one of the movies where he showcased his ability to be a versatile actor. Mckenna Grace is a promising young talent who already starred in several movies and TV shows. She truly embraces the role of a typical 7-year old in this movie that stole the show even from Chris (sorry Cap). Other honorable mentions include Olivia Spencer as the neighbor and Mary’s favorite one-eyed cat “Fred”.

The movie is heartbreaking at times but quite satisfactory at the end. The movie is really amazing, I can’t really pinpoint what made this movie beautiful It has a special charm of its own and I enjoyed watching this movie. Give it a watch, truly amazing.

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4. Little Miss Sunshine

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If you’re into a comedic tone when it comes to films then this is the one to go. Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 comedic movie by the directorial debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The movie is about a family’s road trip to California to attend Olivia’s (Abigail Breslin) beauty pageant contest that she is very excited about.

From the start of the journey, they’re faced with major setbacks and encounter problems from each of their lives but they all stick together determined they will get Olive to the contest no matter whatever happens, but as they reach the contest they realize that Olive’s losing her confidence and the whole family climbs up the stage to cheer her up.

It is an amazing movie as it tells us that you don’t have to be perfect to show your true selves to the world around you, that you can feel confident in your own skin as long as you don’t care about the standards set by others. at the same time, they teach us that having the right people around is of utmost importance as we need the right people to support us while going through our darkest times.

5. Little Women

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Have you heard of any book that has been adapted over and over again? Well, there may be some, but a book written by Louisa May Alcott named “Little Women” in the 19th century has been recreated 7 times, for seven freakin times!

I decided to watch the latest adaptation of this movie as this was getting much appreciation from the common audiences as the Oscars, and t was a delight to watch this.

This film was the second movie directed by Greta Gerwig, and as a writer who has worked in the film industry for a fair amount of time the screenplay and the direction were on point throughout the movie. The cast included famous actors like Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, and Laura Dern.

The story is based on the original novel and the letters by Alcott and it became the superior version out of all the adaptations that came before. It had all the little perks and adventures of the 'March family' and the one thing I loved was unlike the other movies, I liked how the writer made Jo and Amy different in their own ways and not the other way around as one being good and the other a bratty evil one.

This is a good movie for anyone because each sister is kinda similar to us as each of the sisters is unique in their talents, behaviors and have different kinds of struggles in life and growing up. There’s Love, Romance, family, ambitions, friendship, hardships, and the little joys that come along the way.

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The Power of Stories

Do you know why telling stories always gets us? It's because when a writer or any creator shares his or her story they're sharing a part of themselves, a glimpse into their own mind. Even though we don't realize it we're getting to see life from different points of view and as we learn to see life from different perspectives, We get to see more of humanity and this makes good stories special and worthwhile.

So please check out these amazing films I really loved watching these and I hope my fellow readers will also enjoy these movies.

If you've liked this article please kindly share this with someone you know who is in a bad phase or with a loved one who you’d love to watch movies with.

© 2021 Jeevan Maria

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